Today it’s my turn to post on the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I’m excited to share with you today!
I’m Wendy, wife to BigJ, mom to two young adults, and a cat. I live in a lovely college town in Minnesota. I have played with fabric since I was a young girl, growing up in a sewing family.
When I began writing this blog just a little over a year ago, I figured out some of the technical things on my own or with the help of a friend. There were times when I wished for a group of other bloggers who I could talk with and ask questions about the technical parts of blogging — setting up your blog theme, how to put things in the side menus, etc.
When the 2017 Advice & Tech Help for New Quilt Bloggers came up on my feed one morning, I had found what I was looking for. To be honest, though, I didn’t sign up right away. It was a little intimidating to think about, now that I had the opportunity. However, after a little thought and some encouragement from fellow bloggers, I put in my request and was invited to join the group. It has been a great experience and one I would highly recommend!
The three co-hosts, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne of She Can Quilt are amazing women who have been so kind, helpful and encouraging for those of us learning our way through blogging. I’m so grateful they’ve taken time from their busy schedules to do this for us. Be sure to head over to visit them today. Not only will you find more information about the blog hop, but there are giveaways on their sites this week from some awesome sponsors that you really shouldn’t miss!
While we interact together as a whole group, we are also placed in subgroups called hives. LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive leader, and she has been so helpful! Each hive comes up with its own name and creates a button (it’s much easier than you might think). Our hive is Let’s Bee Quilt’n and here’s our button.
One last important piece of information about the blog hop. Here are my fellow hivemates who are blogging today.
Sharon at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Becca at Pretty Piney
Gwen at Tillalili
Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life – You’re here!
Why Pieceful Thoughts?
So why the name Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life? When I began blogging, my life had changed. In what felt like overnight, both of my kids (who I homeschooled from day one) were in college and BigJ had started new job. Up to that point, he and I had worked together for almost all of our married life.
So there I was one morning, in a quiet house, the cat and I staring at each other. It felt like I had finished a big quilt project, gave the quilt away, and was left with a big pile of beautiful scraps. The changes were all good things. There were lovely pieces left over from happy, happy memories. I was looking forward to seeing the new patterns that would develop for my kids and my husband, and me. So I decided to share the pieceful thoughts of my quilting life in a blog — thoughts about what I was quilting, of course, but also what I was doing otherwise. It’s a little like having a bin of scraps with no pattern, and some days are definitely improv!
You can wander up to the About Me tab and read the short version there of my quilting background, if you like. I’m primarily self-taught. I like to be challenged when I quilt; however, many of the quilts I own are pretty simple designs. Most of the challenging quilts were made for other people! Here’s a few of my quilts I use in my home. My home is cozy with earthy colors, so my quilts are traditional and follow those colors. However, I am finding I am very drawn to modern and improv quilts with bright colors, so I’m beginning to explore that a bit.
I had the border fabric for this quilt for the longest time before I realized I had all the coordinating fabrics in my stash. I like the simplicity of this wallhanging.
This quilt is special. It is the last quilt kit my mother gave to me. She knew the New York Beauty block was my favorite.
I am slowly building bright colors into my stash. This quilt top will soon be quilted and finished!
This patriotic quilt hangs on my wall every July. It was fun to make!
5 Things You Should Know About Me
- I am more adventurous in quilting than I am in life. BigJ practically has to drag me out the door to get me on a trip. Once I’m there, it’s great — it’s the getting there that’s the problem.
- I am a homebody, sometimes not leaving my house for days. You can see how this affects the travel part of #1.
- I am basically shy, although once you get to know me you would truly wonder how I can say that.
- My perfect day is coffee, quilting (alone or with friends), a little reading or movie (at home, of course), and chocolate.
- He’s called BigJ because he is 6’6″ and I’m 5’5″ (on a good day).
One of the best things I’ve ever done is to expand my community of quilters, and that’s the blogging/quilting tip I’ll leave with you today. Being part of a quilting community, both in person and online, has made me a better quilter, both in my technique and also in how I view my quilting. (I quilted alone because I was pretty sure my quilting wasn’t good enough.) The ladies in my local quilt group are some of the most encouraging women I’ve met. My online quilting community expands my knowledge of quilting in ways I truly hadn’t expected, and I have quilting friends all over the world now!
How does your quilting community affect you? I’d love to hear your comments!
Thanks for stopping by today. Please come back and visit again, or follow my blog if you like what you’ve read. I’d be so tickled if you do!
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