Welcome to my day - Day One of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, co-hosted by four lovely quilty bloggers: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl , Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination. These hosts have been busy getting us newbie bloggers ready for the hop, I've got my fellow bloggers listed at the bottom, so scroll down and check them out!
So for anyone new to the site, I'm Denise. I have a little guy who tries to do everything I do, a school bus in the driveway, and a husband who tolerates all of my slow cooker meals cause I'm too busy sewing to notice what time it is. I've been a crafter all my life, and I've been a quilter for about four years, although I did make two quilts before that - ones that I quickly realized I didn't know what I was doing! My first quilt I made when I was a high school senior from scraps of denim, cordouroy and some strange napped brushed velvety fabric that disintegrated after about 10 washes. This poor quilt ended its' days as a cushion for our puppy.
Fast forward to my second quilt fourteen years later, a rag quilt made from squares of denim and fleece. My first quilting victory - it's been our couch quilt the past ten years and looks like it could easily handle another decade of cuddles!
My favourite quilt that I finished this year is Irish Stars. This was a pattern designed by Jo and Kelli Kramer and was featured in Quiltmaker. It was the second quilt I got paid to make, and it was a learning experience!
My son loves all community helpers, but he seems most smitten with firefighters, so I made him this sampler from Amy Gibson's Sugar Block Club blocks alternating with a firetruck/dalmation themed fabric. I found the hydrant paper pieced block on Craftsy and made one for each corner. I custom quilted it with a fire hydrant motif and a loose wavy line that was supposed to look like firehose, and it sorta does :)
The third favourite quilt is actually a set of quilts I made with my son's school last year. Each student made two quilt blocks using a marker-dying technique, then I sewed each class a quilt that is currently on display outside the school gymnasium. All I did was change the colour and arrangement of the sashing and cornerstones to make 6 unique quilts from only 3 fabrics. There were lots more ideas to choose from, but those are for another day!!
Like most quilters, I have several projects on the go, but the one I'm focused on has a self-imposed deadline of Thursday to get the top finished. Why Thursday you ask? Cause my local agricultural fair is this weekend and I'd like to enter it into the flimsy category! Wish me luck....
Blogging: Just sit down at the computer and write! The more you write, the easier it flows, and the better you get at saying what you mean. Be yourself and write about what you know (or want to know) about your craft - there's bound to be lots of others thinking and dreaming just like you!
Quilting: Sit down at your machine and sew! It is amazing how more consistent your seam allowance will get, how faster you get at (re)threading the machine, how confident you get in straight seams and want to try more advanced techniques like y-seams or curves!
So that's the condensed version of my crafty life. There's lots of stuff yet to come on the blog - later this week I'll be posting about a quilt my Mom, Aunt and I made for my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. Hope you come back to see it! Have you ever worked on a collaborative quilt?
One last bit of personal trivia: my favourite movie is The Princess Bride. Has been for over 25years - I listed it in Mr.Stevens' grade 12 english class as my favourite. How marvelous.
Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Ali @Needle Down
Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Ashley @Crafty Ashley B
Gayle @Pedal Sew Lightly
Sarah @123 Quilt
Hayley @MooBird StitchesSew Fabulous Hive
Sandra @Musings of A Menopausal Melon
Tessa @Half Square Quilts
Jinger @Trials of A Newbie Quilter
Kelly @Quilting It Out
Johanna @Sewing Time with Brownie
Host: Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Robyn of Hoops & Thimbles
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.