Quilt Design Star 2011 Finalist - Janice Stevens
I've been quilting since… I have been quilting for about 15 years
I began quilting because… I began quilting when I decided to make a quilt for my son's wedding. My daughter in law picked Ocean Waves and I did not know any better. I learned quickly.
I learned to quilt… I was a garment sewer, making clothes for my children and then did craft items. Dolls and teddy bears.
My quilting style is… I would say my quilting style is transitional. I love traditional patterns and then move outside the box. I have learned that it is not only about the center of the quilt but the whole composition all the way to the binding.
A person who inspired me… My twin sister Jean is my inspiration. She does beautiful appliqué work. My friend Gloria is also my inspiration, she also is a traditionalist but can put great things together and makes me think.
My imagination is sparked by… I draw most of my inspiration from books, magazines like McCall's but mostly from quilt shows. I examine other quilters' techniques. It also gives me a view of a quilt's total composition from a distance. I also draw much of my inspiration from my fabric choice. It all starts with the fabric.
My favorite techniques… My favorite techniques are piecing both hand and machine. I also love to appliqué.
Colors or fabrics I'm attracted to... I love bold colors and I love fabric with movement or large patterns.
My fabric stash... Oh my stash is another issue. Very large and fortunately or unfortunately moving into the next room. I buy at least 3 yards when I see something. I also have many boxes of controlled scraps cut into various sizes. I love all fabrics and my stash shows that.
My quilting community… I belong to a quilt guild K.I.S.S. We have 120 members that meet once a month. Our guild has made over 800 quilts to send to Walter Reed for injured soldiers. Also a service project group that meets to do quilts and projects for local needy agencies. I also belong to a group called "Across the Miles". This group of 32 ladies meet once a year for the past 17 years in Paducah, Kentucky at the AQS show. We stay a week, have handmade exchanges one night, do a quilt challenge with an assigned theme another night. We request prizes from manufacturers who are always very generous and give out door prizes. It is a week of fun but also we learn quilting skills from one another.
My additional hobbies/interests… I do love to swim and do gardening. Right now weeding is not much fun.
I entered Quilt Design Star™ 2011 because... I entered the Quilt Design Star™ contest because I love challenges. It makes me think outside of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to this challenge and in a crunch period of time. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Links... I do have a MobileMe gallery which does show my quilts.
What you should know about me… I would like people to know the other part of my life is about my husband who encourages and supports this quilting habit. I have 5 grown children who live all over the United States and 13 grandchildren. Traveling to see them does take up a chunk of my time but it also allows me to visit many wonderful quilt shops and visit with quilters from all over.
Butterflies in my Garden (below) is Janices's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 entry quilt.
Romancing My Stash With Hearts and Flowers (below) is Janices's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Challenge 1 quilt.
(below) is Janices's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Challenge 2 quilt.
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