Hello Quilty Friends!
Happy Thursday to you!
I am sew excited to be interviewing Villa Rosa Designs’s NEWEST Designer, Shankari Paradee. of Sewl Sister www.sewlsister.com today.
Tricia: Hello Shakari! Welcome to Villa Rosa Quilts!
Shankari: Hi Everyone! Glad to be here.
Tricia: Let’s get started!
Shankari: All right, let’s go!
Tricia: How did you meet Pat Fryer, the owner and “Rose Queen” of Villa Rosa Designs, or how did you become part of the VRD family of designers?
Shankari: I went to a quilt retreat in Texas, where I met Catherine Cureton of Running Doe Quilts. She has several patterns with Villa Rosa Designs and encouraged me to connect with Pat. It took us a minute to get together as we all had busy schedules but we made it happen!
Tricia: How did you discover quilting? How long have you been quilting?
Shankari: I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl, starting with hand sewing doll clothes. I grew up with sewing in my family. When I moved to Oklahoma from Canada in 2006, my parents gifted me a beautiful 1960’s Viking sewing machine. I pieced and quilted my first quilt on that machine. I now own a long arm and started my long arm journey in 2016.
Tricia: What’s your favorite quilt block(s)?
Shankari: Friendship block is one of my favorites. I love the half-square triangle block because it’s such a simple block and you can use it to make so many other different blocks.
Tricia: I really like that block too. And you’re right — there are sew many different variations. How did you make the leap from being a quilter to becoming a quilt designer?
Shankari: Once I got comfortable with piecing, I felt confident to venture out into the design world. I’ve only been designing for a couple of years and I have learned so much!
Tricia: You’re right — being a designer is all about learning, isn’t it? Can you tell us a little bit about your design process?
Shankari: Sometimes, I just doodle a design and it turns into a quilt design. Sometimes, I am looking for a specific style or feel and I go with my instincts on what I feel looks good. I also talk to other quilty friends to see what their thoughts are on my design. It’s always nice to have perspective.
Tricia: What is your favorite/least favorite part of the quilt-making process?
Shankari: I like it all and I think my least favorite would have to be binding.
Tricia: I am with you, Shankari! Binding is not my favorite part of designing and making quilts. What are your top 3 favorite quilting tools? Why?
Shankari: I love my rotary cutter, it makes cutting fabric so much easier. I could not live without various sized cutting mats. I can use smaller ones while traveling and teaching classes and I have two large ones on my sewing table. Binding clips are a life-saver! They help make the binding process easier.
Tricia: For me, I couldn’t live without my computer, Electric Quilt software, or my rotary cutter! What are you working on now? Any new patterns in the works? Can you give us a sneak peek?
Shankari: I am working on a pattern for VRD coming up and I have another one coming up with a group of quilters that will be out in celebration of Jelly Roll Day in September. You can always check out my Instagram for sneaky peeks! LOL! @hellosewlsister
Tricia: These are Shankari’s Rose Card patterns, you can purchase them HERE.
Tricia: You just had 2 new patterns come out in July, didn’t you?
Shankari: Yes, I did — Dainty Machines and Optic.
Tricia: Great patterns! You can find them here for purchase — Dainty Machines and Optic. Let’s shift gears a little bit — what’s your favorite book?
Shankari: Right now — One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
Tricia: Type of music/musician?
Shankari: Ed Sheeran
Shankari: Sense and Sensibility
Tricia: Hah! I’m a Janite too! TV show?
Shankari: Downton Abbey
Tricia: Me too! What do you do when you are not quilting/designing?
Shankari: I’m usually running around with my kids or spending time with my family. 😊 I also moonlight as a cardiac nurse.
Tricia: Kiddos and nursing? When do you even have time for quilting? Do you have any advice to quilters who want to become quilt designers?
Shankari: Don’t get bogged down by other designers and what they are doing. It’s easy to feel like you’re just another quilter in the quilt pond, and there’s room for all of us. Just design from your heart and “sewl”. Design what feels good for you and you can’t go wrong.
Tricia: Anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Shankari: I love to work with scraps and I’m on a mission to create a world with no landfill fabric. I like to keep my quilt patterns as least wasteful as possible on fabric, and use simple cuts of fabric. I love teaching sewing and quilt-piecing. If I can do it, you can too and I can teach you how. I have at least 8 sewing machines to my name, maybe that’s not too many?! Feel free to reach out and connect with me on social media or email:
Tricia: Thank you sew much, Shankari, for taking the time to tell us about yourself. We are all looking forward to your upcoming VRD patterns!
Shankari: Thanks for having me on the blog!
There you have it, Quilty Friends!
How cool is it to get to know the quilt designers behind the VRD Rose Card patterns? Stay tuned for more Designer Spotlight Interviews coming soon.
Well, that’s it for this week.
Until next Thursday —
Sew. Laugh. Repeat.