Skipping Around the World

Tag is such a fun game. Any stretch of space can become game territory, and the only thing required are legs and lungs. A normal afternoon becomes an adventure of pursuit and capture. My mind is taking me back to those sweaty thrilling childhood afternoons as I type this.

So, when Christina of Wips and Tuts asked if she could tag me in the Around the World Blog Hop, my answer was a resounding, "Yes!" Cristina is a lovely "wholesome midwestern girl," as she likes to describe herself. Down to earth and brimming with sweet encouragement, she is a friend anyone would love to have. Her perseverance in quilting and willingness to try new things are evident across the many welcoming pages of her blog, and coupled with big process pictures, it's definitely a spot you'll want to check out.

beautiful, paper-pieced bee block by Cristina of Wips and Tuts
Christina of Wips and Tuts

Running barefoot across the blogosphere in this game of tag, I hope you will pause on my patch of lawn before jetting off to the next stops.

What am I working on?
I am in the process of opening up shop! It is exciting and scary and sometimes feels like I'm jumping off a cliff. More often than not, though, the cliff is above an azure sea somewhere in the sunny Caribbean, and I'm just running straight toward the edge anticipating the fun. My newest collection of hand-printed fabrics and hand-printed quilts will be available there, and I can't wait to see where they will travel!

bright and modern printed pistachio fabric | Lovely and Enough

Why do I create?
It makes my heart happy. Pure and simple. The soft slip of fabric through my fingers, the crisp edge of a pressed seam, the bubbling smile of a quilt recipient. If I didn't need to pay rent, I would do it all day long.

How does my creative process work?
I love to sit with pencil and sketchbook, peruse my favorite blogs, and dream up the next quilt. This is my ritual: brew tea, light a candle, clear my work space, pull out something inspiring, turn phone to "do not disturb, and relax.

modern lone star quilt in process

As the game of tag goes, it's my turn to chase down and love on some women I really admire.

First, Erica at CB Handmade. She is awe-inspiring. Elegant, understated, and modern, her classic designs are heirlooms for future generations. Her monthly posts never fail to blow me away, and I've spent many a Saturday afternoon seeking inspiration in the annals of her blog.

beautiful HST color play quilt by Erica of CB Handmade
Erica of CB Handmade

Second, my mom, Jennifer, at Fibermusing. She is an inspiration to me: computer engineer PhD by day and amazing quilter and fabric printer by night. Her most recent series of quilts, drawn from a collection of sermons on wisdom, are beautiful with breath-taking attention to detail from tiny scribbles of bright stitching to water-color penciled gradations. I wish I could devote an entire post to her because this only scratches the surface of her fount of creativity and originality.

beautiful collection of art quilts based on a sermon series titled "Wisdom" by Jennifer of Fibermusing
Jennifer of Fibermusing

So, there you go: "Tag! You're it!" Thanks for stopping by. Now it's your turn to tumble down the hill after these ladies in this fun winding game and explore their gorgeous arbors and meadows of the blogosphere. Enjoy!

Welcome to Lovely & Enough

Hello! Welcome to Lovely & Enough. I'm Kelsey.

You have stumbled across my breath of fresh air. In the midst of physical chemistry tests, dance rehearsals, and studio critiques, this is my happy place.

When I begin to look around and see other people's beautiful lives with seemingly more time, less stress, cuter clothes, and handsomer men, I come back here and remember. My life is lovely. And my life is enough. I don't need more than what I have. Close friends. Comfy clothes. A wonderful family. A burgeoning church. And time and space to sew to my heart's content. Lovely. Enough.

My biggest project to date, She Can Laugh at the Days to Come, is comprised of ten quilts and three fabric designs inspired by Proverbs 31:25. "She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future." The show worked to capture that in between feeling when we're growing up and leaving our families, feeling nostalgia but also great excitement for the future. You can read all about it and see each quilt here. These are a couple of my favorites.

My other big project right now is my Farmer's Wife quilt. I kicked off the blog with this project, and I'm still chugging along. I very much enjoy the process, and I think each block teaches me a little bit about piecing as well as color play. There are many many posts about it here.

And lastly I design fabrics! I have two that I really love: Hortensia (which featured in my senior show) and Longlegged. I hope to design more fabrics this summer and am currently sketching a bison pattern.

Blogging Tip
When it comes to quilt blogging, I think it is important to have beautiful, well-lit photos. We are a visual audience; we love gorgeous photos. I have found that the best way to achieve great photos is with natural light. Use the sun to your advantage. Find a spot with lots of reflected light (not direct), a patio or table by a window. Then grab a big piece of white paper or poster board to bounce light back onto your subject's most shadowed side. Voila! Professional photo shoot in the comfort of your home.

Quilting Tip
For quilting tips, I love having a strip of washi tape on my machine that lets me whip up half-square triangles without having to draw the diagonal lines. Camille has a perfect little video to explain this here.

When it comes to quilting and fabric designing role models, Camille Roskelley pretty much blows me away with her wonderful perspective, fresh quilts, and versatile fabrics. Erica over at Crafty Blossom always hits color play and classic right on the head with her quilts. Finally, Leslie Keating of Maze and Vale and Lara and Caitlin of Ink & Spindle round out the crew with their Aussie textile design. These are my design idols, and they are just a few of the many that inspire and encourage me daily.

Tell me, who are your quilting and designing superstars?

And if you have some more time, settle in and check out these other lovely ladies in the hop!

Camelia @ Camelia Elliott
Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts
Lori @ Sew Psychd
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Christina @ Wips and Tuts
Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller
Judy @ Quilt Paradigm 
Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses