Good morning and welcome to the first week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I am excited to be a part of this online experience this year, and have gained valuable blogging insight from my fellow bloggers and hive leaders. I first learned about the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop last year as it was taking place, and enjoyed visiting the blogs and reading along each week. Thank you to the leaders who organized this event and to the generous sponsors for their support.
My name is Amanda and I live in rural small town Southern Ontario, Canada, with my husband, little boy, big dog, and in a couple of weeks, new baby boy. I have always been a creative person, but never fully dove into creating until after my son was born. While on bed rest during the last few weeks of my pregnancy with him, I taught myself to crochet baby items and afterwards began to knit, sew and quilt. I no longer crochet, but always have several knitting, sewing and quilting projects on the go, hence the name of my blog.
I think what I enjoy most about quilting is that the items created are functional as well as beautiful and are a reflection of the creator’s personality. The design process is also a creative outlet for me, and I am always thinking of my next project, often while just beginning the current one. I will likely never have time to make all of the quilts swirling around in my brain!
Another aspect of quilting I enjoy is creating a special gift for someone, be it a new baby, a special friend, or a family member. Quilts have a certain heirloom status and provide physical comfort, which to me is the perfect combination. At this point I have made a quilt for my niece and nephew and am in the design process of a quilt for my grandparents. I hope to complete quilts for each of my sisters, an expected family baby and my parents as well in the near future.
Being a parent means that your free time is not entirely your own, but I try to carve out time for creativity whenever I can. Some of my most relaxing moments recently have been spent at my ironing board, pressing and squaring up blocks and listening to podcasts while my son sleeps.
By no means am I a blogging expert, but I really think that being yourself and finding your own unique style is crucial. This will not only help you be relateable to readers, but keep you interested and satisfied with your content and blogging in general for much longer than trying to fit a mould that is not authentic. I am interested in learning more about connecting with others through blogging and would love to hear your tips and recommendations.
Being a mother of small children means that things end up in the washing machine a lot. My son sleeps with his quilts and so they need to be durable enough to withstand frequent washings and fluffs in the dryer. Because of this, I make sure that I use a zig zag or mock overlock stitch around the edge of my quilts before the binding goes on. This stitching is completely covered by the binding, but really helps keep the layers together around the edges, especially if the quilting isn’t dense. I discovered this trick about two years ago, and the difference in the amount of threads peeking out of binding has been significant. Do you have a go-to quilting method that has really made a difference in your quilting enjoyment or finished quilting projects?
Thanks for visiting my blog today! You can follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin using the social media links at the top and bottom of the page, and also by subscribing on the sidebar. I hope you will check out the other four bloggers being featured this week, as well as our hosts.
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Fi at Living Cloth
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
Leanne at She Can Quilt
and Beth at Cooking up Quilts
Have a great week and enjoy the hop!