1. Tell us about you
Hi! My name is Beth. I spend my days working with middle school students, teachers and families as an administrator. I love working with data and curriculum and am able to do a lot of that kind of work for my district in addition to working with kids. I think the combination of detail work and creativity are things that appeal to me in both my work and in quilting. I’ve been married for 14 years to my wonderful husband and we have two dogs, Milo and Quincy.
2. When/How did you get into quilting?
I come from a family of quilters. My great-grandmother, Mama Pat, was known for her quilts. She made one for each of her 15 children as well as her grandchildren. That’s a lot of quilts! They weren’t fancy quilts, but they were made with care and were meant to be loved and used. I am fortunate to have received one and my mom now has several others in addition to the one that was made for her. Mine is a bow tie pattern. The others include a maple leaf and a grandmother’s flower garden, which was on my bed when I was little. I spent hours looking at all the fabrics and can picture them now when I close my eyes. I plan on wrestling my sister for them if I have to when my mom is ready to pass them on.
3. Show us a couple of your projects
4. What (if any) other crafty activites do you enjoy?
5. What quilt or item you've made are you most proud of and why?
My sister and I played softball for many years, and my mom started hand piecing a queen sized grandmothers fan for their bedroom while sitting at countless softball games.
We moved, they re-decorated their room, and the quilt was shelved. I secretly rescued it a few years ago and made her a lap quilt with some of her completed blocks. I used a few for a charity quilt, and used the unsewn triangles for my wonky log cabin that I have yet to finish. I have several original pieced blocks remaining to make a quilt for my niece. I’m proud to have given her old project new life in so many ways.
6. Who inspires you most in your quilting?
I think, like most of us, I draw inspiration from many places, mostly blogs and the quilting community online. I tend to like traditional things done with a modern twist and spend as much or more time contemplating what I want to do than actually doing it sometimes! I rarely make something just to make it, which means I am one of those odd quilters who doesn’t have a huge stash. I want each quilt to have meaning and relevance and I look to the person it is for to give me inspiration. When making baby quilts, I try to be inspired by the parents’ plan for the nursery décor as well as their personalities.