Finding your Personal Quilting Style: a Quilting Happiness Blog Hop
The book will be available August 27th and is a collection of 16 quilts and 4 small projects, interspersed with creative exercises, quizzes, tools and stories to help you explore your delight in quilting.
One of the creative exercises from the book is to make a collage to help you define your quilting style.
I loved this whole process....it was so fun! It made me so happy and I am thrilled with how my collage came out.
I made myself a fizzy drink with club soda and homemade strawberry balsamic syrup, put on Pandora's Mumford and Sons station and went to work sorting through magazines.
Cutting out all my images and pasting them (I used washi tape) to my board was very easy for me. I could have filled a few boards! The hard part was translating it into words.
I looked at my board and just jotted down some words as they popped into my mind - words I would use to describe the over-all feel of my collage.
It helped me see what I gravitate towards - what fabrics I choose and why. I love things that are sunny and bright. Happy, cheerful, full of color, bold, vibrant. I love using lots of different fabrics in my designs. I think I prefer large scale items as opposed to smaller-scale ones. The washi tape added fun pops of color all over the board which makes me pretty happy.
I also love using text in my quilts and projects. So I found some words that jumped out at me or had meaning. I'm not a big fan of templates so that saying in the left corner kinda felt like an inside joke for myself.
It may look wild and disorganzied to some but to me it looks exactly like my quilting style...this board defines me as a quilter really well.
I can't remember the last time I sat down and did a creative exercise like this and it was so much fun - really helps focus you if you are not feeling inspired or creative. It's like giving yourself a little shot of creativity :-)
And it makes you happy which is the title of the book!
You can pre-order the book on Amazon here.
And take a look at the other amazing design boards on the blog hop:
Monday – Diane of CraftyPod & Christina of SometimesCrafter
Tuesday – Jennifer of JC Handmade
Wednesday – Krista of Krista Withers Quilting
Thursday – Me :-)
Friday – Karyn of Make Something (aka The Workroom)