A couple of years ago, I shared a camper van trip with Katy of The Littlest Thistle. I’m still paying for that decision as she’s just tagged me in the Around the World Bloghop.
1. What am I working on?
How much time do you have?
There are 3 QS quilts in various stages of quilting, the Quilt As You Go Free Motion Quilting project, a couple of bags, a pattern – no make that three – and…
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure it does. I have the occasional mad idea, like the QAYGFMQAL, or the Travellin’ Pic Stitch bloghop which saw us paper piecing on the go with the colours of the block matching the places visited… Here’s me stitching in Monument Valley.
In terms of blogging as work, I try to be humorous – I’m sure I fail abysmally at times. I wrote a little pattern for a bag my mum commissioned (you can find the tutorial series at the link) and tried to make the pattern funny. I’m not sure if it worked. The dogs certainly weren’t impressed.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I write to ‘get things out’. I’ve always been a compulsive writer.
I create to give. And to allow that creative side some rein. I feel unbalanced if I don’t create. It’s been that way since I was 7 when I remember my grandmother teaching me to knit. My mum will tell you I haven’t sat down without a craft project in my hands since. It used to annoy the hell out of her when we watched TV together. I’m a fidgit.
I also find it’s good therapy. From work and other stresses. We recently had a death in the family. I was in the middle of a two day workshop. I found out at the end of the first day. The second day, I went along anyway, to keep my mind off it and give myself a focus. This is what emerged.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
In terms of quilting, I generally wait for fabric to speak to me. I used to be a language teacher. I became fluent in Indonesian. I’m becoming fluent in fabric. It’s taken a while, and some fabric speaks dialects which are harder to interpret. But it usually starts with the fabric rather than the pattern. Although sometimes I’m given a theme challenge, like “Chinese Year of the Rabbit in Pink” and rise to it.
The next language I am developing some fluency in is Quilting. Quilt tops don’t always tell me how they want to be quilted. An Amy Butler project has been skipping between dialects – as soon as I get used to one, it switches to another, I have to unpick and requilt. It’s very annoying.
MR at Quilt Matters who is about as far around the globe from me as you can get! M-R is an amazingly creative individual. We’ve become fast friends over TGIFFriday. Check out her blog – she’s going to tell you a bit about herself next Monday!