Monday, October 13, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was nominated by Britany from Pickles Quilting
to take part in the 'Around the World Blog Hop'

If you have never checked out her blog, 
please take a moment to do so. 

In fact she is having her one year blogiversary with a giveaway.

She considers herself a newbie but certainly has tackled
and completed some unique and fun projects.

I have been quilting now for six years and have been blogging
for just over three years now.
My how the time flies!

So to get down to the following questions I need to answer.

What am I currently working on?

 I am currently working on a quilt for my son. 
He as been very patient with me as I often get side tracked with various other projects.

I only have one more row to put on, a couple of borders
and then to quilt it.


I also need to put a border on my Arkansas Road Quilt.


And I am in the midst of sewing this one together. 
Another favourite of mine.


I just recently finished the top of my wedding ring quilt, probably 
my most challenging project to date.
Another one to add to my completed pile but not quilted yet.


How does my work differ from others?

That's hard to say and I'm not sure it really does.
I am a person who loves what I consider 'happy colours' 
and most of my work reflects that.


If I like it, I generally will try it.


I've tried my hand at several different techniques.

Printing on fabric from my computer . . .



Paper piecing  . . .


Hexagons . . .



I like to try new blocks and new techniques.
I have yet to put in a zipper (been dragging my feet on that one)
and set in seams but I had no problem learning to sew curves.


Why do I write / create what I do?

My need to quilt came out of a time
that was not so happy for me.
I was looking for an outlet to combat what what
transpiring in my life at the time.

I think that is why I like 'happy' colours!

A natural progression took place in that I started to blog.
I wanted a place to showcase my quilting and record
what I had accomplished or was doing.
Some posts are sprinkled with family news and holiday reports.
In some ways it was more for me than the general public,
however, it is a nice boost when others take notice of your work.


How does my writing / creative process work?

I have always been a creator of sorts and look for inspiration
in books, magazines, blogs, friends and yes, even while watching
a movie.  I have seen many a pattern in which I declare that
it would make a lovely block or quilt.

I have designed my own place mats out of a panel 
and I have been know to tweak patterns
a little here and little there. 


I have never designed anything bigger because the math involved
stumps me little but if I would just take the time to think
it through I could have it figured out.
Too busy sewing I guess!!

While quilting I often listen to music from a Paris radio station 
(my favourite place on this planet) 
and dream of going back someday.
 
Sometimes, I have a person in mind that I want to make a quilt for 
and love it if I have the fabric on hand.
I often find myself thinking of and praying for the recipient as I quilt along.

This was one I made for my aunt who passed away earlier this year.
I hear that she never had this quilt off her bed.


Other times, I don't really have anyone in mind but when 
the time comes, the right person pops into your mind.

This was one that I had made long before it became a wedding
gift for my niece and her husband.



I aim to have a few quilts ready so that when a need 
comes up I will be ready.
I have a rolodex in my head of quilts or block that I want and need to try.
I figure I'll never live long enough to do all that is on my list . . .

I've really enjoyed writing this blog and I hope you enjoy reading it as much.

I failed in my quest to find three people to tag. 
I do, however, have one lovely blogger, Alice from Alidiza Blog.
Alice, by her own admission, considers herself
a Compulsive Quilter and Fabric Addict among other things.
She has an awesome blog and is truly an accomplished quilter.
I especially like her Weekender bag and can 
only hope to one day make a project like that.

Thanks for stopping by and "Happy Thanksgiving" to all.


 Shauna



5 comments:

  1. So fun to see what you are up to!!! Your happy quilts always make me smile:-) It's so wonderful we can share this outlet for our creative energy!

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  2. I have so enjoyed everything you have shared! I must say that your creativity shows through in the beautiful pictures you take. Your fall picture should be framed and hung!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  3. What a wonderful post! Glad that you were able to participate! Beautiful quilts by the way! ;)
    -Brittany

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  4. I'm glad we found each other, I really enjoy reading your posts and I love all of these quilts but that one for your Aunt was one of my favourites. Happy follower that I am, and Paris? Moi Aussi - encore, encore :)

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  5. What a picture-pretty post! And such fun to "get to know you" a bit :)

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