I was tagged last week by the lovely Tammy over at Girls Wear Blue Too to take part in this blog hop. I thought it would be a great chance for some of my newer readers to get to know me a little and share some things about my creative style.
What am I working on right now?
Right now I am working on lots of bee blocks, some overdue challenges and then I’m trying to work my way through my pile of quilt tops and turn them into quilts!! I have the backing and batting in most cases, I just need the time and energy.
How long does it take to create a project?
That’s a hard question! It depends on what it is, I can polish off a bee block in an afternoon, but most of my quilts take months from the initial concept, sourcing fabric and cutting and piecing. Then I have to wait and think about the quilting for a while. Especially because I’m currently doing quilting on my domestic machine, that stage can take a bit of muscle and I have to pick the time to do it carefully because it will totally wipe me out.
For example, my Candy Ripples quilt has been in progress since December 2013. I just finished the quilt top in July and although I have some fabric for the backing it will be a little while still before it becomes a quilt.
What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment?
I’m definitely a “modern” quilter. I love saturated colours and bold contrasts. I love unexpected colour combinations and ornate lush oversized designs. I have trouble working with baby prints and designs or novelty prints, and I don’t like reproduction florals, dingy colours or anything that screams 80’s. My favourite fabric designers are Tula Pink (of course!), Joel Dewberry, and Kate Spain.
How does my creative process work?
I’m either drawn to fabric and try to find the perfect pattern to show it off, or I find a look or pattern and then choose the fabric to best show that vision. It’s often a case of lots of looking, waiting and looking some more to find the perfect combination. I’m still learning lots about how fabrics and colours work when they are cut up and recombined, so it’s definitely a process! Plus, my fabric budget is pretty small, so I try hard to make the right call as often the fabric to me is irreplaceable. I certainly can’t pop down the local shop and get some more! A lot of times my favourite projects have been ones made of leftovers, where I have let the fabric dictate what it becomes.
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I’m finding more inspiration everywhere now that I’m getting the hang of textiles and design.
These canvases were spotted on my last trip to Ikea, which is a great place for looking at bold colours and patterns. I would love to see them interpreted in a quilt. Other than that, I love the endless inspiration on the internet, through blogging, Instagram, and my quilting magazines that I download. There is nowhere near me that has my type of fabrics or patterns, so I find all my research and “aha” moments come from the internet.
What is my signature style?
Oh goodness that’s a hard one. I think it’s still evolving. I love lush, surprising, contrasting, happy colours. With bold graphics or incredibly ornate detail. I’m a total contradiction in style, scandi-vintage-modern….. Anything but traditional!