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. Hi Stephanie! It was good to learn a little more about you. I like how you explained where your blog name came from. I especially look forward to your post on your Kaleidoscope Dresden … I hope you show lots of close-ups! Happy Quilting (& Blogging)! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Gail! I have taken so many pictures of the Kaleidoscope Dresden I feel like I will need to issue a warning on the blog post lol! It was a fun quilt to make and I’m very happy with the results! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  2. Thank you for sharing about your blog. Very happy to have found you through the blog hop. Really excited to see that you do ME as well as quilting. Nice to meet another enthusiast of both techniques. Looking forward to coming back here regularly

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    1. Thanks so much, I appreciate your kind comment and visit to my blog! This hop has been so much fun and I have learned a lot! It is wonderful to meet people with like interests and look forward to checking out your blog as well!

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    1. Hi Jean, I do love my Bernina as well! They are amazing machines, I’m on my 4th one now, lol! I keep trading up every time a new one comes out with features I can’t live without! I would love to find a vintage one like your mom had in the 50’s, but they are rare because people don’t want to part with them! Thanks for visiting and I hope you are enjoying the blog hop!

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    1. Hi Velda, I laughed when I read your comment because I couldn’t think of any other way to describe my style. When I look at my quilts through the years, my style is all over the place, lol! I guess I just make anything and everything that appeals to me! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    1. Hi Karen, it has been a labor of love (and sometimes hate) lol. I tried to finish all of them before the New Year but didn’t quit make it. I do still have to quilt 3 of them but the piecing is done! 🙌🏻 Thanks for visiting and commenting, I really appreciate it!

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  3. Good Morning Stephanie,
    It is so nice to learn a bit more about you today on the blog hop! I just love the movement in your Bargello quilt – it is just gorgeous! It looks like you have tried just about every pattern that caught your eye, and how wonderful that you are caught up on UFOs! I wonder what your favorite pattern is to make, and have you ever made a pattern more than once? Hmm, I don’t think I have a favorite quilt pattern – maybe anything with pinwheels or stars. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Roseanne! I think my favorite pattern is any type of Dresden plate quilt! There’s just something about cutting the plates and seeing how they turn out that really speaks to me lol! A bargello pattern would definitely be high on my list of favorites too. The pattern I have made the most would be the Walk About pattern by Ann Lauer. It goes together quickly and easily plus it’s a great pattern to show off large print focus fabrics. I’ve made it so many times I barely have to refer to the directions anymore, lol. Thanks for the comment and for visiting!

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment Michelle! I was very intimidated with the Bargello at first but it was surprisingly easy! I made a paste up chart and hung it beside my sewing machine so I could keep everything in order and that really helped… Good luck!

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  4. Hi Stephanie… I don`t have a favourite quilt pattern, I`ll try anything that catches my eye. I love your bargello…..that is still on my bucket list….one day I`ll do it.
    Thanks for sharing with us. Hasn`t this experience been great

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    1. This experience has been amazing, I had no idea what to expect but am overwhelmed with all of the support I have received! You should really give the bargello a try, as long as you keep a paste up chart close by it’s actually very easy! I just bought a new bargello pattern book and can’t wait to get started on my next one! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  5. When you jumped into quilting, you really jumped in! I love it 🙂 Your tree skirt is just gorgeous, I would keep it hanging all year round too. It really pops against the red wall. Curious, do you ever actually use it as a tree skirt? It’s been great to get to read more about you and your quilts. Can’t wait to read about Kaleidoscope Dresden when you post about it. My favorite quilt pattern is probably the Carpenter Star…I’ve made a ton of them.

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    1. Good morning Tish! The story about the tree skirt is kind of funny… I did ‘try’ to use it as a tree skirt but it didn’t work out due to my 2 Bengal cats. I decorated the skirt with hundreds of tiny hot fix crystal stones so it would shine under the tree lights. My cats were obsessed with those stones and they loved to scratch, bite and attack them. I couldn’t stand it so it went on the wall and there it has stayed for several years lol! I made a simple one with a wedge ruler that I use under my tree now and they can play on that one all they want!😉 I love Carpenter Star quilts, they are beautiful and impressive! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. How bold of you to make your first quilt on your own! I think that it was a lovely beginning to a long line of beautiful quilts. I seldom make the same quilt pattern more than once, but the one I’ve made the most is the BQ pattern from Maple Island Quilts. It’s great for showcasing special fabrics, and works up quickly if you need a gift in a hurry.

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    1. Awe, thanks Becca! It was definitely brave of me to try making a quilt without ever having used a sewing machine before, but boy was it hard lol! I honestly don’t know what I was thinking 😂 I have never made the BQ quilt but at the last quilt show I attended, I noticed several there that put mini Dresden plates on the larger (solid) blocks. I took lots of pics because it really interested me! Thanks, I’m going to have to give that one a try!

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  7. Hi Stephanie! So great to get to know you better. I’m a veteran homeschool mom too, so we have that in common! Your quilts are gorgeous. My favorite quilt pattern is New York Beauty, and my favorite way to make them is paper foundation.

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    1. Wow, great to meet a fellow homeschool mom! I treasure those years with my children and am thankful for the time I had with them, especially now that they are grown! I love New York Beauty but have never attempted it! I bought the book many years ago and it’s definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Hi Stephanie!!! So much fun to read more about you and to see some of your quilty creations! I definitely understand not wanting your hobby to be a job! Gotta keep it fun! I have yet to make a Bargello quilt but it’s definitely something on my list to make. As for my favorite pattern… i have a lot… but the only quilt I’ve made more than twice is my Frame It Up quilt pattern. My love for secondary designs is strong!

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  9. Wow your boys grew big! Great quilts and I love that you’ve showcased some varied styles! There’s so many great patterns out there that I tend not to remake but one that I would is the modern waves pattern by initial k. I love a simple graphic quilt!

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    1. They certainly did grow big, lol! I am 5’9 and I am wearing heels in that picture… my youngest son just hit the 6’6 mark during his last physical, I don’t think he’s ever going to stop growing! I will definitely check out that pattern because I love modern quilt designs. Thanks for the recommendation and for visiting my blog!

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  10. Hi, Stephanie – nice to meet you! I’m an empty nester, too, and love to spend my time working on projects and cooking up new ones! Yours quilts are lovely!

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    1. Thank you Barbara! Being an empty nester is certainly an adjustment but it has allowed me to spend more time on my hobbies which is nice! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it!

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  11. So far I have quilted all my quilts on my domestic machine, but I think anything larger than a twin sized quilt will have to be sent to a long armer. I have been afraid of free motion, but our guild is offering a free class this June, and I have signed up. I don’t have any pattern to suggest. The only quilt pattern I have made twice was a quilt showing jars of things on shelves that I made for 2 grandsons, aged 5 and 9, who shared a room. The original pattern was a wall quilt, and the jars were full of different kinds of bugs. But I was making twin sized quilts and thought that would be a lot of bugs. So I decided to make the jars hold all kinds of things — bugs, candy, vegetables, toys, pencils, paperclips, money, etc. And the quilts had loose critters made by paper piecing. Anyway, they were fun quilts to make.

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    1. I absolutely love free motion quilting and have quilted up to a queen sized quilt on my domestic machine. I used to rent the long arm at my LQS when I wanted to do a king and realized my love for long arm quilting as well! I took several classes when I was learning and the biggest tip I can offer is to practice on paper first. Since I’m not artistic at all I can actually stitch things better than I can draw them but it has to do with muscle memory. Good luck and I hope you enjoy your class! I love the idea of the jars holding different items! I just googled some pics to get ideas and will definitely add that to my list of future quilts! Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy the hop!

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    1. Thanks so much Barb! It’s definitely up there as one of my all time favorite finishes! I started it when we lived in our old house to match my bedroom but it doesn’t match the master bedroom in our new house unfortunately. I will probably end up painting my room to match this quilt, lol!

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  12. Very lovely quilts! I don’t know that I have a favorite pattern, but I love paper piecing and tend to gravitate towards paper-pieced designs. I am working on a sampler paper-pieced bed quilt, though. I am a fan of Lynne Goldsworthy and the book is Ultimate Quilt Block Collection.

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    1. Thanks so much Danette! I love paper piecing as well but haven’t had the motivation to tackle a bed sized quilt! I hope you’ll share it when you are through, I would love to see it! I just looked at the Ultimate Quilt Block Collection book and it is fantastic… I added it to my wishlist on Amazon so I can remember to order it! Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by!

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  13. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us today. My favorite is Double wedding ring. It’s what made we want to learn quilting. Have I made one? No. However one is about half done, in a time out…for 10 years! Have been mentally moving up the to do list lately.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Melody! I have never made a double wedding ring quilt… I made a table runner years ago in a class but it used the new method of appliquéing the pieces onto printed stabilizer. To me, that was cheating and not a true double wedding ring quilt like my grandmother made. I am right there with you, I need to move that one up on my (mental, I love this) list as well! Thank you for commenting and I hope you are enjoying the blog hop!

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  14. My favorite quilt pattern is the one I am working on OR the next one I have planned. I love them all and like you do a range of styles. I try to always keep learning. I did the hop last year and loved it.

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    1. Kathleen, your comment made me LOL! Every time I make a new pattern I feel the same way 😄 I am really enjoying the hop and have been encouraged more than I can say by all of the wonderful comments! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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    1. I am loving the time I have for my hobbies but I sure miss being with my boys all day! This is our first year as empty nesters so I’m sure it will get easier, lol! Thank you for the compliment on the tree skirt, I tried to put it under the tree one year but my 2 bengal cats would have destroyed it. They loved the hot fix crystals I put on it and would try to bite them off. I know its Christmas-y but I leave it hanging in my dining room year round. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  15. Hi Stephanie! You have beautiful heirloom quality quilts, so I can see why you didn’t want to put the tree skirt on the floor! It is really a piece of art. My favorite patterns are probably half-square triangle or log cabin patterns, and I’m always amazed at how people come up with a variety of ways to use them in new and ingenious ways!

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    1. Hi Liz, thanks for visiting my blog! I am actually working on a log cabin quilt right now… I think it is the barn raising design, and it is my first one! I’m making it out of light and dark batiks and I love it! I will share a blog post on it when it’s completed! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment about my quilts! That was so sweet and I really appreciate it!

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  16. Nice to meet you Stephanie!! Good for you to be able to keep you quilting a hobby–mine has turned into a job–but a great job–it has allowed me to work from home and mostly on my own hours!! Enjoy all of it!! My favorite quilt pattern is always the next one I am going to make!! LOL Although I do have fabric pulled for 4 new quilts and can’t wait to cut into the fabrics!! Have a great day!!

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    1. Hi Terri! It is certainly wonderful when we can do what we love! I enjoy earning an income from quilting but hate it when people need them yesterday, lol. Wow, you already have your next 4 quilts picked out? That is awesome! I have received some terrific ideas today and look forward to starting a new one when I finish the one I’m currently working on! Thanks for visiting and enjoy the hop!

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  17. Thanks for your introduction. Always lovely to meet new people. I’m not sure I have a favorite quilt pattern. I have had fun lately making dresden plates. Does that count?

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    1. Hi Laura, it absolutely counts! Those are my favorite as well and can be incorporated into a number of different patterns! Thanks for stopping by, I’ve really enjoyed meeting everyone and reading their blogs and comments!

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  18. Hi Stephanie
    thanks for sharing your story – it was nice to learn a bit more about you. Your quilts are stunning – and very varied.
    I’ll be posting about my finished checkered dresden next week. 😉

    Cheers
    Terry

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  19. What a wonderful quilting journey where you managed to take so many classes and were able to quilt so much when your kids were young. All that dedication really shows in your quilts which are so beautiful and well made.

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    1. Hi Paige, it’s great to meet a fellow South Carolinian! Thank you for the compliment on the tree skirt, it was my first paper pieced project and I didn’t think I would ever get it finished, lol! If you are ever in the Myrtle Beach area, be sure to stop by Accent Sewing. The owners are terrific and they have a great selection of fabric! It is where I take all of my classes including the tree skirt class!

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  20. This is my first time on your Blog and I enjoyed reading it. Your quilts are lovely. It’s nice to see that you quilted on your Bernina as that is what I’m trying to do. It sure is challenging.

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    1. Hi Sandi, I’m so glad you have enjoyed reading my blog! I quilted on my Bernina for many years and it definitely gets easier over time. Dealing with the weight of the quilt can be challenging but I learned to use TV trays to help with the bulk of it. I did crib to queen sized quilts and the Grip It gloves were invaluable to me! Thanks for visiting and I appreciate you commenting!

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  21. Thank you for the introduction to you and your family. You have such talent and I think your work is excellent. I love New York Beauties and I’m always trying new things, because who wants to be stuck in a rut!!

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    1. Thank you Rochelle, I really appreciate your sweet comments! Someone else mentioned New York Beauty this morning and I have been looking over the book today and pulling a few fabrics from my stash, lol! Like you, I don’t want to be stuck in a rut and much prefer a challenge! Hope you are enjoying the hop so far, it has been a wonderful learning experience!

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  22. Thanks for sharing on your blog. I loved seeing your quilts. I made a Bargello like that once and really loved it. Gave it away and maybe someday will make one to keep. I don’t have a favorite pattern, I just love too many things!

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    1. Hi Dawn, I enjoyed making the bargello so much I ordered another pattern book recently. Two of the last 4 quilts I have finished have been bargellos! I see many more of them in my future, lol! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  23. Wow! I love the variety of quilts you have made! They are all wonderful. I have two boys too (26 and 23) but not quite an empty nester. My third (a girl) is attending college right now and will be back for the summer so I guess I’m a part time empty nester. But yes! It definitely allows more time for quilting!

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    1. Awe, thanks so much for the wonderful compliments Janice! That is so sweet of you! I guess I should say we are part-time empty nesters as well but I doubt we’ll see much of my son while he’s home for summer break lol! He’ll only be here for about a month and he has several trips planned and then he’s off again sadly…. I’m so thankful to have a hobby that I love to keep me busy with all of this spare time I suddenly have! Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the hop!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I knew when I started that I would want to do the process from start to finish myself and since I didn’t have the patience for hand quilting like my grandmother did I had to learn FMQ! I started with my second quilt and love quilting as much as piecing!

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    1. Hi Sarah, I had to google clamshell quilts and wow, I love that pattern! I particularly love the one by Judy Niemeyer that is paper pieced. I’ve never made either of those patterns so I appreciate the recommendations!

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    1. Nice to meet you also Nancy, sounds like we have a lot in common! Our youngest son graduated high school last year and is an undergrad bound for seminary so I have plenty of time to quilt now! I do miss our homeschooling days though… Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the blog hop!

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    1. Hi Tracy, it’s great to meet you as well! Running has kept me sane since my youngest left for college, I was really depressed for awhile but realized I felt much better on run days! You should definitely take it up again, the running community is terrific and supportive! 😄Thank you for the compliment on the tree skirt, it was my first paper pieced project and I actually do leave it up year round because I’m too lazy to change it out lol!!😜 I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting and look forward to checking out your blog… This hop has been amazing and I’m so thankful to meet others that enjoy the same things in life!💖

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    1. LOL, it has been a true labor of love to catch up on my UFO’s… I have been working on it since last summer and have one quilt to finish. It was a block of the month so the blocks are complete but I have to put it together! I love paper piecing as well, several people have recommended I check out the New York Beauty pattern and luckily I have the book so that may be my next big project! Thanks for stopping by, I love your blog and appreciate the support!💖

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    1. Hi Christi, I have never heard of Dereck Lockwood so I googled some of his patterns… WOW, they are amazing! Thank you so much for the recommendation, I will definitely be ordering today lol! I love that most of them are bed sized, all of the ‘twisted’ bargello patterns that I love are throw sized. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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  24. Such beautiful quilts! You are so talented. You have shown that homeschooling doesn’t take up all your time. I also homeschooled my children and I was able to do quite a bit even so. Kids don’t need much teaching time once they’re past the basics. It’s a fun journey.

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    1. Hi Anita, I agree that it is much easier and enjoyable on a longarm! When I first started quilting, I never envisioned myself owning one but am thankful I have one now since I mostly do king sized quilts… I have never tried the Bernina longarm, I bet it is terrific!!

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  25. Wow, Stephanie your quilts are INCREDIBLE!!! Quilting on your kitchen table on your Bernina (YAY) is a lovely mental image…Paula Nadelstern (cue the choir) still quilts on her kitchen table on her Featherweight. I think that is sound advice about only doing a couple of commissions a year, for more than one reason! Low country – it amazes us when we drive through on the way to Florida (spent some time in Charleston and in Savannah, need to go back!) but seeing the GPS altitude go to below sea level in places along I-95! So nice to get to know you a little bit!

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for the beautiful compliment Sandra! I miss those days of quilting at the table with my boys quietly studying, it was a wonderful and sweet time! Charleston is one of my favorite cities, and yes, we live below sea level LOL! I guess I should have explained ‘why’ it’s called the Lowcountry haha! I sure appreciate you stopping by for a visit and for the wonderful comment!💖

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    1. Hi Dione, thank you for the beautiful compliments! Now you can see why I describe myself as eclectic, my style is all over the place! I try anything and everything that appeals to me at the time and even that is constantly changing lol. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying the hop!

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