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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why 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!
Quilting 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:
Margo @ Shadowlane Quilts and Crafts
Josi @ Avocado Quilts (That’s Me!)
Deb @ The Farmhouse Quilter
Emma @ My Handmade Journey