Genie Ford – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Our Club Member of the Week this week is- Genie Ford ! Everyone say hi to Genie ! I hope you will enjoy getting to know her a little better!

Your Name:  Genie Ford

At what age did you start sewing/quilting? 11 months, when I climbed on Momma’s sewing machine cabinet and sewed the base of my right finger. I remember being in the doctor’s office after that incident.

What is your most favorite project you ever made and why? My sister’s 8′ Christmas table runner. It required extending the pattern, which is the most intricately pieced I ever attempted. I had to fussy cut multiple pieces and deal with stripes in three different areas. It is very beautiful. 

Who or what inspired you to become a quilter? My grandmothers on both sides. Their quilting styles are very different.

What color do you have a hard time using in your quilts and why? Neutrals are boring to me.

What color seems to always make its way into your quilts? Purples, of all shades and hues.

Do you do other types of sewing besides quilting? (clothing, home décor, etc.) I try whatever interests me, sew I have sewn clothes, home décor, toys, bags of all kinds, upcycling. I don’t make quilts, except charity, baby, and throws. I prefer making whatever block or motif that interests me and using it in another project.

Do you have other creative hobbies? (cooking, knitting, painting, gardening….) I cook, bake, can vegetables and fruits. I crochet, do paper-crafting, garden (vegetables as well as flowering plants of all kinds). I mess around with paints, inks, dyes.

If you won a shopping spree to a quilt store, what is the first thing you would splurge on? The latest gadget.

Did you name your sewing machine? My Bernina 880 is The Diva. She is very persnickety and high maintenance. The rest go by their make and model.

Favorite sewing gadget? Scissors. One cannot have too many.

What treats do you indulge in while working in your sewing room? No food in the sewing room. I do like a good thermal cup of coffee in the drink holder.

What’s your oldest UFO? My very first attempt—a throw, from a beginner piecing class. Never finished due to use of traditional piecing techniques, which are frustrating to me. 

Your best sewing tip: Sew slowly. Slow and steady prevents frequent use of Jack, the ripper. 

What is your favorite technique (hand embroidery, hand applique, machine applique, etc.)  Crazy quilting, which uses all techniques.

What type of quilt or block is on your “bucket list” and why? Modern. I like the oversize blocks, use of negative space, and innovative quilting.

Tell us about your family (children, grandchildren, fur babies, etc.) One son, who has given us two Grands. One 13 y/o with a rare genetic disorder that affects his kidneys, eyes, and muscles. One 5 y/o, who is a blessing to her parents and brother. She keeps them all on their toes and is so sweet to/protective of her brother. We have a black mini Schnauzer, from my sister’s two white mini Schnauzers. He is a good dog and very loud. He keeps us entertained.

Where do you live, and what is your favorite thing about where you live? We live in a suburb of Oklahoma City, on acreage. We look out the windows and see trees, not houses. No street noise, yet shopping and restaurants are within walking distance.

Favorite vacation spot? On a lake near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

Favorite food? Thai or country-cookin’ (from the garden and the barn)

Favorite television show? Channel-EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)

If someone made a movie about your life, who would play you? I have no idea.

Are you a rightie or leftie? I am a natural lefty, but write with my right hand.

Anything else you’d like to share: God is Good—All the Time!!

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