Season 10 of Project QUILTING is going in full force and I’m excited to be introducing our second “Celebrity” Quilter to take on the Project QUILTING Challenge. Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs will have one week to start and finish her quilt per the challenge guidelines – just like the rest of us! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
Beth took a fun little quiz I sent her so we could get to know our #PQCelebrity a bit better!
Meet Beth Helfter
K: What is your favorite thing about quilting?
B: I design mostly in my head, and after writing down a few things and sometimes a quick drawing I just start throwing fabric together and hoping for the best. Most of the time it works out, sometimes it is an unmitigated disaster. But that moment of starting to see a design you’ve so far only imagined in your head turn into something you can actually see with your eyes and falling instantly in love never gets old.
K: What is your favorite color to incorporate into your quilts?
B: I get teased a lot for my incessant uses of teal and lime, but I really don’t care. I’m a big fan of both. I’ll really use anything bright and happy, though. I used brown once. It didn’t go well and it didn’t feel like me.
K: Do you have a secret tool that you love to use when quilting?
B: The combination of my Accordion Sewn HSTs technique and the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers by New Leaf Stitches is so satisfyingly wonderful I swear it could border on illegal. It amazes me that Kari (New Leaf Stitches) and I were separately developing these “tools” at the same time, and then when they are brought together to be used for the most scrappy and easiest to trim HSTs in the world, it’s like angels are singing.
K: What do you like to snack on while you sew?
B: Chocolate chips mixed with cashews. This is not advisable in an unairconditioned studio in mid-summer, but pretty much other times it is fine.
K: Do you have a favorite sewing beverage?
B: It really depends on the situation. At home by myself, water or tea. At a retreat, wine. If I’ve lost my mind and am heavily quilting something huge with pebbles, which looks amazing but is mind.numbling.boring., then wine just to get through it.
K: Have you ever participated in a challenge before? If yes, what was your favorite thing about it?
B: I love challenges! The more creative the theme the better! Often challenges lead to me developing a pattern based on what I created in the challenge, or force me to learn a new skill, or even just use my time wisely. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the Project Quilting challenge will take me.