Okay so like if you don’t know about Pat Sloan, you’re basically lame. But I’m gonna share with you some of PS’s goodness so you won’t be lame for long. When she asked me to be a part of her Mega Fun Book Tour I was so honored because (1) I am a goober and (2) she is beyond legit. And today is Moda’s, American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine’s, and my stop on the Tour. To learn a little more about my stop-mates, boom. And here is my hopefully unlame contribution!
So first thang’s first, Pat has a new book published by Martingale called Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt. They are also having a giveaway to celebrate so head over there and enter.
So like this whole quilty/quilting world is new for me. Although I’m a quick learner, I don’t think that I’ll ever run out of learning tips and tidbits on upping my game. In her book, one thing I wanted to try out was drawing a free motion quilting design before trying it out. I’m very much in the wing it category, but I definitely saw the benefit with this so I gave it a go. And oh em gee tadaaaaa it worked.
I also got to ask her some questions. So here they are:
1. What’s something you recently learned that you were all like oh snap I wish I would’ve known that a long time ago?
This sounds like a easy question, but it’s not for me. I run a large group of over 67,000 quilters who share tips everyday. I talked to hundreds of designers a year for my Talk show and they tell me so many great tips. I also look at their tutorials and I read their books. Having quilted since 1992, I’ve read and tried a lot of things. I do have a tip that I read recently on Lee’s Terrific Tuesday Tip page that is pretty nifty for bobbin storage that I had never heard of before! (she is also on the tour)
2. Is there anything that you do that you know isn’t the right way to do it but you don’t care?
I’m not a perfectionist, so things that are ‘not right to me’ are often in the category of ‘oh my what happened there, I best fix that!’. Generally small imperfections do not register with me because they are the things that make our work very personal and ‘Made by Hand’. For Freemotion machine quilting that means I don’t expect every stitch to be an identical size.
3. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Get coffee and sign onto the computer and see what my friends are up to. I like to try and catch my buddies in Australia before they go to bed. I am not sure how life was prior to the internet…. what did I do? My degree is in computer science, and my first career of 20+ years was as a software engineer. I’m a geek. The first computer I worked on took up the back of my Math room in High School, my phone now has more power than that machine. I love technology!
4. What’s the one sewing tool you couldn’t live without?
My Destiny II Sewing machine! I love having a machine that does everything and makes my sewing fun. For machine quilting the large harp space, the laser light beam, the multiple ways I can set up to lift the presser foot, and the ability to adjust pressure for different batting are the best!
5. Tell me some neato things about your mom. (attached a photo of me & mom .. Bonnie is her first name)
My mom is not a maker, but she is my biggest fan. When I did my first trade show she came with me to sit in the booth to talk to people. She even sewed a few pincushions for me and she doesn’t like to sew! That is a sign of a great mom!
Here they are together:
And seriously, Pat is one of the sweetest, most generous, positive and talented people that I’ve met in the past year. And from the pic, it’s clear where she gets much of that.
And here’s the full line up for the tour:
Pat’s Mega Fun Book Tour!
Nov 26 – Pat’s Birthday!!!