This week meet Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs! Cheryl lives in South Carolina, U.S.A., and works as an engineer and patent agent by day for a private textile and chemical company. When she is not working you can find her crafting, either quilting, cake decorating, cooking or crocheting. Cheryl made her first quilt for her daughter's "big girl" toddler bed and haven't stopped making quilts ever since. Keep reading to know more!
Why do you sew?
I sew for a creative outlet. I love playing with all of the colors, patterns, and textures of fabric.
When did you started to sew? And what was your first make?
I have always been crafty trying my hand at cake decorating, cooking, crocheting but always had a love for quilts (though there were no quilters in my family). I decided to make my daughter a quilt for her "big girl" toddler bed so I went to Joann's and bought a cutting mat, rotary cutting, and ruler and armed with my mother's old 1980'a slant shank Singer and hours of visiting blogs and watching YouTube videos, I made my first quilt. I have been hooked ever since.
When did you start to draft patterns? How was the learning process?
I started designing my own quilts shortly after I started quilting. I enjoyed creating my own shapes and designs with the fabric. An as engineer, I love the quilt math and the challenge of breaking down the pattern into clear and easy to follow instructions.
How is your creative/design process?
I typically begin my design process with the design itself rendering the quilt in whites, grays, and blacks. After I have the design set, then I usually bring in different colors. Occasionally, I start the process with some fabric I want to use or a new fabric collection that is about to be released, and work to create the design off of the fabrics.
Poinsettia Pinwheels quilt pattern by Meadow Mist Designs
What is on in the background while you're sewing?
Usually nothing. With a houseful of kids, sewing is my quiet time :)
What are your favorite sewing techniques?
I love paper piecing because of the precision and the different angles that can be created.
What is your least favorite sewing technique/step?
I do not care for piecing quilt backings so I am a huge fan of wide backing fabrics and sheets.
3 Favorites - color, texture and fabric:
- My favorite color is blue and I love textured fabrics that read as solids.
3 things that make you happy:
- Sunny days,
- my family,
- and a clean sewing room (the last one does not happen often :)
3 random things about you:
- 1. I am a tap dancer and have been since I was three years old. I once dreamed of trying out for the Rockettes.
- 2. I am a terrible speller (sometimes spell check can't even figure what I am trying to write).
- 3. I have 50 US Patents, mostly in the area of LCD displays.
Life or sewing motto:
Make something everyday that can't be unmade.
Canvas Lines quilt pattern by Meadow Mist Designs
Thank you, Cheryl!
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