That's right - a real photo!! She traded her quilt photo for a real photo just this week. I like to think she changed it just for me... LOL. So glad to finally "see" her!
Elizabeth's blog is nothing short of amazing. I'm still trying to figure out how in the world she cranks out so many quilts...I've pretty much decided she must run on two hours of sleep a night. She has seven different tutorials, two quilt-alongs (Kaleidoscope...which I still have trouble spelling... and Sliced Coins), and enough eye-candy on her Finished Quilts page to keep you drooling for days. She's also a fellow Summit-goer, so I'm thinking of checking her back for a hidden battery compartment when I see her. ;o)
Some of my favorites of her quilts are...Garden Prince,
and Drunk Love, yet another "best name" award winner...lol!
And now... on with the interview!!
If you won $3,000 today and had to spend it today, what would you buy?
This is totally going to be a predictable answer, but I would buy fabric. Lots of it. I think I would buy a few big rolls of batting first, though - I always get irritated when I realize I'm out of batting, so that would be handy. Then, I'd stock up on a bunch of solids, and then treat myself to some fun prints. I'd go on a fabric diet for the year after that. Or try, at least :)
What color scheme or fabric line are you loving right now?
I think that I'm really into turquoise and aqua right now, especially when paired with gray, which is why Simon + Kabuki's Juicy Blossoms collection is really calling my name at the moment. I'm also a huge fan of Joel Dewberry's latest Heirloom collection.
What is one (sharable) thing from your "bucket list"?
Write a book. My son was just asking me the other day what I wanted to be when I grew up, and "author" was the first thing that came to my mind. I've always written in various ways over the years, and blogging is the latest incarnation of my writing, but I would really love to write a book.
Is there a sewing technique or quilt block that you would like to try?
Hand-sewing hexagons. I have been intending to try it since about December of last year. I have the papers, I have some fabrics cut, I just don't seem to have the gumption. I'm not a huge fan of hand-sewing, but I know I will continue to not be a fan until I improve my hand-sewing skills, which naturally takes practice. I'm hoping that when I travel to SLC in a few months for the Sewing Summit that I will finally try them out, since I'll be away from my machine!
What hot trends do you see coming our way?
That's a good question. They say that everything old will be new again, and I think the retro trend of modern quilters re-interpreting traditional quilt blocks will definitely continue for some quite time. I also think that another trend that is coming down the pike is more abstract prints. Jay McCarroll's Habitat collection felt so fresh and different from the other "modern" quilt fabrics available, and I think that there may be some other collections to follow in its very urban and uber-fashionable footsteps.
What kind of movies do you like and do you have an all-time favorite?
My all-time favorite movie is probably a tie between "The Princess Bride" and "Moulin Rouge." I adore musicals - when I was growing up, my mother worked in a dinner theater, so plays and musicals are real near and dear to me. I also really enjoy good comedies, and "The Princess Bride" never fails to crack me up, even though I've seen it a million times.
When you’re faced with a lack of motivation, what do you do to get re-energized?
Make a new playlist for my iPod with some good, upbeat music that makes me feel inspired. I tend to make a soundtrack for pretty much everything in my life, and sewing is no exception. Right now, I have ten different sewing-related playlists on my iPod.
What one piece of advice would you give a new quilter?
Don't be afraid of making mistakes. And don't knock yourself down when you make mistakes - they're learning tools. Don't hesitate to ask questions - I think most bloggers, like myself, are always happy to help!
What is your favorite finished project to date?
I think my favorite finished project at the moment is probably my Hooty Supernova quilt - it's the one I snuggle with most frequently these days, and I just adore the colors in it, they're so cheery.
You have an unplanned evening alone with no responsibilities – what do you do?
I think it depends whether I'm in the middle of a good book or a good quilt project, but the evening would definitely include some reading and a good bit of sewing. And music, definitely some good music. Whenever I get some unexpected time to myself, the first thing I do is make a playlist!
OK - so I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm super interested in Elizabeth's playlists! Ten...just for sewing?! I'm amazed. Maybe we've found her power source after all....
Now for the giveaway! For those just joining us, we've been giving away a four-pack bundle of fat-eighths with every interview. Each bundle is different, but all are from Joel Dewberry's newest line, Heirloom. The fabric for all the bundles was generously donated by Cathy at Wondrous Woven Fabrics - so please go visit her store and say thanks!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me which of Elizabeth's finished quilts is your favorite. Be sure to click over - she has many jaw-droppers to chose from!
Additionally, followers of Elizabeth's blog and/or followers of my blog get up to two optional bonus entries. So leave a separate comment for each blog you follow.
Limit three entries per person...one for the giveaway itself, one for following Elizabeth's blog, and one for following my blog.
Comments close at 11:00 am EST on Saturday, Sept. 24th, and I will draw a random winner at that time.