Today I want to introduce you to Ashley Newcomb – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss May: www.filminthefridge.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I grew up surrounded by crafts – my grandmother always did a lot of sewing and knitting and my parents were always building something out of wood – but I was definitely more into reading at that time. I didn’t actually get into sewing until a couple years ago (three, I think?) when I decided I wanted to sew my own market bag. I got a little refresher from my mom and soon thereafter found myself at a local sewing shop buying my own sewing machine. I think I can safely say that it was love at first stitch!
2. Which artist has been a strong influence on your work?
My passion lies in quilting, and much of that is due to the wonderful variety of modern fabrics which are now available. I really love modern quilts and was immediately inspired by Denyse Schmidt – I’ve pored over her book more times than I can count, and I’ve spent hours perusing Flickr for other quilts inspired by her work.
3. What is your favorite material/product to work with? And what could you not do without in your craft room?
Two of my favorite things in my craft room are my design wall - and my new sewing table. (When I started sewing I sewed at the dining room table and my design wall was the floor, and it worked just fine, so I know these items aren’t necessities by any means, but they certainly make life easier!) I absolutely love having the space to keep my sewing machine set up and having the space to keep everything I need close at hand. It saves a lot of time and definitely makes it easier to sneak in at least a few minutes of sewing every day! And the design wall is really great for standing back and seeing how a potential quilt is looking. I often stick blocks up and leave them there for a few days just to see how I feel about them over time.
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