Madame Samm asked me to be a guest speaker on her blog, and I am so honored ! I wanted to thank her so much, not just for this honor, but for being my friend. Let me first introduce myself. My name is Micki Butler and I have a blog called Irish Muses. Yes, I am lucky enough to live in Ireland in a beautiful seacoast village called Dunfanaghy, in County Donegal. I started quilting about ten years ago, and the only problem is that there is not enough hours in the day to do all that I want.
Madame Samm asked me to talk about my favorite quilts that I made. I didn't have to think too long about that one. I have three that I made that are very sentimental and special to me. My all time favorite one is the Sylvia Bridal Sampler. I read all of Jennifer Chiaverini's books, and I fell in love with this quilt which was highlighted in one of her books. I worked on that quilt each day over a four month period, and I enjoyed each and every moment that I spent on the 140 blocks that I sewed. Sylvia, who was the main character in the book, had this quilt given to her by her friends, who made a wedding quilt for her, and each block represented what Sylvia meant to them. I did the whole quilt in batiks and Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabrics. I can't begin to tell you how much I learned from each and every block that I made. It was a wonderful learning experience, and a magical journey for me!
I also have a great love for paper piecing. I learned how to paper piece from Carol Doak, and I have all of her books. I then went on to learn the more advanced techniques of paper piecing from Deb Karasik. I found out she was going to be in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and I went with the Sheephaven Guild to take her workshop, where we were going to make the Carnivale Wallhanging. I was so thrilled to meet her, and I was determined to finish the quilt when I got back from the workshop in Belfast. It is definitely my favorite paper piecing quilt that I made, but I have made many of them. I just love the whole process of paper piecing, and how exact you can make the blocks.
Last but not least, I had to mention my other love which is applique. I do machine applique too, but I thoroughly enjoy hand applique. I learned how to applique and fell in love with it. My first applique that I did was a fairy pattern developed by Reva Roark Stewart. If you love to make fairies, check her patterns out. They are magical! I did needleturn stitching on it, and I so enjoyed the weeks that I spent sewing each and every part of the beautiful appliqued wallhanging. I just love hand sewing, as I find it so relaxing, and I enjoyed making the fairy wallhangiing sitting in my lounge chair while I watched tv. My husband could never understand how I could do the two things at the same time.
Hopefully, you can see how much I love sewing! I began sewing as a child, as my mom was a seamstress, and both my parents owned a fabric store, thus my love of fabric too. My mom taught me how to design my own clothes, and to sew home decor, and then I discovered quilting, and the rest is history. Once you make one quilt, you cannot stop.
It was so much fun telling you about myself a bit , and I always enjoy talking about quiting. It is my passion! I included a pic of me and my husband, as he is the reason I came to Ireland from Philadelphia. I fell in love with Joe and landed up here in 1997. I am lucky to have found my soulmate, and now have the time to do my hobbies....You can't beat that!