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 Eva Lowey!
Eva lives in Calgary, Alberta and enjoys quilting on her Sweet 16 mid-arm. Other than a very large queen or king quilt, she takes pride in completing her quilts from start to finish.
Eva has been quilting for 13 years and is a member of the Heritage Park Quilt Guild. She has also been a member of the Airdrie and District Quilt Guild during her quilting journey. Eva has tried hand applique and embroidered blocks and
loves to sew on binding. It’s such a relaxing experience to sew on binding in front of a good movie or hockey game.
Small hand work projects travel well on summer road trips and that means she can always have something
to work on.
I love the colours and warmth this quilt conveys. I especially love the story that goes along with this quilt, it’s so heartwarming.
Quilt name: The Little Man is Getting Married
Finished size: 82″ x 96″
Pieced by: Eva
Quilted by: Eva
Why did you choose this pattern? How long did it take to make this quilt? Where did you get the pattern? Fabric?
Quilters, you know how it is. This quilt was years in the making, as it is not uncommon, and very easy, to put a project on hold when one gets distracted with new fabric and challenges that catches our eye when we pop into the quilt stores ‘just looking’.
Back in the day when my son and his best friend use to go out clubbing, he would often crash at our place. I use to promise him a quilt for when he stays overnight. Well, those nights happened less and less frequently and once I didn’t have it completed before the boys went away to university, I pushed this onto the back burner. A short while ago, a family member asked my daughter when she can expect a quilt from me. My son’s best friend piped up for her to take a number, as he was first in line before her, since I still owed him one. I hadn’t realized he remembered my promise from of so long ago!! Apparently it was time to finish the quilt.
So now, my son is getting married, and his best friend is now his best man.
The pattern was from Kansas Oregon Quilt Connection and it was a kit put together from Quilter’s Cabin in Calgary (This store has since closed down) however, I bought it off my friend and neighbour……….I pestered her enough for it that I wore her down and eventually she agreed to sell it to me.
Why do you quilt? What do you like most about it? What do you like least about it?
I quilt for the sense of peace it gives me. It is definitely a stress buster for me as I find I go to my happy place as soon as I start quilting. I enjoy doing anything creative, so quilting fits that bill. I love the creative process and enjoy the fabric selection the most. I also really enjoy the stage of hand sewing on the binding……perfect activity with a glass of wine and a good movie. I don’t enjoy the mindless piecing of a gazillion pieces and know that I could never do a quilt of 1″ squares. Never ever.
Were there special people or circumstances that encouraged you to begin to quilt?
I had no friends or family who quilted. When I finally met our neighbour, it was actually at a quilt store! Naturally, that started our friendship off on a great journey. When my parents were coming up to their 50th wedding anniversary, I decided I wanted to make a special gift for them. I came up with the idea to quilt them a wall hanging that featured the initials of their 5 children, spouses and 10 grandchildren. I guess that meant I had to learn how to quilt! I took a beginner class, they loved the quilt and I was bit hard by the quilt bug!
What do you do with your finished quilts?
I give them away! I gift them to friends, family or charity……depends on who it would suit!
What do you think of The Little Man is Getting Married? Tell us in the comments!