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My Blog Day On The New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

It is finally my day on the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.   The co-hosts for this year’s blog hop are Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ MMM! Quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Jen @ Dizzy Quilter.  These ladies have generously given their time and effort to give us new bloggers  guidance to improve our blogging skills in a community environment.  I’d like to personally thank each of them.  Please visit their blogs for a chance to win some wonderful prizes provided by our sponsors by following the instructions on their blogs.  I’d also like to thank the new bloggers involved who have made many suggestions and instructions to better my blog.

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The participants were separated into smaller groups called hives and I belong to the Sunshine Quilters Hive.  The button that was created for our hive is by Cindy of Gray Barn Designs.


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Other members of my hive are:

Dione – cleverchameleon.com.au/blog/
Cindy and Sandy – graybarndesigns.com
Wendy – piecefulthoughts.com
Tracie – ricefordstreams.com
Cate – chaostheoryquilting.wordpress.com
Sharon & Susan – mspdesignsusa.com
Ann – laughinggasquilts.wordpress.com

Week Four Bloggers

Please visit everyone to  get to know them better and see what they are up to.

Now I’m going to let you know a little about myself.  I’m a mostly Cajun girl who lives in South Louisiana.  I say mostly because my Father is from Ohio, but since we’ve lived down here since I was 3 years old the culture is ingrained in me.  I do have an accent but it is nothing like what you see on TV or hear on audio books.

The culture down here is all about food and fun.  There is always a fresh supply of seafood with which to make wonderful Cajun dishes.  We have wonderful meat markets with custom seasonings.  If seafood and meat are not to your liking there is always a farmers market nearby on Saturday mornings.

We have wonderful festivals nearly every weekend starting in the spring and lasting through fall in different cities that celebrate their crops and other good reasons to have a good time.  A couple of my favorites in the area are the Rice, Sugarcane, Shrimp, and Crawfish Festivals.  You can come and get delicacies from each and dance your feet off.  There is also my very favorite one, Festival International where musicians from all over the world come to share their music culture with us.  This festival was just a few weeks ago.  We brought our lawn chairs and found a spot in the shade.  It was quite warm.  Here are a couple pictures from the festival.  Never mind the photo bomber behind my husband and me.  I couldn’t really ask him to get out of the way.

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Fest

I first learned to sew from my Mom who has sewn from before I was born.  She mostly sews garments.  I wasn’t really into sewing when I was younger.  I just relied on her to do all my sewing for me.  A couple of years ago I was feeling like I wanted to learn her skills so I purchased an inexpensive machine.  I sewed garments for a year, but it wasn’t very gratifying to me.  I tended to choose difficult patterns.  Collars, sleeves and zippers are yucky.  I was never completely satisfied with the results.  That being said, I’ve just bought fabric to try to make a new shirt.  Oh well,  let see what happens.  We all need a change of pace from time to time.

Mom and Me

So then I came upon quilting.  It has been a great adventure for me.  I wanted to chronicle my creations in a place where they could be easily reached and notate what techniques I learned in order to monitor my progress.  I am hoping my blog shows those who are interested in making quilts they can do so.  I am not afraid to show mistakes (buggers) so others know that they are bound to happen and we can learn from them.  I am on a first name basis with my Rip Rip Ripper.  I call him Rip for short.

My first quilts were a log cabin block in which I was really surprised with all the 1 1/2 inch strips came out pretty squared once they were sewn together.  This was my first encouragement that I might like to continue to do this.  I had two fat quarter bundles and I just made blocks until they were all gone.  I then had quite a few blocks and was able to play with the blocks until I ended up with 2 quilt tops.  I didn’t know much about the quilting part yet so I just stitched in the ditch with monofilament thread.  I didn’t know that the quilting part could add such a flair to the finished product.

After many “You Tube” videos and blog readings I moved on to bigger and better things. I had a friend who was getting married and another who was having a baby.  So I thought  both would be a wonderful excuse to continue quilting.  On these I just did straight line quilting with my walking foot.  After these, I invested in a better machine with a bigger harp space that I could stuff the quilt through easier.  The blue quilt was quite difficult to fit through the machine.

My next excuse for a quilt was because my in-laws were flooded a couple of years ago and lost everything.  So I thought it would be nice to give them something I had made.  The second quilt was for myself “just because”.  These were my first attempts at free motion quilting.  I’m not very good at it but with practice I’m hoping to get better.

Hunters Star

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My favorite quilt as of yet is my Stained Glass Quilt.  Maybe because it’s my most recent finish.  You can see what I’ve done on this here and here.

Finished Gabezo

It is my one year blogging anniversary on May 16th.  Now I feel I am really out there for all to see.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  I am having a great time making new friends.  I have found the quilting community is loving and generous and I am very happy to become a part of it.

I have one request for you.  In your comments for a chance to win a prize, please let me know what your favorite tip or technique is or any suggestion you may have to help me on my journey.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

That’s all for now,

Cherie

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46 thoughts on “My Blog Day On The New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

  1. I love visiting New Orleans and have been there several times. The humidity in LA is like a natural sauna. Last time I was in New Orleans the street musicians were mopping my brown as I stopped to hear them play. 🙂 Good luck on your blogging journey. I hope it is enjoyable for you.

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  2. Hi Cherie! I am impressed with how willing you are to tackle large quilts as you learn machine quilting! Right now, I am sticking with pillows and table runners! Your stained glass quilt is beautiful, I love all the colors accented with black! It’s very nice to learn more about you and it’s great to be in a group of quilters who are all learning together!

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  3. Mmmmm…..yum, seafooood……!! I reckon you are getting the hang of free-motion just fine! Patience, practice and never be afraid to experiment – it’s just fabric…. but I think you probably don’t need a lot of advice, your trajectory is great.

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  4. Nice to “meet” you Cherie. Your quilts are fabulous! I have visited Louisiana many times since my son moved to New Orleans six years ago. There is definitely lots to do there! My favorite technique for quilt making is paper piecing. I know it tends to be a love it or hate it technique. But the things you can do with paper piecing are amazing! A tool I recommend, which is particularly good for paper piecing, is a wooden wallpaper seam roller. Great for things that need “finger pressing” or for flattening seams.

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  5. Hi Cherie
    It was nice to learn about you and how you started quilting. Its sew addictive! What kind of machine did you get (with the bigger harp)? I started the same way – with my 20+ old machine whom I call Faith. She was sit happily in the closet for years and when I took her out for the odd chore (hemming pants or a Halloween costume) she worked without trouble…like old faithful!
    Then when I wanted to fmq I bought a janome 7700.
    Cheers
    Terry

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  6. Hi Cherie, It was nice to learn more about you! Your quilts are all beautiful! I love New Orleans — the food, the festivals, the people. Our family spent Thanksgiving there a couple of years ago and it was a blast. My son was still playing football so we got to see the Saints play.
    Good luck with your blogging adventure —- you are off to a great start!

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  7. I love the log cabins with the black backgrounds. My biggest tip to new quilters is “Fire the Quilt Police” which I think you’ve already accomplished! Make what you want and enjoy the process!

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  8. You have come along way in one year. I’m at three years and still haven’t ventured into FMQ. The walking foot is my friend. Looking forward to coming along on your journey.

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  9. All those festivals sound like so much fun! My niece lived in Louisiana for a short time and she enjoyed it so much. My mom sewed garments too – i don’t remember her ever making a quilt – but I never have. I recently bought fabric to try my hand at making myself a blouse, so we’ll see how that goes! LOL I love your quilts. Those log cabin quilts are so stunning and vibrant. Happy Blogiversary, and thanks so much for being part of the NQBBH this year!

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  10. My husband just asked me if I wanted to go to New Orleans in November. I haven’t answered him yet, but maybe I do now. Seafood – yum! (I’ve never had crawfish) You’ve made so many lovely quilts, and your free motion is really coming along well! My tip for you is to keep trying new things. If it intimidates you, just breathe deep and take your time. Remember that you don’t have to post about it if you’re unhappy with it, but most of the time we’re our own worst critics too. But mostly, just enjoy the process! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. You are obviously a natural, to get from point A to B so quickly! Your quilting is great! The first tip that comes to mind is to be sure to always take the time to square up your blocks before you sew them into a top. Developing good habits means beautiful work! Happy Blogaversary!

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  12. Hi, Cherie! I love your quilts, and the log cabin quilts are wonderful! I consider myself a beginning free-motion quilter, and the best advice I received was to take classes from different people because everyone has a different approach. I found that to be true! I also bought books this year from a few different people: Christa Watson, Lori Kennedy, and Jacquie Gering. All to say, I loved how you quilted your most recent quilt (stained glass) with all the different designs–very cool!

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  13. I would love to come down from the cold Canadian north and visit some of those festivals and your warm weather, Your first 2 quilt was beautiful. Glad you got hooked on quilting. Linda coy-quilts.ca

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  14. My tip is to try several techniques for learning something new. I have learned many great ideas from different teachers and fellow students.

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  15. My favorite quilting tip is to wrap the flimsy and backing onto 8′ long painted baseboards for pin basting. As you unwind them, you insert the batting. There are a couple of YouTube tutorials on the method.

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  16. I love your stained glass quilt! My favorite tip is keep your hand sewing thread only as long as to the crook of your arm….it helps it not be so tempted to tangle.

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  17. As a beginner, I don’t really have any advice to give…
    I had already seen your stainless glass quilt on a previous post and I am stimm amazed by the results!

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  18. What beautiful quilts you are making! My best tip is just to relax and enjoy the process and learning which ways work best for you.

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  19. Hi Cherie. Love the quilts and am so impressed with all you’ve done and learned in such a short time. My tip for you is to keep your scrap bin as empty as possible! I regularly clean mine out and make precuts out of those treasures. I keep them sorted in pizza boxes (2″, 2 1/2″, 5″ squares, 2 1/2″ strips, etc.)so that when I need to do a quick, scrappy project to have a change from larger quilts, everything is cut and ready to go! I also use my precut squares and triangles for leader and Enders so I am making pieces for those scrappy quilts (eg Drops of Rainbows by Gray Barn Designs or traditional Confetti Quilts).

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  20. Hi Cherie,
    I am so glad to learn more about you today! Your anniversary is THIS week already!! I think you are a quilter with a natural talent. You have an eye for picking out fabric that cannot be learned, and I also think you have a gift for quilting, even if you are still crafting that gift. I have enjoyed your blog, and how you share information. I also think the future will hold great things for you, and you need to hone your focus. I’m suspecting you want to design patterns, maybe fabric lines and perhaps teach? I don’t know really – those are guesses but all of those and more will work out for you if you so choose. I’m happy to keep reading your blog, and see where you end up! I can say I knew you when. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  21. One tip that I have is to ZigZag your quilt sandwich before adding the binding. Not sure if everyone does this but it makes adding my binding so much neater and easier. You are much better at Free-motion quilting than me!

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  22. I love your quilts! I think you’ve done fabulous work in only a year! Also, I’m from Dayton, Ohio! I’ve always wanted to visit your state, maybe someday! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Happy Anniversary! My hint is to not tell yourself you can’t do something. You can do it, you just haven:t learned how yet

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  24. My “tip” is, try to keep tools and patterns and such stuff organization. It’s alot easier, I finally figured that out :-). Have a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  25. I love your colorful quilts–you must have a “built-in” color sense. My favorite part of quilting is picking out the fabrics and colors! My tip would be–always check seam allowances, especially on quilts with lots of pieces–really makes a difference!

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  26. Hi Cherie! Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve enjoyed “meeting” you! I haven’t been to Louisiana in quite a long time, so I’d say that we’re past due for a road trip.

    My best tip would be to measure carefully and cut precisely! It makes such an impact on teh finished piece.

    Happy quilting,
    Sharon

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  27. Hi Cherie!
    My biggest tip is “get rid of the fear!” Fear can literally paralyze quilters and they are sew afraid to try anything new … SEW, in other words, you have to “Ignore the fear.”
    Happy Quilting!
    Gail

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  28. You are doing such a fantastic job in your quilting adventures, my advice is to always make sure you are having fun! We all encounter difficult situations in quilting and get frustrated and sometimes even mad! There is nothing wrong with that. Just put it down for awhile and do something else until you feel you are up to the challenge once again. But what I really mean by make sure you are having fun, is do not forget the reason you started quilting and that you do not have to be perfect!! Make sure you can laugh at yourself and the points that may not always look like points. Quilting and all of its techniques are so much fun, I have been quilting for over 13 years and am still learning with each quilt I make. Sorry, I am a talker. Have a blast!

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  29. Cherie, I would be happy to tell you any tips or techniques, but I’ve been doing this so many decades, I just do what I do! Oh, wait, I have one. When you sew triangles and press – ALWAYS cut the ears off! The blocks go together better without all those little triangle bits stuck in seams. I love the design on the left for your log cabin – and I’m very impressed you came up with something so different on your first go. I thought you’d been quilting forever. =) Thanks for sharing the pictures of the festivals. I’ve never lived in Louisiana, but my mother was born there, on a farm near Leesville, on the Sabine River, so I’ve heard. =) We ate a lot of Louisiana food when I was little, but I never learned to like fish, living in the desert.

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  30. Hi Cherrie: Great blog post and beautiful photos of you and your husband, mom and all the quilts. Teaching yourself to quilt is no easy matter and I admire the way you are going. I’d say this, be sure to document each quilt and take lots of photos. When buying fabric for a project I usually add on an extra yard, especially if I am mail ordering it. I’ve been known to make a wrong cut or two and not have enough. It helps if you are buying in person and can note the name of the fabric, the color number and stuff like that. With the internet, it’s easier to find more if you have that information….and the selvage doesn’t always have all the details.

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  31. Love those bright on black quilts. I believe in practice makes progress because no matter how long one works at something we do improve over time.

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  32. Hi Cherie, I need to explore the US at some point and experience its lovely diversity. One piece of advice I can give you is just have fun and explore different techniques. Recently I was looking at Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s quilts on instagram and I was thinking I need to learn those!

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  33. Your stained glass quilt is absolutely wonderful. My tip, always buy the best fabric you can afford, and if you live a little way from a quilting fabric shop, have some on hand in case inspiration or a QAL happens.

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  34. NOLA is my FAVORITE city to visit. I’ve even gone alone! The history, the food, the music, the people!!! Congratulations on your Blogs anniversary. Advice, even after 28 years of quilting – it still works: BREATHE…feel your shoulders getting tense, making mistakes, confused on directions, frustration setting in? STOP! Breathe, breathe again, deep breath. START again.

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  35. Your first quilts do not look like beginners at all, Wow! My tip is to take a variety of classes. I always come away with great tips and knowledge from each one I have done.

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