Who am I and how did I end up quilting?
Well, I'm a musician by training and profession and currently live in the D.C. area. As for the quilting thing...it just kinda happened. Really, it came down to a couple of factors; 1. I need a creative outlet that wasn't related to my 'day job.' 2. My wife is involved in a variety of fabric arts, so she's got a ton of books & magazines and a pretty good fabric stash! So, finally one day after always looking through her books and stuff (just at the pictures, I didn't bother to read anything) I decided I needed to give quilting a try. She showed me how to use the sewing machine and sent me on my way. The result of that first attempt is the quilt above.
That was just over a year ago. (I still haven't read any of the books, I prefer to just dive in and figure it out.)
At some point, I'd really should take a class or get to a workshop and really learn some things, but I'm enjoying the freedom that comes with ignorance:) I do have the benefit of another quilter in the house though, so Angela helps me out when I get stuck and has been a great tutor. We have also worked together on some quilts and are looking forward to combining our styles and strengths as we both grow as quilters.
Not being active in any quilting groups and the only other quilter I really know is my wife, I look to blogs and Flickr for inspiration and motivation. There are a couple quilters in particular who's work constantly motivates me Marianne Haak , and Victoria Gertenbach.
What I've been up to:
|Yep, it's a clock.|
|Okay, not really a quilt, but it is pieced!|
A couple of WIPS:
This is the top panel of a quilt Angela and I are working on. When completed it will have a large tree of life applique in the center with this panel and its mirror above and below.
Um, not sure where this is going yet....I like it that way.