Our July Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our May Queen Bee, Shawna H.

Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:

I was born into the world of sewing & quilting. I sewed my first pillow at age 2 and was hooked! My mom and dad are both avid sewists & quilters. My mom owns Jean Marie's Fabrics, a local quilt shop here in town and has since long before I was born. It is truly one of the biggest passion and aspect of my life, it is not just my hobby, it is my career. I made my first queen size quilt in middle school and have made countless quilts since then. My biggest accomplishment so far in the quilting world is my Tula100.

What does quilting mean to you? 

Quilting is an art. It is truly one of the most remarkable art forms out there. No one but fellow quilters understand what all goes into the makings of a quilt. From a simple tie quilt with yard (yes, I have quite a few of those oldie but goodies), to a paper-pieced masterpiece, I love all quilts.

Why did you want to join our bee? 

Last year I got the chance to watch others but joined in the middle of the year so I was not able to fully participate. However, it looked like so much fun. I loved getting to see what everyone came up with and all the different blocks. I really wanted to have a quilt where it wasn't just my sewing, but fellow bee members & friends coming together to make a quilt.

What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee?  

As most of you know I am one of the busiest people you will meet. I have so many quilts and blocks on my "one day" list, but the sad reality is I will never get to it all. A couple years ago I fell in love with Juggling Summer by Zen Chic for Moda and bought a bunch of precuts at sample spree at Quilt Market thinking I would sew them up right when I got home..... Ha! It is a quilt I have been wanting forever, but have just not been able to get to it. I spent quite some time searching for a block that would work with the precuts and the scrappy look I had in mind. I choose grey for the solid blocks so that I could later add in some more color with the sashing and borders/binding.