2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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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.

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Artwork credit: Terri@meanderingsalonglizardcreek.blogspot.com

 

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!

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First quilt, self taught from a book
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Sampler quilt from beginners quilt class. She even taught us free motion quilting! 

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.

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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!

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King sized Bargello quilt, I finally added borders to it.
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King sized Kaleidoscope Dresden, I will be doing a blog post on this quilt when I get it quilted.
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Golden Tapestry, combines embroidery with quilting.
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Paper pieced Christmas tree skirt, I hung it because it took so long to make!

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.

Beth@cookingupquilts.com

Tish@tishnwonderland.com

Jenn@dizzyquilter.com

Sandra@mmmquilts.com

Also, be sure to read more introductions from the other featured bloggers this week! They are:

Velda http://freckledfoxquiltery.wordpress.com

Carrie http://carriebeecreates.blogspot.com

Sharon A. http://mspdesignsusa.com

Ann C. http://laughinggasquilts.wordpress.com

Nicole http://handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com

Becca http://prettypiney.com

Sherry http://poweredbyquilting.com

Stephanie http://lowcountryquiltsandembroidery.com (Me)

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    1. Awe, thank you so much Lynne! The bargello was surprisingly easy, the pattern came from Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts and the instructions were very clear and understandable (I sometimes have trouble with patterns). I’m looking forward to making another one soon! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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  1. It’s always nice to meet another quilter in the Carolinas! I’m impressed that your beginner’s quilting class taught you free motion quilting! Your work is beautiful. I’m not sure I have a favorite pattern, but possibly one of my favorites I’ve made is a Lone Star–they always look beautiful.

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    1. Hello my fellow South Carolinian! I really appreciate the kind comments…I hit the jackpot with my first quilting teacher, she was terrific! When I look back on that sampler, it was kind of complicated for a beginner’s quilting class but she was such a great instructor we never felt overwhelmed or like it was too much. Most of the other students wanted to quilt theirs by stitching in the ditch but she was happy when I wanted to learn FMQ! I have never made a Lone Star but it is one I’ve always loved and wanted to give a try! Thanks for visiting and for the recommendation!

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  2. Hi Stephanie, Thanks for sharing your quilting passion with us! Beautiful work. I don’t really have a favorite quilting pattern, but I’ve tried lots of different techniques over the years. I keep coming back to foundation paper piecing, so that must be my favorite.

    Happy quilting,
    Sharon

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    1. Hi Sharon, thanks for visiting and for the sweet compliment! I also love paper piecing and am considering the New York Beauty as my next ‘big’ project. My tree skirt is the largest PP project I’ve ever made so I’m looking forward to making something larger. I hope you are enjoying the hop, it’s been a wonderful experience for me…Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks Peg! I did a blog post on the tapestry, you can search it on my site and see more of the process. It was fun but time consuming lol! I wish I had the patience for hand quilting, that is a special talent that unfortunately I don’t have! I appreciate you visiting my blog and commenting!

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  3. Wow, your work is fabulous! Picking a favorite pattern is hard because there so many that I like. I have made a lot of wonky log cabins, so that is certainly one of my top 5. And paper pieced patterns, I really love those.

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    1. Awe, thanks so much for the wonderful compliment Lisa Marie, I really appreciate it! I just ordered the wonky log cabin ruler and pattern from Amazon yesterday… I saw one hanging at my LQS and I can’t wait to try it out! I appreciate the recommendation and you visiting my blog!

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  4. Hi Stephanie, nice to meet you and your boys. I have two grown up sons too. Love them to bits. All your quilts are fabulous. It’s nice to see how you have launched in to quilting your own quilts. For me that process is still iterative. I used to get all my quilts quilted by a long armer, but now my FMQ is getting better so I am quilting my quilts more and more.

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    1. Hi Helen, it’s so funny that you said that, I think that’s been the most popular answer! I do have a couple of tried and true favorites but I’m always looking for a new one, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  5. I’m so glad to be on the hop with you! I just love your bargello quilt…they seem like so much fun! Do you enjoy doing them? I’m thinking about a king sized quilt for my dad, but don’t want to take on something that I’ll get tired of too quickly!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, I’m enjoying the hop as well! I love making large quilts and the bargello was no exception. The strip sewing did get a little monotonous so I streamed comedy shows on Netflix to help with the mindless sewing lol! I will definitely make another one though because it turned out so well and it was very simple! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and lmk if you make one, I would love to see it!

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