I am really excited to be a part of the 2016 Advice and Teach Help for New Bloggers blog hop hosted by the fabulous Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl), Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs), and Stephanie (Late Night Quilter)! Thank you ladies! I have learned so much. I am part of Stephanie's group nicknamed the Hive Sewciety.
My name is Suzy Webster and I have been quilting since I was a little girl as I watched my mother sew and quilt. I have been teaching my own son this summer and it's fun to pass on the tradition. My favorite parts of quilting are applique, paper piecing, and free motion quilting. I tend to make fairly simple tops that I can embellish with lots of quilting. I do a lot of show quilts and a lot of smaller projects for my blog experimenting and learning new things. Here are a few of my favorites.
Fantastical Deviations (above) was designed to be entered into the Young Designers category at the American Quilter's Society show in 2007. I love to make show quilts and will spend years on them. This one had a deadline of only 5 months and it's a good thing I didn't have children yet because I was a very busy bee.
This is the last pattern in my Flower in a Pot Quilt Along available free here on my blog. I love playing with flowers and batiks. I really like the way the rick rack trim turned out too.
Kaboom! is my newest show quilt. It's been to two shows and soon ships out Hershey, Pennsylvania for Quilt Odyssey. It took me a year to paper piece and about 2 years to quilt as my machine was in the dog house for awhile and I ended up getting a new Bernina 770QE which is amazing.
Prague Posy was designed based on a iron railing I saw when visiting Prague, Czech Republic last year with my mother and grandmother. The quilting pattern in the border is one in Cristina Cameli's newest book.
I have also discovered that I love modern quilting and have been playing around with that too. I recently did this Modern Checks quilt as part of an Island Batik Ambassadors challenge this month.
One reason that I started blogging is that was highly suggested as part of submitting a book proposal to the American Quilter's Society. I'd worked on the proposal for over a year and finally submitted it last summer. I was thrilled when it was accepted and my book will be coming out on August 30th! I can't wait to start teaching from the book!
As a part of blogging and being an Island Batik Ambassador I have found myself playing around more and flexing my creativity. I am doing quilts like my Modern Checks which I would never have imagined doing in the past. It's a lot of fun and I am totally hooked on blogging! I try to do something new or different with each quilt that I make.
As suggested by the lovely ladies coordinating this blog hop here are a few more tidbits:
Blogging Tip: Post regularly and they will come. This advice was given to me by my cousin Lisa when I started this blog and she's right. I remember being excited about having more than 30 views in a day and now I am closer to 200. Working ahead is also really important. Yup, I've gotten up at midnight to write a post I forgot about.
Quilting Tip: Try new things all the time! You never know when you'll find something you really like. I've learned a lot in the last year as a blogger: I love rick rack in the binding, I can do a circular quilt and bind it, modern quilting is a blast, and even more!
Free Motion Tip: Make a practice sandwich of the fabrics and batting you actually used in your quilt to test your threads on. I find that different fabrics require different tensions. For example, I recently used two gray fabrics as backgrounds in a quilt. One was very tightly woven and the other was not. I had to use a 4.5 tension setting on the tight fabric and a 2.0 on the looser fabric. Because I had a sample of the actual fabrics in my quilt I was able to test the tension without actually stitching on the quilt. When someone first told me this I thought they were crazy, but now I can't do without my practice sandwich.
Question for my readers: What do you enjoy most about reading quilt blogs? What makes you return to a blog over and over? What is your favorite thread? Why?
A few fun facts about me:
Favorite Vacation Spot: Our Lake Property and the North Shore of Lake Superior. I love to hike!
Favorite Book: Mine! Folk Art Quilted Traditions by Suzy Webster! I am SOOOOO excited for it to come out!
Favorite Movie: Star Wars or Star Trek. I love them both
Favorite Solid Fabrics: Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids
Favorite Batiks: Island Batiks
Favorite Threads: OMG, I love them ALL for different reasons! I store my thread is drawers about the size of a sheet of paper and have about 25 drawers full. It's a bit of an addiction really!
Be sure to check out the other ladies from Hive Sewciety sharing their 2016 Advice and Teach Help for New Bloggers on the blog hop today:
|Shannon@Shannon Fraser Designs|
|Tami @ Sew Much For Free Time|
|Kathy @ Kathys Kwilts and More|
|Olusuyi @Alice Samuel's Quilt Co.|
And a final quilt, Harmony's Loop. It's been traveling to shows for 2 years and is in it's final days traveling. I can't wait to hang it on the wall when it's done!
I hope you find time to quilt today!