1. What am I working on?
This is a good question. I prefer to get going on a project and complete it quickly, but that doesn't always happen. Today I'm working on laundry...the fact that I am a mom to three and wife consumes most of my time. One project that is unfinished and seems to be ongoing is a unicycle and hula hoop quilt. I think the idea was great, the putting together has felt uncertain as well as the colors. As I work on it and then don't work on it, I wonder if we still like it enough to finish. Moving my sewing room this summer certainly slowed down my creative process as well. I don't have a design wall at the moment and less space.
Before the next RMQG meeting, I intend to make a flower block like the ones in this blog post for a charity quilt.
2. How is my work different?
I'm not sure my work is different from what is out there. I like to look at people's pictures and read about their inspirations. Possibly one difference is that I use fabric that is easily available to me. It may be from my massive stash or from one of the local stores that are nearby. I rarely travel for fabric or order fabric.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
My very first blog post that I wrote had to do with making cookie cutters for unicycle cookies. I had searched quite a bit for a cookie cutter and found they did not exist. I wanted to provide the information to others who might be searching too. I have always taken pictures of things I create. Probably the biggest reason is that most of what I make ends up leaving my house. Once I wrote my first post, I went back and created many posts from old pictures.
Another reason I blog is for myself. I enjoy going back to what I've done in the past, particularly for recipes. I reuse my recipes from my blog posts all the time. I enjoy making tutorials and showing the process for what I create as well. This is especially true if after looking around, I couldn't find the information myself. I enjoy helping others in this way and many times I end up using this information again too.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
My creative process generally starts with an idea or a need. This may come from myself or from a family member or friend. Then I look at Google images for more inspiration or use scrap paper and a pencil. Sometimes I use pictures and a paint program to plan things out, sometimes paper and colored pencils. Once for a Disappearing Nine Square I used construction paper and glue to make possible combinations and then my son helped me plan out how to put things back together. Sometimes I just start cutting fabric and see what happens.
My most favorite projects are ones that just happen. Especially if one of my kids has an idea and I am able to create it right away. The most recent one that just happened was the doll sleeping bag. Small doll quilts were other things that happened while I was working on something else. Last year just before Halloween I decided I could use a new hat and made one before going out trick or treating. I have fond memories of my son asking for very specific costume requests for play: elbow and knee covers with holes in them, cheetah costume, black mask, a cape, etc. Those kind of projects I often used fleece, didn't finish any edges and was done quickly so that it could be played with right away.