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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Member Spotlight




Meet Sam Clark 


1) Introduce yourself to us, (i.e., how long have you been quilting, do you have a day job, do you enjoy other hobbies)


I’ve been sewing since I was about 10 years old – started with tank-tops, and went from there.  I was not usually very successful because I have a problem following patterns.  I would pick the wrong type of fabric, forget to mark the notches, be in a hurry and decide to do short-cuts, etc.  One of my best was in high school when I successfully made a pair of flowered overalls, with French seams.  I wore them a long time, even though they were much too tight.  I eventually settled for just making pillows & curtains, although I did some sewing for my little girls.

I am the Manager of Human Resources; Recruiting, Retention, and Relations at VNA – Visiting Nurse Association.  I adore my job and the company.  It’s different every day, and really challenges me.  I have 3 grown daughters – Chelsea – 27; Courtney – 25; and Cathleen – 23.  Cathleen is married, and we have one grandson – Braedon – who is 2.  She is having another baby in May.  The other two and engaged, but no dates set yet.  They all have good jobs, good men, and live in town.  We talk a lot, text, and everyone comes to dinner at our house Sunday evenings.  I’ve been married to my wonderful, romantic, house-cleaning husband Mitch for 35 years.  We have 2 dogs, and 2 grand-dogs who come to our house regularly for pet-sitting.

My other hobbies (currently) are cross-stitching; collecting hearts and castles; and I read constantly – usually a book a night.

2) 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 have been a member of DMQG for a little over 3 years.  My mom & I used to meet every other Sunday to do crafts (card-making; wreaths; scrapbook; flower arranging).  When she was dying she made me promise that I would find a group to do things with, that would keep me connected to other creative friends.  I went to a fabric store, and noticed a crazy quilt block of the month club.  I joined that, and did that for about 6 months.  Someone mentioned the Garland Guild, so I went to a meeting.  It was not my thing at all – too crowded, too many rules, and too traditional.  I love modern architecture, furniture, crafts.  At the Garland meeting someone at my table told me about the Modern Guild.  I went online and went to the next meeting.  I parked next to Doris Kennedy, and it was her first time, too.  We sat together, and behind Robin, who was very friendly, and it grew from there.  I love it – this group really energizes me, helps me feel creative, and is a great support group.  I have no other memberships in anything.

3) Do you do social media? if so do you have an instagram handle, or would you welcome other members to follow you on Facebook?

I am on social media very little.  I follow my girls on facebook, and a few friends, but never post.


4) Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project. 


My favorite quilt(s) are ones I did that I used Jacqui Gering as inspiration.  I pay little attention to designers, fabric lines, etc.  but she just really touched my core when she came and talked.  I’ve been to two talks and one workshop with her, and those are my favorites.  I also love  Kristi Schroeder (Initial K Studio) and am working on one of hers.


5) What inspires you to create?

  I am inspired to create by things I see.  I do use pinterest for inspiration, as well as buildings, colors, and show and tell at the guild.  One daughter and I go twice a year to the Cottonwood Creek Art Festival, and I look for quilt inspirations.  I plan on doing a quilt based on the new Parkland Hospital building, but it’s just in the thinking phase.


6) Are you a Fan girl/boy (i.e., is there a quilty person you love and enjoy stalking their work)? Tell us about them.

 I am not a fan/girl, although I somewhat follow Jacqui Gering.

7) Do you enter quilt shows? Have you received and ribbons? Tell us about them.


I do not enter quilt shows.  I put one quilt in the Library show at Southwestern Medical (Laurie’s library) and had a very hard time with it.  I don’t like people critiquing my work, and since I do most of my quilts for my pleasure and my house I didn’t like having it gone.


8) Have you made friendships through DMQG. Tell us who they are, we would love to know.

  I have made fabulous friends at the guild.  Doris and I are very close, I invited MaryJane to join the guild (we go to lunch at least twice a week, and worked together for 7 years), and I am close to Charlotte, Robin and Kate Park.  I love the Monday Handwork, Saturday Sew, and am in a small group (bee) with the people I mentioned.

9) When you complete your quilts what becomes of them? Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?

   I keep all of my quilts unless I make them for a gift – which is rare.  I do make baby quilts, and have made quilts for all my girls, and 3 of my closest work friends.  Everything else is just for me.

10) In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/ crafting space.

 I have a dedicated quilting room at home.  It’s crowded, not big enough, but it’s all mine.  I’ve recently expanded into the guest room next door, and put all my papercraft supplies and desk in there.

11) What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)?

My current fabric obsession is solids.  I’m trying to build up a good solids stash.

12) Favorite quilting blogs?

I don’t follow any blogs.


Sam with one of her quilts at DMQG Show and Tell

Chelsey, Kate, Sam, Doris, Laurie, and Cathy at a DMQG hand sew Monday event

Sam and Lee at DMQG Retreat wearing Sam's favorite designer (Robin Williamson) t-shirts 


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