It's the first day in September and it's my turn at the Around the World Blog Hop. This is a great way to meet bloggers from far and near and be inspired! Marcy from Made by Me in Red tagged me in her last post. She has a real way with color and you should really hop over and see her Sochi Meets Bali quilt that's made from bright batiks!
I'm a mom of 3, grandmother of 7 (we are a fertile bunch) and, although I'm as old as dirt, I still have a "pesky real job". I write search engine optimization copy for a variety of retail websites, including GAP, Old Navy, Piperlime, Banana Republic, CheapCaribbean, Palm Beach Jewelry, Buckle, Belk and many more. I also have a little Etsy shop called 44th Street Fabric. I live with two little shih tzu doggies, Charlie and Lola. Charlie is just turning 18 and has a bad heart. He is on VERY expensive, experimental, miracle medication and, as long as he's able to chase Squirrely Joe (our resident squirrel), I'll do whatever I have to do to keep him on it and keep him going. Lola is now about 16 and she is a puppy mill survivor. She was rescued, along with 60 other dogs, from a horrendous situation. She had never been outside her cage and didn't know how to go down stairs, didn't know what grass was and was afraid of everything. She has come around to the point that she is bossy and sweet but still does quirky and odd things (like standing with her face against the wall for no apparent reason). Needless to say, I've done lots of work with groups who are trying to abolish puppy mills. I no longer have a "DH" (whatever that is) and am very happy to be single. I apparently am just too mean to be married. Quilting is something I love, although I have to call myself more of a "piecer" than a "quilter". I also run the Museum of Bev's Fabrics. I have lovingly curated a collection of stash fabrics that I have moved, stored and maintained for years.
WHAT I AM WORKING ON:
Well, I have to laugh at this question. Other quilters who are doing this blog hop have shown one or two things they are doing. I have probably got 25 or 30 UFO's going. Oh, I have more that that stored but they have no hope of ever seeing a finish during my lifetime. I've got those stored in pillow cases with the names of family members pinned on them. That way, when they are going through my stuff after I "leave this world" and cussing me because of the giant garage sale they will have to have, they will see their name and go, "awwww, she was making this for me".... At least, that's the idea. Here are a few things I'm working on in no particular order. Summer Celebration quilt just needs a border and quilting:
A Stars and Flags wall hanging. Just needs quilting:
A Scrappy Trip Around quilt. I have more blocks to add and then quilting...seeing a theme here? If I had the money, some machine quilter would be very busy....
A Prairie Rose quilt that is all hand applique blocks. I need to set them and quilt it:
A Great Granny quilt (remember this Quilt Along?)
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I would have to say my work differs from others in that none of it is finished!
WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO?
Honestly, I think I have A.D.D. I just hate wrestling a quilt through my home machine but I love to see how the top will look. I love to play with fabrics and colors. I have a theory about quilters. The fabric we buy is coated with a chemical finish to keep the fabric from fading on the shelf. Of course, it washes right out. I think I am addicted to that chemical. I can walk into a fabric store (or my studio) and I just relax. I am a Fabric Junkie!
HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?
I have no idea. I do get creative with original patterns from time to time but I had a very bad experience with a mean quilt judge in the first (and only) quilt show I ever entered. She was awful to me. I quit even sewing at all for a long time over what she wrote. I won't say who she is but she is a beloved figure in the quilting world and that made what she said even more devastating. The only thing that is really creative in my sewing is my choice of color. I just pick a photo I like and pull fabrics that match the colors. Not exactly creative. I love the process of making the block.
This brings us to the fun part! I tagged two of my blogging friends who are super talented for next week's hop! I can't wait to see their answers to these questions! So hop over to Karen's blog at Chez Stitches Blog and to Lea Ann's blog at Podunk Pretties! They are both amazing designers and quilters. Both of them are always ready with help and both of them offer free patterns! They are also interesting women who are genuinely nice people.
So, if you've read this far, thanks! I'm surprised-lol. Cheery Wave! Bev