Our next 2022 Brand Ambassador is our fabulous international Ambassador, Yulia Reshetnikova. Her designs will make you want to get out your machine and sew! From pillows to quilts, her fresh take on mixing fabrics is inspiring. We are very excited to have her as part of the Michael Miller family! Read all about her and her sewing journey below.
Hi! My name is Yuliya and I was born and grew up in Russia. However, since 2012 I have been living in Italy. During my secondary school years in Russia we had sewing lessons. That’s how I learned to use the sewing machine and make clothes. In 2011 I felt in love with Tilda dolls and made a few. In 2012 I moved to live in Italy in Crotone and continued sewing Tilda. Then I found a pattern on-line for a mini quilt and tried to make my first one.
Here in Italy I met a quilter and she taught me how to make machine appliqué, to do quilting and to finish a quilt. I bought a lot of magazines and online courses to study further how to make different patchwork blocks, free motion, walking foot, hand quilting and so on.
In 2015 I started to make improv quilts. In 2016 I participated in a quilt competition in Russia and in the Netherlands. In 2019 my quilt was displayed in Festival Verona Tessile (Italy), in 2021 three of my quilts took part in The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham (UK) and now 5 quilts were accepted for Quiltcon 2022 (USA). In 2018 I finished my Dear Jane which I made in one sew along for Russian-speaking quilters. In 2021 my Dear Jane was at the International Quilt Festival in Houston as a part of exhibit «Across the Sea’s Timeless Quilts».
Recently I have been teaching quilting courses online for Russian-speaking quilters. My students and I already took part in three exhibitions in Moscow showcasing our improv quilts, we sew on an ecological theme that is so actual now.
Last year I've started to make quilt patterns In English and Russian, I love it a lot. It’s such a miracle when I see that quilters from other countries make a quilt using my pattern.
My cushions and a quilt were published in magazine Love Patchwork & Quilting.
I love modern quilts, curved piecing, improvisational sewing. As I live in Italy I prefer to use bright colorful fabrics. I love to experiment with quilting, mix hand quilting with walking foot, free motion or quilting with rulers. I love to sew in groups that’s why sometimes I often participate in sewalongs or challenges.
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