Introduction to Collective Quilts
I can’t believe I am writing my first blog post! My name is Keyana and I currently live in a small town outside of Columbus, Ohio with my husband and 4 children. Aside from being a quilter, I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at our local children’s hospital. You may also know me as Collective Quilts on Instagram. My most asked question is how I came up with the name Collective Quilts. It was one of the hardest things for me to decide. I wanted a name that was all encompassing, something that you look at and know what my brand represents. Thus, Collective Quilts was born.
I started sewing approximately 4 years ago when my mother-in-law, who is a quilter, gifted me with my first sewing machine. But I actually come from an extended family of sewists. My great-grandmother, Lucinda, was a quilter and sewist. She often made things out of necessity—which was normal for that time period. But I never really took up the hobby until I was gifted my machine. I vividly recall my mother-in-law teaching me how to make a tea towel, my horrible scissor cutting skills (since I didn’t know what a rotary cutter was) and being proud of my first make. Let’s just say I figured out how to use a rotary cutter pretty quick. Never would I have imagined quilting becoming a passion of mine. I remember the first time I searched the internet and found Color Girl Quilts and through her, I found the modern quilting community. Since then, my love for modern quilting has grown infinitely.
My Very First Quilt
Some say I was pretty ambitious to pick a pattern with curved piecing as my first quilt choice. But here is the backstory: My local quilt shop was offering a class with Sharon of Color Girl Quilts. She was teaching a class on curved piecing using her Classic Curves Ruler and one of her curved patterns. The best thing about the class was that we were all learning together. None of us had sewn curves before so we all struggled, but made it through. I didn’t stand out due to my lack of sewing skills like I thought I would. The sense of community was great! We cheered each other on! It was then that I realized how much fun quilting can be. People from all walks of life coming together sharing a common love for quilting. Since then, I have had so much support, made new friends, and I have learned a lot through my journey. I hope through these experiences that I can provide that same comradery with you.
Baby Lock Lyric
Let’s briefly talk sewing machines! I frequently get asked what kind of machine I use. Well, I am so excited to share that I am a Baby Lock Ambassador and recently received my new Baby Lock Lyric sewing machine. This is the PERFECT machine that’s great for a beginner, as well as a more experienced sewist. It has all the features that I look for when buying a new sewing machine: speed control, advanced needle threader, scissor feature, needle up/down button, access to hundreds of stitches, and so much more! I plan to do a more detailed review of her in a future blog post, so stay tuned. If you all have name suggestions for my new machine, please leave a comment below!