Many of us here at Craftsy admire modern quilting, and our Director of Marketing, Lisa Anne, is one such Craftsy crafter. I sat down with her while we were on the road at American Sewing Expo to chat about modern quilting, new things she's working on at Craftsy, and what craft she'd like to tackle next.
Already a sewist, Lisa Anne got her start as a modern quilter after checking out a meeting of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. She was blown away by the talent in the room, and guild night quickly became a favorite source for fun and inspiration. "I immediately loved the fresh take on respected tradition, focus on function, and balance of bold and minimal aesthetics," she recalls. Before she knew it, she had signed up for Elizabeth Hartman’s Charm Squares Baby Quilt class at Modern Domestic in Portland. Then came scouting great fabric finds like shot cotton, linen sashing, and gold lamé binding from local shops such as Bolt. Though she had a color palette in mind, Lisa Anne found choosing and arranging the fabrics to be the most challenging part of quilting. With every project since her first (shown), she loves the surprise that comes when discovering "certain fabrics are like tofu: they may not seem like much on their own, but changing what they're paired with can bring out new characteristics to create something delightfully unexpected and in your finished piece."
Lisa Anne's appreciation for sewing and quilting also inspires her in her role at Craftsy. When I asked for a favorite part of working here, she shared this story: "The past few years have seen such a resurgence in the domestic arts, as more people discover they're economically, sustainably, or creatively inspired to hand-make the things around them. Before coming to Craftsy, I spent almost a year working to open a sewing studio and fabric shop in my San Francisco neighborhood—where there was a shortage of product and education resources at the time to answer this growing interest. Although my own studio dream is on the shelf for now, one of the things I'm building here at Craftsy instead is Craftsy Connect: our retail partnership program for indie shops. I care about shopping local and independent, and Craftsy does too—so this is our way of supporting shopowners and what matters to them in the changing business of craft retailing. If I had opened doors to my own studio, I would've wanted this program, so I love that I can now create and bring it to others instead." So stay tuned to our blog for more info on Craftsy Connect for quilt, yarn, and other craft retailers... coming in October!
X-Acto Knives to Welding Torches
A crafter all her life, Lisa Anne enjoys more than just her sewing machine. After studying industrial design in grad school, she has tackled wood, plaster, and fiberglass, though she especially loves paper. If you can pry the X-Acto knife out of her hand, she would like you to replace it with a torch, as welding is the next creative pursuit on her list to learn.
If you'd like to try your hand at modern quilting, sign up for "Inspired Modern Quilts" taught by Elizabeth Hartman - the same instructor who taught Lisa Anne how to quilt!