Today starts the final week of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop and it’s my turn to say “Hi”.
My name is Emma. I am a 40 (just!) year old wife and a mother to two daughters aged 13 years and 10 years and we live almost smack bang in the middle of England. (hope I’ve set this post to send at the correct time as I’ve had to try and navigate the time zones!)
I work part time as a bookkeeper by day and also run the company’s retail part of their website in the evening.
Many years ago I purchased my very first sewing machine and attended a sewing evening class from which I made a blouse. It sort of worked but wasn’t a huge success, the sewing machine was put away.
About 15 years ago we moved into our current house and out came the sewing machine to make curtains for our landing and hallway. They were very basic but they did the job and they are still up today!
The sewing machine was packed away again, until approximately 18 months ago when I decided I wanted bunting to decorate our lounge at Christmas time. I dusted off the trusty old machine and (after checking YouTube to try and remember how to thread it) brought some fabric from eBay and made my first set of bunting. Really basic stuff but strangely satisfying. I had a few requests from friends and family to make some more, which I duly did.
This seemed to progress to cushions and I made my first patchwork cushion cover. I loved the cutting and piecing and seeing the end result.
It’s all a bit of a blur as to how that progressed to quilting but before I knew it I was following a whole heap of quilting people online and had purchased a whole heap of essential quilting kit! I also treated myself to a new sewing machine, naturally!
I started my own blog just really to keep a record of what I was making but there is a whole lot more to blogging than just that, it’s a whole other world in itself as I am learning!
I have only made a few quilts to date…
However, I have also completed my first quilt along (and signed up for another), my first mini, my first wall hanging, my first craft swap, joined my first Facebook group (yes that’s you guys!) and since joined a few more and so it goes on….
I think it’s safe to say that I am officially hooked and can now officially say that I have a hobby, and a really good one at that! I am excited to see where it goes, wouldn’t it be lovely if it could someday become more than just a hobby!
I still consider myself a newbie so don’t really have any blogging or quilting tips for you. I have learnt to enjoy it and not to stress about it, after all it’s not life and death but fabric. Yes it’s annoying if stuff goes wrong but it can be re-done and then chalked up to experience! I claim that my mistakes make the item “unique”!
I do have an aim for this year though and that is to try Free Motion Quilting. I am in awe of what you guys can achieve on domestic machines and I would really love to be able to do more than just straight lines! So watch this space. I have had some lovely advice from some of you already and rest assured I will shout up
whenif I get stuck!
A few fun factoids about me…
* I am an animal lover (not the creepy crawly variety though!)
* I love and collect Owls (not real ones, obviously!), I don’t think there is a room in our house that doesn’t have some sort of ceramic owl in it somewhere!
* My favourite books at the moment are anything by Jodi Picoult, I am slowly working my way through her entire collection
* My favourite films are too many to mention, but you can’t go far wrong with anything that has Johnny Depp or Tom Hanks in it!
* My star sign is Pisces and my birthstone is Aquamarine
* I don’t really have a favourite holiday destination, I guess any time off you get with your family is going to be the best where ever you end up.
Thank you for stopping by. Do you know, I had no idea how I was going to write this post or what I would say but it turns out I had quite a bit to say so if you’ve made it to the end then well done and thank you!
Now you must hop over to the other members of my hive who are also blogging today…
Margo at Shadow Lane Quilts and Crafts
Josi at Avocado Quilts
Deb at The Farm House Quilter
And also our hive leaders who will hosting a giveaway (actually I do have a tip, enter the giveaway, I won in week two!)…
Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
Stephanie at Late Night Quilter (my hive leader!)
Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs
Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination
I would just like to say thank you to our hive leaders for putting together this great group, it has been really fun to be a part of and I do hope the group sticks around for a while longer.
The quilting community is so kind, generous, helpful and fun. Thank you to all of you.