Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Talking to Angela - Sewers Interview Series

Sewers Interview Series

Angela and I "met" back in March when I was her secret partner in the Pillow Talk Swap. She made me this amazing pillow that lives on my couch. She always makes amazing things! Here are some of the things that she makes in her Etsy shop check it out.

Come meet Angela - Sewers Interview Series

Q: When did you start to sew?

A: I first began sewing the summer before my freshman year of college. It is
hard to believe it has been 10 years!

Q: Did anyone teach you to sew or are you self taught?

A: My mom did quite a bit of garment sewing when I was little, but I didn’t really get interested in sewing until I was 18. When I finally wanted to learn, a close family friend gave me her rickety old sewing machine and taught me the basics
on how to run it. A couple years later I took a beginner’s quilting class. Other
than that, I am pretty much self-taught.

Q: What do like to sew?

A: I sew quilts, bags, purses, pillows, baskets, clothes, buntings, fabric books,
etc. A little bit of everything I suppose!

Q: Have ever used patterns? If so do you like patterns?

A: I have used patterns, mostly when it comes to bags or purses. They aren’t my
favorite, so I try to do without when possible.

Q: What is your favorite thing to sew?

A: I absolutely adore quilting. I love the entire process, from the initial planning stages to hand sewing the last few stitches in the binding. It is my favorite by far.

Q: Do you have something that you made that is your all time favorite?

A: Wow, that is a hard one! That is kind of like asking a parent to pick a favorite child, isn’t it? I really love a double hourglass quilt that I made last fall. I like the pattern, and I used many of my favorite fabrics in it.

double hourglass quilt

Q: What is your favorite fabric line/ Designer?

A: I love Heather Ross fabric. I can’t get enough of her whimsical drawings, they
are so unique. I am a big fan of Denyse Schmidt’s work too, particularly Katie
Jump Rope. I had the opportunity to spend a weekend workshop with the two of
them, and it was as wonderful as you imagine.

Q: Did you crochet before you started to sew?

A: Oh yes, I learned from my mother when I was 7. I have taught many people
how to crochet over the years, including the little girls I used to babysit to my old
college roommates!

Q: Which is more time consuming sewing or crocheting?

A: Hmm… it depends on the project. In terms of a quilt or an afghan, it usually
takes me longer to crochet the afghan.

Q: What are some of your sewing secrets?

A: I don’t have any special secrets, just little things I’ve learned over the years.

There are three things that I remind myself to do:

1 - Change rotary blade often. I love the ease of cutting after I put in a new one.
After I change out the old blade, I always wonder why I waited so long!

2 – Don’t forget to put a new needle in the machine before quilting. A dull needle
puts ugly puckers in the fabric. No one wants to see that after putting so much
time and effort into the project.

3 – Try new things. I love to buy different fabrics and try new projects. Stepping
out of my comfort zone can be hard, but I’m always glad that I did.

Q: What sewing machine do you have? Do you like it or have one that you
wish for?

A: Funny you should ask! I am currently using a Singer that was purchased a
couple of years ago after my old Featherweight bit the dust. However, just
yesterday my husband and I were browsing the internet for a new one. I’m
hoping for a new one for Christmas (hint hint).

sewing space

Thanks so much Angela! It was so fun to get to know you better and have this opportunity to interview you. Don't forget to come back next month to meet another great sewer!


Erin @ Two More Seconds said...

She is so fun! Love the stuff she makes.

Providence Handmade said...

Yay Angela! I use my little set of crochet cloths every day! :)

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Nice interview =) I especially love the crochet vs. sewing concept. I started off in craftiland crocheting a LOOOOOOng time ago, and I'm so glad I finally picked up sewing last year. So much faster! So versatile! Ok, but now I'm planning another crocheting project...


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