Thursday, October 9, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

So I don't actually know any of these quilting bloggers, but they're all doing this Around the World Blog Hop, so (naturally) I needed to do it too.  Monkey see, monkey do.

I first saw this at Blue Elephant Stitches, one of my (many many) favorite bloggers, but like I said, they're all doing it.  All the cool kids (plus this gal, wink wink) are doing it!!

Here we go.

1. What are you working on now?

I am elbow deep in this gorgeous collection for a quilt for my friend Melissa.  Being as my favorite colors are beige, cream, and darker cream, I rarely get to be around these sorts of preppy, almost-nautical (??) colors, and I am LOVING it. It's shaping up to be my favorite quilt that I've ever worked on.  The pinks are just TO DIE FOR.

As a side note, my daughter does not understand the sanctity of decorative gourd season and she won't keep her dirty hands off my decorations!!! (That link is NOT suitable for people who don't like swearing, just so you know.)

I've also got this set coming in the mail to do as a gift for a girlfriend to give at Christmas, and then this gorgeous set as a jelly roll to make a twin sized quilt for another friend's baby.
It's sold out because I bought the last one bitches!!!

I don't want to play favorites except yes I do and this jelly roll quilt is going to be my fave.  I'm SO excited. Although I haven't done anything this big since my king and that was sort of a disaster.  Hopefully Jorja won't care because she is a baby and babies are inherently dumb.

Although now that I had to hunt down that black and white bundle I remember how gorgeous it is.

2. How does your work differ from others' of its genre?

Well for starters I'm not entirely sure what that means. I would say that the MAIN way my work differs from other people's is that....I'm still very inexperienced and my work shows it ;) My seams are almost never even, my stitches are never straight. My quilts all have puckers. Even when I square things off, my blocks don't line up properly, and I don't even square off a hundred percent of the time. Or even fifty percent...

I also really only like using kits. Like, I want to make quilts entirely from one line of fabric, instead of picking and choosing different fabric options that look good together. Mainly, I do this because it's not like I can pop down to the local fabric store and see and feel the different choices. I have to order everything online, and there's just no way to tell if things will actually match, so it's safer to order from one line.

And it's just safer in general. I'm not really a risk taker ;)

3.  Why do you create what you do?

Because I'm bored? Because I like to feel creative, and right now this is the best way to do it? I don't know!!

I do love all the hipster bullshit do it yourself, making something, blah blah blah.  But I'm not very artistic.  I can't draw or paint, and I have awful handwriting, so most of that stuff is out.  But I don't know, sewing? Tearing fabric up and matching it together to create something new? I like that feeling.  A lot.

And duh, who doesn't want to snuggle under a pile of quilts on the couch to rewatch Twin Peaks before they release the reunion?

4. How does your creative process work?

Lol. Well, my 'creative process' is finding a badass quilt on Pinterest and basically copying it word for word. Or rather, stitch for stitch.

The gorgeous Pin...

My Knockoff

Yeah. I've even enlisted the lady who owns this cool little shop to find me one of those 'apple picking' ladders so that I can LITERALLY recreate this woman's entire setup.

So can that be considered a process? I mean, I do have to hunt down the pins. I really only like modern stuff, no borders, and thank goodness I don't actually like the look of most free motion quilting because I don't think that's a skill I could reasonably develop.  Insert that emoticon where he's laughing so hard tears are streaming down his face.

I absolutely love working with Half Square Triangles.  I've done a lot of them, and a few not with them, and now it's blatantly obvious that I adore them.  HST 4EVA.

I use this tutorial to make four at a time, I'm not at all interested in drawing lines on the fabric and sewing each side of the line or using marked masking tape on my machine- that's too much for me.  This way is the best.

I like to order layer cakes, but when that's not possible (grrr) I have found that ordering half yards will work, but you get a smaller triangle because you have to use 8 inch squares (where a layer cake is ten.) No big deal for me, but if you're following a pattern, it will get tricky because your measurements will all be off.

I use this method to trim them up, then attach in rows however I want and viola, quilt top.

One of her MANY MANY hst templates!!
I use these grids to plan out my "design", I pick one and pop it into PSE and use the bucket to color the triangles to match whatever fabric the person wants. I am an EXTREMELY visual learner, I literally cannot manage to sew two blocks together if I don't have a picture telling me EXACTLY how they're supposed to meet.

Because I don't have unlimited resources, I'm pretty much done making quilts for myself for a while :(  Which admittedly sucks.  BUT I have some fabulous friends who don't mind the crooked seams and are willing to let me practice with their money, so anyone who provides the fabric, THANKYOU. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!!!

And just so you know, I do not plan on ever opening up an etsy shop, which seems to be all the rage right now. Besides the fact that my quilts are so seriously flawed, the idea of having to interact with strangers is enough to break me out in hives just typing about it. So no.  If you want me to make a quilt, you can buy some fabric (or give me the money to buy the fabric) and I'll make you one, but I'll never have a shop.  Shudder.

Well that's about it.  Kind of a stupid post, but I want to be able to look at this in a few years and see where I was and (hopefully) how far I've come.  I'll leave you with a few more pins that I'm dying to copy, if anyone wants to pay for the fabric...

1 comment:

  1. Just so you know, you inspired me to buy a new sewing machine and order a butt load of fabric off the internet. I have all of a sudden become obsessive about quilting and must do it RIGHT NOW!