What am I working on right now?
I spent a lot of time this summer sewing scrappy quilts out of my stash that were inspired by Quilting is more fun than Housework's Scrap-a-Palooza series. That has been so fun, because I love scrappy quilts and feel a great sense of accomplishment making them out of my stash. Here is my favorite:
I just started a jelly roll quilt called "Summer in the Park" based on a tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company, using a jelly roll of Into the Woods by Lella Boutique for Moda and a jelly roll of Kona Snow.
Not much progress to show on that yet, but I'm hoping it will be beautiful! I love the pink, dark red, teal, and brown in that line of fabric!
How does your work differ from others?
Well, that is probably the hardest question to answer! I get so much inspiration and so many ideas from the online quilting community. On my iPad, I have saved at least 100 different tutorials of projects I want to try. I follow way-y-y-y too many quilt bloggers and spend a lot of my "free" time reading blogs. So, I might tell you instead about how my quilting is different than it used to be when I first started 15 or so years ago. For the longest time, I bought only kits to work from, or did other people's patterns. That was a great way to get started as a quilter, as long as I could figure out the directions!
Now, I am more able to take an idea and make it my own. A good example of that is my latest Scrap-a-Palooza finish of the summer. I started with Cyndy's idea, but let the fabric guide my design a little more, and ended up with something completely different than I initially set out to do. And I am so pleased with the result:
Why do I write/create?
I have been sewing/quilting for a long time, but just recently realized that it is what I do to stay sane! My job is very demanding these days, and those demands can be stressful at times. I have found that stepping away from the work I need to do, and going into my sewing room for even just a few minutes can make all the difference!
For a long time, I have been interested in doing something with writing, but never did much until I discovered blogging. It has been great fun to learn how to make a blog, and all the techie skills that are needed to figure everything out, but also a great way to document what I have been doing as a quilter. Again, I get lots of inspiration for my blog from other quilt bloggers that I follow.
How does my writing/creating process work?
I'm not sure I have an actual process! I decided that my quilting hobby should be fun, a "want to", but never a "have to," so that is how I approach writing about it and creating quilts. I enjoy reading other blogs to see how people choose words to describe their work, and I "stand on their shoulders" as we say in 5th grade when we are learning to write in different genres. And I have learned a lot that way!
Due to a busy, work and family-filled week, I have not contacted anyone else about carrying on with the next round of Around the World, but here are some bloggers I enjoy for you to check out, if you haven't already:
Weekend Doings - amazing photography!
The Bored Zombie - a fun voice and all kinds of different projects!
Wasn't Quilt in a Day - such a happy blogger, you can't help but be happy, too!
Enjoy your week!
A lovely read and great to learn a little about your journey.
Great post Diann. It was fun to read how you have evolved as a quilter. I always love to see what you make and how you make each quilt your own.
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