For the past several weeks I have been participating in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. We were gathered together by Yvonne at www.quiltingjetgirl.com, Cheryl at www.Meadowmistdesigns.com, and Stephanie over at www.latenightquilter.com to hone our blogging skills. It is a great group of new bloggers, and I am learning a lot. I’ve critiqued some blogs, and had my blog critiqued in return. One thing I have learned is that it is hard to hear criticism, even when I know it comes from a good place. I was oddly defensive about some of my choices, which surprised me.
I was raised in a family with women who sewed. My mom was handy with her sewing machine – making drapes, clothing, and other projects. My grandmother taught me to embroider and knit when I was very young. I was always making little projects. As an adult I did counted cross stitch, but like many others, I have more than enough cross stitch pieces.
I began quilting when my oldest child was three years old. I must have stumbled across an episode of Simply Quilts in between episodes of Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues. I quickly developed a near fatal case of quilting obsession. I was just going to make one quilt for my son. I haven’t looked back. My family and friends have become targets for random acts of quilting.
This is the first quilt I made for my son. I titled it “Sleeping with the Fishies”, despite some negative connotations to that phrase. He used to fall asleep staring at a fish tank in his bedroom. I pieced the binding from scraps.
I have made so many quilts over the years. It is hard to pick three favorites, but for right now, this is what I have come up with. My style goes all over the place. The one thing that remains fairly constant is my love for scrappy quilts.
This is “That’s No Moon…”, my homage to Star Wars. My husband is a big fan, and he has reeled in the rest of us. I finished this one in 2015, right before the new movie was released. I did a post explaining the process – you can see it here.
This is one I made early in my quilting career. It was included in an Australian quilting magazine. It is made with rectangles and squares – there was no cutting of triangles for this one. I have been itching to make another recently. I love making lots of scrappy blocks, then sorting by color.
I had a fling with triangles a few years ago. I made this for my king sized bed, right before we decided a grey color scheme would be perfect. It took every inch of my design wall and then some to lay it all out. I had to do some shopping to fill out my color scale, but not as much as you might imagine. Reds and yellows are a stretch for me.
When I started to think about blogging, choosing a name took me a long time. I went through a bunch of options, until finally, Dizzy Quilter popped into my head. The tagline, “sewing in circles” is especially appropriate. I hop from one project to another, and it is a real struggle to make myself finish them. Having the blog has forced me to buckle down and finish projects off, so that I can have something to show off and share. Show and tell is one of my favorite parts of quilting. (I learned to generate graphics with the new bloggers. I used Canva.com to generate this image.)
Set a schedule for yourself. I have committed to myself to post every Friday. I work on a post during the week, and schedule it for release Friday morning. I have a few “seeds” I keep in a draft folder if Thursday comes around and I don’t have anything compelling to contribute.
Organize your quilting studio. It is fun to rush around and just throw things everywhere. I found that once I took the time to clean things up I became much more productive. I had an acquaintance observe that I can’t have any fun unless everything is in order. I was offended at the time, but I have come to accept that chaos doesn’t lead to success for me. (It didn’t work out so well for them, either.)
Make your cutting and piecing as precise as possible. Mine is not where I want it to be, but the more I focus the better I get. Quilting is so much more rewarding for me when my points line up the way I want them to.
Favorite Books (Non-quilting):
My all time favorite books are The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. It is a series of 14 books. They are huge, and the story line is engrossing. I have re-read them many times, and the story still carries me away. Usually reading through the whole series takes about six months.
My question for you is why do you follow the blogs you follow? To be honest, I didn’t follow many blogs before I started my own. I had a few designers I liked and I would to to them for inspiration when I was losing my mojo, but I didn’t subscribe to their blogs. Now I subscribe to lots. Some because I love their designs, some because I like the personality of the blogger.
Blog Hop Week 1 – June 13th
Blog Hop Week 2 – June 20th
Blog Hop Week 3 – July 11th
Blog Hop Week 4 – July 18th
Be sure to visit the sites of the Blog Hop hosts to find out about our sponsors and be entered into a drawing for some wonderful prizes.