I vividly remember the first time I stumbled across Sherri Lynn Wood’s blog Daintytime. This was about three years ago, which was before I started quilting again. I’d dabbled in sewing in elementary and high school, but hadn’t picked it up since then. When I saw her Mod Mood Quilt (pictured above), I thought, “Whoa! It’s possible to make quilts like that?” Her quilts became a source of inspiration for me to start quilting again.
Her work has been a strong reminder for me that I can quilt however I please and make up designs as I go. Looking back at photos of her quilts, such as Redwedge (pictured above), shows me how deeply I’ve been influenced by her hand quilting with colorful threads. Three of the four quilts I’ve made since picking quilting back up have been hand quilted with long stitches of thick thread.
Quilting has become a key creative outlet in my life. I value that it’s a practice which calms my mind, connects me to tradition, and provides me with a way to make loved ones heartfelt gifts. Now I can’t imagine my life without quilting!
One of the things I like best about Sherri Lynn Wood’s blog is that she writes enthusiastically about the process. How can you not love it when someone shares pictures from a day in the studio like the one above? To me, it truly captures what it’s like to be in the moment of creating – scraps and tools end up all over the place as new projects sprout up. I always enjoy seeing a glimpse into people’s creative lives.
I’m a firm believer in the process being just as important, if not more, than the final product. You can imagine my joy when I checked Sherri Lynn Wood’s blog a few days ago on a whim and read that her first book, entitled The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Practical Guide for Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously, will be coming out in Spring 2015! Unlike the majority of quilt books out on the market, it won’t be filled with patterns you are expected to follow step-by-step. Instead, she’ll share ten different quilts, her creative process, and techniques for making quilts with a similar look and feel. Reading her blog post announcing The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is the best way to get a sense of what the book will encompass.
My absolute favorite place in Seattle is the Downtown Seattle Public Library. As soon as her book becomes available, I’ll be sure to request that the library purchase a copy. As I continued to read her post about her first book, I was delighted to learn that she is putting out a call for people to make improvisational quilts after viewing sneak-peak previews of quilt scores from the book. The winning selections will even be featured in the final copy of the book.
When I opened the sign up questionairre, one of the first sections to fill in was if I had a blog or website. I thought, “Oh no – I’ve just started this blog, so she won’t have anywhere to look to get a sense of my work!” I stressed out about this for about a day. I figured it’d be much harder for her to assign me a quilt score from her book which would match well with my strengths as a quilter if she couldn’t see much of my previous work. Then this morning it hit me. I realized, “I know just what to do! I’ll make a post with pictures of the types of projects I’ve been working on recently.”
I reminded myself, it’s always okay to be a beginner. Not everyone has blogs that date back for half a decade. At this point I only have three posts and that’s just going to need to suffice. The rest of this post will be pictures of my most recent creations from both inside and outside of the quilting world. Over time I’ll provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into my process and inspiration for these projects on this blog. If you’d like to participate in Sherri Lynn Wood’s call for quilts, you can sign up too! The deadline is January 1st, 2014. (UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to February 1st, 2014.)