Wednesday, 10 September 2014

NEW PATTERN: Sea Glass Medallion



Monday, 8 September 2014

A Blog Hop With A Difference


I have been tagged to take part in the Blog Hop With A Difference by the crazy cat Angie from Gnome Angel. Now, you may have heard of the GnomeAngel and her dazzling and delightful creations that blew us all away in the recent Sewvivor competition - so you might be able to understand how honoured I am to have the baton passed on to me from such a fine stitcher as she.
 
The blog hop is designed to give people a bit of an insight into the way we think, create and do what we do. I hope you enjoy reading about the behind the scenes things that lend to the way I create, plan and produce.

What am I working on right now?
I'm currently finishing up the piecing of a new pattern that I want to release in October. I need to keep it a little bit secret (the design).......but there's nothing stopping me from showing you some of the fabric, riiiiiight?

 

I'm also about to quilt a cot quilt made from Terra Australis 1 fabrics as a gift for a family friend.


I'm also currently drawing up a new pattern (or two) which will then need to have the instructions written, tested (by me or my valued pattern testers).
Another thing I have been trying to make the time for is my love of English Paper Piecing (EPP). I love fussy cutting fabric and I'm hoping to make a project or two between my pattern writing/testing just for my own enjoyment.

How long does it take to create a project?
To be completely honest, as long as it takes.


I have pulled fabric, made up the pattern and had it cut, sewn and quilted by the end of the day. I've also taken 6 months to make a quilt.


Every project is different. My Finding Formation pattern took me a week or so to finish drawing up the idea, but then I didn't actually make the quilt for another two months.


There's many things that can make a project a breeze and go quickly. This can be having all the right fabrics on hand, knowing what you're making from start to finish (I have a tendency to add or change things in my original plans), no deadline, lots of free time, the simplicity of the project and whether or not you're doing it for enjoyment or making it because someone asked you to.

I find that projects tend to drag if:
a) I don't have all the materials eg. I'm currently waiting for the right coloured thread to quilt one project and it is killing me to just suddenly stop when things were going smoothly.
b) you are doing something because everyone else is. I find that if I'm making something because I thought it was cool, it feels like it takes longer to make because I am craving the instant gratification of having something that is "in" and fashionable and so I can show it off. I'm not too proud to admit it!
c) you're not in control of every stage. I have heard of people waiting months for a quilt to be quilted by someone else. I would go NUTS! Sure I can't do fancy FMQ but I'm ok with it because I am in complete control over whether or not a line goes here or there and if it is a mess, I can only blame myself. This, of course, is different for every person. I'm just a little pedantic and I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment?

I'm really loving solids. I was afraid of them for a while but now I feel as though I may end up using them more than prints eventually!


How does my creative process work?

I haven't ever been asked this before and never really thought about it. I'm going to do my best guess:
This is for pattern writing:
- I would say it begins with months of instagram posts in which I have noticed little things in particular that I like about things. Whether it be the colour scheme, shadows, shapes, construction method or just a random idea that popped into my head when looking at a certain picture.
- I then draw out the pattern on paper. All black and white.
- I decide if that's the final idea or I chuck in a few more ideas and it can be completely different at the end to what I started with.
- I decide to introduce colour. I colour it in or I draw it up on my computer and the pattern can again change when you put emphasis on different shapes with different colours and can look remarkably different. I try to do two or three copies with different colour schemes to see whether or not it is a valid pattern that would deserve to be released and so would suit the many colours people will play with.
- I either make it myself or get a pattern tester to make it for me (depending on my health).

Quilts/Projects for my own enjoyment:
- I could buy fabric just because it is beautiful or because I can imagine a project straight away.
- I would say that my creative process is slow and measured. I don't like making mistakes and having to fix them. As a result I'm very precise with my sewing, fabric choice and quilting.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

I find most of my "inspiration" online. I would say a lot comes from skimming through Instagram where I follow not just quilters, but interior designers and artists.
I always make sure before I write up a pattern and again before I release them, that I search the internet well for anything similar to make sure that I don't infringe on someone else's copyright. I wouldn't like it if someone sold something suspiciously similar to mine as theirs. I search to ensure that I don't waste my time making a pattern only to discover way too late that it already exists.
I will always give credit for inspiration if I can remember where I got the first inkling of an idea from. I believe that in such a long standing craft as sewing, there's very little originality and so people deserve their credit where due.
Staying inspired? I just read to the end of my instagram feed in the morning and if I missed something, oh well. Otherwise I just see patterns and ideas in the natural world.

 
What is my signature style?
I'm not sure if I have a signature style yet. I have been sewing for two and a half years and so I'm constantly coming across something new. Maybe one day I will settle into something, but I'm happy for now to float around enjoying many ideas and not restricting my tastes too much.


This blog hop is designed to continue on and on as each person nominates another after themselves. I am lucky enough to have befriended Kristi from Schnitzel + Boo and she will continue the blog hop next week. I know I won't need to introduce her at all with her ultra famous Mini Quilt swap that smashed through instagram a few months ago!

I hope you had fun having a little look at my "creative process" and realised that not everyone knows how they work or has it all sorted out!

Until next time,
Caroline

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Finding Formation: Synchronised Swimming

I thought I would share a few photos of the quilt made by Bron from Krafty Kuka.


Monday, 25 August 2014

NEW PATTERN: Ziggurat Mini


 

Friday, 18 July 2014

NEW PATTERN: Finding Formation


So I made a new pattern.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

NEW PATTERN: Clockwork Quilt


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

TUTORIAL: Tired of kneeling on the floor to baste a quilt? The Basting Board Technique.

A long time ago I said I would show people my basting board.....and how to use it.

As some of you may already know, I have a few physical limitations that make the normal basting on the floor method totally unrealistic and unachievable. As a result, I have started using this method. I don't have to kneel, crawl on the floor, reach across long distances or use tape, and I can sit on a comfy chair when I pin.

Firstly, this is the board: