Today is day two of three days of blog hops for the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop. I'm so excited to be participating this year! If you missed out on day one you can find all the links here. If you aren't following along, you should be. There are lots of great new blogs to check out, blogging and quilting tips, and even some giveaways. So be there or be a half-square triangle!
Let me start by introducing myself. I'm Jennifer and I've been quilting for about 5 years. I'm a born and bread New England girl who loves the outdoors and bright colors. My husband and I live in northern New Hampshire with our two newly adopted cat, Martin and Agent Archer. I work as a Decision Support Analyst in Finance at our major area hospital. In addition to quilting, I've recently started running (and just finished my first 5K last weekend), enjoy cycling with my husband, and hiking and skiing the mountains near our home.
|far left: visiting MQX 2014; top right: Color Vibe 5K; bottom right: Martin and Agent Archer|
I don't have many finishes to show right now. I've been busy participating in both the 2014 Sugar Block Club and the 2014 Aurifil Block of the Month. I'm doing them in the same color palette: a really lovely Peach, Coral, and Orange and I love how they are coming out. It's a really beautiful, soft color palette but it's still fun and colorful and lively, just how I like it.
|left: 2014 Sugar block as of May; right: 2014 Auriful BOM as of May|
I also recently participated in the Triangle Quilt Along, hosted by The Sassy Quilter, Paula. I have very few of the quilts I've made currently in my possession. Most of them are made as gifts so when I started this one, I started it knowing that it would be mine!
With that in mind, I cut into some long horded fabrics from this one, using some up some cherished Heather Ross mermaid fabrics and fun Japanese prints. Right now I'm working on the backing using the wonderful homegrown bicycle fabric in cream. I think it captures the whimsy of the quilt and my personality perfectly. I can't wait to get this one finished up so I can cuddle up on the couch with it.
I really love participating in online quilting bee's and have at least 6 projects in various stages of completion at the moment. The variety of blocks, patterns, and fabrics that I receive through a swap like this is something that I could never achieve on my. It's also really forced me to improve my skills as a quilter. When I first started, I couldn't figure out why my blocks were all 3/4 to 1 inch too small. I was so frustrated!! But I soon discovered that the 1/4 inch foot that came with my machine, wasn't really a 1/4 inch! Once I knew, my blocks quickly improved and my time spent with the seam ripper decreased dramatically. If you've never done a swap like this before I highly recommend it. Some of the ones I've participated in include:
|1. Pink - Yellow - Grey Blocks, 2. Sew Pieceful Blocks Received, 3. Blocks Received - scrappy trip around the world., 4. Rocky Mtn. Puzzle, 5. Kitty/Robot Blocks in Aqua/Gold, 6. Sew Pieceful June Blocks|
The best tip I can give you when it comes to blogging is to Use. Your. Resources. If you want to add a button to your page, or change the way something is formatted, or want to know how to do anything GOOGLE IT! There are hundreds of people out there with the same questions as you and chances are someone has already answered them. So before you give up in frustration because you don't know html code and therefore couldn't possible have a blog, try googling your question first. You'd be amazed at what you'll find.
When it comes to quilting, there are so many good tips and tricks out there. What is there that I can possibly tell you that you haven't already heard somewhere else....? The thing that really helped me to improve my quilting was when I started sewing with other people. I joined my local quilt guild, got involved with online quilt bee's, and forced my non-quilting friends to make a quilt with me (we've now started our third one). And I learned more from those experiences than I ever did from a book. So if you really want to learn and improve your skills, look for people who have knowledge to share.
Just for Fun:
Dream Vacation Spot: Finland to see my many aunts, uncles, and cousins. My husband and I are hoping to honeymoon there later this year.
Favorite Book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. DON'T PANIC, I've only read it thirteen times.
And for my random, fun fact, let's play a game of what's in your purse!
- my wallet
- three cards waiting for stamps
- a computer mouse
- a box of sewing pins
- reading glasses, sun glasses, distance glasses, and a strip of contact lenses (I'm pretty much blind by the way)
- 3 bottles of ibuprofen
- 5 sticks of lip stick
- scraps of fabric from my most recent project
- scraps of fabric from my last 7 projects
- a real silver fork (no idea where this came from but it's been in there for months)
- Nikon DSL camera (I hate to go anywhere without it)
- a packet of oatmeal
- gluten-free pretzels
- cup of microwaveable rice
Well that's all, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join me on this crazy adventure I call life. In addition to this blog, you can find me on the following social media sites:
Be sure to check out all of the other amazing new bloggers posting as part of Day Two!