by Mary Beth Krapil
The interview continues with more words of wisdom from our own Kimmy Brunner.
HQ: Do you still have your first quilt?
I still have it, embarrassing though it is. If you come to my house, I will pretend not to know where I put it. It’s a real beauty. My favorite part about it is how the extremely lovely cheap poly batting beards out all over the place. That thing’s got more bearding than Santa Claus, I tell you! Yikes.
HQ: Who is your inspiration/muse?
KB: My Grandma. Her work was meticulous, and she was completely devoted to doing things the best she could no matter what. She’d work her fingers to the bone doing farm work all day, but she’d still sit down in the evening and create something beautiful with fabric, or thread, or yarn. I can still see her sitting in her chair with the lamp light shining on her hair, making something pretty. When I grow up, I want to be just like her and I hope that my quilts will be as loved as her quilts are.
HQ: Of all the “tasks” in creating a quilt, which is your favorite and least favorite?
KB: My favorite part is planning the design work. I get a big adrenaline rush when it’s time to lay out the completed quilt top, grab a pile of templates and all different colors of thread, a bunch of paper and some pencils, and start figuring out what’s going to go where. I turn up the music and draw design plan after design plan, waiting for the right one to appear. I LOVE it! The worst part is binding. Ugh. Binding. Why does there always have to be binding?
MBK Sidebar: I kind of like doing the binding. I find it relaxing and the quilt is SO close to being finished! Anyone out there with me? Let’s take a poll: please leave a comment, binding yes! or binding no #@$%*?
HQ: How can our readers learn about your classes and contact you?
KB: I have a Craftsy class entitled ‘Machine Quilting with Templates’ for those interested in learning about how to use templates to create perfect designs on their quilts, a website that contains lots of free learning tools at Kimmyquilt.com, and I am the longarm classroom coordinator for Quilts Inc, the folks behind International Quilt Festival in Houston and Spring Festival in Chicago.
Quilting is my life 🙂
HQ: Thanks so much, Kimmy! It is Handi Quilter’s honor to have you as an esteemed ambassador. Any last words of wisdom?
KB: Quilting is the Happy Place. There’s room for everybody here! Please pull up a chair and tell us about your stash.