PMQG is all about people who connect over quilting… Social connectedness is a big part of the Modern Quilt movement, and the best way to do that is to sit down and sew together, or chat over a glass of wine or a cup of tea… But when you can’t, the internet is also a great way to get to know people. As well as our Facebook and Flickr groups, our blog is one of the ways we connect. Once in a while, we like to feature a member via a Member Spotlight post. This time, it’s Alex.
Hi, I’m Alex.
I started sewing about 17 years ago when I decided I needed a hobby that was an antidote to my high stress, high tech, male-dominated professional life. I initially tried cross stitch but found it a bit boring. I can’t remember why I tried quilting – I didn’t know anyone who quilted and had never even seen a quilt – but I was hooked right from the beginning. I am interested in lots of other things, and I’ve dabbled in other crafts, but quiltmaking is the main thing I do for my own creative pleasure and to meet like-minded people.
My tastes in fabric and projects are pretty broad. I used to love really detailed and complicated projects (Baltimore Album applique, mariner’s compasses) but these days I’m attracted to simple shapes and scrappy fabric choices. I mostly work by machine, although I have done a lot of handwork in the past, and I always have a handwork project on the go.
I always have a lot of quilts in different stages, and I start way more than I finish. I’m a sucker for a great new idea, a quilt challenge, an internet quilting bee or a sew-along. It drives my husband crazy that I don’t finish one project before I finish the last one, but it makes me happy to be spontaneous and go with the flow.
However, even I admit that the time has come to reduce the backlog of projects and reduce the stash. I knew it was serious when I moved house last year (again) and there were a lot more boxes marked ‘craft’ than boxes for the kids. On New Year’s Day I took all of my UFOs out into the light and counted and photographed them. There were 31!
I have designated this year as the Year of Finishing Stuff and have created a blog to keep track of my progress. I haven’t posted anything to it yet (yes, it is also an unfinished project – Oh the irony!) but you are welcome to watch my progress or join in me in my quest.