Monday, September 8, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

By now, surely most of you have seen posts from bloggers participating in the Around the World Blog Hop.  I’m so fortunate that Katy at nominated me to participate.  I’ve been following Katy for some time now … I fell in love with this quilt of hers and became a follower right then and there.  Katy is the epitome of an eclectic quilter … while she’s made lots of lovely traditional quilts, she’s made a lot of fabulous modern quilts, too.  When it comes to quilting diversity, Katy is your gal!  Go check out her blog here


Now … on to the questions.

What am I working on?
Like most quilters, I’ve got several projects in the works right now. 

Of my WIPs, my highest priority is the spiral log cabin I’m making for my oldest grandson T#1.  Last summer I made new bed quilts for his two sisters, and not long afterwards his younger brother asked if I would make him a quilt.  Time to make new quilts for the boys!  Before I left for retreat, I’d put together 3-1/2 rows … I had hoped to be able to work on it at retreat, but there was no design wall … and no floor space to utilize as a design floor.  Here are the blocks laid out as I was piecing the rows 1-001

I’m also working on another log cabin … this one for my hubby … he too asked me, a couple of months ago, when I was going to make him a quilt.  I originally chose some muted repro fabrics for a semi-scrappy version of the spiral log cabin quilt for T#1, but when he saw the blocks, he realized that he just wasn’t a fan of the scrappy blocks.  That’s ok … DH and I both loved the fabrics I chose, and I realized that they would make a fabulous quilt for DH (forgive the crease … this photo was taken as I was unpacking from my July retreat where I started the piecing … and since it was the only photo where the colors are even close to accurate, I’m going with it – ha!).  photo 3 (1)Since I couldn’t work on T#1’s quilt at guild retreat, I got quite a lot done on this … I pieced together another 20 complete blocks and have one more light “log” to add to 20 more.  I’m debating between making the top 80x100 or 70x90 … I’d prefer to make it 80x100 so my setting will be symmetrical and so it will be plenty big for wrapping up in on a cold winter’s night … but frankly, I’m ready to be done working on this … maybe I’ll regain some interest after it sits for a while longer (I only need an additional 5-6 blocks to get the 80 blocks needed to make an 80x100 quilt). 

Believe it or not, I do make quilts other than log cabins (although I will admit that they’re my favorite … they can be set in so many different ways, changing the look of the blocks completely!).  I’m using my leaders and enders to make a Primitive Gathering’s Primitive Picnic Quilt … I’m using mostly leftover Midwinter Reds, with a few more neutrals grabbed from my stash.  I got quite a few more 2 patches made while at 3

And I’m working on a portable project, a Martha Washington’s Flower Garden (made from Kansas Troubles fabrics … my favorite fabric line) … it’s a perfect travel project.  We will be leaving this Friday for another trip to the beach … I’ll baste the connector hexies on the road  and piece hexie blocks when we’re poolside or in the condo in the evenings.photoI’ve got 32 blocks finished, laid out on my design floor (with little, if any, regard for block placement) … and imagine, if you will, each block surrounded by a row of red connector hexies, as seen in the single block.  I’ve got enough hexies basted to make another 20 blocks, if my memory is accurate (which is questionable these days ha!) … I’m not sure just how big a quilt (IOW, how many blocks) I’m going to make … if I intend to make it bigger, I’ll have to cut more 2 1/2” squares (and probably buy some more KT fabrics).

And that’s not counting the quilts I’ve kitted fabric for … Nantucket and a large pineapple quilt (25” blocks) … nor is it counting the blocks I’ve pieced to make a king-sized quilt for our bed.

What is interesting (at least to me) is that a year ago, I was strictly a one-quilt-at-a-time kind of gal and I’d buy fabric only for the quilt I was making … the only fabrics I added to my stash were the “leftovers” from my quilts. 

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
While I doubt that anyone could identify *MY* quilts in a large collection of quilts, still there’s something about the combination of the patterns and fabrics in the quilts I make that somehow makes them “me”.  I do know that I’m fairly unique in that I handquilt - exclusively.  While I’m know that there are still others who love to handquilt, there are certainly none in my little corner of the world … it definitely feels like I’m a quilty Lone Ranger. 

Why do I write/create what I do?
My blog started as a public record of my everyday life … an online journal, if you will.  As I’ve become even more obsessed fallen in even more in love with quilting, my blog reflects that.  I can’t imagine not blogging … in my desire to cut back on the time I spend online, I’ve thought occasionally about giving up blogging, but I just can’t!  I’ve made bloggy friends who I’d truly miss … and I’ve grown to love the blogging process. 

I quilt because I HAVE to.  It’s my therapy.  I’m a member of the “sandwich generation”, and while I truly love being able to be a blessing to my dad and my daughter, I know that I can best bless them if I take care of myself, too.  Time spent with needle and thread allows me to slow down, relax, and refresh.  I quilt because I know that my quilts will be a tangible legacy for my daughter and my grands.  I quilt because I know that my quilts are used and loved … and that my love and my prayers have been stitched into each and every quilt.

How does my creating process work?
To be totally honest, I don’t know … I’ve never really thought about how I do what I do.  I know that I draw inspiration from other quilters (blogs, Facebook groups, retreats and guild meetings), and I know that is somehow factored into my decision making process … but exactly how, I do not know.  And maybe it’s just as well … as a retired accountant, my nature is to analyze and plan.  Maybe quilting satisfies the little piece of me that just needs to do … no thinking, no analyzing, no dissecting the whys and hows … a time to forget the brain and just follow my heart.  All I know is that when it’s time to start planning my next quilt, I go with my heart, choosing a pattern and fabrics that appeal to me. 


Now I’d like to “pass the baton” onto 3 very talented and creative bloggers. 

First is Debbie who blogs at The Way We Are.  I’ve been a faithful reader for several years, back before the quilting obsession bug took hold.  She and I have so much in common … we’re both grandmas who love, love, love our grands, we’re both believers … but now that Debbie has discovered quilting, we have so much more in common. 

Second is Deb A who blogs at VTQuilter.  I’ve been following Deb for a good long while now.  I’m inspired by her productivity … with 2 kiddos and working, she still manages to get more done in a week than I do in a month (or so it seems!) … and I’m in awe of her creativity … she appliques, machine quilts, handquilts, works with miniatures … she’s another diverse quilter.

And third is Kathi who blogs at Design Originals by KC.  I’ve been following Kathi for about a year now.  We “met” on Celebrate Handquilting Facebook group … we share a love of handquilting.  I have to tell you that I’m a little jealous, too … she lives on the east central coast of Florida … (the beach is my “happy place”). 

You can get a sneak preview of what Debbie, Deb and Kathi are up to by checking out their blogs now … but don’t forget to check back next week when they’ll be in the spotlight! 

Thanks again, Katy, for tagging me to participate … this has been fun!

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a marvelous Monday!


  1. Your cabin blocks are looking fantastic. I really like the scrappier version of the blue one.

  2. Love, love, love your log cabins! We just got home from a couple of trips - I really need to catch up with blogs and everything! But first I need to help a friend with a broken leg... ~Jeanne

  3. Well, this was so interesting and I think it is so wonderful that you have something that you enjoy so much. We all need that "therapy" and mine is blogging and being creative with my computer and photography. I LOVE it!!

    And, your "beach time" is coming up and I know how much you enjoy that. Blessings for a safe trip and a most wonderful time!

  4. Well I know you know how much I LOVE your quilts, but I don't know if I had seen the fabrics in what started as your grandsons quilt and is now your hubby's. I just LOVE the fabric!! LOVE IT!! I am going to have to get around to attempting a log cabin eventually. You have made soo many pretty ones, I know where I will have to go should I have any questions. Thanks for the nomination! Enjoy your day! HAPPY QUILTING!

  5. love all the quilts you are making - I too can not give up blogging and even find ways to blog while on the road!

  6. Glad you posted about the Around of World Blog Hop as I did not know about it. Congrats! Your blog is well deserving. Your flower garden will be a great take-along-to-the beach project. Safe travels.

  7. I have enjoyed your blog hop. Isn't it interesting the one I did this morning is called Pay it Forward?
    Same questions though.
    I love your quilts.

  8. Beautiful projects, every one! I love your "style", Kathy. Can't wait to see your Picnic quilt--I've made 3 of that pattern. : )

  9. It was fun learning a little bit more about you and your quilting. My, you are quite organized to have so many projects going on at once!

    I wouldn't mind having a bit of your 'fall-like' weather! It's another miserably hot day, today.

    I'm excited for you about your upcoming beach trip! I hope the weather is picture perfect for your visit :)

  10. You have some great projects going! Your Martha Washington is going to be spectacular! I love log cabins and have never made one. I did make some coasters and a mini quilt for my mini wall. I find that hard to believe doesn't everyone start out making a log cabin. I do have plans to use the plaids left in my stash to make one someday!

  11. As always, I love your work. I can't wait to see the red one. And I love the blue and white one. Gorgeous!!

    I've never quilted, but you sure do intrigue me with your blog. Who knows? Maybe one day when I retire, I may try my hand at it.

  12. I just remembered it was Monday! Great post - I've got a week to figure out mine =) Safe travels and enjoy the beach recharging vacation.

  13. Hi there, Great post, love that you introduced us to some new friends. Of course,I've know Debbie for years-she is such a dear! the other gals are very talented.
    Hope you have a great day getting ready for your trip.
    Hugs, Noreen

  14. Wow! You have some wonderful projects here! Your beach trip always interests me!

  15. You are one busy quilter! I am amazed at the number of quilts you have in process and the ones waiting in line for your lovely touch. It is a blessing to have a hobby you are so passionate about! Happy Stitching!

  16. What a fabulous log cabin quilt - at first glance, it looks almost like a bargello. And I agree - can't stop blogging because I'd miss all my great friends!

  17. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog - thanks for commenting on mine. You and I are coming from such similar places! I am the only one in our quilt group (of almost 100!) who hand quilts, although a couple have expressed interest in learning. I, too, have grands who are the light of my life. And I can't imagine life without quilting. Can't wait to see what else you blog about. In the meantime I'll catch up on your past posts!

  18. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog - thanks for commenting on mine. You and I are coming from such similar places! I am the only one in our quilt group (of almost 100!) who hand quilts, although a couple have expressed interest in learning. I, too, have grands who are the light of my life. And I can't imagine life without quilting. Can't wait to see what else you blog about. In the meantime I'll catch up on your past posts!

  19. What a delightful mix of beautiful projects you have going!

  20. I agree - "I quilt because I have to!" I think most of us feel the same way :) Loved learning more about you and seeing some of your projects as you've progressed with them. Glad you are no longer a one-at-a-time project kind of gal! Isn't it so much more fun to work on what makes you happy on any given day? Quilt on!!!

  21. Great post. I really like your spiral log cabin quilt. I almost looks pixelated! The Martha Washington hexagon quilt - gorgeous! I'm so tempted to make my own after seeing yours!


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