Hello and welcome to my stop on the 2016 New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by! This Hop has been a fabulous experience for me. I've made some changes to the layout and the look of my blog, and, I think I've finally started to get into a blogging rhythm, thanks to my participation.
Most importantly, though, I've discovered some fantastic blogs and bloggers, and I look forward to following them from now on. Joining me on the Hop today are Shannon, Suzi, Kathy and Olusuyi, from my group, Hive Society. Take a few moments and visit them, won't you? Links to other great reads can be found by visiting the hostesses' sites, below.
Now for the introductions! My name is Tami and I've been sewing, quilting and crafting since I was a kid in 4-H. My mom was a quilter, and also my 4-H leader! I have many happy memories of her quilting and teaching others to quilt. Throughout high school and college, I sewed, embroidered, cross stitched and quilted, to some degree. Even as a new bride, I kept up with sewing habits. But, it all came to a halt when my oldest daughter was born.
|These quilts were made years apart, but ended up going to sisters.|
As my girls got older, I began to realize how much I was missing by NOT having some creative endeavors in my life, but I wasn't very successful in making time to peruse my former hobbies. When a job change a few years ago resulted in an extensive schedule change, I was SURE I'd finally have time to do all the things I'd once loved! I started this blog to keep track of all the wonderful quilts and sewn projects I thought I'd make.
|Probably the most fun I've ever had making a quilt. |
The letters were a Quilt Along from Temecula Quilt Company.
I didn't quilt along, instead I made them all a few at a time,
long after the QAL had ended.
If you check my blog archives, you'll see that my first attempt at quilt blogging resulted in 11 measly posts. I struggled to find a flow with both sewing and blogging, and the "Free Time" I thought I'd have, well, "Sew Much" for that! (See that? A reference to my blog title! Get it? Hahaha)
|This is an OLD quilt. Older than my oldest child! |
This is the one quilt I made back in those days that wasn't given away.
I spent many happy, child-free hours piecing and appliqueing.
At the beginning of 2016, I decided I needed to try again. I was spending a lot of time reading quilt blogs and drooling over pictures of quilts on Facebook and Pinterest. I knew that lots of bloggers had close relationships with each other, and shared in the quilting and blogging process. I wanted in!!! So, here we are! I've been a pretty consistent blogger for the first half of this year, and I am getting better at managing my time to allow for sewing and blogging, both.
|A quick, fun, and almost modern quilt.|
It helps that my girls and now 10 and 13. They are busy girls, involved in all sorts of wonderful stuff, but they are also self sufficient, and I can usually find an hour a day to spend in my sewing room, if I set a schedule and stick to it!
The pictures between paragraphs above are of some the quilts I've completed over the years. Looking at them, you'd get the impression that I am a traditional. not a "modern" quilter, wouldn't you? I guess that's mostly accurate, but the truth is, I love it all! The quilts I've been drawn to make have been more traditional, yes, but that doesn't mean I don't love the more modern patterns as well! I just really love it all!
For me, it's not so much about what the final product looks like, its the creativity involved in the process. It's the problem solving required when things don't go quite as planned. It's the peaceful state of mind that comes over me when I sit down at the machine. It's knowing I am part of a centuries old tradition of MAKING. And, it's being part of an incredibly generous, knowledgeable and caring community.
This week, I will be sharing posts about three fabulous things happening in our on-line quilting community. I am going to tell you about The 70273 Project, the Needle & Foot Book Share, and as I've been doing for a few weeks now, I'll link up my list of Five Things To Be Happy About on Friday with Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. I hope you'll join me to learn about these things. I have so much respect and admiration for the ladies behind these projects. They are excellent examples of why I want to be part of this quilt blogging world. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' or Feedly so you don't miss these posts! There are links to both in my sidebar.
Now, it was suggested that we wrap up our posts with a quilting/blogging tip, a question for our fellow bloggers, and some random, fun facts about ourselves. So, you go...
Everyone, I know, finds what works for them, with regard to writing and posting. It's a matter of trying different schedules and routines to find what feels right. One thing that has worked well for me is to write a post in its entirety, in kind of a stream of consciousness way. I just type, keeping in mind the pictures I want to post, but not putting them in. Then, I try to walk away for a bit. I find that when I read with "fresh eyes" I find quite a few things that I need or want to change. I often decide to change wording, or I find a misspelling that wasn't caught. Sometimes, I even decide to remove some content and save it for a different post. After I'm happy with the post, I read through one more time, add pictures in the appropriate spots, and add links where necessary. I find that I'm more efficient at these things if I do them all at once, than I am when I stop the flow of my writing to add an element. Again, you need to find what works for you, but maybe there's an idea here you can try!
Question for YOU!:
So, how do you do it? How do you manage to sew, blog, and do all the other things you have to do? No matter what I try, I never seem to be able to quite find the balance that makes it all work the way I want it to. Do you set a sewing schedule? Do you finish one project to completion or have several things in the works? Do you sew first thing in the morning? Do you multi-task and blog while doing other things? Is that even possible? Give me all your best productivity tips, please!
Five Random Facts:
1. I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. No farm for me now (although I'm very grateful for that upbringing) but still a Wisconsin girl.
2. My youngest daughter recently earned her black belt in karate. It seems unreal to me that I have a black belt living in my house. She's one of the most amazing people I know.
3. My oldest daughter is currently away at band camp, on a college campus, 100 miles away from home. I just dropped her off today, and am missing her already. She has gone to camp every summer since she was 8, but this seems different, somehow. Keep your fingers crossed for a great week for her!
4. My beverage of choice is usually ice water. The more ice the better. I also enjoy iced tea, peppermint tea, a good Bloody Mary or mojito and coffee, but ice water is the best.
5. After being a second grade teacher for many, many years, I am now a Special Education aide. I adore the kiddos I work with, and I am loving the more relaxed schedule that comes with NOT being a full time classroom teacher. I am still a licensed teacher, and I tutor several kids in the summer. I always have this nagging feeling I should go back to my "real job," but for now, I am enjoying life, just as it is.
Thanks for taking the time to read and get to know me! I hope you'll check back this week! I'm so glad to be sharing this quilt filled world with all of you!