Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Member Spotlight: Mandy Munroe

This is a new Q & A series to get to know our members.  Today, Mandy Munroe talks to us about her experience as a quilter.

 Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from and how long have you been in our guild?
 I moved to NYC from the UK last September and joined the guild at the December meeting. I learnt
to quilt when I lived in New Jersey in 1992.
 Have you always been crafty?  What other things do you make?
Yes, my Grandmother taught me to knit, crochet and embroider and she had a bag of wool and fabric scraps I was allowed to use at any time. At the moment I’m knitting a scarf and upcycling some shirts into cushion covers but I also create art pieces for exhibition and design projects for magazines.
This piece was a commission for a school in Kent, UK. The fabrics were dyed by the children.
Where do you sew?
On the dining table at the moment.
What is your favorite type of project?
Quilts, but I like variety! This scrap quilt was great fun to make.
What’s your favorite quilting tool?
Probably my rotary cutter. Having a smooth edge to sew makes everything so much easier, especially with curves.
What type of fabrics do you use most often?
Quilting weight cotton.
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
Nancy Crow was a huge influence when I started quilting in the ‘90’s, she gave me the confidence to piece improvisationally. Now it’s the fabrics that get me going.
What are you working on now?
 This paper pieced New York Beauty I started 2 years ago! I’m just binding it so it can be used at last.
Do you have a blog or other place on the web you’d like to share?
www.mandymunroe.com for my art pieces and my newer blog: mandymunroe.wordpress.com
Thanks Mandy!  Can't wait to see you at our next meeting.
If you would like to be featured on our Member Spotlights, please fill out the questionnaire I sent you and email it back to me at jessunderquilts at yahoo dot com ASAP! 


  1. That's an intimidating beginning for what looks like a fabulous blog line. I'm very impressed with all your work, Mandy.... and congrats on finally finishing the New York Beauty.

    1. Thanks Jody, I think this is going to be a great way to get to know each other better!

  2. Great! So nice to get to know you better Mandy!!! Beautiful work!

  3. Thanks for the interesting interview, Mandy ... you are quite an accomplished artist/member of NYC Metro Mod ... I will be looking for you at the October meeting to say Hello.

    1. Unfortunately it will have to be the one after as I'll be teaching back in the UK, I look forward to meeting you soon!

  4. Great interview (I love this idea) and beautiful work Mandy! I'm looking forward to seeing you again in October, if not at this Saturday's Quilt Alliance

    1. See you at FIT - you should write something for this!

  5. So great running into you at the QTM event! Thanks for your friendly greeting in line. Thanks, too, for sharing your work here on this post. I like what you make, and I look forward to seeing more. Love those "links" on your site, too. I need to find someone who wears French cuffs now....

    1. Ahhhh, the cufflinks! I hadn't heard the expression French Cuffs, that sounds so stylish! Thanks for taking the time to check out my site.


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