Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hello! Today I'm happy to share a little about my love of all things fabric and quilting--today's post will include some photos of some of my favorite projects and offer a little bit of insight into my creative process. I think this is such a fun opportunity to learn a little bit more than what we see on a daily basis through blogs and Instagram in such a fast-paced world. I so appreciate being invited to participate in this Around the World Blog Hop by Jessie, whose work I have admired on her blog and through her Instagram account. So...in the "Around the World Blog Hop" bloggers were asked to answer the following four questions...I'll do my best!

What am I working on?

If you've been following along, you know I've just finished a pretty big project. My scrappy Churn Dash quilt has certainly been my favorite summer undertaking, and it may very well be one of my favorite quilts ever! I'm really looking forward to having it quilted and being able to use it!

I'm also working on new patterns for fall and adding to my collection of mini quilts. I love every mini I see, and so I've been trying to make as many as I can this summer--and I'm also trying to get them on the walls as soon as possible!

How does my work differ from others?

Like many quilters today, I'm inspired by many things. I love traditional blocks and designs. I love today's fabrics. I'm pretty eclectic when it comes to all things quilting: I love solids and brights, and I'm also drawn to the comfort of all things vintage. I really do think there are a lot of people in the quilting world today who feel the same way I do...and I believe we are all trying to interpret the past and create the quilts of today. I may differ a bit from some in that I have such a large variety of fabrics and styles I'm drawn to, but basically I believe most quilters create projects because of a fascination with either a pattern or fabric.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I truly believe I write and create because of my heritage. I'm grateful to have grown up in a family where the standard way to get something you wanted was to figure out how to make it yourself. I'm thankful that my grandmother and her grandmothers were quilters. I'm grateful that my Mom considered it an important thing for me to learn to sew. And I'm grateful for the creative talents of my mom's sister who also went out of her way to encourage my creativity when I was a girl and young adult. But I also have figured out that I write and create because it is who I am.

How does my writing/creative process work?

 This is such an interesting question, because honestly for me it happens in different ways and works differently depending on so many things. I have fabrics I love, and I have designs and block styles I'm continually drawn to. I love to challenge myself to put things together in ways I haven't tried before. I love reading patterns--especially those where the pattern designer shares tidbits and helps for the creative process. I know I want to do more of this in my own patterns and designs, too. I'm continually learning and hoping to grow. Although I've been quilting for over 20 years I feel I still have so very much to learn!

As for the "nuts and bolts" of my creative process--graph paper is a must as is a notebook to record ideas. I also love EQ and design most of my projects using software. But occasionally I just start sewing...and some of my favorite projects have come from using that type of process.

Whew...that was a lot of writing...hope I didn't bore you. Really what I want to conclude with is a thank you to so many people who are willing to think about and write their thoughts daily, weekly, or monthly, year after year so we can all be inspired and learn ever so much more about this amazing past time so many of us are drawn to!

If you'd like to write a post answering these questions...I'd love to read it--please let me know in the comment section if you play along. I've also asked three of my favorite quilters to participate, and I'll let you know about their posts if they are able to participate.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful Sherri! You've made such gorgeous quilts. And even though you have eclectic tastes in fabric there's one common thread in your quilts -- they're all so fresh and pretty!

Lisa Walsh said...

Hi Sherri! I always love to see what you are working on. You have inspired me many times to try something new! Thank you so much!

Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse said...

Yay! Thanks Sherri! I loved reading about more about you, it's so nice that you're carrying on family heritage of quilting! Thanks for being such a great inspiration Sherri! xo

Cindy said...

Beautiful quilts! It is so nice to learn a little more about some of the bloggers I read.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous quilts! I especially like the quilting on the first one with the lines.

Bari Jo said...

Thank you for all you share here on your blog - you've taught me a lot and I've appreciated the tutorials so much!

Gai Butler said...

It is always interesting to learn more about creative backgrounds & any process that a designer uses. I've found that your quilts appeal to me in not only their design, but also in the quilting and in the colours & patterns of the fabric that you use. A word to describe my feeling when I look at any one of your quilts would be, 'uplifting'. I look forward to seeing many more.

Joy said...

Thank you for sharing more about you. I find it interesting how one goes about the creative process on a particular pattern. Your quilts are beautiful and inspiring! I have learned to step out of my OCD box and venture into more colors than my decor from you. I appreciate all that you do for quilters. Now hurry with those new minis!! LOL

Patti said...

I love looking at what you have been doing and like BillieBee said I love the Medallion Quilt and how it has been quilted. it is just totally gorgeous.

Shasta Matova said...

What a great idea! I really enjoyed learning more about you. I wrote a post answering these questions. http://highroadquilter.blogspot.com/2014/08/around-world-blog-hop.html

Helen L said...

Hi Sherri!! It was good to read your post. I love your work and love seeing what you've been making. And for some reason I haven't been getting your posts sent to my email and just realized it today!! It's happened with some of my favorite bloggers, so don't think I've been ignoring you: I just haven't been receiving notification of your posts. :-( I hope you've had a great summer, and I'm off to check on your older posts to see what I've missed! Hugs, H

OPQuilt said...

Finally got my Creativity post up, but it's a slightly different format than yours. Here it is:

I love what you wrote and how you wove in your background, your current loves and what drives you. Lovely prose, lovely quilter! Creativity is so different and so elusive sometimes, that I had to think for a while about the subject.

Good luck with those beautiful minis. I have my minis-my art quilts- lined up above where I sew and I love seeing them, like they are in my own personal gallery.

Thanks for this post--

Helen Philipps said...

Your blog hop post was a lovely read, Sheri! Your quilts are so beautiful, and your work on them so inspiring. I love that you come from a family of quilters and are carrying on the tradition...such a wonderful heritage.
Helen xox

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