Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Week 4: Quilter #4 Nicholas AKA Quilts From The Attic

Quilter #4

Name: Nicholas, though Nick will do just fine.  I tend to use Nicholas when I want to sound impressive!

Location: Cardiff, Wales

I promise I won't be offended if you're not quiet sure where that is.  I've lost count of the number of people outside of the United Kingdom who have responded with "Oh, England, right?" when I tell them I'm from Wales.  Whilst the two countries are next to each other, they are different.  If you have difficulty distinguishing the two, just remember we're the ones with a dragon on our flag.  Yes, a dragon!  

Who am I and what I do:  Well, how long have you got?  In a nutshell I'm an almost-thirty-going-on-ten fabric addict with a penchant for books, dinosaurs, cephalopods and the idea of a zombie apocalypse.  I really am a big kid at heart and am constantly being told to grow up and stop collecting comics.  When I'm not quilting, I work for a large department store.  I'd be lying if I said I love my job, but the money isn't that bad and the 25% discount comes in handy when the new Tula Pink collections find their way onto the shelves! 

I share my house with my long-suffering partner Barri and this year we'll be celebrating both our thirtieth birthdays and our ten year anniversary. Champagne for everyone! We have a overly-spoilt pug named Samuel who often allows us to indulge our love of jogging pants-and-movie days.

Why I quilt: Because, quite frankly, if I didn't, I'd kill somebody!  Creativity is at my core and builds up like lava.  I've tried my hand at many things.  I graduated from art school with a degree in photography, painted for many years and use to love making miniature models.  My grandmother taught me to knit and hand sew when I was younger, but I'd always been fascinated with the idea of making a patchwork quilt.  It was an idea that just wouldn't go away.  Fast forward two and a bit years and the hobby is all consuming, so much so in fact, I'm beginning to believe my brain is made up of patchwork pieces!   

Favourite quilts I've made: People are probably getting fed up of hearing me say this but I really think I've found my style as a quilter.  I started off without much of an idea about what I was doing or where the journey would take me.  I tried this, I tried that, and not all output was successful.  Then I made my Veg Patch Quilt and everything changed.  I love improv.  I love modern design.  I love bold fabric choices and abandoning the rule book.  I'm so excited to see what the quilts I'll be making in 2 years from now look like!

Where you can find me:

Instagram: quiltsfromtheattic
Blog: www.quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
Facebook: Quilts From The Attic
Pinterest: quiltsfromattic

I'm so excited to be part of the 52 Quilters experience!  I'm looking forward to sharing some of the things I've learnt along the way with you all and know that I'll be learning stuff too.  Thanks for reading!

Post by Nicholas - Week #4:  Nicholas is a quilter based in Cardiff, Wales. He runs a blog called Quilts from the Attic from which he shares his modern male-made quilts. Follow him on instagram @quiltsfromtheattic or visit him at https://quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com


  1. I saw your map quilt on IG yesterday and was blown away!! I have always wanted to visit Wales. Thanks for the introduction--fun learning more about you!

  2. I've seen your work on Instagram and I just love the Veg Patch quilt! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
    Oh, my Grandmother's family was from Wales ~ they came to the States in the late 1700's. I haven't been yet ~

  3. Totally know where Cardiff is -- I'm a big fan of Torchwood and Doctor Who!
    I checked out Veg Patch on you blog -- Love it!

  4. I've been a huge IG fan of yours for a long while now and was so pumped to see you as our quilter this week! Keep up the awesomeness & give sweet Samuel pats from his adoring American "auntie"!