Sunday, November 21, 2021

November Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Rea🔦

Welcome to our November Member Spotlight post! This month we're focused on KMQG Guild Chair, Elizabeth Rea. 🔦

How long have you been quilting?

24 years!

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

My mom, aunt and grandmother made some quilts when I was a kid. When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to make a quilt to take to college, so my mom helped me figure it out.

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

It was a twin size Rail Fence design in calicos and not-at-all modern fabrics. I hand-quilted it, sweating through the summer in Tennessee with it on my lap.

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

It's too hard to pick just one, but there are some that I'm proud I was able to complete because they challenged me with a new skill or design that was out of my comfort zone.

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

Juki TL-2200QVP Mini (straight stitch only) and a Babylock Ellure when I need a zigzag or anything else.

What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

It's a tie between a magnetic pincushion and long tweezers

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

I enjoy the effect of mixing low-volume neutral fabrics together as a background.

What other hobbies do you have?

Knitting and sewing bags and things other than quilts. I learned Irish dancing as an adult and performed for a number of years, too.

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

Quilt patterns?! Also Penguin Classics books with cloth covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.

Sweet or savory?


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)?

Another member said yarn and knitting needles because she could always rip out her knitting and do it again - that's genius, so I want those, too. Also a functioning radio, a cat that's always healthy, and a pillow.

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

Earlier this year I learned how to knit socks.

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

Run at 100 mph so I could get to vacation spots and visit friends and family quicker.

Want to learn more about Elizabeth? Follow her on Instagram or check out her website. Want more KMQG? We're on Instagram too and would love for you to follow us there!