Gina Olive

Interviewed by Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Date September 2019


Gina joins the podcast to talk about free motion quilting, Facebook groups, her inspirations, and intellectual property! 




ZenQuiltTangler Facebook Group

FMQ of Greater Houston Facebook Group

Free motion quilting

Gina's inspirations

Ruler quilting

Incorporating ZenTangle




Dinner is Served is a wall hanging that I'm going to give the owner of a kosher style deli in Houston.  I quilted along the designs of the vest (polka dots) and the background (heart polka dots, kind of looked like wallpaper to me), nothing fancy.  I didn't want to detract from the appliqued food!  I made matzah ball chicken soup, a pastrami on rye sandwich, cole slaw and a pickle.  I mean, comfort food doesn't get any better than that!  The bow tie is 3D as is the napkin.

Stars was made for a local environmentally conscious group called Keep Kingwood Green.  The various fabrics in the stars symbolize the plastics in our oceans.  I have quilted into the ocean several details, including a sunken ship (notice the sparkling treasure in the treaure chest - rubys and diamonds and gold, OH MY!), a seahorse (zentangle quilted), a pair of whales, an octopus, a shark, a swordfish, a couple of regular fish and some plant life.  I stippled the sky portion.  I used colorful thread so the backside of the quilt (unbleached muslin) would be pretty as well.  You can see how densely quilted this quilt is.  It is my understanding that this quilt will be put on eBay so I'm anxious to see what the final selling price will be.  This quilt is my first quilt that could be called political, although it is more environmental than political.  I usually just make quilts that the recipient would like - interests, colors, whatever.

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