Monday, 29 December 2014

Meet Peta Quilts!

Following on from last weeks posts featuring Quilt Bloggers from the facebook group Quilty bloggers and Instagrammers support group today I’m hosting Peta Quilts who like myself is a big dog lover!

Peta can be found at:
Instagram: petaquilts
Facebook: Peta Minerof-Bartos
Pinterest: Peta Minerof-Bartos
Flickr: petaquilts

The Questions:
  • How did you come to be a quilter?
That's hard to say: I have memories of sewing and quilting that go back to 3rd grade in the 1970s. I got back to quilting during my first pregnancy (97) but became more active about 10 years ago.
  • What is it that you love about being a quilter?
The joy of self expression, creating beauty, and the accomplishment of a project that turns out close to what I envisioned in my mind. Perhaps more importantly, the connection I have with other quilters.
  •  What’s the one piece of advice about quilting that all new quilters should know?
No one knows how to do everything. It's a learning process, and the joy is in growing. Even bad projects help a quilter develop. Be fearless, you can do more than you ever imagined.
  • Who’s the quilter(s) that inspire you at the moment?
Karen McTavish, Robbi Joy Eklow, Angela Walters and every one of my fellow Chicago Modern Quilt Guild sisters.
  • What quilting challenges would you like to conquer in the next 12 months.
Entering a juried quilt show/competition.
Be published in a major quilting publication.
  • What’s your 3 favourite quilts that you’ve made that reflect who you are as a quilter? See detail in #7 above.
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  • If you weren’t a quilter, what other creative endeavour would you like to master?
I've ways been curious about glass blowing: I think it's the colors.
  • What is your favourite kind of pie?
Apple, hot. With a side of vanilla ice cream,cold.
  • What holidays, traditions or religious occasions do you celebrate in your family at this time of year?
We celebrate the Jewish holiday Hanukkah ( or Chanukah) which is an 8 day event. It is a minor holiday with regard to religious significance, but falls during the Christmas season. With all the fan fare and hoopla, we sometimes feel a little left out, and definitely different from the crowd. So, this year I curated a Hanukkah post for SewMamaSew’s Handmade Holiday series. I think it was really appreciated, and the feedback was wonderful. I'm working on finishing up a really great table runner I designed. I love it.
  • Do you listen to music, watch television or prefer the hum of the sewing machine when you sew?
Movies, or music. My tastes vary from popular hits to reggae, the Grateful Dead and tacky 80s pop.
  • What’s your favourite colour combination to work with and why?
I try to stay away from favorites, actively go the OTHER way. I made a black-white-red project as a gift, colors I'd never personally use, but it turned out to be simply stunning; that really changed the way I approach colors. Now, I try to play with contrast, high vs. low volume, combinations that create “pop” or calming harmony. Otherwise, all my projects would be purple!
  • Do you prewash your quilting fabrics?
No. I'm pretty lazy. It bites me in the ass from time to time.
  • What are you hoping the festive season will bring for you?
Peace, and a ProStitcher.

Thank you Peta for sharing with us!

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