Monday, October 27, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Last week I was tagged by Caroll who writes at the Attic Window Quilt Shop blog. So I'm suppose to answer a few questions.

What am I working on?

I'm working on the 2014 Sue Spargo Block of the Month. I'm not allowed to show photos of my work for this BOM online yet. You can go to Sue's website to see a line drawing of the BOM for 2015. This has been a really fun project! I recently was fortunate enough to get to attend a week long class from Sue. It was a wonderful experience! I haven't made much progress on my class project from this week since I got home but I do plan to finish it.

I'm also working to finish a Christmas quilt for some friends. A relative started this quilt when it was a BOM in 1998. She finished four blocks but had the fabric kit and patterns for the rest. I only have three blocks left to do. Here are photos of the last couple I've done.

As you can see from these blocks, they are mostly applique but there is some piecing that is used as a filler between the blocks. If you click on the phrase "christmas quilt" in the category section along the left hand side of my blog you can see all the posts I have done for this project so far.

How does my work differ from others?

I don't know! I just do what interests me at the time. I started out as a fairly traditional quilter. I still enjoy traditional quilts, but I also like modern quilts as well as art quilts. Below are a couple of modern quilts I've done.

Both of these use the Quick Curve Ruler. I had actually forgotten about the first quilt above. It is still in the top stage somewhere in the pile. I have lost count of how many tops I have completed that are waiting to be quilt. A goal for 2015 will be to quilt and finish some of these. I'm hoping to do at least one per month in 2015.

I am a member of a small local art group. We call ourselves the Sew Silly Sisters. There are 6 of us and we meet monthly.

One of my favorite projects we have done recently was completed last summer, shown above. It is a group portrait. If you click on the category "art group" you can see more of the work we have done.

Why do I create?

I create mostly just for the challenge and joy of creating. When people ask me what I do with all the quilts I make I usually respond with something like, "for me the joy is in the creating, not the having." By this I mean that I don't usually think about what I will do with something when it is finished. Often I give them away. In fact, I'm currently heading a guild project to make and donate quilts in bags to the oncology department at our local hospital. This gives me a place to donate locally, which has been nice. I also make Quilts of Valor. Below is a recent Quilt of Valor I donated.

Now is the point in which I am suppose to tag someone. I am tagging Gene Black of Gene Black an Alabama Artist and Quilter. Please visit him next Monday, November 3rd. Gene does all kinds of interesting work. He is a quilter and a weaver, as well as many other things. Gene also has a project that is dear to his heart. He calls it Quilt Angels.  The link will take you directly to that page on his blog so you can read about this worthy cause.


West Michigan Quilter said...

Great post. It's so nice to learn why someone quilts. I often ask myself the same question. I love your quilts. I particularly like your QOV. I don't think I've seen that one. Thanks for doing this post. I'll be sure and check out Gene's post next week.

West Michigan Quilter said...

As I look back over your post, I have more to say. I love what you have done with the Curve ruler. Your quilting on that one is awesome.The self portraits of your Art group is darling. I bet you gals have lots of fun.