About Me

About Me, Quilt in Piece, Vanda ChittendenHi everyone,

A little about me.

I love designing paper pieced patterns and a little bit of applique.

My love for quilting came from my aunt, who inspired me to use my creative gene to make awesome quilts. Over the last couple of years, I grew from feeling like a stupid newbie to feeling like a real quilter. Some people have called me experienced, I don’t consider myself that at all. There is so much more I need to learn. Being self taught, there are many things that I might be doing wrong. I take every opportunity to watch YouTube videos of different quilting techniques and so on.

So my one and only tip I have for new quilters just starting out, don’t ever give up. Even the Super Stars in the quilting world, who has 30 + years experience, started out making a quilt for the first time, and I am pretty sure, that even they still learn something new every day.

When I just started out, I designed patterns to fill a well hidden geeky personality, mainly with Star Trek patterns, followed by Fantastic beasts.

While I still design and love designing those geeky patterns, I have also grown to love very modern looking quilts. My goal going forward will be to focus on modern quilts, with supplements of geeky patterns. You can never have enough of those.

 

The quilting bug bit me quite late in life, at the ripe old age of 40. I wish now that I had learned how to quilt from an early age.

I am a single mom of 1 young man, now 19.  And have a full-time, real life career as a website administrator.

For me, Quilting is my therapy, I try to quilt at least 2 hours a day, after work and as many hours as I can on holidays and weekends. I have found that with each block I finish, a bit of my soul heals, a feeling of well-being spreads through my body and mind.  I can’t imagine not being able to sew for an extended period of time.

I am also a Staff Writer and pattern designer for Fandom in Stitches. www.fandominstitches.com

You can contact me through contact box below.

LLAP

Vanda Chittenden

vanda@chittenden.co.za

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