Lectures and Workshops

Monday, September 29, 2014

World Wide Blog Hop

My friend Chantal nominated me to share with you in the World Wide blog hop. It's been so much fun reading everyone's posts and learning more about them. Even though I know Chantal (for real!) I learned some new things about her reading her post here. You really should go check out her awesome blog! So many beautiful quilting projects, lots of pretty crochet.... she inspires me all the time! 

Meanwhile, here are my answers to the questions for the blog hop.....

1.  What am I working on?

oh so many things! I'm playing with ideas for the Instagram mini swap. I'll share that with you soon. Lucky me, I was on a quilting retreat this past weekend with my friends from The McKinney Modern Quilt Guild.  I finished up TWO quilt tops that have been on my list for a while. First, my Asterisk Quilt top, made with the bee blocks I received:

The second top I completed is my Metro Hoops top, which I started at a class in August. This one is made with the Quick Curve Ruler. It's an awesome technique for sewing curves, but there are a million steps and I do believe this is a one time deal for me! I do love the finished top...

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm I'm not really sure it does! I consider myself a modern quilter, though I do drift over into other types of quilting sometimes. I also love garment sewing. I rarely follow a pattern exactly as written (that metro hoops above would be the exception). I prefer to put my own spin on things, often creating my own layouts for quilts.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I've always been a creator, since I was a little girl! It's in my gene's I think..... my mom was always crafting when I was a child (she still is) and she encouraged me to create alongside her from a very early age. I'm so thankful for that! I try to create something every single day. It brings me joy! I have dabbled in many different crafts, scrapbooking, basketweaving (for real!), beading.... but for some reason fabric is my true love. I always seem to return to sewing and quilting.

4.  How does my creative process work?

This is a hard question! I'm one of those people who just jumps right in and tries things. Often my quilts and other projects evolve as I go. Sometimes I draw up ideas on graph paper. Here's the sketch I did for my Asterisk quilt:
I really love graph paper! Whenever I see a graph paper notebook in the store I snatch it up. Also, prismacolor pencils. A few years ago my husband bought me a tin full of every color pencil there is. I love them!

So there you have it. What about you? Tell us your answers!


Chantal said...

Awesome post Ellyn. You got a lot of sewing done at retreat. Congratulations! Both beauties!

Debbie said...

Loving your asterisk quilt!!

Melissa said...

Looks like it was a productive retreat! Hope you've rested for the next adventure in your busy schedule!

Maria said...

Loved reading your post...

Craftycreate said...

Your quilts are fabulous and you got a lot done at the retreat. I just done a blog hop too! :)