Matt: Do you have a quilting studio?
M: How big and is there anything unique that you keep in your studio?
D: Too small!!! We added an addition to our house 18 years ago—before I had a computer, printer, fax machine, etc. and before I started designing fabrics. Now it’s stuffed with fabric and my office area takes up way too much space!
I also collect vintage toy sewing machines and pincushions of all types. I love to make my own pincushions using 30s vintage planters. (See photos)
M: What do you consider your quilting “specialty” or what makes you unique in the quilting world?
D: I’m best known for my 30s fabrics and also my quilting tools with EZ Quilting by Wrights.
M: What is your favorite color schemes to work with?
D: Pastels of course (my 30s fabrics and other pretty fabric). But I also enjoy sewing with reproduction fabrics from the 1800s—the Civil War quilts and later.
M: What books or articles have you written?
D: I frequently contribute to Am. Patchwork & Quilting magazine, McCall’s Quilting, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and others. I’ve written quite a few books. Those still in print are:
Fat Quarter Small Quilts
Granny Quilt Decor
The Quilter’s Edge
Quilting: The Complete Guide
Quilts from Lavender Hill Farm
I’ve also started self-publishing patterns. You can see them on my website: www.feedsacklady.com
M: What do you do while you quilt? Do you listen to music?
D: I usually have music playing while I’m sewing on the machine. I do quite a bit of hand applique and quilting, which I generally do in the evening while watching tv or listening to audio books.
M: What is your quilting inspiration?
D: Primarily old quilts…. I have a collection of the state quilt search books that I love to page through. In the past quilters weren’t so bound by color or quilting “rules” and were very inventive. I look for interesting color combinations, interesting settings or border treatments. Since I work primarily with reproduction fabrics I also try and determine what is typical in design and color for a time period.
M: What is the funniest moment you have had happen while you were teaching?
D: The most exciting moment was when a woman dropped her small scissors which caused a deep puncture wound. There was blood everywhere! She had to go to the emergency room to get it stitched up and have tetanus shots.
funniest moment (for me) was when a woman in class was having problems with her machine “eating” her fabric. I suggested The she change her needle. She replied “You can replace the needle??”
M: What was the best class you have ever taken?
Unfortunately I’m usually teaching classes, not taking them. However, I took a wonderful design class with Jeanna Kimball years ago, and still remember what she taught us that day.