The "Around the World" hop is like a giant chain winding through the blogosphere. Follow links backward to see who came before me in the chain, and then follow links forward to the people I tag and see what they write next week. It's a fun way to meet a whole thread of bloggers!
There are four questions to answer, so here goes!
1. What am I working on?
Somehow I went from preparing teaching samples using scraps, to making a whole, dang quilt using the technique I'll be teaching! What can I say? The perfect combination of fabric beckoned, and I am weak...
I needed another project like I need another hole in my head, ya know?
BUT, it feels so...thrifty...to use this fabric. It's been in my cupboard for years. I've already made one full-sized quilt from it, and have enough fabric left for at least two more. Apparently two meters of fabric goes a long way. If you buy ten different fabrics, that is!
I'm also attempting a free form quilt using some of my newly created hand dyes. It's one of my Library Project goals. I've sewn three strips together, so far. Yup. Moving right along. *eye roll*
To make myself feel better, I'll show you what I've just completed.
|Kool Kaleidoscope (a Ricky Tims technique)|
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
A quilt isn't finished unless I've used at least ten miles of thread!
|My own screen-printed fabric combined beautifully with commercial batiks and white broadcloth in Irish Lass.|
|Improv piecing a quilt back to "stretch" the brown fabric and make it fit!|
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I must. There is no question that I must create. Creation of beauty and comfort is part of my DNA, I think!
I understand fabric. The way it behaves, the way it feels in my fingers, its need for a delicate touch or a firm grip. Fabric is glorious in its acceptance of colour and texture, and its ease of manipulation is unsurpassed.
Quilting combines these elements into a delightful whole that allows for personal expression.
|Geese designed for a commissioned quilt|
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Does this sound familiar?
My goal this morning was to bind the butterfly quilt I just finished quilting. That's it. Sounds simple enough.
Downstairs I go.
Search out the fabrics I need for the binding. One is already washed, but the other isn't. It would be wasteful to wash one meter of fabric on its own. Throw in the "darks" I will use in another project.
Hmm, I only need to stitch a few more colours onto the poppy piece to finish the flowers. I might as well do something productive while the fabric is in the washer. Start stitching.
The phone rings. Leave the poppy piece under the needle. Walk by the design wall where a baby quilt is in progress. Rearrange the pieces as I chat with my Mom. Just need to cut a few more blocks to fill in the gaps I made by removing some fabric choices. Cut the blocks and put them on the wall.
Throw the fabric from the washer into the dryer. Might as well throw the light fabrics for the upcoming project into the washer, too.
Hang up the phone and go back to the poppies. Stitch the remaining flowers.
Fabric is dry enough to iron. Iron the meter of fabric I will use for the binding (my original goal). Iron the 8 meters of dark fabrics I threw in.
Cut the binding strips I need. Make the binding.
The light fabrics I've washed are now ready to iron. Iron another 6 or 8 meters of fabric
Stop to help with supper preparations.
FINALLY stitch the binding onto the quilt. Two rounds of stitching (all done by machine) and my original goal has been met.
It took me ALL DAY to get the binding on to the quilt!
It's a true story!!!
This describes an actual day in my life. Now, imagine it on repeat.
That's my creative process!
I always have several projects on the go, all at different stages of completion. Ideas for more projects are listed in a journal. The list is never-ending. As things are completed, more ideas are added. I am never, ever bored!
At the top of this page there are tabs you can click to see more of my work. Please click around using the Labels or Archive in my side bar, too!
If you've stuck with me this far, thanks a million!
|Gratuitous flower shot!|
On Monday, September 8th you will see Around the World posts by:
Hannele at Patchwork Heaven in Finland. Hannele does beautiful quilting on both her domestic machine, and her new Avante longarm. Her posts are bilingual, with English second. There is also a translate option in her side bar if you'd like to read her blog archive.
Margaret at Pieces of My Heart in Canada. Margaret mixes quilting, knitting, and life. It's always interesting to see what she is up to! Look for the "Hexie-Aholic" post in her July 2014 archive. Her hexies are gorgeous and unique!
My third tag is YOU! If you haven't been tagged, consider this an invitation!
If you decide to play along, link back to me as the person who tagged you, answer the four questions, and then tag three others to play along the next week. If you can't pass it on, do your post anyway and let it drop. It's okay. This is supposed to be fun!
Linking up with:
Anything Goes Monday, at Stitch by Stitch
Fresh Sewing Day, at Lily's Quilts
Try, Learn, Grow!
Comments are welcome and will be answered by email where possible. Thanks for looking around!