Hi Everyone....Today on the blog, I bring you another exciting interview with one of you lovely sewers and quilters. Please grab a cuppa and nestle in for a read as I introduce you to a fabulous quilter- Nicola Foreman. Nicola is a very busy quilter. Her blog- Nicola Foreman Quilts- is just brimming with lots of gorgeous stitched projects and quilts. There were so many to choose from I had lots of difficulties narrowing it down to a select few for the interview. You'll have to go and check out her blog to see all the wonderful things she's made.
So Nicola, would you like to share with everyone where you live?
"I live in a village called Rendlesham, in the Suffolk countryside, not far from the coast. I’m 5 minutes walk away from fields and Rendlesham forest, which is perfect for walking our dog, Jasper, a black Labrador."
How did you learn your sewig and quilting skills?
"My mother’s aunt taught me to sew as a little girl – mostly embroidered chair back covers – then as a teenager I decided that it wasn’t really cool any more, and although I did dressmaking at school, didn’t really do a lot of sewing (apart from making my bridesmaid dresses and my two daughters christening gowns) until I moved to Rendlesham a few years ago, then I found a wonderful quilt shop about 5 miles away called Quilters Haven - (and now my youngest daughter is working there in her gap year). I have been on lots of classes there and learn so much – it was very exciting a couple of years ago when Lynette Anderson taught there for two days and I was lucky enough to go to both days."
Why did you start sewing?
"When I first found Quilters Haven I saw a fabulous wall hanging – I just had to have it! I enrolled on a beginner’s course and the rest as they say is history! I find it so relaxing and it is wonderful to give someone a gift that you have created yourself. I have made some wonderful friends along the way!"
Do you have a favourite place to stitch?
"I love sitting in my conservatory to hand stitch, especially on a sunny day, overlooking my garden. For machine stitching I have to use the dining room – oh I dream about having a sewing room all to myself – maybe one day!!" (I think that dream is one shared by many of us!)
Have you a favourite stitch that you just love to do?
"Back stitch – simple but I love it!"
If you could, and I know that there are so many to choose from, but do you have a favourite project that you've made?
"Each quilt I make is always my favourite – until the next one! The last one I made was a pattern called Ruth’s Quilt by Leanne Beasley and was made with a medley of Fig tree Quilt fabrics. It’s got lots of stitchery on it, which I love, and the colours are gorgeous – peach and pink and cream – I normally prefer bright colours but this quilt is lovely!!"
What are you working on at the moment?
"I’m stitching a table runner, it’s a mixture of quilting and stitchery. It’s a Norwegian pattern by the designer AnnAKa. My love of her patterns has taken me to Norway and I have been lucky enough to do a couple of courses with her too"
What do you love about your craft?
"I love being able to make individual gifts that are unique – I can buy a tote bag and see lots of women with the same one – but I can make one and know that no-one else has got one quite like it!"
Since you've been sewing what would've been the best piece of sewing advice you've received?
"Use the right needle and thread for the job – then you can’t really go wrong, whether I’m machine stitching or hand stitching."
Do you have a favourite motto that you live by that you would like to share with everyone?
Thanks Nicola for taking the time to share with us your stitching world. These interviews are one of my favourite things to do on the blog. Please, go and have a look at Nicola's blog...there's lots of lovely quilts and sewing projects to look at. Nicola's blog was a "present" from her sister, who thought that she needed to have a blog to share all her wonderful sewing projects!
If you would like to be part of the "Sew and Tell" interviews on the blog, they are open to anyone, please email me and I'll get you started...
On another topic, I'll be starting Christmas projects and ideas on the blog this week. Lot's of lovely little projects to make and give as gifts, ideas for decorating your home and tree and gorgeous gift wrapping ideas. Plus, some exciting news from Red Brolly HQ, but more about that in about 2 week's time. Please make sure that you have "liked" my Red Brolly facebook page.
Don't forget to share with me your progress with "The Wish" quilt!