Today’s QuizAQuilter guest is by request from Cassie Madge. I’m so pleased that Sari agreed to be interviewed – I’ve loved getting to know a new-to-me quilter – her designs are full of rainbowy, geometric goodness. She’s a bit brilliant – she’s only been quilting for a bit over a year!
- Tell us a bit about you?
There’s so much I could say here because I really have become a horse of many colors! I initially started out as a commercial pilot and flew for an engineering firm based in Indianapolis, IN flying all over the midwest and southeastern United States. Since then I’ve added Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor to the list, as well as wife, Air Force spouse, dog momma and quilter/maker.
- When did you start quilting?
A little over a year ago. We had been at our new base for about a year, and it was a year of sadness and depression due to how horrible it was there. I decided to tap into my creative side and just crochet more and doodle and start sewing again. Who knew that would lead me to the Albuquerque Quilt Show while visiting my parents one weekend and then start the “big bang theory” of my quilting life. Bang. I tried a longarm machine and wasn’t too shabby at it on first attempt. And so the story unfold from there. Here I am!
- Tells us about your first quilt?
I actually made a block rag quilt years ago for a boyfriend. But then we broke up…so who knows where that quilt is. Probably lit on fire. And I guess I technically made a “quilt” in the first grade where I painted on large blocks of fabric and stitched them together with “puffy stuff” in between it. Gosh, I wish I still had that monstrosity! I would bring tears to your eyes to see it! My first “real” quilt would be my “United States of AmeriKona” quilt I made last fall. I cut out each state of the U.S. to scale (except Alaska…that would’ve taken a LOT more fabric!) and did appliqué for them all. Then I loaded it onto my brand new HQ18 and FMQd different patterns into each state. I love it and am so proud of it for my first “real” project and first time ever FMQing an actual piece.
- What’s your favourite part of the quilt-making process?
I love the freedom I’m able to attain using math and angles and symmetry and asymmetry! While I enjoy the whole process -yes, even the binding!- I think I most enjoy coming up with concepts then drawing them into paper reality knowing that my measurements will actually bring forth textile reality. I hope that makes sense! (Basically, I’m just a nerd who likes to color and likes to do math!)
- Tell us about your passion for FMQ – when did that start?
FMQ was a happy byproduct of my boredom with straight lines and constant repetition. I went to the ABQ Quilt Show with my mom; played around with a few demo longarm machines; realized I was actually surprisingly decent; bought one; started quilting! “The big bang theory” for me. ;o) I’ve always doodled in notebooks. It’s funny to look through some of my randomly-saved (hoarder much?!) notebooks from middle school through college and to see the doodles in the margins. I never once thought those would become something for me and a future career path! So I’ve created the hashtag #sketchbookquilting for my own FMQ because that’s how I quilt best – like my sketchbook doodles.
- Tell us about your latest quilt – Luminaria – where did the inspiration come from? When will the pattern release be happening?
In my head, Luminaria needed to be made from solids. I had not yet named it Luminaria, but only had a concept of a spectrum radiating out from the center of this design. As I made it, it appeared to me as fractal light and light rays glowing from the center medallion point. –Side step here…I lived in Puerto Rico as a child and have a lot of hispanic influence in the things I do and like today.– So the quilt reminded me the glow of the luminary lights we’d see at Christmas/la Navidad. And that’s where “luminaria” came from.
The pattern is being written NOW, in fact. It’s my first time ever writing a pattern, so I’m navigating through my own obsession to details and perfection to make it something I’m happy with sharing with everyone. Bear with me…I promise to be as expeditious as I am able!
- What project are you currently working on?
There is never just one project for me. Maybe I’m slightly lacking in the attention span department! haha! Right now I’m currently working on two more items for Lecien Fabrics for their Quilt Market booth, as well as putting the final touches on my first coloring booklet! I’ve chosen 38 of my doodles and am printing them into booklets for coloring fun. Kids…adults…whomever! I’m excited because I really do love to doodle and draw and also color!
- What’s next for you – where do you see yourself in two/five/ten years’ time (whichever you feel like answering)?
Hmmm….well, I’d really like to say that within 10 years’ time, the Mr and I will be living in Colorado. We both have discussed that as being our end destination – his job, the mountains, pine trees, skiing, altitude…plus some of my greatest friends are out that way! As for the next few years…we’ll remain here in the countryside just outside of Washington, D.C. while the Mr finishes out his military commitment. I’ve got a LOT of design ideas already on paper and swimming in my head, so I’ll be working on converting those into reality.
- Where can we find you?
I am a HUGE advocate of Instagram! I’m often there: @sariditty
I also have a FB page: www.facebook.com/designsbysari
And my web site is in the works!! www.sariditty.com