There’s only a week to go before the Sea Breeze Mini Quilt-a-Long kicks off, so today I thought it would be fun to share with you an interview I did with Megan Bohr. Megan is the creative genius behind Canoe Ridge Creations.
I was really drawn to Megan’s use of solids and geometric patterns and when I was thinking about a project to do for a quilt-a-long I just knew that going with one of Megan’s patterns would be perfect.
I really hope you enjoy getting to know Megan a little bit better and check out her fabulous range of mini quilt patterns available.
How did you come to be a quilter?
Both my grandmother and mother quilt, so I’ve been around sewing & quilting my entire life. When I was four my grandmother would trace me a square pattern on a cardboard cereal box, let me trace the shape on to fabric, and then I’d cut it out with my own little pair of scissors. I’d be content for hours and hours, and I still have a little box of these squares – it’s such a keepsake! When I was 12, I made my first quilt for a 4-H project and I’ve been hooked ever since! So to answer your question, I think being a quilter is in my blood & I can’t wait to pass it on to my children some day!
What is it that you love about being a quilter?
Quilting is my therapy – I just love it! There’s nothing better than sneaking some time with my sewing machine after a long day.
What made you start the Fresh Mini Quilt Club?
I started the Fresh Mini Quilt Club kind of on a whim. I’d been making mini quilts for several years, and I quickly received lots of positive feedback through social media that readers were interested in purchasing my designs. One day I decided to bite the bullet and go for it, and I’m so glad I did! ☺
What gives you the most joy from starting the Fresh Mini Quilt Club?
I love, love, LOVE seeing your Fresh Mini Quilt Club creations shared through blogs & social media. Knowing that people inspired & enjoy my designs makes my heart sing. Nothing makes me happier!
What are you most proud of from your quilting experience?
Oh, tough question – what am I most proud of? I think it would have to be the idea that I have inspired others to try quilting (even if it’s just one person!). I was quilting “before it was cool”. Let’s be honest, a 13 year old quilting isn’t the “coolest” thing imaginable. But I enjoyed it, stuck with it, and have now inspired lots of people (of all ages) to give quilting a try, or to try straight-line quilting, etc. Inspiring others is why I do what I do!
What’s the one piece of advice about quilting that all new quilters should know?
Don’t be afraid to try something new – there are no rules in quilting. Do what you love, sew what inspires you, and create something that is uniquely you!
Who’s the quilter(s) that inspire you at the moment?
Any quilter who is a Mom! ☺ I’m 26 years old – no children (yet!), a have a busy schedule, and sometimes struggle to find time for it all. I absolutely admire those of you who are Moms, do all of that and then some, AND still find time to sew. That’s inspiring!
What quilting challenges would you like to conquer in the next 12 months.
Quilting challenges – hmm. I have lots of goals, but I think my biggest challenge is getting over the fear of failure. So, in the next 12 months I’d like overcome that fear & able to jump in to certain opportunities head first! Anyone have any tips?
What’s your 3 favourite quilts that you’ve made that reflect who you are as a quilter?
I don’t think I could pick favourites! How about 3 elements of my work that reflect who I am as a quilter instead? Solids, I love solids! There’s something about the basic solids that inspire me – so you’ll find a lot of solids in my work. I also LOVE straight-line quilting, it’s my therapy! And finally, mini quilts. I love mini quilts!
If you weren’t a quilter, what other creative endeavour would you like to master?
Cooking/baking. My skills in the kitchen are a little embarrassing! But I’d rather be sewing, anyway.
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?
2. Quilt Styles: Pattern or Improv?
Pattern. Confession: improv scares me!
3. Stitching: Hand or Machine?
4. Binding: Hand or Machine?
Hand. And I’d do it all the time if I could! ☺
5. Food: Sweet or Savoury?
6. Entertainment: Books or Music?
7. Entertainment: Television or Movies?
Television – Netflix while I’m sewing is my best friend!
8. Holiday: Camping or Hotel?
9. Computer: Mac or Windows?
10. Drink: Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Coke, with lime and lots of ice!
If you’d like to join me and some fabulous bloggers and instagrammers in the quilt-a-long you can read more about it here.