Acrylic painting on fabric with Inktense pencils

Acrylic painting on fabric – this is me in symbols

I got an invitation from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs to participate in the Around The World blog hop.  She is so wonderful, there was no way I could say no to her.  Cheryl not only creates beautiful quilts from her original patterns, she also makes stunning sewing accessories.  I also love her colourways.

It’s my turn to share a few things about myself.  You already know what I am working on since I have been talking about it for the last few weeks.  So I thought I’d share pictures of a few of my favourites – finished and unfinished.

 

Pullover with Caron's Sticks And Stones yarn

My first knitted pullover made for my husband

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  How does my writing/creating process work?

I create with camera, pencils, paint, fabric, yarn, music… well, you get the general idea.  I read this somewhere many years ago about photography – When visiting something iconic, thousands of people take photos of it.  Find a way to put your personal touch to that photo so it doesn’t look like everyone else’s.  I try to apply that principle to everything I do.

 

Spring Kites Quilt

Spring Kites make me want to fly away

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman

 

Rock Music Quilt Top

Rock Music mini – waiting for a better name and a suitable quilting motif

Why do I write/create what I do?

It is very hard to say why I create!  Although I am new to fabric-craft, I have been creating all my life.  I have always found art to be a venue to channel my emotions and have always used art to find focus.

I am most comfortable with expressing myself through writing.  It keeps me motivated and it is a journal of my thought process behind my projects.  I have met many like-minded people and made new friends from near and far over this website.  I have gotten some great ideas, encouragement and inspiration from interacting with you and I hope to return some of that through writing and sharing my work.

 

Ring of Brodgar - Orkney, Scotland

First ever Micron pen drawing – Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland

These three girls are amongst the chief instigators of many of my crafty projects and, unbeknownst to them, a few non-crafty ones as well.  Other than creating beautiful original art and being the objects of my admiration, another quality they all share is that they are never afraid to try something new.  I hope you will visit them and see for yourself what I mean.

Ruth from Ruthie Quilts is one of my oldest quilty friends.  Last year we did a fantastic wonky house swap together with a couple of our other friends.  Cheerful and fun are the words that come to mind when I think of her.  I am hooked on snowshoeing because of her and I have her to thank for the all-over body aches that follow!  If I know her well, she would accept that blame happily!

You can find Caroline at Trillium Design.  She is a Jane of all trades and master of them too.  My knitting is to her credit.  She is always eager to share her knowledge and she is one of the most encouraging people I know.  She is also the best partner a girl could ever ask for to organize a year-long Doctor Who Quilt Along.

Susan writes about her work at The Bored Zombie.  She can get you into a lot of trouble but in an extremely good way.  She shies away from following any rules and makes her own along the way.  Her rules are always much better, believe me!!

I now leave you in their good hands.

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

-Shel Silverstein

Happy making in whatever medium inspires you this week!
-Soma