2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop…

2016 Advice and Tech Helpfor New Quilt Bloggers

Hello there! Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting today. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all the other blogs that have participated in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. This is such a talented and inspiring group of quilters. And what about our hosts? Stephanie of Late Night Quilter, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl are so amazing and patient and helpful. They’ve created a great online community.

So… my name is Stephanie and I have had a needle in my hand since I was 7 years old. My grandmother taught me to embroider on cotton fabrics from the Woolworth store (remember those?). Eventually I moved on to counted cross stitch but I always wanted to quilt. There were no quilters in my family which when I think about it surprises me. My mom had a sewing machine and made clothes, so did my grandmother. Alas, I am a self taught quilter. I have a full time job working on the software delivery side of a very large company and sewing is my release. It takes away all the stress that Corporate America tries to deliver. I also like to take photos and if you look through my blog you will see that I try to include those with posts about quilting.

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I have an 11 year old Pomeranian named Katrina, this is her Princess and the Pea moment. She thinks every quilt I make is for her. That’s her on a stack of quilts. It doesn’t matter if the quilt is finished or not, if part of it is on the floor or on the furniture, she will find a way to lay on it.

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My quilting started out really traditional. Traditional patterns and settings with dark, muted colors. Over the years I have evolved into more of a modern-traditional (it’s a word) quilter.

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Last year I had the opportunity to step into the world of pattern design/ writing through the Fabri Quilt New Quilt Block Blog Hop. I introduced my block Mountains All Around. I had never thought up my own block before, let alone write out the directions for constructing it but now I’m hooked.

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I participated in the New Quilt Block Blog Hop again this year with my block Intersections. I have more great ideas that I’ve sketched out, now to find the time to get to constructing them.

Blogging Tip: Label and organize your photos. So often, I’m working on something that I may not blog about for a couple weeks so it’s important to know where to find photos. Take photos of your quilts outside when you can. Natural light shows off your work so much better than indoor lighting.

Quilting Tip: Free your self from the stress of loving every fabric you use. See this post about how I did that. I’d like to know how you determine a particular fabric is not working in your quilt. What do you do?

Randomness… Your Dream Vacation Spot – anywhere in Colorado or Eastern Europe…  favorite book – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck…  favorite movie – Doctor Zhivago and The Big Lebowski… favorite TV show- The Mindy Project… a random fun (trivial) fact about me – I have a deep rooted fear of the giant squid, I can’t even look at photos of them.

Make sure you visit the other members of Hive Sewciety today to visit their wonderful blogs…

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29 thoughts on “2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop…

  1. Hi Stephanie: Good post. I love the Princess and the Pea analogy and photo. I enjoy following along your journey and I hope our paths continue to cross.

  2. Hi Stephanie! Great post today. I love the quilts you’ve been making. I have never tried to design a quilt block…yours are so pretty. I should give it a try soon.

  3. Hi Stephanie, this is a great post and lovely to get to know more about you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts and the tips. I love your mountains all around pattern, I think it’s just what I need for the corners of a star block i’m currently working on. I was looking for an alternative block and the options were square in a square or pinwheel but this is different…I’ll have to try and see 🙂 Well done on writing your own pattern!

  4. Hi Stephanie, thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading your post and your pretty Katrina on her throne made me smile. From checking your side bar I find that we do quite a few things together this year. I am also participating in the Stash Bee and The Bee Hive bees and intend at least to sew along in the Meadow Mystery quilt. So we can cheer to each others progress in those =) Your Midnight Mystery Quilt looks amazing by the way. And finally hats off to you for designing your own quilting blocks. That is no small thing. I am looking forward to read more of you. =)

  5. Katrina is such a cutie! How could every quilt not be for her? I think I fall in the modern-traditional quilter category as well. It’s been fun being on the hop with you again this year and I look forward to seeing what all you get into in the future.

  6. Stephanie, What lovely quilts, love see how you progressed in you style. Enjoy the hop and getting to know each talented quilter. Hugs, Heide

  7. I enjoyed your post and getting to know you better Stephanie. Your block designs are very good, well done you. I will look forward to seeing your block this year.
    Smiles
    Kate

  8. Hi Stephanie. So nice to get to know you better. I really need to listen to your tip on photos. I barely have any outdoor/natural light photos of my quilts. You are so right, they do always show off the quilt better.

  9. Greetings from Branson,Mo where I am vacationing. I tried to access the post about letting go of favored fabric but wasn’t able to do so on my iPad. I will try when I get home. It’s tips I can definitely use. best, Mary Maloney

  10. Hi Stephanie, I enjoyed getting to know you better and took a few minutes to check out your finishes from other years. So fun to see other’s creativity! You have some really cute stuff. That Mother’s Day stitching you did is super pretty. It has been fun “meeting” my fellow 2016 New Quilt Bloggers. 🙂

  11. Great post Stephanie ☺ I did the new quilt bloggers hop last year, learned a lot and found lovely quilt bloggers to befriend too. Your blog already looks very professional and the photos are lovely clear and bright. Thank you for the link to Five Things Friday in your previous post, I shall go investigate that…

  12. I love Eastern Europe! I did some travelling in the region, then I moved to Poland and fell in love with the place. I spent 3 months travelling from Warsaw to Beijing by train – best thing I ever did. Where does your love of Eastern Europe come from?

  13. Thanks for a great intro post. I’ve so enjoyed meeting new people and seeing their quilts. I really like the outdoor settings for your photo shoots. My favorite photo is the one of the quilt, orange bench and the picket fence.

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