Around the World Blog Hop

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Hi friends! A day late posting about the Around the World Blog Hop...the past two weeks have been a complete whirlwind. I was tagged last week by Karin over at Leigh Laurel Studios whom I have known for a few months now.  I met her through Sizzix as a fellow designer...and let me tell you - I am such a huge fan of hers now. She just released a fabulous free paper piecing pattern on her site called Fruit Ninja. She is also a part of the 2014 New Blogger Blog Hop by Plum and June, which I love because I was part of the 2013 group. 1. What am I working on?

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I am currently working on some fun projects using Handcrafted, a new line by Alison Glass for Andover. There is a blog hop over at Sara Lawson's blog Sew Sweetness at the end of the month sharing projects from Angela Pingel's new book A Quilter's Mixology that is full of fun curved sewing using the drunkards path block. Some new fall projects for Sizzix and Therm O Web are keeping me busy, but this is my favorite season so I am having so much fun with all of the fall colors. A larger project that is taking some time is a large scale Modern Hexies quilt I am planning, this is incorporating all 303 Kona solids from Robert Kaufman. Still trying to figure out the layout and hoping to have it finished so I can have a quilt to enter in the Quilt-con quilt show. Other than that I am desperately trying to get all of my bee blocks caught up on and birthday club sewing finished, I am so so bad this year at keeping up with all of these and I am hoping that the gifts I am making will make my friends smile :)

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

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This question is pretty difficult because I don't see my work standing out too much from my sewing peers. I guess I feel like I am confident in my color use, I love to mix it up a little bit and really use bright colors. Sometime's it tends to be a little too much but in the long run I think it's fun...and my son loves all of the bright colors so it makes me happy. I also love to use textures in a non traditional way, adding pleather and rough materials to normally soft items like pillows. Oh goodness....I hope that answered this question - ahhh that was hard!

3. Why do I create what I do?

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I love taking beautiful materials and making them better, at least that is the goal. Quilting was something that I stumbled upon back in 2010 when I was pregnant with my son and wanted to create something for him that would last. Now I always think of him when I am making a project to keep knowing that he will pass it down to his kids and I love that feeling. Blogging has been a great way of keeping an online journal for my friends and family to keep up with what I am working on and to also keep a diary of sorts for myself to see how my sewing changes through the years.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I do not consider myself to be a strong writer, so I hope that my photos tell the story of my work a little better. As far as creating projects, I will draw out some ideas on graph paper to get the measurements right but mostly it's a lot of cutting and hoping that the size ends up correctly. One day I would love to try out some quilt design software but until then it is paper / pencil and just winging it for now. I take photos of the step by step process on most of my work, in the hopes that it will work as a tutorial - most of which make the cut...but there are so many that just end up in a pile on my desk.

I am now tagging a super talented friend of mine, someone I stalk daily on Instagram and a gal I had the pleasure of meeting at Quilt Market this last spring!

Jessee Maloney from An Art School Dropouts Life -

She is the perfect combo of Crafter / Designer / Collector / Sewer as you will see once you visit her blog! I had no idea what Blythe dolls were before I followed her and now I am a little obsessed. She is also a talented designer for Silhouette America, and you can find some of her awesome work on their site as well.  She also has an adorable little girl who she does a bunch of fun sewing for - what's not to love!

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Nicole