My name is Carmit Erez and I’m a quilter. I love fabric. Love looking at it, love fondling it, and love hoarding it. I equally love cutting it up to make it whole again. I’d love to make a quilt for you or help you finish a quilt top languishing in your UFO pile, waiting to be quilted.
To see my quilts, please visit my gallery page or my shop. If you’re interested in a quilt to suit a particular need, please get in touch–I’m happy to work with you to make a special quilt to your specification.
If you would like me to longarm quilt for you, see my Longarm Services page for more information.
Here’s a little more about how I got started sewing.
I learned to sew in early 2011 and made my first baby quilt in May of that year. My first large quilt soon followed, a nine-square-meter beast that I named The Quilt that Ate Berlin (where it now lives). I’ve stopped counting how many quilts I’ve made since.
I am Israeli-born, Canadian-raised, and am currently kicking around Europe (with stops in the UK and in Germany, where I now live). By day I am an administrative drone, by night I am a translator and editor, and inbetween I can usually be found either at my sewing machine or at my longarm.
I bought my first machine at a German flea market before I properly learned to sew. It is an Anker Gloria made sometimes in the 60s, is all metal, and has a beautiful design (and a really wicked carrying case). I tried to use it when I first learned to sew, but just then it went BOOM and started smoking. I found a replacement engine on eBay, now I just need to learn electrics to install it. My next machine was given to me by an acquaintance after I put the word out that I was looking, not having quite made the commitment to actually spending money on a new machine. It was a Singer 514, about as old as I am, and came in its own built-in table. I managed to break it, too, though I’m sure it’s easily fixable. When I finally got a job in England, I used my first paycheque to buy the JL250 machine (made by Janome) from John Lewis. I’m not even joking when I say the only feature I was looking for was speed control. It didn’t take long for me to realize how utterly unsuitable it is for quilting. After quilting one more massive quilt on it to bruising and pain, and having realized that maybe this sewing palaver wasn’t going away, I bought a Janome Horizon 8200. It’s a dream. In 2015, a Handiquilter Avante joined the fold.
I love modern quilt design and am drawn to bright, vibrant colours. I am, as you may have pieced together (har, har! I’m punny!), obsessed with rainbows. (And parentheses.) Do you know what I’m not obsessed with? The quilt police. Go away, quilt police.
Oh, and I have cats, because you aren’t really a quilter unless you have a cat or three. Meet Schnitzel and Kiwi.
For little snippets of my sewing and of life in Munich, follow me on Instagram.
Thanks for reading, friends!