Two summers ago I took a trip to Utah to visit family. I had been blogging for a couple years and made a few email connections with people. Amy of Diary of a Quilter was one of those people. During my visit to Utah a little “blogger meet up” was planned (NOT because I was there, it was during another blog conference). Amy emailed me and convinced me to go… and I’m sooo glad that I did.
I spent most of the night chatting with Amy and Calli (who you’ll meet later this week) and felt an instant connection.
Someday she needs to come sit in my polkdot chair and sit and sew the day away with me, but until then, I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know a little bit more about her!
Q: Okay, to start… just the facts… introduce yourself. Do you have kids? How many? Where do you live? Where did you grow up?
I grew-up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I still live in Utah now, but farther away from Salt Lake. I sometimes miss the ‘big’ city, but I really love where I live now. It’s perfection. I’ve been married for 14 years and have 4 kids who keep me entertained and on my toes!
Q: Favorite Musical group when you were in Junior High… did you have a favorite song?
I was fond of the Police and the Beatles and Survivor. (How’s that for an odd combination?)
Q: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honestly, I wanted to be a mom. I sometimes told people I wanted to be a lawyer just because it sounded cooler than saying “a mom!” but I really wanted to be able to stay home and be with my kids. I’m grateful to be able to say that I got my dream job. :)
Q: What’s one thing that you’d love to do but can’t?
Be a world traveler. I LOVE to travel and visit new places. I love walking through big cities and driving through beautiful countryside. Alas, time and $ and parental responsibilities at this stage of life make it not too feasible right now. But hopefully one day!
I can cart-wheel left-handed. (I’m right-handed in everything else.)
Q: When and how did you learn to sew?
I first learned by watching my mom. After doing all kinds of weird things to her sewing machine, my mom signed me up for real sewing lessons when I was 10. I mostly learned to make clothes – like seersucker bermuda shorts, and a couple of big boxy skirts. I dabbled in quilting before I got married but really took classes and went for it when I had my first baby.
Q: What made you decide to start a blog?
I was so inspired by the blogging community – especially the fact that there were women my age who also like to sew, quilt and share what they had made. It was like finding a bunch of new best friends! I decided I wanted to share my creations as well. I have been so grateful for the really kind and encouraging feedback I have received.
Q: What are your 3 favorite projects that you’ve posted on your blog?
My Irish quilt
Off the top of my head I can’t recall anything specific. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been any, more likely it means that I’ve emotionally banished it to the recesses of my subconcious. Also, I’m kind of a lazy crafter. I tend to stick in my comfort zone of stuff I’m comfortable with.
Q: What fabric do you WISH you had lots and lots of?
I so wish I had jumped on the Heather Ross Gnomes and Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope bandwagons before it was too late. Now they’re only available at exorbitant prices on ebay.
I have a huge (borderline ridiculous) American Jane collection, from multiple lines. I could make many quilts from that stash. Also some of Sandy Henderson’s Henna Garden. Love that stuff.
Q: What’s the next thing on your sewing “to do” list?
Attacking that pile of UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects) and cleaning out my craft space. Maybe even weeding through my fabric stash. But those items are always on my ‘to do’ list – until I get distracted by that new must-do project. ;)
Q: Describe your perfect day.
If I wanted to get really ambitious I would throw in Hawaii and Kahlua pork, but on a simpler level, a few hours of un-interrupted sewing time sounds heavenly.