Design Wall Tuesday: Always Learning

Lori Baker: Always Learning

Welcome to the Design Wall Tuesday series! Each week we’ll spotlight a different member of the Quilting Company Team in order to share with you our wide variety of experiences, styles and projects.


Lori Baker

Name: Lori Baker
Title: Acquisitions Editor
I live in: the Denver metro area
I started quilting: in 1994
My home life: is busy. My husband and I have 5 children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Most of them live within an hour of us so we see them often. We also have three “furry children,” all rescues. We have a Jack Russell mix, a Chihuahua mix and a pretty little gray and white cat.

What I’ve Made:

We moved at the first of the year so I could have a dedicated sewing studio and a garden. I’m just getting everything where I want it so I’m finally ready to get back to sewing.

I come from a crafty family. My grandmother, my mom and all three of her sisters were women who made things. They sewed, crocheted and embroidered, one of them knit, and two of them painted. It was only natural for me to want to follow in their footsteps.

I started sewing at an early age. Doll clothes at first and then on to my own clothes. I participated in 4-H and took Home Ec in high school. Then as a mom, I made many of my children’s clothes, including my daughter’s wedding dress.

I’ve been seriously quilting since 1994. I made a few quilts before that but with the purchase of a new sewing machine, a move to a rural community where life wasn’t as hectic and two of our children leaving home – it was the perfect storm … I had time, some disposable income and a good sewing machine. I took a couple of classes and I was hooked.

I’ve tried many techniques. I know I don’t like handwork. I don’t like things that take forever. I like fast. I have so many ideas that I want to be able to finish a quilt in just a couple of weeks.

When I make quilt tops, for the most part, I am a traditional quilter. I’ve made a few quilts that are modern and I like them a lot but that is not my typical style. But the thing I really love to do when quilting is to make pieced backs. I’ve made some that are really complex.

Here’s an example of one of my quilts with a pieced back.

Margaritas in the Snow (front)

Margaritas in the Snow (front)

Margaritas in the Snow (back)

Margaritas in the Snow (back)

If you’d like to see more examples and learn a little about my technique for making pieced backs, check out this video.

What I’m Making

I have many, many half-done projects. I call them PIGS – Projects in Grocery Sacks. I have this every-year resolution where I plan to finish at least one a month but they seem to accumulate as quickly as I finish so the number of them never decreases.

Here’s the one I’m working on thinking about working on now.

PIG in Waiting

PIG

You can read more about it here. But to be honest, I’ve stalled again. I put it away when we moved and now I have a new toy and I’ve not worked on it a bit.

What is my new toy? I purchased a Handi Quilter Avante longarm right after the first of the year and now that my house is mostly organized, I’ve started learning how to make it do what I want it to do. I’m going to be writing about my experiences because I know lots of you are interested in longarming, and maybe even thinking about buying one.

Here is one of my first projects from my longarm. I still have to bind it.

Longarm Quilting Workbook

Longarm Quilting Workbook

My coworker, Brenna Riley Gates, also recently purchased a longarm and she recommended that I get Longarm Quilting Workbook by Teresa Silva. She says it’s a great book.

When I go home tonight, I’m going to be experimenting with using rulers on my longarm. I can hardly wait. Watch our blog. I’ll be telling you about that soon.

Until then,
Happy quilting,
Lori


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