Michelle from Factotum of Arts tagged me last week, so I’m posting my installment today in the the Around the World blog hop.  If you’re jumping on the blog hop train here, you should go check out Michelle’s work.  She’s amazing.  She’s got such a sharp eye for design and fabric selection – she’s never made anything “meh.”  It’s all eye-candy over there…

So, the structure of the blog hop has four questions then I tag someone else for you to go visit.

1. What am I working on?
I wish I could be one of those people who finishes one project before starting another, but I confess that I have several projects underway in various stages of completion. There are pouches and baby quilts and wall hangings and one or two bigger quilts. Here are some completed projects from the past year.


Each month I have one charity and two regular quilting bees where I make blocks.


I’m really excited about paper piecing these days.

Things I've paper pieced

And I recently had a big moment: I designed my own pattern and prepped it to sell.


I’m still waiting for one last tester to finish before I do a grand announcement, but the pattern is already available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.

Next up? A moth. It’s a bit of a doozy, but I love that paper piecing provides an opportunity for detail that’s so different from traditional piecing.  Here’s a sneak peek…


2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Honestly, I’m not sure it differs much at all.  I have immense respect for traditional and civil war quilts/quilting, but I think I fit pretty squarely in the middle of the bright, modern fabric genre.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I love that swell of pride I get when I look at something I made. Sometimes the process can feel tiring or tedious, but that feeling that “I made that” never disappoints.

Scrappy Improv Dr. Seuss Quilt

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Hmm… It’s scattered. I get distracted. I get an idea and chase it till I get bored. If I ever try to turn this hobby into a business, I’ll focus. For now, I just do whatever seems fun in the moment.

I’m tagging one of my fellow local guild members, Michele, who blogs at the Undiscovered Optimist.  Be warned, she’s one of those totally awesome people who has three little ones, a full time job, AND she still finds time to sew and write beautiful, frankly-refreshingly,  blog posts.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her. You should go check out her blog both this week and when she does her own Around the World Blog Hop post next Monday! (You should also razz her for losing by one point this past weekend in our on-going Quilter’s Only Fantasy Football League!!!)



  1. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

    I think that these hops are so wonderful, thanks for introducing me to Michele! I think that your excitement about paper piecing really shows right now, and the sneak peak of your moth pattern looks wonderful! 

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