My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Podcast Interview with Juliet van der Heijden, The Tartankiwi

Juliet van der Heijden lives in Christchurch, New Zealand but is originally from Scotland, hence her alternate name, The Tartankiwi.  Juliet has had careers in archaeology and radiography but has now turned her skills to quilting and, in particular, the exacting art of designing and creating wonderful foundation paper pieced patterns.

Juliet's patterns are available for PDF download from her Etsy or Payhip stores.  We talk about how she got into foundation paper piecing (FPP), why she loves it and how she believes everyone can find a way to make it work for them.

Juliet will be teaching two classes at the New Zealand National Quilt Symposium in Christchurch in October this year.  A beginners class for those just starting out with FPP and an intermediate for those wanting to tackle something to stretch their skills.

Juliet began designing FPP patterns using Quilt Assistant, a free quilt design software.  She used her pattern income to save up and purchase EQ7, which is now her design tool of choice.

Juliet is active on social media and we discuss how much of an influence technology has had on helping her find her 'thing', grow her community and develop her business.
Pieced by Juliet, quilted by the talented Leeanne of Quilt Me Kiwi

We also touch on copyright and I urge you to check out Juliet's blog post called Copyright/copywrong.  Juliet is not only a talented designer, but writes thoughtful and insightful articles.

Oh, and the book!  Did I mention the book?!  Juliet has been working away on her very first book.  It will be released this October and I learn all about what it will contain.  Preorder it here!

Juliet's favourite tool for FPP is the 'add a quarter' ruler that has a little lip to help you trim your FPP seams to a neat quarter of an inch.

Find Juliet's blog here:
And her Instagram feed here:

Thanks so much for chatting with me Juliet!

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  1. Another fabulous interview. Juilet is a super nice person with amazing patterns!

  2. This was my first time to hear Juliet speak!! I am a huge fan of her and her wonderful patterns and now I love her even more!! Charlotte, I will be back on your blog too! What a fabulous interview!! Thank you!

  3. Thank you for this wonderful interview. Juliet makes such wonderful patterns and it is nice to put a voice with her work. Listening from Alaska

    1. Wow, all the way from Alaska! Glad you enjoyed it Margaret.


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