Today Laticia "Tish" Stemple joins us with another long line of quilters. Tish and I "met" in the 2016 New Quilt Blogger group - you can find her over at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland. She has a great sense of humor and a love for life and quilting. Well, quilting is her life! Her blog profile explains...
"In my world the books would be nothing but pictures...of quilting. I'm a quilter who likes to live on the edge. Sometimes I run with scissors and stitch outside the lines. I hope you'll join me on my quilting adventure, because we are all mad about quilting here."
Have you ever made a quilt?
Oh you know,
maybe one or two…hundred?
Who got you started quilting?
Technically, I am pretty much self-taught, relying on wonderful quilt bloggers to teach me things. I did receive a little instruction from the owner of a quilt shop that is to blame for my quilting
addiction. I started out my creative
life as a cross-stitcher. I had just
finished a set of 8 cross stitches called Wedding Herbs. I didn’t want to frame them and hang them
(that would have been serious wall space) so I wondered if I could have them
made into a quilt. I stopped at the
local quilt shop to inquire about the cost of having them turned into a
quilt. After much discussion and a bit
of Jedi mind persuasion, I left the shop with 20 fat quarters, a Turning Twenty
book, rotary cutter and ruler and enthusiasm on making my first quilt. Those cross stitches are still just hanging
out in a box in the back room. Possibly
my first UFO?
Tell me a story about your first quilt...
My first quilt was a Turning Twenty made from fat quarters
in varying shades of reds, gold/creams, and greens. It ended up being queen sized and I pieced it
on a small Brother machine my mother purchased from Walmart a few years
before. After I completed it, it was
sent to a long armer who quilted it with an all over holly leaf design in
variegated thread. That was probably,
2004 or 2005. The quilt then set in a
container, not even trimmed, until December 2016. I finally decided to free it and finished it
off with a flanged binding. I am glad I
waited, I love that binding. It now
covers our bed.
Does your mother quilt? What is her name?
I have to say I come from a long line of quilters. Living in West Virginia, part of the Appalachian
Mountains, I think that is more common than not to have quilters in your
I can remember my
mother, Janice Lower, making quilts when I was younger. They were more for function (keeping me warm)
than for fun. She worked in a sewing
factory making garments when I was younger, so setting at a machine was
probably the last thing she wanted to do in the evenings.
This quilt was made from left over bits of my clothes.
The Sunbonnet Sue quilt was also made from left over bits from clothes
Mom made the quilt below before she and my dad got married. The fabric was leftover scraps from the sewing factory she worked at.
Mom pieced the above quilt top from a pattern in a magazine
sometime in the early 80’s. I hope to
quilt it and give it back to her.
Did any of your grandparents quilt?
Yes, my Great-Grandmother, Alice Roby (my father's mother's mother)
The quilt below was made by Great-Grandma Roby...
My mother recently gave me this quilt top made by Great-Grandma Roby and asked if I would quilt it.
This is my grandmother (dad’s mom) Leona Holsberry. She was my fellow cross-stitcher in crime and
someone who always encouraged me to be creative. I didn’t really start quilting until after
she passed away and always regret that we never got to make a quilt together.
This hour glass quilt was one she made and she hand quilted it.
This is the quilt she made for David and I when we got married. It was a panel quilt and she hand-quilted it.
From my Mother's side... This quilt top was hand pieced by my great grandmother (my
mother’s father’s mother), Alice Simmons.
It is still unquilted.
This quilt top was made by my great grandmother (my
mother’s mother’s mother), Roena Carpenter.
It is another UFO.
This is my grandmother (mom’s mom), Bertha Simmons. She was always sewing something for one of
the kids or grandkids. With a total of
11 kids, 15 grandchildren and 15 great grand kids, she kept busy.
She loved to make homemade stuffed animals. One of her favorite quilts (sadly I couldn’t
get a picture) was a quilt with all of her children’s handprints on it. This basket quilt one that she pieced many years ago.
Having had so many quilters in my life, it makes me sad that I didn’t take up quilting until after they had passed away. Well, mom is still here, but I’m trying to convince her to start quilting again. Though all the unfinished quilt tops in this post makes me realize one thing…UFO’s are just part of my heritage.
Have you taught anyone to quilt?
I am happy to say that almost two years ago, I taught my husband,
David Stemple, to quilt. I think he
loves fabric as much as I do. Maybe
more. I joke and say I will take over
the world, one person at a time. By take
over, I mean convert them to quilters.
Think how happy and warm the world would be.
About a year ago, my
Uncle, Carl Williams, purchased a long arm machine with the hopes that we would
get it up and running. He use to help
his mother (hand) quilt, so he’s always talking to me about quilting. Hopefully, we can make the stars align and get
it working soon.
Do you have
a favorite block?
always loved Jacob’s Ladder, but I’ve never made a quilt using it.
Do you have a favorite quilt?
a favorite quilt…isn’t that like picking a favorite child? If I had to pick one, it would be the one I
call the Death Quilt. Everything about this quilt was an emotional journey.
You can read the story about the Death Quilt on Tish's blog.
participate in any quilt groups?
Yes, I am the secretary for
our local quilt guild, Quilters At Heart Quilt Guild.
Every year the guild makes a charity quilt that we raffle from May until October. The money generated from the raffle then goes to a local charity voted on by the guild members. We also host a local quilt show each May during the annual Strawberry Festival hosted by the city of Buckhannon. Currently we are a very small guild and are looking to increase our membership. This year we are trying a few new things, like planning guest speakers, more classes, day trips, hosting challenge quilting events and having a weekend sew day for fellowship. We are always looking for suggestions to make our group even better.
entered our local quilt show for the past few years. I think it is important to share your work,
no matter where you are on your quilting journey. Be proud of what you accomplish. From a just starting beginner to a
well-seasoned quilter, all quilts should be loved and seen.
sold any quilts?
I have made two commissioned quilts. I
provide the customer with an estimate of what I think it will be in fabric and
labor hours. Knock on wood, with both
quilts, I came in very close to my estimate.
your favorite part of quilting?
Once upon a time I would
have told you piecing the quilt, but now I have to say quilting the quilt. I love when I can add an extra layer of
visual interest beyond just the piecing of the quilt and the fabrics.
The short answer; to keep
my sanity. Quilting allows me to express
myself in so many ways; from colors to textures. I try to squeak in at least 15 minutes of
something creative a day. I feel
unbalanced and well, grumpy, when I’m not able to focus my energy to creating
something. If only that applied to
you do with your quilts?
right now, I either gift them away or hoard them. I know that sounds bad. I jokingly say my daughter will have a great
estate sale someday, if I don’t learn how to part with some of them. Estate sale... or possibly bonfire.
While communicating back and forth with Tish about this story I commented that the UFOs (Un-Finished Objects for those not familiar with the term) seem to be a generational thing. Tish is trying to combat this very characteristic in herself and hosts a weekly linky party that features the successful completion of various quilter's UFOs over on her blog. She uses it as a tool for herself and encourages other quilters with a large collection of unfinished quilt tops to tackle the pile(s) one quilt at a time.
It may not be polite to ask, and please do not be offended by my asking (no one is forcing you to answer)...
How many UFOs do you have?
Do UFOs run in your family as well?
I do love to hear from everyone... leave a comment!