I have a confession to make, I don’t really stalk many quilters (unless you count Instagram, and then I stalk a lot). There’s not many quilters that I actively seek out to see what they’re working on but Elizabeth Hartman is definitely one of those quilters. I can’t tell you how I found her or the first quilt of hers I saw, she’s just always been there in my quilty conscious.
Last month I was lucky enough to be home and able to turn in to the Modern Quilt Guild’s Webinar “How to Choose Fabric” which was presented by Elizabeth and it was so wonderful to be able to hear her speak about her process, how she considers fabrics and the things that bring her joy about working with colour and pattern.
I can hand-on-heart tell you now that if it wasn’t for the work that Elizabeth has been doing with solids I would never have made the leap to working with solids. My quilt “The Ballard of Lucy Jordan” came about because I wanted to play with solids after seeing Elizabeth’s Aviatrix Medallion.
I’m so excited today to be able to share a little more of Elizabeth Hartman with you all… Enjoy!
What’s your creative story so far?
I’ve been making things all my life. When I was younger, I did a lot of painting and illustration but, when I started making quilts about 15 years ago, that quickly became my favourite form of creative expression.
What gives you the most joy from being creative?
I have always felt driven to create. There has never been a time in my life where I wasn’t working on or at least thinking about 10 different things that I wanted to create. For me, coming up with an idea and figuring out how to bring that idea to life is extremely satisfying.
What are you most proud of from your creative journey?
Quitting my corporate job to start my own business and being successfully self-employed for five years now.
What’s the one piece of advice about being creative that you wish all people knew?
Taking oneself too seriously is just as bad as undervaluing ones work. Balance and perspective are important.
We all love finding new creative people to get inspired by, who are some of your favourites at the moment?
I’m inspired by my nine-year-old nephew, who loves to write stories and comics. He is always coming up with original and funny ideas. (He’s also teaching himself to play the banjo.)
What creative challenges would you like to conquer in the next 12 months?
I’ve just finished my first print fabric collection and want to do more work with fabric design.
What are your 3 favourite creative projects that you’ve done that reflect who you are as a creator?
My favourite project is almost always the most recent thing that I’ve done. Right now, I’m most happy with my animal quilt patterns. I like that they’re fun without being overly cutesy and I love seeing how so many other people have used the patterns.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what other creative endeavour would you like to master?
I think it would be fun to be able to build furniture.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with my readers?
Thank you for quilting along! It’s always fun to see what people make with my patterns.
A Bit of Fun:
If you could only have one or the other for the rest of eternity what would you choose?
You can just choose a word, or choose to elaborate on your choice, it’s just a little bit of fun.
1. Fabric: Solid or Pattern? Solid
2. Quilt Styles: Pattern or Improv? Pattern (but only if I can write the pattern)
3. Seams: Open or to the Side? Open
4. Stitching: Hand or Machine? Machine
5. Binding: Hand or Machine? Hand
6. Food: Sweet or Savoury? Sweet
7. Entertainment: Books or Music? Books
8. Entertainment: Television or Movies? I can’t decide. Television today is much better than movies, but I wouldn’t want to count out classic movies.
9. Computer: Mac or Windows? Mac
10. Drink: Coke or Pepsi? Neither
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