FriYAY Friends

FriYAY Friends :: Minki Kim aka Zeriano

FriYAY Friends with Minki Kim

Good morning, Creatives!

Welcome back to FriYAY Friends where we celebrate marvelously creative people like today's Minki Kim. I love sharing these interviews with you because learning about how other makers work can inspire new ideas and practices in each of us. Minki's work has a charm and attention to detail that continually amazes me. I'm so excited for us to get to know her a little better!

FriYAY Friends with Minki Kim

1) Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your creative background, etc. Minki is a wife and mama to three girls. Her family is originally from Korea where she was an art major. She always longed for a way to create with simple materials. Then, about six years ago, Minki's husband brought home her first sewing machine, and she began drawing with thread. Her artistic talent combined with her inherited gift for up cycling gives Minki a beautiful ability to make common, every day objects lovely. 

FriYAY Friends with Minki Kim

2) You're best known for your charming sewing illustrations. Can you tell us more about what that is, and how we can give it a try? Minki calls her thread drawings sewing illustrations. They combine machine stitching, embroidery, and appliqué. Most over her illustrations now start with a drawing, and this technique was the foundation of the beautiful book she co-authored with Kristin Esser, Sew Illustrated. 

Fabric is Dear Diary; Place mat pattern by Ayda @cafenohut

Fabric is Dear Diary; Place mat pattern by Ayda @cafenohut

3) You have a darling new fabric line, Dear Diary, out with Riley Blake. Can you tell us about it? After the release of Sew Illustrated, Minki began filling a brand new sketchbook. Her favorite drawings plus her favorite colors have become Dear Diary. Perhaps it's theme is rooted in her love of her blog journaling practice. Her second book, Diary in Stitches, will be out next year. 

FriYAY Friends with Minki Kim

4) How is creative community important to your work? Minki is hugely inspired by the creative play of her three daughters. Additionally, Sew Illustrated may not have come about if Kristin Esser had not seen Minki's sewing machine through the window. Creative community at and near home both feeds feeds Minki's work and helps it make its way into the world.

Dear Diary quilt design by Alli @woodberry_way

Dear Diary quilt design by Alli @woodberry_way

5) What advice do you have for other makers on their creative journeys? Minki loves to tell her friends to start blogs, especially if they're moms. Motherhood can make it easy to simply let the days blur together into repeated household tasks, but a blog helps mark time and creative activity.

FriYAY Friends with Minki Kim

As you can see, Minki's work is beautifully detailed and adorable. On Monday, I shared about my own experiment with a bit of sewing illustration, and it was very fun! Go follow Minki on Instagram @zeriano, then give this technique a try over the weekend!

As always, I want to continue to connect with you, dear reader, because it is my job to guide you to quilt with confidence. If you have a quilting hero that you'd like me to invite to the blog, please send me an email at stringandstory (at) gmail (dot) com. Finally, I know it can feel overwhelming to learn free motion quilting. I'd like to send you a free copy of "3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting." This PDF guide is foundational to starting a strong and growing quilting practice. You can be a quilting rockstar, and I want to help you on that path. I get your free guide delivered straight to your inbox, just enter your email below!

Happy sewing, my friends!

HollyAnne

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Tips Tuesday

Appliqué Play Time

Applique Play Time with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

Good morning, my loves!

Oh man, this end of the year stuff has my head in 47495 places! My mama's birthday is this week, so this weekend I took some time to play to make her a little something (don't worry-- she opened it last night, so I'm not giving away any surprises). This week's FriYAY Friends (now here's a spoiler) is Minki Kim. As I've been getting to know Minki, I've been captivated by her sewing illustrations. I haven't read her book, but her Instagram photos make me drool, so I couldn't help a little "play time" in my sewing room to see what I could come up with. 

Image from thedreamwell.com, via Google

Image from thedreamwell.com, via Google

My mama loves pansies. She and I taught Nature Study together for 4 years, and she taught another 6 years (I hope I have those years right, Mama) after our time teaming up. Pansies were one of the favorite subjects we painted. I've painted  a LOT of them, so they felt like a good thing for the subject of my experiments as well as something Mama would enjoy.

Applique Play Time with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

While it's not our typical Monday quilting, I thought I'd share my fun in case you want to give it a shot. 

1) Choose a subject and a reference image (see mine above)

2) Select fabrics (this is GREAT for scrap busting)

3) Place the background fabric inside the hoop so you have a clear picture of your working space 

4) Cut out your shapes and glue them down with a handy glue stick

5) Use a basic straight stitch to secure the pieces permanently, about 1/8" from the edge. Also, hem your background fabric about 1/4" from the edge

6) Consider adding embroidery details for added depth

Applique Play Time with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

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Talk to you soon, friends! Until then, happy quilting!

XO,

HollyAnne

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FriYAY Friends

FriYAY Friends :: An Interview with Sherilyn Mortensen

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

Good morning, and happy FriYAY!!!

We took a little break for Market season, but I'm so glad to be back with you! Today, I had the delight of interviewing one of my very favorite longarmers, Sherilyn Mortensen. Her work is precise, dynamic, and stunningly gorgeous, plus she's kind and encouraging. Her work TOTALLY makes me want to be a Gammill Artist! Just WOW. Also, Sherilyn LOVES emojis (yes, please!), but, unfortunately, they didn't copy over to this post very well. So just imagine all the cute smiles and hearts and things! Without further ado,  I know y'all will enjoy getting to know Sherilyn!

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

1) Tell us a little about yourself-- your family, hobbies, creative background, etc. Hello everyone!! I’m so thrilled HollyAnne invited me to participate with her. She is a wonderful gatherer of creatives! So inspiring!

My name is Sherilyn Mortensen. I was born in Salt Lake City, UT. I grew up in Utah and Mesa AZ. I’m #3 of 6 children. 2 older sisters, 2 younger brothers and a younger sister. I met my husband at Brigham Young University while I was getting my bachelors degree in Elem. Ed. We have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. We raised our children on a cattle ranch in central Florida. Yes! There are cows, A LOT of cows, in Florida! It was like stepping back in time  and raising our kids in the glorious 50’s. A true blessing for our family! Our oldest son is married and attending dental school in South Jordan Utah. They have an adorable 15 month old little girl. Our first grandchild and she is a genius, just ask her Grammalyn!

Our second son is attending graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at BYU. Single, smart and very handsome!! A great catch! Just ask his mom!  And our daughter teaches 7th grade English (this deserves an award, by itself!) in San Jose while her husband is working for Walmart headquarters. 

I also have a dog named Maggie and I love her to pieces!!! You dog/cat/pet lovers get it!

I’ve always enjoyed creating anything with my hands! My grandmother and mother taught me how to crochet and tat (a lost art) and I’ve been creating ever since. While all my friends were in chorus classes in junior high and high school, I took every art class available, just hanging out with the most interesting but likable characters junior high and high school art classes had to offer! Haha! 

In the 90’s, I mastered the art of tole painting and even sold several art pieces to Deseret book store. In the early 2000’s I discovered the world of quilting and have enjoyed this art form ever since. I’ve enjoyed working with two of my sisters in their business Sew Kind of Wonderful. The 3 of us are Gammill quilt artists and hopefully inspiring other quilters in this creative community. 

I also love to read, learn about different cultures, FaceTime my brilliant granddaughter, exercise, and serve in my church callings.  

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

2) What does your daily quilting routine / practice look like? My average day goes something like this... I get up between 6 and 7, exercise for an hour, get ready for the day and begin working on whatever quilting project I’m in the middle of. I usually skip breakfast then I try to resist the urge to snack on my favorite junk food throughout the day then finally eat something semi nutritious around 3. I know, it doesn’t make sense! Haha! 

I “clean up” (which usually just means, I turn off my sewing machine) what I’m working on at about 4ish, “swish” through my house (if I cleaned like I quilt, my house would be so dang spotless! ) figure out dinner, hangout with my hubby, hit the hay! Throw in a few 100 extra things in between all that and that is basically my daily/quilting routine. Some nights, if sleep is escaping me, you might find me in my studio, quilting on my long-arm or doodling quilt designs on my I-Pad Pro. It’s surprisingly relaxing for me. 

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

3) How do you keep your machine quilting so fresh, vibrant, and dynamic? Great question! I’m a doodler first, then I quilt it out! It works like magic for me. 

I also take full advantage of my Stitch regulator. I know there is differing opinions about stitch regulators but I’m a believer! I didn’t have one for 3 years, which I’m very grateful for. I learned to quilt without one, (a Gammill Classic) which actually helped me become even a better quilter.  Now with a Stitch regulator, a whole new world has opened up to me. I’m able to do more intricate/micro/decorative quilting I wasn't able to do quite as well before. 

And, probably the most important thing when it comes to dynamic quilting...I really try to relax. If my pebbles, swirls and feathers are out of whack, I realize I’m all tense. I then relax and breathe and all of a sudden I’m back in my quilting groove. If I can relax enough, Its almost (almost is the key word) like getting into a zen like/meditative state, if that even makes sense. It does to me anyway.

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

4) How is creative community important to your work? This on-line creative community has been such a huge blessing to not just me but to so many creative people in the world. I LOVE IT! I love that it is so easy now to inspire and encourage each other. There are so many encouraging, kind, and positive people in this community.  I feel like my circle of friends has expanded into the thousands! So much love, inspiration, positive energy, and encouragement in this community!

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

5) What advice do you have for other creatives on their journeys? If there’s one thing I’ve learned the most on my own creative journey...it’s that there is abundance in this community! There is room for everyone! I tell myself all the time...”If you create it, they will come”. You know from Field of Dreams...just worded a little differently!  My advice would have to be....come from a place of abundance, not scarcity...there is plenty of room for all! There are so many more things to create than there are people to create them...so we’re good! 

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen on String and Story

Thank you, Sherilyn! What wonderful insights and encouragement! I especially love your abundance mindset, and I wholeheartedly agree! There is plenty of room in this wonderful quilting world for all of us, and being welcoming to one another is such a gift and joy! Thank you, too, for these gorgeous photos of your work. Just WOW. 

Y'all can find Sherilyn on Instagram @sea_sherilyn_sew and you should TOTALLY follow her so you can see her amazing work every day! I would love to connect with you on Instagram as well. You can find me @stringandstory

FriYAY Friends with Sherilyn Mortensen at String and Story

Are you feeling inspired to practice your quilting, too? I would LOVE to send you "3 Easy Tips to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting." These foundational steps make sure that you're quilting begins on the right foot to be the best it can be and to grow into something even more beautiful. I'll send this PDF straight to your inbox, so you can check it out right away!

Happy FriYAY, my friends! I hope you have lots of quilting time this weekend!

Love,

HollyAnne

 

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