Quilt, Blog, Repeat – 2018 NQB Blog Hop – Week 3
This is week three of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. As soon as the registrations opened I joined in back on February 1st. I am so thrilled to be a part of the fun, meeting new friends and learning some more about blogging. The co-hosts for this year’s blog hop are Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ MMM! Quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Jen @ Dizzy Quilter. These ladies have put in a lot of time and effort to coordinate and organize this for all of us! There is a giveaway happening via Rafflecopter on the co-hosts’ websites. Visit them to enter – you receive one entry for following each of their blogs and one entry for commenting on the new bloggers websites listed below.
Blog Hop Participants
This week, I join my fellow hive mate Tara from Quilt District, in an introductory post. Also posting today from other hives are:
- Linda @ Cozy Quilts
- Dione G @ Clever Chameleon
- Cate @ Chaos Theory Quilting
- Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts
- Rashida @ No 3 Quilt Studio
Home Sewn By Us Introduction
I have always been a crafty person since a child. I made my first quilt at the age of 10, by tracing around a thick cardboard square I cut from a box. Using old discarded clothes (I asked before cutting them up!) or fabrics I carefully selected at J.C. Penney, my dad helped me sew it together. I don’t know what happened to that quilt but I’m sure it had plenty of mistakes. I would love to see what fabrics caught my eye way back then. None of my immediate family had a crafty bone in them other than my dad sewing a mean seam when needed. I believe my dad’s mom quilted but she was long gone before I got a chance to meet her.
These days, I quilt and sew now with my bestie. That’s her on the left and me on the right. We met in high school and became fast friends. Throughout college, wrestler boyfriends and lots of highs and lows, our friendship has stood the test of time. Back in the 90s we opened a cross stitch shop called Home Sewn. While we had to close the shop, we continued cross stitching and eventually moved into/back to quilting. We added the By Us when we started to blog and opened our Etsy shop, so we are now officially Home Sewn By Us. Oddly enough, I started the blog for Sue as an outlet for her to write and keep her busy in retirement. She didn’t retire and I found a love for the writing outlet (who would have known?!), and now it keeps us busy.
What Do We Blog About?
We try to share our weekly adventures in our quilting journey. Of course, not only all things sewing and quilting are shared here because we have a life outside that! Our young great-nephew, Dominic, has found a permanent place in our hearts and the occasional update on him. Truth be told – it is more of a weekly update that I just can’t help sharing. He is SO DARN CUTE and such a blessing to us. We are not master quilters and will never be, but we do enjoy the craft and are open to learning. What does the future hold? Who knows?! Hopefully a few more great-nieces or -nephews (hint, hint!!) and eventually retirement fun. For now, road trips with our friends, and traveling with family and friends often include quilt shop visits and fabric finds. FMQ perfecting and ruler work are both goals for this current year, while pattern creation is a longer range goal.
Here are two of our favorite quilts with our little peanut on them. His mom’s vision quilt with Ellie the Elephant is one of our own design on the left. While his parent’s met over baseball (and disagree about the Cubs and Brewer’s), on the right is our baseball embroidered quilt. His future will hold many more, I’m sure. Look how little he was!
Tips – Fun Required
When asked for a my favorite blogging tip as a new blogger, I recommend using the schedule-ahead feature. Whenever I get an idea for a blog post, I start a draft with all the relevant links and ideas. As time allows, I fill in the details and then schedule it as a fill-in whenever I need it. My favorite quilting tip is to just relax and enjoy! It’s just fabric – no one is going to live or die if your seams aren’t perfect or your stitches are too big or too tight. If you aren’t having fun, you need a break. Here is an attempt at ruler quilting and some FMQing on a little lamb quilt.
Have you ever taken a quilting cruise? Do you take road trips or vacations and then weave in some quilting time or quilt shop visits? This is one of my favorite things to sneak into just about any trip away from home. We like to look for regional, unique fabrics and patterns whenever possible. I do have one parting nugget to share as a thank you for reading this far and a little known fact about Sue and I – we once had to use the phone in a strip joint. And it wasn’t of the fabric variety!
Quilt, Blog, Repeat Hive Members:
Jen and out co-host @ Dizzy Quilter
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us – you are here!
Jan @ Cocoa Quilts
Tara @ Quilt District
Nicole @ Handwrought Quilts
Karen @ The Quilt Rambler
Becca @ Pretty Piney
Sarah @ 9658 Textiles
Thank you for sharing in our adventure!
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