Members Spotlight: Amira Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the members spotlight on Amira. So Amira what are you currently working on?

Currently I have just finished two quilt tops which I am currently quilting on. One is the Modern Medallion, which the pattern is by Crystal, a member of this guild as well. I have enjoyed making this quilt with all the improve style patchwork. Although I did find a bit of struggle here and there, I love the process of learning. Secondly is the “Swoon” quilt, pattern by Camille Roskelley. I am having fun doing free motion quilting on this one so far!
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What is your favourite part about quilting? What is your least favourite?

I love piecing / patchwork and the quilting itself. I invest a great amount of time into freemotion quilting as I enjoy this part so much. My least favourite would be basting. I don’t have a large area for basting but find this part is critical to get good results when I start to quilt, so I have to spend a lot of time and redo this part.

Making small projects but with lots of free motion quilting is my favourite of all because basically it eliminates the time spent on basting!

 
Red modern patchwork table runner

Quilted placemats

Is there a technique on your list to learn this year? How do you like to learn new techniques?

I would love to learn how to do more curve piecing. I need to improve my skill doing this. Another thing on the list is hand quilting. I really admire Sarah Fielke’s work, and I consider her being a modern quilter as well with all her strong choices of fabrics and the free mind of quit designs.

Here is a modern quilt I made with an inspiration from Sarah Fileke’s fabulous needle turn technique.
Feather Mini Quilt_Feather quilting_Modern Applique

Show us your sewing space! What’s the best thing you ever bought into it?

Here is my current sewing space. I love every bit of it. The best thing would be the Janome Horizon which I invested in last year. This machine has definitely helped me bring free-motion quilting to another level.

Sewing Space

Thanks for hanging around – come and say hello on my blog! http://littlemushroomcap.blogspot.com/

And don’t forget, here’s where else we can find Amira

I am also on Instagram : http://instagram.com/amira_littlemushroomcap/

And Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/80151063@N06/

Our August meeting

Here’s some photos from our August meeting. The show and tell just kept coming and then we had a chance to look through the latest fabric range from Polkadottea.

Coral's award-winning quilt

A close-up of Coral’s free motion quilting. Stars and feathers anyone?!

Amira's rainbow version of the Modern Medallion!

Amira’s rainbow version of the Modern Medallion!

Clair used her own @beeandlotus fabric in the centre - bold and beautiful!

Clair used her own @beeandlotus fabric in the centre – bold and beautiful!

A close-up of Danielle's hand quilting. A Sarah Fielke pattern.

A close-up of Danielle’s hand quilting. A Sarah Fielke pattern.

Lots of acid green, purple and red in Tracey's quick finish - speedy gonzales!!

Lots of acid green, purple and red in Tracey’s quick finish – speedy gonzales!!

Just finished the day before the quilt meeting - a Sarah Fielke pattern. Hand appliquéd and quilted.

Just finished the day before the quilt meeting – a Sarah Fielke pattern. Hand appliquéd and quilted by Danielle.

Members Spotlight: Amira

In the third members spotlight, we have the wonderful Amira. You can find Amira on her blog http://littlemushroomcap.blogspot.com/ or @amira_littlemushroomcap on instagram or on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/80151063@N06/So I’ll let Amira start for our first part of the spotlight on her.

Hi, I am Amira, Malaysian who is currently in Australia for the last 2.5 years. I am a postgraduate student doing Physics at the Australian National University here in Canberra, Australia.

What got you interested in quilting?

How did I get caught in this quilting world? I could say, I have always been sewing all my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I would hand sew a lot of Barbies clothes and would make small items such as coin purses. I owe the talent and interest to my mum who also has sewing as her main hobby. We aren’t exposed to quilting in Malaysia as the weather is 24/7 365 days very warm already. So there was no need to snuggle into quilts. When I came here to Australia a few years back, I knew the first thing I have to own is a sewing machine. So, I bought a sewing machine from the local quilt store. Browsing through the store there, I knew I wanted to learn how to do patchwork and quilts! With limited time for quilting classes during the day, I decide to learn through the net and magazines. And it never stops till now. I also mainly start patchwork and quilting because there are so many gorgeous fabrics out there these days!!

How has your style changed over the years?

Since I have not been quilting for long yet (~3 years), I am still in search for my own style that I love. In the meantime, I am enjoying learning all sorts of technique and style. I am also not limiting myself to modern style of quilting and rather open about the title modern quilter. I would love to learn more about modern quilting and hence I am here in the modern quilt guild!

When did you first find modern quilting and who are your quilt idols? 

Modern quilting came to me when I found Jacquie Gering’s blog http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/ which I fall in love with in an instant. I bought the book “Quilting Modern” not long after that. I made a baby quilt and table mats with a bit of inspiration from the book. Of course, it is then I get to know Katie Pederson the co-author of the book. Not long after that, I also found Elizabeth Hartman. I also bought her book the Modern Patchwork. I love her style of patchwork and quilting. Although she uses repeated blocks, the end results maintain its simplicity and I would say remains modern. I love repeated blocks and believe I myself have made more quilts with repeated blocks.

Modern Placemat_a

I also love the modern quilting trends which I believe started with Angela Walter’s gorgeous freemotion work. I love to do freemotion myself with my domestic machine. I love that Angela lets herself free with freemotion and yet produces incredible jaw dropping quilting results.

CMQG Meeting May13__ Amira's S&T

Where do you find your inspiration and what is inspiring you right now? 

I find inspiration from everywhere. I see quilts wherever I go. Don’t we all? :P

There are also bucket loads of talented quilters on Instagram, too many to list down. Every one of them is wonderful.

Here are five other things inspiring me: Spring. Buildings photos. Tiles designs. Textures in nature. Seeing other people’s quilt design – currently loving QDAD group in facebook.

 

Do you do any other craft besides quilting?

Other than quilting, I have also started to crochet and knit. Often crochet and knitting projects are going at a very slow rate due to more sewing time and very limited “free time”.

Sock knitting

Crochet Granny squares blanket _6

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of the members spotlight on Amira. Stay tuned for the second part where we’ll learn more about Amira including what she is working on now 

See you tonight!

Very much looking forward to tonight’s meeting, hoping you’re all going to bring a swag of show and tell! Also, BYO stitching to keep your hands busy while we plan for the coming year! And if you don’t have any hand work to bring along, I’ve got a quilt to be bound so I can keep you busy ;) Jules

Sewing day!!! Sunday 10 August

Come and join us! Our next sewing day is on Sunday.

When: Sunday 10 August from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Addicted to Fabric, 25 Dundas Court Phillip.
Cost: Members $4, Non-Members $15.
RSVP: 8 August here in the comments section.
Bring: Your sewing supplies, your own lunch and something to share for morning/afternoon tea (optional).

Come along for the whole day or just part of the day. There’s only limited space for machines (about 10 spots). There’s also lots of room for hand sewing, a huge cutting table and a design wall. It’s a great way to see your work in progress in a new light….Hope to see you on Sunday!

Next meeting – 24 July 7.30 pm

Hi everyone!

How is everyone going with their Michael Miller challenge projects? We’re really looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on. Here’s a little sneak peek of Crystal’s improv circles! So, only another week to stitch down your binding, or whatever else you may need to do to finish, and at the meeting on Thursday we will vote for our favourites. The victor will win a prize donated by Polka Dot Tea – two metres of Cotton Couture solids of the winner’s choice.

And of course there’ll be a vote of a different kind – to elect our new committee. Everyone should have received an email from our returning officer Georgie Kelley asking for nominations. If you haven’t received the info, and/or would like to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their permission), please send an email to Georgie – georgie.kelley@gmail.com.  If you’re not able to make it to the meeting, you can still vote. Just make sure you let Georgie know.

See you on Thursday!

Crystal MM challenge