Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Around the World With the Best of Intentions

Last week my lovely friend Ara Jane asked me if I wanted to take part in the Around the World Blog Hop.  Of course I said yes.  The idea is that I write a post answering the questions below and then pass the torch onto three other quilters "around the world."  I'm sad to say that my torch is glowing pretty dim, since I've only managed to pass it on to one other, but I assure you, she is fabulous.  So we'll go with quality over quantity.  Also, this was supposed to be written yesterday, so there's that as well.  Anyhow...

1. What quilting/sewing thing am I working on?

Right now I am making a mad dash for some serious deadlines on all sorts of things.  I recently ran a Kickstarter campaign to open Waffle Kisses Studio and, thanks to the support of all of you out there, it was a HUGE success.  However, right about now, I am knee deep in trying my best to stick to the deadlines I've set for getting those rewards shipped out.  I'm also busy prepping for the Etsy: Made in Canada Show at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata this Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 to 4:00 and have recently just finished some blocks for my Do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle.  Oh, and of course, I'm also busy with Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild work and studio classes and projects.  Above are some photos of the samples I've been working on for upcoming workshops and classes.

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

I'm not sure how much my work differs from others since I haven't had much time lately to explore the great deep and wide blogland, but I do like to mix bright colours and use lots of patterns and unexpected colour combinations.  Playing with colour is one of my favourite things and you'll also find a lot of Essex linen in my work.  I'm also a sucker for whimsy and don't usually follow a pattern (not to say that I won't, though, it's just that I usually like to do my own thing).

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

In a past life (read: before kids), I was a painter.  I played the piano.  I played the violin.  I wrote.  A lot.  And then I found it difficult to pick up and put those little loves (the hobbies, not the kids) down and pick them up again while skipping the many beats that happen during nursing, cooking, cleaning, crying, diapers, snotty noses, drool, etc.  So I started quilting and haven't stopped (well, ok, I still stop for all of the above kid-related things - and sleep, when needed), but it's much easier to pick up some fabric and store it away than it is wash brushes and clean palettes.  So this is where I am creatively and I'm very happy to have found this cozy nook.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 

My head is always swimming with ideas.  I go to bed and imagine quilts in my head.  But I barely sketch things out or write them down.  I like to let those ideas gather, bend, break and transform before I let them settle in the sand.  When it comes time for math and measurements, though, I have to draw everything out and end up with little scribbly diagrams floating all over the house.  Somehow everything usually works itself out with the help of a lot of coffee, tea, late nights and a little wine.

Next up, I'm passing the torch off to Erica @Happy Fabric who I've known for several years through my Do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle.  She is nothing short of fantastic and didn't even bat an eye my way when I sent her some blocks that happened to have an unfortunate run-in with a cat and a glass of wine.  Like I said: fabulous.  Be sure to stop on over at her blog next week and don't forget to go back and take a peek at Ara Jane's work.  She's been such a creative inspiration to me since I happened upon her blog when I first started quilting back in 2009.  



  1. yay! thank you for playing along, laura! i am in love with that first pillow... such perfect colors. and your paintings are absolutely gorgeous! i hope you find time at some point in life to pick up the brushes again. you are clearly very talented.

  2. I'm very glad to have come across your blog via the link from Ara Jane's blog. I completely relate to your point about sewing rather than painting being easier while caring for small kids. I've given the same explanation to people about the time needed to set up and wash/pack up when painting, versus being able to walk away from sewing and pick up at a moment's notice. Though I'd also like to tell them I don't appreciate the inference that painting is somehow a superior creative pursuit and I shouldn't waste my time making quilts.

    Well, I'm very much looking forward to having a read of your blog now!
    Kate from Melbourne, Australia

  3. Just re-read my comment and it sounded a little furious! Excuse me. I was just thinking of my mum saying of my quilts, 'But (sighs), they're such a lot of work and what are they for?' The creative hierarchy - now that I'm doing something perceived as lower than what I used to do it makes me look more sympathetically on people who like to make decorative photo scrapbooks - who am I to judge!

  4. Great collection. these are really looking so attractive and also adorable.kids classes