Around the World Blog Hop

Last Monday my wonderful friend Carolyn from Sweet Boater Chick asked me if I wanted to be part the Around The World Blog Hop. I met Carolyn through the blogosphere and she has been such a wonderful friend. She is even kind enough to test patterns for me, so she gets to see all of my patterns at their worst!

This blog hop is meant to introduce you to some other wonderful quilty bloggers you may not have had the pleasure of meeting yet. I will answer a few fun questions and then next Monday, you can check out the wonderful ladies that I am linking to and learn a little bit more about them!

About Me:

I have been quilting for 13 years. I made my first quilt for my niece who turns 13 in September and after that I was HOOKED!
I live in Olympia, WA with my 4 year old daughter (Anne) and my wonderful husband.  We have lived here for almost 7 years since my husband got stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  We love it so much that we bought a house and we pray the army lets us stay here!

I love quilting, sewing, cross stitch and I am an avid reader.  Anne and I try our best to stay active outdoors as well.

I am president of the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild based out of the Olympia/Tumwater region of Washington.

1. What am I working on?

I think a better question might be what aren’t you working on…I currently have about 10 WIPs that I’m willing to own up to and countless more that I don’t even want to think about because it will depress me! LOL

Instead of showing you a picture of my current project because I literally have like 6 on my design wall, I will give you an honest craft room picture. What you aren’t seeing is the disaster that is my sewing table and drawer set.

Honest Craft Room - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

This is a tough one. I’m not sure I consider myself all that different. I love traditional patterns and updating them with modern fabrics. I love simple lines. I have a love affair with flying geese, half square triangles and oddly enough with batik fabrics (I think that is the Polynesian blood in me).I love rainbow color schemes and I am trying to push myself into combinations that are outside my normal box. That desire to push myself is what lead to the colors for my Flowering Lone Star Quilt:

Flowering Lone Star - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI would never normally pick these colors, but I do love that shade of green.
I am almost entirely self-taught. Everything I have learned has been from my mom who helped me with my first 4 quilts and from trial and error. I’ve only taken one class and it was this past February with Katie from Sew Katie Did on Color Value.
I think something that sets me apart is the fact that I was a History Major in College and a Studio Art Minor.  Most of my quilts look to the past for inspiration while trying to move into the future. Not necessarily a true “modern quilter” but definitely leaning in that direction. I still have much to learn!

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

I usually start by hand drawing my designs in a graph paper sketch book, once I get to something I like I switch to EQ7 and go from there. Usually what I end up with is completely different than what I started with.

Sometimes I start with a pile of fabric and an idea and just start sewing. That is how I designed my Dizzying Diamonds quilt. I wanted to see how my HSTs I could make from a Layer Cake and then I needed to figure out something cool to do with them.

Dizzying Diamonds Pattern - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI literally made over 150 HSTs and laid them out on my floor in different designs until I settled on one that I loved.
My creative process can sometimes be very…creative.  My husband would say my creative process is messy!

4. Why do I create?

This questions was originally a bit different, but I really like this one.  I create for two reasons.

First, because I want my baby girl to see that anyone can be creative. Growing up I couldn’t draw (like at all) and I couldn’t paint. I always felt like I had no artistic talent. In college I discovered photography and it took me to another world. I learned that I could create a world within a world simply by taking pictures. My preferred type was black and white, I also loved oil painting on top of my prints. I want Anne to know that she can be creative. Even if she can’t draw anything more than a stick figure, I want her to own her creativity and not allow anyone else to define what it means to be creative.

Second, I create because it makes me genuinely happy. I love seeing a project come together from start to finish.  The finish isn’t even what makes me the most happy it is when I see someone using something I have made. I think that is also why I love to cook and bake. It isn’t always the process that matters, but the enjoyment of the final product.  I create because bringing joy to others brings joy to me too.

Rainbow Star Burst Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy Rainbow Starburst Quilt just makes me happy to look at and I love that Anne claimed it when it was only laid out on the design wall.

I am sending you off to meet 3 of my wonderful blogging friends who are truly inspirational:

Kris from Sew Sunshine is a wonderfully talented quilter from Nebraska, USA.  I love visiting her blog because she always has something different to show and such an amazing range of talent! She recently tested the Flowering Lone Star pattern for me and I just love her take one it!

Kris Front - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/CeLynn from CeLynn’s Sunflower Patch has been a wonderful friend of mine for the last 3 years.  We first met in an online quilting bee and have been friends ever since. She is an incredibly talented quilter and bag maker!

Jessica from Quilty Habit is another incredibly talented quilter. She has an awesome eye for color combinations and I always love seeing what she is working on.

Thanks for coming stopping by! I hope you will take a few minutes to look around!!!

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Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop

QCRbloghopbuttonI am sew excited! I have been asked to be part of the first ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop. I had the privilege of meeting Jenny a few years ago at Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA. I bought her ruler and quickly fell in love!

There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the bloghop so please go and check out the other participants!

 

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com
AND
http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com

The bloghop is going to be followed by a ‘Curve it up’ Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!

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I hope you will join me and follow along for the blog hop, there will be so much curvy inspiration!

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Week 33 Goals

Some sewing got done last week, mostly just learning some of the basic features of my new Janome 15000. One of the things I love so far is that I really don’t have to ever lift the presser foot or even put it down. As soon as I press the pedal the foot lowers automatically and once I take my foot off the pedal the foot lifts automatically. Pretty cool if you ask me.

This week though, I am not setting a sewing goal, I am setting a survival goal. If I make it through this week, my mom (who is visiting this week), Anne and I will reward ourselves with a trip to Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland.  Here’s hoping I survive!

Survive - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

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Winners! July – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014July has come and gone and August is now in full swing. Time to celebrate the FIFTEEN winners from last month. But first! A huge thank you to our incredible sponsors!  Without our sponsors we would still have all our finishes but it wouldn’t be near as much fun.  Thank you for your support!

1. A fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Designs

Patti – Retired to Quilt

2. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

Sandra – Musings of a Menopausal Melon

3. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts

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Sophie – Sophie Junction

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

Ella – Throw a Wench in the Works

5. Thread Prize from Aurifil

Linda – The Pieceful Kingdom

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

Cathy – Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting

7. 8. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

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Lynne – Tinking Along

Andrea – Flickr

9. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

Deana – Daughters of Dorinda

10. 11. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

Pat – Bell Creek Quilts

Denise – CrafTraditions.com

12. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

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Cynthia – Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

13. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping

Julie – That’s Sew Julie

14, 15. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

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Carolyn – Sweet Boater Chick

Amy – Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans

Shanna and I would like to congratulate all of the winners and everyone who completed their goal in July! Good luck with August!

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Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

This week I am going slow on the sewing projects and testing out the amazing new machine that has fallen into my lap.  My first two projects were simple repairs, a good way to familiarize myself with basic sewing.  The hubs has been after me all summer to repair a pair of PT shorts for his uniform, so with the help of my mom (she pinned everything for me while I was reading my manual) I finally got them done!Repaired Shorts - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

What have you all been working on?

Tomorrow is the last day to link up your goals for this month so make sure you do that!!

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