Jennifer Basile has just recently rekindled her interest in quilting. In her pre-teen years, her Mother’s interest in quilts for the Bicentennial had her teaching Jennifer the basics. Now a member of FDQ for two years, it is her time to re-learn and to pick up new techniques. She really loves attending the meetings, and seeing all the amazing work done by other members and guest speakers.
Piecing is one aspect that she enjoys, probably rooted in her engineering genes (an IBMer working on software tools (EDA) for computer systems). Like many, she dislikes ‘reverse sewing’ with her seam ripper. Enhancing skills in free motion quilting is something she would like to do, but also finds it to be intimidating due to being able to very quickly make lots of stitches that either you need to live with or spend a lot of time frogging (rip it, rip it). She is currently piecing one of the Community Quilts which is on her June UFO Challenge list, and has a goal of free motion quilting one in the future. Jennifer does not own a long arm, but suggests that a field trip to one of the long arm quilter’s house to see one in action would be of interest. Any other members interested?
Also as part of the June UFO challenge, Jennifer is working on her second Pineapple Wall Hanging that is to be a bridal shower gift. The first one she completed as part of the Summer Fruit Challenge. She has a paper piecing pattern for a tulip wall hanging she would like to do, so classes in paper piecing would be of interest. “How to”, tips and techniques for squaring up blocks and entire projects would be beneficial and is an area where she wants to improve. Since it has been about 30 years since her Mother taught her hexies, a lecture or class in hexies would be fun to take. She is not sure what her next new project will be, but she is intrigued with black and white fabric, so something using those might show up. Also, she is on the look-out for a project involving handwork, which is relaxing and portable.
Jennifer is soon to be an empty nester, as she and her husband send their son, graduating from Arlington High School this June, off to SUNY Buffalo, while their daughter enters her senior year at SUNY Geneseo.
Behind the Scenes
In the Spotlight is a continuing column in the newsletter featuring one of our members. The goal is to help members to get to know each other (at least a few per year), and hopefully would be a way to communicate interesting quilting information.
Informal interviews are held with the candidate member to gather information that could be used. Examples of the information collected could be: How did you start quilting, and when? How long have you been a member of FDQ? What is your favorite/least favorite aspect of quilting? What are your learning goals for the future? What tips/secrets/education can you share with the membership? What are you working on now? Are there any challenges you want to overcome (maybe desired education/teachers)? Any accomplishments (ribbons, awards, etc.) that you would share? Any personal information you want to share (family, job experiences, etc.)?
Any inclusion of an article would need to be pre-approved by the subject. Candidates would be all ranges of members (long time, newer, etc.) and are picked at random by the author, but please feel free to suggest a person.