Today I’m going to introduce you to a fellow Island Batik Ambassador, Adele.
Greetings to all of you! First I'd like to thank Carol for inviting me to be a guest on her blog. I'm delighted to be here! My name is Adele Mogavero; Quiltmaker and designer, Author, Pianist, Baker, Island Batik Ambassador, lover of Giraffes and all things creative.
To be totally upfront and honest though - I am first and foremost a techie geek :) I wanted a website before I had a clue what I'd do with it. I love all the nitty-gritty behind the scenes stuff that makes a webpage look perty and fun. I picked out the name Del~Lillian's 5 years before I heard of the online marketplace called Etsy. With all that said, you might be wondering why I have been invited to write a Meet the Quilter Post! I Quilt, therefore I am :) Last Saturday afternoon I sat back and looked at the entry way wall. It is now a showcase of mini quilts.
I asked my husband, Do you think it's too much??? From where I was sitting, I could see the wall with all my mini quilts, three more quilts hang over the living room doors, and one hanging on the wall over my right shoulder. Although I never set out to be a one, I became a quiltmaker and designer. I often joke around, "If I keep hanging these quilts up, the house is going to look like a padded cell!". There is at least one quilt in every room.
How did I become a Quilt maker and designer?
I didn't grow up with quilts or quilty ladies, nor did I like quilts. My early crafty experiences were sewing, crochet, plastic canvas and cross stitch. I began my designing career with crochet and plastic canvas designs; those designs were published in a various craft magazines. Quilting wormed it's way into my heart about 25 years ago when I made some nap quilts for my sons. Those quilts had bits of receiving blankets and pieces of fabric from clothing that I had made. A lot of the fabrics weren't really suited for quilts, but I didn't know about that stuff back then. I just happily made scrap quilts for the boys. These quilts were a learning experience and the quilts that began a journey into a new creative muse and has become a creative business pursuit.
It also allows me to use my designing talents to make some pretty awesome gifts for family and friends.
I don't think my style is totally unique, but it is me. Colorful, bold, modern, and free spirited, yet at times quite traditional in style and tone.
My Improv Quilts…
One of the reasons I enjoy making improv quilts is...I actually struggle at sewing straight seams. Improv quilts are a fun way to explore different techniques and break all the rules. It is quite freeing. Although I enjoy making my artsy fartsy quilts, I still work on my basic piecing and sewing skills so that I can always be improving. My Shop DelLillians, began with my "off the wall Quilts".
These little pieces of art are designed
- To be used as placemats, but could be hung on a wall too
- To bring a small piece of art to the dining table
- To use fabric scraps in an interesting way
- As "green", because they utilize what many would throw away*
- To be one of a kind
*I say "many would throw away, being a scrap aholic and fabric hoarder...um I don't throw away the scraps"
I am very fortunate to have the space I have, I call it my Quilting Cave. The term was actually coined by a quiltsy friend from Etsy - Sally Manke, a very talented fiber artist! I liked the name and it's stuck. The quilting cave is in the basement, and does resemble a cave during the snowy winter months. It's cozy and quiet. I love it! But it's not like you need a huge space to quilt. I began working from my kitchen table. I admit it was a pain to have to pick everything up when it was time for meals. But it was always well worth it!
I love the process of designing a quilt and seeing the creation I have imagined come to life.
It gives me as much pleasure to give a quilt as a gift, as it does to sell one to a stranger. Each quilt is a part of my personality. My Website www.adelemogavero.com focuses on quilting - most of the time It is a journey of discovery. I learn something new every day and love to share those things, whether it is a quilting tip or a techie website thing. I believe that no matter where you are in your life, or in your quilting skills, there is always room for learning and improvement. Whereever my journey leads me, I hope it will always be a source of inspiration and motivation, for others.
Happy Quilting. Thanks for reading!
♥THANK YOU♥ Adele for sharing your quilting journey with us. Can you really have too many quilts in your house?…I don’t think so
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