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.

20 thoughts on “2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

  1. Alice Samuel's Quilt co. says:

    Great to learn about your quilting Journey Amanda, you and your mom are both pretty 😊. I love your block for the cloud 9 blog hop. My favorite part of quilting is choosing fabric and letting it determine the pattern.


  2. piecefulwendy says:

    Such a nice photo of you and your mom, and how fun that you two can create stuff together! Congrats on the Vermont Quilt Festival and good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! Your Cloud 9 block is looking really good. Honestly, I love all aspects of quilting, but I think drawing up designs is one of my favorites. I draw them, but haven’t made too many of my drawings yet. That should be my goal, eh?


  3. somethingrosemade14 says:

    Hi Amanda, my bee mate. What a nice beginning to your quilting story, I love it! You are blessed to have your Mother who started and shares your quilting passion. I remember going fabric shopping with my mother which is something I still love to do. Your little quilt is darling and definitely a keepsake. Nice to meet you!


  4. Liz says:

    Hi Amanda, so glad to hear about your journey! Your Cloud 9 block is gorgeous. My favorite part of quilting is the machine quilting! I love fabric selection as well but that part is extremely stressful unless I go scrappy.


  5. Laura says:

    Great to meet you! I love that quilting is such a strong connection between you and your mom! My favorite part of quilting is seeing a quilt that I made being used and loved by the person I gifted it to.


  6. shecanquilt says:

    Lovely to learn more about you and good for you to start showing your quilts. It is always fun to see one’s work being appreciated by others at a show and sharing your quilts is a way to inspire others too. Glad to see you in the blog hop


  7. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl says:

    I have such a fun mental image of you learning to hand quilt; what a very awesome way to be introduced to the craft. I hope that wrapping up your degree goes smoothly and that you have a lot of fun continuing to explore design as your quilting progresses. My favorite part of quilting seems to vary for each quilt, but I do love to hand sew down a binding. I don’t do it all the time, but it is a nice, slow, meditative process.


  8. Jennifer Strauser says:

    My grandma taught me embroidery as a child. Those memories are wonderful to have.

    My favorite part of quilting is watching the progress of the cut pieces turn into the quilt top. I love how the image is blurry and gradually focuses and reveals my vision.


  9. inquiringquilter says:

    What a lovely journey! It makes me smile because I can picture my daughter, years from now, writing something similar on her blog. Great block you made for the Cloud 9 hop. You should totally make a Crossing Squares quilt! So pretty.


  10. Sparkle On with Abbie says:

    Hi Amanda, Congratulations on your New Blogger blog post! It was so fun too read. My mother taught me to sew too and it is something I will always cherish. I love your childhood quilt, it is so dear. I am inspired how you are taking the plunge with your quilting endeavors. Sincerely Abbie Danahy of the Better Bloggers Hive 🐝


  11. Diane Lomax says:

    Hello Amanda I love your story and think its lovely that you get to share your love of quilting with your mum. Well done too on your new block, keep up the good work!


  12. Sarah@123quilt says:

    Great post! I really enjoyed learning more about your quilting journey. Also, congrats on getting your quilt into a festival!


  13. thedarlingdogwood says:

    Wow, what a neat beginning story! My favorite part is the piecing stage where I start to see everything come together. And, of course, cuddling with a newly finished quilt!


  14. quiltersstash says:

    I love quilting with my daughter, and recently, I helped my mom to make a pillow to go with a bedrunner I gave her. I find so much joy in sharing quilting with people l love. It is an easy connection to make with people who love to create. We are so lucky to have this special way to be with our moms and kids. Good luck as you finish your masters AND compete in some pretty fantastic quilt shows, all at the same time! That is no simple achievement! I got the masters part done already, but I am long behind you in the shows department…Maybe someday… We all need goals, to keep life exciting and interesting, right! ? Thanks for your post!


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