Friday, August 5, 2011

Jill of All Trades and Mistress of None

Small Blog Meet

Because Lynne remembers when her blog was new and she had only a few followers, she wants to help us new bloggers. She has defined new as less than 20 followers, so I certainly fit the description. And I know a few of you, dear readers, do too. Sounds like fun. Check out lilysquilts for info.
She gave an assignment: tell a little bit about ourselves and our quilting.  Here goes!

I never thought I would be a quilter. I was sure I didn't have the patience or the time. Then, I learned to quilt, discovered patience and hardly ever say never anymore because ... well, you never know.

I like Traditional Blocks in Reproduction Fabrics 
Contemporary Fabrics in Living Color
 Hand Quilting

Hand quilting can be pretty challenging in Summer especially when  the quilt is for a bed .  So I reserve that task for Winter and very special quilts that I hope will be used gently and loved for a long time.
I haven't mastered free motion quilting and I doubt I ever will, but I've gotten pretty adept at manipulating a walking foot and burying all those ends back into the batting without losing my mind. I send larger quilts that I want finished quickly out to one of the many fine machine quilters who do it for a living.

 This results in more time to make more things and do other things like blog and go to work. Which is a good thing too as it supports my passion for classes, retreats, fabric and dye for colors that I can't find in stores.
Because I can't imagine a world without COLOR, BB, my Cocker Spaniel
and my muse, Celeste. 
Although I learned to sew as a child, I've been a quilter for only about a dozen years.  As I continue to explore, I am learning skills that enable me to get the quilts in my head into my hands.  I've learned to trust that the perfect fabric, a friend’s advice, or a quilt at a show will be just the inspiration I need to move forward on a project.  Works in Progress are GOOD for the soul. Without them, I wouldn't experience that magical turning point - the epiphany - that occurs when I realize just what I need to do.    
I am certain of one thing - not only does it take a lifetime to make a quilt, it takes the whole village to make a quilter. 
I'm a regular quilter who finds joy in the journey and I think I may be much like you. I hope you'll join me.


  1. Hi there. thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoy quilting so much as well. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Cheers

  2. Hi I come from Lily's blog. I love your designs and the applique perfect.

  3. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Eighteen months ago I too struggled with free motion quilting. I set myself a challenge to practice, practice, practice and whilst I'm not brilliant at it I can see the improvement. One of the pieces of advice I was given, and I do think helps, is to practice the design on paper first - like a roll of wallpaper - just keep drawing it until you can draw it smoothly and, remember, you can stop and breathe from time to time!

  4. Hi, I'm from Lily's quilts as well. This is so much fun!

  5. So nice to meet you! I completely love that star quilt hanging over the bed. Great color!

  6. Hi, Thanks for visiting Rainbow Hare quilts. I'm so glad to have your blog, I'm looking forward to following you, Janine :)

  7. (I meant to have found your blog - must start previewing!)

  8. Hi, thanks for stopping by! I'm not new to blogging, but I'm definitely new to quilting and sewing in general. Returning the follow love :)

  9. You have quite the collection of quilts!!! I'm so impressed while simultaneously jealous. ;)