Hello!!! Is there anyone still out there? It's been so long since I've blogged on a regular basis, 2018 ish???? And to be honest I've been using a lot of social media, facebook and instagram. I just can't get into tic tok right now but I hear there's a boat load of stuff on there for quilting and crafts as well. How do people do it all?
I retired this year (hehehe so I can quilt more!! )and there are a number of occasions where I sat down and wanted to find out what regular quilters like me were doing. So I opened up facebook (which I think has some really good groups) and Instagram (which I think has taken a wrong turn since being purchased by Meta) and the inspiration just wasn't there. Both of those platforms have ALOT of adds and posts for business which is good becasue I'm pretty good at buying things.....not always that good with making things for those same purchases, but the potential is there! However I wanted to see what real quilters were working on, not just the businesses that enable them.
The other big difference between a blog and a post on social media, is the content. Blogs go into detail about the process the things that worked well, the things that didn't....you know what I'm talking about. And honestly I want to show you what I'm working on and see what your working on. I'm interested in more than the shops and quilters that make close or more than 6 figures on the craft. I want to see what those that are crafting are doing. But blogging does take time....so we'll see if I can keep this up again.
Goals for my blog are easy. First to share my process and tools as much as I can. I can show what works for me, what I liked what I didn't like. I love getting comments from people on things that worked for them (I'm assuming there's still a person or two that reads blogs :). Second to have an archive of what I've make. I did pretty good with the archives until 2019. I know my producity was greatly reduced but there were quilts that were made, there were experitments gone both ways, good and bad. So I'll try to catch up on a few of those for every new thing that I post about for 2022.
So with that said, I'm already a day late, I wanted to blog every Monday, but really do I need such strigent rules??? Rules are meant to be broken and I certainly wasted no time with this one!
What have I done in 2022? I'll have to dig deep to find something, it's been a year! When I said "bring on 2022 I'm ready" I had no idea what is store! But I was ready, almost, made it through and here we are today. Ready to be inspired????? Lets start maybe with something that I didn't make but something that I quilted.
Theresa did a fabulous job on this #appliquequilt. It’s based on @northern_threads #northernwildernessquilt. Theresa made a few modifications, king size and she wanted the blocks to reflect her families travels to the national parks. Her and her daughter drafted a few blocks and it looks spectacular!! I have them all here! So hard to choose a favorite, but two of my favorites are at the end. Which blocks were modified?? First lets take a look at the whole quilt, wow, this will definitely be the star of the room! Its so big there's no way I could get a picture of the whole thing without a 12 ft ladder!
|King Size Northern Wilderness Quilt|
|He's hiking and he has a Cubs hat on in the top corner, int he bottom opposite corner you can see them white water rafting with the fire by the side of the river|
|She's in the kayak, I recognized her as soon as I saw it!|
|Her and her daughter drafted the train block, this was a special memory they wanted included and it's a fabulous block!!|
|bottom line thread to match the applique and blocks|
|rulers, why do I need so many straight rulers??? The tape tells me where to put the registration marks for the border.|