Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog stop on the Around the World Blog Hop!

I got nominated by Katy who blogs at Lethargic Lass for the Around the World Blog Hop tour -- she is the wonderful blogger that I just had a fantastic swap with.

I am excited to take part in this fun hop so here are the basic questions, hopefully you can learn a little more about me. I put in a few pics of some favorite finishes to break up all the text.

1. What am I working on?

I have four main projects going on right now, running and participating in the Foothills Mystery Quilt, making a wonky court house steps charity quilt, planning my MQG pastel cotton couture challenge quilt, and writing some new quilt patterns for Camelot Fabrics for their new lines being introduced this fall.

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

Being an engineer, I actually love quilt math and challenge of breaking down a pattern to easily understandable and clear instructions. My quilt designs tend to have strong geometric patterns set on a crisp background. I have trying recently to step outside of my comfort zone recently by using scrappy low volume backgrounds, improv piecing, and wonky blocks.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

After my daughter was born I read a quote that said, "A women should do something everyday that can't be undone". Having a toddler and a new baby and working, I was spending so much time cooking and cleaning each day. These activities while vital never really got finished and I had to repeat them each day. I really needed a creative outlet to make something that would stay done, that I would not have to redo over and over. I made my daughter a quilt for her toddler bed, fell in love with quilting and have not looked back since :)

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I usually use EQ7 and PowerPoint to sketch up my ideas before starting on the actual quilt. I am definitely a planner when it comes to quilting. I may have a few works in progress, but they are all actively being worked on. I have very few WIPs that are old or abandoned. Lately, I have been trying to branch out and try more improv and freer piecing, starting a quilt top without a clear idea on where it is going.

So now it's time to pass the baton to two other wonderful women, they will each be posting on Monday, October 6th:

-- Soma @ Whims and Fancies - Soma makes the most amazing paper pieced designs you have ever seen. I had the wonderful opportunity to take part in her College Blog Hop earlier this summer.

-- Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts - Shelley has a new blog but has been quilting for years. She has great posts describing her whole quilting process and her wonderful finishes.

I am linking up to MOP Monday @ Tweety Loves Quilting.


  1. I love the quote about doing something that can't be undone!
    I will steal it and probably make it into a wall hanging for my sewing room... some day :)
    Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday!!

  2. Your quote about working on something each day that cannot be undone is great and I bet it is going to resonate deeply with all of us, whether we have heard it before or not! I really enjoy your work, it is so crisp, and I look forward to seeing how your new goals of branching out into improv will evolve for you.

  3. I'm a planner too and bought EQ7 a few months ago. I've not thought to use Powerpoint! How are you finding the improv approach?

  4. Such a great it! Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself and showing some of your beautiful projects.

  5. I forgot that I bought a Momo Oh Deer! just for that quilt pattern LOL! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Love the first quilt photo. I can relate to the quote about needing something that can't be undone too. I think that explains why I'd rather quilt than cook. Your process of planning is much like mine. Hard to improv or wing it. I had a blog hop post up today too.

  7. Really really really really like that first quilt!! The colors are fab!! I never really thought of myself as a lover of orange but I find myself putting it in a LOT of my quilts! :)

    I think it is awesome that you are stepping outside of the box and doing improv and wonky! I am married to an engineer, worked with engineers most of my working career. . . wonky and improv are not typically attractive to the engineer brain :) My husband does not like my wonky blocks or most things that are not symmetrical LOL

  8. Nice pics and I like the quote that made you started! Nice post!

  9. I apologize for being so incredibly late. Great post! You probably already know how much I love your work, specially your colour arrangements. Thanks so much for thinking of me :)


  10. I like reading these around the world blog hop posts, I think it helps show what makes other creative people tick. In school, my two favourite subjects were maths and visual arts. I don't really get a chance to use either very much in day-to-day life - maybe that is why I like having a creative outlet :) And maybe that's why I love your strong geometric patterns :)


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