Welcome to Podunk, I'm Lea Anne, your next stop in the Around the World Blog Hop. Before we get started on the tour I'd like to take the time to thank Bev of 44th Street Fabric for tagging me back in August. We've been bloggy friends for a year or two. To be honest I'm not sure how I stumbled upon her blog, but was hooked from the first visit. Right now she's working on the cutest Gossip in the Garden quilt and a Farmers Wife. She's been kind enough to offer fabric bundles in her Etsy Shop for the Farmers Wife.
Not only does she inspire me in quilty ways by her use of color and fussy cutting, but she also helped me to quit drinking Mountain Dew. Yep I've been Mountain Dew free for about 2 months. The constant spewing of it out my nose while reading her e-mails was the help I needed. Thanks Bev!
Okay on with the Hop. This Hop is all about getting to know your favorite bloggers or new to you bloggers by answering a few questions. So here we go!
1. What am I working on?
The past few days "The Daisies" have been taking up all my time. Inspired by my flower garden, designed by me.
The back burner project is My Gals quilt. The pattern is by Lynn Wilder called Nostalgic Christmas. Printing the free images found on Pinterest and using bright colors is giving the quilt a whole new look.
And lets not forget the one on the frame. Another one of my designs, inspired by Lori Holts Tulips block from the book Quilty Fun.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
What is my genre? Not sure if I have one. Is Bright and Happy a Genre?
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
This is a question asked often from those non-quilty folks. The best answer is why do some people like chocolate ice cream and others vanilla? When you know what you love, share it, that's where happiness resides. Sharing my current kitchen plumbing project(problem) wouldn't make me nearly as happy.
Podunk Pretties was created because my extended family and friends were constantly asking what I was making. Being that most of them couldn't tell the difference between a Dresden and a Tulip block, I started this blog. I also taught a small quilting class that used my blog as a reference. Posting block tutorials here when the winter weather kept me stranded in Podunk.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
IMPULSIVELY! Learning to keep several pads of paper handy at all times has helped with the flood of ideas. As with most quilters there's a library of books and magazines in my studio. To be honest I've made very few quilts from them. They serve as reference along with the hundreds of quilt blogs I follow and read daily. For a few years I worked on deadlines and commissioned projects. After decision was made to not take on as many commissioned projects it opened up the door to creativity allowing me to just work as freely as I wanted.
The only thing I make myself do is a yearly Breast Cancer quilt. Usually starting it in the early part of the year. Sometimes it's pink and sometimes it's not. Sadly, I never have a problem finding a recipient. So far I've made 7 and delivered 6. The last one delivered was to my SIL Robin last year.
Robin is in her 60's and has two adopted school aged children. Happy to say she's doing great!
The one below was the most emotional to deliver. Presented to my moms friend Sherryl that has had cancer 3 times. She stayed up beat and happy as I shaved what was left of her hair. When I presented her with the quilt " Flying into the Pink" we both teared up. She's still in the Pink too!
So that's all about me now it's my turn to tag a couple of new to me quilters. The first one is Plum Quilts. A stay at home mom that somehow finds the time to make cute projects! Her chicken post card last week gave me a good chuckle. And the second blogger is In the BoonDocks, lots of excitement and colorful projects. Her style of quilting is right up my alley.
~ Lea Anne ~
Of course it's also DWM, so hop on over to Judy's for more inspiration!
Today's freebie from April Rosenthal