I love LeeAnns beautiful, bright, exploration of fabrics. Her sense of colour and form is so innate and joyful. I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know her.
Hi LeeAnn, Tell us a bit about yourself , How long have you been quilting?
I've been making quilts since 2005, the year I turned 50. I always used to joke saying, "When I am old, I will make quilts." Truly, I was not at all serious about that, and I don't think 50 is "old." But here I am with a passion that I love.
What enticed you to start quilting?
What enticed me to make quilts was the opportunity to combine prints, checks, stripes and dots in all sorts of ways. I loved Kaffe Fasset fabrics, and felt I couldn't just leave those on the shelves at the shop. I HAD to make quilts from them!
What do you love about quilting?
Besides the endless possible combinations of fabrics, what I love about quilt-making is the way we become completely absorbed in color, shape and pattern. Worries and concerns just fall away. I also love using odd fabrics, vintage prints, old clothes, upholstery samples and corduroy.
Do you have a favourite sewing saying or motto?
My favorite saying for quilters is, "Does it look OK if you were seeing it from a galloping horse?" My quilts usually pass this test.
What model sewing machine do you use?
I use a Bernina 430 and a Singer Featherweight. I started on my grandmother's 40 year old Viking, and I'll never get rid of it. Sometimes I want to sew fast, and sometimes slow.
I like to listen to books while I'm sewing. Some of my favorites are: The Birth of Venus by Susan Dunant, Signora DaVinci by Robin Maxwell, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Currently I'm listening to The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
Do you have any furry friends that keep you company while you sew?
Malti, my 6 year old female Australian Shepherd, is my faithful companion while I sew.
Tell us about the house block you've made?
Your house block was inspired by the roof fabric, which came from a mini-skirt at the thrift store. I thought you'd love the birds, flowers and colors. Then I picked vintage fabrics to go with it. It was a lot of fun to make something for you!