Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let’s have coffee with Mari Strydom, owner of Lappiesland - a quilt shop in Bultfontein

Mari started quilting 10 years ago and the first quilting group she joined was the ‘Tolbosse’ in Bultfontein.  Approximately 3 years ago she joined the group ‘Lappoppe’ with most of the members having been taught to quilt by Mari herself.

Her shop also does free motion quilting for clients and Mari teaches countrywide.  Her teaching varies from traditional to art quilts.  She herself prefers innovative and art quilts but she’ll often use a traditional background for this.

Q:   In short tell us a little about your family:
A:  Married to a wonderful man, Piet, a businessman, and they have one son, Dirk, a lecturer at the University of the Free State.

Q:  Are you a morning or night person?
A:  Night owl.

Q:  Which do you prefer – sweet or salty snacks?
A:   Salty but an occasional decadent sweet stays a treat.

Q:  Do you collect anything and what?
A:  Thimbles and fabric postcards from all over the world.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A:  Lion

Q:  What is your favorite color?
A:  Cream, white and pastels to dress in and earth tones for quilting.

Q:  Do you believe in ghosts?
A:  Oh no – they are scared of me!

Q:  Do you have any other hobbies apart from quilting?
A:   Reading, gardening and fabric postcards.

Q:  Have you even been addicted to a computer/video game and which one?
A:  Not really, during the holiday I do however plough and plant on Facebook’s Farmville   

Q:  Name ONE bad habit you have and are aware of.
A:  Workaholic

Q:  What do you regard as your best personality trait?
A:  If I set my mind to something, I will do it.  I am very committed.

Q  Are you mostly a messy or clean person?
A:  Absolute perfectionist.  Everything must be in its place.

Q:  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A:  Lanzarote on the Canary Islands

Q:  What is your favorite drink?
A:  Coffee, I thrive on caffeine.

Q:  What is your favorite gift to receive?
A:  Anything handmade because I appreciate the work that went into making it.  If feels as if that person made it especially for me.

Q:  Which type of gift do you like the least?
A:  Nothing, any gift comes from someone’s heart.

Q:  If you could change your name, what would it be?
A:  I just want to be Mari

Q:  Name one thing not many people know about you
A:  I used to be an athlete and can play the piano.

Mari was on vacation when my questionnaire reached her and this (not to clear) photo was all she had with her at the time.

Thanks Mari............  will you rinse the coffee cups for us now?

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