My blogging schedule lately has been somewhat erratic, but I seem to be getting back to it a little more frequently. So when Laura from LC’s Cottage asked me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop, I was glad to say yes!
There is a little giveaway announced in this post as well.
As a participant, I’m to answer a few questions and ask three – well, this time it is two — other bloggers to participate.
What am I working on?
Oh, my – the answer to that one could go on forever! Because I’m always working on multiple projects at once. But I’ll cut it down to a few.
One of my quilting goals is to make a series of two-colour quilts. So far I’ve done blue and white, red and white and pink and cream ones but I’m not done yet. I’ve started a deep orange and white Double Wedding Ring quilt. This is a very long-term project as I find myself working on it in fits and starts. This is one ring ready to be added to the others I have done so far.
I’ve started adding hexagons to my wild floral kaleidoscope stars. This may go much quicker than I anticipated as I got this much done in the space of an evening. There are 81 stars to be incorporated into the top, so it may be a while, but I’m motivated to get this one done quickly.
I’m making a Christmas Inklingo Star runner for a friend. There will be four of these stars, although I may alternate the red and green, and a small border. That has to be done quickly, so I’m planning on sticking with it almost exclusively over the next few days.
Then there are these wonderful 6″ batik sunflowers. I plan on making 120 of them. So far 30 are done, so bit by bit I’m getting there. These are pure enjoyment to stitch – loads of continuous stitching and then some curved piecing to add to the fun.
And I’ve started putting these adorable little 2″ Drunkard’s Path units together. There will be 208 of the 4″ units that I’ll then be joining together to make the top.
And honestly? That’s just the tip of the iceberg! I have so many projects on the go that I could probably work on a different thing every day for a couple of weeks.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmm — I don’t think it does. I love working with miniatures, but so do many others. I love making two-colour quilts, but so do many others. Perhaps my work – and Laura’s right, this should be called play! – differs in that I always use Inklingo , a fabulous tool for quilters invented by Linda Franz, to print shapes on the back of my fabrics. I’ve been a huge Inklingo fan since the day the very first collection came out on CD back in 2007 (I think I’ve got that right). I love the precision of having perfect cutting and stitching lines and matching points. It makes miniatures like the 2″ Drunkard’s Path blocks easy as can be. The same with the Double Wedding Ring – it’s easy to make using Inklingo.
Everything I’ve shown on this post was done using Inklingo. In fact, just about everything you can see on my blog was made using Inklingo.
Perhaps the one thing that definitely differs is the Baxtertoons that are added to almost every post, each one of them the creation of Mr. Q.O. For today’s ‘toon, you have to keep reading.
Why do I write/create what I do?
Any form of needlework has always been something I’ve been drawn to since I was a child. Once I discovered quilting, I was well and truly addicted. I love playing with little pieces of fabric and seeing designs taking shape as I stitch. For me, sewing together quilt blocks and tops is pure enjoyment and therapeutic. No matter how stressful a day might be, sitting quietly with needle, thread and fabric helps wash away the cares of the day.
How does my writing/creative process work?
Most of the time it starts with a new Inklingo collection. Every time a new one is released, I get so many ideas flying around in my mind that I can’t resist them. I look at the shapes, then start looking at my stash and then I’m off to the races.
Sometimes it’s a particular fabric that just grabs my attention and I have to start playing with it to see what I can turn it into. I do a lot of fussy cutting/printing, which results in projects like the wild floral kaleidoscope stars.
On Monday, November 17, two bloggers will be participating in the Around the World Blog Hop:
First I’m sending you to see my good friend Barb at Just Sayin’ Sew in Texas. Barb is making the most amazing project for which she has fussy cut/printed shapes. I’m not saying anything more – you have to go to her blog to see it and meet her wonderful kitties, Panda and Pappy. We sometimes simul-blog (our word for it) as we work on Inklingo projects. And I think we have a competition going on when it comes to finding pretty boxes for our various Inklingo projects.
Then I’m sending you off to visit my friend Nic of Dragon Rambles in Great Britain. Nic makes quilts, knits gorgeous sweaters and other wonderful knitted items, goes on incredible trips and posts amazing pictures so we can all go along with her and is now starting to dye her own yarn. In other words, she pretty much has it covered.
Looking for the giveaway? Well, if you’ve stuck with this right to the end, I’m offering a little giveaway. I thought it might be fun to offer a $25 gift certificate for an Inklingo collection. No hoops to jump through, nothing special you have to do. Just leave a comment, maybe telling me which Inklingo collection you’d like to get. The winner’s name will be drawn and announced on the blog on Monday, November 17 when I’ll remind you to go visit Barb and Nic.
Edited to add: The winner’s name has been drawn and will be announced on my November 17, 2014 post.
“World Blog Hop”
Baxter was tired out from all this! Mr. Q.O. captioned this photo, “Oops, missed the kitty bed. Oh, well … yawn.”
“I smell food. Mom, carry me in.”