Nancy England is in the Member Spotlight this month and many of you may already know Nancy well. She’s been a long-time member of BMQG and is a prolific quilter who donates an impressive number of quilts to the community.
How did you first got involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Nancy: Friends were going so I checked it out the website and thought I would try it.
What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Nancy: When I was around 9 years old, my mom got me started sewing, first simple things (tablecloths etc.) and then on to sewing clothing.
What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Nancy: I have enjoyed trying new things as modern quilt projects, but my favorite classes have been mystery quilts.
How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Nancy: I think I gravitate toward traditional quilt blocks. But I am finishing up a block of the week quilt that Linda Jolly got me started on. It is traditional block with a modern twist, put together by Amanda Carye.
What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to?
Nancy: I have not real strong preference.
Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Nancy: A quilt group was started at BSU in the late 1990s and the people in the group really got me hooked on quilting. There were a lot of different backgrounds and experience with quilting.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Nancy: I was very athletic in high school and college and meet my husband in gymnastics class.
What are you working on now?
Nancy: I do yoga, read, garden, knit and crochet and always spend to much time on social media.
What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Nancy: Hand quilt a whole cloth quilt. (Just white fabric with and elaborate quilt design.)
What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Nancy: I took a beginning star class at Quilt Crossing from DuAnn Wright in 1995 or 1996 and have never finished it, probably because I used fabric I had, which was calicos.
Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you are sewing?
Nancy: I usually have a cup of tea at my elbow.
What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing?
Nancy: I usually have the TV on to the Game Show network, or classical music or rock and roll music.
Do you have any recommendations to share?
Nancy: Measure twice, cut once. Read the directions through all the way before you start.