Thursday, October 16, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hey Everyone! I got invited by my dear friend Rach to join in the Around the World Blog Hop. So today I get to share a little bit about me and my story by answering 4 questions! 

So here goes...

1. What are you working on? 
Hmmm... The question should probably be "What am I not working on?"- because I am working on about 5 projects right now! I usually work on one or two projects and commit myself to finishing one before starting another, but I just couldn't help myself!
-At this moment, I am working on a new tutorial using some gorgeous new Acorn Trail Fabric from Fabricworm
I'm not gonna say what it is just quite yet, but here is a little sneak peek:
Stay tuned for the new tutorial coming soon on the blog... 
-I am also working on (binding one and quilting the other) a couple of mini quilts for the wall in my studio. More to come on these projects soon!
  ....But since I know one person is bound to ask- the pattern I used for the lettering on the quilt above is called My First Alphabet by Diane Bohn. And the pattern for the Swedish Bloom quilt block below is by the very talented Ayumi in her book called Patchwork Please.
-I am ever working on my Grandmother's Garden Quilt... Just hit the two year mark with this project! You can read more about it here
And lastly...
-I just finished up my kids halloween costumes... Hallelujah! One is being Sheriff Callie and the other is being Little Red Riding Hood... Stay tuned for those on the blog soon too!! 

2. How does my work differ from others?
That's a hard one!
I would have to say that one of the biggest compliments that anyone has ever given me, when it comes to sewing, was back when I taught my very first sewing class at Sew to Speak...
One of my students had been scrolling through the collection of Weekender Bags on Flickr for inspiration and she told me "I can always pick out which weekenders are yours before I even click on them because of the way they look."
 That was huge for me! Two of the people that inspire me most when it comes to sewing are  Amy of nanaCompany and Mary of Molly Flanders Makerie. I can pick their projects out a mile away because of their style, fabric choice, and workmanship. Anytime I scroll through Pinterest and see a project by either of them, I know it before I even click to follow the link! 
So when I heard someone say that of me, I was so flattered! 
Though I can't quite pinpoint what makes me different than anyone else, I do know this:
-I am a HUGE perfectionist! If I am going to take the time to create something, I want to do it right. I like to be very neat in my sewing. I love my seams to be straight, my corners to match up, and my points to be pointy- But every once in a blue moon- I toss caution to the wind and let myself get sloppy. ;)   
-I try to stay true to me and only use fabrics that I love (unless I am sewing for someone else with a different taste).  I love stripes, polkadots, nautical, primary colors, and usually work with bright fabrics... But I have a very big scale as far as my taste goes, so sometimes you'll see me using funky, boho prints and other times you'll see me using delicate florals! I'm flexible that way. I definitely know what I like and what I don't like but it seems to be ever evolving! ha ha

3. Why do I create?
I guess that's an easier one for me to answer. I create because it's my passion. From the time I was a little girl, I was always "creating". I loved to cross stitch, tried my hand at crochet, and was constantly transforming junk into "treasure" as a kid. 
As I got older, I focused my creativity on scrapbooking. Once I had kids and motherhood set in, my creative flow had an abrupt halt due to the new found craziness of feeding babies, changing diapers, and lack of sleep that was my life now. It wasn't until 3 years ago that I decided to try out a new hobby: Sewing. 
Holy cow... If someone would have told me, even 5 minutes before I turned that machine on for the first time, where I would be now- I would have laughed in their face! I would have never pegged myself for someone who loved to sew, quilt, and work with fabric! I always rolled my eyes at the people who sewed their own clothes and thought what a waste of time it all was. Well, I am eating crow now, because I have officially turned into my Grandma and you can find me in front of my sewing machine most nights! 

Sewing is my happy place! I feel totally at home with a fresh blade on my rotary cutter and a stack of fabric to cut for a project! And if you ever see me day dreaming- you can bet that I have some crazy project on the brain! I love love love to sew! 

4. How does my creative process work?
I would have to say that the fabric I use is the driving force behind everything I make. Sometimes I have a project in mind for the fabric I buy, and sometimes I just buy things that I love on a whim- knowing it will be put to good use. I just love to shop for fabric! 
I love it when I find a fun pattern to make or quilt along to follow, but a lot of times, I create my own patterns.
Marcelle Medallion Pillow
 Since I myself, learned to sew following tutorials online, I love to create tutorials to help others out.
Quilted Ukelele Case Tutorial
So if I am making my own pattern, I roughly sketch my project (and by roughly, I mean roughly... I am not an artist!) and write down some preliminary measurements. Most of the time, the sketch and measurements change along the way. I am not one to cut all my fabric out in the beginning and then start to sew- I like to cut a little, sew a little, and then cut a little and sew a little more. 

Little House Needle Book Tutorial

I would say 9 times out of 10- in the end, my project works like I hoped it would, but that 1 out of 10 project is a royal disaster, but I just toss it in the scrap pile and live to sew another day!! Such is life, right?;)

Well, I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me and what makes me tick with this post! Be sure to check out the talented gal that I have tagged to join in on the fun next week: Meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted.  She is constantly inspiring me with the things she makes!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo, Ashley

P.S.- I don't say this often enough, but I have to say thank you to anyone that reads my blog- especially those select few of you that read and have been with me from the beginning! Y'all are so sweet with your encouraging comments on my blog or on Facebook or Instagram. Nothing makes my day more than a nice comment from one of you.  So thank you for that! Mwah!


  1. I wish I had one of your weekender bags, they are pretty awesome!

  2. I'm glad to see that you're blogging regularly again. I love to see what you make.

  3. This was such a great post! I'm glad you're back at it too! Its so funny to think that all those years ago, when I called you to fill my spot at the sewing craft night when I couldn't go... that was your first time sewing (right?) and now look at you!! So proud of you and all you have learned and accomplished. You have such a gift for sewing. xoxo

  4. Love your weekender bags! Absolutely gorgeous!


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xoxo, Ashley