This is my ‘Initial Blog’ for the 2015 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop. As there are around 70 of us participating in this Hop we have been divided into four groups (I belong to the ‘Quantum Quilters’ hive which is watched over by Yvonne Fuchs aka Quilting Jet Girl, one of the four hosts of the 2015 Hop). Last week the Hop began in earnest and a few participants were tasked with giving an introduction to themselves by publishing their ‘initial blog’. This week I’m one of the of ‘initial blog’ bloggers, so here goes…
I’ve always been making things, from clothes and furniture for my dolls, knitted jumpers for my husband (way back when love was young!), decorations for events at home and at church, cards, cross stitch pictures…
It must have been around 1980 that I used the instructions from the St Michael Book of Handicrafts to make some English paper pieced hexagons. I raided my Mum’s scrap basket to make a rather lumpy cushion, stuffed with old tights! Looking at that cushion now, I see it does exactly what a traditional quilt would do; it brings back memories. Three of the fabrics were from dresses my Mum wore in the 1960’s before they found their way into my dressing-up box! The others are from a bright floral sheet (very 1970’s!) and fabrics Mum used to make our dresses and blouses.
That cushion was my first little go at patchwork and quilting. I didn’t pick up the craft again for another 30 years. Then a colourful shop window display by North Hampshire Quilters caught my attention; lots of beautiful little quilts destined for babies being cared for in our local hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit. Before long I was attending NHQ meetings, adding quilting equipment to my birthday wish list and learning fast at Chris and Flip’s Beginners Quilt Class. Patchwork and quilting have quickly taken over my home and much of the time I can give to hobbies – infinite possibilities with colour and patterns; creative obsession!
As well as learning a lot from the generous guidance of NHQ members, I’ve been using the internet to search for how-to’s and inspiration. That’s when I discovered blogs. Not only a great source of information but also a way to connect with quilters around the world, reading about their thoughts on things quilty and beyond. Strangely this modern way of communicating took me back to the 1970’s and 1980’s when I and my friends spent quite a lot of time writing letters to each other – in those days post was much, much cheaper than phone calls! In October 2014 I took the plunge and, with the much needed technical support of Sophie, launched my own blog. And this is where I am, keen to get more proficient at the technical side of blogging (note, for instance, that I haven’t yet managed to include a Quantum Quilters logo on my page!), curious to find out how a blog can develop, very interested to engage with other bloggers and hopefully, in some small way, contribute to the quilt blogging community myself.
My blogging tip: Read your post aloud before hitting the publish button – it’s an opportunity to make changes that will help the words flow for your readers.
My quilting tip: Clean out the lint from your machine’s bobbin race at least once during each project – could save a lot of skipped stitches and frustration!
My question: Do you have quilting fabrics that bring back memories when you see them?
Finally links to the hosts of the 2015 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop:
And to the other members of the Quantum Quilters hive publishing their initial blog posts today. Please do drop by and find out about them and take note of their handy tips and links!
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Helen @Midget Gem Quilts
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio