Today is my turn to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop. I was asked by Satu, of Quilttales (go visit her blog - she has an adorable quilt assistant) if I would like to take part and even though I was still in British Columbia visiting my daughter and her family, I said yes.
I figured that I would have some time once I got home to compose something for this blog post. Little did I know just how busy and tired I would be. However, I have managed to put something together for this post.
1. What quilting/sewing thing am I working on?
At the moment I am sewing cushion covers for a rocking chair that my daughter-in-law wants.
It's in the babies' room and the walls are yellow so that's the reason for the colour. I'm not
usually one who uses yellow. I am more of a blue/green person. I also love gray.
I am also knitting little sweaters for my twin grand babies who are due anytime now.
I decided to add some thin batting to one side of the cushion.
This is the quilt that I am planning on putting on the frame soon so I can hand quilt it.
My theme for making things for the twins has been green and purple (or mauve.)
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre.
I haven't got a clue how my work differs from others. However, I do hand quilt and there
aren't many people who want to take the time to hand quilt. Personally, I find that there is
too much quilting on quilts that are machine quilted. It makes for a heavy quilt.
I am not a follower of any line of fabric and I purchase what I like. I don't follow fads. At the
moment I am trying not to purchase any new fabric so that I can use up what I have. Having
quilted for over 34 years, I have a lot of fabric in my stash.
This quilt was hand quilted and just needs to be bound.
Many of the fabrics were in my stash.
I made this quilt for my second grandson, Patric. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
First off, I go to quite a few quilt shows throughout the year and I post photos of the quilts
on my blog. I have always taken photos of quilts at quilt shows but as my husband says,
with the advent of digital photography, I am not spending money developing the photos.
I know that there are a lot of people out there who are not anywhere near a major city or
a quilt guild so they don't get to see quilt shows. There is always something inspiring one
can find at a quilt show. (check out previous posts)
Secondly, I also use my blog as a personal diary of things that I am working on and things
that I complete. At times, I find that it helps me keep on track and helps me to finish what I
started. I make quilts for various reasons. I have always made wall hangings but now that
I have grandchildren, I am making bed-sized quilts.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I don't know. I get inspiration from a lot of things. Magazines, quilt shows, blogs, quilt guild
meetings - there are a lot of places where I find inspiration. There are a few bins with quilts
in progress and I am hoping to work on emptying them one by one.
Now it's my turn to tag a couple of quilters. I chose these two ladies because they are quilters
who are unique in what they do and ir you will, they quilt "outside of the box." They will be
posting their answers to these questions next week, October 6th.
Gina, of Clay and Fiber blog does some amazing things with, what else, clay and fibre. I
have purchased a few thing from her Etsy shop. Great service and wonderful items. She also
spends part of her summers in British Columbia and has some great photos from there - and
also from her backyard in Florida.
Caroline, or Carli, of Good Earth Quilting blog does her own thing in her own way. She loves
crazy quilting and lives in northern British Columbia. She likes hand work and is now working
Scroll through both blogs to learn more about these two wonderful, creative women. You will
not be disappointed.
So happy to see some of your quilts. I've done some handquilting too, and love it. I handsew , mostly hexies, and think those quilts must be handquilted. The rest I send to a friend with a longarm. I've made a post like you today, and welcome you to my blog to see what I do.ReplyDelete
Your hand quilting is lovely, and I admire your patience and enthusiasm for it. The little sweater you are knitting looks sweet.ReplyDelete
Funny, we have a lot in common and its too bad we live so far apart!! Great post and good helper to me for my upcoming post on Oct 6. Love that blue quilt, very stylish.ReplyDelete
Great post Dolores! I've gone and visited the blogs you mention - some beautiful work there.ReplyDelete
Interesting post, Dolores! I always love to see what you are working on. You have been an inspiration to me for many years. And now it seems that we will both become grandmas in the near future.ReplyDelete
I really like the quilt you are about to put on the frame; those little black boxes and the mix of colours sure is striking! As I read your blog hop answers, I thought of all the quilt shows I've enjoyed through your blog; you are so good about taking and using your camera, thank you!ReplyDelete
love that green and purple yarn.....ReplyDelete
I love that you love hand quilting, Dolores, me too. It's always a pleasure to see what's on your frame. Fun getting to know more about you!!ReplyDelete