Meet Emily Blatt, one of the very first members of the BMQG.
|Emily's First Quilt, Marquee|
How did you get into quilting? : My friend Joan taught me a few years ago. I first learned how to sew in home ec class in 7th grade, and I made clothing through high school, but then I dropped sewing until I learned how to quilt. I became hooked on quilting pretty much the minute I walked into the Cambridge Quilt Shop to pick out fabric for my first quilt. I can’t believe I had forgotten how much I love playing with fabric!
|Eli's Graduation Quilt|
Since then Emily has completed more than 20 quilts many of which she gives away to friends and family.
Favorite color: Burnt orange makes me happy, as do other shades of orange. I also like red and pink and brown – I gravitate towards the warm colors.
|New Machine Celebration|
What machine do you use: I have a Janome 6600 – it’s wonderful. Most of my pre-6600 sewing life was spent on tired old Singers, and it was a revelation how much more enjoyable it is to sew on a machine that works. So far I have only quilted on my home machine, but I took the long arm class at Laurena’s this summer and I hope to try that again soon.
Prints or Solids: Prints. But I love shot-cottons and semi-solids too.
Why you love to quilt: Because it’s so much fun! There’s so much of it that I love – playing with color, working with beautiful materials, learning new skills,….and I love my rotary cutter, which is surprising, since when I started quilting I was afraid I would lose a limb to that thing.
I have always loved textiles and surface design – fabric, rugs, tiles – any kind of almost-flat, functional art.
In addition to quilting, Emily knits almost every day and can often be seen wearing her own handmade sweaters. It is always a treat to see her latest creative endeavor!!!