by Mary Beth Krapil
Stuart Hillard is a quilt designer, maker, and home décor expert and a Handi Quilter international ambassador. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience and hundreds of published patterns to his name. His approach is fun and fresh, inclusive, and achievable. Stuart is the star of BBC Two’s “The Great British Sewing Bee“. His first book, Sew Fabulous, was published in August 2014 by Orion. His latest book, Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts, was published by Pavilion and he has a new book coming out in August called, Simple Shapes, Stunning Quilts, also published by Pavilion.
I visited the UK recently and sat down with Stuart to get to know him a little better. Here’s what he had to say:
HQ: What does being an HQ Ambassador mean to you?
HQ: How did you get started in quilting?
HQ: How would you describe your style of quilting?
HQ: What is the most fun thing you have done as an Ambassador?
SH: I just can’t wait to finish a quilt top these days. I’ve always loved the quilting process but now it’s painless, easy, dynamic and fun. The magic happens right before my eyes and there’s no “down side” anymore. I get to meet thousands of quilters every year at shows and sharing our quilty passions is pretty hard to beat.
HQ: Of all your quilts, which is your favorite?
HQ: Do you still have your first quilt?
SH: My first quilts are all long gone I’m afraid, although I can still picture the little hand pieced hexagons I spent hours sewing together. I hope those memories never fade!
HQ: Who is your inspiration/muse?
SH: My inspiration isn’t one person, it’s many. I’m inspired by, and design for, the thousands of quilters I meet in person or online every year. They’re the quilters who want to make a special something to wrap their son or daughter in when they leave for college, or their new grand babies; the quilters who have a precious few hours once a week to do the thing they love so much and need a bit of inspiration. I listen and I hear the voices of those quilters when I’m designing and making my next project. I hope I fulfill at least some of their desires. That’s my intention anyway! I also take a huge amount of inspiration from fabric and nature…there are patterns and color combinations all around us, we just have to see them!
HQ: Of all the “tasks” in creating a quilt, which is your favorite and least favorite?
HQ: Do you have any other hobbies or interests?