Monday, November 17, 2014

My Corner of the Quilting World

Welcome to my stop on The Around the World Blog Tour!
I am glad you're here! 
This is the stop that almost wasn't, and still isn't going to be much, as I am in the midst of rather serious technical difficulties, involving our PC and all our photos etc, and trying to figure out how to make a post from my iPad! Boo. But at least I have an iPad!

Be that as it may, I was super busy when I received a lovely invite from 
Shauna at lovinquiltin, back in October.
 I knew I just couldn't squeeze it in, but it certainly got me to thinking....
Fast forward a couple weeks, and things had slowed a bit and I received a second invite from
Pam at Jump Cut Arts, who asked, ever so nicely:
What are you working on?
Is this not the perfect project for this time of year? 
My "Awesome Quilt", made back in 2011-ish, with my very first online fabric purchase...2 charm packs of Awesome, by Sandy Gervais 

...and so it began again, this wonderful adventure in sewing!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is a rather fancy question for someone who operates mostly on a whim! 
I like simple, and I go on kicks...
Coasters, chickens, half-square triangles, bracelets, gingham,etc.

Here are a couple of my latest hens, Rosa and Collette, who will soon be winging their way to my sister, and her dearest friend, who both love pink!
I made a tutorial for these, which I would link to...but you may find it on my Tutorials page :)

 Why do I write/create what I do?
Another fancy question! 
The greatest advance that this modern quilting and blogging world has provided me,
is the capacity, through techniques and designs, to FINISH quilts!
I love that!
The project that took me the longest to complete was my Anniversary Quilt...24 years in the making!


As a result of that, I tend to finish what I start these days.  In fact the Awesome quilt is presently my longest standing UFO, and it is almost finished :)

My UFO stack :)

What I guess I am trying to say, is that "I make what I do" simply because I can!



How does my writing/creating process work?
"Process" may be a stretch :)
I make lists, as ideas pop into my head
I fill folders and notebooks with them, and hope, someday, I might run across them again!
I tend to dream in "collections"...
I love charm packs!
I've never cared much for damask prints, or chevrons.
"My process" is simply me, playing. 
Sometimes what I am "playing with" materializes, and often, it doesn't.
The determining factor in bringing ideas to fruition, for me is mostly budget, and timing, and opportunities in the quilty bloggy world, fueled by these kinds of things...
Who is having a baby?
 Is this QAL for me?
 Is Bloggers Quilt Festival coming up? 
Ack, Q4 is almost over!
 Etc.

Seriously, I am haphazard, at best...

I know we all love this quilty, bloggy community for so many great and sunshiny reasons!
The biggest asset this community has afforded me, personally, is the aspect of participation!

If you didn't know it already, I live in the sticks, y'all!


And I really am a Chatty Cathy, with no one but you to chat fabric with, most of the time!
If I have ever left a comment on your blog, you know this is true!
Woe to you if I actually ever "follow" your blog...you won't be able to pry me off with a spud bar! 
Seriously, the males in my household,
have a fabric threshold that is pretty low...so it helps to have you all "out there" to play with!

So thank you ever so, for stopping by today,
 and bearing with my "remedial, no links, few photos, no format" post! 
Cabin, and outhouse, cushion covers :)

I hope you will visit a new bloggy friend of mine, Daniela, at blockMquilts, next Monday, November 24, as the Blog Tour goes from Montana, to Germany!
She has accomplished sew much in the short time she has been sewing! 
Her quilts are modern and gorgeous, her photos are breathtaking, and best of all, she makes you want to go sew!!
And no, she can't pry me away with a spud bar :)

xo
SarahZ, in the Breaks









5 comments:

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

This was a fun look into your quilty, fabric side of life. Like you I often 'dream in collections'. I'm enjoying working with Wildwood (as shown) right now. It sure is fun to have an online community who also enjoy fabric and quilty things!

Pam said...

Yay! So nice to hear from you! Your beautiful work shown through any technological mishaps you had, and thank you so much for sharing those beautiful pictures. Looking reward to seeing more as winter comes in . . .

Shauna said...

Love getting to know you even better Sarah! I love the little quilt in your first picture. (the one on top of the shelf). And your hens . . . so cute!! I'm so glad you took the plunge and joined the quilting blog. I have enjoyed the quilting online community and all it has to offer. Have a super good week!

Gina said...

This is such a fun post Sarah!! I always love coming to your happy space and seeing what you are up to. I think you are an awesome quilter and your anniversary quilt is my new favorite make!!!!

Daniela O'Connell said...

Despite the technical problems this is a great blog tour post!!! You have made amazing quilts, the anniversary quilt is stunning and I bet you're very proud of it now after working on it for so long.
I too love both the small quilts from the first picture, especially in a sewing room this is a very nice inspiration!
And no, I don't want to pry you away! You were the very first person who ever commented on my blog and I'm always happy when you come back to visit!
I'm looking forward to my blog post next week!! Thanks for the nomination and your kind words in your post!