Around the World Blog Hop
Today's the day I share a few things about myself and my crafting as part of Around The World Blog Hop. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was asked by Ginny at Fishcreek Studio to participate a few weeks ago and said yes. She and I were in the Magnum PI hive of the MoStash Bee run by the adorable duo Whitney (The Peacock Tree) and Deb (Trio Stitch Studio) who I got to meet in person at Sewing Summit 2012
Ginny and I came so close to getting together on a fluke when our paths almost crossed while vacationing in Phoenix this last Spring but our schedules didn't cooperate. Hopefully we will meet some day soon.
|My Stash - As Promised|
In A Nutshell
My backstory is in this Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop Post from summer. Here's the Readers Digest version and I'm dating myself by using that reference: My name is Karen and I live in Capitola, a small beach in California. I love to quilt and started blogging in March 2012. Hubby and I are proud to have two amazing sons and an adorable granddaughter. You'll see lots of her as well our our two dogs all over IG and the blog.
I recently added an About Me tab including this picture, one of my favorites.
|Exploring the Arboretum|
What I've Been Working On:
As 2014 wraps up, there's lots of reflecting back and looking forward. I haven't gotten my act together for the Year In Review like I did in my 200th Post for 2013 with a staggering 23 finishes or when I completed 13 quilts and 9 tops in 2012 where it took 5 mosaics for all the bee blocks and other projects. I'm just not that prolific anymore, but I still try!
|Talking about my quilts at the Artists Reception|
The most exciting thing lately (maybe ever) was having the two quilts on the far left in the Amish: The Modern Muse, a juried exhibit at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum Fiberspace, November 15, 2014 -January 3, 2015.
|Fussy cut BamQ Retreat UFO|
One of two cute scrappy blocks were made for a friends collaborative baby quilt. I was thrilled to contribute and it turned out adorable, oh - and so did baby!
What I'll Be Working On
With 134 designs under my belt, it's about time that I made a quilt don't you think? If you don't already know about QDAD , quick - go check it out on Facebook! Quilt Design A Day has been so much more rewarding since I've graduated from Lurker status to active Member posting regularly.
I'm about to be elevated to Sparker, providing my own photos as the inspiration images for the group the week of January 4th. This Travelin' Pic Stitch post from 2 years ago shows how I used the Play-Craft's Palette Builder back then. Now it has a Kona, Aurifil and Hex Value matching option - I'm considering this for one of my days, we'll see.
If you don't have software and want to try out a free one, Inkscape has been great.
Joining In - Again
I'm starting the New Year out with a combo of two IG groups, #SewYourStash and Ginny's #ScrappyLogCabinAlong or at least that's the plan. My idea is to take 3x6 or 4x5 Bee Blocks and use them for the centers, surrounded by stash scraps to create a Converging Corners quilt. I received some great ones and because they're tucked away in a box, I don't have a picture but I found this random mosaic of some I've made.
Did I mention I started blogging to document and get organized? Well, it's not exactly a hot mess but things do tend to get shall we say "unkept". I've got a pretty long leash when it comes to my quilting and that extends to blogging. I'm happy to be perfectly imperfect.
Branching out to include 3-D sewing like clothes and toys keeps getting bumped. I'm hoping these books will get some good use.
|Family Portrait 2011 photo by Danny Quijano Photography|
Some Favorite Projects:
The mosaic at the beginning includes some favorites and here are a few more:
Why I Create:
I'm so much happier when I do. I've always felt the need to make things. Back in the day - I use to draw and paint and loved it - I even crocheted. Quilting has filled that space pretty well with the vast styles, techniques and materials that I have barely touched on.
On occasion I'll still dabble thanks to my friend Sue who's kept me going ever since Art Class in High School.
I've got treasured memories of painting while on vacation in Kauai, zentagles in the airport coming back from the Heather Ross Workshop and creating Capitola Seawall Art tiles together. Fabric stamping is on our short list.
What I love about the quilting community that I've found, both at the local guilds and online is the sense of encouragement and support. The sharing and teaching and constant inspiration.
|Tara, Anne, Kelly & I hanging Modern Amish|
I've only been to Sewing Summit and Quilt Festival , but I find these events exhausting and rejuvenating all at the same time. For my birthday next year, I'll be spending it at Glamp Stitchalot with hopefully new and old friends.
Let me know if you'll be at QuiltCon, Glamp Stitchalot or another Quilty Event in 2015.
Next Up on The Hop
To keep the hop going, I'm tagging Debbie so be sure to check out her blog and especially her Around the World Blog Hop post Monday, January 5th to see her beautiful work and see who she tags next!
We met on flickr about 2 1/2 years ago while participating in the SuperNova QAL. She enjoys several types of sewing and handwork: quilting, crochet, wool work and blogs at Shadows of the Blue Ridge.
|Debbie with her Medallion Quilt|