Thursday, April 7, 2011

Getting to know Barb - Sewers Interview Series

Sewers Interview Series

I have loved Barb's work ever since I first saw it over on flickr where she goes under the name Quilting Barbie. If you look through my favorites I have been loving her stuff for along time. We started doing some fabric swaps and then Erin choose her to be my secret partner for the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap knowing that I LOVED her stuff. Well you remember the post I did on her amazing package she sent me of my placemats especially the "I Spy" ones for the girls? Well I have to say she has totally made my year with them and I thought it would be great to get to know her better so I asked her to be this months featured sewer. So let's get to know Barb:

Q: When did you start to sew?

A: I did a small amount of sewing in Junior High – I made myself a nightshirt that
I literally picked out every seam I sewed three times before I was happy with it.
I was a perfectionist back then. Not now. I only got one project done the entire
semester because I was so worried about it being perfect. I took a long break
and then I started quilting about 8 years ago.

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

A: I’d have to say that I’m a little bit of both. When I wanted to start quilting, I took a pretty extensive Quilt 101 course at a LQS. So I learned basic quilting skills
from that course. Since I’ve had kids, I’ve dabbled a teeny bit in sewing kids
clothes and for that I am self-taught. Now I love blogs and quilting/sewing books
to teach me new techniques.

Q: What do like to sew?

A: I love to make quilts. Okay, in truth, I love to start quilts. I’m working on
finishing them. I also love swaps these days (Doll Quilts, Pillows, Home D├ęcor
projects) because they push me to try things I wouldn’t normally attempt. They
also have deadlines. I need deadlines to actually finish projects.

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

A: Yes! When I started quilting, I always used patterns. In the last few years,
with my discovery of quilting blogs, I’ve tried to push myself to make more quilts
without patterns. Lately, I like to follow tutorials from blogs, and patterns from
books. I don’t like to buy patterns unless I really have to. I don’t use patterns
for my swap projects as I like to put my own twist on these projects. I do use patterns/tutorials for kids clothes, bags and other small projects.

Q: What is your favorite thing to sew?

A: I love to sew small projects with deadlines that I can actually get finished. Like I said, I’m excellent at starting projects, and terrible at finishing them. I wish my daughter would actually wear the things I make for her because I love the idea of my kids wearing handmade clothes. She just isn’t that in to them!

Q: What are your WIP’s right now?

A: you really want me to disclose this? I have so, so, so many projects on the go. But here are the ones that are actually being worked on right now:

Our new baby’s quilt (due in 5 weeks). It is basted and ready for quilting. I
just have to get up the nerve to quilt it. I often feel like my quilting ruins my
quilt tops…

A new handbag for me – I’m using a Lazy Girl Pattern for this one.

My color wheel quilt. This has been a long, long time on the go. The top
is now pieced. It lies mostly flat.

A baby girl quilt. Just in case I have a girl. She’ll need some pink in her

And I have blocks from about 3 or 4 quilting bees sitting in Ziploc bags.
One day I will actually sew them together!

That’s all I’m admitting to right now. There is much, much more, but I’m
officially in denial.

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

A: I don’t have a favorite…but I do like the improved nine-patch pillow that I
made for the last pillow swap.

And the hummingbird doll quilt from a few DQS’s ago.

Q: What is your favorite fabric line/ Designer?

A: I’ve always loved Heather Ross – the fish in bags is my favorite print. I’m
hoarding my tiny ½ yard that I own. I also love her horses and equestrians
because I had horses as a girl and I find them very nostalgic. I also love
Nicey Jane from Heather Bailey….everything that I see made from that line is

Q: What are some of your sewing secrets?

A: I’m not an expert sewer, so my secrets aren’t technique oriented. But my secret for sewing with little kids is having my sewing room right in the middle of
the house. My sewing room is in the formal living room of our house. That way I
can sew and the kids can play around me. And who doesn’t love having a marble
fireplace in their sewing room?

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

A: I have a Pfaff 2124 Creative machine. It has an embroidery unit that attaches
to the back. I thought that I’d like machine embroidery, but it turns out that I hate
it. I wish I had a machine that had a longer arm for quilting. I’m dreaming of an
industrial type machine with a longer arm with just straight stitch and free-motion

Thanks so much Barb. Reading everything makes me like you more, I love your sense of humor. Don't forget to stop over at Barb's blog and to see more of her awesome work.


nichole said...

i have a juki that sounds like the machine you'd want:

it's really amazing and i can't recommend it enough! i love it.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Nice to meet you, Barb! I've seen you around and wondered about your name LOL. I agree with your sewing secret. Although I dream of having my own sewing room, I think that sewing in our main living/playing space is probably giving me a lot more than I think!

Unknown said...

I kind of have my sewing space all over the place. I do have a room where I can shut the door, but it's downstairs in the middle of everything...

Fun to get to know you better too! I love that DQ with hummingbird and all that Sandi Henderson!!

how to oil paint said...

I like your blog!...Daniel

Kelly said...

This is such a great idea! I love Barb!!! I own that 9-patch pillow and it sits proudly on my couch! Her work is AWESOME!!!!


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