Hey Everyone! September is National Sewing and Quilting Month and Fat Quarter Shop has organized an “I Love Quilting and Sewing” Blog tour to celebrate all month long. They have challenged us to do something we have never done before… And I decided to play around with some improv piecing and flowers. I’m sure this idea popped into my head because of my Craft South weekend with Anna Maria Horner and seeing her mod corsage block. I found myself reaching for fabrics in my main stash and wanting to cut up yardage, but I pushed myself to stay in the 3 scrap bins I had pulled out. It forced me to “make it work” as Tim Gunn would say and pair things that I wouldn’t normally put together. As a result, I think elements of this block aren’t very successful but… that wasn’t the point 😉
Do you see my “sunshine” and “grass”?
A little bit closer of my “flowers”
Fat Quarter Shop also sent along some questions they wanted all the participating bloggers to answer to celebrate National Sewing and Quilting Month. Here are my answers to the questions!
1. How did you start quilting/sewing?
My husband joined the Army back in 2007 and while he was at boot camp and training I had some extra time on my hands as I finished up my last few college classes and waited to hear where we would be moving to. I decided to take a sewing class at Joanns Fabrics and I bought a sewing machine and started out with basic craft sewing while I was learning and figuring out my style and what kind of things I wanted to make. Fast forward to 2009, after a kid and a deployment, my Mom came to visit me in Alaska and I asked her to teach me how to make a quilt (which she kinda knew how to do at the time.) We figured it out together and after that, I was hooked on quilting!
2. When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?
It wasn’t until after I started quilting. I had sewn a little, but I always felt a little lost when I was doing it. Once I discovered quilting I was so obsessed, it really pushed me to develop my skills. Then making other simple sewing projects was easy. So probably end of 2009 after my first few quilts ;).
3. Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas?
There was this one time I was trying to free motion a quilt. I was new at quilting, but I just couldn’t get the tension right, even though I had been successful with a few quilts, something wasn’t right. I spent hours.. I mean hours troubleshooting. And it turns out.. it was a defective bobbin! I wanted to scream with frustration and at the same time be happy that I wasn’t crazy. That bobbin went straight in the trash! Bad bobbin!
4. What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in sewing/quilting?
Don’t worry about the little mistakes. Just keep moving forward. Those things will work themselves out with experience and you will be the only one to notice. There is no use getting discouraged or give up because something doesn’t look perfect. It gives you the experience to do it better the next time. And breathe! This is supposed to be fun, not stressful! I try to reiterate this in my videos all the time… don’t freak out – it will be fine!
Check out this post to see the links of other bloggers participating in this little blog tour. And Fat Quarter Shop has another FREE block pattern to check out… those girls, always coming up with great free projects ;).
Also, don’t forget I have a 20% coupon code for all my lovely followers and subscribers that Fat Quarter Shop and sent over for our collaboration on THIS video. Use it up before it expires at the end of October! IHEARTFQS