Today for Feature Friday we are venturing across the seas to New Zealand, to spend some time with Deb Robertson also known as @debpotteringabout. She blogs at Works in Progress, and her blog is definitely worth adding to your reading list.
I have gotten to know Deb through her Instagram account, and I wanted to share her amazing gift with you all. She is a mother of 4, she studies Sociology and Media and Communications at university, and is a prolific quilt maker. She lives in Christchurch, which you may remember was devastated by earthquakes 4 years ago this week. It was a traumatic time for all, and the city is still on the road to recovery. It will never be the same again, and Deb addresses these issues, provides beautiful quilts to those she loves and does so with an eye for colour and composition that leaves me breathless.
Deb is funny, generous, caring and awesomely creative. Although her name may be “potteringabout” she is nothing of the sort. She quilts prolifically, and shares them all with us to inspire and provoke thought. In between all that, she sews the most beautiful clothes for herself and her youngest daughter, Annie-Rose, often out of vintage fabric she has found at the thrift store.
But enough from me, let’s put Deb in the hot seat!
So, first off, how did you start quilting?
As a teenager, someone gave me some fabric off cuts and a metal triangle. The rest is history as they say!!
What’s your favourite project you’ve completed so far?
Hmmm, probably the yellow spider web that I recently finished. Because it’s just so bright and cheerful
Design crush – whose studio would you gatecrash for a day?
John Q Adams (Quilt Dad) I love the way he writes patterns that even someone maths deficient like me can make them. I like the way he is so down to earth and approachable as well. He’s one of the ‘cool kids’ but he doesn’t act like it!
Do you have any other hobbies?
I love to knit, read, make kids clothes, bake and watch movies!
Seam open or not?
Bahaha I’m the laziest quilter ever. Closed seams every single time.
Finally, what makes a modern quilt?
I think a modern quilt is a quilt that is designed to be used. I think it’s the practical nature of quilts today that defines a modern quilt. They are not just for hanging on the wall, they end up on forts and at picnics and wrapped around sick babies! That’s what I love about it.
Deb, thankyou so much for sharing some of your thoughts and beautiful quilts with us!
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