Meet Brandy Borden

Where were you born?  Salem, Ohio

How long have you been quilting? Since 2013 ish…         

Who/what inspired you to start quilting?

After moving to New Jersey in 2009, I was lost and without a social network. My husband suggested that I find a hobby instead of following him around like a puppy… That’s not exactly how it went, but close… From there I started with some private sewing lessons and made a set of $150.00 pillow cases…. They were for extra-large pillows, but it was still a bit excessive. I then found a class through Monmouth Park System and in my second course made a quilt for my grandmother. After that I was addicted. I now have an endless supply of works in progress.

Who/what inspires you now?

Sometimes everything and sometimes nothing…. Being part of the JSMQG helps to keep me moving and making. Having a group of inspiring ladies to share with is wonderful!

When talking about quilts – what is MODERN in YOUR view?

I think that bright patterns make a modern quilt. I like bright vibrant colors and it is the color that speaks to me in the quilts I love. Modern can be a pattern… a fresh design… A new idea if there is such a thing… It can be something made today or 100 years ago… I think the key is clean, nice design…

Do you follow any specific quilter or designer?  If so, who?

I am not a faithful follower, but I like to see the following blogs:

Red Pepper Quilts

Sew Katie Did  – She makes modern quilts in the Seattle area. I love her stuff and her beautiful studio.

Ruth De Vos – She has a gaggle of kids and makes beautiful art quilts that are pieced with freezer paper technique. Awesome!

Lo & Behold Stitchery – love her quilt designs

Lou Gardiner   – love her embroidery and her spunkiness.

Sophie Standing – love her embroidery and thread painting techniques!

What type of quilting do you prefer – piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, hand stitching?  Do you longarm?

I love the whole process from coming up with the design to piecing and quilting. I like free motion quilting small projects on my domestic machine and am embarking on the adventure to learn to longarm quilt with a hand-guided approach!

Is there a type of quilt/project that you like to do?  Wall hanging, bed quilt, pocketbooks, totes, table runners?

I prefer to make quilts and give them away… obviously smaller is faster, but I usually don’t like anything smaller than 60” for a quilt project. I usually end up adding on to make small projects harder! I have a reputation for starting many projects and finishing few… something I hope to improve on this year. I also like to make bags, but am happier to tackle these projects with friends…. Like Eileen!

Do you participate in any challenges, Quilt-a-longs (what is this?), charity sewing?    If so, which?

I like to help with charity projects with the guild, but am terrible at doing any kind of “A-Long” project. I have not been successful in the past with meeting deadlines. I like to take part in the projects and complete them at my own Sllllloooowwww pace.

Have you taken any classes in the last two years?  If so, which ones?  Did you find them useful?

I have taken some classes through the Monmouth Park System that were very useful. When I am working on something over my head, I like to have help on hand. I made a dress which was wonderful, but I couldn’t have done it without help. I have recently taken a couple of Design Matters TV classes and find them very inspiring. I also recently purchased a couple of Craftsy classes to learn to make lingerie and to make a skirt a la Alabama Chanin!

Is there something that you would like JSMQG to develop a workshop on?

I will be happy to participate in whatever the group does. I would love to partake in a fabric dying workshop. I would also like to learn more hand stitching and embroidery techniques. Art Quilting techniques are also interesting to me and I hope to make a collage quilt this year!

Are there any speakers would you like to see visit JSMQG?

There is a local Art Quilter names Elena Stokes… I am not sure if she does workshops, but if so, it would be awesome. There is also a lady called Tie Dye Amy that does classes for groups in NJ..

What are your favorite colors? I love Magenta and various purples and oranges as well as blues and greens. I love vibrant colors!

What other interests do you have? I am interested in making jewelry, watercolor and oil painting, embroidery, print-making, the list goes on…. I love to make and intend to do more of it this year than in the past. I am happiest when making!

Anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Thank you for keeping things going for the group!

Do you have access to email?  Do you check it periodically?