Friday, July 20, 2012

Friendly Friday - Kelly - Pinkadot Quilts

I love Fridays!!! Not just because it's pizza night but because it's Friendly Friday time. This week we have the lovely Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts. Kelly was one of my first blogging friends, she'd reply to my comments with questions that would get us chatting. It made me realise there was more to blogging than just posting pictures. Though I do always love seeing Kelly's pictures. Not just her amazing, fun, wonderful, bright, colourful, creative quilting projects but her photos of her garden or cute grandchildren too. Okay, time to let Kelly take the floor...


Hi Kelly, tell us a bit about yourself? 
I am 55 years old and have been married for 36 years to my husband Bob. We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I used to be a real estate agent.



How long have you been quilting?
About 35 years.




What enticed you to start quilting?
I saw a Lone Star quilt on the cover of Country Living magazine in 1976.  It cost $200 and I thought I would never be able to afford that but maybe I could make a quilt. In hindsight that was pretty inexpensive! I started hand piecing a Grandmother's Flower Garden and end up making a twin size quilt. When we moved in 1986 I threw it out! I thought it was ugly, I wish I had kept it.



What do you love about quilting?
The creativity is my favorite part. You can give 2 people the same pattern and the quilts will not be the same. The possibilities are endless!



Is there any part of the process that you don't like?
I really don't enjoy squaring up my quilts and they usually need it! It feels very cumbersome to me.



Do you have a favourite sewing saying or motto?
Measure twice and cut once. I need to pay more attention to that one.



What model sewing machine do you use?
A Bernina Artista 180 and a Featherweight




Do you listen to music while you sew? What is your favourite type or cd?
My guilty pleasure is to catch up with the Housewives of New York, or Orange County etc. They are so shallow and total junk tv, I love it.




What is your favourite food?
I love anything Mexican

Do you have any furry friends that keep you company while you sew? 
We don't have any pets, but lots of grandchildren. My granddaughter Maddy is going to be a quilter, she is always in my sewing room playing with pins and such.


Tell us about the house block you've made? 
When is started pulling fabrics I saw the white daisies on the blue background. In my mind I instantly thought Blue Mountain Daisy! So the rest of my fabrics were selected using that as a background. I like using big prints so it was perfect. I also know you like flowers as much as I do so I had to be sure to include one in the block and bigger is always better! I like the whimsy of a big giant flower.
I have so enjoyed getting to know you through our blogs and I really hope some day we can meet in person!


Kelly, Thank you so much!!! Your house block is so much fun!! That big giant daisy just makes me smile sooo much!! And you incorporated ric rac in the eaves, genious!  This house is just so sunny and wonderful!! Thank you!!! And yes you can be sure we'll get to meet in person one day. It's on my Must-Do list! :)

Pop over to Kelly's blog Pinkadot Quilts here and check out all her wonderful sewing adventures.

Have a great weekend everyone!! 

22 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

I love Kelly's hose block! She has a whole quarter acre block AND a giant sunflower! And her red/green applique block is lovely too! ANother great instalment!

Melody said...

Such beautiful sewing

Marg said...

Gosh that is a gorgeous house block.
Love all Kelly's work that you showcased.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Lovely block! I love coming over and seeing who you have featured this week Rachael...thank you for these! Happy Pizza Night xo

Quiltbenaco said...

Belli i blog che ci fai conoscere!
Ciao

Karen said...

What a beautiful house block! When I first saw the block I didn't really notice the daisies, just the golden centres which looked like suns. I can hardly see to type. I think I had better go to bed. Thanks for the Friday interviews and the big reveal of your house blocks.

Lynne said...

I am a follower of Kelly's blog and it was fun learning a little more about her. Thank you.

Sujata Shah said...

I love Kelly as my friend, a creative soul and kind person. So glad I found her through.. guess what? Blogging!
She is truly one of the best thing that happened to me after we moved to PA.

Sujata Shah said...

By the way, those quilts are even more amazing in person.

Barb said...

it was so fun to read about kelly. I've been lucky to spend some time with her and she is such a lovely person.
I love her style and creativity and visiting her blog always brings a smile to my day.
I love the house block she made!

beth said...

Fun to get to know Kelly a bit more! I absolutely LOVE her little house block! WOW!

Melissa P said...

All the little details just make that house block! But I think my favorite is the over-sized daisy. It adds the perfect whimsical touch.

Allie said...

Love her quilts - and that block is great, love the giant daisy!

Char said...

Thank you for the great feature on Kelly, I love her blog!

fiberchick said...

What a lovely collection of her work!

Mary Keasler said...

Isn't Kelly just the best ever! She always brings a smile to my race or a loud belly laugh when I read her blog. I hope to meet her one day and see all the beautiful pieces that she has created.

smazoochie said...

I think I like Kelly's cottage best!
I've seen her quilts on Flickr but not put her name to them -- love the string block with the housewives -- The Housewives of Kaliedoscope Quilt Block?

Katy Cameron said...

Love your block with the huge flower and the plaid roof :o)

Heather said...

Oh this was such fun. I follow Kelly's blog and it was great to learn more about her! Such a pretty house block.

Nifty Quilts said...

Kelly has been one of my favorite blog-friends. She's always there with an encouraging comment or her own great works for inspiration. Hard to believe she's a grandmother. Thank you for helping us get to know her!

SameliasMum said...

Great block. Love the ric rac too

Linda said...

Kelly's a great person to know, isn't she? I've been blessed by reading her blog and getting acquainted. You're a sweetie to feature her.

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