It’s Feature Friday, Everyone! I’ve gotten the chance to interview Robin Lalone of RSISLANDCRAFTS blog! Her blog is inspiring and fun to read! I may be a little partial, since we are both co-participants in the Year of Enchantment Ornament Swap at Yarnigras but I think you’ll agree…
Here’s our little interview where we got to know Robin a little better!
When did you first begin sewing/quilting?
I first learned to sew in a 6th grade Home Economics class back in 1980. We learned how to sew a denim laundry bag. That was the first and hopefully last time I sewed through my finger with a sewing machine. Almost like a rite of passage. I didn’t sew again until 2001 when I discovered Alex Anderson and Simply Quilts. That’s when I caught the quilting bug.
What does sewing/quilting mean to you?
Quilting is a way for me to relax. When I am quilting I have to slow down and focus on what I am doing.
I love making things that bring a smile to people young and old. I have always believed that a handmade item will be remembered and loved for a lifetime. I put lots of love into each item I make. I believe that when you wrap up in a handmade quilt you can feel the love of the person that made it. My kids say that wrapping up in a quilt I made them is like getting a hug from Momma.
What inspires you?
When I first began quilting I was mainly inspired by other quilters. I found many wonderful patterns in books and on other quilter’s blogs. Now I see possible quilt designs in other places. When we are out shopping I can find new designs in floor tiles, architecture and I have even gotten ideas from my kid’s shoes. Sometimes I like to just grab some fabric and start sewing. I let the quilt decide what it wants to be.
What’s coming up for you?
Last year I made quilts for all the grandkids so this year I am making quilts for our nieces/nephews. Eventually all the kids in our extended family will have a quilt made just for them. I’m also working on some new designs for crocheted scarves. I love scarves that are fun for kids and adults.
Quirky Question – What your favorite movie to watch or music to listen to while sewing?
Since my sewing area is in the living room I generally just listen to whatever the family has on. If I need to do some serious quilting I put on my Ipod and listen to Country or 80′s music.
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Hope you all have a fun filled weekend, wether it be quilting, outdoors in the garden, spending time with family or just lounging around!