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Color Genius: John Adams

March 30th, 2009

John & Wife KellyJohn came to us a nomination!! One of his awesome followers read our blog and insisted we blog about him…They were so right, in their nomination. John has an amazing talent for coordinating colors and fabrics….OMG! And he makes purses!!! I’m so excited about that, you just don’t even know!

So, ok, with all this gorgeous color and fashion fabrics you know this is calling for a giveaway…Another one! The last one with Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Quilts that we featured last week, was a blast and still going….There’s still time to enter for that one! Entries must be received by tomorrow at Midnight CST…So, click here place your comment for our giveaway with Scott!! Yes….two contests….What are you waiting for!?Giveaway!

Stitchin' Heaven's Giveaway!Now, This giveaway with John is only until tomorrow, 5pm CST (March 31st). John is giving away these awesome quilted pillows and we have this cute little package with a breast cancer awareness bag, some notions armour a duckie keychain & a sticky notepad! Just leave a comment on this post  and at John’s blog to be eligible for the prizes! That’s it! That’s all you have to do to have the chance of being one of two lucky winners! Click here for John’s blog!

Alright, now for our interview! Wish we could do these interviews in person, would love to tour our mens’ studios, sewing rooms, creative spaces…etc….

When did you first begin quilting?  Who taught you?  I first began quilting sometime in late 2007 … only about a year and a half ago  Before that, I had never even touched a sewing machine.  I would say that my wife was my first teacher — she had just gotten the sewing machine herself and was learning how to make both bags and quilts.  Then, for Christmas 2007, she signed us both up for a Beginning Quilting class at one of our local shops, and I was hooked!  (Ironically enough, the hobby didn’t really stick with my wife … so I am now the primary user of our machine!)

Did you have a certain inspiration or need to start quilting? I would say that it was the variety of designer fabrics that really inspired me to start quilting.  I (very) often believe that I may have missed my calling by not going to design school, and the modern, contemporary prints by fabric designers like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey and Joel Dewberry really drew me in to the craft.  My favorite part of the process is selecting and combining prints, patterns and colors, and selecting the perfect pattern to highlight that combination.

Is quilting something that has been a family tradition/hobby?  No, not at all.  I would definitely consider my mother “crafty”, but knitting has always been her hobby of choice.  In fact, my interest in quilting has actually rubbed off on my mother, and for Mother’s Day 2008, I treated my mother to a Beginning Quilting class at Purl Patchwork in NYC!  She’s dabbling in it now, too.

Who do you quilt for? Yourself, friends or family?
  Like so many other quilters that I’ve met, I unfortunately tend to neglect myself and immediate family in favor of quilting for others.  I really love to give homemade items as gifts.  Looking ahead, I’d like to change that — I’d like to make a quilt for each of my three children, and my wife has requested one for our master bedroom, too.  That one would be king-sized … a little overwhelming, to be honest!!

What is your favorite type of quilt block to make?  I started out making very traditional blocks, like the ones found on the Quilter’s Cache website.  I also tapped in to online block swaps and quilt-a-longs like the ones hosted by Amanda Jean at www.crazymomquilts.com for crash courses in cutting, piecing, pinning and ironing.  More recently, with the more traditional blocks under my belt, I’ve been experimenting a lot more with wonky, improvisational, modern blocks, and also with designing blocks myself.

Birdie Sling by Amy ButlerDo you have any “quilt stories”, funny, sentimental etc…?  Still being so relatively new to quilting, I haven’t accumulated too many stories yet, though it’s always funny when the ladies at the quilt shop ask me if I’m shopping for my wife or mother!  Oh, and the very first quilt I made (the one from my aforementioned Beginning Quilting class) was gifted to my grandmother this past Christmas.  That was a very special gift for me to give.

I started out making very traditional blocks, like the ones found on the Quilter’s Cache website.  I also tapped in to online block swaps and quilt-a-longs like the ones hosted by Amanda Jean at www.crazymomquilts.com for crash courses in cutting, piecing, pinning and ironing.  More recently, with the more traditional blocks under my belt, I’ve been experimenting a lot more with wonky, improvisational, modern blocks, and also with designing blocks myself. Still being so relatively new to quilting, I haven’t accumulated too many stories yet, though it’s always funny when the ladies at the quilt shop ask me if I’m shopping for my wife or mother!  Oh, and the very first quilt I made (the one from my aforementioned Beginning Quilting class) was gifted to my grandmother this past Christmas.  That was a very special gift for me to give.

Is there anything that you Bags!would like to share with other quilters?  Something interesting?  Something quirky? Pet peeves? Anything!  I’m constantly trying to balance my creative pursuits with my roles both as a husband and dad of three kids under age 5 and as an MBA-educated full-time corporate career guy.  Unfortunately, reality dictates that my creative passions sometimes fall to the bottom of the list, but they are what keep me sane and grounded.  I feel that my life has actually become more balanced and healthy since incorporating my quilting hobby.  In some ways, it helps me to keep everything in perspective and provides that much-needed escape!

Are you known for anything or any style of quilting?
  More than any particular style of quilting, I think I’m known for being one of the very few male quilters taking part in the active blog and Flickr communities.  At times I am sure it’s a bit of a novelty, but once people see what I’m all about, I think it becomes irrelevant that I’m a guy.  I’ve made some great friends and am constantly inspired to push myself in new directions and try johnq3.jpgdifferent things.

You can follow John on his blog at http://quiltdad.blogspot.com/ .

Don’t forget the giveaway! Visit John’s blog a Quiltdad!!
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26 Comments »

  1. Ruth B 's creative mind says

    I’ve already visited John’s site and loved it. His pillows are great!

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  2. Sarah 's creative mind says

    John is in a few of the online quilt groups I’ve recently joined. He’s quite popular!

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  3. Robin (rsislandcrafts) 's creative mind says

    I love hearing how the guys got into quilting. Actually, I love all quilting stories :)

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  4. Sara 's creative mind says

    Helps if I can click the right spot on the website…:lol:
    What an excellent interview topic! I love hearing / reading about men who quilt / are fiber artists.
    John is an inspiration is so many ways. I was lucky enough to be in a mini-quilt swap w/ him and I cannot wait to see what he came up with.

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  5. Lynn 's creative mind says

    Great feature on John. I’ve been following his blog for a year now – his quilts and his blocks just become more and more astounding.

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  6. April 's creative mind says

    I love John’s site!!

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  7. rachel 's creative mind says

    yayyy john.
    SUPER excited for you being spotlighted!!!

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  8. Ariane 's creative mind says

    I’ve been a swap partner with John for a swap and that’s how I discovered his blog. I’ve been following it ever since. He is very talented and I love his style. I’m glad you profiled him on your blog.

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  9. maria 's creative mind says

    John does fantastic work, I love his fabric choices too.

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  10. Kelli Ladwig 's creative mind says

    I am inspired by the quilters you are interviewing. I recently taught my son to crochet. His approach to the craft is complety unique. I find that with many male quilters and fiber artists – the need to create or build means a very sculptural or architectural results. For instance, my son wanted to crochet a tunic that would look and behave like chain mail. It has been a revelation for me.

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  11. Sue Cahill 's creative mind says

    What a great interview! Thanks for sharing John’s story with us and for introducing us to his wonderful blog. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

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  12. Jennie 's creative mind says

    I have been following John’s blog for a while now, and am also in a virtual quilting bee with him! I love the blocks he comes up with! I also love the occasional peeps from “Mrs. Quilt Dad” :)

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  13. Beth 's creative mind says

    John’s blog is one I visit regularly! Thanks for featuring him!

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  14. Angie 's creative mind says

    I love John’s blog! Thanks for featuring him.

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  15. Ashley Ann 's creative mind says

    I love Quilt Dad! And by love, I mean that I think he’s awesome. Don’t worry Quilt Mom! I’m not IN love. :smile:

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  16. Gene Black 's creative mind says

    I have been following John’s blog for a while. So often we male quilter’s get overlooked and/or forgotten. It is so great to see my online buddy honored in this manner. John is generous in sharing ideas as well as in the swaps he is so often involved in.

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  17. Amy @ parkcitygirl 's creative mind says

    Great interview John! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Scott 's creative mind says

    John is a good “e-friend” of mine! I met him while doing the fabulous doll quilt swaps. I love his approach, and Man can that man blog!! I just don’t know how he keeps up with everything! I swear he doesn’t sleep!

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  19. Alda 's creative mind says

    John does awesome work. What a great interview with him.

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  20. Margaret 's creative mind says

    My husband Jim and I are so happy about all the male quilters out there and how you have reached out to them.. How awe inspiring you are John.. Keep up the beautiful work..

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  21. Gloria Jacobson 's creative mind says

    What a delight. It is fun to know that even the young men are getting caught up in this exciting passion, quilting. It has provided many hours of stress relief for me and I know it will do the same for John.

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  22. Kim Petroske 's creative mind says

    :smile: Love the color choice on the ‘Birdie Sling’ by Amy Butler. My daughter-in-law chose that pattern as one of her learning to sew/quilt choices. Now she has requests to make for friends. Keep the male quilter going! My husband doesn’t sew but he will help me in all ways. We’ve had many great converstations while he’ pressing or snipping threads and I’m sewing away!

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  23. Laura 's creative mind says

    Thanks for sharing John’s story.

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  24. Liz 's creative mind says

    Love the colorful pillows! I am a girl ALL about bright colors!

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  25. Gayle McKay 's creative mind says

    Fun interview! Nice work John.

    Gayle

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  26. John 's creative mind says

    Thanks for all of the nice comments, everyone … I saw that many of you came over to my blog, and I hope you’ll be back! Thanks also to Nichole and Stitchin’ Heaven for featuring me. Happy quilting!

    April 1st, 2009 | #

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