Powered by Janome: Angela Pingel
This former high school math teacher and interior designer runs the Cut to Pieces blog.
Angela Pingel first caught our attention when she won the 2012 Moda Bake Shop Sliced! competition. Her entry project was an adorable Owl Tag Along toddler backpack.
Her first place finish also made her a Janome sewist--the Grand Prize being a Horizon 7700 machine.
We wanted to highlight Angela's blog as a great place to find sewing tutorials, quilt alongs, free patterns, and lots of inspiration. She also sells her original designs through PatternShop and Etsy.
Angela's creations have been featured in 101 Patchwork Projects and Modern Patchwork by Interweave Press, 99 Modern Blocks by C&T Publishing, and she was actually featured on Moda Bake Shop prior to deciding to enter the Sliced! competition.
She's never taken any sewing classes but has taught herself to sew from patterns and books and eventually some online tutorials. Angela says, "My mother used to make a few dresses for me when I was little and knew some basics that she passed on, but I quickly moved past her."
She discovered quilting when she was working in a fabric store in high school. She had already been sewing garments for years. She says, "I fell in love with quilting and haven't looked back!"
Angela decided to start her blog after becoming a stay-at-home mom. She had been a math teacher and an interior designer, but was looking for something that would be more flexible. Orignally, Cut to Pieces was a way to share all the projects she was making in online bees and swaps. Now it's that and so much more.
Angela got acquainted with Janome when she won her 7700. What she likes best about her machine is how well it quilts through many layers, and the built in AcuFeed system. She says, "Both of these have made quilting much easier for me!"
Like all sewists and quilters, Angela feels like there are always so many projects and so little time. She says, "I have lots on the horizon (pun intended) but one of the things I'm looking forward to is a new sew along on my blog making Princess Dresses from a single, simple pattern."