Monday, April 14

STAFF PROFILE - Louise Papas

This year we will be featuring staff profiles on the blog so all of our lovely fans have a chance to get to know more about the lovelies at Amitie Textiles.

It's with great joy that I introduce Louise Papas.

"I have been a part of the Amitie team for just over 6 years after many years in marketing, advertising and PR.  I am married and have 3 gorgeous and super busy daughters ranging from 8 - 14.  






Sewing has been a part of my life forever and I have always loved fabric. I can remember standing in the Myer fabric department as a child looking at all the fabrics while my Mum flicked through the pattern books.  I learnt to make clothing in my teens and I loved most crafty pursuits spending lots of time knitting, crocheting and drawing.


My love affair with quilting started around 20 years ago when my mother and her friends started making quilts together.  It wasn’t until a few years later when I had my babies that I started making them myself.  From there I discovered the online world of blogs and Flickr and realised there were lots of like-minded fabric mad crafty types like myself out there.  

I started participating in a world wide online doll quilt swap run via Flickr. You received a secret partner and a few ideas of what they like and then you designed them a quilt and sent it to them. I really enjoyed the challenge of coming up with something that suited my partner but reflected my taste and style.  This meant I spent a lot of time at Amitie choosing all the fabrics, discussing the finer details of my design with Jenny and getting lots of fabulous advice.  I think she got sick of me hanging about and offered me a job.


The doll quilt swap continues today having just finished the 14th round.   I still love the challenge and doll quilts are such a great size to play with designs - like mini works of art!  Plus they are very finishable!!  


So my style has continued to develop. A good friend once described my work as vintage with a modern twist and I suppose that’s true.  I love quilts from the 1930’s and old style blocks worked in a modern way.  I also like the soft toys I design to have an old fashioned feel - reminiscent of home made toys from my childhood and earlier.


My favourite thing to do is needle turn appliqué and most of my quilts and other designs include some.  I recently finished a fun quilt featuring a pineapple using clam shell appliqués, which I think gave it an amazing texture.  I really enjoy the hand sewing aspect of quilt making whether piecing blocks or hand quilting.  I have very little time these days to spend at the sewing machine so it’s great to have more portable projects.


My ideas come from all sorts of places. I’m inspired by my children, my online quilty friends from all around the world, art, history, the world around me and always the beautiful fabrics.  Since my teens I have been really fascinated by the Art Deco period and am currently playing with some quilt ideas using some classic deco shapes.  
 
Another great source of inspiration is the gorgeous work our customers bring in and of course the work of my colleagues.  There’s not a day I work that I don’t go home with some wonderful new idea for a quilt in my head.  

Currently I am working on finishing the hand quilting on a couple of quilts for me and then who knows some new patterns may emerge. 
You’ll find me at Amitie on Mondays and Tuesdays every week and every 3rd Saturday of the month." - Louise Papas.
 


 Big thanks to Louise for sharing that with us!
You can find her on Flickr and Instagram as : lululollylegs.

Louise was so kind to do a FREE pdf applique pattern - cute little bunny designs just in time for Easter!




Send us an e-mail to amitie@amitie.com.au. Subject: Easter pattern and we will send you a copy!!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo
Lucy

4 comments:

Andi said...

That Louise is so lovely and clever!!! xx

Auntie Pami said...

I love bunnies! Bunnies with glasses. Clever. Thank you.

quiltswithpersonality said...

Those bunnies are so cute!!! I love the glasses. Infact I absolutely love shopping at Amitie and I have had the pleasure of having Louise help me on many occasions. She is super talented, very knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. I always leave happy! Thank you Louise for being so gorgeous and kind. Marie xxx

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Louise - the cushion you made for me is still on my bed and I smile whenever I look at it. You are a very clever lady!