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this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
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Sep 8, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

I was invited to participate in a great blog hop by Angie N. who was invited by the Karen Miller. In fact this is a worldwide blog hop. Isn't that exciting. I know I'll meet all sorts of talented crafters, artists, quilters, and many more.
This summer has truly been a lazy one for me. All I've managed to do is loads of canning, baling hay and tending to critters here on the farm. With that said, allow me to tell you about my true passion.
I love making quilts and drafting my own patterns and designs which I love to share with others. The designs I'll be talking about are free to try out.

1. What am I working on?
At the moment, I'm working on getting some of my projects ready for quilting. I'll share a few photos of the more urgent ones below:
Animal Kingdom is a BOW (Block of the Week) that I designed a couple of years ago when my mom had heart surgery. I needed something to keep me busy as I sat with her in ICU. The hand embroidery kept me sane.  It took about three to four hours to embroidery each block and I was a little sad when I had finished them all.  
I had a package of animal charm square I used to separate each animal.  My granddaughter helped place the animal fabrics and place each animal in alphabetical order. 
The designs can be found on my BOM page near the top of my blog.

"Tea Time" is a BOM design that I drafted out several years ago. I love tea and coffee so this was a great way to honor that little morning ritual.
The designs can be found on my BOM page, too.

Since I live in the country on a farm, I decided to pay homage to "barns" as they are all over the place in this neck of the woods. 
This was yet another idea that I drafted and had a blast hunting through my stash for just the right fabrics. Just click on the work barn above to get the designs. If you have any problems or questions just leave a comment about it and we'll connect via email.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre and how does my writing/creating process work?
I pondered this question for a few days and finally decided that most of my inspiration for designing a quilt comes from the fabric first. Most of the time I have a piece of fabric that I love dearly and build a quilt idea around it.
For example, below is a fabric I'd had in my stash for months. As I pulled it out time after time ideas began to formulate but I held off until I could dedicate my full attention to it.

I knew that this fabric reminded me of a lake. So with that in mind a solid idea formed.

I pulled more fabric to audition with it and settled on the greenish brown and then the sky fabric.

I used the backside of a bold fabric for the mountains because sometimes the backside works much better.

I then built up the distant trees and landscape.

Foreground and background are important and this is something I really have to work on to get it right. That concept is still a work in progress for me.

As you can see, I have a sense of humor with the crane about the eat the fish that is
 going for an insect.

I loved finding the fabrics in my stash to complete this project, which needs quilting....sigh. There's not enough time in my day!!
This is a free design for all to try.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I create because I enjoy the concept of thinking out an idea, drafting or designing it and then sewing it out. I'm not necessarily worried about the finished (Quilted out) product. I just want to see if I can get what's in my head onto fabric. And the fabric is usually my motivator. 

"In These Shoes" was made for my love of shoes. High heels in particular.

"Howdy" was a Fons & Porter challenge to make a mini quilt. This was my attempt. The quilt measures 23 X 27 inches & was my first silhouette type quilt.
I got Honorable Mention and was very happy because there were many talented quilters judged in the challenge. I think it is important to try new things that make us uncomfortable or challenged. It's a great way to grow and learn new of different things.

I designed the pumpkin and the houses because of the wonderful fabrics I've collected over the years.
"House Haunters" is a BOM that is free to anyone who wants to try it out. 

I call these four "Fractured Diamonds" which I demonstrated in a very short picture tutorial here. It was amazing to see the variations I could get just by adding another row or in the color change. As you can see, I got a little obsessed with making them.

The Texas Seal quilt had been tumbling around in the back of my head for five years. I'd purchased the gray fabric way back then. Gray is a tough fabric to work with at times for me so I knew I wanted to do something special with it. Since I'm a Texan, the Seal was a good idea so I started placing fabrics in a bag that might go into the project. Occasionally I'd use some of the fabrics for other projects......who has ever done that....(smile) but finally I got it all together and created the seal quilt. As you can see I used the silk purse method to applique the flowers around it just to add interest and I used some half fractured diamonds to jazz us the border around the seal. That pop of reddish color is a great zinger!!
The "From Tragedy To Hope" mini was done as a challenge from Project Hope Online Quilt Show 2013. I decided to participate and to go a step further, I donated the mini to the town of West, Texas as they had just recently gone through that terrible explosion. I'd hope the mini (12 inches sq.) would lend some peace, hope and knowledge that people were pulling for and praying for them.
This isn't a good photo but it is one of my first BOM designs which can be found on my BOM page and is free to try out. "Lazy Hearts" was fun and really pushed my thought process. I used 100% cotton fabrics along with wool and silk. I embellished with beads and buttons and used embroidery floss to stitch out the months. 

I was asked to make a donation quilt for our local school which I graduated from way, way, way back when. I was to use parts of the band uniforms which as we all know was not going to be easy because of the thickness of that polyester blend. Also, the color orange was so strong that I had to use colors to tone down its brightness. I drafted designs for band instruments, basketball, football, tennis and other stuff that would compliment the school's activities and would probably bring more interest to the donation process. 
I was very happy with the way things turned out and was told that the quilt was a booming success.

This little quilt measuring 24 inches sq. was made using a half square triangle quick making method. There are tons of ways to make HST, you just need to find one that works best for you. This is yet another of my designs that I named "Radiating Star." All of the fabrics came from my stash.
I'm also into making mug rugs which are coasters for your beverages. I love giving the away just to make someone smile. The Spider's Web was machine embroidered the other day (5 1/2"). When you leave a comment on this post, I will place your name in the old "hat" for a random drawing. I'll announce a winner on Sept. 15th. Please make sure that I can get in touch with you or the mug rug will go to the next person.
(see my "non-responder reminder near the top of my blog for understanding)

Well, this is just a small part of what I love about quilting. I hope you've enjoyed the little glimpse into my world. Thank you for stopping by.

It's also Design Wall Monday so pop over to Judy's to see what others are up to.


Gill said...

Hi Rhonda
As you know I've been following you for a long time!! Great to see all your quilts!

Needled Mom said...

It was great to see all of your work together like this - so many of my old" favorites, but where is John Wayne?

Kathy L said...

You have a lot of quilting ahead of you! Beautiful work and so original. As long as there is no spider in that web, put me in the hat please.

Vicki H said...

Hi Rhonda, great post. I had forgotten about some of the quilts so it was nice to see them again.

barcord said...

It was lovely to see your quilts. Some I remember from previous posts. You have been really busy. I was just talking with my daughter at dinner time, and she described a huge spider she found in the bathroom this morning. If I win your mugrug, I think she should have it to give the spider a home.xxx

Kathy H said...

What beautiful quilts and designing your own. What an inspiration. The band quilt was just amazing. Those uniforms would be so hard to work with but it came out beautiful.

Patty Howe said...

I have always loved your work. You do such wonderful work. I don't have a chance to get online like I use to, but thats life.

Gari in AL said...

This was such a fun read. And, of course, I would love your mug rug. We have a lot of spider webs in the trees these days and even found one of those large banana spiders on the deck the other day (they are moving up from FL). I couldn't find where the pattern for the fish/bird/insect quilt was.

Gari in AL said...

This was such a fun read. And, of course, I would love your mug rug. We have a lot of spider webs in the trees these days and even found one of those large banana spiders on the deck the other day (they are moving up from FL). I couldn't find where the pattern for the fish/bird/insect quilt was.

A Nudge said...

Rhonda - a great post. You are a designer par excellence. Love so many of them! Thanks for the chance for the chance for the Spider Web, but I'm going to decline my chance as I already have Jack to display this October. It was great learning more about you.

linny said...

It was lovely to see some of your past quilts all in one posting.
I've followed for quite a while now(even won a mug rug)& always enjoy your posts.

Joanne Lendaro said...

It was so much fun to see all of those projects again!! I had forgotten how great they were! I kept thinking "oh, that's my favorite, no, that one is.." They are all so wonderful!!!

thanks for the post, really enjoyed it!

Raewyn said...

I tagged Karen so it was great to come across your post!! Very intersting and great to see everything that you have created and to read about how you work.


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