Personal stuff or “Who is the designer behind Ë Whirligig Designs Ë ?” The answer to that question would be me - Chris Hoover. I began quilting over 26 years ago and a “new” hobby soon became an all-consuming passion. Sometimes I feel like I think “quilts” because everything I see influences my designs — from color and texture, to architecture and nature.
As you may notice, I’m a very eclectic designer. One minute I’m the traditionalist with feathered stars and civil war fabrics and the next minute a contemporary mood strikes and I’m working with batiks and non-traditional designs. I’ve been designing for over 10 years now and there is always something new on my cutting table and in my sketch pad.
My favorite rulers are the Easy Angle™ and Companion Angle™ by E Z Quilting. If there’s a half-square or quarter-square triangle in my pattern (and there are many), it was cut with one of these two rulers. They save you time and fabric and once you become familiar with how to use them, I know you will love them as much as I do.
Please visit often. A new design comes along about every other month. I would love to hear what you think of my designs or see what you’ve made from any of my patterns. Just drop me a line any time ~ and ask for my designs at your local quilt shop.
Other personal stuff not quilt related:
My immediate family includes a wonderful, supportive husband, two sons and a daughter-in-law who is learning to quilt (Woo-Hoo!), two dogs and a cat (who loves every quilt I make). I can always squeak in a few hours to read, knit, walk the dogs or ride my bike. But you will usually find me doing something quilt related - at my sewing machine (sometimes all hours of the day or night), working on a design, at the computer working on a pattern or at my local quilt shop. ☺ All of that may change though as I’m going to be a grandma soon. I have just a few quilts ready for this baby...