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.
Valentine Quillow and Companion Pillow
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
Reversible Basket Weave Quillow
This tied lap quilt folds up into a pocket to become a pillow! The pattern uses the basket weave block. Finished size is 44″ x 64″.Read more
Rag Lap Quilt
Easy to make, but snuggly warm. Make one for every member of your family to keep warm while watching television or reading. Great project for beginner embroiderer/quilter. Sample is 42″ x 48″. Extra fabric is needed if larger size is made.Read more