Makers Must: Q&A on Process with Quilter Allie Hartom

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Allie Hartom, a quilting blogger who has been a faithful commenter on my blog for such a long time!

1. Where are you located globally?

I live in Michigan, in the US.

2. Where are you found online?

At my blog, Allie Oops Sweet Happy Life

3. What is your favorite thing to make?

My favorite thing to make is small appliqued or painted quilts. I love the splash of color, the brighter the better – and art that makes me smile. Whether I hang them on a wall or lay them on a table, my goal is to brighten an otherwise overlooked area. I adore layers and layers of color.

4. When you’re making it…

a. what do you love most about it?

I love most seeing an idea take shape. That zone of creating, where the only thing in the world is the playing….where everything comes together to make my vision tangible. I love being in that zone. It’s hypnotic – time stands still.

b. is there some part you really can’t stand?

Trying to pick just the right fabric. I agonize over that. It looks like a cyclone has hit by the time I finally choose. Then I have to stop and clean up so I can find my tables to work on! And then I second-guess my choices, and have to start over.

5. Do you consider yourself process or product oriented?

Process, absolutely. I’m just getting into creating my own designs, and I love it from the sketching of a design to seeing the finished product. I’ve never been able to make more than one of something without being totally bored. It’s all about creating something new.

Thanks so much for sharing a bit about your process with us Allie! We’ve got a lot in common – I too love layers and layers of color, and I also can sympathize when it comes to fabric choices, it’s something I have struggled with too. If anyone would like patterns for her cute little portholes embroidery, they’re available right here!

7 Responses

  1. Thanks Candy, that was fun! I love coming here, you always inspire me, and I actually gain energy from seeing what all you’re able to do.

  2. I found Allie when I saw her porthole embroidery which I absolutely love and want to make. Her work is inspiring and it was fun to read the interview you did.

  3. The link to Allie’s blog seems broken… can it be fixed. I am trying to get to her web site as she will be a speaker at a future meeting for our guild.

    thank you