We are so excited to announce a brand new feature here on the Craftsy blog: Six Questions! In this feature, we sit down with a Craftsy instructor and ask them six questions to get to know them a little better. We’ll put a new one up every week, so make sure to keep checking back!
First up is Vanessa Christenson, instructor of the online Craftsy class, Sewing Texture.
In this chat, we learn all about Vanessa’s biggest sewing disaster (which still kind of haunts her), how she feels about her pets, what inspires her, and more. Thanks for playing along, Vanessa! And to all of you readers, check out the interview, then check out her awesome online, interactive Craftsy class, Sewing Texture!
What was your first sewing/quilting project?
Well I tried hand sewing a purse in high school because I didn’t have access to a sewing machine. That was a horrible experience—one that made me not want to try that again. Then around eight years later I sewed my first pillow cover. I was smitten that I could make something as easy as a pillow cover and start the transformation of a room with just that little bit of fabric. My first quilting project was a rag quilt around six months later, and made from my first pillow project.
What are your three desert island sewing/quilting supplies?
Hmmm, well assuming that all the basics would be there already (i.e. sewing machine, food, fabric, water, needles, etc.), I would need a pinking blade (for the rotary cutter, an essential when doing a lot of texture like projects), some lightweight interfacing (for applique; I’m loving the applique, too) and always an extra stash of dark chocolate. (No need to explain that one…I just really like chocolate.)
What item has been in your stash the longest?
I have some vintage fabric that I found at a thrift store with the date “1954” on it. I don’t think I can ever cut into it. It’s beautiful and would make a gorgeous skirt or dress for a little girl…but I just can’t do it!
Cat person, dog person, or do pets just interfere with your sewing/quilting time?
I don’t think I’m either. To me they are hairy and messy, and if it were up to me, we probably wouldn’t have any pets. But, we have both a cat and a dog, and the joy they bring to my husband and kids makes that all okay. So I may say I’m neither, yet I find myself walking and talking to the 90-pound dog every morning on our four-mile walk, and I treat the dumb cat like a princess.
What was your biggest sewing/quilting disaster?
Remember that purse I said I tried to sew by hand in high school? Yeah that one. It made me doubt and fear that I couldn’t sew for over eight years, and sometimes it still haunts me. But I think I’m, for the most part, over it.
In 10 words or less, what inspires you?
Designs on the runways (old and new). And nature.