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Avocado Quilts on the New Bloggers Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog for the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! My name is Josi and I have been quilting for 3 years, and blogging for 4 months. While on this hop, I think I’ve changed my theme 5 times, and it took me over a year to actually start the blog.  One thing that has become concrete in my life, however; is my love of quilting as I am slowly emerging from the quilting closet.

So on to the quilting, a couple of my favorites for you:

Scrap Quilt – I find quilting from scraps extremely liberating. There is no fear of waste or mistakes when using scraps. The general theme of this scrap quilt is a log cabin block, but I added pieces in that don’t fit the mode. I really enjoyed making this quilt. The ombre color scheme emerged as I made the blocks, and I was very happy with the overall effect.

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I quilted it tightly with an angular meander, outlining a piece or two per block, and backed it with a king size duvet cover I found at west elm. I love how free I felt sewing this quilt with abandon.

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Beachbound mini – The Instagram Mini Quilt Swap world has really pressed me to try new techniques and ideas, on a smaller and manageable scale. This quilt is in progress for the #beachboundmqs but I wanted to share because it was a great experience.

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I will have a tutorial with an embedded video on how to make these wavy curves later this week!

Wedding Quilt – This kaleidoscope quilt was made for my sister’s wedding. I enjoyed playing with design and color once again.

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A little bit about me. First, a silly picture that my daughter took of me, which is slightly better than the selfies I’ve taken of myself.  It is rare to find a picture of me without a kid in it.

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I am a juggling mama to three girls. I used to mostly ‘stay at home’, and now I’ve somehow squeezed a couple of part time jobs into the mix, 3 to be exact. I am exhausted constantly, but if I slept more I wouldn’t have a chance to quilt!  I work from home for two of my gigs, promoting children’s health and fundraising for blind children, both of which make me feel good. My most involved part time job is the reserves.  I have an engineering and business background, but at one point long ago I dreamed of art school. Quilting has become the channel for those efficient black and white years of pent up creativity. No matter what I’m doing, at almost any given moment I would rather be quilting.

My style: I tend to cut, design and sew by eye.  I can follow a pattern if I must, but I feel restricted doing so. I am at my best when I get an idea and run with it. Though I start more quilts then I finish! Sigh. I lean in the modern direction, below is a mini quilt of transparent triangles.

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Why blog?  Ever since that fateful day 3+ years ago when I googled modern quilting, I have been consumed by the community. We live online, we sew and share. I think the same is true for most of us.

avocadoWhy Avocados? Why not! I love them, eat them, and I quilt with their colors.  Naming my blog proved challenging, with an extensive list.  I finally chose Avocado Quilts as a name which was clear and memorable, with great associations as well!

Blogging Tip: Don’t let the technology learning curve stop you. If you want something on your blog, there are so many avenues to learn, as the hosts of this hop have proven to us. Be persistent, and you will surprise yourself with what you can do. This blog hop has truly empowered me to get out of my comfort zone, and try something new, like re-writing code.   Yikes!

Diagonal Squares 5Quilting Tip: Do not mix contrasting color thread while quilting light top and dark bottom quilt.  If the tension is off in the slightest, this will show through significantly, and magnify any mistakes.  In my most recent project, Diagonal Squares, I have a beautiful saturated purple on the back of a white topped quilt. I struggled with this, a lot.   What I have discovered is that bottom and top threads should match.  In the end I went with a light silver on the white, which worked but was less then ideal!

Final Tip: Sew what you love. Most of us sew for external purposes, for gifts, competition, bees, guilds, or charity.  Occasionally, revisit what it is you love most about sewing, and sew for yourself. This tip keeps me going, as you can only give so much!  Let go of perfect and have fun.

Fun Facts about me:

  • Favorite Vacation Spot:   Hawaii
  • Book: The Outlander series
  • Movie: Hunger Games, and of course the Princess Bride
  • Weather: Spring after the rain

Question to my bloggy friends:

Is there such a thing as balancing a blog and quilting with life? I am exhausted, do you have any secrets for getting it all done!?  (To comment click the conversation bubble below on the right of the social icons.  Comments can be viewed on my sidebar, this is my next thing to simplify!)

Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.  Please check out the other great featured bloggers from the Sew Fabulous Hive on this final week of the hop:

Week 4:

Margo @ Shadowlane Quilts and Crafts

Josi @ Avocado Quilts  (That’s Me!)

Deb @ The Farmhouse Quilter

Emma @ My Handmade Journey

And once again, a huge thank you from me, and from all of us new bloggers to the hosts of this years 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!
Remember,  to comment, please click the conversation bubble below, this is a feature that I am working hard to simplify.  Also, stop back later this week for a wavy curve tutorial!
Cheers!
 
 

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply Mary July 20, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I wanted to leave a comment but couldn’t find the comments section. Your quilt designs and colors are wonderful. 3 years – I can’t remember how many years I was quilting before I even attempted to machine quilt something. Amazing! I signed up for future emails as I look forward to seeing more quilts. Thanks.

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Mary, I have been trying to fix the comments section on my blog for awhile now. Its the little bubble icon next to the social icon. I’m glad you figured it out! Thanks for signing up!

  • Reply Rachel @ Quiltineering July 20, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Nice to meet you! I love your scrappy log cabin quilt – great color gradation!

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Nice to meet you too! Thank you, I enjoyed making my scrappy quilt. Can’t wait to check out quiltineering.com!

  • Reply Deb Chimes July 20, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Hi Josie, your quilts are so beautiful and your colour choices wonderful. I’d say being a mum of 3 might have a lot to do with being exhausted! I’ve never been able to quilt when my kids go to sleep at night because I’m too tired by then. However, I am lucky enough to have some time to sew/blog when they are at school (I only work very casually). During school holidays when they are home with me I always allow myself to have a bit of “me” sewing time. It makes me a much happier mum! I guess my advice would be to grab whatever time you can spare to do what you love.

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Hi Deb! I am waiting for school to start again just for that reason, summer break has proven to be a very busy time indeed. Thank you for your complements!

  • Reply Ruth July 20, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I love the Princess Bride too – one of my all time faves! Wish I had some secrets to share on blog/quilt/life balance. It can be hard to keep up with everything so pick the things to work on and spaces that you enjoy most – it will shine through in your blog posts!

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Great Advice Ruth! I can see how focusing on the projects that I am excited about will shine through, I really want to put the best content out there, and hope that the rest falls into place. Thanks!

  • Reply Cindy July 20, 2015 at 8:04 am

    It is really simple to balance blogging and quilting and real life. Just add more hours in a day, as soon as I figure out how to do that I’ll let you know 🙂 Lovely intro and I love the quilt you made for your sister.

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Cindy, once I’ve figured out how to add more hours I’ll let you know, I think I need to shift something in the meantime, thanks for visiting!

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl July 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for the instructions on how to find the comments – that was very helpful and easy because I had just read how to do it! 🙂

    Balancing life and quilting and blogging? The balance is different for everyone, and I did not really have time to blog when I was working full time. It was way more important that I get quilting therapy time than spend it at a computer, so I didn’t figure any of the blogging stuff out until after I left my job. I am amazed at all the hard work and balancing that has to happen, so my advice is to live live, enjoy quilting, and blog when you can squeeze it in. Good luck finding a balance that works for you!

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Yvonne, what wonderful advice, I thought I had the balance figured out when I left work full-time, but part-time jobs are just as demanding! I appreciate the thought of quilting when I can and blogging occasionally. I do want to sew more! Thanks for your tech help as well, I have learned so much, and will continue to improve!

  • Reply Anne July 20, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Your blog is looking good Josi. I’m so glad you jumped in. Finding balance isn’t easy. I would say blog when it works but don’t beat yourself up. Keeping up with a blog and blog reading can become a burden if you’re not careful so be sure to keep your focus on the quilting. Let the blogging be simple. Every post doesn’t have to be fabulous. I feel like I often spend way too much time on the computer and not enough at my machine actually sewing. Now, I try writing a post in the evening instead of surfing other sights for fun.

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Anne, thanks for chiming in. Sometimes I feel sucked into the world of screens, I think maybe we all do while trying to keep up and get our projects out there. I’m so glad I started this blog though, thanks for the encouragement!

  • Reply Julie Stocker July 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful introduction, Josi! It’s good to finally see some of your lovely projecs. I think your improv is fabulous, and completely get it when you see it’s so liberating to make. I hope to see more here.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies, your hivemate

  • Reply Jane Victoria / Jolly and Delilah July 20, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Josi: I adore your quilting style. It is very liberated.

    I wish I had some suggestions on how to get everything done. I’ve got a bunch of friends on Instagram who are interested in an idea I had for an opt in or out as you choose, extra five hours a day, only for people with wonderful creative projects going. Unfortunately we can’t quite work out who to lobby about this one. You must be so busy with all the non-quilting and blogging activities going on in your life, I think you should just do what makes you most happy in your spare time. Blogging usually interests me far less than making things does, but that said, I’ll have occasional days where I’ll sit down and discover I’ve written five posts without even thinking about it. Hopefully you’ll find a balance that works for you.

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Jane, thanks for the comment! I think the balance will ebb and flow. Good luck with the lobbying, I would love to have those extra five hours!

  • Reply Jayne July 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Your quilts are just gorgeous!! I love your style! There are so many techniques that I love, but I tend to get an idea and go with it. Quilting from patterns isn’t something that I do a lot of. Usually I’ll see something I like and figure out how to make it my own. You are a busy lady…I’m exhaused for you! Balance is something that I have yet to master. You will settle in to what works for you!

    • Reply josiheron July 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Jayne, Sounds like we have similar approaches to quilting, more free flow and fun! I do try a new pattern occasionally to develop skills, but for now I think the best way to quilt is whatever makes you excited! Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply Deb @ farmhousequilter July 21, 2015 at 6:59 am

    First off, I love that conversation bubble for adding comments. I would like to improve my social media icons and would also like to add that in… must look into that! Any suggestions? I work with blogger though I think you are wordpress. On a side note, I initially started my two blogs with blogger but have honestly contemplated changing it all over to wordpress. It seems a little more user-friendly to those of us who are not computer-savvy.
    Anyways…
    I love the look of your blog and the title. Your quilts are beautiful.
    I am also a mama, wife, hold down a couple part time gigs and but just want to quilt and sew most of the time. I love my sleep though and just cannot sew passed 9pm unless it’s necessary and I feel up to it. Recently, after some anxiety issues, I have learned that sleep is sooooo good for me and I am useless without having good sleep. It’s hard because quilting sometimes gets pushed off the list for the day but I always hope for more time. Good luck and take care.
    Deb

    • Reply josiheron July 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks for the comments Deb! I am beginning to reprioritize things, and I realize that sleep needs to move up on my list! I tend to stay up late, and I think its catching up with me. As for the conversation bubble, I’m glad you like it, I just want it to be obvious for visitors how to comment, and this is a bit more subtle then I had planned:) WordPress is a learning process to be sure, but there are many options for blog features which is good. It just takes time to learn it all, and I still am figuring it out! I look forward to following you and chatting again in the future!

  • Reply Lisa July 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Hi Josi: I’m really glad to have found you. I love your free style of quilting and your colour sense is wonderful.
    It took me a while to figure out how to comment but I figured it out in the end. Obviously.
    I also struggle with the balance. I work full time and didn’t start the blog until my kids left home. I tend to focus more on the quilting and get to the blog when I can.

  • Reply Sandra July 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I don’t know if you’ve simplified it, but I had no problem commenting and didn’t have to click a conversation bubble. 🙂 Your quilts are just beautiful; your artist self shines through. Love that triangle one, as well as that scrap ombre…ahhh, everything about that quilt, from the ombre effect (I’ve done that a few times and realize that I just love that design, gravitate to it a lot), to the freedom, to the inserting something that doesn’t “go”, to the not stressing, just being happy aspect of it. Yep, I’m a believer, how can you tell! Have you seen Cynthia’s Oh Scrap! and her Scrap-a-Palooza series? Fab. U. Lous. Speaking of fabulous, Outlander–my favourite books, and I read them before 2000 and as each subsequent one came out! The TV series is just excellent, no? Princess Bride, oh yes. As for balance, I am really struggling and I think it’s the increase in traffic, increase in expectations and in private conversations that have come especially with this hop but also with starting to grow a following. It’s all good, but it’s exhausting, and I don’t want to lose the joy of writing my blog, of sharing my quilting journey and life journey with those I love, which was the main reason I started the blog. So…I have no answer, just be silent, go offline, and try not to stress out or be guilty when you do that…I was off gmail for 2 days and found 61 emails waiting for me…I try to do either a post and read blogs, OR respond to comments and visit those blogs. I can’t do both in one day. Now I have a binding waiting to be cut and sewn on for a finish for my guild meeting tonight! Sorry this is such a long comment.

  • Reply Sarah July 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I love your scrap quilt. It just speaks to me. I think your advice about sewing for yourself and sewing what you love is great. I try to balance my selfish sewing with obligation sewing. “Try’ being the operative word. Ha!

    • Reply josiheron July 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Sarah, thanks for commenting, I just checked out your blog and love it. Balance seems to be the key theme here, but I think I am due some good selfish sewing soon, Cheers!

  • Reply Carrie Ottmers Wikander July 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Josi. I like the name of your blog, it’s fun. I also like your style – you seem to have a strong sense of light and dark, which I am still cultivating. I haven’t found a way to balance everything either, but I’ll just keep on doin’ what I do, exhaustion be damned. Your jobs sound neat, even though they are exhausting. I too love the Princess Bride – I saw it when it came out (I was in college) and it’s one of those flicks I’ll watch any time it’s on and I’m watching television. I think your blog looks great – in fact it makes me feel like I really need to get on the stick and improve mine. It’s clean and easily navigated, and it looks appealing. I’m glad to find you.

    • Reply josiheron July 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Hi Carrie, I loved you blog as well, and your style. Thanks for the feedback on the blog, I’m aiming for clean and simple, but have some kinks to work out.. but then again, I’m sure we all have things we would improve at any given time. I just found you on Blog Lovin, it’ll be great to keep up!

  • Reply Stephanie July 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Josi! I enjoyed reading your blog post so much… I am in awe of all you do. Balance is the bane of my existence too. The need to create is larger than my desire for sleep most of the time. I can’t wait to see your upcoming video tutorial. Please please link up to my Tips and Tutorials Tuesday linky party when you post it!

    • Reply josiheron July 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Stephanie, you are inspiration itself, and I think of your motto about quilting after the kids sleep all the time. Truly, I stay up and think, well Stephanie is too! Thank you for being so open and sharing with this community, and cultivating the newbies like me. BTW, I still need to write a post on my Supernova Friendship QAL, in the queue. Also, I will definitely link up to the Tips and Tutorials linky party… after I figure out how to do that! Thanks again, I am excited that we will continue with the Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop, as I am just getting the hang of this.

  • Reply Carrie July 21, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Princess Bride and the Hunger Game series are a few of my “go to” movies to play while quilting. I have watched them so many times it’s embarrassing.

    You’ve got a great eye for color and I love your design aesthetic. So happy to have found you through the group!

    • Reply josiheron July 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Carrie, Thanks for stopping by, I just hopped over to your blog and love the batting tutorial. I’ve been using a zigzag to combine my batting and it does tend to leave a rigid line in the quilt. I will try your method next time. Thanks!

  • Reply Wendy July 22, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Hello and nice to meet you. your quilts are just beautiful, I love your attitude of taking something and running with it and not worrying about wasting scraps!

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life July 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Josi, it’s so great to meet you! I was a member of the new bloggers hop last year and it proved invaluable. Thanks for sharing so much about you and your style of quilting. I love what you’ve done, but our styles couldn’t be more different. Improv stresses me out to no end and I like the order of a pattern. But I can wing it without a pattern when I need to, but like to follow directions. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the future.

  • Reply Mary July 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Josi, I really enjoyed reading your blog. You have a wonderful sense of color, and I especially love your scrap and kaleidoscope quilts. I am also quite challenged by the balance of regular life, quilting, and blogging. There are some days when my head is just spinning. I’m behind in reading and responding to everyone’s blogs in our New Quilt Bloggers group. I think there may be some folks in week two and three I didn’t get to, but I will sometime, hopefully by the end of summer 🙂 Take care, Mary.

  • Reply sew surprising July 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Ive had so much fun finding new bloggers on this hop 🙂 Really like your log cabin blocks, I have a jelly roll thats ear marked for a log cabin make over 😉 added your blog to theoldreader so I can keep up with your adventures 🙂

  • Reply Silvia Sutters July 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Josi, what a great quilting style! That log cabin is awesome and the curves mini is super cool. I saw you have a tutorial and and excited to read more. I have two girls, and the only time I get something done is nap time or bed time. It’s tough, but I know I will have more time to sew as they get older. I struggle too, so I can’t give you any advice on balancing, but I can say you are not alone. 🙂

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