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!!