Konnichiwa! I'm Alyce and I am currently living it up in the fabric and stationery-filled land of Japan for a few years. I blog about my fabric adventures at Blossom Heart Quilts, as well as design many quilts in my graph book, some of which have managed to escape into reality to become tutorials or patterns.
I started quilting 3 years ago when my husband bought me a sewing machine and told me stop reading about quilting and just try it. I often joke that he must regret buying my little Elna considering the steep trajectory my obsession (and stash!) have taken! But when we moved to Japan for his work about 9 months later, he has definitely appreciated it as a source of sanity and focus for me. It was hard adjusting to our new life here with a 2.5 year old and a barely 1 year old and no family nearby, and quilting became my strength for me - something for me to focus on, and at times, to escape into.
#honestsewingroom - my sewing space is sharing with the kids' playroom
At the same time, I also started my blog - Blossom Heart Quilts. I just love being a part of the online quilting community, because you all rock and have been a huge help in keeping me sane too! I also love "blogging" - I love (most of) the techy stuff, I love learning about how to make my website better and cooler and easier for the readers, I love sharing what I've learned along the way.
Adding to my nerdiness, quilt designing is where my passion lies. I love that mix of creativity and maths, and I am particularly interested in making complex designs in the most easiest way possible. No Y-seams here! I love seeing simple shapes create interesting big-picture designs. My aforementioned graph books are overflowing in sketches that unfortunately many will never become a reality, but I love the creative exercise anyway. I draw my inspiration from life around me - architecture, flooring, etc. In fact my very first pattern, Tea For Two, was inspired by a manhole cover!
I am also highly partial to star quilt blocks, which is what inspired a very special pattern in next month's issue! If you love a good star block or two, or fifteen, you'll be wanting to subscribe to the first year of Make Modern #justsaying! You will also find me sharing my love of quilt math in a column I am very excited about sharing with you all.
You can find Alyce's starry sampler Aurora in our first issue of Make Modern (subscribe here!) due out on the 1st September!