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Skill Builder: John Adams

March 26th, 2010

John AdamsWell, I’m sure many of you already know the talents of Mr. John Q. Adams from his Blog, Quilt Dad. His sense of style is so trendy and retro.  I probably already said something to this same effect last year, but I just love his fabric choices.  His blog is so much fun, really it is….John has seriously kept himself  busy since last March and he tells us all about it in his interview with us.

What have you been up to since last March?

Wow, first let me say that I am thrilled to have been nominated again for the “Month of Men” here on Stitchin’ Heaven.  It’s one of my favorite events in all of blog-land and I’m always thrilled to learn of new-to-me fellow manquilters.  It’s also hard to believe that it’s already been a year since Nichole first featured me here … time sure does fly, eh?  Well, I’m glad to be back!

A lot has happened for me since last year’s post.  First, I continued to work on building my skills as both a quilter and a sewer.  In the past year, I’ve tackled paper piecing, hand Quilt Dadembroidery, and English paper piecing (i.e. hand-sewing small hexagons) all for the first time.  Some projects went more smoothly than others, but I am glad to have tried all of them and added some new techniques to my repertoire!

I’ve also been excited to try my hand at translating my ideas into actual quilt patterns.  I started out by hosting a quilt-along on my blog featuring “wonky log cabin” squares.  (The tutorials are all still there if you’d like to give my technique a try!)  I’m also thrilled to be a “chef” (i.e. contributor) to the Moda Bake Shop blog, a site featuring projects all made from the popular Moda pre-cuts (e.g. jelly rolls, layer cakes, and honey buns).

Quilt DadFinally, I’ve continued to practice honing my skills and trying new things by participating in many swaps and virtual quilting bees over on Flickr.  These swap groups have let me meet talented quilters from all around the world, many of whom have become true friends!  I just wish we all lived closer to share our passions in person.

2010 is already shaping up to be an eventful year.  I’ve enrolled in a fabric design course in Portland this July, taught by none other than fabric designer Heather Ross.  I’ve been fascinated by the Spoonflower phenomenon — a company just down the road from me here in NC! — and I’m excited to try it out myself.  I’m also considering a trip to my first ever Quilt Market, mostly to meet in person many of the talented people I’ve been fortunate to get to know online.  Finally, I’m part of a group of people getting the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild — a local group of modern quilters — off the ground.  (Triangle = the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill area of NC.)

Any projects or special acknowledgements?

I’d love to highlight my first “true” quilt pattern, the “Off the Grid” Sliced Nine-Patch quilt that was featured on the Moda Bake Shop.  The feedback that I received on the pattern and theQuilt Dad many examples that I’ve seen made from the pattern has been hugely gratifying.  I just received an email this week from a new quilter who tried my pattern and made a quilt for the brand-new baby of a close friend.  Reading her note and seeing the pictures of the baby enjoying the quilt was amazing.

I’ve also really developed a passion for embroidery, and I’m excited by the prospect of incorporating more of it  into my quilt projects.  To that end, I started a new swap on Flickr called the “Hoop Up Stitch & Send” swap.  Members of the group embroider designs of their choosing for their group members to be used in quilt squares or other sewing projects.  I encourage you to come browse our Flickr gallery — the work of our talented swappers is nothing short of amazing!

See? I told you he’s been busy!  You must add John toyour favorites or begin following his blog. I promise you will be beyond inspired.
It’s Friday, already!  Deb and a few of us are going to see Alice in Wonderland on Sunday, so I’ll be sure to tell you what I thought. I am a huge Alice in Wonderland & Johnny Depp fan, so I can’t wait. I Heart Johnny Depp LOL. Since my machines, yes machines, emphasis on the “s”,  are broken. It is my fault though, I can’t seem to train myself to clean my machine regularly and will sew on it for months/years? without doing so, and smarty me, I let hubby disect it and well, I have 3 machines disected on my dining table. I sure hope he can figure out which parts go to which machine. Grrr….I’m going into a depression without being able to sew. Ok, not that dramatic, but you can only play with fabric for so long without being dissapointed at the fact that you can’t sew any of it………..Ok, I’m done now. Thanks for the therapy session. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Judy C in NC 's creative mind says

    John has certainly been busy and so very brave to have tried English Paper Piecing as a “skill builder”. I am impressed. Keep up the really good work. I love reading your blog.

    March 26th, 2010 | #

  2. Dianna 's creative mind says

    I’m very impressed with the embroidery! Keep up the good work!

    May 19th, 2010 | #

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