Well I am sure that most of you have seen some of the posts on the Around the World Blog Hop. It's a wonderful opportunity to see and be inspired by so many different creative women and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Kathy at Empty Nest but Full Heart has nominated me, so let me start by telling you a little bit about her. She and I are definite "kindred spirits". We share a love of our God, our grandchildren, and quilting. Actually, for me, quilting is still kind of new. Kathy on the other hand is a seasoned pro and her quilts have left me awestruck and inspired. She has been helpful and encouraging to me as I have started on this journey of quilting, and I appreciate her more then I can express. She can check her out HERE...and you will be happy you did!
|ONE OF KATHY'S MOST RECENT WORKS OF ART!|
Now on to the questions I am suppose to answer..
l. What are you working on? I have 3 quilts at the quilters right now all of which of course will still need to bound when I get them back. I also in the last couple of weeks made some jammies for my 3 year old grandson Sam, and also appliqued him a little t-shirt to wear to his upcoming tractor party. But just a couple of days ago I got started on another Christmas quilt. This one starts with sewing together 4 strips of fabric from a jelly roll, and then cutting those strips into 8 and half by 8 and half in squares. I have got this much done. The next step will be to double snowball all the corners with white and red and then put these blocks together to make the pattern. I am very excited to see it come together. I LOVE the fabric. It is called 25th and Pine by Moda fabrics. I intend to make a matching tree skirt next. Let me show you the fabric (if you aren't familiar with it) though I will warn you in advance that these pictures are not very good.
|A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE FABRIC|
|160 WHITE SQUARES ALL READY TO GO|
|READY FOR THIS STEP|
|SORRY THIS IS BOTH BLURRY AND POOR LIGHTING BUT YOU AT LEAST GET THE IDEA OF THE DESIGN THIS ONE IS A GIFT FOR A WEDDING IN OCT WE WILL BE ATTENDING.|
|HERE IS A BETTER LOOK AT ONE OF THE SQUARES. YOU CAN SEE THE COLORS MORE ACCURATELY, AND THE DIFFERENT AND CUTE FABRICS|
And this next quilt is another one where I have no idea what to call it as I not only made up the design, but also one of the two blocks I used in it. This was NOT my original plan but just the way it kind of worked out after things were not going well for what I HAD planned, lol. The fabrics are all Civil War Fabrics, so I call it my Civil War Quilt. I do like the way it came out and the backing is a soft, comfy, tweedish looking flannel.
|I DO LOVE THE FABRICS IN THIS QUILT|
|CLOSE UP ON THE CENTER DESIGN|
|CLOSE UP ON ONE OF THE FAIRIES|
|HE WILL LOVE THE FABRIC I KNOW.|
2. How does my work differ from others in it's genre? Well honestly I don't think my work is all that different from most. I am a beginner quilter like I said, but then maybe, who knows, someday I might create a real master piece. A gal can dream can't she? lol Other than that I do a lot of baby items. Probably because my 4 children are busy having babies of their own and I am "grandma" to 11. I have done more blankets, burp cloths, bibs, and onesies then you could probably imagine. Let me show you just a couple of them
|SOME OF THE BIBS|
|SOME OF THE BURP CLOTHS|
|THIS IS JUST A SELF BINDING BLANKET, BUT I DID QUILT AND APPLIQUE THE CENTER PORTION OF THIS ONE FOR KIND OF A DIFFERENT LOOK|
|A LITTLE OUTFIT I MADE FOR MY GRAND DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY, SHE IS MY VALENTINE'S DAY BABY!|
|A PILLOW FOR A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE USING THE EMBROIDERY DESIGN|
|I HAVE LOTS OF FUN MAKING NEW CHRISTMAS JAMMIES FOR ALL OF MY GRANDS EVERY YEAR|
4. How does my creative process work? Well honestly I have never given this much thought. I guess I just SEE things I like (in MANY places), PICTURE in my mind how I could do it in my own way, and go from there. Unfortunately, sometimes what I am seeing in my head, fails to transfer to my project, and I have to begin again, or redo somehow, or in rare cases put it in the closet for a while, but honestly I usually finish what I have started as that's the way I was raised, lol. My mom wouldn't buy me new fabric till I had finished what I started. Now days of course I have a stash like everyone else. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be able to spend my time sewing away. My hope might be that I might pass this love onto one of my grand daughters (my only daughter is NOT interested, lol) but if that is not to be the case, then I hope to leave behind some quilts at least that might be cherished and remembered.
Now I am suppose to nominate some other wonderfully talented women to do their posts on the Around the World Blog Hop. I am going to bend the rules a bit here and say that Kathy has already done her post, and the other gals I follow (or the ones I feel I know anyway, lol) are not quite as
One of the is Kris from Simplify. Kris is a wonderfully creative, BUSY BUSY gal who not only creates numerous different sewing and crocheting projects, but also gardens and cooks up a storm.
The next one is Kim from Camp and Cottage living. Kim has created MANY different and interesting projects and her style and unique sense of decorating shines through.
And then there is another Kim from My field of Dreams...Kim is wonderfully creative and designs her own patterns for hook rugs. She also does stitchery and gardening, and is a total delight to read.
I know you would enjoy all of these wonderfully talented creative women, and I hope you can HOP over to their blogs next week to see their posts.