Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was tagged by Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting to join in the Around the World Blog Hop!  She has a such a fun blog, and I just fell in love with the Butterfly quilt that was a reproduction of one her Grandmother had made.  I am not sure who started this tour and I am not one to do this kind of thing, but hay, why not!  It  is as simple as answering a few questions.

What am I working on? 

Well, I always seem to have several projects going. This year I joined RSC2014 to use up some bright fabrics. So each month I make three pickle dish blocks and a wonky star block. Then my major focus this year has been completing my blocks for my applique quilt Baltimore Garden.

Baltimore Garden

Pickle dish
wonky star


Why do I create What I do?

Quilting is an art in my eye.  I love color and design.  I love the satisfaction of making something!  I would like to think, that these are the same reasons our ancestors quilted and I think it is important to promote the art.

How does your work differ from others of your genre?

Well, I would say, I don't have a need to use the latest fabric line, or make the pattern that everyone else is making.  I like to take the road less traveled. I insist on making my quilt from start to finish. My goal with each quilt is to achieve a balance between the design and the quilting, so it doesn't matter how long it takes, it is more important that I achieve that goal.  I also love learning something from every quilt I make. I love studying antique quilts and modern quilts also put a twinkle in my eye.

How does my creative process work?

I personally think that creative people are just people who notice and love details.  I used to think being an artist was pure talent, but it is something that anyone can learn and it's all about the details. A lot of what gets my attention is what I see in nature.  Color, shape, texture they all speak to me. I guess that is why I like applique so much!  It's a need to combine those details to make something pleasing that drives me.  As I progress in this journey I am learning to let go of rules and patterns and find myself enjoying the craft even more.

Time for me to pass the baton. First there is Wendy, she has that free spirt that most Australian quilters seem to have. I loved seeing her progress on  a gorgeous Storm at Sea Quilt.  Then there is Donna over at Quilted Chocolate. I always love seeing the fun filled projects she is tackling. I think we came across each other's blog at Celebrate Hand Quilting.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Slow Stiching Centers

I set a goal of finishing this block by the end of the month.  So why not join the other slow stitchers this Sunday and add the centers to the remaining six flowers.  This is what the pattern says each finished flower should look like.  I think mine turned out quite well considering the size of each flower is a little over 2 inches across.

As I have worked on this quilt, I have learned to let go of perfection and have embraced the hand stitched loveliness that I adore in hand quilted antique quilts.  I am not saying that I don't try to do my best, but with hand work you always get a bit of unevenness and wonkiness. But it is exactly what I love about needle turn applique.

When I made my daughter's birthday quilt I really realized how I love that look. Her quilt was made totally by machine.   When I first spread it out, I was a bit disappointed! It could have been made by anyone with a machine or purchased at a big box store.  It lacked that signature that tells me I made this quilt. 

I know that newbie hand quilters especially are very hard on themselves. But I suggest you study some hand quilted antique quilts or visit a quilt show and take note of the details. Those wonky or slightly uneven stitches that we see up close are the very thing that tells us that someone took the time to put in all those stitches. When I see hand quilted quilts at a flea market or antique store those stitches never look wonky or imperfect. They do look hand made and it makes me wonder about that person.   It makes that quilt special and I like to think very unique.  So I am going to add my unique flower centers today and enjoy every stitch!