Welcome to my stop on the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Hop!
This is a big, big hop, so I’ll make this short enough for 1/2 a cup of coffee. Then, you can be off to the other stops.
Wanna see some of my favorite quilts?
This bookshelf quilt is one that I made for my grandma when she was facing chemotherapy. We both share a love of books. I’m happy to report that she’s done with chemotherapy, and the last time I was accused of being just like my grandma, it was because I had lugged huge kitchen cabinets down two flights of stairs without help, and she had mulched her yard without help. What can I say? Neither one of us likes to let grass grow under our feet.
I also love my geometry squared quilt that was the result of diving into a quilt along. I most like the quilting. I did not know how to FMQ then and don’t have a long arm, so there was much machine wrangling to get this quilted.
And, here is my Rainbow Race quilt. Why do I love this one? I designed the pattern for it; other than the pieced back for the geometry squared quilt, this is the first time that I designed a quilt and saw it come to life.
Here’s me, working hard. Just to be clear, I don’t wear a headlamp when I’m working on quilts though I do quilt often at night. This picture is of me after fixing my dishwasher. I keep this blog mostly about quilting, but you’ll find other DIY adventures here too on occasion, especially since I’m in the process of selling one house and moving into another. There will be fresh walls to paint ahead.
And, finally, since this is a hop, Beth over at Plum and June gave us a few common topics to post about. Here goes!
1. Blogging Tip (yes, follow the hop and you’re going to get many tips!)
Know what featured images are and how they behave in different blogging templates. In my previous theme, a featured image automatically became the first picture of a post. So, if I made a picture the featured image and then added the image to my post as well, it showed up twice. I just switched themes, and now featured images aren’t the default first picture. This means some old posts really don’t make sense because the featured image (often the most important) has disappeared. Also, you might notice some wonky or missing photos on my home page because I didn’t know I would be switching to a theme that requires landscape formatted featured images if everything is going to look clean. I like the theme enough that I’ll put up with these growing pains, but I’m throwing this tip out there because new bloggers often want to play with themes as they acclimate to the blogging world. Transitions might be necessary to find what you like, but realize transitions between themes can get messy (and time consuming).
2. Quilting Tip
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Try your best to learn new skills and do your best work, but at the end of the day, no quilt is perfect. Laugh off your mistakes, or better yet, embrace them. Want to see when I accidentally changed stitches while I was in the middle of quilting?
Yep, right in the middle of wrestling with this quilt, I changed to a zig-zag stitch. I could have grabbed the seam ripper, but fortunately a zig zag stitch looks an awful lot like a “W,” my last name initial. Hey, I didn’t make a mistake! I signed the quilt. See how much nicer the quilting world is if you can just embrace a mistake here and there?
3. My quilting/blogging question
For quilting, I need some batting suggestions. I’m on the front end of piecing a beach quilt for my sister.
It’s going to be a large 72×72, so I’m looking for suggestions about batting that will do two things — keep the quilt fairly thin to fold to a reasonable size and shrink minimally. I don’t think my sister loves the homemade crinkle that so many of us love, so toss me out some suggestions for some battings that don’t shrink too much.
4. Something interesting about me…
In December, I got to go on a dream bucket list vacation with my sister. We flew to Las Vegas to go to the National Finals Rodeo, something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was in high school.
I don’t just own one pair of cowboy boots.
Yeah, I own two. If you like country music, you’re my friend.
Ok, enough about me. I hope you return; you can find a bloglovin’ button over in the sidebar. I also just got on instagram…like I only have one picture on there, so help me drool over cool quilty stuff by following me there with your cool quilty stuff. I’m @oneenglishteacher. For now though, get out of here and go check out the other awesome bloggers in the hop. I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of them in the weeks leading up to the hop, and I hope you enjoy getting to know them as well.
Sarah @ Smiles Too Loudly
Vera @ Negligent Style
Michelle @ Michelle Bartholomew
Katie @ Good Golly Ginger
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Jana @ Jana Machado
Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios
Kim @ Ties That Bind Quilting
Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl