Get to know The Guild better by meeting our talented members! We have interesting and inspiring members all over the country doing amazing sewing and we want you to be able to share their work.
Meet Guild member, Kerry Keeble.
What are you working on now?
I’ve never really been able to work on one thing at a time, I always have at least four or five quilts on the go and at least another five in my head, all my quilting adventures can be found on my blog or on my Instagram account. I saw a piece of Liberty fabric several years ago, I love fussy cutting and could just see the endless possibilities, so with no intended purpose I bought it because it just spoke to me. I then came across a gorgeous quilt called Celestial Star by Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane and just knew that’s what my Liberty print was destined for, so I started an epic EPP adventure in June 2018, it was the first time I had ever tried any hand sewing or EPP which is probably why it is also my longest running project!
What is your favourite quilt that you’ve ever made?
I hadn’t been quilting very long, maybe only a year or so and my Dad had a big birthday coming up, I wanted to make him something special to mark the occasion so I set to work on a personalised sampler quilt – one of kind made from blocks that had some connection to different aspects of his life. He proudly served in the Navy and his love for the sea, boats and anything of that nature has always been prevalent in our lives so immediately it was going to be nautically themed. I mixed hand embroidery in with machine embroidery to highlight key dates such as the day he married my Mum and both mine and my Sister’s birth dates. He was really pleased with it and often takes it out to show off to anyone who hasn’t seen it.
Who are your quilting heroes?
This is a hard one because there are so many inspirational people out there that have inspired and shaped my quilting style and continue to do so. One definitely has to be Sharon as previously mentioned, her EPP quilts are just gorgeous and so very inspiring, along the same line is Florence Knapp aka Flossie Teacakes who always makes such beautiful and inspiring quilts.
Tula Pink is also one of my heroes, mostly for her fabric that I absolutely adore – I almost have a piece of everything she’s ever made, her use of colour and striking patterns just speak to my soul.
Can you recommend a good quilting read?
Most recently I have been reading Quilted by Uppercase as part of their Encyclopaedia of Inspiration series and it is brilliant! A collection of in-depth profiles and stories from a wide variety of people from the quilting community and the fabulous quilts they have made and inspired. One of my all-time favourites though and quite often my go to for inspiration is 2001 Blocks of Patchwork by Chuck Nohara, to make a complete quilt of all the blocks is on my quilting bucket list.
When did you join The Guild and why?
I’ve looked at The Guild so many times but never managed to take the plunge as it were. Towards the end of last year I made some big decisions about my life and one of those was to do more of what makes me happy – life is far too short! So I joined The Guild to find inspiration and be able to meet many more like minded people who share my love of chopping up perfectly good pieces of fabric and turning them into something even better.
We are asking Members to tell us a bit about their sewing life using five simple questions. At the end of the interview each member suggests another to interview. This way we hope to bring you a wide range of makers from all corners of The Guild over the next weeks and months. If you know an inspiring quilter who we should feature, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send out a copy of our questionnaire.