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Guest Designer Spotlight – Lilja Bjork

designs by Lilja Bjork, click image for pattern

It’s been quite some time since we had a Guest Designer Spotlight, and this one is quite overdue! I’m proud to introduce Lilja Bork to you. She has been a Sewhooked Guest Designer since mid-2010. She has an amazing eye for design and had created some stunning pieces!

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Lilja Bjork, Slytherin Team Captain!

Name and where you’re from:

My name is Lilja Bjork, on the Internet I’m known as Liljabs. I’m from Reykjavik in Iceland. I also lived in Kuopio in Finland for 6 months in 2003.

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

I have a brand new website that I just started in January 2011. That is where I post all my patterns. I also have a flickr and my Livejournal.

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

I started paper piecing in 2007 I think, after I found Sewhooked through the leaky cauldron crafts pages. I never really thought quilting was something young people did. I thought it must be terribly boring, hihi I was so wrong It’s almost all I do these days.

What do you use own your block designs for?

The ones I’ve done so far are meant to be for a Disney quilt for my nephews bed and a multi-fandom quilt for myself. I also made a Christmas wall-hanging witch is the first project I finish that is all mine. I was so proud of myself when I finished that one 🙂

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When did you start designing?

April 12th 2010, I remember it was the day after my birthday

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern?

I just really wanted a Tardis for my multi-fandome quilt and I didn’t find one on the Internet. So I thought why not try to make one.

Do you remember what your first design was?

I’m not sure if it was the Tardis or the Doctor who logo but those where my first two designs. I think I even made them on the same day.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

Not any one, but the Disney blocks must be at the top. I spent so much time on each of them to get them perfect 🙂

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc.

I mostly use Quilt Assistant. Witch is free. And I also use Photoshop.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?

Rather than changing how I craft it is more that the community inspires me to try new things. Things that I never would have tried, or even things I have never heard of before.

See more of Lilja’s patterns on Sewhooked’s Guest Designer Page

Happy Quilting!

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Guest Designer Spotlight: Mary Groesbeck


Designed by Mary Groesbeck

This week’s Guest Designer Profile brings you a brand new paper pieced designer.  So far, sewhooked only hosts one of Mary’s designs, but it’s lovely, as I’m sure you’ll agree!

Name and where you’re from:

I am Mary Groesbeck. I am from Louisiana (just the first 20 years). Does that make me sound old? I now have two homes. We live in Las Vegas on school days and in a 120-year old farm in Minnesota the rest of the time.  No website, store, or anywhere else (except I like to put my photos on my facebook).

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

I made my first quilt in high school (a very large cathedral window made entirely by hand). I first paper-pieced about 12 years ago, and havemade entire queen-size quilts from paper-piecing, but nothing like the HP one I’m working on.

What do you use own your block designs for?

I am making two (yes, two) identical king-size quilts for my daughters. BTW, nobody tell my youngest that there are Twilight squares! Some are my own design, most are from sewhooked, and some are appliqued. I put my daughters on the Hogwart’s Express with Harry, and each quilt with have the initials “HP” along with my daughter’s initials.

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When did you start designing?

Although I have designed quilts before, I never “designed” my own paper-pieced pattern until a few weeks ago. I have done really diverse paper-piecing, from large pictorials with tiny pieces to very simply blocks. But, Jennifer’s tutorial inspired me, and I thought, “I have a coloring book site, I have Photoshop, why not?” BTW, I am a digital scrapbooker also, so Photoshop comes naturally.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? Do you remember what your first design was? Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

My first paper-pieced design was the Engine of the Hogwart’s Express. Then the passenger car. Then Crookshanks. I’m on a roll now. My favorite so far is Crookshanks, mainly because I’m really a cat person.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?

I have one hour to myself every morning. I either quilt or scrap. Since I joined this community [Harry Potter Paper Piecing], I haven’t made ONE page for my scrapbook! My goal is either one page for the scrapbook or one quilt square per day.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I do have a full-time job, second to being a mom. If I could just quilt all day, I would be in heaven. I have a husband (21 years) and two daughters (16 and 13), who both play competitive volleyball and hope to be in the olympics (preferably before I die or run out of training money). I have a long-arm quilting machine at the farm that I’ve practiced on but never really had to guts to use–but still believe I will any day now.

I love the feeling of creating something. I very seldom just make something as designed. I like adding my personal touch (often so subtle that no one notices). For instance, on my Hedwig, the white-on-white fabric for her wings has a snowflake pattern–because she’s a snow owl. This makes me happy, even if no on else knows. My knight bus has tractor wheels….to bring a little of the farm to it….just for fun, not because a knight bus particularly needs tractor wheels.

Watch for more of Mary’s designs on sewhooked!

Happy Quilting!