|Me in my first ever personally sewn garment, and Picasso, my doggie.|
Hello! Today's my day on the New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop generously hosted by Plum and June! If you're new glad to have you, and if you've been here before thanks for returning!
|First full sized quilt I finished (and photographed!)|
I'm a new quilter (about two years under my belt), an even newer blogger (just a few months!) I tend to like modern fabric palates and both modern and traditional quilting patterns. I'm especially drawn to graphic designs.
|Liberty Trip Quilt - most recent quilt finish!|
I've done both hand and machine quilting. Both have their perks, but I'm better at hand quilting. Less puckers! I just don't have the patience for it. I'd love to learn how to free motion quilt, eventually!
A great quilting tip I can't emphasize enough is test out any method of marking lines! I keep making lines for quilting (both machine and by hand) with materials that don't readily wash out (who knew chalk wouldn't come out easily??!!) No one wants to ruin their beautiful work with some stray lines!
|Broken Umbrella Mini Quilt - 24"square, hand quilted.|
I'm motivated by online quilting competitions and link-ups. Without them I may never finish anything! I also really enjoy making my own patterns for quilts, paper piecing patterns, and other small bags/pouches.
A great blogging tip is to be yourself. I know, I know, broken record! But, you want to make sure that you're enjoying the process of blogging, and not feeling like it's work or an assignment. Along these lines, stop apologizing! I see so many posts by bloggers I follow or click on from linkys apologizing for not blogging, for bad pictures, for mismatched seams, etc. You should only be accountable to yourself, you don't need to apologize if other things get in the way of sharing your work!
Another tip that may be more practical is to host your images online (Flickr, Photobucket, etc). You can share or embed the html into your blog, and then you don't use up all your space on pictures. I had an old blog I kept of my travels and I stopped writing in it when I filled up all the space with pictures because I didn't want to upgrade the blog and purchase more space! Now I don't really worry about that because I host all my pictures on Flickr.
|Glasses cases (front and back), my own pattern.|
Several things you don't know about me (yet!)
- I love gossip magazines, and have a subscription to US Weekly. That is what inspired this list (but I won't include 25 items as they usually do!)
- I'm pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science, and am really passionate about education. I also waitress.
- I live in a one bedroom apartment with two cats and a dog and a boyfriend.
- Ice cream is so amazing I rarely pass up an opportunity to eat it.
- I don't like artificial banana flavor.
- I'm the alpha dog in the apartment.
- I love Flickr for crafty pictures! I like instagram too, but I tend to use instagram for all pictures, not just crafty. For example, I'm doing a series where I take pictures of my dog with street art. (#streetartdog)
So, what's your opinion on photo hosting? Are you Team Flickr or Team Instagram?
Now that we're best friends you should take my advice and check out some of the other amazing bloggers on the hop:
Thanks for stopping by!