This week I am super excited to introduce to you Kellie from Don't Look Now! It’s not difficult to fall in love with her designs. She has a lovely fresh and contemporary style. On a pure white background her designs really stand out with fabulous bright appliqué fabrics - an exciting use of colour and technique.
I will be running a class with Kellie in June in Williamstown (either a Monday or Wednesday during the day - so if you want to come along get in touch by email as I'm sure the places will fill fast). Kellie is full of enthusiasm about her approach to sewing and seems to have an endless supply of energy which is infectious! Whilst the designs look detailed and they like they may take forever, the techniques she uses are fast and will lead to a finished project rather than another UFO! Definately worth checking out!.
To celebrate this lovely designer and her patterns all Don’t Look Now patterns will be discounted 10% when ordered through my website (I will process the discount on despatch) if you type “Don’t look now save 10” into the comment box on the order page. Offer is up till 28 Feb 2010. Also if you buy a pattern by 25 Feb and let Kellie know (details on her blog) then you go into a giveaway draw with her too! Benefits all round!!
Don't forget to pop over to Kellie's blog which is really inspirational and say hi - you will be wowed by the quilt along and other projects she has on the go there. It is a super blog.
So here's Kellie.... I’m sure you’ll see why I’m such a fan!
I am a mother of four gorgeous, fun & sometimes very annoying kids LOL !!!! I stumbled upon quilting after finding a couple of beautiful commercial quilts in a department store that I was too stingy to buy! I had this crazy notion that I could make them for half the price ... who was I kidding??? The major interests in my life are of course my family and fabric LOL!!!!! My latest project is Lilly Pilly which was released a few months ago now. This project combines turned edge appliqué with raw edge machine appliqué. It’s a simple design fun design to make and I just love it!
What inspires you to be creative? I must say that I am not quite sure where my initial dream for a quilt design comes from … I am inspired by colour around me in all different forms; nature, fabric, children’s clothing, toys & accessories to name just a few. I will usually have some initial idea or plan for a theme or overall concept for a quilt and everything just flows from there. I tend to be drawn toward pretty girly designs and I really have to work hard to not feature pink in my quilts!!!
What inspired you to go from being creative to designing and selling patterns? I am not really sure how it progressed ... people started asking for patterns and once the requests became overwhelming I started thinking well wouldn’t it be nice to develop a career / small business where I could do something that I love, something that makes me happy and while generating a little income that might just pay for my fabric addiction ... well some of it anyway!!!!!!! LOL
Pattern first or Fabric first? Always design first! I have an enormous stash of fabric and once I have a plan for a design drawn up that’s when I hit my shelves .... and the piles of unfolded fabric lying on my cutting table, in boxes on the floor and strewn just about everywhere else in my sewing room LOL!!!
How many samples or designs do you do before you are happy with your finished design? I only ever make things once, but I wouldn’t say that it is a quick process. Because my projects are mostly appliqué the only things that may need changing would be the odd shape because a colour doesn’t work as well as I had initially thought. In these instances I would be replacing the shape during the auditioning process ... so it never involves remaking something.
Colour? Pink – fun, soft, warm, sweet and happy
Hand or machine? I prefer to make my projects by machine as a general rule ... but I always have a hand sewn project on the go to drag around with me while I am watching the kids at their sporting events & after school activities.
What’s your favourite project? My absolute favourite quilt that I have designed is Lilly Pilly. I just love this quilt. It looks so lovely on my family room wall LOL! As it happens this quilt was a part of a giveaway I held on my blog to celebrate my 100th post .... I will miss it dearly but I am pleased that it has gone to a good home.
Joke to keep us all in stitches I made allot of Lilly Pilly while on holidays in Fiji last year. I designed the project before we left home and had planned to take a sewing machine with me to start work on it while we were away. I was talking to a friend before we left and told her of my plan to take my sewing machine with me on our trip and she thought that this was an excellent idea and was keen to share my wonderful idea with her husband. Once her husband found out about my plan his response was ... “surely they have better things to do in the evenings!!!”. After hearing this I was shamed into not taking my machine with me ... so much of the appliqué in Lilly Pilly was put together by hand not using my usual raw edge technique.
I have to say I have enjoyed every conversation I have with Kellie which always leave me feeling up beat - and from this blog interview I am sure you can see why. I know a lot of girls who love what Kellie does but don't think that they can do it - I'd just like to encourage you all to give it a go - you may surprise yourself!
Don't forget to leave a comment below - I have a lovely variegated thread by cottage garden threads to give away to a commenter - comments by 7 March 2010.