Monday, 1 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

The lovely Suz from All the Good Ones are Taken - quilter, neighbour and friend - has asked me to join her in the Around the World Blog Hop. It's been a long time since I have taken part in a blog hop, so let's see how we'll go:

1. What am I working on?
I haven't done much lately, but I have out both the Tokyo Subway Map quilt that still needs more echo swirls as well as Whakapapa I for which I have a lot of ideas but not found the time and 'muse' yet to continue on.
Tokyo Subway Map - WIP - 2013 - 2014

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to design my own pieces, but I usually only make one of a particular design - it's a bit like "been there, done that". Often I use bright colours:

I love batiks though they can give me grief with quilting at times due to the tight weave. Lately I have been doing a lot of heavy quilting on many of my pieces. Quite often I have a purpose and finished size in mind and work from that. While some projects develop over time, sometimes I just know what it needs to look like.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
I have always liked creating things. I like the touch of fabric, maybe that is one of the reasons why I struggle to buy material online? Quilting is 'me time', it gives me a chance to create, to play, to simply have a good time :)

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I don't often work from a pattern nowadays - recent exceptions include Spring Fling and Tokyo Subway Map.
Springfling 2014
There is usually some kind of spark, sometimes a Challenge theme like "free" or "ten" from the AQC in 2013 and 2014, 
Uni{que}versal 2014
or just an idea like Against the Odds,
Against the Odds 2011
or something I have seen like Whakapapa I
Whakapapa I - WIP - 2014 (apologies for the poor quality photograph)

which was inspired by our trip to Germany in 2013. Sometimes I know straight away what has to happen, sometimes a piece will sit for a long time before inspiration strikes. I have yet to completely abandon a big project. Suz and I often laugh how size is one of the starting points for me (she takes quite a different approach :D). 

Thanks for joining me for this Blog Hop! To continue it I have asked Rona from Layer upon Layer and Bente from I like to Quilt to hop on next week - please check out their posts on 8 Sept!


  1. Hello friend! Thanks for sharing - I'm still amazed that Against the Odds managed to survive the "it's not really my colour" discussion, it is so pretty.

    1. That's right, it is so NOT my colours! Still love it, thanks heaps for helping me through all my difficult quilting decisions!

  2. Great to see you joining in the bloghop Monika, and to see all your works of art on one page :-) I'm finding it really interesting reading everyone's posts.

    1. Thanks Raewyn, it's great to get a glimpse behind the scenes :) Thanks for commenting!

  3. Liebe Monika,
    sehr gerne habe ich dein Blogpost gelesen, wir habe vieles gemeinsam und deine Quilts finde ich total schön, bunt und fröhlich ☺
    Bis bald...
    Liebe Grüße

    1. Hallo Bente,
      ich freu mich schon auf Deinen Post! Ich schau mir immer gerne an was Du kreierst, wird sind zwar an verschiedenen Enden der Welt aber haben doch vieles gemeinsam!
      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Thank you for inviting me to join the blog hop. I too love seeing a lot of your work all on one page. Against the Odds is a very different quilt to your usual style -and I love it. I see you had the date on the caption and I didn't notice! (Monika and I have been having an email convo and I asked when she made it. Duh!) I had a look to see what you wrote about it when making it and this was right at the start of your blog. I think it deserves a revisit, maybe when it goes up in its new home. All the best with the move.


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