Featured Quilter Alida P (@alida-tweloq)
Tell us about your first quilt and when you started paper piecing.
I started sewing in November 2012. I wanted to make a baby quilt for a friend and I found a tutorial on youtube. At the time I didn't have any tool, no sewing machine, nothing! So I cut the "charm squares baby quilt" by hand, assembled by hand, quilted by hand. I thought it was insane and that there must be a quicker way to do it! That's when I bought my sewing machine and I wanted to make a quilt for myself. I found Fandom in Stitches and I fell in love with the Disney designs so I learned to paper piece. I never tried traditional piecing, so I learned how to sew with paper piecing, with ZERO previous experience, so paper piecing is not hard!! I made 2 blocks and I decided that I wanted to design my own.
This is what I consider my first quilt: it's “The Sword in the Stone” quilt. I designed all the patterns myself, and I shared them all for free on Fandom in Stitches. After this quilt I was in love with sewing, quilting and paper piecing!!
What inspires you to design free paper piecing patterns?
I am a computer scientist, so I always loved working with software tools, especially free ones. I started using Quilt Assistant and I couldn't stop! I have always loved Disney, cartoons, video games and all things geeky, so designing patterns to share for free was just the perfect combination of all these passions! Plus it is extremely exciting to see other people making blocks that I designed: it is super fun to see their color choices, changes and how they bring them to life!
Peanuts wall hanging, Bubble Bobble, Holiday Gingy
Where did you get the idea to host the “Art With Fabric” blog hop?
I have always loved van Gogh and in particular one painting (The Starry Night) and I wanted to make a piece inspired by this painting for the AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge. Searching for inspiration images for the piece, I came across the amazing work of Adam Lister and I got in touch with him to ask if it was ok for me to reproduce his version of The Starry Night in fabric. He said yes and after he saw my finished mini he actually asked me to make a mini quilt for him inspired by another of his paintings (the pigeon in the picture)! This is why I started looking at visual art with a different eye and I wanted to see how different quilt artists could interpret this theme. That's the story behind the "Art with Fabric" blog hop!
(top) Vacation From Reality, Yellow Composition, (bottom) Konfettinsky, Piet-ite Blue
You are making a wonderful contribution to the quilting community on Ello by hosting a block swap. How can more quilters join the fun?
Thanks!! Yes, the block swap has been soooo much fun!!!
The basic idea for the swap is that I pair each participant with a different partner every month. You select the block that you want to receive and you make the block that your partner selects (following her/his color request, instructions, etc). Easy peasy! One block a month!
If you want to join, just fill out this form and I will get in touch with you with info and a questionnaire so you can join us! To follow us and see what everyone is swapping, check out #helloblockswap (on Ello).
Do you have any new projects on the horizon you can share?
1. Of course I am planning to keep the Hello Block Swap going for months and months to come.
2. I am currently running a QAL (called Play with Me): we are making game boards with a different technique every month. There are 9 game boards, and 6 have already been shared, but anyone can join at any time and get the remaining boards for free (the previous patterns are available for a small fee). It has been fun to see all the boards shared by different people! There are also prizes involved, so I encourage you to join! To see the latest things shared in this QAL, check out this recent post.
3. In October, I will run the second edition of the Art with Fabric blog hop!! If you want to participate and make a piece for this hop, please get in touch with me! You can just leave your email address as a comment on this page: I will then get in touch with you with more info.
4. And obviously I am currently working on several big projects for myself too! The Minion quilt, the Splendid Sampler, a Stephen King quilt just to name few of the big ones in the making! If you are curious and you want to keep up with my weekly projects, I blog at http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/.