For a few months now, I have been working a day job six days a week, and with long hours. Everything and everyone in my life has been neglected to some degree or another, including this blog. I even considered closing the shop, but talked myself out of that one. After all, this is only a season; this too shall pass.
So when Marjorie, from www.mydyeblog.wordpress.com , invited me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop, my first reaction was to tell her no. I really don’t have the time, but thank you for asking.
Upon reflection, I thought this is a good opportunity for me to resurrect my squashed creative self. At the least, I could come up for fresh air!
As a participant, I am to answer a few questions, and invite three other bloggers to participate.
What am I working on?
Hah! Didn’t I just say that I have neglected everything? It seems my creative self will not die without a fight. I have snuck in some sewing time, albeit very little. But it is the snail (Or is it the turtle?) that wins the race.
Remember this post? I have almost completed 15 blocks of the design. I say almost, because I piece them all at once. There are just a couple of seams left, and all 15 will be done. Then I will begin to work on the alternate blocks. This red and white quilt will become a reality!
*For those who look close…it will be square; the pictured block is not pressed yet and my camera angle was off (I’m not the best photographer that ever lived.).
You can see lots of examples of virtual quilts that I have designed by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab on my blog. I have been randomly choosing quilt blocks and playing with ways to use them in quilt designs.
The finished quilts? I do have some. Maybe I should make a tab for those? In the meantime, click on Categories in the left side bar and scroll down to quilts.
How does my work (I’d rather call it play) differ from other’s of its genre?
I really don’t know that it does. I like both art quilts and traditional ones, so I make both. I like applique, and I like piecing…so I do both. I like sewing quick projects, and I like the long-term ones too. I like commercial fabric, and I like to dye my own…so I use both. I like to learn new techniques. I don’t specialize in one particular genre.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I dunno. I honestly haven’t given this much thought. I do because I want to. It is an expression; a way to bring joy into my life, and sometimes gives someone else a little joy too.
How does my writing/creative process work?
Many times with a lot of effort, and many times effortlessly. Sometimes I need to get motivated, and sometimes I am so excited by a project that no motivation is needed. When I need motivation, I can find it in a book, or from music, or attending a quilt show. I can find it by cruising the internet, or taking a hike. Inspiration comes from many places; be open!
I’ve looked back over a few previous blog posts that I have written and found some helpful tips for getting organized and motivated.
On Monday, November 10, three bloggers will be participating in the Around the World Blog Hop.
Cathi Godwin, my neighbor in Canada, from Quilt Obsession, is a very prolific hand quilter. She creates her beautiful quilts with the help of Inklingo, an innovative printing process created by Linda Franz. Cathi also gets help from Baxter and Jake; you will like them, and the fun cartoons, featured on her blog.
Linda Jo Reed is a speaker and published writer. Linda Jo draws from her personal trials, tribulations and joys to spiritually encourage those around her. Her book, Upheld in the Battle, is a wonderful testimony to how faith can bring us through some really tough times. I think you will be uplifted by Linda Jo’s creative writing…I know I am!
Amy Johnson has inspired me (and many, many others) to quilt our own quilts with her free motion quilting adventures. Amy freely shares lots of tips and creative quilting ideas (grab your hot cup of tea and get comfy…you’ll spend a lot of time here). I am especially intrigued by her use of ruler work with domestic machines.
I thought you might like to check out the blogs of a couple of past participants:
I also thought it would be fun if I offered a free pattern. No instructions, but for most quilters, it is easy to follow.
One of the ways I like to help the quilt guild that I am a member of, is to create a raffle quilt block every year. I posted about this here. I’ve chosen to share the block that I made in the year 2011.
You can find that pattern here, or under the Patterns and Tutorials tab.