Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Today I am participating in the Around the World Blog Hop.

If you are new here, welcome to my blog!  Feel free to stay a little while and take a look around!

I was tagged by the wonderful Melissa of Missouri Mel.  Two of my favorite things about her blog is her weekly roundup of quilting and sewing related giveaways and the 1930's fabric swap she is hosting! 

1.  What are you working on?
Since I am a college student, most of my quilting happens during the summer.  Now that I am at school again, I have to put sewing on the back burner for a little while (Or at least until winter break!).  

But I am still working on a few things and I have finished so many projects this summer!

Currently I am working on a king size quilt.  It is a purple and gold quilt using a pattern called County Lines.  This quilt is for my parents-since they have been so supportive of my passion for quilting, I decided to make a quilt for them. :)

Right now I am deciding on the backing and binding for this. I am thinking of having a gold binding and a light purple backing.
This was the biggest quilt I have made so far and it went together faster than I thought it would! 





2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I like to incorporate some youth and bring a modern touch to every quilt I make.  
I love to combine cotton prints and batiks and mix up collections.  I know that batiks are not very popular right now in the modern quilting world, but they are beautiful!  Here are some quilts where I used a combination of batiks and regular prints:

This is a quilt I made for my sister last summer, one of the very first quilts I made!  

And here is my nautical quilt, it is inspired by Sarah Jane's Out to Sea fabric collection.  The light blue and pink batiks I incorporated into this quilted turned out fabulous!



The king size quilt above uses a combination of batiks, solids and prints.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I did not grow up in a family of quilters, so quilting is something that I have (for the most part) taught myself in the past year and half.  I am so proud of how my quilts have improved in that time.  Quilting has been a creative outlet for me and it really allows me to express myself.  I quilt because I love it!  
I am so blessed to have discovered my passion and to be able to create something so intricate and beautiful from pieces of fabric. I quilt because I can create something that will make someone else happy! 

 4. How does my writing/creating process work?
During the academic year (when I am away from my sewing machine and fabric), I find patterns online and create patterns by hand.  I believe that "quilty" math is the best math!   I have a notebook and plan out my quilts that I will work on in the future.  Then, during the summer, I sew like a mad woman.  I love making a quilty to-do list and crossing things off!
The Pacific Northwest is filled with beautiful colors and textures.  I love to find color combinations and patterns from nature.  
Much of my inspiration comes from instagram and pinterest.  
If you have an instagram,  you can find me @sewruthie14.  
And if you have a pinterest, you can find me here.

I know it has been a LONG time since my last blog post, so I want to share some finishes with you!

This is my Lazy Sunday Quilt using Kate Spain's Sunnyside:
It was quilted by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting.  I love the baptist fan pattern!

And here is the back- blue minky!  It is the perfect quilt to sit under on a rainy pacific northwest day!

This is my queen size low volume quilt:
It is the perfect quilt for my bedroom; the low volume prints are so calming and quiet.








And here is my very first paper pieced quilt top!
This quilt was made using a Honeysweet fat quarter bundle and the Sunny Steps Quilt pattern from the Moda Bake Shop.



Oh! I can't forget.  I made six (Yes, six!!) jean quilts this summer!  I just got them back from Sew Shabby Quilting.  Now these quilts are very special because they are made from my grandfathers jeans. He passed away in April, and I am making these quilts to give as gifts for my family.  I hope they love them!

Here is a before picture:
And I will post "after" pictures in another blog post! Stay tuned…

Now that I look back, I have had quite a productive summer break!

Now it is my turn to tag two fellow quilters to keep this hop going on!  

First up is Anita from Daydreams of Quilts.  I first came across her blog through Instagram-we both love giveaways!  Anita makes Quilts of Valor and mails to them Canadian soldier's!  

And next is Courtney who blogs at over at Mon Petit Lyons. Courtney has an excellent taste in fabric and I am always inspired by what she creates.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will be back!