Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

 If you haven't seen at least one blogger participating in the Around the World Blog Hop, then you've probably been under a rock.  I know I've seen a few.  It was pretty exciting, though, when Cindy from Live a Colorful Life tagged me to participate!  She's been working on her own version of the Temperature quilt, keeping track of both Fresno and St. Paul.

So, on to the questions that are part of the blog hop.

1. What am I working on? 
My latest finishes consist of a menagerie of pin cushions.

And a 100 Blessings Quilt for friends.
Right now I'm trying to work on my Instagram Mini Swap ideas.  I block tested to see if I could paper piece the diamond shape.  I need to add some seam allowances and match points better, but it worked.  I tested in green because emerald is my birthstone.

I'm always working on the Temperature Quilt

I'm also always working on the 10 year hexie project

Soon I hope to also be working on my next Four-in-Art quilt. Urban: Lights.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
What's a genre?
OK, really, I do know, but I don't have one.

I make traditional quilts.

 Art Quilts

 Mini Quilts

Modern Quilts? (a whole 'nother discussion)

 Charity Quilts

And baby quilts, pincushions, bags, pillows, costumes, dresses, skirts, pants, and so on.
(the above quilts are all from 2014 - and can be found at the 2014 tab at the top of the page)

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
This question could probably fill an entire post, so I won't get into why my blog is the way it is, but rather say I do this creating thing because I have to.  It keeps me sane.  It feeds my creative side.  I can make a quilt and my kids won't come along and unmake it.  Actually I just had an 'a-ha' moment.  I rarely make the same quilt twice - and even if its been the same pattern its been different fabric - now I know why.  I clean the same toilets, fold the same laundry, vacuum the same rugs, but the creation of something, like a quilt, is always new!  I've never once in my whole life followed the instructions for a quilt and made it to look exactly like the picture. (exception may be The Downton Abbey one, but I did add a border and I didn't know what it would look like, because it was a mystery quilt along!)
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
 That is an interesting question.  I make blog posts when I have time.   I don't worry so much these days about posting everyday, so now its more when I have the time and something to write about.  And reasonable pictures.  As for creating the quilts.  I think about them a lot.  Sometimes obsessively, often times when I'm laying in bed.  I know I've referred to some of my ideas as "needing to get them out of my head".  There are so many ideas in there and so little time!

So now that I've met most of my obligations, here's where it gets interesting.  I was supposed to tag three more people to do this blog hop.  No one said yes.  It was for various reasons; one doesn't blog much, another had already participated.  It was even referred to as a 'digital chain letter' - that made me laugh.  So I'm going to let this particular length of chain end here.


Leanne said...

It's lovely to see all your beautiful work all together like this.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I think it's fun and a good reflection of you that you like to make lots of different style quilts and make them all your own in one way or another. i do the same and yet have ended up publishing patterns for others to use but hopefully they will always make it their own.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm certainly glad you didn't say no! I think we have a lot in common and it was very fun to read your post. Thanks!

RobinLovesQuilting said...

Came here from Lee's WIP Wednesday and found I love your style. Which makes me curious about your comment on "Modern quilts (a whole 'nother discussion)" ... care to elaborate on that a bit? I am just curious as to where you were going with that.