Monika Huelsebusch

MQU‘s Cheryl Sleboda talks with quilter and contributor Monika Huelsebusch.

Originally posted on May 15, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda

We had a chance to catch up with Monika Huelsebusch, whose quilt “Simple Stripes” is in the latest issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited #23.  She was able to tell us a little about herself and her quilt adventures!

Hello Monika!  Thanks for chatting with us today! Tell us, when did you first learn to sew? When did you make your first quilt?

As a child my grandmother taught me all kinds of needlework like to knit, embroider, crochet, and sew. I don´t know how old I was, but fabrics, threads, yarn and needles were always a part of my life. Quilting is not as common in Germany as it is in the USA. I finished my very first quilt in 2007 after I was fascinated by a historical Grandmother´s Flower Garden quilt in a book. This first quilt, sewn and quilted by hand, took nearly two years.

What is a technique that you have never tried that you would like to?

There are a lot of things I have never tried, but what I really want to try is an inset circle. I have never done that and will take a class as soon as I can.

What about the Modern aesthetic appeals to you?

I am horrible in organizing my stuff. So the modern aesthetic is for me an inspiring way to create a clearness in my life. I love the clear and reduced style. It is a great way to lead the eye to a special point.


Simple Stripes, by Monika Huelsebusch

What advice would you give to a beginner in quilting?

In quilting there is no right or wrong. Learn as many techniques as you can in classes or from friends and family and don´t be afraid to ask. And one of the important things I learned, never miss a good challenge!

What kinds of fabrics are your favorite to work with?

Solid fabrics are my favorites, especially Oakshott Fabrics. I love to explore how colors change in combination with other colors.

What kind of projects are you working on next?

This year will be exciting. I am preparing for my first single exhibition. Here in Germany will be a new quilt event in September and they invited me to show my quilts. That´s a good reason to finish some ufos and realize new ideas.

Thanks for talking with us, Monika!  To see how to make this quilt, check out the latest issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited!

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