Sunday, November 12, 2017

Member Spotlight: Fiona Nanson

Here we go with another Member Spotlight! This month, we are featuring our Guild Secretary: Fiona Nanson.

Your social media coordinates (blog/website, Facebook, Instagram, etc):

Fi Nanson on Instagram and Facebook. No blog or website.

What did you study in school and/or what do you do for a day job?

I studied Neuroscience. I teach and research Psychology and Neuroscience specializing in autism.

How long have you been quilting?

A long time…but off and on…I made my first quilt about 16 years ago. I made a denim and flannel rag quilt (my ex still has it).  I made a whole bunch of rag quilts, while I was working on my thesis. I made a Christmas tree rag quilt, a Mickey Mouse rag quilt and a strawberry rag quilt to name a few. Then I made a quilt for my ex brother in law's wedding gift. It was a pixelated sunset. It was beautiful. I cannot for the life of me find a photo of them. Following the sunset, I didn’t make another one for a number of years. I make a lot of clothes from wedding dresses to skorts and PJs. I often have a list that has been requested that tends to push my quilt projects down the list.

What first got you interested in modern quilting?

I was looking for inspiration to get back to quilting and stumbled on to a modern quilting magazine. I liked everything in it.

How did you find the MMQG and why did you decide to join?

I was looking for a quilt class in Montreal in English that wasn’t too traditional. I found the website and the rest is history.

Whose techniques/style/philosophy do you most admire in the modern quilting community?
I love bright colours. I love the idea that you don’t have to follow the rules when you are making something. I adore the creativity. The idea of taking something that has guidelines and rules and making it your own.

Do you have any favorite quilting related social media accounts that you follow?

Honestly, no. I follow several but I don’t have a favorite other than the people from our guild. I know those people so those are more interesting.

Where do you look for inspiration or ideas for your quilting projects?

I make quilts for other people. I have never kept one for myself. I know silly but true. So when I start, I have an idea for that person.

What is your favorite project that you have completed?

I love my Eskimo quilt. I love Inuit art. My mother has a have a collection of sculpture and Inuit art that she has bought and been given. I adore all of her pieces. I made the Eskimo quilt for her after we visited an artist in the north. It means a lot to both her and me.

What would you consider to be your quilting ‘superpower’?

Procrastinating…..I have so many things planned, started, but unfinished it must be a super power.

What is your favorite part of the quilt making process? Why?

The planning and design, the finding the fabrics. I love drawing them out planning them but, I have a hard time finishing….I get there but it tends to take me a long time… I think I hate binding so much that that is really what holds me back.

What project or technique is next on your “to try” list?

I am working on a “dimensional quilt”. It is like paper origami. All the shapes are squares it is enterally created by folding and the squares into curves, triangle and rectangles. It is fun, confusing but fun. I am also going to hand quilt something I have been working on for a number of years. It is all being done by hand and I hope to have it finished this winter.

What is the best quilting tip or technique you’ve discovered?

The binding techniques from our guild members. If I had not learned from Cinza I would never have bound the quilts. I am looking forward to adding the new ones from the last meeting to my next finishing…when I get there.

What is the best bit of quilting advice you’ve ever received?

Mistakes are just a part of the design. It has helped me with so many projects. I am a perfectionist 99% of the time and learning to accept errors as part of the quilt.

Describe your creative process in three words:

Embrace the entropy.

Describe/share pictures of your creative space:

Nope…I moved this summer it is not set up in a way that I feel I can show to others.

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