November Designer Spotlight, Lee Heinrich

November Designer Spotlight, Lee Heinrich

Nov 3, 2015 By OLFA Creates

We first came across Lee Heinrich on Pinterest. After developing a slight obsession and repinning everything we saw from her, we hopped over to her blog and knew Lee was our kind of quilter! Lee makes quilts that put a modern twist on traditional designs. She also excels as paper-piecing and her color selections are out of this world. Lee blogs at Freshly Pieced, which you can check out here. We were so excited when Lee agreed to participate in the Designer Spotlight program, and gave us a little more insight into what makes her tick. 



Lee, tell us a little about yourself:


I’m a former graphic designer and mom to two girls (ages 6 and 9). I started sewing and quilting after my oldest daughter was born, as a much-needed creative outlet when I stopped working to stay home with her. I made my first quilt for her and I’ve been sewing ever since! Now I have my own quilt patterns and I co-authored the book “Vintage Quilt Revival.” 


We have to ask… what is your favorite OLFA tool?


My rotary cutter, hands down! What would I do without it? It’s hard to even imagine quilting before the OLFA rotary cutter!


Are you as clever in the kitchen as you are in your sewing space?


LOL, not even close!! My husband is the cook in our family. Grilling pizza is one of his specialities. My idea of cooking is to get out a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese.


When do you do your most creative work?


I’m a night owl, so I tend to be up late working when the rest of my family is in bed. Somehow evening is when I get all my energy and motivation—and that’s how I’ve always been. Recently my family has been going through a daily journal that my grandmother kept all her life, and I was amused by one entry where she talked about staying up until 2 a.m. to work on an embroidery project. That’s totally me! So I guess I come by it naturally.


What is the dominant color in your stash?


Blue! I’ve spent years obsessing on aqua, although lately I’ve been loving cooler blues (like what I used in this project) and navy. My blue bins are overflowing. And if you look through my finished projects, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t include aqua. Someone recently told me that blue is the most popular color around the world, and I wasn’t surprised to hear that.


What important piece of advice would you offer someone on the brink of quilting?


Don’t expect perfection the first time out. Just start creating and don’t worry so much about the finished project—enjoy the process for what it is. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques, even if they look intimidating. And push through and finish, even when the temptation is there to give up on a project—for every quilt you finish, the next one will be that much better. Plus, someday you’ll be able to get out those first projects and feel great about how far you’ve come! I know I do!


Who taught you to sew or quilt?


The internet taught me! My mom sewed when I was growing up, but I was never interested in learning at that time. Once I got interested, my mom lived too far away to teach me, and I had a newborn baby, so it wasn’t convenient to get out to classes at quilt shops. So I did what a lot of people do when they have a question: I turned to the internet. I searched for free tutorials online, and found a gold mine! This is one of the reasons I love opportunities like Olfa’s Designer Spotlight. It’s a great way to give back to the online community that gave me my start in quilting.


Want to get to know Lee even better? You can find her through the following links:




This project uses a quick, no-waste method to make flying geese for a forest of holiday trees in bright, fun colors.





November Designer Spotlight, Lee Heinrich

Nov 3, 2015 By OLFA Creates