Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Ariel: My mother is my main source of inspiration. She has been a seamstress for almost 40 years now and I would love to follow in her footsteps. I still remember vividly things my mother made for me through my life growing up. I am now doing the same for my daughter and hope she treasures the things I made for her.
P: What does your creative process entail?
A: My creative process basically starts with the thought of giving something handmade to someone I care for or making something I feel good about. I then choose my materials based on what I know the recipient has a passion for and go from there. I take time to ensure I do the best job possible and mail it out hoping they will see the passion that went into it.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing?
A: I enjoy sewing because it gives me something ot be proud of and it is a way that I can bring joy to others. I love giving something handmade as a gift because I know a lot of thought and care went into what I make. Also, when I look at it I can say “wow, I made that!”. It feels great and it will always be one of a kind.
P: What triggers you to start a project?
A: Sometimes I will see a material I love and then decide to on a project and go from there. Other times, I will start a project to try out a new idea or I want to make something as a gift. I’ll also have people ask me if I can make them something they have in mind and I say “Sure!”. I’m always up for something new and exciting.
Make this sweet Valentine ‘quillow’ for everyone on your list. This tied lap quilt folds up into a pocket to become a pillow. Children of all ages would love one of these. Patterns used were 9-patch and heart applique. Finished size is 42” x 63“. Companion pillow is 18” square.Read more