2016 New Quilters Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to my blog! My name is Pam and this is the first time I have ever participated in a blog hop….so hold on! First of all, many thanks to Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, Cheryl @MeadowMistDesigns, and Stephanie @LateNightQuilter for hosting this blog hop. I am already learning so much. 😉

My blog is really new…as in March 31, 2016 new. Am I the newbie of newbies? My purpose for blogging is to meet new people with like interests, to share things I have learned, and to archive my work.

A Little Background

The earliest memories of sewing I have are of my maternal grandmother. I can remember the sound of the crunch her scissors would make as she cut through her fabric laying across her dining room table. She would quickly get to a stopping point, and put everything away. I was always curious, always wanted to see more, but I totally understand why she would put things away. My paternal grandmother had a Singer treadle sewing machine. I never witnessed her using it, but it sure pinched my fingers a time or two when I would play with it to see how fast I could make it go. Until this past August, that was it. That was all I knew about sewing. After my flame and passion for art was reignited this past year, I wanted to learn how to use a new medium…fabric and thread! Taking an intro to sewing class taught me several things, how to use my machine, and there is a reason I am a hermit. Learning in a classroom setting is not for me. I do better at home with my computer (pause and rewind are my favorite!), books, and hands on. The three projects I made in that class are by far my worst creations so far. Not because the instruction or material was not good, but because my attention span and focus abilities is like Dory on Nemo.

Blogging Tips

Now that’s funny. Sorry, but I am of no help here. I still have issues with codes, buttons…

Facts About Me

  • I homeschool my two boys (13 & 15 yrs old).
  • My hubby and I own a small retail business….rerouting….a small retail business owns my hubby and I.
  • We own a pitbull (sweetest girl ever) and a chihuahua (her name is Gabby, but we sometimes call her Gabzilla).
  • I love to cook (and eat too!)
  • I have never been on a plane. 😳
  • When I don’t have the time to sew, I love to draw, paint, or doodle. Calligraphy has been on my to learn list. Man I am all over the place! Told you I was Dory-ish. lol
  • My hubby and I both own Harley-Davidson motorcycles. I am a motorcycle momma too! (It’s much more fun to drive than to ride.) lol
  • I love learning!

 

Found some time to play (learn) this week on my new to me long arm machine. 

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A mixed media art piece I started on this week. Not sure where it is going yet. 🙂

Quilting Tips

The better you prep, the better the quilt. I always use two or three rulers to square up my fabric. It could just be that I am also OCD, but..it works for me. Also, don’t be afraid of the walking foot. It can be your best friend. And last but not least, glue basting rocks! (Unless you like to press seams open.) Ha!

All in all, I am one busy wife & momma. Schooling in the mornings, then off to the store I go to do paperwork, orders, blah, blah, home to cook, clean, etc. Finding time to create anything can be a challenge, but one I have started making time for. My house is messier than it has ever been, and I am trying to be ok with that.

Thank you all for taking time to read my blog. I hope it isn’t too difficult to read ’cause I write and type as I speak, with a southern accent y’all! Please show some love to the other bloggers’ pages in my group this week:

Nicole @Handwrought Quilts

Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Mary @Briarystitches

 

 

62 responses to “2016 New Quilters Blog Hop

  1. Hi Pamela – heading over from the NQB group. Lovely to read about you and your start to quilting – congratulations for starting!!! I home school my two daughters aswell – it certainly doesn’t leave that much time for crafting does it? Love the look of your practice on the longarm – it’s really addictive!! What type of machine did you get?

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    • Hi Abigail! Homeschooling doesn’t leave much time at all. We are on summer break now…woohoo!! The long arm machine is an older model Gammill Premier. Nothing is computerized but I love it.

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  2. Pam it was nice to read of your journey. You are one busy person. I am new to quilting also, but haven’t strayed from the basic quilts yet. Still working on perfecting the 1/4″ and straight line quilting. I’ll see you soon.

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  3. Hi Pam! My house is messy too and I too am trying to learn to be okay with it. I usually am until company is coming….then uh, oh! Busy moms definitely must make time for themselves and I’m glad you do.

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  4. I’m glad to get to know more about you, Pam! I love how there are so many ways to learn and that the internet is making things so much more accessible. I am a press seams open gal, so glue basting isn’t in my tool kit, but I do think I should give it a try. Why not learn, right? 🙂

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  5. Hi Pam! Great blog post! It is so much fun to learn about the other bloggers in the hop. How fun to have a Harley and ride with your hubby. Happy stitching!

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  6. Hey, Pamela! Great post! It was fun to learn a bit more about you. I think you may be the Newbie of the newbies but we all start somewhere. 🙂 I also think my house is messier than it’s ever been. It’s a struggle to balance to housework with the sewing. Sewing usually wins!

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  7. Pamela, Enjoy each and ever busy messy time right now…before you know you kids will be busy working or away at school and your going to miss those busy times. You are a newbie! Love that doodling with the long arm and you beautiful art work. Fun getting to know you. Have a great week. Hugs, Heide

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  8. Hi Pam. Thanks for sharing with us. I too am a newbie of newbies. I made the jump and wrote my first post in May of this year! I am having a ball with it though. It has already brought me so much joy and I feel that I am on the road to making some great friends.

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    • Hey fellow newb!! I think that has been my favorite part of this experience so far, meeting and making new friends with like interests. 😉 Thank you for stopping by and commenting! 😉 Happy Blogging!

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  9. Hi Pam! Your blog is wonderful, it really shows off your personality. You’re not missing anything by never being on a plane. Flying is not what it used to be. Your new piece looks like Australia to me. 🙂

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  10. Love that mixed media piece! It is really beautiful. I would absolutely love to have a long arm machine, it is a dream of mine! I also do lots of squaring and measuring just to be 100% sure its all correct! I have had fun reading everyone’s blog hop entries, cant wait till its my turn 😉

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  11. Lovely to meet you Pamela! I wanted to start my blog to document my finished projects and a bit of my creative process. Meeting like-minded quilters has been a very welcome bonus to the process and one I really enjoy! Cheers

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  12. Hello Pamela! You may be new to blogging but you aren’t new to artistry. It’s all over your blog–from your “photo” to your current mixed-media piece, your blog is eye candy! If you ever feel alone though, drop me a line. Sometimes this blogging business can be a bit isolating. Right now though I’d say you are off to a great start!

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  13. Hi Pamela, I’m happy to hear that you’ve accepted the fact that you can’t quilt and have a orderly and neat home. I tend to prefer quilting over cleaning, as well. I haven’t taken the plunge into the log arming yet and give your credit for it. I like to learn but that’s out of my league. I enjoyed reading your blog! Mary

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  14. Hi Pamela. It was great to read a little about you and your life. I am a big fan of internet classes as well, and it seems there are classes in all sorts of creative endeavours. Good luck with yours!

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  15. Great to get to know you more. I’ve always wondered how mum’s who home school their kids do it! It’s not common practice on my side of the world but I’m sure it’s great. I’ve finally agreed that quilting is consuming me and that means time for cleaning becomes a luxury😯. I’d give my arm for a long arm Quilter right now, lucky you!

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  16. Hello Pam, nice to meet you. I enjoyed looking at some of your posts and the modern style of quilts you produced. Very nice. I am looking forward to coming back and reading more.

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  17. Hello Pamela, I enjoyed reading your blog, and how you got started in quilting. You are so lucky, it is all ahead of you, the first learning, finding out what you like, and don’t like. There again, after over ten years I am still finding new things to love, and changing, that’s the joy of quilting, it’s ever evolving.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  18. Pam,

    Nice to meet you. I homeschooled as well. Kind of sad that my last just graduated. I all do better with learning from the computer and books. You are doing a great job with your free motion quting.

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  19. I would say you are the Energizer Bunny. You will blink twice and be as old as me. Enjoy your life, love your family and all will be right in the world.

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  20. Pam, so nice to meet you! I learned a lot from my grandmother and I remember the crunch of the scissors when cutting things out also (her’s were garments). But I did have a great aunt who had a treadle and I did get to sew on it from time to time.

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  21. Pamela, so nice to meet you. I can totally hear the scissors cutting on the dinning room table, it is a unique sound. I’m looking forward to the mixed media arts final reveal.

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  22. i’m o.k. with a messy house as well. Quilting messes things up a fair bit but I’d pretty much rather do anything than clean…but when I do it I’m always so happy with the result.

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