Today we went to one of our dearest quilters, Edda, to have a coffee (a tradition that never lacks here in Cotton&Color) and to talk about her passion for quilting and sewing!
What was your job before retirement? I worked in a pharmacy!
How did you discover quilting? At that time the shop “Cotton&Color” was located very close to my street! I always had a lot of fun choosing and visiting Astrid’s shop!
For how long have you been doing it? I discovered it 18 years ago. I’ve always been into handmade object and creative projects! In fact, my previous hobby was painting porcelain.
Quilting seemed to be the “perfect” hobby, since I love sewing my dresses and display them in my studio!
Do you remember your first quilt? How was making it? My first quilt was a Kaffe Fassett inspired quilt, a Venetian quilt, I loved it!
My second quilt was exhibited by Astrid in a fair, I was so proud!
How about your family? I have a son that lives in Basel. My daughter lives in Zurich, she works with glass… she probably got my creativeness (at least I think so!)
Sadly, 6 years ago I lost my husband. It was a difficult period of time and fortunately I could rely on my friends I met through my quilting group organized by Astrid.
What is the name of your quilting group? We call ourselves “Regio Quilters”: we all live near the border to Germany, so some of us are German.
What do you do together? Other than quilting we organize dinners all together and have a lot of fun! This year I went on vacation with two of them for two weeks in…the North Sea! What a beautiful holiday!
I also have another quilting group, that I meet during the weekends.
What are your plans for the future, regarding patchwork? Until now, I made many big quilts. Now, I would love to create little and funny patchworks, to give as gifts.
I’m actually thrilled: my grandchild will be born in September, and this gives me the occasion to go wild on new projects!
I’m also on Instagram and Facebook. I can share my creations and watch what all my friends are up to! So funny!
How does quilting help you during bad days? I learnt from my friend the “Stress quilting”. There’s no other better way to throw out all the bad thoughts than quilting!
And finally, can you show us your favorite quilt?
We hope you liked this first interview!
See you soon
Astrid & Edda!