I’m excited to be participating in the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This is my first time participating in a blog hop and it is about helping me to be a better blogger! As a member of the Happy Stitchers Team, it is my turn to introduce myself and tell a little about my quilting journey.
About me and becoming a quilter:
I live in the lowcountry of South Carolina between Myrtle Beach and Charleston (hence my blog name). I started quilting 14 years ago when my husband bought me a sewing machine for my birthday. My late great-grandmother was a quilter and she made it look easy so I bought a beginner quilting book and got busy. My first quilt was terrible (wonky shape, seams were off) but it was a learning experience and it led me to my most important tip; never be too proud or afraid to ask for help! I decided to take a beginner’s quilting class at my local quilt shop (Accent Sewing in Murrells Inlet, SC) and I was hooked!
After my first class I signed up for a Dresden quilt class plus every other class that interested me. I also found a sweet lady to give me weekly lessons at her house so I took multiple classes every week for several months. Below are some of my first quilts…
In those early years I sewed non-stop at the kitchen table while homeschooling my two sons. Every family member got a quilt (or 2) for Christmas plus several wall hangings and quilted items. I especially loved free-motion quilting and quilted them all on my first little Bernina until I purchased a longarm machine.
My sons are grown now and my husband and I are empty nesters. Like most quilters, I have many hobbies. Running is my other passion in life and I’m lucky that my husband is my running partner and biggest encourager in everything I do.
My quilting style:
I make a few quilts each year on commission but try to limit my quilting for profit because I don’t want my hobby to turn into a job with deadlines. Lately I’ve been challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and try more difficult patterns. My style is very eclectic ranging from traditional to modern and I love adding embroidery to my quilts as well. I would love to know your favorite quilt pattern? I’ve about caught up on my UFO’s and will be looking for my next project!
Please be sure to visit the other bloggers in the hop each week!
Thank you for visiting my blog and learning more about me! I want to give a shout out and a big thank you to the co-hosts of the blog hop. You can enter to win free prizes by checking out their blogs and following the instructions for the prize giveaway.
Also, be sure to read more introductions from the other featured bloggers this week! They are:
Sharon A. http://mspdesignsusa.com
Stephanie http://lowcountryquiltsandembroidery.com (Me)