Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Kati: I love finding inspiration just about anywhere, from a design on a particular fabric to an etched glass design at a store and even apiece of art at a local sushi restaurant.
P: What does your creative process entail?
K: When coming up with a new design or project, I typically mull over the idea for weeks or even months in my head. Sometimes I’ll sketch versions of the design as I think through how it will work. I pull stacks of fabric that might work for the project. Often I’ll arrange fabric swatches on my design wall, leaving them up for several days. Usually I find myself adding new fabrics and taking some away that just don’t quite work. I find I like my project much better in the end when I take the time to consider all aspects of the design.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
K: At my stage of life as a stay-at-home-mom with three small children, it’s important to me to take time out for myself and work on something I enjoy. I love the actual creation process–putting fabrics together and creating something unique.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
K: All of the above. I love giving quilts and bags as gifts to those who appreciate and enjoy handmade items. I also create for the joy of making something.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
K: I’ve learned that careful work makes all the difference. I am meticulous when cutting and sewing my projects. It’s always worth the extra time to do the work right the first time. Sloppy work shows.
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
K: I started sewing doll clothes when I was just a kid. I’ve just always enjoyed it. Creating was fun for me. Shortly after I was married I bought my own sewing machine and haven’t looked back. It’s been a fun journey.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
K: Lots of different things inspire me to start a project.Sometimes it’s a guild challenge. Sometimes it’s a great stack of fabric I want to work with. Sometimes I just want to try and idea I’ve had in my head.
Make-Up Brush Pouch
This simple pouch is designed to protect your make-up brushes during travel. The vinyl interior and folded
edges keep brushes clean and neatly in place. It’s such a quick and easy project, you will want to make multiples
for all your friends! Home décor weight fabrics work especially well for this project.
This pillow is the perfect introduction to pixel piecing using very small squares. Sample use Essex Natural, Sand,
and Yarn Dyed in Flax for the background of the pillow.