2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop…

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Hi there!!! I’m Stephanie, welcome to week 4 of the 2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop and welcome to the Quilt’n Party Blog!!! As a relatively new quilting blogger I have the opportunity to receive advice from a group of quilters who are a huge inspiration in the online quilting world. This wonderful group is hosted by:

I have been sewing since I was 7 years old. I have memories of my grandmother letting me select a pattern on pre-printed fabric and the necessary embroidery floss. She and my mom taught me to do all the basic stitches. Eventually I moved on to counted cross–stitch. I always wanted to make a quilt, however no one in my family quilted. So, about 15 years ago I bought a book and jumped right in. Today I have a dozen (probably more) quilting projects at various stages. If you click on my About Me link you can read more about me and my little dog Katrina.

Last week I mentioned that I had taken some time to take photos of some of my quilts, this post is why I was taking photos.

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This is the first quilt I made that made me feel like I knew what I was doing. This quilt taught me that you don’t have to love every fabric in the quilt, they just have to work. That big mountain in the background is Pikes Peak.

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I was visiting a friend in Galveston, TX and visited the one quilt shop on the island. This was the first time I had ever seen Amy Butler fabric so I had to have the kit.

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I made this quilt when I was going through my pink and green phase. I love star blocks and log cabin blocks.

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A quilting tip I would like to share is how I store blocks when I am working on a project that spans several months. I use skirt hangers, the type with the clips and hang my blocks from them. This keeps the blocks from getting lost and from getting all wrinkly (this hanger holds blocks I’ve received for the Bonnie and Camille Quilting Bee on Instagram).

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My blogging tip is all about paper and pen which is kind of funny since I work in the world of technology. I tend to be very visual. In an effort to generate post ideas I make a list of all the quilting things I want to do for the month and assign deadlines. Then I make a list of all the blog posts I can create out of all those activities. There might even be a few (bad) drawings involved to help me figure it all out. I consider those lists my plan and I love checking things off the list.

Please be sure to visit the other Sewcial Swarm bloggers participating in the 2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop this week.

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, stop by the other 2015 New Quilt Blogger hosts blogs (listed above) to see bloggers from the other groups that are participating in the Blog Hop.

Before you go, I have a question that I hope you answer in the comments.  When looking for a new quilting project, do you look for projects that use yardage or do you look for projects that mostly use precuts? I like to use yardage because then you have scraps!!!  I look forward to reading your responses.

Lastly just a few random facts about me…

  • Dream Vacation Spot… anywhere in Eastern Europe
  • Favorite Book… The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Favorite TV Show… Modern Family
  • Random Fact… I have a fear that a Giant Squid will attack me… which is odd since I live in Colorado

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit all the other talented bloggers!

32 thoughts on “2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop…

  1. I like your idea about storing blocks on skirts hangers. It’s how I store my tops and backings when they’re waiting for quilting.

    I alternate between looking for patterns that use precuts, and patterns that use yardage. I tend to lean a little more towards precuts, because I love getting a wide range of color in to my projects. Honestly, I very rarely know what to do with scraps.

  2. What a great way to store blocks! I think I will use that one! Your quilts are beautiful! Love the photos very much! A giant squid? That is so funny! I usually use yardage for quilts, but fat quarters are perfect for something that uses a lot of different prints. Charm packs stump me…

    • Thanks for the compliment and yes, the giant squid thing is weird, I can’t even look at pictures of them. I agree about fat quarters, those also produce plenty of scraps.

  3. I have a slightly odd approach to buying fabric. I see it, buy it, and then decide later what I want to do with it. This is then in turn shaped by how much I bought. If it’s a wide range, it’ll be fat quarters and a bit scrappy, if not metres and I’ll work round that.

    What a great backdrop for your photos!

  4. I definitely lean toward using up yardage when I quilt, and save the “scraps” for bee blocks and fun improv challenges for myself. I really like your block storage idea for projects that are in work – that is really tidy and neat!

    • Several years ago I was doing a block of the month with a friend. I let her hold on to my blocks as we were working on them and we got distracted by other projects and life and put that project aside. When we went back to the project she couldn’t find the blocks. That was a lesson for me to figure out how to store WIPs so nothing is misplaced. The good news is she just found the blocks about 10 years later and after moving into a new home.

  5. I look for both yardage and FQ’s. Someone once told me if you like the fabric your’re looking at get a yard, if you really like it get two yards and if you can’t live without it get at least three yards.

    • I’ve actually heard that advice Cindy. 3 yards seems like a big commitment unless I’m going to use it as backing. I bet you have a fun stash of fabric!

  6. I love your tip for storing the blocks you are working on. I might have to start doing that myself. As of now they just kind of end up in totes and bins until the project is complete. I try to look for pre-cut patterns. I have ended up with quite a collection of pre-cuts as gifts I have received on holidays. My husband has learned it is usually a save quilting gift.

    • Any fabric is always a welcome gift!!! I use covered bins to store the fabrics and patterns for a project I am working on so they don’t get mixed up. I just grab the bin I’m in the mood to work on and close it up when I’m done.

  7. Hi Stephanie, it’s great to learn more about you and your quilts. I like your Amy Butler quilt. I have not used any AB fabrics yet. I think they are all pretty. I am just not sure how to place all the large bold prints. You have an excellent spot to take photos. I usually start with what yardage I may have in choosing quilt patterns. The precut I may have the most of in my stash is usually fat quarters. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    • Thanks Shelley! I love the big prints too but don’t always use them, they can be overwhelming. I am lucky to have so much gorgeous open space around where I live. I always say, you can’t take a bad photo in Colorado!

    • Precuts are a great way to gain confidence as a quilter. I do buy them now and then if I’m doing a small project like a table runner or something. Thanks for stopping by Patricia!

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  9. I generally use yardage. Although right now I am trying to make a baby quilt from some charm packs. I love your storage tip and I’ll have to give it a try. Great post!

  10. Your photos are stunning…I love the scenery. What is the Camille and Bonnie quilting bee? I just love those ladies!
    Deb

    • The Bonnie and Camille quilting bee is a block swap I am participating in on Instagram. Each month we make 2 – 12 1/2″ blocks with Bonnie and Camille fabric and each month we receive 2 blocks. The swap started in June and wraps up in January.

  11. Hello and nice to meet you! I like the look of your quilts, though it would be nice if the pictures were a bit bigger so I could see them better. I too love Eastern Europe. I lived in Poland for 2 years and have visited a few other countries in the region, including Russia, but there are still more I want to go to! I’d love to talk Eastern Europe with you (where do you love?), but do you respond to comments by email? I don’t have time to revisit blog posts I’ve left comments on to see if there’s a reply, I also don’t have the memory for it!!

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    • Deb… I’m glad you stopped by! It’s never too late! Thanks for the answering the question regarding pre-cuts and yardage. It’s been interesting to read about everyone’s preference and reasons for that preference.

  13. Nice quilts! That’s a good idea to store blocks. I always keep projects in a 12 x 12 scrapbooking storage container. It does keep everything together, but my blocks do get wrinkled. I’m definitely a list maker too!!

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