Thanks to Anne, from SpringLeaf Studios for inviting me to be next on this just-for-fun blog hop. Reading through her post from last week, it’s clear we are kindred creative spirits in many ways!
The ATW hop comes with some questions to answer, so here goes:
Q1) What am I working on right now?
Ummmmm…. truth is, I haven’t done any sewing AT ALL for a couple of weeks. Honestly, I’m getting a bit twitchy! Look at all the improvisational minis that are piled up, waiting to be quilted…
I made these MONTHS ago… and have only quilted one so far:
It still needs to be bound. Or maybe a faced edge… or it might end up as a pillow cover (it’s about 20″ square). It would look really nice on my desk chair…
As soon as I have a minute, I also want to get back to work on a possible QuiltCon piece, although chances of it getting done by the show deadline are shrinking daily. What I most want to get into is the new One Block Wonder I mention here. Playing with that is going to be my reward for getting my clutter program done!
And I have four or five finished lappish-sized tops that I’m eager to get quilting on. I do all of my own quilting, BTW, on my domestic machine, although I dream of having my own long-arm…
Why I haven’t been sewing lately
Something you may not know about me is that when I’m not having quilty fun, I’m a self-employed writer and training developer with a special interest in feng shui and clutter-clearing. The reason for lack of sewing time right now is I’m on a tight deadline turning a clutter-clearing program that was successful in paper into a new, online, video-based version. I’m super excited about it, and am having fun recording and editing audio and video sessions… but the no-time-to-sew factor is getting to me.
Plus, I live in the tropics, and the entire month of September was just too hot and humid to spend time in my studio. This happens for a few weeks in late summer every year.
Q2) How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
I don’t even know what genre to put myself in: somewhere between arty and modern and a long way from traditional. Like Anne, I think there’s a place for batiks and bold prints in Modern quilting, and I’m sure I’ll explore more of that.
Q3) Why do I write/create what I do?
Because being an artist and writer is who and what I am, to the core. The only reason not-sewing hasn’t driven me completely around the bend is that I’m putting so much creative juice into my desk projects. Although there’s that twitchy thing I mentioned, that’s getting worse.
Q4) How does my creative process work?
You can read all about that in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s interview with me in the August, 2014 issue of The Quilt Life magazine… or poke around this blog. I ramble on about process a lot. I prefer to work intuitively, making things up as I go, but I do also have a strong left-brain that helps me organize and manage ideas and projects. I’m not afraid of a little quilt math, when it’s necessary.
I was going to try to pull together some new stuff for the VdeH Etsy shop in your honor… but have run out of time. Etsy is awesome, but honestly, photographing and writing up listings and getting everything uploaded and tagged, is a huge time-sink.
So I have another idea…
Some of you may be neatnik quilters (I’ve never met one, but I’ve heard rumors). Chances are the rest of you are more like me, and living in a little too much creative mess most of the time. If that’s the case,I have a freebie PDF for you. It’s called “4 Key Mindset Shifts for Getting Rid of Clutter” and is available on my clutter website, here. (When you sign up for the PDF you’ll also get an invitation to a free video mini-course going live this week– it’s the first stage of that big project that’s been keeping me from sewing this summer.)
Finally, I’m passing the hop baton on to my sister, Abby Fuller, who lives in Idaho and blogs at Quiltiverse and who’s been quilting (and amassing UFOs) for much longer than me. In spite of being sisters and best quilting buddies, we have very different styles although we share the same delight in fabric adventures and broken rules.
Okay, I gotta get back to work. The sooner I get my clutter program launched, the sooner I can sew something!
Thanks for stopping by!