All about Crystal part one

Last week I put a call out and said, ask me anything! Well, you guys asked some pretty great questions, that’s for sure! I have done my very best to answer them.

Butterfly quilt. Pattern from a magazine (sorry can't remember!) with stash fabrics.

Butterfly quilt. Pattern from a magazine  with stash fabrics.

Lyn: How long have you been quilting, and what got you started?

I have been quilting for 7 years. I have always sewn and have a background in dressmaking. My mother has been quilting for about 15 years (or more) and I remember trying a precut quilt, in fetching shades of bottle green and dusty pinks. I think I lasted about 20 minutes before getting bored. I picked up quilting again about 7 years ago, after my daughter was born and I wanted/needed a new hobby. I saw a butterfly pattern in one of mum’s magazines, she sent me some fabrics and I was hooked.

Judith: How do you manage to get so much done and be so creative with a young family!

It’s all a façade Judith! I would love to be more prolific, but as a cricket widow (that is, the wife who is left behind when the cricket season starts), summer slows it down for me. Archer is a rather active toddler, so there isn’t much opportunity while he is awake, but he does nap well, so there is some time there. While the kids are young, I do get some time after 8pm to do sewing or blogging or pattern writing. I’m a night owl and take the time when it presents itself.

Alys: How many WIPs do you have?

Not a great deal of actual works in progress at the moment. I am making another bag to prepare for the pattern release and one or two tops laying around. However, there are so many work in progress in my head, that’s for sure.

@emmajeanjansen What’s your favourite fabric?

My favourite fabric would be from Washi by Rashida Haleman-Cole. I love the graphics and the colours. I may or may not have bought another 4 yards of the washi tape on cream from an online destash.

Ups and Down - pattern by Sarah Fielke using Tula Pink's Parisville fabric range

Ups and Down – pattern by Sarah Fielke using Tula Pink’s Parisville fabric range

@pinkyingblog: Who is your favourite fabric designer?

Tula Pink. Parisville was the first ‘range’ I really fell in love with and since then I follow her pretty closely and more often than not will indulge in grabbing the complete line when they are released. I just love that she marches to the beat of her own drum and is her totally crazy self.

@katequilts: Do you like champagne?


@coleandtaffy: Do you like to read the book first or see the movie first?

Both. If I really love a movie, I will usually read the book. I have to admit, I am not very good at choosing books to read, most often the novels I read are on recommendation. I am currently reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The TV series was amazing, so I quickly downloaded the series for my kindle and I am now about three quarters of the way through the first book. I’m having trouble putting it down…

Julie: How old were you when you lost your first tooth? Did the tooth fairy come and how much did she pay?

I can’t rightly recall Jules! I do know that when the tooth fairy remembers to show up at my house, she drops a buck in the trinket box.

@mrsaeh: Do you like to cook and if so, what’s your favourite speciality?

I prefer baking and I make a mean caramel slice. For some reason, I have never mastered a basic cake (what the heck am I doing wrong?), but my red velvet cake, with cream cheese frosting is certainly very popular!

So, go on, don’t be shy, leave me a comment and ask me anything!