2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop

New Quilt Bloggers Hop

Welcome to my stop on the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! As a very new quilt blogger I am excited to be part of this fun blog hop. Many thanks to our hosts Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts for organizing this and for being such amazing mentors.  Each week a group of us new quilt bloggers are introducing ourselves in the blog hop. Be sure to visit the fabulous bloggers listed below and oh yes, there is a giveaway each week with awesome prizes from our sponsors.

About Me

I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for quilting and participating in the community of quilters. I started quilting in the last century, but it took a back seat to raising my family and my career as a university librarian. Now my three kids are well grown and I am a part-time information technology professor at a community college. So the quilting obsession has found its way back into my life in a big way.

At heart I am a learner and a teacher. I enjoy learning about quilting and making all kinds of quilts. I especially love designing quilts, both the creative design work and the technical aspects of bringing a design to life. My goal for this site is to share tips and tutorials, reflections on projects, and original quilt patterns. My creative goal is to design quilt patterns that other quilters will love.

I have an amazing family including my life partner and soul mate otherwise known as my husband, our three children and their wonderful families. Four grandchildren! My husband and I enjoy sailing on our boat Wind Shadow whenever we can. It does mean time away from the sewing machine, but time on the water always refreshes my spirit.

A Few of My Favorite Quilts

Now for some eye candy and a little flavor of my style from recent quilts. First up, I made this Pink Geese mini for a pink themed quilt swap. I love the way the ombré fabric works in the flying geese design.

 

Here is another mini I made for a black & white themed quilt swap. A challenging experiment in curved piecing! See my post “Pop Art Flowers Mini Quilt” for more details.

 

Featured Attraction is a pattern I designed highlight a focus fabric. It is super easy but makes a dramatic statement.  I plan to post this as a free pattern … soon. This sample features a fun print with crazy monkeys as a nod to my grandchildren. In the background of this picture you can see the slide my husband put off the deck for the all the little monkeys.

 

And finally the wall hanging below titled “Thread Trails” is near to my heart because it is my only show quilt. (Believe me, I’m really not a show quilter.) It won a 1st place prize in my local quilt guild show; was juried into the 2016 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza; and was part of the Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art, in conjunction with the 2017 Road to California.

 

Bonus Quilting Tip

As part of the New Quilters Blog Hop we were all asked to share a quilting or blogging tip. When I first learned about quilting I was so frustrated by the advice to sew a scant quarter inch seam. What in the world did that mean! How do you measure scant? Since then I’ve learned to calibrate for an exact quarter inch seam on any machine for piecing accuracy every time. See my tutorial: How to Sew an Accurate Quarter Inch Seam.

Links and Prizes

Be sure to hop over to the other Blooming Quilters bloggers featured this week for gorgeous quilts and more quilting tips.

Also don’t forget to visit our hosts to enter the giveaway for great sponsor prizes.

Thank you stopping by my blog, and visit again soon!

– Sandy

 

32 thoughts to “2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop”

  1. Hi Sandy, your blog update looks great 🙂 I also really like the flying geese mini… may have to try something like that soon. Also, great tip, I struggled with this as well.

  2. Nice to meet you, Sandy! I love that monkey quilt; I eagerly await your tutorial 🙂 My husband thinks all librarians are quilters–I’m a community college librarian and my 2 closest librarian friends are also quilters.

  3. Hello Sandy, lovely introduction. I can really relate to your putting your putting your hobby on a back seat while raising a family so many of us do this. Its wonderful though to revisit something you love to do. I love your quilts and wow its great that you actually have a prize winning quilt in your collection, well done!

  4. Hi Sandy! Your quilts are beautiful, I love your color choices. I am glad to know I am not the only one who struggled with consistency with seams. I wrote a post about it myself asking for advice. I am heading over to your tutorial now 🙂
    ~Abbie from the New Quilt bloggers hop

  5. Love your quilts! I am excited to see your quilt from the Redesigning Tradition exhibit….my quilt was accepted as well!

  6. Hi Sandy! Great to meet you and see some of your beautiful quilts!! Congrats on Thread Tails being featured!!!

  7. For those of you who liked the Pink Geese quilt, the pattern is by Jeli Quilts available for purchase on Craftsy.

  8. Thanks so much for the 1/4″ tutorial–a great idea to piece more than 2 fabrics together. And your Pink Geese mini is really calling my name! Congratulations on Thread Trails 🙂

  9. Your quilts are all so interesting. Congratulations on the show quilt. I love the bright colors. Also love your black and white quilt (I collect B&W prints). Flying geese is a favorite of mine.

  10. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you Sandy. You do make beautiful quilts. I really love the quilt that won first place. It’s so colourful. Your tutorial on the accurate 1/4 inch is great and I may recommend that some quilters who contribute to our charity quilts have a look at it.

  11. Congratulatons on being a new blogger. Have lots of fun with it and don’t let it become a chore.
    Your quilts are wonderful. I especially love the one with the spools of thread.

  12. Ah yes, the scant 1/4″ makes for a lot of teeth gnashing when you don’t follow that rule.
    Popped by as one of the hive.
    I hope to get some time on the ocean this summer sport fishing for bottom fish and salmon. See you on the waters!

  13. Hi Sandy! What a great introduction. Love the eye candy! I’m not a show quilter either but I do love to place my quilts in our local guild show (but not for judging). As much as I love ribbons, I enjoy the lower pressure of showing and sharing my quilts vs. trying to perfect them. But that’s just me! I appreciate and applaud any quilt that wins a ribbon. Kudos for Thread Tails. It’s a lovely design!

  14. Sandy, what beautiful quilts! Congrats on Thread Tails being featured! I just popped over to your Quarter Inch Seam tutorial, which is great. My machine needle can’t be moved by increments — I’m saving up to get a machine that can. Enjoyed getting to know you through this post!

  15. It is so nice to get to know more about you, Sandy. Your quilts are stunning, and congratulations on Thread Tails getting a first place and showing in conjunction with Road to California this year. Thank you so much for being part of the blog hop!

  16. I enjoyed reading about your quilts. I have many that need to be quilted. I am afraid to count them. I hang them from my upstairs banister so that I don’t forget about them. I am in the Let’s Bee Quilt’n group.

    1. Ha! I’ve seen Sandy’s banister, and it is also often covered with projects waiting to be quilted!

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