Kim Smith Soper

Why we quilt. 52 interviews. 52 weeks. Because we have so much to learn from one another as we follow our creative paths. #TheCreativityProject2018

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It is Week #8 of the Creativity Project, and my guest is 🎉1st place winner 🎉of the 2018 QuiltCon Group or Bee Quilt Category, Andrea Tsang Jackson @3rdstoryworkshop. Andrea was the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Her award-winning quilt, the Here and Elsewhere Bee is a collaborative effort, with its nearly 1200 blocks having been completed by museum visitors. Andrea has a very focused approach to quilting. She is always thinking about the quilt in terms of how it will be used. Her goal is to make beautiful design choices that will complement the intended use. I think you will love learning more about her in this week’s interview. I hope you’ll check it out! And congratulations, Andrea! (Link in profile.)
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios #modernquilting #makersmovement #creativelifehappylife #quiltersofinstagram

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I’m not headed to QuiltCon this week, I’m sad to say😢, so I decided to take some time to straighten out my sewing space. As you can see, I have lots of shallow, open bookshelves that get messy as soon as I touch them. Does anyone have any tips for helping to keep open shelving neat and organized? I’d love to hear! #honestcraftroom #openshelvesarenotmyjam #lotsofprojects

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There’s a fine line between trying to “make” things happen and learning to let go and “allow” things to happen. Sometimes it’s hard to know when to surrender control — especially when we really want what we are working toward. Tiffany Horn @villageboundquilts has some sage advice for herself — and for other quilters this week. Being true to herself, sharing her truth through her work, and being authentically Tiffany helps her deal with comparison and envy when those feelings arise. She has a lot of additional wisdom that she shares in her interview this week. I hope you’ll check it out! Link in profile.
#thecreativityproject2018
#52weekofcreativity
#52interviewsin52weeks
#lelandavestudios
#creativelifehappylife
#modernquilter
#quiltersofinstagram
#makersmovement

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The maximalist quilt is coming together today. This is the bottom right corner of it. I’m making it up as I go along, and so far so good, I think. I’m way out of my comfort zone— there’s not a bit of white in sight! But it feels good to stretch myself and I’m finding that when the prints are this busy, color and value become an even more important part of the story. As long as I am learning and growing from the process it will all be worth it. ❤️

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Week #7 of the Project is here! My guest this week is Tiffany Horn of Village Bound Quilts @villageboundquilts. Tiffany comes from a long line of quilters (just wait ‘til you see her #threegenerationsofwork quilt). She has taken her inherited talent and put a modern spin on it. Tiffany is on the brink of launching her pattern shop (her first pattern Haver Square is set to be released on February 26th) and i think you will agree that her work is fresh with a nod to vintage. I’m confident you will love her quilts — and her wise words. Please check it out! (Link in profile.) Happy Friday, everyone!
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios #modernquilting #makersmovement #creativelifehappylife #quiltersofinstagram

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I was wondering... do you meditate? I am looking to start a more consistent practice in the new year. In the past, I’ve personally found that there is a correlation between meditating and feeling more creative and better about myself. That said, I’m the first to admit I have trouble sticking to a consistent routine. If you’d be willing to share, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Any tips, advice, or — if you’re willing to give it a go with me— all are welcome. Do you find that meditating stokes your creativity? On the blog. Link in profile. (Quilt pattern is Diamonds in the Deep by Kirsty Cleverly @bonjour_quilts)
#thecreativityproject2018
#52weekofcreativity
#52interviewsin52weeks
#lelandavestudios
#creativelifehappylife
#modernquilter
#quiltersofinstagram
#makersmovement
#meditation #selfcare

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As makers, we are often moved to create by a yearning to connect to a deeper meaning. Whether it is a desire to slow down, be more intentional with our time, or feel a sense of contribution to society, through the process of making we discover new things about ourselves and our relationship to the world. There is just something about making with our hands, touching the fabric, the stitches, the finished quilt, that is so soothing in a busy world. Shannon Fraser @shannonfraserdesign understands the value of a quilt in her hands. I hope you join the discussion as she shares more about why she quilts on the blog. Link in profile. Enjoy your Sunday, friends!
#thecreativityproject2018
#52weekofcreativity
#52interviewsin52weeks
#lelandavestudios
#creativelifehappylife
#modernquilter
#quiltersofinstagram
#makersmovement

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Hello, hello! It’s Week #6 of The Creativity Project and my guest is Shannon Fraser @shannonfraserdesigns. Shannon is a Canada-based pattern designer who loves to share quilting tips and tricks with others as she discovers them. Shannon has a helpful, can-do, positive attitude that comes through in her words and her quilts. I think you’ll agree her work is graphic, colorful, crisp and easy to love — and the same goes for her interview. I hope you will check it out! (Link in profile). #thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios #modernquilting #makersmovement #creativelifehappylife #quiltersofinstagram

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On the agenda for today. Using 12.5” templates.
#ilikebigblocksandicannotlie #modernquilts #drunkardspath #obsessedwithcircles

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As a quilter, Instagram and Pinterest are full of inspiration. But if our head is not in the right frame of mind, that inspiration can quickly turn to envy when it feels like other quilters are more productive or more creative. What can our jealousy or self-doubt teach us? Well, for starters, it can teach us about ourselves and our desires. Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl recognizes this about herself and uses her self-doubt or feelings of envy to redirect her efforts to achieve her heart’s desires. Yvonne incorporates wellness into all aspects of her quilting — from breathing exercises, to posture and how she focuses her mind. There are so many pieces of advice to take from her interview. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, I hope you do! Link in profile.
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios #modernquilting #makersmovement

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s Week #5 of The Creativity Project, and I’m excited to introduce this week’s guest, Yvonne Fuchs @quiltingjetgirl. Yvonne’s interview is peppered with advice on both her quilting process and how she cultivates wellness in her life. I’m positive that you will find many wonderful bits to take away and incorporate into your own practice. Yvonne is a quilter, blogger, former host of the New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop and contributor to The Quilter’s Planner and Fresh Quilting. Her wide variety of experience provides a well-rounded look at the many facets of the quilting industry and its community. I hope you enjoy! (Link in profile)
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios #modernquilting #makersmovement

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Channeling my inner maximalist and playing in prints today. Lots and lots of prints!
#maximalist #sometimes #whenthemoodstrikes

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Do you ever feel like there is just not enough time in this world to make all of the things that you’d like to make and sew up all of the ideas that you have in your head? What sort of relationship do you have with your creativity? Does it feed you? Or do you feel like @laurahartrich, that your creativity is feeding on you? Laura’s interview is so much fun to read. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, I think you will really enjoy!

#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #selfcare #selfcaresunday #selflove #creativelifehappylife #creativity #lelandavestudios #modernquilter
#quiltersofinstagram #makersmovement

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Anna Maria Horner’s work is so pretty in pictures, but it’s even prettier in person. What an amazing day at @gothamquilts learning hand stitching and embroidery with @annamariahorner. So inspiring! Thank you for an awesome day!

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The reasons behind why we make are sometimes more important than what we make. This week’s interview features Laura Hartrich @laurahartrich, founder of @quiltstories, an IG account dedicated to the stories behind why quilts are made. In 2015, Laura’s Quilt for Our Bed was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award at QuiltCon. She’s now a full-time student working toward a degree in Art Therapy. Even though she’s got a lot on her plate, Laura still finds time for her quilting passion. Her interview is honest and raw and I think you will find that many of the things she says resonate. I. Any wait for you to check it out! Link in profile.
#thecreativityproject2018
#52weekofcreativity
#52interviewsin52weeks
#lelandavestudios
#creativelifehappylife
#modernquilter
#quiltersofinstagram
#makersmovement

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New work-in-progress.

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Do you consider yourself an artist who makes quilts? Or do you cringe at the thought of saying so out loud? I hope that you’ll take some time to check out this week’s interview with Michelle Cain @frombolttobeauty. You will really enjoy her thoughtful approach to quilt-making and so much more that she shares with us. Link in profile. ❤️
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #selfcare #selfcaresunday #selflove #creativelifehappylife #lelandavestudios

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It’s Week #3 of the Creativity Project, and my guest is Michelle Cain @frombolttobeauty. Her interview is full of hidden gems (quite literally and figuratively) as she shares her secrets with us. Among them: what you might find inside of a quilt that she’s made for you, what she values in her creative support system, and her most challenging project yet. I hope you’ll check out her thoughtful interview! Link in profile.
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios #creativelifehappylife #modernquilter #quiltersofinstagram #makersmovement

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Have you had the opportunity to check out Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century? Today is my stop on the @ctpublishing Modern Quilts blog tour, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on this beautiful new book. It is incredible to have so much inspiration at your fingertips, and to slowly page through the immense talent that exists in our @themqg community! I feel so proud and so honored to be included. Thank you to @vesselquilts @alissahaightcarlton and @moderndayquilts for the time and effort that went into curating this project! For more information, check the link in my profile.
#modernquilts #mqg #lelandavestudios

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I made these cute little pincushions with remnants of African mudcloth that I purchased a while back from @loomandkiln. If only they were big enough to go on my couch! 😍
#pincushions

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Have you had the chance to check out this week's interview with Jessica Skultety @quiltyhabit? She makes nourishing her creativity a priority, and finds time to do so every day. For her, creating is a way to practice self-care. To read more, head to the link in profile👆🏻.
#thecreativityproject2018
#52weeksofcreativity
#52interviewsin52weeks
#selfcare
#selfcaresunday
#selflove
#creativelifehappylife
#lelandavestudios

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🎉Happy Friday!🎉 This week’s interview features Jessica Skultety (@quiltyhabit). I think you will find her upbeat and cheerful personality ✨shines through in her responses! You will feel through her words how much she loves 💕to quilt, and you can’t help but feel inspired to make time for yourself to sew — today! Jessica is a quilter, teacher, lecturer, and editor of the Wonky Press newsletter. Please check it out! (Link in profile👆🏻)
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios

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Do you think quilting makes us more compassionate? Melanie Tuazon @melintheattic shares her thoughts and more in the first interview of my new series, The Creativity Project. To read more, head to the link in profile. #thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios

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🎉HOORAY! 🎉The day is here! Please join me on the blog for a thoughtful discussion about creativity with Melanie Tuazon (@melintheattic). Learn her thoughts on why she is drawn to quilting as a medium for her art, the role that creativity plays in feeding her soul, how she deals with comparing herself to others, and more! I hope you enjoy! (Link in profile.👆🏻)
#thecreativityproject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #52interviewsin52weeks #lelandavestudios

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***🎉🎉THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** 🎉🎉congratulations @needleandfoot ! You are the winner!
I’m kicking off my 52-week Creativity Project with a giveaway!!! Enter for a chance to win a fat eighth bundle of Alison Glass’ gorgeous new line Diving Board! 💕🙌🏻
To enter: 1️⃣follow me @lelandavestudios
2️⃣like this photo
3️⃣tag a friend you think would love this fabric!
EXTRA GOOD KARMA goes to you if you participate in the project itself! You can be a part of my project by taking a quick survey (link in profile👆🏻) and be sure to look for amazing and insightful interviews kicking off on the blog THIS FRIDAY (same link above👆🏻)! You can enter as many times as you would like. Giveaway runs through Sunday, 1/7/18 at 7pm EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, 1/8/18 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize after being notified. Good luck and Happy New Year!!! #TheCreativityProject2018 #52weeksofcreativity #bigkickoff #superexcited #fabricgiveaway #alisonglass
Note: this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Inc. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age. Contest is open to participants worldwide. Void where prohibited.

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Final finish of 2017! 🙌🏻 A simple courthouse steps quilt made entirely with organic and natural fibers. The solids are cirrus solids from @cloud9fabrics, and the linen is watercolor linen in smoked rose from @purlsoho. For me, this project takes the purest fibers and a traditional design and makes them fun and unexpected. I love the color combination! 💕And I love this simple little quilt so much! ❤️#happyendofyear #purlsohobusyhands #courthousestepsquilt #cirrussolids #watercolorlinen #naturalfibers

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💕Looking back on the past year and making plans for the year ahead! 🙌🏻I hope that you are all having a lovely holiday season so far!🎄🎉
I am so thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities I have experienced this past year through the sewing community. I am also really excited to continue to grow new connections and learn new skills in 2018! So far I have a new project (link in profile👆🏻) and two handquilting classes on the agenda. What are you excited for in 2018?
#2017bestnine #yearendreflection #excitedforthenewyear

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❄️Nothing like the first snow of the season ⛄️to provide the perfect backdrop to a wintery quilt! ❄️This is my latest finish🙌🏻, which I’m calling Sounds of the Winter. Inspired by the winter scenes of Charley Harper's fabric, this quilt was my first attempt (started almost four years ago!!!) to blend traditional quilting elements (the album four-patch blocks) with improvisational piecing (the tree). The vast amount of negative space allows the ✨AMAZING✨quilting (by Shelly Pagliai @prairiemoonquilts) to complement the piecing and tells a complete story. Make sure you scroll right to see her quilting close up! The name of the quilt is from a poem by Long Island native, Walt Whitman.❤️
#charleyharper #charleyharperfabric

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Do you subscribe to @michellebartholomew ’s newsletter Half-Square Headlines? If so, then you may already know that I am featured in this month’s issue! (Check your inbox!)🤗If not. . . then you should subscribe! Her newsletter is filled with links to lots of fun, sewing-related goodness and this month she’s hosting an amazing giveaway🎉 from @putaquiltonit! So be sure to check it out! Link to subscribe in profile👆🏻 #checkitout #newsletter #halfsquareheadlines #giveaway

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