Quilt Design Star 2011 Finalist - Shirley Jobson
I've been quilting since… My first quilt was 26 years ago and I said NEVER again. My next quilt was 5 years later - NEVER again! But I got the real "quilting bug", really bad I might add, about 12 years ago and haven't stopped since.
I began quilting because… I saw a friend making a quilt and thought it was so calming and such a wonderful creation, until I made my first quilt that is. I thought it would be really nice to give these as presents to all my loved ones… until I found out how much time goes into one!
I learned to quilt… I went to a friend's house and she showed a few girls how to make a “biscuit” to make a quilt. I knew that was not what I wanted at all, so I started with a simple block (9 patch I believe) and hand quilted it. THEN I made my first quilt with a block called “Moon Over the Mountain”. Curves - templates!… oh yeh, I had a lot to learn! But I did complete it!
My quilting style is… I guess you could say my style is traditional with a country twist. I love the traditional patterns but with country coloring the best.
A person who inspired me… I cannot say that anyone person has inspired me, but causes they support most often do.
My imagination is sparked by… My inspiration can come from looking/reading a quilt magazine; someone saying “wouldn't it be great if someone could…” or just a dream. My dreams can get pretty graphic! And I worked in a wonderful quilting shop for almost 6 years and that is where I only had to look at the fabric for inspiraton!
My Favorite techniques… I love most every technique there is to quilting, except yo-yo's! Planning colors, picking fabric, cutting, traditional or paper piecing, appliqué by hand or machine, machine or hand quilting, finishing, binding…well okay so maybe the one I have a hard time with is finishing; I love them all! I have “lots” of UFO's. But if I had to pick only one, my “favorite” technique would be being able to rotary cut most every pattern piece out there you may need to make a block/quilt! After making my first quilt with templates (I don't think rotary cutters were even used yet), I thought I would never go back to templates. Never say never! I have mellowed over the years and will use templates if I really have to.
Colors or fabrics I'm attracted to... I love Modas - Kansas Troubles in particular and Thimbleberries fabrics and tend to go towards the deep rich country colors. Although if you look in my stash you see more of what I collected in the earlier years of my quilting. I guess I got tired of those real quick as they are still there!
My fabric stash... The size of my stash is going down as this past year I have “tried” not to purchase too many new fabrics, but some would say it is large. There is no rhyme or reason to my colors as I buy what I like at the time I'm looking, but the last 4-5 years I have been collecting the dark/rich country colors.
My quilting community… I belong to the Next Stop Englehart Quilter's Guild in Englehart, ON. Our groups meets once a month with lots of show & tell projects completed by our members. I follow along with Pat Sloan on her Quilt MashUp Forums where you can get a lot of support when trying to finish projects.
My additional hobbies/interests… Although quilting is my main hobby/stress reliever/get away, I also knit and sew clothing.
I entered Quilt Design Star™ 2011 because... I read about the contest on the forum (Pat Sloan's) around the end of April and had just finished “The Spirit of Hope” in early April and wondered if this was good enough. The meaning that is sewn into this quilt was something I wanted to share with others.
Links... My blog - chouxqltr.blogspot.com. I don't update it very often, but it is mostly about what I have completed in quilting/sewing. With working full-time now I don't have too much time for that, so it may only get updated once a month.
What you should know about me… I've been married going on 36 years; mother to a wonderful son and beautiful daughter; mother-in-law to two great people; Nanna to 2 grand-daughters and 2 grand-sons and a friend to many. Spending time with them is one of my highlights of the week. And I am a hermit… yes it is true. When I am seen out, friends want to take cover as the weather may make a drastic change! But I do go out; just not that often ;-)
Spirit of Hope (below) is Shirley's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 entry quilt.
Too Many Pieces (below) is Shirley's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Challenge 1 quilt.
Shirley's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Challenge 2 quilt, Breaking Free (below), won Challenge 2!
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