Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quilting A Story

Hi all, Rhonda Gibson here. It seems like forever since I've posted on Craftie Ladies.

I confess I've been busy writing but I've also been playing on Pinterest looking at quilts and building my fabric stash.

What does that have to do with writing? Well, Pinterest and quilting both have to do with writing. I use Pinterest a lot to do research, collect photos for possible use on covers and to procrastinate. Quilting is also a part of researching, there have been quilters in our history for ever! and it too is a great way to procrastinate.
So today I'm going to do a comparison of quilting and writing.
Step 1
Go through fabric stash and pick just the right fabrics. 
Go through story ideas and choose one.
Step 2
Decide on type of quilt to make.
Decide what genre to write in. Historical? Contemporary? or Mystery? (those are my choices) But it's usually a historical. After all, I do write for LIH.
Step 3
Lay the fabric out and began cutting to create the quilt.
Start working on the synopsis, placing scenes where they need to go to create a story.
Step 4
Go to the sewing machine and start piecing the fabric together.
Go to the computer and start writing the story.
Step 5 This step is different with each quilt/book
Break out the seam ripper and fix mistakes
Edit as I go/fix mistakes
Step 6
Layer top of quilt, what you've spent hours sewing, with the batting and back piece of fabric.
Write until you get to the end of the book.
Step 7
Sew on the binding. It gives the quilt that finished look
Send into editor. Polish what she/he says and give it that finished look.
Step 8
Sewing take a picture and show off your creation.
Wait for the book to arrive. Take it's picture and show off your creation.
There are several steps that I've left out but I wanted to give you the basic idea. I love writing and I love putting quilt tops together. I'm not a fan of the actual quilting process but I'm learning a new way of quilting, it's new to me, called quilt as you go. Which is how I write!!
Below is my latest book and my first big quilt. I hope you enjoy both.
My latest release.

My first King Size Quilt.


Becky Dempsey said...

I like your analogy between quilting and writing!

Pamela Tracy said...

Most cool. I've not quilted in more than 20 years. You made my fingers itch to get back.

Terri Reed said...

Wow that quilt is beautiful. Great analogy.
I've never quilted. Or really done any sewing. My mom tried to get me interested in sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting but naw. I was more into sports, dancing and reading.

Missy Tippens said...

What a beautiful quilt, Rhonda!! You're amazing!

CatMom said...

I enjoyed this post, Rhonda.
Love the cover of your book AND your beautiful quilt!! WOW! :)
Hugs, Patti Jo

Rhonda Gibson said...

Oh my STARS!!!! I am so sorry everyone, I forgot! Please forgive me.

Becky, thank you so much :)

Pamela, I've just recently gotten into the quilting again, too. We should quilt together some time :)

Thanks Terri. Those are my favorite colors and my first BIG quilt. I love dancing and reading too, shhhhh don't tell anyone but I used to LOVE playing softball :)

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thanks Missy :) I had a good teacher.

Aw Patti Jo you are so sweet. Thank you.