Camille Roskelley is a fabric designer for Moda, quilt maker and author of Simplify: Quilts for the Modern Home and Simply Retro. Lucky for you, she's also a Craftsy instructor. Meet Camille and learn about when she started sewing, and how she manages to find time to quilt with three young boys at home. Then be sure to join her in her new Craftsy online quilting class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple for a quick start to quilting success.
I've been a quilter for about 10 years now, but I've sewn my whole life. So, I'm not really sure how long to say I've been sewing but it's been a really long time. My mom taught me how to sew when I was little. I used to work on projects when she was gone, for example when she'd go out on a date with my dad. While she was gone I'd sew a project for her and when she'd come home I'd give it to her. She'd always act so impressed-- which is to her credit, because not all of them were winners certainly.
I can't remember a time I wasn't sewing. My grandmother taught my mom and she taught me. And in fact, I'm already teaching my little boys. I made quilts with them; they each made a quilt when they were 4. They sat on my lap and we sewed. And it took so long! But it was really fun they still have those quilts and they love them!
I find time to sew because it's a must for me. I make time for it because I feel like I'm a better mom, I'm a better wife, I'm just all around happier when I have time to be creative too. I can't always fit it in during the day, so I do sew a lot at night or during my childrens' nap time; I just fit in a little bit here and there. In my Craftsy class you learn a few of my tricks. I like to keep my things organized so that I can just pick up right where I left off. That way I don't have to try to go back to it and figure out where I was and where I should be going from there. I just leave everything nice and organized, even if I am sewing on my kitchen table.
I make a lot of baby quilts and give those away. I have a few stacks that are special quilts that still travel in trunk shows and are used for display purposes. But for the most part I'd have to say that we use our quilts. Each of my kids probably has about 5 or 6 of their quilts on their bed- we have a lot of quilts! We use them until they get dirty and then we wash them, and then we pull them back out use them again. I think that's what they're supposed to be for: to be used and loved.
What advice would I give to a new quilter? I would just tell them to start; go pick up a Charm Pack. Go pick up a pre-cut so that they can start easily. They don't need to try to go find 40 coordinating fabrics and try to figure it out on their own. Just go pick up a Charm Pack, sew it together, make something small, and enjoy the instant gratification. Just go for it!
Don't forget to check out Camille's new Craftsy class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple to make four fabulous quilts and learn how to create your own designs. And come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow to discover how to trim perfect half-square triangles.