Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted!

Plum and June

I've been excitedly waiting for my day of the Let's Get Acquainted blog hop to come around.  There have been so many fun stops along the way!  Earlier this week there was Anne from SpringLeaf Studios and Kristy from Cotton AddictionToday I share the spotlight with Chelsea from Pins and Bobbins.

In honor of the blog hop I wrote a fun tutorial on how to make this Handprint Crab Mini.  That's in the previous post.  This post is designed for you to get to know me and my blog a little bit better. 

Here's the link to the tutorial for this mini.  Isn't it cute?
I think the best way to get to know the crafty side of someone is to look at what they've made.  I love quilting.  It was my first crafty obsession.  Then over seven years ago while on bed rest while pregnant with my first child I picked up crocheting.  I'm pretty obsessed with both at this point.  There are some collages with links below but if you'd like to check out all of what I've made either click on the tabs at the top or follow the links here for Completed Quilts/Top and Completed Crochet Projects.

1. Hexagon Park   2. Double Wedding Ring   3. Owl peter/Paul   4. Plaid Apple Core   5. Tetris   6. Cartwheel   7. Disappearing Walk in the Woods   8. Argyle   9. Appliqued Animals.

To date I've made 41 quilts/tops.  It was hard to narrow it down but these are sure my favorites.  Now on to crochet projects.  I love crochet because it is so fast and there is no limit to what you can create!

1. Woven Scarf   2. Necklace   3. Viking and Crab hats   4. Dragon   5. Mama and Chick Pot Holder   6. Sock Monkey Hat also Here  7. Crochet Christening Gown (no. 2)   8. Homestyle Ripple Afghan   9. Christening Gown   10. Self-folding Hot Pads   11.  Preemie hats.

Another great way to get to know someone's crafty side is to see where they work.  This is where all the magic happens...

My sewing table.  Yeah, I totally cleaned it off for this picture.  It's not typically this clean but it's so nice to have this much space!
This is my paper-crafting area.  I love the shelves to store all my things!
I adore the big windows that let all the sun in but they also made it really bad for this picture.  It's a nice little space and with four kids and a hubby I'm lucky to have this much space to myself!
 Here's a bit of Q & A for your reading pleasure...

      - How long have you been quilting - I started with a Sunbonnet Sue quilt in 1997, I think.  It's hard to remember that long ago.  I was 14 going on 15 and really wanted to try quilting. With a fun quilt book in hand and many many cute fabrics I was ready to begin.  Or so I thought.  My Mom is not a quilter and I know of no one else in our family that attempted quilts before me.  Although I do come from a long line of women who sew they do mainly clothing and I even have an Aunt that makes and alters wedding dresses (she's AMAZING!).  This lack of quilting background really put me at a loss when quilting.  I had no idea there was such a thing as a rotary cutter or that it could be combined with a ruler and mat to create more accurate cuts.  I had a ruler, a pencil, and a pair of scissors.  My seams really didn't match up very well and the whole thing had a bit of wonkiness to it. I'm sorry to say I don't have the quilt or even a picture of it but I do have a pillow I made to match the quilt.  For the whole story on that go here.

       - Favorite quilting tip(s) - As I learned while making my first quilt you really need to have the right tools for the job.  That means having a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.  Make sure your blade is sharp enough to cut.  Make sure you have enough thread that matches what you're working on.  Also, take your time.  Sloppy cuts = sloppy quilts.

       - Favorite blogging tip(s) - Remove the word veri-freaking-cation!  Everyone HATES having to tell if that's a EQGS or an EOGS.  Save them the trouble and just take it off!  I removed mine shortly after I started my blog and I've never had a spam comment.  As an extra precaution I've put up comment moderation for posts older than 30 days.  It seems that when I had problems on my other blog from spam comments it was always on the older posts.  Also link, link, link.  It's the easiest way to cite a source for anything and to help people find other posts in yours or others blogs.  It takes a bit more time but it's so worth it!

       - Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric) - Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda jumped into my head first when I saw this question but there are a lot I'm loving right now.  I find this question amusing because it wasn't until October of 2011 that I even knew that designer fabric existed.  I'd never heard of Moda or Michael Miller or any of the other well known companies that I'm in love with now.  I always bought my fabric at Joann's or Hobby Lobby.  I never even thought to look at who made it I just needed to know if it matched.  I'm floored by the quality of the more expensive lines and I'd be hard pressed to go back.

       - Favorite craft book - I haven't bought a craft book in years!  I get most of my patterns online now and download them to my Nook or print them out.  Although the book I've found the most useful over the years is "I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!"  It has so many pictures and runs though step by step.  I'm an avid crocheter now and I may even love it more than quilting thanks to this book.

You can get this book here or try the updated version here.

       - Favorite book (or book you are currently reading) - I adore Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It's quintessential science-fiction and even though it was written in 1953 he captures so many of the nuances of our day.  He predicted so many of the technological advances it's mind boggling.  In the book the people, in an attempt to create a balanced society, have banned books.  They feel without them people will be on the same level intellectually.  Thus, Firefighters instead of putting out fires start them to burn the books they find hidden around the city.  The novel follows one such firefighter as he struggles though life in this environment.

       - Favorite children's book - Who could pick just one?!  I'm loving Llama Llama Mad at Mama right now.  The illustrations are priceless and I love how it gives a glimpse into my child's mind.  The book follows little Llama as he goes to the store with his Mama.  It tells how he feels and what he experiences during the trip.

       - Favorite quilting tool - Again with the hard to narrow down!  I think it's got to be my rotary cutter.  How did I every survive without it?

       - Favorite music to listen to while quilting - I adore the various albums from Glee.  Seriously great music all in one place.  I find myself singing along while I happily work away.

       - Favorite TV show while hand stitching - I find that I am MUCH slower if I try to watch anything while hand stitching.  I just stare at the screen and have the needle limp in my hand.  Occasionally I'll pick up something I'm working on while watching TV but I don't turn it on while I'm quilting on purpose.  Instead I listen to music, see the above question, or enjoy a moment of silence if my four kids are asleep.

       - Binding - by hand or by machine? - I used to ALWAYS do it by hand.  Then I discovered machine binding (it's my lack of quilting heritage striking again) and it's pretty difficult to go back.  I bind by hand if it really needs to look perfect or if there are too many curves in the edge like this quilt.

       - If I'd only known - what you wish you knew about blogging before you started your blog - To take more pictures!  Before my blog I never took pictures during a quilting process and I usually only took one of the finish.  It wasn't always in the best light and didn't show off the quilt as it could have.  Now I know and I take all kinds of pictures during the process and when it's finished.  I take from different angles and in different light to make sure I capture its fabulousness for posterity.

Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me for this long post.  I tend to be thorough when blogging.  Be sure to keep scrolling or follow the link to the tutorial.  Also check out my blog hop buddy Chelsea from Pins and Bobbins.  Since my first ever attempt at a blog hop post is definitely trying a new thing I'm linking up with TNT Thursday by Melissa over at Happy Quilting.  I also made the collages in my blog and I've never tried that before.  Hurray for new things!


  1. Great job, love the Handprint crab mini!

  2. So nice to meet you Julie - love your crab mini too!

  3. Nice to "meet" you Julie and your crab quilt is adorable, but I LOVE your double wedding ring quilt!!!

  4. I don't think I knew you were so into crochet! Both your quilted and crocheted projects are beautiful. I enjoyed reading your post and getting to know you better. And that crab mini is adorable!

  5. Nice to meet you Julie. The little crab quilt is really cute with the handprint idea. You seem to get quite a bit done for someone with small kids still. I have no idea how to crochet or knit.

  6. Thanks for letting us get to know you. I like your idea to make little projects. I sometimes just need to see progress of a finished project!! (And your projects are just so cute!!)

  7. Hi Julie, nice to meet you. Your crab mini quilt is so cute. I love knitting and crocheting, too. I don't do it as much as I would like. All your projects are lovely.

  8. Hi Julie! I enjoyed your blog hop post:). Your crab handprint project is adorable:) and the tutorial is excellent. I can imagine a collection of them adorning a wall in a beach house... if I had a beach house, ha ha. I loved seeing the photos of your workspace, too. A nice window with lots of light, and a well organized dedicated space - it's awesome!

  9. Nice to meet you! Oh, a clean sewing room, how does that happen?

  10. What fun Julie!! Love you little mini crab quilt!!

  11. Your crab quilt is just soooo cute.
    Would love to preserve the children's handprints like this.

  12. Hi Julie! I have enjoyed getting to know you. You are so right to show your sewing space to know you better. I love it. Your advice was great and congrats on the collages - they are cool, aren't they?!

  13. Nice to meet you, your projects are all lovely, I especially love the Double Wedding Ring quilt.

  14. Wow, you've made some gorgeous stuff! I love the style of your quilting projects, I too love Ruby so I think we share a similar taste!

  15. Your crab is great! I love your mosaics too and I totally agree about the word verification. It sometimes drives me nearly insane!:)

  16. The crab is such a good idea - very cute!

    You've made some lovely projects - and well done making you first mosaic! :)

  17. Nice to meet you on the blog hop. Your crab quilt is darling!

  18. It's nice to meet you, Julie! You have so many great projects and I love the crab mini!

  19. Nice to meet you Julie! I love your Walk in the Woods quilt, and I'm envious of your crochet projects, I'm useless with knitting and crochet!
    Fahrenheit 451 is on my bookshelf, but I'm ashamed to say that I've never read it, I must give it a try!

  20. Your mini crab is so creative.

    I know what you mean about fabric. I had been quilting for years and never thought about it. Now, its hard to think of going back shopping at Walmart and Hobby Lobby

  21. You're a busy lady, Julie! Great finishes, and your crab is darling!

  22. Hi Julie! I know how if feels to have 2 hobbies that you're passionate about! It's not easy juggling between quilting and my other favorite which is paper crafting. Plus I'm running out of room for all the "stuff"! Thanks for sharing today.


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