Since having a little person added to our family my time for quilting has been limited to sneaking it in between naps and at night time so when I found a blog called “Night Quilter” I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. Kitty is the creative (nocturnal) force behind Night Quilter and one of the founders of Late Night Quilters Club on Facebook.
I have loved seeing Kitty’s style and confidence grow as she shares more of her journey via Night Quilter – I especially love her colour palette inspirations that she shares on “Colour Inspiration Thursday”. The Late Night Quilters Club on Facebook is a fun and dynamic group on Facebook where the sharing and encouraging is abundant – it’s a great place to hang out while sewing, someone is always awake and making. (It reminds me of Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet’s “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”, only instead of drinking it’s quilting!)
Would you like to know more about Kitty and her quilting journey?
1. How did you come to be a quilter?
I’ve always been a crafter, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I found quilting. My mom tried to encourage me to sew my own clothes as a teenager, but after one failed (read: ugly, ill fitting, what was I thinking?!, grape-patterned miniskirt) attempt, I quickly gave up. Years later, once I had children of my own, my mom’s tradition of making homemade Halloween costumes got me back at a sewing machine. My husband’s Grammy June was the first quilter I was graced to know, but her traditional, hand pieced and quilted, intricately gorgeous bed quilts felt way out of my league. The first handmade quilt I ever owned was the amazing queen sized wedding quilt she gave my husband and me for our wedding. I didn’t really consider quilting as a possibility until my cousin Hannah gave my daughter a simple, awesomely adorable squares quilt as a baby gift. Hannah’s simple squares quilt was just the push I needed to dive in. I started with a pretty ugly picnic quilt, and haven’t stopped since. I’d also like to think my quilting and style has gotten better, although there is always room for improvement!
2. What is it that you love about being a quilter?
Where to begin?! I love so many things about being a quilter. Mostly, I love the endless possibilities of projects. There is literally an infinite number of elements that make a quilt: color, fabrics: pattern vs solid, value, piecing pattern, style, size, applique or paper piecing or English paper piecing, function, etc. I want to try them all! There will NEVER be an end to my works in progress pile, nor will there be an end to the list of projects I *want* to create. To me, that’s an awesome, inspiring feeling (and usually not too overwhelming).
I also love the precision and aesthetic smoothness of quilting. I thrive with organization and precision, which you honestly would NEVER know by looking at my house. Having a very busy 2 year old and 4 year old and a predisposition to creating rather than cleaning makes our house less than zen. My quilting is my chance to have precision, perfection (to a degree), and aesthetically pleasing color and pattern all around.
I live to make, and quilting is a wonderful outlet for that. I also love the versatility in quilting, and the wide range of gift possibilities that emerge. Thus far, the vast majority of my quilts (basically all) have been created and given as gifts. Creating a quilted gift for a loved family member or friend is such a wonderful feeling, and I truly hope that the recipient understands the warmth and love that has been stitched into each tiny detail.