Guest blog: Amber Carrillo, One Shabby Chick
We love having guest bloggers on the Liberty Craft Blog from all corners of the world, this week its Amber Carrillo from Hawaii. Her blog called One Shabby Chick clearly shows what she loves the most which is spending time with her family and sewing. Amber shares her on going projects, give aways, fun days out with her family and much more. A member of the Oahu Modern Quilt Guild, Amber has helped organised Sew Days, sharing her skills and learning new ones. She makes her own products, wallets, camera straps and totes to name a few which she sells on her online shop.
We catch up with Amber to find out more.
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Amber. I was born and raised on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu and that’s where we live now as well. I’ve been married for almost 18 years and we have 4 children. I first started sewing (or learned how to sew) when my oldest child was a baby, so about 15 years ago. But I soon found myself with with no time and so I set sewing aside until about 7 years ago when I started sewing again. I love the creative outlet and just the thrill I get from creating something. Plus I am obsessed with fabric – ha ha!
Not many of us can say we live in Hawaii, how does that inspire your work?
It’s almost always sunny here so I think that translates into my work as I love using lots of bright fabrics. I tend to think the more fabrics, the better. It’s so beautiful here and there is always something to inspire your creativity.
You recently celebrated your 6 year blogger anniversary, how have your sewing projects changed over the years?
I’ve definitely become much better – ha ha! I think my techniques have improved and I have tried lots of new projects and branched out from my comfort zone. I’ve got into paper piecing and more complex quilt blocks. my next goal is to try and make myself some clothing!
What has been your most favourite project to date?
Hmm…that’s a tough one. I really love a few of the quilts I’ve made – my Heather Ross supernova is pretty special just because I used so many “hoarded” fabrics in that one. And I love my Ringo Pie bee blocks too.
Do you have any particular techniques you love to use?
I think I love improv quilting the most. For me it’s much easier to just wing it rather than try and follow a pattern. And I love free-motion applique as well.
What projects do you have planned for the future?
I do really want to try and branch our into some clothing. April Rhodes is making some amazing dress patterns so I really want to try one. And I’d love to finish my Maple Rag Leaf quilt from Material Obsession 2 – it’s such a gorgeous quilt.
Amber has made an IPad mini cover, the pattern can be adjusted for other devices. Look out for another tutorial by Amber soon.
Pin lining fabrics right sides together and sew along sides and bottom BUT you will want to leave about a 3″ hole on the bottom of the lining fabric for turning right sides out later. Also do not turn lining fabric right sides out at this time.