Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Week #43: Stacey Lee O'Malley - SLOstudio

Hi everyone! I'm Stacey, from Ottawa - and I'm really excited to be a part of 52 Quilters!

I started making quilts in January 2014, and have been pretty much obsessed since then! My academic background is in science, but I've always been artsy and craftsy - painting, drawing and making things. I think quilt-making satisfies both my analytical and creative sides!

In terms of my style, I am often drawn to modern, geometric designs and using solids, or a mix of solids and prints. I think I oscillate between using very limited colour palettes, and rainbow explosions! (Below is "Polarity" in the snow, then "Cumulative Effect" in the grass!)

As a new-ish quilter, I love trying new techniques to explore all of the ways of putting quilts together! I've tried lots of different things -- from traditional piecing, to English paper piecing...

... to foundation paper piecing - (I have designed some of my own foundation paper piecing patterns, including the one below!)...

... One of my favourite techniques of all is probably improvisational piecing! The quilt below is called "Accumulative Effect" and was displayed at Quiltcon 2016 earlier this year in Pasadena. It includes bits of all of my first 25 quilts. 

I enjoy designing quilt patterns and this year have had a couple published in magazines, which has been really fun! The quilt below is "Ring Road" and is in Issue 11 of Make Modern Magazine.

I've already been sharing more over at @52quilters on Instagram - hope to see you there!

Where you can find me:

Instagram: @slostudio

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week 40: Craft Diva Bizzy Lady - Last Day

Hello on my last day of my 52Quilters week 40 takeover. I really enjoyed sharing the week with you.

I love the quilting community. Everyone is willing to share their knowledge, they take you in as though you are family, share your quilting accomplishments and also are extremely compassionate and caring.

I lost my husband in June of 2015 in a car accident and at a time when I did know how I was going to go from one moment to the next, the quilting community was there. Quilting, crafting and being able to create was my therapy.

My Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild family got together, created heart blocks and presented me with this quilt. Visual evidence of such a wonderful community.

My creative partner create portrait quilts in memory of friends and family. Here is a portrait quilt of a good friend that was given to his wife as a gift.

Here is a portrait quilt of my husband.

Quilting has allowed me to express myself creatively but is also my therapy. I am thankful to be able to do what I love and have a passion for and the ability to share with others.

Again, thanks for the opportunity to share with you this week.

Happy Quilting!

Lynette aka Bizzylady
Website - www.thecraftdivas.com
IG - @craftdivabizzylady
Email - bizzylady@thecraftdivas.com