2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

I’m glad you’re all here! A little late than never for me, however. My name is Amanda and I got started sewing when I was 8 years old. My mom taught me how to quilt and I’ve been quilting and sewing ever since. While I have a degree in Fashion Design my true passion is quilting and color-most of the things I do have lots of color in them.

My VERY first quilt! I made it for my doll when I was 8 years old and sat on moms lap as she helped. Circa 1993.

I love being able to share quilting with my mom-we can carry on conversations for hours! She also tends to get the creative end of my whirlwind brain. While that was my first quilt, it wasn’t my first experience in quilting. I wasn’t allowed to make a quilt until I could successfully hand quilt in straight, even stitches in a hoop. Yes-that image you have is correct-a seven year old sitting next to her mom on the couch, following penciled lines on white cotton while trying to get stitches even. Now that I’m older I’m grateful because it makes me appreciate the art of quilting even more.

Fast forward twenty-something years later and I love it even more! I recently had a quilt accepted into the 2017 Vermont Quilt Festival and I’ve never shown outside my local show-it’s terrifying! However, this was my year of overcoming self-imposed challenges and entering a quilt into a big show like that was part of it. Having attended Sew Pro last year in Chicago, IL I’ve been inspired to try and find my niche in the quilting world. Though, based on time management, I’ll have to complete my Bachelor’s degree in August before doing so. Exhaustion is not a good look. :p

Me and my mom, Patti

Trying to get out of the habit of working on other’s patterns and doing my own has been very challenging and has had a 95% failure rate so far. I just LOVE the variety! I did create a block last year for the Cloud 9 Blog Hop that I’m really proud of and have a mockup of what it looks like completed with the fabric I have. I can’t WAIT to start it!

2016 Cloud 9 Block Blog Hop Challenge-my first original block

Crossing Squares with Art Gallery Fabrics

Hopefully you’ve gotten an insight into my quirky odd-ball brain and the types of quilts I love. I love to hear from all of you though! What’s your favorite part of quilting or your favorite ‘hack’ you’ve discovered? Thanks for visiting my blog! Make sure to check out the other lovely ladies this week.

Jess @sewjess

Rachel @rachellance

Abigail @cutandalter

Rose @somethingrosemade

Thank you also to our lovely Hive-Mama Beth Sellers for doing an outstanding job! Check her out at Cooking Up Quilts.

Solstice Challenge: Block 3

I am having so much fun with this Solstice Challenge by Pat Sloan! Block 3 took me no time and now I want to make entire quilts out of it. I’m still trying to get over the panic attacks of cutting into my Kaffe Fassett stash but I’m sure I’m not the only one. (Sidenote: it’s helping me that I know for a fact, if I died tomorrow, the only person who would know what the stash was is my mother.) I mean, it does need to be used, right?

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Block 3: Tide Pool

In between everything in my life, which I don’t want to bore you all on but may write a post in a few weeks, I’m working on lots of swaps on Instagram. Do you like swaps or do you stay far away?

Solstice Challenge

I’m starting on the Solstice Challenge by the always fabulous Pat Sloan and I’m loving it! To be quite honest, these are blocks that I would never sew unless it was for a specific reason. I’m having fun challenging myself with them!

I’ve decided to do all of them in various Kaffe Fassett fabrics and a white background from Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander. Who said Kaffe couldn’t be modern? Pffff.

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Block 1: Churn Dash

I’m doing them at my own pace as I can find time but considering it’s only 1 pattern a week, I’m not that far behind!

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Block 2: Day Into Night 

It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone comes up with. If you’re participating, what fabrics are you using? Do you have a plan or are you just throwing them together as you go?

Still Here!

Hello! I promise I’m still here-and will definitely be getting back to this blog. The older I get, the worse my time management gets, and I get thrown off. While I get back into the swing of things, below is a picture (though not great) of my Rifle Paper Co. quilt that I had previewed last year. The amazing Tami Bradley of Enchanted Desert Quilter did the quilting for me and I love it!

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What have you all been working on?

Guest Blogger: Meet Patti!

I have a guest blogger today for your enjoyment: my mother, Patti Everest! She’s fantastic and the woman that taught me to sew. Give her a warm welcome as she’s very excited!

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As I started my journey of quilting little did I know what it entailed.  It has not been a smooth path due to many extenuating circumstances including a full time job, raising daughter, taking care of mother, and trying to please husband.  However, I know I am not the only one. I now have the time to enjoy it to its fullest and since my daughter quilts, much better than I, she challenges me daily.

My path started in the good old days of great summer school.  When I was growing up summer music programs prevailed.  I remember being excited to learn a musical instrument, though totally not musically inclined, learning a language, typing, and then sewing.  I continued sewing throughout school and college – clothes and more clothes – see, I am old.  There are only so many puckered darts and gathered sleeves that shouldn’t be or should have been in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s- I can’t remember and it got boring. 

We moved to Old Order Mennonite country in Canada and I learned something new.  Fabric can be used sewing a straight line – no darts, sleeves or anything.  Just two pieces of fabric right sides together and a straight line and I can make wonderful shapes and designs – a WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!  I was in my early forties when I discovered this wonderful new thing.  My daughter was about three.  I used to sit her on my lap to sew these great straight lines with tiny prints and colors like pink, blue and muslin.  We would go to the basement and she could be with me or ride a toy on the floor.  My husband’s aunt quilted and she would critique me (in a good way).  She actually showed me how to bury a knot – yes, we hand quilted no matter what size it was!

I have come a long way in the process of quilting and have decided I don’t like fussy things.  I am trying to embrace the Modern era of quilts and after much prodding I’ve found I quite like it.  However, I will embark on a new project using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and lots of his prints.  I may overwhelm myself but I need to try- my daughter taught me that. I find the simplicity of the modern quilt is quite enchanting in itself.  You can actually see all the beautiful quilting that is being done and not hidden in so many prints.  My quilting still is just straight line but I find the quilts I make are enhanced by straight line stitching. I’m slowly attempting to try free-motion quilting- still a little scared of it.

Some of my challenges from our local Modern Quilt Guild are attached.  I blew everyone’s mind with my dresden plate block – it was wonderful!

Modern Quilt Blocks

I credit my daughter, who writes this blog, with making sure I am kept up to date in the modern era.  I look at some of my old quilts now and wonder what I was thinking but that is learning and growing, isn’t it?  They still look beautiful and provide a history of my quilting experience. 

-Patti

Blogger’s Quilt Festival- Mini Quilt

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is back, hosted by Amy Ellis, and I’m entering my Mini Shadow Block Quilt from a recent quilt along. As soon as I saw the pattern I knew just the perfect fabric for it: sloths!

Mini Shadow Block Quilt

This adorable mini makes me smile everytime I see it. How can you not love the sloths? It was important to me to make the shadow dark to enhance the color of the cutie-patooties. In contrast, I chose a bright binding to finish it off and an even more shocking color for the back.

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Thanks again to Amy for this fantastic festival and be sure to check the other quilts out and vote!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival- Small Quilt

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Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side is once again running the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and I thought I would jump in this time! I’m posting in the small quilt category as my quilt measures about 56″ x 70″ and I’m entering the first quilt that I entered in a quilt show. It was an experiment in color and pattern for me; I wanted to create a quilt of nothing but patterns but with a solid color to make everything “pop” out.

Front of the Quilt

Front of the Quilt

This was definitely a quilt that took me time to do because of all the patterns in one area. It was foundation paper pieced, which I absolutely love doing, but there were many panels to it to create the pattern.

Thank you to Amy Ellis for this fantastic festival and be sure to check out the other quilts and vote!