Monday, 8 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

My first Kaffe Fassett Quilt: Spring Boston Common
I was recently invited by the very inspiring and extremely skillful quilter Oops-Lah (Vreni) in Singapore to take part in the in Around the World Blog Hop. Please do check out her lovely blog, she is an expert at applique quilting and making beautiful fabric boxes. The blog hop is quite simple: answer a few questions and invite three more people to join in.

1.  What am I working on?

I am currently attempting to make my own version of the fabulous Postcard Quilt (original pictured below) by Liza Lucy Prior from Kaffe Fassett's book "Quilt Road". I have finished the first few rounds of the center of the quilt, still have a long way to go...
Postcard Quilt by Liza Lucy Prior
I am also working on a cheerful two-by-two block quilt (pictured below) made from leftovers from my Tutti-Frutti Granny Square Quilt
Two-by-two Quilt

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

I love working with Kaffe Fassett's fabric the most; there are endless exciting colours and patterns to choose from, and they look hand-painted. I like my quilt to have a strong underlying structure or pattern (repetition of shapes), so that it has rhythm. I love using as many different prints as possible in a quilt, I think it creates richness of colour and interest. I am strongly influenced by Kaffe Fassett, but I like to use my own colour combinations and also design my own quilt patterns (e.g. my Water Lilies Pinwheel Quilt pictured below).
Water Lilies Pinwheel Quilt

3.  Why do I create what I do?

I love to be creative, and quilting really appeals to me because it involves colour, texture and craftmanship. Also, one ends up with something that is functional (and snuggly). I blog to share my creativity and joy of making quilts. My day job is very logical (soil scientist at a university); so another reason why I find quilting and blogging so enjoyable. I also enjoy other crafts and hobbies such as knitting (see knitted patchwork below), crochet, dress-making, gardening and painting landscapes. I have been knitting and sewing since I was a small child, taught by mom and grandmother. I started quilting in my teens using my mom's scraps from dress-making.
Knitted Patchwork
Unfinished Wedding Ring Quilt started in my teens

4.  How does my creative process work?

I usually start with a quilt block design that excites me (could be from a book, blogs, pinterest or just playing with scraps). Then I proceed to figure our what colour combinations to use to make it pop (e.g. my Summer Star Quilt (pictured below), a happy version of the New Orleans Star quilt by Liza Lucy Prior). 
Summer Star Quilt

I would now like to pass on to some of my favourite fellow bloggers; they will post their blog hop posts on 15 September 2014. Please do visit their inspiring blogs!: 

Smazoochie (Beth) from Texas, USA - She is very creative and I love her use of colour and thrift fabrics.

Mystic Quilter (Maureen) from New Zealand - She has an excellent eye for colour, her quilts are so rich and jewel-like. She is also a Kaffe Fassett fan.

Fleur's Place (Fleurette) from Durban, South Africa she makes beautiful quilts using traditional patterns but with modern fabrics and includes embroidered blocks.