What am I working on?
I am sort of in a lull today. Over the weekend I finished Ben's quilt, which was the big one I had been working on. And I quilted the panda quilt, too ("finish" posts are not up yet for either one.) The HST waves quilt (above) is a finished top that needs to be basted and quilted before the baby it's meant for arrives.
And of course I am always working on a scrap project. Currently I am working on a quilt that uses crumb size pieces, 2.5"x1.5", that will be set on point to make long zig zags. So far I have (677) 2.5" units of the 800 someodd I will need. It reminds me of the gum wrapper chains people used to make :)
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Obviously I'm a modern quilter, but I like to think that I am informed by traditional designs and techniques. Sometimes that means I modify a traditional design into a modern quilt, like in the Drunken Circles quilt or the off center Lonestar. Other times I actually make designs that are pretty traditional, with just a little modern twist, like the Crumb Jar Nines.
I also have a strong preference for using scraps, which I think is somewhat uncommon in the "modern" quilt world. I find scraps more inspiring than whole cuts of fabric; I'd rather make a quilt from scraps any day. I save everything down to about 1" square, and I have found ways to use them, too! My Sherwood Forest quilt used any crumbs that were at least 1.5" on one side.
Over the years I have found a lot of different ways to spend my time and satisfy my creative drive. I write, do community theater, play computer games (yes, that can be creative!) But I have to say quilting is the best thing I have come across. It appeals to me because I can see a project though from idea to completion, which I could also get somewhere else, but quilting is unique because at the end of the day I have a tangible object to show for my work.
Quilts are perfect for gifting to other people because every one can use a blanket. It's not just pretty to look at, it 's useful. Not like something you're going to put up on a shelf and have to dust around constantly. Usually people are really really excited about getting a homemade quilt; most people have never had one. I gave a friend his a couple days ago and this 32 year old man did the cutest little happy dance you've ever seen.
|(Not the 32-year-old I was talking about, more like 82, but he was pretty excited too!)|
How does my creative process work?
Often my design process starts with a picture I've seen. I have a large file of "inspiration" photos on my computer. Then I usually move to graph paper, do some quick math, and get into the actual cutting an assembling. I don't like to spend too much time planning things out before I start and frequently make changes as I go.
So there you go, Kat the Quilting in a nutshell! For the bloghop to continue I'm supposed to tag a few people to post next.
I am tagging the very creative Mihaela at "A Beautiful Day". She makes the most wonderful quilt patterns based on traditional Romanian needle point. I used one of her patterns to make my Country Home quilt.
I am also tagging Barb from Cat Patches, who blogs about quilting, cats, travel, gardening, and canning - all of my favorite topics!