Saturday, 3 December 2016
Guest Blogger December 2016
This Month's guest blogger is someone I have been following for years. I first came to know her from the modabakeshop and the many quilt projects she posted for them. It didn't take long for me to follow her personal blog Happy Quilting. She is a very busy woman and I am so happy she joined us here at the PEIMQG blog as our guest.
Hi, I am Melissa Corry and I love to quilt!!!
I started quilting as a hobby in 2005 but since starting my blog, Happy Quilting, in 2010 my hobby has turned into a passion. This passion for quilting has lead me on an amazing path that has allowed me to share my creativity in designing my own quilts and projects that I share as tutorials, published works, a pattern line, and even a book, Irish Chain Quilts.
I love designing and finds inspiration in just about everything and anything. My sweet family , my husband and our five children, live in Cedar City, Utah. To see more of my daily quilting adventures check out my blog Happy Quilting. (www.happyquiltingmelissa.com)
Q & A:
1. What do you love about (Modern) quilting?
I love that Modern Quilting allows me to step out of my creative comfort zone and to create with absolutely no rules.
2. Where do you draw inspiration?
I truly find inspiration everywhere. There are of course beautiful manmade inspiration, like amazing tile work or stunning architecture, which inspired my Moroccan Lullaby Quilt.
And Nature is always a wonderful source for inspiration as well, like the day I saw a windmill with some brilliant clouds behind it that inspired my Corkscrew quilt.
And sometimes, you even find inspiration in totally random places, like seeing a cool shaped lamp in a home goods store that was the inspiration behind my In Your Neighborhood quilt.
You can truly be inspired by just about anything, anywhere, and at any time, if you are just watching out for it ;)
3. What are you currently working on? (Can we have a sneak peek?)
I am actually just finishing a huge 4 quilt Secret Sewing project that sadly, I can’t show a sneak peek of. But now that I have that off the table, I am wanting to get back to a few WIP’s that I had to put aside for the deadline, including finishing up my Summer Solstice quilt-a-long quilt that I hosted on my blog this summer
and my Crossroads Quilt Along that was hosted by Fat Quarter Shop this year.
4. Solids or Prints?
That is a tuff question. I love the look of an all solids quilt, and have made quite a few, my favorite being my Off Kilter quilt (which I happen to have a free tutorial for at my blog ;)
but I guess I would have to say prints, as I tend to grab those first ;)
5. Precuts or Stash?
Can you say both if your precuts are part of your stash ;) I love, love, love to use precuts!!! I love all of the variety they provide and the prints and colors are always just so pretty!!! I won’t mention how many precuts I have stashed :)
6. Favorite Tool/Trick you can’t live without?
I love to design with some of the basic piecing units like flying geese and half square triangles . . . so my favorite Trick is the No Waste Flying Geese method and my favorite tool is my HST Bloc Loc rulers.
7. What’s your Favorite Blog and/or Designer?
Oh my goodness, that is like choosing a favorite star. I have a list of blogs that I love to follow on the side of my blog, and at least 25 designers that I follow on instagram, I suppose those would be my favorites ;)
8. What’s one thing we should know about you?
I really am happy when quilting. I am often asked, especially when the deadlines get crazy and the computer work gets stacked up, if I still love doing all of this quilting, and I am so incredibly happy that I can always answer yes. I just am truly, happy quilting!!!
Thank you so much Melissa, for being this month's Guest Blogger. I am looking forward to seeing those secret sewing projects, you mentioned.