Hi! I'm Andy - mom to two boys and wife to one awesome animator. I'm a quilter, pattern designer and wanna be sailor (no really!)
I have always loved to create and once I got my hands on a sewing machine at a young age I never looked back! My quilt studio is in a quiet basement corner of my home that gets lovely, warm, afternoon sunshine. It's MY bright corner.
I love every aspect of the work that goes into making a quilt - from designing the pattern, choosing the fabrics, piecing, quilting and binding. Pattern design brings together my creative side and my comptuer-savvy side.
You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are answers to some of the questions I get asked most often:
How long have you been a quilter?
I created my first quilt when I was 17. It was one of my last Personal Progress goals (a program of goals for personal and spiritual development for the Young Women's organization of my church.) So that is about 20 years of quilting. I did slow down a bit in college - I remember making only three or four over those years.
Do you do your own machine quilting, or send it out?
I do my own. I used to do the piecing and quilting on a small Brother machine that I bought from Costco years ago. It did a miraculous job! I now do all of my piecing on a Juki TL-2010Q and my quilting on a Handi Quilter longarm machine (HQ 16)
Will you show me how to bind a quilt?
I use this tutorial by Heather Bailey. I could write up my own how to with lovely photos and such, but why re-invent the wheel, right?
Where do you find your patterns?
Most of my quilt patterns are my own creation. I see an idea or an inspiration and work out the measurements with graph paper, Adobe Illustrator and a calculator. A handful of times I have used an online tutorial to help with measurements or block construction (like for my Picnic String Quilt). I've also participated in a few quilt-a-longs (such as: Red White and Blue and Old Red Barn Co. Quilt-a-long).