This week meet Emily a.k.a The Caffeinated Quilter! Emily began her quilting journey in college, along with her sister. Her first love was yo-yo quilts and over several years she created more than a hundred quilts. In 2010, Emily found her second love: hexagons! One year later she created The Caffeinated Quilter to promote her unique and innovative hexagon designs. Her patterns have been published in a book and featured in several magazines. In the everyday you will find Emily either quilting in her studio or spending time with her five kids. Keep reading to know more!
Why do you sew?
Quilting helps me stay focused. With five kids to look after, my days can get a little crazy, and sometimes the weeks and months blur together. Seeing a pile of fabric slowly turn into a quilt helps to calm the crazy, and reminds me that yes, indeed, some things do stay finished.
When did you started to sew? And what was your first make?
I started sewing in college, when my sister and I decided to make yo-yo quilts like a quilt we had seen in a magazine. 976 yo-yo's later, the finished quilt was my first make. It's not a comfortable quilt to snuggle under, but still a fun one to drape over the couch.
When did you start to draft patterns? How was the learning process?
I started designing patterns when my fourth child was an infant. I had recently discovered the fun of English paper piecing, and at that time, there were not a lot of patterns on the market for the technique. So I started designing patterns to fill that gap.
How/where do you see yourself and your business in the future?
Right now, I'm delving into the world of video, and learning to make video tutorials. I hope my books and patterns become a go-to resource for quilters who want fun challenges, and interesting patterns that help them learn new skills.
What sewing machine do you own? Is it the machine of your dreams?
I have a Janome MemoryCraft 6600 and a Janome Artistic SD 18 midarm. Both machines are wonderful.
Superstar Quilt, from the book Adventures in Hexagons
What is your favorite make ever? Why?
Superstar, a quilt from my book, Adventures in Hexagons. The quilt was a culmination of so many things I have learned about sewing y-seams, and made with so many of my favorite fabrics, including lots of vintage Japanese kimono. And every time I see it, it makes me laugh, as I remember quilting it late into the night before my book was due, and binding it with my best friend only hours before we shipped it off to the publisher.
What is on in the background while you're sewing?
Music. It ranges from Matchbox 20 to Enya to Jars of Clay, depending on the day and whether my kids are in the studio with me.
Who's your sewing/blogging/style/fashion/designer/quilter hero(s)?
Marti Michell, Yoko Saito, Angela Walters, Willyne Hammerstein
What are your favorite sewing techniques?
What is your least favorite sewing technique/step?
Peppermints and Snowflakes, PDF quilt pattern by The Caffeinated Quilter
Describe yourself in 3 words: silly, determined, enthusiastic
3 Favorites - color, texture and fabric:
- teal, bumpy, cotton
3 things that make you happy:
- my family,
- the beach
3 random things about you:
- I did research in a Caribbean rainforest,
- I love Zumba,
- and I love playing Heroes of the Storm with my husband and kiddos on the weekends
Life or sewing motto:
Yes, you can! No technique is too challenging to learn.
Pumpkin Patches, PDF pattern by The Caffeinated Quilter
Thank you, Emily!
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