I posted a few days ago that I am part of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. Did I say that I am pretty stoked?! I think I might have mentioned that once or twice, and today is the day I get to do my blog hop post. At the end of my post I will link to the others in my hive (the Quantum Quilters) who are in the blog hop this week. Please do go and visit their blogs too – they are a talented bunch!
I thought I’d open with a bit of street art from here in Christchurch. These awesome palm trees are made from floor boards salvaged from earthquake damaged buildings. They are outside one of my favourite cafés and I can never tire of looking at them.
Each time I see them I see something new, and that is a lot how I feel about quilting; everyday I get a new idea or am inspired by something I see or someone I read/meet. I never tire of the new combinations of fabric, pattern and design, and I love how three different quilters when given the same pattern or the same combination of fabrics can come up with three very, very different outputs. Such creative possibilities don’t just make me happy, they make me ALIVE!
The above quilt was one of those situations where an entire room full of people was given the same pattern, one on one guidance from the quilt designer himself, and access to their own fabric plus a huge range of the quilt designer’s fabrics. This is my Kaffe Fassett snowball quilt and the output from a one day workshop with the man himself. I blogged about it here if you’d like to know more.
I get huge quilty inspiration by participating in online classes, and I am a big fan of the classes by Rachel at Stitched in Color. (If you are a regular reader, this will not be news to you). The second quilt I would like to share with you was completed in my first ever class with Rachel, although at the time I was being quite purist and only working on one project at a time, so as Kaffe was taking up my time (and all the spare space in my sewing room) I delayed making my Penny Sampler until after the class had run and so I relied on the e-book instructions provided by Rachel. Lucky for me her instructions were spot-on as I was still a bit of a novice then. The Penny Sampler taught me so much about quilting and technique and I absolutely loved the process of choosing three or four main fabrics and then building the colour scheme and mood from them. I have yet to blog about this quilt, but I do see a post coming in the future!
In the meantime if you’d like to see more pics of the quilt detail you can check out my flickr feed for more.
The third quilt I am going to share is another one yet to be blogged about and another from a Stitched in Color class. This is my Tangential quilt from the Angled class which focused on sewing precise angled shapes. This quilt made use of all the techniques in the course and is HUGE!
The photo above is before it was quilted, and below is once my friend, Suzet Pont the amazing long armer, had done her magic!
My final quilt for sharing today is my version of Gypsy Wife. This quilt was a really big project for me and a lesson in having faith in myself and in taking time to work out what was really required (as I found the instructions to be decidedly vague!). I wrote two posts about what I learned in the hope of helping others, and I still love to see all the variations of this quilt pop up on Facebook and flickr from time to time.
For the Blog Hop we were asked to post photos of ourselves. I think in a previous post there might have been a photo of me and my husband but I decided to add this one too. It was taken last year when I visited Liberty in London with the Golden Child on our mummy-daughter European jaunt. Of course, she was not as keen as I was to spend several hours just touching fabric and drooling.
We were also asked to post a blogging and a quilting tip. My blogging tip is to blog a few regular scheduled posts so as to participate in link parties (I do Sunday Stash and either Blossom Heart Quilts or a WIP Wednesday or Finish it up Friday), as well as posting other impromptu posts about topics that take your fancy. My quilting tip is that if you aren’t happy with a block or part of a block and it’s niggling you in the following days, just rip those seams and start again. If you don’t, you’ll hate that part of the quilt and then you won’t make use of your quilt as much as you would otherwise.
Something you probably won’t know about me is that on Friday my husband left home in one car and parked his work van behind the other. He took all sets of keys, so when I realised this as I headed out of the door I saw I had less than 15 minutes to get to a Board meeting and the only transport was Golden Child’s mountain bike. So, I threw my laptop in the panier basket, slung my fancy bag over my shoulder and pedalled like the wind in my suit dress, high heels and bike helmet, with silk scarf trailing behind me! I got to work with time to grab a coffee and calm down, and my husband has been contrite all weekend! Have you ever had a similar “needs must” moment of madness?
Please visit the other blogs in my hive that are hopping with me this week. Thanks to Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl for looking after our hive and keeping us on the straight and narrow.
Nurdan @Hug-a-Bit Quilts
Bernie @Needle and Foot