June 20, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Q&A and BOOK GIVEAWAY: ‘Farm-Fresh Quilts’

By Deborah Bauer

Our celebration of our newest releases continues with Farm-Fresh Quilts: Simple Projects Inspired by the Simple Life, by Kim Gaddy. Everyone who comments on this post will be entered in a giveaway for one free Farm-Fresh Quilts covercopy of the book.

Kim and her family live outside Austin, Texas, in an 1860s stone house on five acres she and her husband bought from her grandmother.  The six quilts and eight projects in Kim’s book are inspired by her daily life. She also is the author of Story Time: Picture Quilts to Stir a Child’s Imagination.

We recently talked with Kim about her mother’s influence, the importance of plugging into the quilting community and her bucket list of projects.

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How did you get started quilting? Did you sew before you started learning to quilt?

My mom invited me to take a beginning quilting class with her when I was in college.  It was a great mother-daughter bonding experience, and both of us have been quilting ever since.

Actually, my mom is the real seamstress in the family.  She sewed a lot of my clothes when I was young and was so good she could make jeans that looked store bought!  One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor, digging through my mom’s giant scrap bag while she sewed at her machine. It’s little wonder that I learned to sew at an early age.

My brain is continually scanning my environment for the next project — and just in case inspiration hits, I like to have a little sketchbook handy to record the occasional idea.

Do you have a special place where you quilt? Do you have a schedule?

It often seems like my quilting is poised to take over the entire house. I do have a wonderful place to sew in our home’s loft, but that doesn’t keep me from dragging a machine down to the kitchen table, or draping a quilt that needs binding over the back of the couch, or storing the great roll of batting in the son’s closet.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of quilting?

Binding.  I’m not a fan of binding.  The only thing that makes binding a quilt bearable is that it’s a project I can take with me when my quilting friends and I get together.  There’s not much better than sitting and chatting and sewing with other quilters.

One thing I love about quilting is the diversity in the craft.  Dabbling in all the different styles keeps quilting new for me.  I’ll work on a reproduction appliqué quilt one week, then be happy to change gears and work on something with large prints and polka dots the next week.

What other creative outlets do you have?

Inspired by a (BBC) TV show, “The Great British Sewing Bee,” I’ve taken up garment making again.  I haven’t made kgaddy & boadult-size clothing since my high school home economics days.  And truth be told, after making my first dress, I’m not much better at it that I was in 11th grade — but it’s good to have a new skill to develop, and anyway, I’m having a blast!  I can’t wait to be good enough to sew one of the fabulous retro patterns that are on the market.

Any words of wisdom for someone just starting to quilt?  What’s the best advice you received?

I’d advise any new quilter to find a way to plug into the quilting community.  There are more ways than ever to learn from and be inspired by other quilters.  Join a quilt guild, take a class, hang out at your local quilt shop, find an online chat group or class.

Is there anything you haven’t done that you would like to try?

I have a bucket list of quilt projects that I’d like to try.  It includes a Baltimore album quilt, a T-shirt quilt, a 1930s-style embroidered block quilt, a wool appliqué quilt inspired by the Mittie Barrier quilt, a “family history” appliqué quilt, a manly but mod quilt, a blue and white quilt. The list grows every day.

What’s your next project?

I’m working on projects for my next book right now.  The book will revolve around a school theme, and I’m having fun working with bright, cheerful colors inspired by a group of drawings Ms. Garcia’s second-grade class made for me.  The focus quilt for the book will eventually go home to Brookhollow Elementary, where Ms. Garcia teaches.

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Don’t forget to comment on this post for your chance to win a copy of Farm-Fresh Quilts. Here are some projects from the book:

 

28 Responses to “Q&A and BOOK GIVEAWAY: ‘Farm-Fresh Quilts’”

  1. I love this book. Have had it on my wish list.

  2. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I love the quilts from this book. We live in the midst of dairy country in upstate NY so these quilt projects are very dear to my heart!

  3. Love the strawberry quilt!

  4. I enjoyed reading about Kim in your interview. I have to agree that the best part of quilting is spending time with other quilters. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Kim’s book.

  5. I really like the Welcome Home wallhanging

  6. Can’t wait to start on one of these quilts. Looks like a good book.

  7. This is a beautiful quilt! Reminds me of when I grew up on a small farm in Ohio.

  8. Absolutely adorable! I’d love to create keepsakes from this book!

  9. I love this quilt! We finally have chickens and a strawberry patch life is good! thanks for this beautiful quilt book! Lorri

  10. I want it so I can write the word “skep” on a label. A small but mighty desire.

  11. This looks a great book! Thanks for a fab interview – interesting to hear that Kim doesn’t like binding – it’s my favourite part!

  12. It sounds like Kim’s next book is going to be fun, too!

  13. I have the book Story Time and just love it. This book looks just as charming and I would love to win a copy of it. I enjoyed reading your interview of Kim! Thank you for a fun give-away.

  14. That Bee Skep table topper would be perfect for my little round table. The other projects look just as fun!

  15. Interesting biography on Kim and a beautiful book! The Churn Dash Quilt is my favorite-thanks for the chance to win this book!

  16. What a lovely book! I live near farms, and desperately want the life, chickens, gardens, bees, orchards. And all the hard work that goes with it. Someday, perhaps.

  17. What cute quilts! And what an interesting interview. Always fun to hear how others got started in this passion we all share.

  18. I love this book!

  19. This book looks great! I enjoy hearing that someone else has as many future projects in mind as I do! Thanks for a chance to win!

  20. this looks like a wonderful book!

  21. I completely agree that one of the most exciting things about this craft is the diversity. A quilter is not pigeon-holed into one style. (S)he can work on traditional and contemporary, wonky and reproduction, dream up new patterns or rely on tried-and-true patterns. I can’t ever imagine saying, “Well, I can’t think of any more quilts to make.” Quite the contrary! Will I ever make all the ones that I want??

  22. Oh my goodness, What a cute projects, I’d love to win this one!

  23. I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw it on Pintrest. I searched it out just to find where I could purchase it (of course after the drawing for a free copy). It is just the type of project one of my QCA groups would love to do. We decide on a project then everyone purchases the pattern and away we go!

  24. Beautiful book!!

  25. Love everything red, the red house and a strawberry quilt. How much fun can that be. Looks like a fun book.
    Carolyn B

  26. Love it! The hens look just like mine!

    OldQuiltNut

  27. Enjoyed getting to know Kim. Such cute projects. What should I make first? Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. Good Luck to all.

  28. Just saw this book as I was buying a new sewing machine. What a fun book. I love the animals and barns and just everything. I grew up on a farm MANY years ago and it brought back fond memories. I have found that the simplest way of life is usually the best.

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