Monday, August 25, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

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I was tagged last Monday by Diane of My StudioQ and Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs to participate in the Around the World blog hop. Every blogger answers four questions - so, onwards:

For those who don't know me, I'm a sewist of four years in my mid-twenties. I've been very involved with my local Modern Quilt Guild the last couple of years (I'm serving right now as President and Webmaster), and it's been so much fun! I live in northwestern New Jersey with my husband of almost 2 years.

1. What am I working on? 
It changes every day. I try to work on what I'm inspired to work on (and yes, that means some days I don't work on anything because I don't feel inspired at all!). You can always check my sidebar ("currently") to see what's up.

Yesterday I took a Slice and Insert workshop with Jacquie Gering and learned so much! The gray blocks are mine and the purple are Jessica's. I'm working on making these blocks into a wall-hanging (hopefully sooner than later). I'll be blogging more about this weekend soon!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
 My work differs because I combine fabric lines constantly/I rarely stick to one fabric line. I also don't really have a specific style (in my eyes - maybe I do and you can tell me?) - I make traditional quilts with modern fabrics, I mix up traditional designs for a more "modern traditional" look, I sometimes improv... etc. It depends on the project. Also, most of my work is free motion quilted on my home machine. I rarely straight line quilt because I just don't have as much fun!

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
 Why? Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? But really - being serious now, I realized in the last two years that writing sewing out of my life would be nothing less than impossible. Sewing has gotten me through some tough times. My confidence has grown tremendously (though I've been putting it all out there on the blog since the beginning!), my skills have improved immensely, and I feel energized and creative every day. 

As I mentioned to my guild at the August meeting, I have been blogging since I started sewing, so for me, I can't imagine one without the other. As much as I enjoy Instagram, I would much rather write in depth about my process, design decisions, works in progress (I have a Ph.D in them at this point), final thoughts, the guild, and more. I would rather read about other sewists' thoughts in depth, too, which is why, hopefully, the quilty blog community will still be around for a while. And if it isn't, chances are good I'll still be here. :)

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
As I mentioned with sewing above, I like to blog when I feel inspired. Sometimes I'll write out full blog posts and wait to finish them off later before posting. I use the "schedule" button only if I'm being super proactive or it's a post that *must* get done on a certain day! Otherwise, I like to write out everything and then go back and edit. I'm a serial editor - as in, I'm never completely satisfied until every sentence has been read twice. That's probably a good thing!
My creating process as a whole works in mysterious ways. I'm not often inspired by patterns, but if I am, I almost always envision my own spin to them. That being said, I rarely follow legitimate patterns and I prefer tutorials that I can tweak. Overall, I like to make up things as I go. :) Sometimes, fabric itself is so inspiring that it ends up as the design for my quilt!

I'm tagging Renee of Quilts of a Feather, Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation, and Alison of Little Bunny Quilts to answer these questions next Monday!


  1. I enjoyed reading about you as I'm a new follower of yours. I love your work and I'm glad to hear that you like to write about your process instead of just posting a photo to Instagram.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post! Scatter is such a beautiful quilt :)

  3. Hi Jessica! Great post! I love your creative style and your colour palette! I'm happy to see how this blog hop goes around World and so many friends have joined. My day was 11. of August, just the day we finally moved! x Teje

  4. I would say your style is fun and happy. :D Also, I can give you an in depth answer into why the sky is blue and the grass is green, but I suspect you mean those rhetorically. :P So I'll save my nerdiness for another time. Great post (and even better quilts)!

  5. I'm so glad that you share the process rather than just the photos on Instagram. Please continue as you are. Your work is beautiful.

  6. such a fun post Jess. Love your style :-)

  7. Find this Blog Hop to be very interesting and fun to get to know the blogger a bit deeper and how incredible minds work Thanks for sharing--Greetings from the southern tip of the state!

  8. I definitely recognize a "style" in your work, in that, I can tell it's your work by looking at it (I don't know why, I just can tell it's "you") Maybe because of the FMQ? At any rate, I love it all :D

  9. I would say your style is kind of bubbly :) You are always so happy and positive so I hope this won't change!


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