Thursday, January 17, 2019

adventures book tour: Folksy Friends

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QUILTER: Kathleen Riggins
QUILT: Folksy Friends

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Tell us about yourself! What’s something people might not expect (or already know) about you?
I’ve been sewing since I was 3 years old, and have considered myself a “quilter”since I was 14. I live in Alberta Canada, where I work in my families quilt shop as well as longarm quilting in my supposed spare time, as well as traveling to teach free motion quilting. Something you might not know about me… I haven’t worn matching socks since I was in elementary school. 

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Can you provide some background on how you approach quilting customer quilts generally? What types of things do you typically consider?

Basically…when a customer want’s me to quilt for them, that’s the last decision they make :D I get to decide everything, from design to thread to whatever else. There are two pricing options, one for single thread, and one for changing thread colours. I don’t give my customers a lot of choice. 

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What influenced your quilting choices for this particular design?
I wanted the octopus to be the focal part of the quilt, so I used the diamond in the quilting to emphasize him. 

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Sarah had mentioned another quilt that I had done that was a particular favourite, so I was inspired from that quilt to use different designs in each piece of background fabric. I also matched thread very specifically to each background- I think I used more than 10 different cream coloured threads in this quilt.

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Were there other ideas that came to mind? Are there any alternative quilting schemes you’d care to share?
I really didn’t have any other plans :D I tend to go with the first thing I think of.

Any specific tips or resources for our readers who might be struggling with how to quilt this (or other) designs?
Just do it! You can practice forever, but until you do a quilt, you hit a plateau. As well, breaking the background into each different piece helps, as you don’t have to be scared by a giant negative space, rather just fill in each little square.

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What machine do you quilt on?

I have an APQS Lucey. 

How can our readers keep up with you on social media? (website, blog, instagram, etc.)

Instagram @kathleenquilts, or!

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  1. Gorgeous quilt and quilting. 'Kinda reminds me of the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral.

  2. I love the quilt! I have a male friend who collects squid/octopus related items but I don't think he has a quilt. Yet anyway!


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