I began quilting in 2003 when I took a class at my LQS to make a flannel rail fence quilt for my nephew.
Nephew has received a lot of quilts over the years, but none recently, as he is now 6-feet tall, and I can't imagine making a quilt long enough to fit him. He starts grade 10 in September, so maybe I'll plan for a grade 12 graduation quilt.
I use fabrics and patterns that interest me, but recently, I have been leaning toward all things modern. Orange is my favourite colour.
I belong to two quilt bees: Do-Bees which I joined shortly after I started quilting. We are varied in age, quilting styles, and quilting abilities. My second bee is Q-Squared which is a group of four Girl Guide leaders who quilt, including my friend Jenn over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge. I also belong to the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.
Being a part of a quilting group helps me move outside of my comfort zone. Although I admit that more often than not, I have had to be pushed out while kicking and screaming. But I always learn something and am happy about the experience.
You can read about my improv adventures here and here.
One of my quilting goals is to design. I am a follower of patterns, but want to get to the point of creating without a pattern. I feel that I am creative because I can make something by following a pattern, but I'd love to create just from a thought in my head. Once I saw a photo of a quilt that I wanted to make but couldn't find a pattern, so QD from my quilt bee did some math (a lot of her quilts are designed in Excel), and this was the result.
Although I don't do it (yet), I think the key is to pre-write blog posts. I'm always scrambling to write a post so I can link up with a linky party. My goal is to get caught up on my WIP's (ha ha ha ha) and to have some posts pre-written. I have learned a lot by participating in this blog hop and plan to make changes to my blog over the summer as a result.
If something doesn't seem to be working, double check and then double check again, even if you think you're doing everything correctly. I recently purchased a longarm. In my practice attempts, I have had issues with the thread breaking. Fast forward to this past Saturday morning as I was trying to quilt two baby quilts that had to be in the mail by the end of the day. The thread kept breaking, and after three broken needles, I sent a panicked text to Val over at Purple Boots and Pigtails (I purchased the longarm from Val). Luckily, Val was nearby and dropped by to provide assistance. It was such a small thing but had big implications -- I was winding one of the rollers the wrong way. Duh!!
Do you finish one project before starting another one? My favourite part of quilting is piecing (and quilting is my least favourite), so I always have many projects on the go at the same time. And then I have to face the reality of having to quilt the tops.
Home is Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (east coast), Canada. I'm 46 years old (oh drat...that means I'll be 47 next month...) and single. Reading and quilting are my current hobbies. I do a bit of knitting and crocheting from time to time. I like to participate in 5K walks. I wanted to improve my walking time by incorporating some running, so I recently took a learn-to-run class. Although I'm not very good at running, I have been enjoying myself and have committed to run a quarter marathon (10.5K) in October, 2016. Oh my...
Dream Vacation Spot: South Africa and India. Plans are underway to visit Sangam (Girl Guide World Centre in Pune, India) in 2018 as my 50th birthday present to myself. I will have then visited all four World Centres.
Favourite Book: Alex Cross series and Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson, In Death series by J.D. Robb, and Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanowich.
Favourite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Random Fun Fact: Girl Guides of Canada member for 28 years (8 years as a girl member and 20 years as an adult member)
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