Guys, I’m maybe not the best at the whole start-a-new-blog thing. Pretty much the same day that I started this our whole family got hit hard with the worst monsoon-induced sinus infections and I was prrreetty drugged up for a while. Sudafed is like, the very VERY best thing in my life right now.
Anyway. I’m back now!
Today I’m participating in the Around the World Blog Hop thanks to an invitation from Vicky at Veni Vidi Vicky. She asked me to share a bit with you about what’s going on in my wreck of a studio, and I’m all too happy to oblige (ANY excuse to get out of cleaning up that room) So, let’s do this!
1. What am I working on?
Too. Damn. Much. Anyone else have an ENDLESS pile of WIPs?? Right now my to-do list looks like this:
1) Finish pumpkin blocks and make them into a bucket for Halloween candy
2) Top Secret QuiltCon project (I can’t WAIT to share more about this once it is finished and submitted!)
3) First Lady Quilt: made from all blue/red Denyse Schmidt and DS Quilts prints, this is one I’m not expecting to finish until next July in time for the 4th, but it’s nice to have a project where I can make a few blocks at a time and throw them into a pile to sew into rows later.
4) Color blocked baby quilt: A gift for a baby who is now 3 months old. *cough, cough* I’m DEFINITELY never late getting baby quilts to their sweet little owners (sooooo much sarcasm here).
5) Mini Quilt for the #IGminiquiltswap: Who else is participating?!
6) 4 or 5 other quilts that are planned or have fabrics pulled but haven’t actually started the cutting for.
So. I have a problem with starting things and flitting between projects. The part of my brain that processes logic is always telling me to focus on ONE thing at a time and then I would finish crap faster, but then my creative brain bits (which frankly are a hot mess) are like “Yeah but look at new fabric! You should start something with it! You can TOTALLY handle more projects because you can always sew when the kids are in bed at night and that’s SO MUCH time to work! YOU NEVER NEED TO SLEEP!!”
My creative side is louder and so it usually wins out. Yeesh.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I think my work tends to exist somewhere between improv in the process and modern traditional in style. I almost never go into a quilt with a clear vision of where it is heading (unless I am using someone else’s pattern of course). I try to end up with lots of contrast and a marriage of solids and prints from multiple collections–I almost NEVER use prints from only one collection!
I definitely gravitate towards modern graphic prints paired with bold solids and I like to play with color layout to see how it can change the look of a familiar block. I’m also a big fan of foundation/paper piecing and the details I can achieve with that method, and pairing foundation pieced blocks with traditionally pieced blocks.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I know what I like and it is a bit of everything.
3. Why do I create what I do?
Probably for many of the same reasons you all do.
It’s an escape, an outlet, something in my life that belongs JUST to me (neither my husband nor my very young children sew yet), a craft that allows me to connect to a community that I love, a way to foster the creativity that daily rounds of dishes/laundry/diaper changes threaten to squash.
And I do it because of love.
I love the feeling of fresh fabric in my hands. I love (and often also hate) the process of turning raw materials into something lovely. And I love that a quilt represents so much, well, LOVE. Making someone a quilt is a way that I can express my love for them, and it provides a way for someone to figuratively and literally to be wrapped in that love.
4. How does my creative process work?
Honestly, my process is kind of a mess. Every quilt usually starts with the fabric; something has to “speak” to me first. I will pull together combinations that feel right to me–whether that means a certain palette is speaking to me, or I’m looking for a specific texture. More often than not though I just have an intuitive feel for what I need and want to make. It’s hard to put into words, it’s not at all organized or well thought out, and I’m pretty sure it’s not the “professional” way to work into a project, but there it is.
I like to feel my way through the sewing and see what takes shape, and as a result much of what I sew and quilt is a bit wonky, and sometimes I abandon projects halfway through if I just hate what is happening to it, but ultimately I like creating things that have a more organic feel to them. Also, I am super lazy when it comes to measuring and quilty math, so…there’s that.
I’m trying to get better at sketching up what I want to make on a program like Illustrator first so I can at least move color placement around, but I think sometimes that the more I plan, the less happy I am with what I make.
Thank you SO MUCH for letting me share a bit about myself! Next Monday on the blog hop you will get a chance to hear from two more amazing quilters:
Rae from Rae’s Making It is a FABULOUS fellow nerd quilter that I found via Instagram (follow her at @jrshules). She is the brains behind the awesome #makeadalekmakeafriend swap and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
Nancy from Owen’s Olivia has got style for MILES. I’ve been following Nancy for a while now and there is not a single stitch she has sewn that I haven’t been head over heels for. Her work is modern, graphic, and refreshingly original. So, basically she is my total quilting crush.