Welcome to all you blog-world travelers! I’ve been tagged! Carol Van Zandt of The Plaid Portico
asked me to join in on the Around the World Blog Hop
. If you are new to this, it is kind of like a virtual chain letter – only in a good way. Accept the tag, answer some interesting questions, then tag 2 more bloggers. I have been having fun following the, (dare I say, chain?) back to find inspirations and discover a few new blogs to follow. And so, thank you Carol!
As you saw last Monday in Carol’s post
, she is a talented artist that licenses her art and design across in many areas, including Andover Fabrics
! Right now, I have her Pop Rocks Collection
sitting on my cutting table, ready to be made into a fun project. She is warm and supportive and I am delighted to see her creations being shown in the world. I met Carol, and a lot of other amazingly talented souls through East Bay Modern Quilt Guild
in Berkeley, CA. One of the best things I ever did, in terms of creativity was to find this group. And look – here I am on a blog hop because of it!
So let’s get started with the questions.
How does my writing/creative process work?
As some of you know, I also write for See How We Sew
, a blog collective with Laura Nownes
and Jennifer Rounds
. My personal blog seems to get neglected a bit because of this. But, when I do write, it is usually about something that I am working on in my design studio, a finished piece or something inspiring that I would like to share. I think of it as a online journal to collect my thoughts, designs and photos.
Once I know what I am writing about, I tend to open a new draft page in WordPress and just start jotting down thoughts and dropping in photos. It is quite a mess in the beginning, somewhat like my studio! Sometimes my drafts sit there for quite some time, waiting for a final photo of a project I haven’t finished. I like that – it is a place to store my thoughts and notes until the piece is complete. After collecting all my information and photos, I spend some time moving, manipulating and massaging it until it is ready to publish. Once in a while I have to check back in my dashboard to see what drafts I have forgotten about – which are usually unfinished projects!
Why do I write/create what I do?
Why do I write? I have no clue. Maybe because my friends and family are tired of hearing me babble about quilting all the time. Why do I create? That’s easy – because I would not be me if I weren’t. There have been times in my life that I was so busy that there was no room for creativity. Those were the times I was the most unhappy. I know I need to allow creative time in my day, whether it is sketching, drawing, sewing or quilting in order for me to stay grounded and smiling. I even consider gardening and home projects as creative outlets – well, most of the time.
What Am I working on?
This is my latest project – Winter Brrrd Houses.
I just shipped this off to Quilts and Other Notions
, a fabulous quilt shop in Iowa. I visit my midwest family at least once a year and shop owner, Joyce Franklin, is always kind enough to schedule me on her calendar while there. It is a lot of fun teaching talented quilters that I knew growing up – especially since I had no clue how amazing the quilting world was as when I was a teen!
I followed Laura’s directions for building the birdhouses – tweaking the sizes a bit. I also backed my birds with a batting to give them some dimension. As always, I definitely could use some work on my embroidery skills.
After the birdhouses were built, I began cutting and sewing curves out of an embarrassingly large collection of grays, taupes and off-whites that I have. Miraculously, they ended up with the snow drift effect that I was striving for.
did the quilting on this quilt, isn’t it amazing?
If you are interested in learning how to make my curvy snowdrifts, check the See How We Sew blog later this week. We will be introducing a video on curve piecing. Hopefully, you will be seeing a pattern for this one in the next month or so.
How Does my work differ from others of my genre?
I’m not sure it does. I tend to straddle the fence between Modern and Traditional, which is why I decided the term Modern Traditionalist was a fitting description of what I do. I will always love intricate piecing because it challenges me, but I am also intrigued with the improvisational aspect of Modern Quilting – it reminds me of why I studied art in the
I have been doing a lot of what I call controlled improv, in which I mix the movement and flow of improv with the structure of intricate piecing. Each of the blocks in my Amish inspired quilt, Tribute, was an experiment in this process. The color pairings in each block were sewn improvisationally, with lots of waves and angles. Then I brought it into control by trimming them into a defined width to fit between the black triangles, and the pink and lime green on the point. Contolled Improv! Yes, I could have stripped pieced the color pairings, but they would not have the individual personality, movement and interest I was able to achieve. I think it adds another level to a traditional Roman Stripe Quilt.
Kerry Reed did the quilting on this also, I did the Big Stitch. Collaboration is a good thing!
I am using graph paper less and less these days. Or at least not until I write up the pattern. My process lately has been to start with and idea, do some piecing, then put it on the design wall, then step back and see where it takes me. I have always said creating a quilt is a journey for me. It is not so much about the end result as what I discovered along the way. I am just taking a different road lately.
Next stop New Mexico and Iowa:
– I have known Kristin for quite some time now. We met at a quilting retreat and immediately hit it off. She has since moved to New Mexico where she has a long arm business and cranks out some beautiful quilts. And who could resist following a blog named Quiltilicious?
from Catbird Quilt Studio
– I started following Melanie McNeil’s blog this past year. She was actually one of my first readers to comment when I started writing with See How We Sew! She has a very thoughtful approach to her quilt blog and her quilting. I know you will enjoy her blog as much as I do. She also just happens to live in my hometown state – Iowa!
You can enjoy Kristin and Melanie’s post on Monday, October 26th.
Thanks so much for reading!