One of my Instagram friends, Jo from Riddle and Whimsy tagged me to post today. When I read her post from last week I was slightly concerned because some of our answers are going to be a bit similar but that’s the beauty about social media – it introduces you to people who have similar interests to you who you may never have met otherwise. I love her use of colour and she has a very cute kitty cat who looks just like my old cat who is no longer with us.
So, here are my answers to the World Blog Hop Questions
1. What am I working on?
The biggest thing I’m working on at the moment is the Aussie Aviatrix Quilt-a-long. It’s the first quilt-a-long I’ve hosted and is one of those projects where I am reminded of a maxim of a business coach I used to refer to quite a bit: Ready. Fire. Aim. If you read yesterday’s Sunday Stash post, you will have seen a teaser, and I am really looking forward to announcing the details on 15 September, so keep a look out for it.
I’m also in the middle of writing my first pattern. That’s taken a back seat for a while but I hope to get back to it very soon and release it before the end of the year.
Finally, I’m doing some serious work on my blog and Instagram presence. I want to become a full time quilter and blogger so to that end I’m working on learning all I can about these two platforms and becoming more consistent with my posts. A few weeks ago I came across Secret Bloggers Business – they have a great Blog Planner set which I have found to be very helpful. I love pretty things and this is set out really nicely. I’ve also become interested in Sue B Zimmerman – I’m working through her tips on building an Instagram audience. My blog needs a serious overhaul which will be happening gradually over the next few months.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m anal. I love precise points. I don’t do random and I don’t do improv. I love order – I need to use colours that match and form a cohesive whole. I have a heap of different designers in my stash; I’ve got some Anna Maria Horner, some Tula Pink and then some Me and My Sister and some Sweetwater but the quilts I make would stick to one designer or colour family rather than a mish-mash. I’m not entirely sure I fit into the ‘modern quilter’ mold but I’m OK with that.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I love it. The first quilts I made were for my twin nieces who are about to turn 17. I wanted to make a quilt and so I did. I wish I was still that fearless! I love giving someone a gift which I think reflects part of them, and which is made with love. As I love towards making quilts for commissions, I look forward to helping others do the same.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
This is a tricky one. For the pattern I’m making at the moment, it came from a quilt I made some time ago and then I adjusted it slightly to use a line of fabric I had some half yards of. I just went with it. When I’m following a pattern, I never follow it exactly. I always either use different fabric, or add another little element in.
When I’m writing for my blog, It’s usually stream of consciousness. OF course I’ll edit it along the way but what you see is what you get!
One of the Quilter Blogger Facebook Groups I belong to was having a discussion about who we were all going to tag next. We all discovered we were going to tag each other! I encourage you to visit Jo’s blog to see who else she has tagged this week.
I’m tagging Rachael from Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow. Rachael is one of the bloggers who is joining me for the Aussie Aviatrix Quilt-a-long. She has also just started her second Beginner Quilt A Long series of tutorials. Some of the quilts that came out of her first series are just beautiful. Please pop along to her blog next Monday and find out more about her.