This interview is part of the Canadian Quilters Showcase series. I wanted to share with the world some of the amazing talent found here in our country. Quilters from across Canada have submitted quilts with their stories and are featured monthly. Know someone who should be showcased? Nominate them!
Meet Chip Styles!
This talented quilter has been quilting since 1975 while she waited for the pending birth of her son. Her mother was a quilter and growing up there was always a quilt in her dining room being quilted. She became more involved in the quilt world when Quilt Canada was in Thunder Bay Ontario in 1992. Chip was on the organizing committee as the Volunteer Coordinator.
Chip now lives in Grand Bend, Ontario where she spends her time making patterns and learning to free motion quilt using her Simply Sixteen longarm on a Little Foot Frame, perfecting the art of moving the machine instead of the quilt.
I found Dragonfly just simply stunning. The artwork of the quilting with detailed wings, the wind, dragonflies and cattails is truly amazing!
Quilt name: Dragonfly
Finished size: 30″ x 36″
Pieced by: Chip
Quilted by: Chip
Why did you choose this pattern? How long did it take to make this quilt? Where did you get the pattern? Fabric?
This pattern is by Edith Choiniere and is one of the monthly patterns. It could be appliqued and free motion quilted or just free motion quilted. I took approx 8 hours to make. My fabrics were cotton batiks and a white background. The dragonfly was quilted with gold rayon thread and the background in white.
Why do you quilt? What do you like most about it? What do you like least about it?
I quilt because my mother quilted and loved the quilting part. My least favourite part is sewing on the binding.
Were there special people or circumstances that encouraged you to begin to quilt?
My Mother and one of my best friends, Pat.
What do you do with your finished quilts?
Most quilts I make are given away. I’ve been donating my most recent ones to the local hospital and hospice centre.
How do you decide on the colours and fabrics that go into your quilts?
I usually pick a fabric I like and add colours or pick 2 or 3 colours I would like to make a quilt with and go from there.
What do you think of Dragonfly? Tell us in the comments!