Friday, October 19, 2012

Quilter of the Month October/November - Lisa Parker

Lisa one of our newest members to the guild leadership team is the quilter of the month for October and November (since I procrastinated posting).  Lisa is a pretty sweet chick.  She is quick to help and always cheerful.  Oh and PS she also has the cutest chair in her sewing room I kinda want one.  
Meet Lisa!
Name, blog/etsy/flickr shop, hometown, current location
Lisa Parker.  I grew up in Festus, Missouri, but spent my high school years in Pittsburgh, PA. After going to school at IU in Bloomington and Indy,  I married an Army officer, and we moved around the country for 26 years or so.  We landed back in Indy, in the Glendale area, about a year ago after my husband retired from the Army.  Sorry, no blog, etsy or flickr!
What sewing machine do you use? Does it have a name? Do you like it?
I sew on a 10 year old Pfaff Tiptronic 2030.  No name, but it's a workhorse and has never given me a bit of trouble, although I don't like that I can't see when the bobbin is about to run out of thread.  I'm looking to upgrade soon though!

Where do you sew? What’s your space look like?
My wonderful sewing room has been taken over by my wonderful boomeranging son, so I've had to cram everything into my bedroom.  It's only temporary though (at least it better be).  I have a great cutting table that's actually a kitchen island with a butcher block top from IKEA.  My dream would be a little cottage-y studio in the backyard.

What makes you a modern quilter.
I like to use old techniques in new ways.  I love the bright cheerful colors combined with white in modern quilts.  My latest brain wave is to use 30's and 40's reproductions with lots of white in a more modern way.  They're such cheerful designs!
Tell me about your first quilting experience.
I was expecting my first son and my husband's boss's wife sort of bossed me into going to a quilting class.  I'm glad she did!  That first quilt was horrible, but I was hooked.

What’s your dream machine?
I was just recently at the quilt show in Des Moines and saw a Baby Lock Crescendo.  Now I want one.  It does all sorts of amazing things that my old machine couldn't even dream of doing. 

What is your favorite part of making a quilt?
Picking out the fabric naturally, but I also like to hand quilt. There's nothing better than doing hand work on a cold evening with a fire in the fireplace and a good movie on TV.

What is your most dreaded part of making a quilt?
Not crazy about basting - it's hard on the knees..and boring.

Do you have any great tips and tricks you want to share?
You'd think I would after all this time, but no.

Where are your favorite brick and mortar quilt shops?
Crimson Tate would have to be my favorite!  Great selection, wonderful staff and owner!  It's just a really pleasant place to hang out.

What are your favorite online fabric shops?
I don't shop online much for fabric, but I like to look at Pink Chalk and Fat Quarter Shop, and I do buy items like interfacing on
What time of day do you usually sew? Do you listen to music, or watch TV?
I prefer to sew in the morning when I'm fresh, but generally I just squeeze it in when I can.  I usually have NPR on in the background. 

Do you have any sewing or quilting injuries?
Nothing recent, but I did once run my sewing machine needle right through my finger.  That hurt.

What are your favorite crafty blogs and/or Etsy shops?
Not any specific ones - I just tend to browse around.

What's your favorite kona cotton color?
It's too hard to chose just one - I love Coal and Snow.  They're all pretty great.

What do you love most about IMQG
It's been a great way to meet new people.  The relaxed atmosphere is perfect - I tend to get a little uptight about rules, so I need to be around people who will encourage me to chill out and stretch a bit!  And show and tell is the best - so many talented people and it really inspires me to get to work.

Do you sew/make other things besides quilts?
I've made Halloween costumes for my kids, and a few purses and bags, baby bibs, curtains, pillows, that sort of thing.  I really love to do handwork - mostly embroidery.

What's your favorite project you've completed?
I made queen size wedding quilts for both my sisters, and hand-quilted them.  They got married within a year of each other, and it took my five years to finish them.  Neither of them are really modern, but they suited the taste of each sister, so they turned out perfectly.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful and inspirational quilter and friend! Congratulations Lisa!