As part of the hop, I have been asked to tell you a little about myself and share any blogging or quilting tips I can think of.
Let me introduce myself
My name is Carla and I have a quilting, sewing and knitting addiction. I am happily married, and my family includes an easy-going stepdaughter who has the best character traits of her father (and I liked his traits enough to marry him).
As explained in my about page, I named this blog after my seamstress great-grandmother, Granny Maud. Mum thinks I am a chip off the old block.
(You can click the images below to find out more about each project.)
Random facts about me:
- Until 6 years ago I was a cat person, baffled by dog owners’ affection for their drooling, simpering beasts. A small dog named Lucy changed that and converted me to the dark side. I love her to bits. I still also love my grumpy curmudgeon cat, Max.
- My favourite holidays involve history, art, culture and great food. I get bored, hot and fidgety sitting on a beach.
- I cannot watch an episode of Call the Midwife without crying or an episode of The Big Bang Theory without laughing.
- I love reading as much as I love sewing. I cannot remember a time in my life when I could not do either.
- I like studying languages. I can order sushi in Japanese, wine in French and tapas in Spanish.
- I do not like sport.
- My husband bought me Star Wars Lego for my birthday last year. I was thrilled.
- I was an extra in a Bollywood film, but I ended up on the cutting-room floor.
- I drink lots of cups of tea.
- My favourite colour is red.
- I sing along with the radio in the car.
Recently a friend posted this quote by Sweatpants and Coffee on Facebook: ‘Don’t ever be ashamed of loving the strange things that make your weird little heart happy.’ I liked its message and started thinking about the odd things that add colour to my life, which include the Eurovision Song Contest, cardigans (in every colour), Bollywood movies, old movie musicals (but, strangely, not stage musicals so much), Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and chocolate.
I am not going to pretend that I did not tidy my sewing corner before taking this photo. I did. I found dust-bunnies the size of Wallace and Gromit were-rabbits. Perhaps I should have dressed up a bit.
I only have a point-and-shoot camera, and I used to take lots and lots of photos and keep the least blurry ones. Then, I got a tripod. Hallelujah! If I were not so busy sewing, I would think about photography classes.
Including hyperlinks is really helpful for readers, but sometimes the links die. Every six months or so, I run a link checker like this one over my blog to see which links I need to update, delete or replace.
My mum always says, ‘There is no such word as can’t’. I apply this to sewing. If someone else has managed to make it, I can too. It might take time, perseverance, an instruction book or lessons, but if I want to, I can. So can you.
Sewing is a sedentary pastime and chairs are not good for us. If possible, take a few minutes each day to get some fresh air. For me, taking my dog on a long walk each morning is great thinking, planning and clearing-my-head time.
Here is a suggestion that I am trying to start doing more conscientiously. If you make something using a pattern and you can identify the person who designed the pattern, think about sending the pattern designer a photo of your work. I have had two quilt patterns published in a magazine and it makes my day when people send me a photo of their version. I love seeing how they completely reinterpret the colour and the design to make their own creation. I think other people who design patterns – professionals as well as complete amateurs like me – might feel the same way.
While I have people’s attention, I need some advice. I bought a mini charm pack (Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille) and I did not know what to do with it. I decided to make hexagons and sew them on a bag or some such small project, hoping a plan would form when I could see all the basted hexagons laid out. A plan has not formed. What would you do?
- Add the hexagons to a background fabric? Maybe linen?
- Dip into my Bonnie and Camille fat-quarter bundle to make a few more hexagons first?
- Bag? Pouch? Cushion? Something else entirely?
All suggestions appreciated!
Meet the other bloggers
Now you have read my nonsense, I would love it if you would check out some of the other participants in the blog hop. They are from as far-flung places as Newfoundland and Thailand!
Elli @ Lovelli Quilts
Cynthia @ Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Sally @ Wonky Patchwork
Bee @ Pink Almond Quilt
Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
Karen @ Capitola Quilter
Debbie @ Quilting Makes My Heart Sing
Sharon @ Motherdragon’s Musings