August 18, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hello, World!
It's my turn to introduce myself
in the Around the World Blog Hop!

I was invited to participate
by the lovely blogger Donna

{Here's what Donna made for her partner in the Need a Little Needle Book Swap...stunning!}

Question #1: What are you working on at the moment?

My head is spinning at the moment.
I've got lots of ideas in there, waiting to become patterns!
Watch for a new zippered pouch pattern coming out
in the very near future, called Double Exposure!

{Want a sneak peek? Of course you do.}

If I can't get to the sewing machine
or if I'm too tuckered out for writing,
I enjoy sitting down
with my stacks of hexagons.

{Soon I'll be using these for some pillows...and more!}

Watch for more swaps...

 and free tutorials, too!
I love to guest blog
and would welcome more opportunities
for an occasional post.

Question #2; How does your work differ from others of your genre?

Hmmm...I am still working on this one, I think.
My main goal would be to have a "look"
for my projects.
I love it when someone says that they 
could tell that I made something,
even before they are told.

I used to make dozens of purses,
and my coworkers could recognize an "Amy"
purse from a mile away.

and I've been satisfied with that image ever since.
That pillow has elements of many things I love:
polka dots...bright, clear colors...
quilting for texture...
smooth, cushy areas...geometric prints...
scrappiness from many fabric lines...updated classic blocks...
all highlighted by a clean white background.

Question #3: Why do you create what you do?

I just can't NOT sew,
no matter how busy I am.

Now might be a good time to reveal
that I've gone back to working full-time
as a medical technologist in a hospital lab.
Even though I don't have as many hours
free for sewing,
I depend on my sewing time for relaxation.

Because of time constraints,
I tend to choose smaller projects,
like pincushions or pillows,
knowing I can actually finish those.

Question #4: How does your creative process work?

There isn't really a method that always works for me,
but I think it all starts with the fabrics.
I have quite an embarassing and disorderly stash!

{No photo available!}

I plan my projects when there is no time for sewing,
and I often collect the fabrics and notions
ahead of time.
I love to cut everything out,
ready to sew it later, 
especially when I'm making purses or pillows.
It feels like I'm using a kit, which is really fun!

Another way my creative process works is to
collaborate with other bloggers
and admire their works.
I've especially enjoyed meeting many
inspiring friends through
sewalongs and swaps!

And now I'd love to invite you to meet one
of my most favorite bloggers in all the world:

Susie of Susie's Sunroom,

{See her Around the World Blog Hop post any time after 8/28/14.} 
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  1. You know I love your work. That little 'tree' block is wonderful!

  2. What beautiful ' eye candy' ! I love everything that you make and don't know which of your projects are my favorite....somehow they all are!! I am so lucky to have you as my inspiration and mentor!!

  3. I can always tell an 'Amy made That' item - it is stylish, chic, extremely well made and has a 'je ne sais quoi'. You add a touch of fun to functional and bring style to the everyday. I'm glad you will always find time for sewing.

  4. I enjoy looking at your pics as well. You always arrange everything so neatly!


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