Hi everyone! I’m Laurel and I am so excited to be participating in this year’s New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop hosted by Plum and June! Welcome to all the new readers hopping our blogs. I enjoyed being a hop follower last year, and follow many fabulous blogs as a result. We have an awesome group participating this year too!
I have to admit that when I started this blog, I don’t think I really believed I would ever finish a quilt. The blog was a way to motivate me and keep me “honest” (sewing and posting). I do tend to be very honest about my experiences. You know all those perfect bloggers who have perfect seams and corners and quilting and produce perfect work and write perfect blogs about their perfection? Yeah, totally not me. I keep it real here. I will show you all my flaws – real and imagined. I have a hard time tooting my horn, but no problem laughing at my screw ups. Please, laugh along with me. One of the biggest flaws I have worked hard to overcome is my own fear of failure. As I’ve aged and gotten perspective, I’ve realized how many things I missed out on because I was so scared of failing, I just didn’t even bother trying. Sewing is one of those things.
As a result, each time I do have a “finish”, whether one I cursed and soldiered through every step of the way or one that was easy (oh, so rare), it is very sweet for me. I wish I could churn out multiple quilts a month like the others seem to, but that just doesn’t happen for me. You will notice I am big on goal list making. I use lists in all parts of my life, but for quilting it helps to keep me focused, give me guidance, help me reflect on what I’ve accomplished and keep track of the many projects I seem to work on at once! Another big reason for my slow finishes is my inability to stick to one project – I think of something new and want to start it RIGHT NOW! My design wall is currently littered with parts of 5 different projects.
I fancy myself a modern quilter – I like bold colors and graphic prints, but I do also love the traditional patterns. I tend to do a lot of i-spy quilts as well, because I love novelty fabrics and have kids in my life. You won’t find me with a lot of drab, muted colors ( I think low volume looks so dated and not modern at all!) or old fashioned fabrics. I guess my style is a work in progress. Eclectic. I create my quilts myself from start to finish. I quilt on my Singer DSM. In fact, I am thinking about asking for an upgrade for the holidays and have been batting around a Juki or Janome. What do you recommend and why?
As my site title implies, I love fabric and I have a lot of it! I can’t pass up a sale! Tula Pink, Lizzy House, Kate Spain and Sarah Jane take up the majority of my shelf space (pretty much in that order.) I also love to swap! So much that I’ve been running a swap group on flickr for a year and a half. I have a lot of fun doing it and have met so many great quilters through it (many in person!). I will also be hosting a linkup for swaps soon, so if you are a swapper or bee sewer and would like to link up, keep an eye out for that.
I still consider myself both a new blogger and sewist. A blogging tip I would suggest is to join in on link ups. Not only does it help you find other bloggers that interest and inspire you and bring people to your blog, but for me, it reminds me to blog! If I know I have a linkup to join on a certain day, I am much more likely to find the time to sit down and post. For sewing, just take it one step at a time, DON’T BE AFRAID, and learn from your mistakes. If nothing else, I’ve found they make for some funny blog posts!
Thank you so much for coming by! I hope to see you again. Please let me know you’ve visited in the comments, and don’t forget to chime in on my machine upgrade. 🙂 Then go check out the other wonderful bloggers in our hop.
Sarah @ Smiles Too Loudly
Vera @ Negligent Style
Michelle @ Michelle Bartholomew
Katie @ Good Golly Ginger
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Jana @ Jana Machado
Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl