Monday, 22 June 2015

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on this years New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, I'm so glad you dropped by!

I discovered so many great new blogs and bloggers during last years hop, so when the call for participants came out this year I jumped at the chance to join in.  So far I've learned a whole lot of techy, bloggy things and have met a bunch of lovely quilty people too, so I already consider this to be a big success!

I'm fortunate to have an artsy-craftsy mom, so I've been exposed to sewing my whole life. Our Christmas gifts growing up were often homemade knock-offs of the trendiest toys (remember Pound Puppies, Cabbage Patch Kids and Popples?!?) Speaking of Cabbage Patch Kids, one year I received my very own, authentic, Cabbage Patch Kids sewing machine! **insert heart-eye emoji here**  So, yeah, sewing has been part of my life since forever.


OLD SALT | click here to learn more about this modern sampler

Quilting in particular, has been part of my life for about the last decade, but I got really hooked 4 years ago when I discovered the online modern quilting world and so many talented bloggers.  Since then I've started designing my own quilts, I've amassed a decent sized fabric stash, discovered a world of new techniques, opened an Etsy shop (I even sold something once!), learned a bunch of new skills, had a quilt published in Quilty magazine, and finally got up the nerve to start a blog of my own. Thank you, internet!


EPP MEDALLION | Click here to learn more about this work in progress

What I love most about quilting is the ability to express myself creatively, while making something tangible and functional and cozy. I love the hands-on, tactile element of the craft and the satisfaction of completing that final stitch in the binding.  Whether I'm sewing something slowly by hand, or whipping through a quick project, I love every minute of it. (well, maybe not the basting so much)  Lately, I've been listening to Instrumental music while I quilt - sometimes jazz, sometimes classical - which I find so calming.  Do you listen to/watch anything in particular during your sew-y time?


TALISMAN | Click here to learn more about this quilt

Hey, you're still reading! That's great! How about some tips now?

Quilting Tip: Make what moves you!  Is there something trendy in blogland that you love? Make it! Don't love that trendy thing? Don't make it! Intrigued by a new technique? Make it!  Are you really into hexies, or dresden plates, or improv?  Make, Make, Make!  

Blogging Tip: Link up!  Linky parties are a great way to discover new blogs, get to know your fellow bloggers and build up a readership.  When I first started my blog I felt as though I was typing into a void, but joining linky parties changed all that. So go for it and link up! (don't forget to share the love by visiting your fellow linkers and commenting)    

I hope you found those tips helpful, and if you're into tips, be sure to visit my fellow Quantum Quilters who are blog-hopping today too:

Allison at: New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Helen at:  Midget Gem Quilts

And, while you're at it, visit our lovely and ever-helpful mentors: Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs, Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter.  They'll link you up to even more new bloggers and an awesome giveaway!  

Happy Monday!
--Liz

45 comments:

  1. It's country music for this farm girl! Love the quilting on your Talisman quilt - did you do it? FM or longarm?

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  2. Though I'm not a blogger I would read your blog if I could follow on email. Otherwise, it's too much hassle, even though your quilts are certainly inspiring!

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    1. Thanks Lesley! And thanks for the heads up about following by e-mail...I thought the RSS button would have that covered, but on closer inspection is doesn't *newbie here!*. I've added an e-mail subscription button, thanks for the advice!

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  7. I love to listen to a play on the radio, or a current affairs programme. When I looked at your Talisman quilt, I saw sweets in the white rows. Am I hallucinating whilst on a diet? Loved your Sampler quilt too, the colours really make it.

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  8. Great post Liz! You said so many things about your love of creating quilts and discovering the quilty blog world I could really have said for myself but couldn't express them as clearly as you have! So 'ditto' to lots of your post! I found the relaxed tunes of Bob Marley helped reduce tension while I quilted a big project through my domestic sewing machine but other times I listen to Podcasts - my favourite is BBC Radio 5 Live's weekly film review with Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts, Allison

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  9. What a great blog, I shall be adding you to my blog list! I love your EPP medallion, I've been meaning to try this for ages. I like to listen to audio books when I sew, though depending on the story, I do get distracted sometimes! Good luck on your blogging adventure. :)

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  10. I love love love your Talisman quilt - the quilting is just gorgeous!

    Congratulations on getting published! That is such a great achievement!

    I listen to everything. Rammstein, Chopin, Gotan Project, jazz, 90s Brit pop - anything. It will either cheer me, relax me or have me bopping my head along. If it doesn't jive with how I'm feeling, I just skip to the next one!

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  11. I have never tried EPP, maybe some day I'll give it a try. I have a radio or TV on for background noise, but don't really pay attention to either one.

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  12. Love that hexie quilt! I listen to music quite often when I quilt, sometimes really loudly. It can help me stay upbeat when I am doing a lot of repetitive tasks.

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    1. Thanks Carrie! So true about upbeat music - that's especially true for me when cutting - helps to pass the time, but keeps me from getting too zen and losing track of what I'm doing!
      Thanks for visiting!

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    2. Thanks Carrie! So true about upbeat music - that's especially true for me when cutting - helps to pass the time, but keeps me from getting too zen and losing track of what I'm doing!
      Thanks for visiting!

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  13. How awesome that sewing and crafting have been such a big part of your life. :) I have several playlists that I listen to when I quilt, but basically I have a classical playlist and a "sing along" playlist with my favorite artists (Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Chevelle, Linkin Park, old school Jewel...).

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  14. I love the quilting on Talisman...beautiful! For some reason of the past few months I have crossed over from listening to music while I quilt to having Netflix on and binge watching tv shows.

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  15. Love the colors you use in your quilts!

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  16. Love the talisman quilt and the quilting really adds to the design. Did you complete it on a longarm? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I quilted it on my domestic machine - I used the walking foot for the straight lines and then FMQ-ed the rest. My machine has a pretty generous throat space so it wasn't too bad to wrangle it through. I've never tried longarming before, but it's on my bucket list!

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  17. Great enthusiasm in your writing! That is one of the items that really makes a blog successful, because when people feel the fun they want to return! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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  18. Love your Talisman quilt. Great colors!

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  19. Great post Liz! Wonderful to get to know a little more about you! Like I said before your quilting is beautiful. Linky parties, yep, changed my world. :-)

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  20. Great post! I love your talisman quilt. I don't listen to music much when I sew, I usually binge watch different tv series. This month, I'm on Game of Thrones. I like your quilty tip, that's something I've been trying to focus on lately. My quilty bucket list is too long to spend any time on something I don't love!

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  21. Hi Liz, your quilts are all lovely. I especially love the Old Salt Modern Sampler. I wholeheartedly agree with you that linky parties are the go. It's great that we can all be part of this wonderful online quilting community! I usually like to sew in silence and enjoy the peace (while the kids are at school!)

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    1. Thanks Deb! You're so right about the online quilting community - such a generous and supportive bunch!

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  22. Liz, I love your work. Beautiful color combinations! When I sew I usually listen to podcasts, sometimes I'll put on a movie, and sometimes I just like the quiet. :) Thanks for the tips, I definitely need to start linking up. Which ones do you usually link up to?

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    1. Thanks Silvia! For linky parties, the ones I most frequently join are WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and TGIFF which has a different host each week. There are tonnes of other linkies out there too - I find scoping out blog sidebars is a good way to find a party since they often have fun buttons to help spread the word.

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  23. Love your upbeat voice. You've been published! I'll have to creep around your blog and find that quilt. Maybe you could share the process with us FB groupies? I'm sure I'm not the only new blogger who wants to read about it!

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  24. Your quilts are beautiful, as is your quilting! I usually quilt in the quiet, since my days are filled with the random noise of children, but sometimes I like a little music.

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  25. Hi Lizzy! I love your passion. I think that's missing on a lot of blogs. I also love running in to people who are working on insane EPP projects. I've put mine to the side for now, but she'll out again soon.

    I tend to watch a lot of tv (thank you online streaming!) when I piece quilts. I find that films are too short for that whole process. When I machine quilt, I tend to listen to music. I have a playlist that gets updated about once a month - that's about the time that I get sick of the last one - and is just a random collection of everything in my iTunes library that fits within a certain tempo. Anything too slow or too fast tends to result in issues for me.

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to see your EPP work - glad to know I'm not the only one who's been sucked into the EPP insanity!

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    2. Hi Liz,

      A lot of it is on the blog. I'm still plugging away on the quilt top I started earlier this year. It's been on hiatus for a month because someone (side eyeing husband while I type this) invited friends over and one of them spilled an entire can of beer in the bag containing my apparently non-waterproof hexie kit organization box. Still no offers to clean anything up. I might have to give in and take my bag to the dry cleaner (it's one of Sincerely Jen's, so quilting cotton, but I'm worried about the interfacing in the washing machine) and I'm thankful that the only obviously gross part of the box is the big bit at the front where I keep my basting glue, but I am I wrong in putting my foot down and insisting my husband clean up after his friends? Maybe I'll just tell him how much that kit cost...

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  26. So great to meet you!! Enjoying your blog voice and looking forward to seeing what's next for you! X! Lori

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  27. Hi Liz, your quilts are just lovely. I'm especially drawn to your OLD SALT modern sampler and the EPP medallion quilts. Your blogging tip is well-timed. I just posted on Sunday Stash a couple days ago and was just thinking today of what Linky party I might join next. I'm thinking Scraptastic Tuesday might be next.

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  28. Your quilts are beautiful!

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  29. Old Salt and Talisman are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Your quilts are amazing! You do beautiful work! I listen to all kinds of music and listen to podcasts while quilting. I've never like silence, ever! I agree that we should all make what moves us, being creative and loving what you do is so important!

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  31. You have beautiful quilts and a beautiful blog. I'm glad I found you through the new quilters blog hop.

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  32. Fabulous! It is always fun to read about other quilters and why they do what they do. I love free-motion quilting so that is one of first things I look at. The quilting on the Talisman quilt is outstanding. Oh, when I am in my creative space I watch movies.

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  33. I love the quilts you've shared. That medallion is just lovely! I love EPP but my list of quilts that I want to make in ever increasing and EPP takes such a long time! I can really appreciate the work that goes into a hand pieced item

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  34. Beautiful quilts, Liz! I love the colours and shapes on that EPP medallion. I've been listening to some Piano Guys while I FMQ. Usually it's audiobooks, but I need more of a rhythm for FMQ.

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  35. I'm a quiet sewer. No music or TV for me. I would listen to stuff but it's too much effort for me to load up stuff to my iPad. Your work is gorgeous and I'm glad to get to know you better through the blog hop!

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