I’m thrilled to be part of Plum and June‘s annual (I think) Let’s Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop. I discovered quilt blogs around the same time I discovered quilting–about a year and a half ago, when I was on maternity leave after the birth of my daughter. I remember seeing this blog hop during its 2012 incarnation, and I’m excited to be on this year’s roster!
I’m Nanette. I work full-time as a department manager at a public library, and I live in a college town in central Illinois with my husband, my 18-month-old daughter, Lenora, and our four lady cats. I am teetering perilously close to the 40-year-old mark, which I find difficult to believe.
Here’s Lenora, as a baby, with one of the first quilt blocks I ever made.
(I still haven’t finished that quilt. I’ve cut all the fabric, but haven’t managed to get back to it. It’s been on the to-do list for…a year? More than a year?)
I started my blog a little over a year ago. The first post was on my husband’s birthday, and it had nothing to do with quilting or sewing–it was a recipe for a cake. Then I wrote a little bit about knitting, and shared some of the things I was sewing, and I’ve pretty much settled into blogging about quilting–when I get around to blogging.
I know that my writing here has been intermittent at best. That’s what a full-time job and an active baby-turned-toddler will do for you. I’m trying to be better about it and to update more frequently, which is why I’m part of this blog hop. Part of me wonders if I’d update more often if people were actually reading. I admire those bloggers who throw themselves wholeheartedly into taking beautiful photos of their projects, teaching others new techniques, and sharing pieces of themselves. They really foster a sense of community, and I think that’s part of what drew me into modern quilting when I first started out. (That, and the pretty fabric.) I’d love to be one of those bloggers someday.
The other day, my husband was tinkering with a mini-computer, and I was sewing together a quilt block. I told him how amazed I was that, eighteen months ago, I couldn’t thread my sewing machine or load the bobbin without freaking out and/or calling my mom for help. Now it’s just habit. It’s routine. It’s so deeply ingrained that I just do it without really thinking about it.
I need to find a way–somehow–to make writing about creating part of my habit. It needs to be something that I just do, the same way that I just load that bobbin or thread that needle or sew that quarter-inch seam. It needs to be part of the process.
Now, for the pretties. These are some bee blocks that I recently finished–they’ll be headed to their new homes this weekend, hopefully to be part of a quilt that actually gets finished (as opposed to my giant mountain of unfinished projects of various stripes). Anyone have any tips on getting over my start-itis? I love starting new projects, but I never seem to finish anything, ever.
First up, the Dresden plate from my last post. The hexie center was inspired by the Dresden plate tutorial at V & Co. I thought it was more fun than a plain center. I used my trusty Hex ‘n More ruler to cut the hexagon. One of these days, I need to devote an entire post to how much I love my Hex ‘n More ruler. It’s really an ingenious little invention.
Next, these two Quatrefoil blocks. These were a blast to make. The recipient wanted one in aqua and yellow, and one in aqua and red.
Finally, a Spring Showers block. The recipient wanted a gray center with spring-y greens and blues on the outside. I think this one turned out really well, too! It does need to be trimmed down a little. I tend to oversize my HSTs so I can trim them down, and it looks like a couple of them may have been a little bit off. The corners and edges line up nicely, though, and that’s what really matters with this kind of block.
If you’ve enjoyed this post, leave a comment, or follow using your favorite feed reader! I also encourage you to take a look at the other blogs that are part of this week’s stop on the New Bloggers Blog Hop. They are…
- Nancy at Owen’s Olivia
- Amy at 13 Spools
- Ashley at Wasn’t Quilt in a Day
- Casey at The Studiolo
- Ange at Heart of Charnwood
- Kim at Robot Mom Sews
- Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting
Check out my fellow new bloggers–you’ll find lots of inspiration there!
Every week while the blog hop continues, I plan to post a list of that week’s new bloggers, along with a tutorial. Coming up with a tutorial topic was difficult for me. I’m still pretty new to quilting, so I don’t feel that I have any fresh ideas for, say, how to make perfect half-square triangles or how to quickly and painlessly bind a quilt. What I do have to offer is my ability to locate information, so this tutorial series will cover places quilters–especially new quilters–can go to learn more about various quilting-related subjects. I’ll cover a variety of resources, from traditional and modern quilt guilds to video tutorials to online classes and workshops, as well as books, magazines, online communities, and whatever else comes to mind over the next eight weeks. I hope that my contribution will be helpful to my fellow newbies, and I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have.
Thanks for stopping by!June 6, 2013
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