What does your artistic voice look like?

What does your handwork voice look like?  Mine is very quilty and scrappy I think!  Linking this thought provoking post to Kathy’s Quilts… Slow Sunday Stitching linky party HERE… come see what all the slow stitchers are creating today!!!
Here is a picture of the first 2 squares completed on the last row of this quilt… I did this while watching Bluprint (a Craftsy subscription service) and listening to YouTube vids and music too!
Here are a couple of my tools of the trade I use when quilting by hand…

 And here they are in action!

 Notice I am using electrical tape on my pointer finger… it helps me grip the needle instead of rubbing a callous on that finger 🙂

Here is part of one block sashing border stitched and beginning the other side…

THIS is where you will find me on this rainy Sunday in southwestern North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence moves very slowly up this state to the north eastern area.

Here is a view of all I have completed….

 And what I need to work on today so I can roll and mark my final borders on this quilt!!!

This is melancholy for me… I have been working on this since mid-May 2018… so 4 months of quilting so far and I am nearing the end of this arduous journey… I am excited to wash it and dry it and sleep under it and photograph it with the pillow shams we are already sleeping with… but not so ready that I want to rush the finish either! lol  Melancholy is the best word I can use.

As I do near this ending… I ponder my quilting voice.. and what it looks like… as you go back over the photos I shared of my slow stitching… I use small regular stitches and big stitches… I use regular weight quilting threads and large bore threads requiring different needles too… I use them in unison to make a patchwork artwork of sorts that is then very usable when complete!  THIS is MY voice… what is YOURS???  Have you pondered this ???  I would love to hear from you all about this topic!

Please leave me a comment today September 16, 2018 through September 22, 2018 EST USA… if you answer this question you will be entered in a drawing to receive a fun SNAP BAG made to order from me to you anywhere in the world too 🙂  This is NOT an advertised giveaway but I truly want responses and I love making these little snap bags.  Here are some and pics below show how they work and different sizes available…

So fashion a response to my question above for a chance for me to make you a snap bag in your favorite colors and your desired size too up to 9″ wide 🙂 

The drawing will happen Sunday 9/23/18 at 6 am EST USA and announced on my blog… so come back here next week to see if you win 🙂  You must sign in or leave your email with your answer to the question to be entered in the drawing!!!

I made my FIRST SALE in my Etsy shop this week too… the recipient of this product should get it Monday via USPS.  I added another couple sets of drink coasters to the shop too!!!

Molly got her first haircut this week and did well considering it was her first and she is only 3 months old and quite fiesty and rambunctious…

You can see her eyes a bit better but she wasn’t having much of a trim around her face yet… she likes being brushed and didn’t mind the personal and body trims but face wasn’t happening!!! lol  So we fought the battles we chose and followed the trim up with a bath and blow dry which she tolerated very well for her 3rd bath ever!!!

As I have been getting our Etsy shop up and running my honey and my friends Debbie…
and Connie have been MEGA supportive, helpful, and most of all very honest with me in my product design and delivery… I am very thankful for all of these people in my life!!!

 And they will ALWAYS be my friends I hope… they do know me so well… and they know so much!! lol  I love that quote regards to them and their helpfulness in all facets of my life!  Thanks 😀

So go back and read the middle… fashion your response and leave me a way to contact you… if you are a NO REPLY BLOGGER and you want to be in the drawing leave your email address in your response for me 🙂  Only those that can respond get added to the drawing next Sunday !!!!  Now go and ….

9 thoughts on “What does your artistic voice look like?

  1. Claudette

    Definitely scrappy! And everything from Civil War Repros to Kaffe. The more fabrics, the merrier. Stay safe! I am riding it out in Boone, NC with my son and his family. A good day to hand piece and appliqué. Worked a bit on my Kaffe Double Wedding Ring melons, but decided to pull out my Sue Garman Whirlyballs in Civil War Repros to applique for a bit.


  2. Dot Moore

    I have always loved to sew from the age of 12. When I found the quilting world I knew I had found my happy place in life Today as a senior citizen I challenge myself to try something new. Also I am on a mission to use up my large fabric collection. My prayer is to never have to give up my quilting and love of everything quilting.


  3. Gretchen Weaver

    Your quilt is so close to the finish, how wonderful!! If you would like another quilt to put in the frame for hand quilting and don't have one of your own, I can send you one! My quilting voice is changing. I used to really like darker fabrics that had an antique look. Now I enjoy lighter, brighter fabrics. I used to only ever hand quilt my quilts, now I enjoy utilizing the skill of long arm quilters. I'm seeing some quilters use a combination of hand quilting/machine quilting their quilts. I'm going to be experiencing that type of quilting this fall with Wilfred & Cloves (which is such a stupid name!) Sometime I want to do some quilting like you've done with short and long stitching. Several years ago, my quilts were displayed at Yoder Dept Store as quilter of the month. I have a friend who works there. She was the one who selected the quilts for the display. She looked at what I had brought and said it looks like you enjoy all different kinds of quilts and I do. I like scrappy quilts as long as I can see the quilt pattern. I even like modern quilts as long as they're not too busy. No one has to be boxed into a certain category and that is great!!! Happy stitching!


  4. Little Penpen

    I guess my quilting voice would be quite bipolar! 😂Some days I think everything should be machine pieced and quilted, as fast as I can go. Other days I think it all should be done slowly and piece by piece, stitch by stitch. The slow stitch has been me for most of this year. And machine quilting can never compare to hand stitching! It's just way more beautiful to me!! I'm excited for you to be almost finished with your quilt. Maybe you can pull your colorful wholecloth back out soon for me to see again! 😍 We are still weathering the storm here in eastern NC , more rain, no power, running on generator power, but we are doing well!


  5. Jill

    Melancholy is an understandable feeling when one is nearing the end of a project that has been enjoyable. Just think, soon you can start another pretty quilt. I'm sure you already have some ideas. In answer to your deep-thought question: My quilting voice has attention-deficit-disorder as I am easily sidetracked. I want to make all the pretty quilts that I see on the blogs, pinterest, quilt shows, etc.


  6. QuiltGranma

    LOVE your red, white and blue quilt, and how it is turning out. My quilting voice is in history right now, I've been working in 1800's reprints mainly, but occasionally get a SQUIRREL moment, and have just designed a snuggle quilt top with a Snowman with Reindeer panel. Wonder if I will make it, or just add it to the pile of ideas? For small things I hand quilt them, usually. I love the feel and texture you get. For big quilts I have no room fight now to do that, and no money to have them machine quilted, so they stack up as well. If something is going to someone who has no idea of the work that I put into it, it gets machine quilted! If it is for us, then I just might hand quilt it, later.


  7. Sarah Aldrich

    My personal quilting voice tends to the traditional, but not so much my adult children. They are more contemporary and I make quilts for them, so I wander a bit. As for the actual quilting, I love the look of hand quilting, but that sort of time doesn't exist in my world right now, so I machine quilt with my checkbook. SarahsGiftNShip (at) gmail (dot) com


  8. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    did I actually get here in time to enter your give away! I have had such rotten cell service this camping trip that I have not been able to read many blogs nor leave comments but tonight we are at a city campground and I have been able to read blogs and get some of my own post done and scheduled. Good luck on your etsy shop I hope you do really well with it and love your quilt and that you are almost finished with it. My quilting voice is traditional but occasionally I will throw in something modern by request from a family member. I love hand quilting and most of my quilts are done that way. Thanks for the chance to enter!



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