Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Quilter of the Month September - Holly King

I'm very excited to introduce the quilter of the month for September (please pretend I was more on my game and posted this oh say a week ago ;).  Any September is Holly King!  She's pretty swell she makes some big quilts a lot of which I'm a fan (of course she's adventuresome and some have "tiny" pieces)  She also has a pet bunny and the cutest little accent.  Anyhow here's her whole survey... Enjoy!

Name, blog/etsy/flickr shop, hometown, current location
Holly King, fatrabbitquilts.blogspot.com. My hometown is kind of a mystery! I was born in England but bounced between Indianapolis and the UK before I ended up here for good when I was 13. After college I moved around the country before choosing to return to Indy 6 years ago.

What sewing machine do you use? Does it have a name? Do you like it?
I have a Bernette 82e. Her name is Bernie (not very original), she is purple and her best friend is Tootsie, my red Kitchenaid mixer. In my dream world I sew on a Bernina 830, but I am pretty happy in this one.

Where do you sew? What’s your space look like?
I am amazingly lucky and I have my own sewing room/office. Before my husband and I moved into our condo we had decided that I would have the open loft area that overlooks the downstairs as my sewing area. However, the more we talked, the more we decided that it would be best for me to take the small second bedroom and be able to close the door to hide the mess!!! I clean it between projects and everything does have a space, but when I am busy it all explodes out onto the floor, couch and sewing table.

What makes you a modern quilter.
I enjoy using a very old medium to tell a bright and fresh story, which is what I think modern quilting is. I also think that modern quilting is very inclusive of all skill levels, design styles and techniques and I really want to be a part of something that is so supportive.

Tell me about your first quilting experience.
I have been sewing for years. My first degree was in Theatrical Costuming and I worked as a dyer for a few years after college. When I came back to Indy I had a very uncreative job doing tech support and needed to get sewing again so I began with baby quilts.

What’s your dream machine?
Bernina 830. Although I honestly think at that price it should make dinner and clean my house for me too!

What is your favorite part of making a quilt?
Either fabric shopping (although sometimes that give me stress) or that amazing moment when a finished quilt comes out of the drier after it’s first washing and it is officially finished.

What is your most dreaded part of making a quilt?
Basting. Ugh. I hate basting so much. I baste in my garage so I have to move the cars, clean the floor, and put down covering. It is always either too hot or too cold, it is boring and makes it my knees hurt. Wah! I will put off quilting until I have several tops ready to baste at once so that I only have to do it in one session!

Do you have any great tips and tricks you want to share?
If you are having issues with the tension on your machine when you are free motion sewing try leaving the feed dogs up but covering them with an index card. Amazing! Changed my life!

Where are your favorite brick and mortar quilt shops?
I really try to support Crimson Tate and The French Seam. Heather and Courtney are doing such good work at building a sewing community in Indy and I love being part of it.

What are your favorite online fabric shops?
I shop at Fat Quarter Shop, Pink Castle Fabric and Moona. Usually I prefer to be able to really check out what I am getting so I like brick and mortar best.

What time of day do you usually sew? Do you listen to music, or watch TV?
I sew any time that I have free! My favorite thing is to sew on lazy Sunday afternoons with dinner in the crockpot.

Do you have any sewing or quilting injuries?
Not currently but that is because I haven’t been cutting anything in a while. Rotary cutters and I have a love/hate relationship.

What are your favorite crafty blogs and/or Etsy shops?
I like looking at Red Pepper Quilts, Freshly Pieced and Fresh Lemons. I also like checking out Aneela Hooey’s blog and I have to confess that I also enjoy blogstalking the other members of the guild.

What's your favorite kona cotton color?
Kona Coal. I have had to force myself to step away…

What do you love most about IMQG?
I love the people! I am so excited to come to meetings and see what everyone else is working on. I always come away with a new appreciation for the talented bunch of ladies that we have in this town.

Do you sew/make other things besides quilts?
I make some clothing and accessories too. I don’t enjoy sewing clothes as much as I like sewing quilts but it is pretty neat to see an outfit come together. For my 30th birthday I had a “Roaring 20’s” party and I hand made and beaded a beautiful flapper dress which was a lot of fun. I miss working on large opera productions and seeing everything come to life on stage but I wouldn’t trade where I am now.

What's your favorite project you've completed?
When my mother-in-law passed away we found a bunch of pieces and half finished blocks in with the stuff in her basement. We aren’t sure if it was from her or my husband’s grandmother but I took the blocks and finished the quilt for my husband. The style and fabric are not something that I would have chosen, however being able to do that for my husband was totally worth it.


  1. And she is a great person as well. love you Holly! -Kyle

  2. you hand-beaded a dress? intense!!!

  3. I love that you included the messy and the organized versions of your sewing room. Wahoo!! I loved reading this blog post!

  4. I feel I have had my minute of fame! "I know her!" What's more I have the pleasure of having a grand child who was bestowed with one of her amazing Baby Quilts, with another on the way! A grand child that is and we have already been warned to make space in our suitcase for the trip back to the UK next month. Being part of a family that has begotten two HKK quilts is very special

  5. I love these quilter of the month segments! I haven't gotten a chance to get to one of the meetings yet, but I feel like I'm getting to know the group a little through these posts! Each quilter goes on my list of crafty blogs to stalk. lol :)