Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Bree: Everywhere! I see bags in stores, online, or just being carried by women when I’m out & about. I like to see if I can figure out how to make it, and personalize it to make it exactly how I like. I love reading other craft blogs to find new ideas, and of course I’m a Pinterest addict!
P: What does your creative process entail?
B: Most of the time I’ll see something that I really like, but try to think how I can customize it to make it perfect for me. I don’t typically draw out plans, I don’t have the patience! I like to just work it all out as I go, which usually comes back to bite me in the end when I can’t remember all my measurements! I’m getting better about jotting down notes as I go, it sure makes it easier to recreate later.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
B: I enjoy the challenge of creating something useful out of basic materials. It’s so rewarding to finish up a project & have something to show for all the time& hard work.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
B: A little of each – I love the satisfaction of finishing up a project, and creating something completely new. It’s an added bonus when I can share what I make with others, and make creative & unique gifts.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
B: Slow down! The biggest mistakes I’ve made (and trust me, I’ve made more than my fair share!) are almost always when I’m in a hurry. It’s hard to slow down when I get excited or close to the end of a long project, but that’s when I have to remind myself not to get in a hurry & make stupid mistakes. Oh, and keep your seam ripper handy! It’s my best friend.
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
B: I first started sewing when I was younger, but hadn’t done it in years before picking it up again in 2010. I don’t even remember what made me start again, I just remember that I needed a sewing machine (I think I was going to make curtains – which I’ve still never made!) & I never looked back! It’s nice to be able to create & have something to show for it at the end.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
B: Sometimes I find a new fabric and need to find a project to go with it, sometimes it’s the other way around. Usually I start something just because I feel like working on something new, not necessarily because I need a new bag, or quilt, or whatever it is.
Woven Cathedral Window Block
- Block 2 of 9 in the Cathedral Window Quilt-a-Long.
- Block size is 12-1/2” square unfinished.
- Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise indicated.
- Finished quilt will measure 36“ square.
- Use Legacy™ by Pellon® 100% Natural Cotton or Soy/Cotton Blend Batting for a beautiful finish.
Cathedral window blocks are traditionally about folding and topstitching to create beautiful blocks with a lot of depth.Read more