Tracy gets to be our first Innova owner interview here on the blog. How exciting!
Tracy's business is named Snow Dog Quiltworks. She has owned her Innova for 5 months now and quilts daily. She is currently stitching on a 22" with Lightning Stitch on a 10' frame.
Tracy answered a few questions for us about her quilting style.......
How did you get started quilting?
I have been quilting since 1998. My love of quilting started from my admiration of the beautiful quilts made by my mother in-law. I got started when she sat down with me one morning for a few minutes to show me a few piecing stitches. That was all it took to inspire my passion for quilting. I have been hand quilting for 18 years, added free motion quilting on a domestic machine 5 years ago and bought my first Innova Longarm 5 months ago.
Do you have a favorite technique or style that you like to quilt/use? Ex: feathers, modern lines, some of your favorite pantographs, etc?
My favorite technique or style is custom/free hand quilting swirls with variations of leaves and feathers. I love traditional styles and creating new designs. You will always find me with a small notebook to draw/doodle inspiration for new quilting designs.
How often do you use your longarm?
I use my longarm daily and will soon be offering longarming services.
What inspires you the most about quilting?
I am inspired by my surroundings, nature and the outdoors are a huge part of my quilting designs. I love to spend my time outside gardening, hiking and mountain biking with my husband, twin teenage boys and our two Siberian Huskies.
I create quilts for my family and others to enjoy and cherish for generations. I believe that everyone should have at least one quilt to call their own. Quilts appeal to me because they have both utilitarian and artistic aspects. A quilt can bring such joy and warmth to anyone.
What are your favorite quilt trends right now? Ex: Fabric types, pattern types, quilting styles, etc
I particularly enjoy scrap quilting, many of my quilts contain a wide variety of colors and patterns with a specific intent to create a tapestry of often random blocks that blend together in a unique way. This allows me to be creative during the quilt making process to draw from a large inventory of fabrics rather than fully planning my quilts ahead of time. When choosing quilting designs I go by the fabrics and the overall feel of the quilt.
Have you use your longarm to make or quilt something other than a quilt?
I have quilted smaller items using my longarm, such as valances for windows, table runners/toppers, and coasters/mug rugs.
Tracy's business ,Snow Dog Quiltworks, is also a part of a combined Etsy store with her husband. They have combined their love of working with wood and fabrics to be able to share a variety of our handcrafted pieces. Check them out!
We can't wait to see what Tracy comes up with next!