I first came across Peta via Instagram some time last year. I love her clean, fresh style so when she when she was looking for pattern testers for a new quilt earlier this year I was very glad to test and edit her "Down South" quilt pattern. Life happened for both of us and we lost touch so I'm very glad she agreed to be the next interviewee in my Quiz the Quilter series. There may be a special offer at the end of the post for you, Dear Reader.
So, let's meet Peta.
NB - all photos are Copyright Peta Peace of She Quilts a Lot and are used with her permission.
- Tell us a bit about you?
Outside of quilting I run my own small consulting business in change management/computer program implementation. It’s fun but I find that I need a creative outlet to balance it. We live in Brisbane, Australia and just love the small town feel of this beautiful city; I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love….travelling, reading, chocolate, cheese, late afternoon naps and late nights watching movies, going out to dinner (so I don’t have to cook!) and having a clean and tidy house (bit of a neat freak!).
- When did you start quilting?
I started quilting about 14 years ago. Before that I had always enjoyed sewing although I’d never been a big fan of making clothes - I preferred making decorating pieces like cushions and bed linen which I now think was just the quilter in me waiting to find the right medium. Around the time my eldest child was born my Mum decided to make a quilt and I thought it looked like fun so I thought I would give it a try too. I’ve been hooked ever since!
- Tells us about your first quilt?
My first quilt….disastrous! I used cotton blend country style fabrics from Spotlight and bought way too much; I’m fairly sure that I still have some of one of the prints around here somewhere! I did love it though and it’s unfortunate that I didn’t use quilting cottons because it well and truly fell apart and I had to send it to quilt heaven (aka the bin!). The quilt itself was really simple design and consisted solely of hand appliqued hearts alternating with echo quilted blocks. I hand quilted the whole thing.
- What’s your favourite part of the quilt-making process?
Hands down binding is my favourite part of the quilt making process. I hand quilted every quilt I made until 2013 when I decided that I really needed to learn how to machine quilt. I made 14 quilts between October and December that year as Christmas gifts for people I love and boy did I have machine quilting and free motion sorted after that! I prefer to send my quilts out to be quilted these days so the only hand sewing part I do is the binding. I still find it incredibly relaxing to be able to sit on the couch with a quilt covering me sewing the binding down, it almost makes me miss hand quilting.
- What project are you currently working on?
I have four projects on the go at the moment. A new pattern, two Liberty quilts and I’m also working on the Scrap Jars quilt from Vintage Vibe by Amber Johnson. I recently decided that I would make every quilt in Amber’s quilt because I love them all so much; Scrap Jars was the first on my list.
- Tell us about your pattern designing business? How did it come about?
Not long after I started quilting I found that I liked the process of making a quilt a lot more if I put my own spin on the pattern. Initially that meant choosing fabrics that were very different from the ones suggested but it wasn’t long before I was making design alterations so that each quilt was unique. I think the fifth quilt I ever did was 100% my own design. I still have it although it has been relegated to the dog bed (yep at our house even the pets have quilts!). I call that quilt the Microsoft Quilt because it was designed using with shapes I appliqued from the Microsoft Office suite. I don’t think it was very good but it was a unique idea!
- What do you love about designing quilts?
There is something so immensely satisfying about making something that is 100% my own design but that doesn’t even come close to the joy I feel when I see other quilters working with one of those patterns. It’s very humbling and I’m immensely grateful that so many people have chosen to buy and make the couple of patterns I’ve released.
- What’s next for you – where do you see yourself in two/five/ten years’ time (whichever you feel like answering)?
Gosh that’s a hard one! Quilting is a real passion for me and I would love to continue to design and write patterns. I’ve been lucky enough to go over to the United States to attend a quilt conference and would love, one day, to teach at one of those conferences or retreats. Now that really would be amazing.
- Where can we find you?
Thank you very much to Peta who has kindly given Vine Lines Quilting blog readers the opportunity to purchase her patterns at a 20% discount between now and midnight Sunday 16 August. Simply go to http://shequiltsalot.bigcartel.com/ and enter the code VLQ20 at the checkout.