Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Meet Our Members: Michaele Dorn

Say hello to the lovely Michaele!

Michaele is a retired nurse. In addition to sewing, she gardens, cooks and enjoys astronomy. As a child, she sewed on a treadle machine with her grandmother. The two would draw patterns on newspaper and sew doll clothes with scrap fabric. Here is my interview with Michaele. 

How long have you been an OMQG member?
I joined OMQG in 2015 as a beginning quilter and sewing enthusiast. I felt very welcomed by the group and inspired that the members brought works in progress for show and tell. The members were encouraging to each other. 

How often do you sew or quilt?
I set up a studio sewing space in the house so I can start things and work on them at will.  I am there at least five times per week. Spending this time has helped me learn some piecing techniques and focus on a project. 

Any quilting fails? Areas you wish you better in?
I am learning constantly so everything I try is skill-building and interesting so no real failures.  A sense of humor comes in very handy in my projects. There are so many opportunities ahead for success! 

What is your best advice for a beginning quilter?

Learn the basics of pressing, measuring and cutting with accuracy, use good fabric and concentrate on learning to be consistent with piecing a quarter-inch seam or scant quarter. 

Thank you, Michaele. This is great advice!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's all about perpective

I'm always fascinated by how our attitudes affect our work. I've been guilty of sabotaging a quilt because of my attitude about it as I began. Thinking something won't turn out right, thinking it's too simple or too difficult or not special enough, those pre-conceived ideas can definitely change the overall result of our work. Here is an interesting example of how false perceptions can greatly alter an image.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Meet Our Members: Beth Salistean

Everyone, Beth. Beth, everyone. 
Now that introductions are out of the way, let's learn more about Beth. 

Beth Salistean lives and works in Omaha. She has a son at Creighton Prep, a rescue dog named Snickers, and a cat named Birdie. She got into quilting in her early 30's with her sister, aunts, and cousins.  Her sister, Chris Juliano, is her sewing partner in crime. She's been a member of OMQG since January.

Tell us about the first quilt you made. 
My first quilt was in High School for Art class.  I fell in love with the process and it took me about 10 years to come back to it.  It was a pretty small quilt and done in fabrics I would never pick out today.  But I am glad for the experience because of how much I enjoy quilting today.

How would you describe your style? What are your influences? I would describe my style as modern.  I enjoy light, bright, and cheery.  I am influenced by the fabric.  I try and let it tell me what would make it look best.  I also stalk Instagram and Pinterest for ideas.

How often do you sew/quilt?  I usually sew on the weekends.  

What is your proudest quilting moment?
My proudest quilt moment is probably a recent mini quilt I finished for a swap on Instagram. What I had pictured in my head actually translated into the fabric. Now I need to make one for myself :)

What inspires you right now? Any goals or new challenges?
Right now I am inspired by the swaps on Instagram.  I have signed up for a few and hoping I can make all the deadlines. I want to challenge myself creativity and that is one of the reasons I joined the OMQG this year.

What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? Only rule I would follow is the 1/4" seam allowance the rest can be fudged.

Thanks, Beth! Here is a sample of Beth's work. You can see more of her work if you follow her on Instagram at @bsalistean

Monday, July 3, 2017

Meet our Members: Brooke Erickson

Everyone, say hi to Brooke!

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a Mom with a wonderful family, a terrific husband, and a couple of dogs that really fill my days.  One of the best things I ever did was work in a quilt store. I met so many lovely people and made some fabulous friends. I have been a member of OMQG for 2 years am always inspired every month- if only there was more time!

Tell us about the first quilt you made: The first quilt I ever made was a "puff" quilt.  Each square had layers of flannel and polyester batting in them so they looked like little biscuits and then they were sewn together.  They were so soft!  My son could have cared less about it but my friend's daughter wore out 3! Including my sons!  Boys-I tell you!

How would you describe your style? I would have to say that my style is definitely more modern than anything else.  I really like the negative space for quilting. Oh to have the talent of Angela Waters!

Any quilting fails? There are lots of quilting fails. Part of the growing process. Sometimes when quilting, my head and hands don't speak the same language.  I have learned to be careful when making that bold thread choice- sometimes it bites back. 

Inspiration? Collages.  I am fascinated with Laura Heine collage quilts and am working up to creating my own.....someday. 

What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? My best advice for a beginning Quilter would be to ask questions of everyone. Utilize those quilt shops!  We all have an opinion or a way of doing something that just may click for you. 

Thanks, Brooke!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Meeting

Just a reminder that our July meeting will be Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30pm at AccuQuilt since the first Tuesday of the month falls on July 4. We will be swapping 1 hour baskets. You can purchase the pattern (it's only $1!) here on Craftsy. The more members that participate the more fun it will be. Remember how much fun we had swapping mini quilts white-elephant style at our December meeting?

Don't forget to bring your show and tell donation items for Youth Emergency Services. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet Our Members: Amanda Gaither

Say hello to Amanda! Born and raised in the South, Amanda and her partner came to Omaha 8 years ago and made it home. Amanda is a social worker, activist and lover of rainbows,  bright solids and geometric prints. She has been quilting for nearly 2 years.

How long have you been a member of OMQG? I attended my first meeting when it was still hosted at Sunshine Stitches in September 2016. I was overjoyed by the welcoming group and inspired by the show and tell. As a new quilter, I very much appreciated the demonstrations and sense of community so I became an official member of the group in November.
Tell us about the first quilt you made The first quilt I fully completed was a t-shirt quilt for a friend. It was a little rough around the edges and I learned a lot from that experience.
How would you describe your style? What are your influences? I love all things rainbow! I am most drawn to bright modern fabrics. I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram, quilt shows, and fellow quilter's show and tell.
How often do you sew/quilt? I know many folks sew every single day and I commend your dedication but I prefer to sew in large blocks of time on the weekends mostly. I'm sure I could be much more productive if I worked on a project at least 30 min per day but it's just not my style.
What is your proudest quilting moment? I'm strengthening skills with each project but so far my proudest quilting moment has been a llama pillow sham I completed for an Instagram swap. The construction of the llama was tricky and the quilting was nothing special but I felt proud of the final product. I am often too critical of my own work but this time I was confident and it felt great for a change.
Any quilting fails? What areas do you wish you were better in? I am learning new techniques and tricks of the trade with each project so I would not consider anything a fail but simply a learning experience. I wish I wasn't so afraid to free motion quilt on my domestic machine. I have watched many tutorials where the instructor moves so fluidly but when I'm sitting in front of my machine I freeze up and panic. For now, I will continue quilting with my walking foot but I have a goal to practice more free motion this year.
Any recommendations? I love listening to podcasts while quilting. Some of my favorites include Serial, S-Town, This American Life, My Dad Wrote A Porno, Black Tapes, and a variety of TEDtalks. What is your best advice for a beginning quilter? Sign up for as many beginner classes as you can to learn hands-on from experts. Follow quilters on Instagram for inspiration. Buy the best machine, notions, and fabric you can afford because the investment is worth it. Most importantly, enjoy the creative process and don't be too critical of yourself.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Let These Podcasts Inspire You

Podcasts can be a great addition to your sewing ritual. I love them and I am constantly inspired by the interviews or helpful tips I hear. If you've never given them a try, here are some of the best to get you started. Check them out wherever you get podcasts.

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio
Off Kilter Quilt
Sit and Sew Radio-Quilt Addicts Anonymous
The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady-New Zealand Quilt Show
Quilt Cabana Corner
Canadian Quilt Talk-Quilter on Fire

The following podcasts are not about quilting exclusively, but feature quilters often or are full of good information about sewing in general:

While She Naps (This is my personal favorite. Abby clearly has mastered the podcast and she is so skilled at interviewing people. I'm always fascinated.)
Modern Sewciety
Sewing Out Loud
Maker Style
Thread Cult

Lastly, these podcasts are not sewing or quilting focused, but about creativity in general. They are great for when you are feeling stuck.

The Moment
Magic Lessons
Accidental Creative
Dear Handmade Life
Creative Pep Talk
Design Sponge-After the Jump

Is your favorite on the list? Please share with the group!