Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

The lovely Anja from Anja Quilts and my TGIFF! bestie Laura from Quokka Quilts have asked me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop and I am happy to oblige! Anyone else keep wanting to add "in 80 days" or is it just me? I digress. I have four questions to answer for you.

1. What am I working on?

I have a lot of works in progress (WIPs) and I'll switch between them as the inspiration hits. This may seem like too many for some people, but I find that if I just let myself move from project to project as the mood strikes, then I stay more productive. I hate feeling like I "should" work on something because I find that it ends up stymying my creativity.

The project on my design wall that's getting my focus right now is this baby quilt for a friend. The late night lighting is throwing the colours off, but you get the idea.

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

Hmm, that's a tough one. I think there are two things that you tend to see a lot in my work -- solids and rainbow palettes. With solids, I love that no matter which way I cut up the fabric, the colour stays true and I don't need to worry about a secondary colour in the print becoming the dominant colour in the cut fabric. I also don't have to worry about the figure/ground relationship of the fabrics themselves and can just focus on the design of the quilt.

I also find something really joyful in a rainbow palette. Two reasons really -- a rainbow appeared as we were leaving my dad's funeral when he passed away 11 years ago and my middle son went through a rainbow drawing phase when he was 3. The quiet time we spent together drawing rainbow after rainbow is a memory of him that I cherish. I've enjoyed discovering and working with different rainbow palettes -- dark ones, bright ones, and toned ones. All this said, I love trying new things and trying different styles.

Scrap{Bee} 2.0

Rainbow Creek

Rainbow Bright

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I love making beautiful and useful things. I always have. I love the tactile nature of quilts and their warmth. Seeing something I made -- especially something I designed and then made -- makes me happy and satisfies my soul. I started the blog to keep my writing skills active while I was on parental leave and to participate in the great online quilting community.


4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Usually I try to do some quilting (at least 20 minutes) every day. Once I get going though, I often end up doing more. It's going to be a challenge to do that going forward, but it's such a great way to relax that I want to continue it. When it comes to blogging, I mostly write posts as I want to publish them. With my return to the office though, I may try doing some batch writing.

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Now, I'm supposed to tag 2 or 3 other people, but I think most of the people I know have participated already. If you haven't though and would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! :)

I'm hosting TGIFF! this week so get those finishes ready!


  1. I totally share your thoughts on having many WIPs! I love having different projects at different stages. That way when inspiration strikes, I have something to work on!
    I really like your story about why you use rainbow palettes. It's wonderful that you have such great memories that surface while you quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing you thoughts and beautiful work. I love the rainbow colours - they often appear in my work too! Great designs for Hexed and the Canada stamp too. xx

  3. I have been following you for several years always finding your site to be such Inspiration. It has been nice to read about how your artist mind works! I always know something fun is going to open up when I see you address in my in-box!

  4. always nice to learn more about you am M-R...your work is so interesting, I live the Canada Day quilt and Rainbow Bright...only picking two, but all fantastic!!!

  5. I love rainbow colours as well -- happy and bright. Love the Canada stamp.

  6. That first quilt reminds me of river rocks . Very cool

  7. It is not easy to find someone not tagged, lol.

  8. That was a lovely post. I was touched by your connection with rainbows. I also have a lot of projects on the go, it ensures I always have something that I'm in the mood to work, on. I hadn't seen Rainbow Bright, before, its' stunning.


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