i discovered patchwork threads on, yes, you guessed it, instagram. stop reading for one minute and google t-shirts for quilters. did you see what interesting images come up? patchwork threads is a game changer. their designs are relevant, colorful, and affordable.
not a huge fan of graphic t's, i finally caved and purchased my very own. i felt like the coolest guy on the block. the t-shirts are american made and screen printed locally in southwest virginia (not far from where i grew up).
everyone should own a piece of the patchwork threads collection. and lindsay, if you're reading this, can you please create some hoodies, sneakers, and tote bags for the fall? we'll all thank you later!
here's what lindsay had to say...
TQ: When did you first start quilting and who taught you?
PT: When I was pregnant with my first daughter, my mom asked if I wanted to go with her to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA. Expecting to see a bunch of “grandma” looking things, I was completely in awe of all of the beautiful quilts I saw there. Right there, that day, I bought a sewing machine, some Amy Butler fabric, and went to work making my first quilt. It was completely finished in two days and I was HOOKED.
TQ: Was your first quilting experience traditional or modern?
PT: Traditional with more modern fabrics. Just rectangles and stitch in the ditch.
TQ: What or who inspires you in our quilting community?
PT: Everyone! I love seeing what everyone is working on via blogs and Instagram.
TQ: When was the first time you let your hair down and just created without being concerned about perfection?
PT: This is me every time. I’m never really concerned with perfection, just the act of sewing, pressing, cutting, etc. makes me happy. And I always enjoy snuggling under the final product. I do get picky about my tension when it comes to long-arm quilting and with choosing color combos though.
TQ: What’s been your proudest quilting moment?
PT: I’m just proud when my seams line up and I manage to make a perfect point. Haha.
TQ: What’s your favorite snack (food and drink) to have when quilting?
PT: I’m addicted to Starbucks Mochas. Decaf, non-fat milk, with whip.
TQ: What’s your favorite color to work with?
PT: I can’t seem to stay away from pink.
TQ: What’s your favorite pattern (fabric or block)?
PT: There’s no way I could ever choose. My taste is always changing and there’s always something new! I do enjoy working on my Farmer’s Wife blocks, which I paper piece. I like the fact that I can finish a “project” (although on a very small scale - just a 6” block) from start to finish in a relatively short amount of time.
TQ: How do you prefer to organize your stash (by color, pattern, etc.)?
PT: I organize by color and I fold everything just like Jeni Baker. She posted some great videos a long time ago about how she folds and organizes her fabric. I copied her and have been doing it that way ever since. I keep it all in an IKEA bookshelf behind glass doors so I can look at it all the time.
TQ: What’s your favorite time of day to quilt?
PT: Any time I can manage to squeeze it in, usually during the baby’s nap. I don’t get as much free time during the summer since the kids are out of school and unfortunately, I’m just not very good at staying up late.
TQ: What’s your favorite quilting book or magazine?
PT: There are so many good ones, but I have been most inspired recently by Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachel May.
and now for the non-quilty part...
TQ: What’s your favorite non-quilting color?
PT: Blues and greys. Pink, too.
TQ: What’s your favorite meal?
PT: Every Friday night, my husband and I have “date night.” We eat Chinese take-out in front of the TV after the kids go to sleep. Favorite night, favorite meal. Belgian waffles with berries, whipped cream and nuts is up there too.
TQ: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
PT: I’ve done so many embarrassing things it’s hard to choose. This one time when I was learning to cut hair, I was practicing on my friend and didn’t check which shears I was holding and cut a huge chunk out of her hair instead of texturizing it. I almost passed out… fixed it though. :) I’d like to say I learned my lesson and never did it again, but I actually did the same thing to my own bangs a few months ago. Ha! Don’t trim your bangs while exhausted.
TQ: What’s been your proudest non-quilting moment?
PT: It’s pretty cliché but my kids make me proud all the time.
TQ: What’s one random thing viewers might not know about you?
PT: I am a licensed cosmetologist.
TQ: What did you study in school?
PT: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I used to want to be an art teacher. I never finished school, though.
TQ: What’s your favorite non-quilting book or magazine?
PT: I subscribe to a lot of interior design magazines. I love architecture and daydreaming about building our next home.
TQ: We have so much in common!
TQ: What’s your favorite music/song?
PT: I’ve been listening to a lot of Real Estate and Local Natives lately. And Lithium - the 90’s/grunge station on Sirius-XM is always on in my car.
TQ: Because I love the theatre, what’s your favorite Broadway show?
PT: This is embarrassing, but I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen Annie and it was for my ninth birthday.
TQ: Shame on you! But Annie is one of my favorites!
TQ: f you could travel anywhere in the world with non-budget restraints, where would it be?
PT: I have four: Alaska, Arizona, Australia and New Zealand.
|me, rockin' my make it tee|
do you love patchwork threads? now's your chance to score a free t-shirt and patchwork heart print! in four sentences or less, tell me about your all-time favorite t-shirt and why in the comment section below. lindsay and i will pick a winner* on august 5th. good luck.
|this is the cutest...ever!|
cut, sew, repeat...
the tattooed quilter
*anonymous comments unfortunately cannot participate at this time since i will have no way to contact you...*