Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Susie: All around me. I keep sketchbooks close by & rough sketch an idea that may become something later. Colored pencil drawing brings inspiration. Sometimes just a color combination jumps at me for a subject. Much like fabric, there are some that speak to me instantly.
P: What does your creative process entail?
S: I’ll get an idea….process it from begin to end in my head and become so intrigued, to see if it will work. I start with pencil sketching, then illustrating and take that to fabric, for the begin process. The color choices sometimes, are the initial creative spurt, other times this will change to suit the overall project.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
S: Love…. Sewing and stitching are great therapy for me, it soothes the creative bug inside and becomes something useful & beautiful to share or gift. I enjoy giving, I enjoy creating, I need it every day.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
S: Creating is a full-time endeavor for me. Using my talents and graphic arts background to make wonderful things to share, brings a smile every time, I create!
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
S: Patience. Be true to yourself. Take the time to do it the right way and use the correct tools and supplies.
You will be so much happier with the finished project! That alone will inspire many more ideas & future projects.
P: When and Why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
S: I was born & raised around homemade and sewing. I began sewing at an early age and made doll clothes. I’ve always loved sewing & embroidery and made things for the home & gifts. For the past 8 YRS, I have become reacquainted with sewing and stitching on a daily basis. I have done many projects in all sorts of mediums but have found my passion with fabrics & threads.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
S: An Idea. Sometimes out of necessity, a gift, or simple pleasure. I’m always drawing and those sketches are to become a project, at some point. I can feel a fabric and it will trigger an idea or see color combinations of threads and it sends me, right to the drawing board. I read magazines a lot & my Mom & I will spend the afternoon together, chatting about projects. Those afternoons are always inspiring & ones I will treasure!
Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows are easy to sew on your machine and one can easily be made in a day. They look great when grouped with pillows of other shapes and sizes and are perfect for a girl’s room or perched on your favorite chairs. Instructions are provided for both ruffled and pleated ends. Finished size – 16” x 4”.Read more