New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Welcome! Today I’m excited to be joining the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop organized by Beth at Plum and June. I really appreciate Beth working so hard to put this together – it’s been an amazing experience and I love seeing and “meeting” all the other quilt bloggers in this group. I hope you take some time to visit the blogs listed at the bottom of this post – they are full of inspiration and fun and I know you’ll enjoy your visit.Plum and June Blog Hope

So, on to me and my blog! My name is Beth and I’m a very new blogger (less than two months). I started blogging for a few reasons:

  • First, I wanted an easy way to share with my sister and her quilty friends projects that I’m working on (she lives 3-1/2 hours away, and I’m an honorary member of her quilt group, yay!),
  • I’d like to connect with others who share my excitement and passion for all things crafty. My sister is the only other person I know who quilts. Finding all these great people through the Blog Hop has been amazing!
  • I also want to (hopefully) show new quilters that it’s okay to not be perfect, most especially in the beginning. There is a learning curve with quilting, just like anything else, and we are going to mess up or make mistakes. I’d like to chronicle my journey through the quilt world so I can see the growth over time.

    Messed Up Points

    See all those messed up points in the center?? LOL

Ahhhh…..see those points?!

I made my first quilt in 2004 with a group of friends I worked with. We spent the summer sewing and I made two quilt tops. I’m so proud of those two quilts. The first one I made is waiting for me to show it some love and get it done! The second one I had quilted and bound by a professional and gave it to my oldest son. I love that he still has it. It was a log cabin quilt done in greens/blues because he loves the outdoors. I don’t have any pictures of that quilt, but here’s the one that still needs quilted.

Winning Hand Quilt Top

My first ever quilt top!

Even though I like “traditional” quilts and colors, my style has evolved to something more modern and contemporary. Because I’ve only just started quilting again, I don’t have a big portfolio of completed projects to show yet. However, you can get a feel for the style of things I like by the few things I have done so far:

Table Runner

Quilt-As-You-Go Runner. This one was fun!

I love the backing fabric.  It adds great personality to the quilt.

I love the backing fabric. It adds great personality to the quilt.

I have lots of ideas for projects I want to complete, but like everyone else, I have more ideas than I have time. Part of my problem is I spend a lot of time on the computer looking at all the great things other quilters are doing. There’s a lot of inspiration out there!

The tip I’d like to share with you is to just enjoy the process. Every step. Since I’ve started quilting again, I find myself focusing on each step, trying to do the best work I can, but I don’t get all worked up if I mess up. I laugh at myself – a lot! 🙂 It makes me happy when I learn a new technique and I admit, frustrates me when I struggle. But at the end of the day I just want to enjoy the entire quilt making process and be proud of what I’ve accomplished.

Here’s another tip – if you’ve been wanting to try spray basting but find yourself hesitating, I say go for it! I read a lot about it and wanted to try it but was afraid I would mess up the top I spent so many hours putting together. Then I used it for the placemats I’m working on and the Disappearing Nine Patch I just finished quilting and it’s great. Be sure to use it outside or in a well ventilated area. I like it so much more than pinning, and it didn’t mess up my machine at all! 🙂

Is there a quilting technique you were afraid to try? The next one on my list is free motion quilting…..I’m almost ready!   I’d like to hear about what you’ve tried and what you like (or dislike) about it.

 P.S.  Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts has a great inpirational post on machine quilting.  You can read about it here.

Listed below are the other bloggers participating in the hop. Be sure to visit all the new blogs and check back here soon. Next week I’ll have a linky party so you can share with everyone what your Main Crush Monday is!

Jill @ Pie Lady Quilts

Chelsea @ Patch The Giraffe

Daisy @ Ants To Sugar

Rachael @ The Floral Suitcase

Elizabeth @ And Pins

Jennifer @ Never Just Jennifer

Alice @ Blossom Quilts

Megan @ Sew Stitching Cute

Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter

Kelsey @Lovely And Enough

Happy Quilting!

Beth

 

About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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30 Responses to New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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  2. sfredett says:

    Hi! I agree with everything said about FMQ — it does get easier! Also, try to relax when your doing it. Play soothing music, or your favorite tv show, have a few of your favorite snacks. Take constant breaks. Also, doodle! On everything from the back of the grocery list (particularly helpful if there’s a long line), on a notepad while waiting for an oil change, on paper during a meeting at work…whenever you have a few free moments. It doesn’t seem like it would be helpful, I know, but it makes you much much more confident on where to go and how to fit all those squiggles together. If you’re looking for yet even more help, I’ve found the Angela Walters classes on Craftsy to be very helpful.

  3. Spray basting is so great for smaller projects. I find with larger quilts, I like the security of pins, but it’s so nice to be able to jump in with smaller projects after just a little spray basting. I’m just starting to FMQ too. I got a Craftsy class, and now i just have to find the time to sit down and work on more than just the first lesson.

  4. DeborahGun says:

    I love that someone else spends too long on the computer looking at other peoples amazing creations! I am hoping to start FMQ too soon – looking forward to following along with your journey.

  5. Joanna says:

    I like to practise FMQ on samples with insulbrite as the batting because that way I can get some hotpads out of them at the end without wasting chunks of fabric or batting. If you end up with extra or orphan blocks, it’s a great way to use them up too! Leah Day has a great site full of lots of designs. i often look through and watch her videos to get an idea of what to do.

  6. I’m with you on having more ideas than time! I say go for it with the fmq. I’ve been playing with it for about two years now and I love it. It’s becoming my favourite part of the whole process, and I love everything about making quilts!

  7. megan says:

    So glad there is another self proclaimed admitter to having too many ideas and not enough time, yet the mind also won’t stop thinking of the new things to create!

  8. sally says:

    Slightly late blog hop visit! Beautiful quilts, I especially love your runner, that fabric is gorgeous and the simple design really lets it shine through. I’m scared of FMQ too, although it’s not just being scared, I get the top pieced and have usually run out of time as well as being scared. I find the top bit much more fun!

  9. Kate Yates says:

    I’m like you–I’d love to try FMQ, but I am not quite ready to try it. I’m also enjoying Amanda’s intro to machine quilting, and am hoping that will help me improve! Nice to meet you!

  10. Anne Beier says:

    Hi Beth, I love your post, and the quilt that needs to be finished – the one hanging on a tree limb. All of them are great, but that one is so unique and colorful. What I am skittish about trying next is curved piecing, but I know I will try it. I have spray basted with small projects and had success. Have you tried it with a large quilt? I have two WIP’s that are king size, and I guess I’m a bit hesitant to try it with them. Let me know if you’ve done it successfully with any size from single bed quilt or larger. That might give me the push to put away the pins for when I baste them. Glad I stopped by from the hop.

  11. Great intro post Beth. Don’t let FMQing intimidate you. It’s not as hard as you may think. I’m not saying that it’s a piece of cake but we are our own worst critics. I look at my very first FMQ project and no, it’s not perfect, but it’s still okay. My advice, just jump in using scraps. Use the brightest thread you can find when your practicing. Yes, it might look ugly but it’s only practice. On a real project you’ll most likely use thread that blends and you won’t see every little mistake. Trust me, I made some doozies on my first quilt and now I struggle to find them! Thank heavens for that!

  12. Vera says:

    Nice to meet you Beth. It takes to build an attitude to do FMQ. I’m still working on mine but I took few steps forward 🙂 Have fun!

  13. I really need to jump on FMQing. I love it so much and have a Craftsy class I have started. I need to just go for it already! 🙂

  14. Congratulations on your new blog! I also try and share my frustrations in my blog and not just my successes. We’re all still learning, after all. I think the most difficult part of learning to FMQ is that it often goes along fine for a while and then it suddenly doesn’t and it’s hard to press on. I’ve stopped and ripped it out many times! Things also improved dramatically when I started using gloves. Your HST quilt is lovely. Isn’t it cool how a backing fabric can really set the top off? -Karin

  15. Computers do eat up a lot of sewing time, don’t they!
    I find quilting the trickiest part of making a quilt. Piecing is the fun bit for me. Saying that, I think FMQ might be easier than trying to keep straight lines straight or ditch stitching in the ditch (and not slightly to one side while cursing). There is more freedom and room for error. I agree – Crazy Mom Quilts explains it all very well.

  16. FMQ is probably my favorite part of making a quilt. It’s not nearly as scary as it seems. It’ll probably be really bad at first, so start with just scraps of fabric, but washing and shrinking will erase almost all FMQ mistakes.

    You should check out Leah Day’s blog Free Motion Quilting Project. She has so many different designs and lots of videos. Plus, it’s arranged so you can look at the easy designs first, then work your way up.

  17. Katie Dold says:

    Your hst quilt makes me happy. FMQ is a learned skill, and I’m still learning. I watched a lot of videos on youtube before diving in. Now there are a lot of craftsy classes on the subject. Goodluck and thank you for sharing.

  18. Welcome to the blogging world! How brave of you to jump right in to the hop, Beth : ) Love your HST quilt with the green!

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  20. I, too, and a two month blogger! I love your color choices!! I am definitely going to try FMQ next. I gave it a quick go one day and it looked lovely, until I turned it over to the back!!! ACK!! We dont have any classes here, locally, so I am going to take Craftsy FMQ classes. Looking forward to seeing and hearing about what you do next!!!! XX! Lori

  21. Liz says:

    I’m intimidated by curves, although I’m going to make my old roommate a baby quilt, and my plan is all drunkard’s path blocks! It’ll be a fun project! Beautiful quilts!

  22. Shauna says:

    wonderful attitude, I had a quilt teacher tell me once “A mistake just makes it Folk Art” because no one else will have one like it.

  23. I’m just starting to try FMQ-ing. I finished a single bed sized quilt recently. It was actually fun once I stopped stressing about every little stitch and it was really quick too 🙂 Looking forward to learning ‘along’ with you 🙂

  24. Nice to meet you, Beth! Your projects are fresh and pretty. Do you have a place on your blog explaining Main Crush Monday? I’m interested, but don’t know what to think about adding! 🙂

    The main thing with fmq is to practice. When I first started, I felt “the vapours” when heading for my machine, and I was so tense. After forcing myself to fmq a bit every day (practicing fillers on small sandwiches) I started to relax and get better. The first fmq I did on an actual quilt was loops and stars, and I was so darn happy with myself! That little success motivated me to do more, and now I’m a texture addict!

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  26. I think we have the same problem. I need more than 24 hours in a day to finish all projects in my mind 🙂

  27. Ruth says:

    Hi Beth, I was afraid of curves and I made up a solar system with stars in orbit as a mini quilt for a challenge. Every time I approach them I hesitate but i remember being able to do them in that project and talk myself into just getting on with it!

  28. My first quilt used the exact same pattern! How neat! I really jumped in with both feet with FMQing a little over a year ago – lots of practice samples and sketching paper, then I graduated to small (placemat) projects before going for it on a quilt. I am currently intimidated by applique and piecing curves. 🙂

  29. Jasmine says:

    I love hearing that your son still uses his quilt. I love FMQ. My suggestion is to practice on whole cloth quilts, not just small samples. You can get used to a larger quilt, but not worry about your piecing. I add a binding and then donate the quilt.

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