Meet Kristi Carpenter
- Introduce yourself to us, (i.e., how long have you been quilting, do you have a day job, do you enjoy other hobbies)
I have sewn all my life and would occasionally make a baby quit but didn’t really start quilting until I moved to Texas in 2012. That’s when I learned about rotary cutters and how to do it right. It gave me an opportunity to share a hobby with my sister.
My day job (and frequent nights and weekends ;-) –I am an Interior Designer specializing in Healthcare design. I design the interiors and interior architecture for hospitals, medical office buildings and clinics.
My house is my hobby. I love old homes and have always owned homes 100+ years old so they take a lot of love and care. (AKA money pits). Additionally I love gardening
- How long have you been a member of DMQG, what/who inspired you join our group, are you a member of another guild as well?
I joined in the fall of 2012. My sister and I wanted to meet some people who shared a common interest.
- What is your current board position? What other roles have you had with DMQG?
I am currently the Treasurer. Previously I have been the Activities Coordinator
- Do you do social media? if so do you have an instagram handle, or would you welcome other members to follow you on Facebook?
Though I don’t have it on my telephone (too addictive) I am on facebook and Instagram. I don’t post a lot of pictures but love to look at posts from others to stay connected with friends in other states and to be inspired.
- Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.
I really don’t have a favorite. I don’t make a lot of quilts so with each one I try to learn something new or try a different technique.
- Are you a Fan girl/boy (i.e., is there a quilty person you love and enjoy stalking their work)? Tell us about them.
Not really I don’t really follow anyone. I do enjoy the fabric designs of Alison Glass and Carolyn Friedlander for different reasons. I love Alison sense of color and Carolyn’s architectural aesthetic.
- Do you enter quilt shows? Have you received and ribbons? Tell us about them.
I have entered one the Dallas Quilt show , and didn’t win a ribbon but it was fun to see it on display
- Have you made friendships through DMQG. Tell us who they are, we would love to know.
As a result of the DMQG I have taken some classes and it is in those classes that I have really gotten to know other members of the DMQG. Through classes and the group sew at the library I have had a chance to have extended conversations and learn about the lives and motivations of members of the DMQG.
- When you complete your quilts what becomes of them? Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?
I really don’t make that many a year maybe 3 or 4 so I give them away as gifts, some are on display in my sewing room on a ladder and the rest I use.
- In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space.
I have a sewing room/ office. I like it because it keeps the mess out of the rest of the house. It has lots of windows and a great view to the back yard so it is a great work space
- What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)?
- Favorite quilting blogs?
Haven’t been on a quilting blog in ages but one I enjoy is Freshly Pieced. She has had several quilt alongs and I loved those it keeps me motivated and on track.
- Why modern quilting? As a quilt artist, what more would you like the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild to do to encourage/inspire/educate quilters?
Modern quilting allows me to express myself more than a traditional pattern. I love experimenting with scale, texture and color and the modern esthetic allows that to happen. Also Modern quilting is less ridged which I like. There is no ‘wrong way’. I am a process person. I enjoy the designing, and making the quilt. I don’t care how long it takes because it is the process I like…the finished quilt is just "cherry on top”