Welcome to one our newest Sponsors, Jean from the fabric store, Clever Quilter!
Jean has dropped my FQ HQ today to tell us a little about her store and more!

FQ: Tell us a little about how ‘Clever Quilter‘ came to open its virtual doors.

CQ: Before I become ?one of us? I was ?one of them?. My life involved cubicles, ?business attire?, financial reports, board meetings, and worse yet, a bunch of ?suits? with little imagination! When the company I was with merged, I had the opportunity to re-prioritize my life goals and really think about what I truly enjoyed. It took about a year for me to transition to ?one of us?. Business, computers and fabric: I just added a bit of chocolate and voila! CleverQuilter.com was born.

FQ : Do you have a team of helpers at your store who are clever quilters?

CQ: I believe *everyone* is a Clever Quilter. Our goal is to help quilters realize their ?Clever? potential through offering easy but lovely patterns, kits and ideas. The projects are fast, portable and totally doable. You can stop in our shop here or read about various projects I?ve got going on at the Clever Quilter blog. We also gab a lot on facebook ? look for us and friend us as at Clever Quilter.

FQ: You are also the creator of the intriguing & interactive site, ?Quilting Is Murder?. Can you describe to us what it?s all about?

CQ: Certainly. Imagine a fun murder mystery mini-series for quilters complete with prizes and a search for clues. That?s the general idea of the project. Readers can simply enjoy the story a it unfolds over an 8 week period or join in the fun by registering as a ?Quilt Detective?. We?re working with Killer Shops (quilt shops) and Deadly Sponsors who provide specials and prizes our detectives learn about throughout the promotion. Quilting Is Murder runs through 3/4/2011 with two new stories planned later in 2011. Come & join in the fun here! Catch up on our blog for updates! We?ve lined up a half dozen *real life* mystery authors to blog as the mystery unfolds. Cool!!

FQ: With 2 busy websites to maintain and all this mystery solving, do you find time to sew for yourself? If so, what?s your favorite item to sew?

CQ: I?ve been doing a lot of fusible appliqu? work recently. The Last Rose and Guy the Giraffe are two projects you can read about on our blog. Fusible appliqu? is fun, fast and oh so satisfying! I can start and finish a project (except final quilting) in a few evenings. Creating art quilts like this, is my chocolate fix: I grab one, work on it and am instantly gratified. We?ve been focusing on kitting more art quilts in the shop so I?ve been in heaven lately!! Oh and I can?t forget to mention these kits usually involve BATIKS. Lovely BATIKS. I purr when boxes of them arrive in the shop?..

FQ: Do you plan to start more interactive websites in the future? Can you give us any clues as to what those plans might entail??

CQ: Yes, I can tell you but then I?d have to kill you? My uncle was an intelligence officer in the army and I remember he?d use that line all the time when he didn?t want to answer a question. It wasn?t until I was older that I realized, hey, he might just be serous? LOLOL!! Anyway, you?ll just have to sit tight and wait and see. Keep on eye on Quilting Is Murder?s Facebook page, CleverQuilter.com and QuiltingIsMurder.com are keeping me on my toes right now. What?s up next is a ?.mystery!

Thanks so much Jean for joining us today!

Jean has generously offered to give away a fat quarter pack of Thimbleberries fabric in Dark to one lucky reader! For a chance to win tell us about a sewing mystery you’ve experienced (missing fabric, ufo’s that mysteriously pile up in the corner of your sewing room, baffling techniques you just can’t work out…….you get the idea ;) ) & please go and like Clever Quilter on facebook!

We’ll randomly select a winner & announce them here on 5th Feb. Good luck!