Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Amazing Quilts

If you love Quilts and all things quilted then Quilt Sew Pieceful is the shop for you! Gail has the most amazing quilts, table runners, tree skirts and more. The fabrics she uses are beautiful and so is the finished project. Gail opened her Etsy shop in January, and is from Arizona.


How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
My shop name, like many things in my life, just happened. I had heard of Etsy, and looked on line a little. It was very intriguing, but I didn’t sign up. One of the things that I read on Etsy was that you can’t change your Shop Name, so think carefully about it. Every once in a while I would try to make up a clever name, but clever words just aren’t my thing. I knew I wanted the name to start with “Quilt”. One day it just popped into my head! QuiltSewPieceful! Quilter’s sew and they piece. I had a name! In this shop I sell quilts, original quilt patterns and some fabric from my stash.

Several months later, I decided to open a second shop. I’m not as crazy about that name, but I know that because they are similar, customers are more likely to link them and remember me. My second shop is QuiltSewCover, and in it I have mainly paperback book covers and checkbook covers, some embroidered Christmas ornaments and much more to come (in my spare time!).

I originally started my business because I had many quilts already made that I was hoping I could sell. I have many many quilts in my house. All stored, waiting for a good home. You see, I taught quilting at The Quilters’ Ranch in Tempe, Arizona for about 6 or 7 years. Every time that a great new pattern or book came out there was something that I wanted to make in it. So I kept making the things that I loved, even if I personally didn’t have a place to use it. Etsy seemed like the perfect place to find good homes for my quilts. And quite a few have found good homes.

When did you start quilting? Who taught you?
I started quilting quite by accident, or fate really, because it has changed my life.
One day in 1991 my husband and I walked into the Quilters’ Ranch. I thought it was a place to buy finished quilts! I remember that day so clearly. I was totally blown away, to find out that I would actually be able to make the wonderful things in that shop, if I just took a few lessons. So I did! I walked out signed up for the beginner’s class and with all the tools to get started.

That first class was once a week for 6 weeks, and I make a KING SIZE log cabin quilt! I really had no idea what I was getting myself into! But I finished it, and we still occasionally use it on our king size bed. That class was taught by one of the owner’s of Quilters’ Ranch.

Where do I sew/quilt?
Quilting has taken over my life and my house! I told my husband one day that I needed a sewing house. I think he believes that I already have one. My Gammill Classic Long Arm is in the room that we used to call the living room. I have a Bernina 730 and a Bernina 450 set up in one of the bedrooms, and my books, patterns and fabric stash fill another bedroom. So I have taken over 3 rooms of our house!

What would I love to add to my sewing space?
NOT ONE THING! I need to destash! I have more UFO’s than I can count, several sewing and embroidery machines, more fabric that I can use in a lifetime, and on and on and on.


What did I enjoy making the most?
Wow, that’s hard, because my current work in progress is usually my favorite, soon to be replace by another. But I do love Christmas! So I think that the “All Wrapped Up” Christmas lap quilt is my favorite.


Favorite pattern?
I create many of my own patterns, and I have 3 original patterns for sale in my etsy shop. I have a Christmas Tree Skirt pattern (sorry, not for sale on my site yet) that is my very favorite. Maybe someday I will get it reworked to look more professional, and put the pattern in my shop.

11 comments:

  1. Gail's work is absolutely gorgeous :)

    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  2. Audrey, thank you so much for this wonderful feature on me, my quilting and my etsy shop! You did a great job!

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  3. Oops! Didn't mean to leave that comment as anonymous! Guess I pushed the wrong button. --Gail

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  4. WOW, her work is so beautiful. I just love that butterfly. I hope one day I can quilt like her. I am just learning myself.

    Willow

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  5. Great feature - Gail's quilts are beautiful and so colorful. Looking foward to your Christmas Open House!

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  6. Wonderful feature! Loved learning about my teammates quilting history. "The room that used to be the living room" really made me laugh. Amazing work, all wrapped up is particularly charming.

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  7. Great feature today. Her quilts are beautiful.

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  8. These are some of the most gorgeous quilts I've ever seen! I love the bright colors and intricate designs.

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  9. Such beautiful work and great article.

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