Tuesday, September 2, 2014

IG Mini Swap

A few weeks ago, while scrolling through my Instagram feed I came across an invitation to participate in the IGMiniSwap.  Hosted by Sandy, @curly_boy1, who I had originally "met" thanks to our shared interest in all things Geeky.

The rules were simple, you sign up, you are assigned a secret partner, you make them a mini quilt no larger then 24" x 24" to arrive in the month of December.  While I had participated in my fair share of swaps on Flickr, this would be my first Instagram swap.  Word soon spread and by the time sign-ups had closed, there were 560 people participating...560, that's crazy!!!

I received my partner's info last week and we have all been encouraged to make a mosaic of things that we like...so here is mine.

Quilt Inspiration

1. Cathedral Window quilt for Love Patchwork & Quilting mag, 2. Tamiko's Mini, 3. Atomic Firecracker, 4. "Scatter" - orange peel baby quilt, 5. do. Good Stitches Imagine Circle March Quilt top, 6. Crumb mini for Jacey, 7. Green chartreuse, 8. Structured Scraps, 9. Miichael Miller challenge quilt

The key to any good swap is to do a lot of investigative research, so you can get a feel for what your secret partner likes and more importantly doesn't like.  Mosaics are a great jumping off point; but checking out their Pinterest boards, Blog and other social media outlets is all part of the game too.

If you didn't get the chance to participate in this swap; but want to see how things work, you can follow along by using the hashtag #igminiswap on Instagram.

So, are you one of the 560 participating in the swap?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was invited by the delightful Becca of Bryan House Quilts to participate in this ongoing question & answer session; which is making it's way...Around The World, yep you guessed it.  If you haven't met Becca, definitely head over and check out what she had to say.

Now, let's get to those questions shall we.

What Am I Working On?
I've been doing a lot of pattern writing lately and will likely continue to do so throughout the rest of the year, as there are two patterns currently in the works; but in the next few weeks that number could be as high as four. There is actual sewing happening too, as I have a fast-approaching deadline to finish my Holy Sh*t Sherlock pixel quilt, and am working on a few items for the Camelot Fabrics Quilt Market booth too.

How Does My Work Differ From Others In Its Genre?
This is something that I've often wondered about, and while as a person I may be intrinsically unique, as a Designer or Artist...can the same be said? In this world of Pinterest, are we just regurgitating what we see or are we actually using it as a jumping off point and creating something new or at the very least, something that has a piece of us inside.

Back in July while at a retreat, I was caught off guard when some friends mentioned how they had seen some quilting projects come across social media lately and knew in an instant that it was my work.  This was intriguing to me as I had never really thought that the quilts that I make were identifiable as mine, unless my name was visible.  I later asked Mary Claire (who I hope doesn't mind that I include this) what it was about my work that made it me, and this is the response that she gave me..."Industrial comes to mind first.  Very clean lines.  All at once simple but yet appears complex.  Graphic twist on traditional shapes.  Modern...and of course awesomeness and bad a$$ness."  

Those few brief phrases were something that I had been searching for and have given me further insights into this crazy head of mine.

Why Do I Create What I Do?
I have always had an artistic side and have tried my hand at various art forms including illustration, printmaking, and garment design; but it wasn't until a few years ago when I got back into quilting that I realized I had found my passion.  

Quilting was for me in those early years, my escape from a suffocating career where creativity was frowned upon.  Yet, now quilting has turned into a second career and given me the chance to prove what talents I do possess.  Thanks to this path I have chosen, the opportunities are truly endless.

How Does My Creative Process Work?
There are two main ways that I come by and work through new ideas.

The first is that I pay attention to everything that is around me, and sometimes if I am lucky I will see something that turns on the light bulb. It could be in the shape of a skyline, the graphics in an advertisement, or the colors of a notebook; there is inspiration to be had everywhere if you just take a second to look.

The second way that I create is by working through a problem to find a solution.  This can best be explained by using my Modernized Disappearing 9-Patch as an example.  For starters, I had always wanted to make a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt, so when I was given a charm pack I jumped at the chance.  Yet, soon realizing that I didn't have enough fabric to actually make it worthwhile, my solution was to add lots of negative space and the ME part was to create blocks which were similar; but different and use them in combination. Surprisingly when I let the technical part of my brain out to play, it has actually let me do the most creative work.


Of course, this little interview session wouldn't be going strong, if we each didn't continue to do our part to pass this along, so I am sending this to Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic; who will be posting her answers next Monday, September 8th.


Monday, August 25, 2014

STLMQG Sew-In Saturday

This past Saturday was our guild's Sew-In Saturday, a quarterly 9am-9pm mini retreat where we sew a little, laugh a little and snack a little.  While I love our big guild meetings (50-60 members in attendance), these smaller events are more my speed. I can relax, and actually have conversations that last longer then 5 seconds.

In typical fashion I always wait until Friday evening to pack; but this time I got lost in a book and I was up until 1am reading. So after a few hours of sleep, I woke up Saturday morning and hurriedly tossed a whole bunch of stuff in a rolling suitcase, my preferred mobile studio, and headed out.

We had 8 people in attendance, and while I love seeing the Sew-In regulars, it was nice to have some others show up and spend the day together. I spent about five hours straight-line quilting a quilt that I can't show off just yet; but it received some rav reviews from those at the Sew-In, so I'm even more excited to share it with you in October. For now you'll have to be satisfied with this sneaky-peek.

quilt binding, wonderclips

With hours to spare, I had hopes of working on a baby quilt for a co-worker; but after spending so many hours machine quilting, my heart wasn't in it to do more of the same.  Switching gears, I opted instead to tackle a project that I've been dragging to so many Sew-Ins and Retreats, that I've lost track.  I am happy to report that I finally finished the required number of blocks (four) and am now in the layout phase.  Anyone want to guess how many MORE Sew-Ins it will take to actually finish-finish this one?

quilt, scraps

We did have some excitement, although not exactly excitement one would want, as one of the attendees suffered a rotary cutter accident and had to be rushed to the ER.  The crazy part is that after she was patched up, she picked right back up where she left off, like nothing had ever happened.