Sew and Tell..
Today I bring you another peek into the inspirational world of you lovely sewers and quilters. I absolutely love doing these posts. I love to see how you organise and create in your space.
Please come with me as we go for a visit to..... I would like to introduce the wonderful and inspirational Debbie, you may know her in the stitching circles, blogs and chat rooms as "Debbie St. Germain." She has been coming to my blog for a little while now and it's great to finally get to "meet" her.
Look what's near where she lives...
Gorgeous isn't it?
Now what should you know about the wonderful Debbie? Firstly, she lives in the beautiful Rhode Island in the States. Secondly, she has her own blog, WoolenSails, which she's been running since 2008. And it's just lovely and whimsical and lots of inspirational photos from around where she lives. She also sells lots of wonderful e-patterns which you can buy from her blog.
Now to the sewing part...Would you like to see some of her work? What about where she creates? You should see how lucky Debbie is. Look at these...
Here's her...wait for it...sewing room!
She does admit that it's a work in progress. She has it set up so she can move around freely on her office chair. She spends the day whizzing and spinning across the room, moving from space to project, to books and supplies.
The little basket you can see on her wall is her new scrap basket. She throws in all the small pieces that are cut off from her sewing. So, she can grab a piece from here if she needs something small for applique or if she is practicing on the machine, she can use a piece to try the stitches on.
Debbie has organised all her creative bits and pieces into drawers holding things such as scrap wools, scrap pieces, tools and other bits. But.it gets better, she also has another room which is devoted to her other craft of wool hooking. Here, she also keeps all her magazines. We, unfortunately, we're not allowed into that room as Debbie admits that it's a little untidy.
Would you like to see some of her sewing?
Debbie belongs to and participates in lots of online crafting/quilting groups, some public, some by private invitiation. She also belongs to an ebay group called USAPRIM. It is a group of wonderful woman who create primitive goods, made in the USA. She also belongs to two primitive quilting groups, and several flicker groups, including Red Brolly. Debbie believes that groups are a great way to make new friends and to learn new techniques and styles.
This piece below is one of her favourite pieces.
It's her favourite because it was done as a challenge in her primitive quilt group.
Each participant was given partners and her partner sent her fat quarters, wool and an assortment of embellishments such as lace and buttons, and, guess what the challenge was? She had to make them into a quilt!!!
By her own admission it was a challenge to create something with the lace and assortment of buttons and the chicken panel. I think it turned out pretty well, don't you?
She also loves folk art and creates a lot of quilts from pictures that she has seen. Here's another favourite of her's, which was created by flicking through old quilting books and using ideas she had seen.
Debbie, like a lot of us, learnt her skills from her mother and grandmother. Spending lots of American summers at her grandmother's house quilting and rug hooking.
Finally, it's time to say goodbye to Debbie. If you see her around in the crafting and quilting circles make sure you say hello and I would just like to thank Debbie for her time and letting us into her crafting world.
I'll just leave you with her favourite inspirational quote...
AND...almost forgot, you should go and check out her blog. Debbie is being very generous and is running a little giveaway of one of her e-patterns.