Around the World Blog Hop

The lovely and very talented Kim of Leland Ave Studios tapped me on the shoulder for the Around the World Blog Hop, so here I am (a little late, sorry Kim).

If you haven’t visited Kim yet you really should. She has a real flair for colour combinations and giving traditional patterns a modern makeover. Not to mention she sews a mean queen sized quilt!

So to get to the questions:

What am I working on?

At the moment I am working on the backing for my Red Letter Day twin sized quilt.

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I’ve got another quilt pattern on the boil (which doesn’t involve a single log cabin).

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I’ve had the Collette Myrtle pattern and required knit fabric sitting on my stash pile for a good month. I’m scared of this project and it knows.

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Then there’s my queen sized quilt top that probably needs only an hour of work to finish it, but do you think I can decide what it is it actually needs? No.

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How does my work differ from those also in my genre?

Hmmm. Can I be honest and say I dunno? And even more honest and say I don’t really care? I pretty much sew for myself (i.e. whatever makes me happy) and try not to compare myself to others as it can be a real joy dampener. I certainly don’t feel pressure to make sure my work differs from others’. I have made other peoples’ patterns and have devised some of my own – both processes have been equally good fun.  This might be an easier question for anyone but me to answer!

Why do I create what I do?

I just really enjoy making things, all sorts of things, but at the moment quilty things. I find sewing both invigorating (designing, colour planning, pattern drafting) and calming (the actual piecing/quilting/binding). I also love that the result is useful on a practical level and giftable. One of the happy fringe benefits of sharing things online (as I have no real life friends who quilt) has been finding such a wonderful bunch of like-minded creators. So the creating part has extended into making tutorials and patterns that help others (just as others have helped me), which makes me feel good.

How does my creative process work?

Like everyone else, I’m time-strapped (young family, part-time job, a house that refuses to stay clean) so I am very selective with how I spend my spare time. Before I start anything I have to feel the red-hot fire for it, or I won’t bother. You know that feeling when you see someone’s pattern, or get an idea of your own, and it’s all you can think about? I wait for that feeling before I start a new quilt or commit myself to working up a design.

Now we get to the part where I nominate another blogger to carry on the Blog Hop. If you haven’t already heard of Cat&Vee you’ll want to pop over to their store and see their lovely fabric panels (see a collection below) and then over to their blog to keep up to date with all the goss.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cat at the Camille Roskelley sewing class I attended in June and we’ve caught up for coffee since. She’s a very lovely and very talented lady, but we’d expect no less from a quilter ;)

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6 thoughts on “Around the World Blog Hop”

  1. I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my website :)

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  2. I think you really need to get into that last hour of so of your gorgeous queen size quilt. I’ve been waiting for ages to see it. I’m glad I didn’t hold my breath. I’m also looking forward to seeing your next pattern, the last one looked so awesome and so different when made up by each of your pattern testers.

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  3. Well hello, I love your blog redesign, it looks awesome! Loved reading your answers, and thanks for passing on the hop to us. Is this all appearing in capital letters, as it’s certainly in caps while I’m typing it, and I can’t work out how to change it! Happy school hols to you, I hope you manage to get your RLD back sorted, and I’m looking forward to seeing your upcoming quilts, and also the Colette Myrtle! See you for coffee next term xx

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