This weeks designer interview is with Leanne from Petals and Patches. leanne is my "closest" designer living not very far away and she has always been involved in my patchwork life! Many of you who came into the shop will remember Leanne. Having her in the shop was always a godsend and she is a lovely friend.... but in the context of the blog interview I'd like you to get to know her and her work a little better. Once you see her work I'm sure you'll be a big fan like me!
Petals & Patches is a small family business that started from my “overwhelming passion” for all things crafty. In the past I have enjoyed a variety of interests including knitting, sewing and folk art painting, so starting Petals & Patches has allowed me to combine my love of pretty fabrics with my desire to stitch. I love to encourage others to find enjoyment in this way too.
My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, i.e. nature, fabric, etc. The smallest thing can trigger an idea and I have a myriad of ideas written in books & on papers to draw future designs from. When I first started designing it was often the fabric that would inspire me (it still does!!!) however I have so many ideas that now I find I’m looking for fabrics to go with them.
I’m often accused of being a perfectionist but I do like to have everything in order (even if it is only in my head) before I start a project. I usually only make the one sample but lots of drawings have happened before hand so when I finally make the quilt all the refinements have already taken place.
I’m currently working on a new Block of the Month which will hopefully be released in the not too distant future and I think this will become my new favourite quilt (all my quilts are like part of the family to me and it is hard to put one ahead of another) but my favourite quilt designed so far would have to be Seasons of the Heart (pictured below) as it holds so many memories both in terms of the past and of friends who contributed with the stitching.
[Laura adds: this is still available as a complete kit from my website ]
My favourite quick quilt to make was In Mum’s Kitchen.
My favourite colour growing up was always blue, however I love pink & green too! There’s not many colours I don’t like. If I had to choose just one it would currently be green. Green to me is -: tranquility, calmness, growth, life & relaxing.
My favourite thing to do is embroidery by hand, I love to machine piece, but there is nothing quite like relaxing and doing a little stitching. I also love hand quilting but don’t get enough time to do as much as I would like to. So my most valued tool in my sewing kit is my needle & thread. The best piece of advice I ever received was to always pull my thread out to the left when making French Knots and they will always sit flat. No more wobbly knots!
Joke to keep us all in stitches : You know you’re a quilter when you find yourself drawing the bathroom tile pattern on a piece of toilet paper.
Thanks Leanne - now for those who are interested of more of Leanne's beautiful work check out my website(free postage for all petals and patches patterns purchased from me by end February) - also pop on over to Leanne's blogand give some words of encouragement! She's beginning to blog and I'd love her to blog more so I'm sure you can encourage her too by visiting and leaving a comment.
As usual with these regular blog interviews I will be giving away one free pattern by Petals and Patches from those that I have in stock - to enter you need to be an Australian Resident and enter a comment below (by clicking the grey button that says "comment"). Entries need to be received by midnight on valentines day 14 February 2010. I will use the random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck!