Sunday, September 14, 2014

Worldwide Bloghop

Today it is my turn to participate in the Worldwide Bloghop , I was nominated by Jo of Explorations in Stitch . Jo is a talented multi crafter tackling such things as making dolls , beading , journaling and of course quilting . She is well read in many crafts and is not afraid to try new techniques and share her process with us . It has been wonderful to get to know Jo over the past while and I know you will also enjoy visiting her blog .
A recent photo I borrowed from her blog shows her wool felting projects .
 As part of this hop I am to answer some questions , the first being .
1. What am I working on now ?
Oh my , you don't have time  for me to list all I have on the go but recently I started the Charm square star quilt as a QAL with Terry of Terry's Treasures and I am combining this QAL with another challenge by Tracee of Farm Gate Creations , the shirt challenge , using six shirts to create a quilt . My star blocks are being created using shirts and so far I am loving this process .

 I am also taking part in a free online class to learn crazy quilting , however due to the fact I broke my wrist in April this became  more of a challenge than I thought it would be as I still find handwork a little challenging but I am plugging along and here is where I am right now . Since this photo I have added my first ribbon embroidery , not my best work but really want to learn .

 I also have a postcard exchange on the go and have assigned names to have their postcards sent out by Oct. 15th . If you have followed me for a while you know I have a love for postcards :-) Just a few of the many postcards I have made and sent .

2. How does my work differ from others ?
 I don't think it does , I may put my own twist on things  but overall I am pretty traditional . I usually choose my own Colors rather than follow suggested colours unless I really love what is used . I love the process of choosing colour , it is one of my favorite parts of making a project .

3. Why do I create what I do ?
 That is an easy one , it is simply  who I am , I need to create , I have always created , I can't remember ever not creating something . As a young child I made my own doll clothes by hand , drew my own paper dolls with clothes to wear and in high school made my own clothes .  I started quilting about 14 years ago and love what I do . When I am creating I can leave the world behind , forget all the so call problems and feel totally involved and time stands still .

4. How does my creative process work ?
 Well I am usually inspired by something I see , sometimes in nature , sometimes a project made by a friend or fellow blogger and quite often these days by Pinterest . Inspiration is everywhere , sometimes that can be my downfall , I am so easily inspired and want to jump in with both feet for every project I see :-) I really enjoy landscape quilting and most often will take a photo then crop it and possibly enlarge it and prepare it for my project . I have a special container for landscape fabrics and will spend hours finding just the right fabric to fit the various components to make up the picture , sometimes that is easy other times it can be challenging but I can get totally lost in that process and loose complete track of time . The same thing often happens when making fabric postcards , they are just so much fun and coming up with a design is half the fun , the other half is finding that perfect fabric to make it work  and so the process goes for most of my work . I love to take part in challenges and was an active member of the Valerie Hearder yahoo group a couple of years ago and one challenge I took part in was the rain , drizzle fog challenge , tricky for sure , how do you portray fog , well it took some thinking but I finally came up with a solution and was pleased with my results .

Not the best photo but I used netting to give the look of fog .  I have taken part in lots of BOM's over the years and really enjoy that process as well . I guess you could say I simply love to be creative , it make my heart sing :-)

  I am nominating Annette of In Stitches and Seams , a dear friend who I had the chance to meet a few years ago while visiting in Saskatchewan . Annette creates many beautiful projects many of which are  her own design and does workshops and classes in her local area and always finds time to make things for charity . She also makes incredible postcards ;-)
 This sweet garden flag is one of Annette's own designs ( I borrowed this photo from her blog ), she has many more to her credit including lovely totes . Be sure to stop by and say hello and give her some cyber hugs .

My second nomination is Lin of St, Victor Quilts , such a wonderfully creative person , she does techniques I have never heard of and certainly have never tried so it is always a pleasure to visit and see what she is up to . She does amazing crazy patch work , oh you just will have to go over and visit , you will be glad you did . She also makes beautiful postcards , very unique and lovely .


 Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this lengthy post , I hope you enjoyed seeing a small portion of what I do and what makes me tick . Annette and Lin will post their blog hop post next Monday Sept. 22 . be sure to stop by and say hello .
 Hugs Sheila


  1. Wow - I love that new header pic, it's breathtaking! What a good idea, a world blog hop, lots more new blogs to read.

  2. Great post Sheila. Love the photo on your header. Hugs, xx

  3. A great post Sheila - and thank you. xx

  4. Lovely post Sheila. I love your new header

  5. Sew nice to read this post.....

  6. WHere was your header picture taken? It's beautiful. I always love seeing your projects, especially your landscapes. I'm going to attempt one some day. It's fun learning more about you. Your description of why you create could have been written by me.

  7. Love knowing what makes you tick. What each of us brings to quilting and blogging in general is amazing.

  8. Lovely post dear Sheila!!
    I love your postcards....

  9. It was great to read your post Sheila; I am finding it an interesting bloghop and look forward to reading about those you have tagged.

  10. wonderful post Sheila!!! You do fantastic work, and I enjoy coming to your blog each and every time

  11. Great post, Sheila. Your postcards are so amazing. Nice to hear how your creative process works!

  12. Wow what a busy gal you have been even in recovery.... Love the blog hops and how they let us get to know you a wee bit better. Thanks for sharing with us today Sheila and for nominating me I hope to do as well with my post as you.
    in stitches

  13. It's so nice to know more about you, Sheila. I think you must have creativity in your blood. Your new header picture is simply gorgeous - that would make a beautiful landscape quilt.

  14. Nice to meet you Sheila! I love your fabric postcards, what a great idea for trying out ideas...

  15. This was such an interesting post, nice to read about your creative process! Always lovely projects at your place.

  16. That was lovely post, it was fun to read and I loved learning more about you. Thanks for letting me nominate you.