Around the World Blog Hop!

I was nominated by Shirley at SIMPLESEW to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop! It is a fun idea and a way to follow the rabbit trail to discover new blogs. Each person answers four questions about themselves as a way of letting others who visit get to know them.

1.      What am I working on?

Hmmm…let’s see. I am working on a hexie project:

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And  a Quilt of Valor:

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And some pumpkin seed blocks:

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And some shirting bits:

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2.      How does my work differ from others in its genre?

This is the hardest question because I am pretty eclectic in style. I love and make modern quilts like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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But I also love traditional quilts like this:

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And this:

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I love to use reproduction fabrics and real vintage fabrics also:

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I also enjoy making art quilts like this:

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And this:

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And I am passionate about making quilts for our veterans via the Quilts of Valor Foundation like these:

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So I really don’t fit any one category! I like nearly everything!

 

3.      Why do I write/create what I do?

I create because this is something God created me to do. I believe by exercising my creativity, I am giving glory to the One who gave it to me in the first place. I love to bless others with the work of my hands. Quilting and sewing is very meditative for me. I can hear God best in my sewing room. I talk to Him there.

I write my blog as a way of keep track of my quilting journey. It is also very motivational. I love to teach as well and it gives me a platform to do a wee bit of that also. I truly enjoy “meeting” other quilters around the world in this way.

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4.      How does my writing/creating process work?

I see ideas for quilts pretty much everywhere! I have some sketch books where I sometimes commit ideas to paper! I get my best ideas by just playing with my fabrics and thinking, what if? I like to have several projects going at once because when I get stuck on one thing, I can start working on something else. Usually the answers to my sewing dilemmas come while working one a different project. I like to have a hand project, a piecing project and a quilting project at all times. Usually I have more than one of these. I am not bothered by UFOs, some projects need some closet time before they are ready to come to fruition. I do keep lists though so I have a pretty good idea of what needs to get done.

As far as writing, I usually blog just before bed or first thing in the morning. It helps me to think about what I have accomplished and what I need to work on next.

So there are my answers and it is time to pass on the nomination to (drumroll please!):

Deb of Quilts N Things Done by Betty Boop! Hop over to Debs and she will answer questions about her creative process next Monday, September 8th!

Deb is active in quilting quilts for QOVF. I came to know Deb via several quilting boards. She has a wealth of knowledge about quilting and is so very helpful with the hundreds (thousands?) of questions I have had. Thanks Deb! I can’t wait to see your post!

And Kathy at Empty Nest but Full Heart. Kathy and I have been following each other’s blogs for some time. She hand quilts and recently finished the most beautiful chevron quilt for her daughter. I can’t believe how fast she quilted this huge quilt all by hand!

You can see Kathy’s Around the World blog post next Monday as well.
 

 

 

 

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I’m getting a bit if slow stitching in this week. First, the pumpkin seeds:

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And also a little knitting. I grabbed this yarn on my way out the door on Friday.

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I haven’t done any knitting in ages. It was a perfect plane project.

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I am a very slow knitter and didn’t get very far but this will be a sock.

I am very much enjoying Baby L and his momma and daddy!

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Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

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I’m here!

Yesterday was a travel day. I had one delay but I still made my connecting flight so it was all good. I really love to fly! I always try to get a window seat. Mr. Wonderful upgraded my ticket so I had window seats all the way.

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I have no idea why those green fields are circular or even what state they were in, but I think they are beautiful.

Someone got all dressed up to meet me at the airport!

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I think he was wondering who this crazy lady was jabbering away at him on the way home!

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Baby L is such a sweetheart and a very good baby. It was such a joy to read to him and rock him to sleep last night.

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Time to go snuggle with my boy!

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Finish it up Friday!

I ended up with two finishes this week. I finally finished the nail polish quilt.

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This will be a gift for Daughter #2, who I will be seeing in a few days. She loves nail polish and makeup so I hope she will like this also.

My other finish involved canning. Daughter #1 and I did most of it Monday and I finished up yesterday after work. There were a lot more jars than this but she took her share home already.

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Today I am traveling alone. Sadly, hubby is unable to join me on this trip so he is staying home with Daughter #3 and the dogs. I have audio books ready to go and three projects to work on. First up is this binding job.

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I can’t wait to see my beautiful grand baby, #1 Son, and our beautiful Daughter in Love!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, Crazy Mom Quilts For Finish it up Friday, and Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link a Finish Friday.

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Side Tracked!

My sewing plan for yesterday was to finish taking apart shirts and finish the Quilt of Valor top. I got the shirts done but then I couldn’t resist cutting just a few!

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Then I had to sew just a few.

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Then I thought about an English Paper Piecing project.

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This would be fun for my trip, right?

Good grief, I must focus! So much to do before I go!

Linking up with Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday.

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10 Quilty Little Secrets

Amy over at 13 Spools started a link up called 10 Quilty Little Secrets. This is all about airing our dirty laundry regarding the quilty rules we break or ways in which our quilting goes against the current norms. This seemed like a fun idea. I also remember when I started quilting being rather afraid to share at quilt guild meetings and such because I was quite fearful of the quilt police! I have been sewing long enough that I no longer care. If something works for me, I will do it.  So here goes:

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1. I like to hand piece and then machine quilt the hand pieced top.

2. I sometimes have twisted seam allowances in my tops and never go back and fix them.

3. I can’t stand cutesy things. You won’t find Heather Ross in my stash.

4. If I mess up a pattern, I rarely rip stitches, I would rather change the pattern.

5. I have used serger thread for piecing. My Featherweight really likes it. I have quilts I made more than 20 years ago and have not fallen apart under heavy use  even though I pieced them with serger thread.

6. I always iron things into submission with my iron on the highest setting with tons of steam.

7. I join my binding strips with a straight cut, never a bias cut.

8. I buy most of my fabric online but I am not a fabric snob. I will use anything that will get the job done and do what I want it to do. This doesn’t mean I use poly/cotton blends or questionable quality  material. I have bought some good stuff at the thrift shop.

9. I sometimes use sheets for quilt backs.

10. I hate jelly rolls.

First quilt, pieced with serger thread 26 years ago, washed hundreds of times. Still hasn’t fallen apart.

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Head over to 13 Spools to see ever9one else’s dirty laundry. You know you want to!

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Work in Progress Wednesday

It is turning out to be a crazy busy week around here! So much to do before I head out of town. The QOV top is getting closer to being done. I just have two more long seams and borders to add.

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I did actually purchase fabric for a border for this way back when. Now I am not sure I like it all that much.

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The colors match the hand dyed fabrics I used in the blocks quite well.

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But it doesn’t look very patriotic. I like my QOVs to be patriotic. If I can’t find anything else in my stash, this will be it. I can’t justify the time or money to go shopping for border fabric when I already have something. Especially since I don’t see myself using this fabric for anything else.

I have gotten a few more shirts taken apart. I can’t wait until they are all pressed and I can start cutting. I am thinking that might not happen until I get home.

I still haven’t finished the binding of my little blue and brown 9 patch. It may be my travel project.

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Housecleaning, more laundry, and some packing are on the agenda today before work so I better get to it!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly a Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Sewcial.

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