Lisa Coulombe

Lisa Coulombe

Lisa is teaching class 4032

Matt: How long have you been quilting? What made you begin quilting?

Lisa: I have been quilting for 22 years. I took my first quilting class, a traditional sampler made entirely by hand using templates we drafted ourselves when I was 8 months pregnant with my first child. After all, every baby need a baby quilt and there were no quilters in my family.

M: Do you have a quilting studio? How big and is there anything unique that you keep in your studio?

L: Yes, I have a wonderful second story room, approximately 10 x 20 with lots of natural light and space where I create my art. My room is extremely organized with everything sorted by color. The most unusual thing in my studio is my “princess” pillow where my cat likes to sleep, although any fabric left on the floor is still fair game!

M: What do you consider your quilting “specialty” or what makes you unique in the quilting world.

L: I love to learn new techniques and to enjoy making up my own techniques to create the visions I see in my mind. My specialty is wearable art, but I dabble in anything and everything!

M: What is your favorite color schemes to work with?

L: I am consistently drawn to bright clear colors whether they are pastels, medium values or intense dark fabrics.

M: What do you do while you quilt? Do you listen to music?

L: I listen to books on tape while sewing. Any genre will do: mysteries, romance, fantasy, thrillers.

M: What books or articles have your written?

L: I have had 3 vests and a jacket published in McCall’s Quilting and I wrote an article for them on free motion quilting on lamé.

M: What is your quilting inspiration?

L: As an artist I feel it’s important to keep a journal or inspirational photos and clippings. What inspires me the most is color. I’m always on the lookout for a new exciting color combination. I also love the challenge of figuring out how to do something. I rarely read directions, but prefer to figure it out on my own way.

M: What is the funniest moment you have had happen while you were teaching?

L: I was teaching a free quilting class at a senior center when a new student came in during the lesson. I asked her name and welcomed her then continued with the lesson. I was quite flattered at first with the interest she took and all the questions she asked. A few minutes later I realized that she was drinking rather freely from a bottle she kept tucked inside a paper bag and was pretty much out of it. Fortunately she wandered off on her own soon.

M: What was the best class you have ever taken?

L: I took a class from Ruth McDowell where we learned how to draft our own designs. It was very freeing and lots of fun.