Hi Everyone. I’ve been invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop by Kate of Thread Everywhere  and today is my turn to post.  Basically what we do is answer a few interview-like questions about ourselves and our quilting journey and introduce you to other quilt bloggers who will participate the following Monday.

I first met Kate as part of the 2014 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop earlier this summer. I really enjoy reading Kate’s blog because she likes to create the same kind of modern quilts as I do, and we are both new quilters learning as we go along.  Here’s the link to her Around the World Blog Hop post. I hope you get a chance to visit her blog soon!

Now, on to the questions!

What am I working on?

I have three projects going on right now. The first is a quilt for my grandson that uses a Trail Mix charm pack.  He’s only ten, but has a passion for all things outdoors so the fabric in the charm pack is perfect for a quilt for him. I don’t have a pic of the quilt top because I’m in the middle of quilting it, but here’s a picture of the layout before adding a chocolate brown sashing:

Trail Mix Charm Pack Riley Blake

Trail Mix quilt in progress.

Another quilt I’m working on is Floral Whimsy, a quilt I started while waiting for batting to be delivered for the Trail Mix quilt.  I’m doing some applique work on this one (not shown in the picture) and am pretty excited to see how it turns out.

Floral Whimsy

Floral Whimsy

I’ve also been practicing my FMQing skills a lot lately. Doing this on a large quilt is much more difficult than on a practice piece! 🙂

Recently I completed a FMQ loopy meandering pattern on the Accidental Dresden quilt and I love it.  The texture it gave was amazing!

Dresden Quilt FMQ

The Accidental Dresden

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is a tough question! I think my work differs because it’s my work.  I tend to do things in a way that works for me and may not necessarily be the “correct” way.  I make things that I like and use fabrics that make me feel good.   I do feel that I could push myself more sometimes. For example, with the Floral Whimsy quilt maybe it could be even more whimsical or more floral.  I want to learn to push myself – I believe that’s how a person grows their skills.

I was so happy when I started quilting again and found out about all the modern quilters that love to work with the same kinds of fabrics/patterns that I do.  When I made my first quilt ten years ago, all I could find locally were very traditional patterns and fabrics.  I still struggle to find the types of fabrics in my local stores that I like so I do a lot of online shopping.  Still, there’s nothing quite like touching and pulling fabrics together in a fabric store.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I’ve always been crafty, even as a young child. I remember my sister and I making flip flops from cardboard and twine when we were 7 and 8 years old.  We would wear those cardboard flip flops until they wore out then we would make more.

Over the years I’ve made baskets, crocheted, knitted, made jewelry, created scrapbooks, sewed and quilted. I still do most of these crafts; the ones I don’t haven’t been abandoned, just put to the side for a while.

Crafting and creating releases a pent up energy in me. Sounds weird, but it’s true.  When I have a rough time or am unable to create for a period of time my stress level rises.  I love looking at something knowing I made it and I’m not afraid to try just about anything.  My hubby laughs at me because my personal motto is “just Google it!”  If I want to know how to do something I research it until I’m ready to try and then I jump right in.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not.  But it gives me a deep feeling of satisfaction when it does work.

How does my writing/creating process work?

I rarely follow a pattern for anything. If I see something I like I’ll try to figure out how it’s done and then put my own spin on it.  Rarely does a piece end up like the vision I have when I start a project.  Back when I made baskets I wrote a paper for a creative writing course on creating a basket.  In the paper I stated that the basket will come alive in your hands as you are working on it, it will tell you what it needs, and there is true communication between the basket and the weaver.  I feel that way about quilting too.  I might have an idea of how I want the quilt to end up, but ultimately the quilt itself will dictate how it finishes.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and have a better understanding of who I am as a quilter. I’ve invited two other bloggers to participate in the hop; they will post their “interviews” next  Monday, September 1st.

Debbie @ Quilting Makes My Heart Sing

Debbie is an empty nester just like myself and her blog is a joy to read. Her enthusiasm for her craft comes through in her writing and she does amazing work.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Carole is such an interesting person and her blog reflects her diverse interests. She’s an amazing gardener (she brings flowers/plants back from the dead!), loves to cook, takes amazing photographs and of course she quilts.

Please be sure to visit these ladies’ blogs and leave a comment to share some quilty love!