Friday, September 23, 2016

Who's Behind the Blog?

Going a bit off topic today, as this issue has bothered me for a few months now, and needs addressing. This is for all bloggers out there: please, put your name on your blog and sign your posts. 
Yes, put your name on it.

I have found a ton of new-to-me blogs and want to leave a comment or follow, but have no idea who's writing because there's no name to be found anywhere. Nothing at the end of the post, nothing on the 'about me' page.

Blogging has many aspects, not only to show our work, but to get to know others who share the same passions. There's nothing better than connecting with a fellow blogger who has had a similiar experience, who can help us through, or who is inspired by our work. 

But how is that relationship to develop if we don't even know the name of the fellow blogger? The blogging experience then becomes a loose get-together where people meet, exchange superficialties, and move on. Putting your name on your homepage, and signing your posts gives readers a chance to have conversations, to get to know you on a deeper level, and to develop a connection. Isn't that what we, as humans, need?

Consider this, an excerpt from GoodTherapy.com.

Human connection brings complex values to our lives: relationships give us a sense of belonging in the group, a sense of identity in contrast to others in that group, an almost therapeutic-support system, and reason not to feel lonely. We learn from others’ experiences and insight, and we learn together by pursuing new experiences alongside those we befriend. 

So please, put your name on your blog - the rewards are worth it.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 6 of the Road Home Row-along

Another great day in the quilting world - more rows to add to the Road Home Row-along!

                                                    The Road Home-wide


Hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew and Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy, they've put together quite the list of talented quilters who share the road to their homes. Here's the list of rows to come.

September 22
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
Quilt Art
creates Africa
Any Pattern
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Patchwork Breeze
creates West Michigan Shoreline
September 27
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Seams To Be Sew And Batts In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA
(Dual Posting)

I Can Quilt 2
creates Baltimore, MD
September 29
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
Westend Quilter
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
Pamela Quilts
creates Oregon
Quilt Fabrication
creates Silicon Valley, CA
October 04
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Linda Robertus
creates Netherlands
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew 
creates Outer Space
October 06
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Bumbleberry Stitches
creates OklahomaNeedle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
October 11
Show N Tell Day
TBA

Let's see today's rows!

Beth of Words and Stitches, shows of Mt. Hood in Oregon.

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Janeen, of Quilt Art, creates a lovely row of Africa.




Port Angeles, Washington is on display over at Any Pattern


and Nancy, of Patchwork Breeze, displays items from the West Michigan Shoreline.


Please visit these talented artists, leave a comment, and don't forget to enter the contests! Only one week left before my day, and a tour of Silicon Valley - can't wait!

Happy Quilting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Midweek Makers #38

It's my favorite part of the week, playing hostess to Midweek Makers, where you can show off the fabric goodness you've been working on! 

A big thank you to everyone for joining in, as I truly enjoy reading about what you're up to. It's my chance to connect with some wonderful quilters out there, and hopefully, for you too.

For me, sewing has slowed down since my whirlwind production of the three Shifting Shadows quilts. After some computer work this week, a design has evolved in which to start the Flip & Fuse technique, so I'm back to sewing. So far, I'm liking the use of fusible interfacing.



And not to forget our featured artist from last week, Mardi of Quilting Solutions, showed us how she dealt with a ton of seams in the center of her spiral quilt.

                              

She went above and beyond, and it turned out beautifully - you'll have to read the story. Mardi, be sure to grab a 'Feature' button.

grab button for Quiltfabrication
<div class="quiltfabrication-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://quiltfabrication.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow"> <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hBX6zZwQmWA/VmW_QmgH1bI/AAAAAAAAJuE/6mqxb7IpMag/s150-Ic42/Midweek%252520Makers%252520Featured%252520on.jpg" alt="Quiltfabrication" width="150" height="150" /> </a> </div>


Now, what have you been working on this week? We'd love to see! 
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Link any recent post that has to do with sewing and fabric.
  • Visit the other party guests and leave a comment. It's a great way to make new friends!
  • Grab the Midweek Makers button code to put on your post or sidebar to let everyone know about the party!

grab button for Quiltfabrication
<div class="quiltfabrication-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://quiltfabrication.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow"> <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-r9e4U17A8hc/VmW_PBre_nI/AAAAAAAAJt8/_ohZLZD0Cdk/s150-Ic42/Midweek%252520Makers.jpg" alt="Quiltfabrication" width="150" height="150" /> </a> </div>

Happy Quilting!



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 5 of the Road Home Row-along

The Road Home Row-along is halfway there, with four new rows today. Have you been collecting the row patterns? They're available through each of the row participants, along with the chance to win prizes! 

                                               The Road Home-wide

Here's a quick shot of today's rows.

Bea, over at Beaquilter, created her home country, Denmark.

                   DSCF6885


Heleen at Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design, designed a row around her country, the Netherlands.

                         


Joan at MooseStash Quilting takes us on a journey to Alaska.

                   


And Sherri at Rebecca Mae Designs recreates northern Maine.

                   camper applique quilt pattern

Truly fabulous work! And a special thanks to Marian at Seams to be Sew and Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy for putting together a list of great quilters. The following is the schedule of more to come. 


September 22
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
Quilt Art
creates Africa
I Can Quilt 2
creates Baltimore, MD
Any Pattern
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Patchwork Breeze
creates West Michigan Shoreline
September 27
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Seams To Be Sew And Batts In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA
(Dual Posting)
September 29
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
Westend Quilter
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
Pamela Quilts
creates Oregon
Quilt Fabrication
creates Silicon Valley, CA
October 04
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Linda Robertus
creates Netherlands
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew 
creates Outer Space
October 06
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
October 11
Show N Tell Day
TBA

Collect your rows and go sew!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2016 Opens Today!

It's that time of year for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side! This is always a fun event, not only for the prizes, but for all of the incredible eye candy.




If you're a quilt blogger, you can enter two quilts into any two of the numerous categories within the next five days. If not a blogger, just spend some time enjoying pictures of all of the great quilts. A quilt show in your own home!

You'll find my floral Shadow Block Mini gone maxi,


entered in the Small Quilt category, and one of my other favorites, Breaking Up,


in the Large Quilt category.

So grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the show!

Happy Quilting!