2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop…

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Group New Blogger Series

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…
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!)
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.

21 thoughts on “2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop…

  1. Hi Emma,
    How nice to read your intro post. I am in the Quantum Quilters hive. I wanted to let you know I had a hard time finding the comment form on this post, just FYI. Looks like you are making great progress with your quilts. Very pretty.
    Jodi Oiccould is absolutely one of my favorite authors. I have read most of her books and loved them all (well, maybe with the exception of Songs of the Humpback Whale. That one was slightly disappointing. My favs so far are use Rules and Plain Truth. I look forward to reading more of your posts!


  2. What a lovely post. I also made the quilt on the bottom right in your blog. I gave it to my friend as a gift. A lot of what you wrote echo my own experience in this wonderful quilting world. I'm glad to have joined this group and met so many wonderful group of people.


  3. Emma, so nice to be able to visit on the last week of the hop. You've made some lovely quilts so far, and I'm sure since you're officially bitten by the quilting bug, there will be more to come.

    Your hivemate,
    Julie @ Pink Doxies


  4. HI Emma, great to learn more about you. Your first quilts are lovely and I especially like your Return to Sender. I really like that line of V & Co. fabrics and it really shows up nicely in that quilt design. I really like the floral print you decided to use in your Midnight Mystery quilt. All the fabric choices should make a lovely quilt. I look forward to reading more from your blog.


  5. You certainly do have a great hobby. I love you use of color. I'm sure there's not a dull, non-owl-infested room in your house. My husband is a bit the same with elephant figurines.


  6. Soon the 'hobby' will be called obsession! Once you start, you can never go back! Good for you bringing out your machine and jumping in. I think you are well on your way to making many more beautiful quilts!


  7. Hi! Glad to meet you! I feel very similar to you about my quilting…
    I haven't made a mini yet but I want to and I also have not done a swap yet. I feel like I have so many UFOs that I shouldn't even bother but I am intrigued! Any suggestions? I am just in the beginning stages of being able to successfully FMQ my quilts and have done a few that I am very proud of. I could not have done it without taking a class and then having an expert to call when I needed help! Once my machine and I were on the same page, it's quite fun!


  8. Lovely to meet you Emma: Your start in quilting sounds a lot like mine. I love how colourful your quilts are. These guys are my first facebook group as well. I didn't even have a facebook account until I decided to join this group. I'm on a bit of a fmq adventure myself on my domestic machine so I look forward to seeing your progress. Great post.


  9. Wonderful to meet you Emma! My mum is from England, Lancashire, always lovely to have more “webs” across the Atlantic from here in Canada. 🙂 I really enjoy Jodi Picoult too, have read many of her books. As a teacher, I thought Nineteen Minutes was the best, and a must for all teachers (I was one). Really like the quilts you have done so far, great colour sense! You will love FMQ – like Deb said in her intro post, have a glass (or two) of wine. My first FMQ teacher told us that and that was many years ago, and she was absolutely right. 🙂


  10. I love your tip about entering the giveaways. 🙂 Enter them all, I say! It's a great way to participate in the online community and you just might win some cool stuff. Also, I have a few owls hanging around my house too. It was really great to learn more about you!


  11. Hi Emma, nice to meet you. I love how you kept putting your sewing machine away – but it wouldn't stay gone. Now I bet you'll never put it in the closet again, since you've discovered quilting. The online community is so amazing, isn't it? I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers – can't believe I ever lived without the internet!


  12. Hello and nice to meet you! I'm guessing that you live in Nottingham then? Did you know that there's a local modern quilt group – the East Midlands Modern Quilt Group – and we welcome everyone, beginners included! Drop me an email if you want to know more.


  13. Hi Emma, how wonderful that you have already done a half square triangle quilt. It is absolutely lovely. It was very nice to read your blog post and learn a lot about you. By the way, I've read my fair share of Jodi Piccoult, though I'm not reading a lot these days with blogging and blog-hopping! Take care, Mary


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