To start with here's the interview:
What is your name?
My name is Ruth and I blog over at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner
Where do you live?
|Mum, Gordon & the dogs at the beach, West coast of Ireland|
Tell us about your family (Spouse, kids, grandkids, pets, etc.)
I live with Gordon and our two dogs, Charly (Jack Russell Terrier) and Wilbur (Basset Hound) just outside Limerick city. Charly & Wilbur make regular appearances on the blog and are great company in the sewing room, ahem Kitchen! I sew at the dining room table and have pretty much taken over that whole room. I do have to clear up once in a while when we have people over for dinner!
Tell us about how you got interested in quilting.
It all started with Ben our previous Basset Hound that we had from a puppy. He liked to sleep in an old shop bought baby quilt I had. He also liked to chew on it! Puppy teeth are lethal and there were multiple holes. Figuring it was un-repairable I decided to try making my own quilt to replace it.
I've always liked crafts , knitting and embroidery in particular and tried, every now and again in the past, to do some patchwork. For some reason I could never get on with scissors and a template and it wasn't until I saw a Craftsy class using charm squares and a rotary cutter that I thought I could do this.
How do you organize your fabric stash?
There is an Irish department store called Dunne's that has storage boxes intended for shoes. They sell 3 of them at a time for about 6 dollars and they are perfect for fat quarters or charm packs. The few layer cakes I have are in a 12.5" art bin, backing and sashing fabric in a tub that Charly sleeps on (she likes to be up high off the ground!) and jelly rolls and scraps I keep in glass jars. So kind of spread out all over the place at the moment!
Who is/are your favorite fabric designers?
I love Valori Wells. Her elephant print for Karavan made me totally obsessed with buying it. I also love Sweetwater and Me and My Sister for their bright prints . The designer I buy all the time though is Kate Spain. Her colour palette really suits the quilts I like to make.
What is one thing you have learned that you wish you knew when you first started quilting?
When I first started quilting I had no confidence in choosing colours or buying prints. Trying to save money I bought the cheapest fat quarters I could find and it was always a struggle to get the look I wanted from my first blocks. Now I think just buy the fabric you really like and don't be afraid to use it!
What is your favorite sewing/quilting tool and why should we all go out and buy it?
I love my Creative Grids 14" x 4" ruler. I got it as part of a beginner kit from the Sewing Shed in Kerry and the kit ruler was sold out so they upgraded me to this one. I use it all the time, It sticks like glue and never slips.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? (Could be from a book, movie, TV show, etc.)
Gosh there are tons - I love Daffy Duck because he isn't as smarmy as Bugs but is still funny! I love Batman (dark & broody) and my guilty pleasure is watching Supernatural when sewing but my most favourite of all time (so far!) is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
So now for the block!
I've chosen a Drunkards path block from Charise Creates Vintage Quilt-a-long. I love all the blocks in the series but this one really caught my eye for how so many different colours can really work well in this block, so, it should give plenty of choice for using up scraps as well as stash fabrics. The colour palette is a low volume background and centre circle and a bright flower in the middle. Any rainbow colour for the flower, I'm going for a bright, happy feeling with this one! If you don't have low volume fabrics then any version of white or cream will work as well.
The templates can be downloaded here and if you want to use template plastic that's recommended by Charise that is an option (I just used cartridge paper!)
To start with, print the template with no scaling and measure the little 1" square to make sure the print out has the right sizing.
Craftsy's free 2012 block of the month with Amy Gibson is great for explaining this method.
I think these flowers will look lovely in a quilt top and bring some summery feeling into the sewing room. I hope you have fun with this block!