Welcome to the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!!!
I am participating in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Hop! This is Week 1 of the Blog Hop and I am happy to be one of the first 20 participants! We have been grouped into four hives each being headed by each of the hosts: Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl; Stephanie at Late Night Quilter;Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination; and Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.
My group, New Bees, is being headed up by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. One of our members, Sarah, designed this fabulous button for us! Isn't it fabulous?!
A little about me!I live a small town in northern Louisiana, with my husband of five years and my two sweet kitties. My sister and her three kids live in town also; I spend a bunch of time with them. If you follow me on Instagram, then you will see lots of photos of the kids as well as my quilting. I work full time at a local university as an administrator in graduate studies. I also teach one course in the fall and spring term for a community college. In my free time I spend it sewing and blogging!
Fun fact! My husband and I met in a math class (differential equations, to be exact) at the university I now work. Our teacher thought it might like me so he assigned us to be partners in a project. We met to work on the project and ended up having our first kiss! When we got married we sent that teacher an invite! Plus I can show the exact spot where we sat in that class! I walk past that classroom sometimes when I'm teaching.
|I LOVE this picture that my niece took of me!|
Snapped it on my iPhone one day at the park and it's awesome!
Why did I start quilting?I've loved doing hand crafts for as long as I can remember. I enjoy crocheting, loom knitting, embroidery and cross stitching as well as quilting. My first introduction to quilting came by way of my paternal grandmother who gave all of her daughters and daughters-in-law quilt tops one year. My mom decided to hand quilt her and then spent the next few years doing that. I did help a bit with it (I was around 10-13 at the time.) You can definitely tell looking at the quilt the spots where my mom quilted compared to me!
About three years ago I discovered a sewing machine in storage that had been gifted to me. I began sewing again. I became passionate about quilting and creating again!
I started creating a hexagon quilt at the end of 2014 while looking for a good hand project. You know, something to keep my hands busy while watching a movie with my husband that didn't completely take my attention. That was my main problem with embroidery and cross stitch.
My mom and home ec class shaped my foundation as a quilter. I've learned most of what I know now through books, magazines, blogs, and videos. I have taken a couple of quilting classes at a nearby town (an hour away).
Blogging? Why?I started a blog like most after hearing that one comment. "You should share this!" I finally decided to do that with this blog. I do not have children (at home anyway!) but still struggle to find a regular posting schedule that works for me. Of course the fact that my main project currently is a slowly hand pieced hexagon quilt doesn't help either!
Quilting Style:I like both modern and traditional styles. I like to mix traditional blocks with modern fabrics. Some of my favorite pieces I've made in the last year are below:
|Paper Pieced Mariner's Star. |
Pattern links here and finished pieces here.
|Paper pieced Trick or Treat Sue. Post found here.|
|Fun plane quilt. Post found here.|
I do my own quilting either on my Brother machine or by hand. My quilting is very straight lined. One of my goals this year to start and practice free motion quilting.
Question: Any one have a suggestion on where to start? Good books, online classes, etc.?
Lately I've been working on a large hexagon English Paper Piecing project. I've posted a few times (most recently here). I'm quite pleased with its progress and will be posting regular updates here on the blog and on Instagram. See my most recent piece here! Below is the first hexagon that I completed.
|Hexagon piece #1.|
Quilting TipPainter's tape is your friend!!!
You can use it do so many things: mark a sewing line on your fabric; mark a line on your machine; mark a spot on your ruler! Always keep a roll near your machine!
Second tip: you can get painter's tape at the Dollar Tree! Yes, it isn't the best quality and it doesn't keep its stick for long. I'm not trying to keep paint from bleeding; just keep a straight line!
Favorite Things!!Quilting: I enjoy the entire process of creating a quilt though I must admit to getting a bit frustrated with a great deal of cutting!
Movie: Too many to pick! Though I do enjoy a good Disney animated film!
Music: country (especially Carrie Underwood), pop (think Taylor Swift) and modern Christian (Francesca Battistelli is one of my favorites!)
Food: Italian (love a good pizza with a good marinara) and Mexican (got to have salty chips and not too spicy salsa!)
Color: Blue and Green
Time of Day: That first sip of hot coffee from the pot
Thanks for visiting and I hope you keep coming back!
Please "buzz" over to the other New Bees to check out their great blogs!
Gayle at Pedal Sew Lightly
Sarah at 123 Quilt
Hayley at MooBird Stitches