Sunday, July 18, 2021

Member Spotlight: Liz Upchurch🔦

The July Member Spotlight is focused on Liz Upchurch.🔦 
Keep reading to learn more about Liz.

How long have you been quilting?

4 years

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My grandmother had these really cool crazy quilts that I loved as a kid. The kind with lots of cool fabrics (velvet and silk etc) and fancy stitching. They seemed like they were from someone who had a very fancy life. I was very intrigued by them. Fast forward about 40 years and the last election happened four years ago, and I just needed some thing to escape I think into channel myself into a little bit. So I started quilting. And I really love modern and self made patterns.

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

Well the first quilt I made was actually many years ago and it was pretty much fabric cut into 5 inch squares and sewn back together. I didn’t actually quilt it I tied it off. And I think it was almost queen-size. And I think it kind of turned me off of quilting LOL.

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

My favorite is one that I gave my friend Mike and it is a pattern that I made up and it’s sort of a modern blocky tight pattern. He uses it every day and that makes me really happy.

What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?


Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Kona solids

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Low volume

Describe your quilting style in one word.


What other hobbies do you have?

Backpack camping, gardening, dogs

Do you collect anything? (Other than quilting fabric, of course!) If so, what?

Hazel Village animals and clothing

What is your favorite movie?

Auntie Mame

What is your favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird

Who is your favorite author?

That’s hard. I like lots. Barbara Kingsolver is one.

Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Gregory Peck

If you could have dinner with one legendary person, living or dead, who would you choose?

Dolly Parton

What is your favorite food?


Coffee or tea?


Sweet or savory?


If you were a dessert, what would you be and why?

Chocolate cupcake. Wonderful and just about the right size

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you want to have with you (not things you need to survive, but things you would want to have)?

My dog, kindle, sunglasses, fuzzy blanket, stretchy pants

What is your dream job?

Sheep farmer

Where is your dream vacation destination?


Which is your favorite season?


If you won millions in the lottery and had to selfishly spend it on yourself, what would you treat yourself to?

House renovations

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?


When was the last time you did something for the first time?

About 18 months ago.

Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour and why?

Run at 100. I think, because it would be faster.

Want to learn more about Liz? Find her on Instagram. Want more KMQG? We're on Insta too and would love to connect with you over there!