Lee is teaching class 6032.
Matt: How long have you been quilting? What made you begin quilting?
Lee: I am the daughter of a seamstress and “free motion” embroidery artist. Sewing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started with garment sewing and alterations and have added from there. We had a Meistergram embroidery machine with no foot, no feed dog. The width of the stitch was controlled with your knee. We used it for embroidery, but that skill has come in handy for quilting.
M: Do you have a quilting studio? How big and is there anything unique that you keep in your studio?
L: I do all kinds of sewing including machine embroidery, free motion, serger work, etc. I have three machines set up all of the time. I keep one machine set up for embroidery, one for general sewing and the serger is always ready to go. I have a small machine that travels. There is a cutting table, two computers and a ton of books, etc. The room is only about 12’ x 14’, but it functions as my studio and office. I love it!
M: What do you consider your quilting “specialty” or what makes you unique in the quilting world?
L: I like small, quick projects. My projects are practical items with piecing, quilting and free motion art. My association with Sulky and their products has expanded and refined both my techniques and my projects. I love teaching free motion work and thread painting.
M: What is your favorite color scheme to work with?
L: Personally, I wear bright jewel tones so I naturally gravitate to them.
M: What books or articles have you written?
L: I have several projects published in Sulky books including and have contributed projects to the Sulky Teacher Certification programs. In addition, I publish patterns under the Pat-e-Patterns brand.
M: What do you do while you quilt? Do you listen to music?
L: I love to listen to music when I am working. If I am doing repetitive work, I will watch some HGTV, but when I need to concentrate, it is music.
M: What is your quilting inspiration?
L: When I am working on a small project, cosmetic bag, organizer, wallet, purse, etc., I love to try to invent a new twist to a block that works with odd shapes. I am also beginning to offer more free motion work into my projects.
M: What is your funniest moment you have had happen while you were teaching?
L: This is tough! I try to add humor into all of my classes. In my very first Sulky event, I was criticized for being too serious. Hopefully all of my classes have some humor, usually at my expense!
M: What was the best class you have ever taken?
L: My first training class for Sulky was their Teacher Certification which was fabulous. Teaching them has been fabulous! I am grateful to Sulky for everything that they have taught me.