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Guest Designer Spotlight: Michelle Thompson

blocks designed by Michelle Thompson
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The next up in the Guest Designer Spotlight is Michelle Thompson.

I met Michelle through hp_paperpiecing, where she has shared many photos of her finished blocks as well as her own beautiful Harry Potter inspired patterns.

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First name and where you’re from: Michelle, Sydney Australia

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found? just livejournal at the moment and there isn’t much there at the moment although I am working on that.

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting? since 1997

What do you use own your blocks for? quilts for my family (extended family included)

When did you start designing? about 2000 I started designing my own quilts using other peoples ideas. The first design of all my own was much more recent last year or the year before.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? usual reason – couldn’t find a pattern for what I wanted.

Do you remember what your first design was? Hagrid

Do you have a favorite among your own designs? my new patterns – the portrait series – i am really excited about them they turned out much better than I thought they would.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.? its great for inspiration, ideas and of course the wonderful support and validation it enables.

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc. I start off with pen and paper, then i use quilt assistant – very basic.  I probably wouldn’t use any programs if i wasn’t sharing – pencil and paper work just fine.

Anything else you’d like to add? I don’t nearly have enough time for quilting (what a surprise) and it also eats into my other passion cross-stitch, which I lament hasn’t had much of my time lately. I have been trying to finish existing projects – I only have two quilts to go. I have decided I hate quilting and it is not nearly as exciting as making the quilt top so I am looking to outsource the quilting process so I can make more quilts.

I have been sewing all my life. I got my first sewing machine at age 8 and have done dressmaking and pattern making courses in my late teens. Most of my sewing involved making clothes for myself and my children. However my greatest joy now is making quilts and dress up costumes for my children. If anyone is interested I can post some on my journal. I get lots of grief from other mothers. My latest costume was the stay-puft marshmallow man for a ghostbusters band night for my son.

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Find more of Michelle’s patterns on the sewhooked Guest Designer Page

Michelle’s LiveJournal

Happy Crafting!

Guest Designer Spotlight: Shae Merritt


blocks designed by Shae Merritt
click on the image for the pattern

For the next few weeks, I’ll be putting the spotlight on the sewhooked Guest Designers.  These wonderful women create and share their paper pieced quilting patterns and graciously allow me to post them, free of charge, on sewhooked.

Each of their work can be found on the Guest Designer Page.

I’ll be posting these in the order that I received them, just to save myself from playing favorites!  I am more grateful to each and every designer for sharing her wonderful patterns than I could ever express.   Thank you, thank you, thank you!

First up is Shae Merritt.  I’ve known Shae for a couple of years now.  We met in an online Harry Potter costuming group when I fell in love with her Umbridge costume and we starting chatting back and forth.

She tackles each new craft that grabs her interest with both hands and runs with it.  The same was true for paper piecing.

Shae and I have been lucky enough to meet in real life and the rest, as they say, is history!

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Questions were asked by me, all answers are in Shae’s own words.

First name and where you’re from: Shae – Central Florida

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found? – patterns/pictures on sewhooked

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?  – I started paper piecing on April 10, 2008, so almost 7 months

What do you use own your blocks for? –
I’ve made one quilted wallhanging and a few other misc. framed crafts, but other than that I’ve been saving them up until an idea comes to me.

When did you start designing? – I designed my first pattern mid-May, almost exactly a month after I started paper piecing.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern?
– my brother was patching up a pillow and I had told him about my idea to try to make a Triforce because it could be a really easy block to make, and he asked if I would make him the block to use for his pillow.

Do you remember what your first design was? – Triforce from the Legend of Zelda series

Do you have a favorite among your own designs? I really like the Majora’s Mask pattern, but a favorite design of mine that I haven’t had a chance to piece is the ‘WooHoo’ symbol from The Sims 2.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.? –
I wouldn’t exactly say the online community changed the way I craft, but rather it is the reason I do. I never crafted at all until 2 years ago when I started making crafty friends. If not for the community and seeing all of the awesome things people were making I would have never thought to try paper piecing. Being able to look at other people’s designs and ideas helps my own imagination work. I’m glad that there are such crafty people out there to inspire me.

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc. – I use Paint Shop Pro 8 to design patterns

find more of Shae’s patterns on the sewhooked Guest Designer Page

Happy crafting!