Angie Wilson is a Canberra-based quilter and blogger. She's currently part of the Sewvivor Competition at the Family Ever After blog.
Last year, Angie's quilt "The Feathered Beast Slayed" won Best Use of Colour at the Canberra Quilters Members' Exhibition and so ahead of this year's exhibition, in which she is exhibiting two quilts, I thought I would ask her to tell us a bit more about herself and show us some of her quilts. The exhibition opens this Thursday .
1. Tell us a bit about you?
Here’s what you need to know: I suck at writing introductions to myself type things.
*stares at blank page for 10 minutes*
Right… ok… hmm…. I’m happily married. I’m a mother to the most amazing little man. My parents are my best friends. I’m a believer. Creating is my life’s passion. I say the f-word (and no, it’s not fabric) more than I would like. I love to have a good laugh. I have a terrible weakness for sweets, fabric and Dean Winchester. I think I may be addicted to Coke Zero.
2. When did you start quilting?
About 3 years ago when I took a beginner class in quilting. I was lucky enough to have a fabulous teacher who stuck with me (even though I couldn’t hand stitch or understand how my sewing machine worked) and encouraged me where others had told me I should probably take up another hobby.
3. Tells us about your first quilt?
I made a really simple block quilt for my Mum. I just went into a fabric store and picked all fabrics that I loved and I thought went together. I had no clue about contrast, saturation, value or exactly how to make it work – but I just dived right in. It’s one of my favourite quilts and it brings me so much joy to know that it’s used and my Mum loves it as much as I do.
4. How long have you been blogging?
11 years… I started blogging on LiveJournal when I moved to Canberra in 2011 as a way of recording my adventure and meeting new people. It’s been such an amazing experience and my blog and blog style has continually evolved over the years. I’m really digging where my blog journey is taking me.
5. What’s your favourite part of the quilt-making process?
I love when the vision I have in my head starts to be realised and it’s either exactly as I’d planned or a massive flop. Even if it’s a flop it’s still such a great learning experience and it makes the next quilt even better because of it. I love the fun of mixing fabrics and colours – like a giant fabric colouring in book.
6. What project are you currently working on?
I’ve got a couple on the go. I need to finish quilting my Sea Breeze Mini Quilt. I have my Zombie Bear Paw quilt that needs to have it’s sashing done and I really need to get back to my Midnight at the Oasis. So many quilts, so little time…
7. How do you go about choosing colour combinations for your quilts; what do you look for in the fabrics you select?
This is a hard one and it really depends on the project. When I first started quilting I bought fabric for specific projects in mind. They usually started from either a colour combination that I like or I had found a fabric that I wanted to use and so I would find complimentary fabrics that I felt would work with the feature fabric.
Now I tend to buy fabrics as they appeal to me – whether it be pattern, colour or design – and then I see what I have in my stash when I start something before I’ll go hunting for more fabrics.
I tend to like the bright fabrics and work a lot with contemporary quiltling fabrics. (Although I have been thinking about seeing whether I could make a reproduction fabric quilt that reflects my “style”.)
My fabric selection is constantly evolving and I take a lot of inspiration from the things I see everyday. Nature never goes wrong when it comes to colour combinations so I like looking at nature photography and picking colour combinations from that. Colour inspiration is everywhere – you just have to pay attention.
My rule when it comes to colour combinations – trust your gut. If you like it and you will enjoy looking at it then what does it matter what other people think? You’re not going to please everyone so you might as well please yourself.
8. What do you consider a low volume fabric?
I don’t really get the whole “low volume” thing. For me I tend to just use black and white prints with a very sparse print, or pale pale colours with a single coloured print on them. I think the key to this one is that the print has to have only one colour in it and not be very dense.
I’m still learning when it comes to defining this and I tend to go with what works in my head when it comes to trying to do a low volume quilt. Like everything – you just have to have fun.
9. What’s next for you – where do you see yourself in two/five/ten years’ time (whichever you feel like answering)?
I’d love to be earning a living doing what I love and at the moment I love creating and sharing that process with others. I am the happiest I think I have ever been and that’s in a large part due to the amazing quilting and blogging community that I’m lucky enough to be a part of and I’d love for that to continue. I’m an ideas girl, so who knows where that will take me. *wink*
10. Where can we find you? (FB, Instagram etc)