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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

It's Around the World Blog Hop and I was nominated by Barbara at Cat Patches. I thank her for this chance to show a bit of what happens here in LyndaLand in the sewing department. 

For beginnings, my sewing space was donated by the One Who Cooks, Ormond, from his kitchen. Our one-bedroom apartment is quite small and there was not an entire room to devote to sewing so O carved a goodly chunk out of his kitchen and built me a lovely space in which to create my magic...

Here it is with only One Basket of supplies so far....
two years ago this month-interesting !~!

1. What am I currently working on in this space? 

Ormond's flimsy needs to be sandwiched and quilted or tied and bound.

A seven-by-five blocks doll quilt with the remaining blocks from the above flimsy needs to be sewn together and then quilted as well.

I'm crocheting a scarf that may turn into a cowl when it's finished. I'm using fingering weight yarn so the going is slow. I'm simply doing a half double stitch all the way thru so it can be picked up and worked no matter where my head is at any given moment. I think I may simply like the feel of the silk sliding thru my fingers and can get lost in the tactile experience. It matters not that the edges are so far out of line it's laughable; it feels luscious.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I've been unable to find a genre in which to plug my work. For a while I was embarrassed by my cut-off points and un-square shapes of finished items until Barb, the woman who tagged me for this post said to me one say, "Your quilt; Your rules." Suddenly I was freed up to do whatever struck my creative streak. I have done no quilt with anyone else's patterns, I have no patterns for my pieces. It's all improvisational as I go along. The quilts tend to make themselves-like characters starring in an in-progress novel. I never know what the end result will be when I begin and yet they turn out really cool most of the time.

I had little idea where each of these three quilts was going when I started. This first one was for a very tall young lady who will likely put on a few more inches before she's finished growing. The lighter fabrics came from her Oma in Holland last time she visited and I wanted to use them for Charlie so adding in the purple silkscreened ladies seemed a natural combination. The young lady was thrilled and so was her Grandmother with what I did with the fabrics she had brought to me.

Charlie's "OmaLynda"

When my father was dying earlier this year, I needed something to keep him in my thoughts without the tears that wouldn't stop falling. I cut strips of my favorite fabrics and this is what we have. He always loved bright colors and wore Hawaiian shirts for years in south Florida.

Red mostly, reused, repurposed, and recycled.
Every piece in here was something else.
Felted cashmere sweaters, fleece blankets, worn sweatshirts
 all became this extremely warm and cheerful blanket

3. Why do I write/create as I do?

Because I must. The urge is deep, strong and undeniable. I cannot ignore it as I can other urges like hunger and tired. When the need to make anew comes upon me I work steadily until I either drop into bed or the piece is far enough along that I can leave it for a few hours. This applies to writing and sewing, crocheting and collage work, puzzle solving and laying out future quilts... Despite being tired I cannot sleep if a piece is in process and still has uncertainties about it. Yet as soon as those questions are resolved the remainder becomes easy and I can sleep.

Lots of pieces I've made: pillows, balls, blankets...

A sampler with two inch squares; hand-tied and a bit of embroidery.

My first HST quilt with donated fabrics and a former sweatshirt.

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

Not sure really. I come up with what feels like a need to be cutting and sewing, so I start. Where it may end up no one knows at the outset, especially me. I have started a dozen quilts without knowing where they'll end up. Then once they get to a nearly finished state I want to write about them. Telling the story of how they began is always a fun part of the process for me.

Halloween treat bags for Ginger and Piper. Made in 2013.

Nautical Indigo made for Abby early in my quilting days.

I am still looking for a couple quilters to take the mantle for me and tell us a bit about their process. So far, no success at finding any takers. Perhaps most of the quilters I know are well-known and have already taken this challenge. I'll ask a few more if they'll play and edit this post if they agree.

Thank you, Barbara, for inviting me to show you a bit of what happens here in LyndaLand.


  1. The crocheted scrap looks lusciously warm and comforting. I can see myself burying my nose in it and rubbing it across my face and feeling that soft wool you are using. Nice, nice, nice. As are all the other pieces you shared here. Every day I look at the quilt I have up on my bedroom window and I swear every day I see another piece of fabric you used I hadn't noticed before. It stuns me the beauty in just that one piece. <3

  2. I love seeing the retrospective of your work. It's great that you never let yourself be pigeon-holed into a particular style. I'm always amazed at your creativity.

  3. I cannot believe you make all these beautiful things on such a small working space! I love your work. Love from Amsterdam

  4. I really like your style, very colorful and fun.