ACrafty Interview with Linda Martin

Welcome to today’s ACrafty Interview with Linda Martin, quilter and pursemaker!

acrafty interview - linda martin bargello quiltWhen did you start crafting? LM: I think I have always worked on craft type projects. I remember as a child getting craft kits as gifts. Making collages, animals, painting, knitting, sewing, and crochet were always something I did. My Mom and Grandma always worked with me on them and taught me many useful skills along the way.

acrafty interview - linda martin painting of son jasonWhat crafts have you tried and what’s your favorite now? LM: I probably have tried most every kind of craft. In addition to those I already mentioned I have made many clothes, curtains, tablecloths and pillows. For many years I painted with oils and acrylics. I made many landscapes, portraits and animal paintings. Working with color and design was always part of my life. My favorite now is quilting. It’s been a natural progression of my interest in color and design projects.

 

 

acrafty interview - linda martin musical quiltWhat project are you most proud of? LM: Right now I’m very proud of a project I created this summer. I was asked by a friend to make a “music” quilt. I thought a lot about it and came up with a very free form kind of create as you go project. Of course I had the help of a friend as we brainstormed ideas back and forth. The quilt took me outside my normal comfort zone of making quilt blocks and putting them together.

acrafty interview - linda martin purse 2Have you ever started a project without a pattern or a plan? LM: I can’t think of a time when I didn’t have some kind of a plan, pattern or design in my head. Sometimes things change along the way, but I have a picture in my head.

 

 

 

 

 

acrafty interview - linda martin seaside quiltHas a project ever challenged you in an unexpected way? LM: Some projects have challenged me for sure, but I have always found a way to complete them. Sometimes I will put a quilt away for a while and let it rest! Really my head usually needs a “vacation” from it while I figure out a way to make it work.

 

How has crafting affected your character? LM: Since I have been making some kind of creative projects most of my life, it’s hard to tell if my character has developed because of my life experiences or creative experiences. I suspect it’s both.

acrafty interview - linda martin purse 1Since I was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years my organizational skills from teaching have certainly help me be better at my creative projects. When I began teaching we had to create our own classroom environment. That gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to draw and paint. I had always been too reticent to to take art classes because of fear of criticism. But as I got compliments and “oh wows” on my work from fellow teachers, my confidence grew. I gradually began painting. This taught me lots of perseverance because painting is very much a developmental process. Observing details is also important to a successful product. (whether it’s painting or quilting). Color and patterns in nature transfer to the finished painting or quilt.

acrafty interview - linda martin regatta quiltEven though I’m no longer painting, many of these skills apply to my sewing and quilting. The balance of color and design elements are also very important. This is often the most important part of the quilt. Without the right balance the quilt will not work. When I finish a project whether it’s a purse or a quilt I’m really proud of it. Sometimes I look at the result and say wow, I did it!

As I’ve gained confidence in my work, I’ve definitely become more adventurous to try new things. This summer I made a landscape and a portrait quilt (wall hangings really)! I guess I was brave to try those things.

acrafty interview - linda martin quiltCan you share a story about how your crafting has affected others? LM: Some of my friends who are not quilters have been curious about what I do. I have shared my skills with them as well as the process of creating a quilt. I helped and encouraged one to make a purse and a pillow! I have also given many quilts and purses as gifts.

acrafty interview - linda martin purse 3What crafty goodness do you have coming up in the future? Why is it appealing to you? LM: I’d like to continue with making purses and quilts, trying to expand my horizons with new kinds of projects. Another goal of mine is to do more free hand quilting on my long arm quilting machine. That’s a whole other learning curve!

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Linda for taking the time to participate in this ACrafty interview series, and thanks to previous interviewee, jeweler Ron Buhler, for recommending her for the series! Best of luck with the free hand quilting…

Would you like to be a part of the ACrafty interview series? Just contact me! You might also be interested in reading some more ACrafty Interviews with multi-crafter Diane from CraftyPodembroiderer Ellen of Schindermania!, needlepointer Haruhi Okubo of Cresus-Parpitatter and chainmailler Jeff Hamilton, stone artist Jerry Locke, potter Nancy Germond, and Tina Puckett of Tina’s Baskets.

Blog Every Day in May 20 – 25

Further topics for Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May Project. Today I’m covering the news, my dream job, a message to my 13-year-old self, compliments, the fridge, and my favorite albums.

Newsflash

I’m not sure what to say about the tornado in Oklahoma City other than the fact that it is profoundly sad. I worked in Oklahoma for about 8 months helping to manage the construction of a power plant south of Oklahoma City, about 7 miles from Plaza Towers Elementary. While I was there we did have a tornado warning – the tornado sirens sounded, and that was scary. I’ve been so lucky to not been directly affected by a tornado. The people of Oklahoma, like most Americans, are tough and they will recover. But my heart just goes out to everyone who lost a loved one in Oklahoma on Monday, especially the parents of the children who passed away.

This video of a woman and her pooch put a very happy tear in my eye this morning.

Dream Job

MORE sample booksI’m pretty sure that if there was a dream job for me it would be Interior Designer. The creative side of it really appeals to me – pulling together colors, textures, and shapes to make a cohesive whole would be gloriously fun. However, that is one small part of the job. There’s dealing with clients, budgets, and deadlines, expediting all the materials, trying to coordinate with the construction manager and the trades to get what you want done, sales and marketing, managing staff, and some other things I’m sure I haven’t considered yet.

I think most “dream jobs” are like this – it sounds great on the surface, but once you dive in you’ll see there’s a lot more to it.

To my 13-Year-Old Self:

Fist BumpFirst, it gets better. Life is pretty dire now, but it will start getting better soon. Second, learn how to throw a good punch. They might say that you shouldn’t fight but no one will really get mad at you for defending yourself. Third, cut off those damn long nails. They’re just silly, and they keep you from being able to make a good fist.

Best Compliment I’ve Ever Received

My husband and I are supremely happy together. We are extraordinarily lucky to be together and we tell each other this on a regular basis. He’s a smart man of the world, and knowing that he’s very happy being married to me is the best compliment I could ever ask for.

What’s in the Fridge

Halibut and Shrimp with Minted Broth RecipeIn the fridge? Lots of fruit and veggies – zucchini, carrots, cabbage, watermelon, honeydew melon. Leftover halibut and shrimp with minted broth (easy and very yummy), brown rice, green beans. Milk, eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta, pickles, peanut butter, jam, condiments, lots of dark chocolate, cooking wine. Beer – Harp, Guinness, Smithwicks.

In the freezer we have baking supplies – chocolate chips, instant espresso, pecans, walnuts, cranberries. A few remaining Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, Alaskan beef and reindeer sausage, edamame, peas, ice packs.

Favorite Albums

I just can’t limit myself to five.

Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream – Etherial, kick-ass, cohesive. I couldn’t tell you the names of most of the songs, I just press play and drift away. One of those albums that grabbed my attention as I had never heard anything like it before.

 

 

Dire Straits On Every Street – Sexy and bluesy with a hint of old country music. Mark Knopfler is a guitar auteur – you always know when he’s playing.

The Beatles The White Album – it spans from orchestral (“Good Night”) to hard rock (“Helter Skelter”) and everything in between. Quite a phase in the evolution of rock and roll.

Product DetailsThe Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers/Let it Bleed (tie) – I heard “Can’t You Hear me Knocking” on a classic rock station back when I was in high school and instantly loved the song. They didn’t play it very often as it’s over seven minutes long. In the pre-internet days it took me years to figure out the lyrics and which album it was on. Once I got my mitts on it, wow! The whole album is great. Let it Bleed is just as amazing with personal faves “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Soundgarden Superunknown – A cohesive whole. The album just flows. Another one where I couldn’t tell you the name of many of the songs.

The White Stripes White Blood Cells – Jack White is a genius. When I first heard “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” I was hooked. You won’t find anything that sounds quite like The White Stripes.

FM & AM [Explicit]George Carlin FM & AM – I’ve been listening to this comedy album since I was about six years old (thanks, Dad!).

 

 

 

Bill Hicks Rant in E-minor – Bitter, biting comedy and so true with a glimmer of hope.

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Nothing's Shocking

Wow, my musical taste is pretty dated, doyathink? Well that may be, but you have to admit that I’ve got quite a variety of genres in the mix. I’m not too worried about it!

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