I hope you'll stay, poke around a bit using the tabs up top, or visit some of the links in my sidebar which will take you to to the magazines in which my designs have featured, or my pattern shop on Etsy. Some of the links in the sidebar can help you investigate some of the linky parties I host here both annually and monthly.
I also hope once you are done here, you'll click the graphic above which will take you to the main page for this hop where you will find the list and links to all the other quilt bloggers in the hop. And, yes! There are some absolutely amazing prizes. Read on through to find out how to enter! The hop runs through the month of September, so you have lots of time to visit and enter from each blog.
I've been blogging since September 2013 (hmm, seems like the blog turns 6 this month...). I started it mainly as a way to document my quilts, write my thoughts (I love to write), and keep in touch with my friends and family. I cannot believe where the blog has taken me; it has enriched my life so much, in so many ways, from getting designs published in magazines and sewing for fabric companies, to meeting, both online and in person, many many like-minded people, to designing and publishing my own patterns, and selling some of my quilts!
Benita, who blogs at Benita Skinner's Creative Space, and whose online store is Victorian Quilt Designs, is the creator and host of this annual hop. She asked us to send her two photos, one of a favourite quilt and another of ourselves. The quilt I sent is this one:
This is a quilt I am very proud of. I put a ton of time and effort into quilting it. I designed it in June 2018 using the Mother's Choice block, which is not only the very centre 12" purple block, but also the huge 72" green block (minus the lavender hearts; I added those for interest). I made it in February 2019. It is a tribute to my mum, who passed away in May 2018. It uses Benartex's 'Lilacs in Bloom' and was published in the July/August 2019 issue of McCall's Quilting.
You can read more about the quilt here.
My current quilt that I'm working on is for my grandson, Brady. I'm making him a football quilt, using the Touchdown! pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. Here is an in-progress shot of the blocks so far:
Some of the activities I host/do here that may interest you...
First of all I am a very proud Island Batik Ambassador,
and as such, I have to create a quilt a month for them using their beautiful fabrics. Last month I made this quilt, which I called Ripples:
|Photographed on the shore of Lake Erie. This spot is a 2 minute walk from my house.|
The quilt I made for the 'Beat the Heat' August hop is not my pattern, but every one of the previous six months have been.
Speaking of the past six months of designs, I totally hadn't planned this, but it is just perfect: the pattern for the quilt I designed, Oh, the Places You'll Go! for the January blog hop is available as of today in my Etsy shop!
Cindy - A Stitch in Time
Ioleen - ioleen.kimmel
Rose - somethingrosemade
Roseanne - Home Sewn by Us
Wendy - Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life
You can see three other patterns and a few quilts for sale in my Etsy shop here.
I also have a popular house block pattern (affiliate link) on bluprint, for just $1. I actually have a stack of these house blocks, all with different 6" blocks (I like 6" blocks, and superimposed images in quilts) that needs to be put together from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017! Yup I have a couple UFOs... and I do love rainbow quilts, as well as scrap quilts!
This stands for Drop Everything And Make it! for those of us who are easily distracted and love to chase squirrels, aka projects that catch our interest to the point where we actually do drop whatever project we should be working on, and make the squirrel one. There is a monthly link-up where we share our distractions on the last Saturday of each month. The one for August is still open until midnight tonight. 😉
A Quarter Inch from the Edge but I'm babysitting it for her for now. This year beginning in April, Andrée at Quilting & Learning - What a Combo! and I have been hosting it on alternating months. It is for those quilts that we made before we started our blogs, so we can photograph and document them, and tell their story. It is on the first Thursday of each month, and this month, on September 5, it is on my blog. I'll be telling you all about this quilt:
The first one I hosted was in 2017, so this year was the third year. It used to be on Instagram, but in 2019 we moved to a private FaceBook group. It usually runs in the spring, and the challenge is to create 30 quilt designs, either digitally or on graph paper, within 70 days. I just love that many of those who have participated have had their designs published, both by magazines as well as by self-publishing.
|The original quilt I designed for an Island Batik challenge.|
|And here is the second version, made with a kit of fabrics you may still be able to find at Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics.|
And now for the link to the fabulous prizes as well as the list of all the other bloggers participating. Every blog you visit gives you a chance to enter for the grand prize! It is a great way to find new blogs, and meet more quilters, and maybe get new ideas and inspiration. Remember the hop goes all month so you can visit at your pleasure!