Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop hosted by Plum and june

http://plumandjune.blogspot.com/p/2014-blog-hop-for-new-modern-quilters.html

Hi all!  Welcome to my stop on the blog hop tour hosted by Beth of Plum and June. I’m Cynthia and I live and breathe quilts.  I really do!  Not only do I make my living longarm quilting for others, but I teach quilting classes, lead quilting groups and design quilt patterns.  What little free time I have, I am usually meeting up with friends to talk about quilts!

Here, let me move a stack of quilts off a chair so we can sit and chat for a bit!



This quilt was made in 2010 and measures 90 x 90

What I love most about quilting is playing with color!  My favorite quilts are those that are filled with color saturated fabrics and I love to play with lots of different color combinations.  I rarely work with a single line of fabrics - for me, putting various fabrics together is the best part of quilting.


Scrap-A-Palooza Woven Scrap Quilt made 2014 - Lap Size
Scrap-A-Palooza Ripple Scrap Quilt made 2014 - Lap Size



And because I love to look at fabrics, I love to make scrappy quilts.  The more fabrics in a quilt the better!  To me, a scrap quilt is like a little scrapbook of the fabric you have owned.  Each little piece reminds you of an old project, a sew day with friends, or a shopping event.  

Each month, I make a scrap quilt and share my process in a series I call Scrap-A-Palooza.  Other quilters sew along and I share their finishes too.  It is a great series to follow along with if you want some inspiration for using those bits of fabrics you are storing in your own sewing room.  
You can see some of the quilts made in 2014 on the gallery page.






Even if this is your first visit to my blog, you might have seen one of my quilts featured in a magazine you have picked up along the way.  You can see the places I have been featured over there in my sidebar.  In fact, the newest Quilty magaizine has one of my scrappy quilts right on the cover! I gotta say, this has been pretty exciting!


Being a part of this hop has been great.  So much information is being shared behind the scenes and I look forward to making some improvements to my own blog very soon.  I know the one thing that has really helped me in my blogging journey is to keep a blog calendar.  I can easily see when projects need to be posted for QALs and BOMs.  I can look ahead and start forming what I want to write in my head and I never feel like I am just writing something just to write.  Having this has made my life so much easier and my blog content that much better!


If you have followed along with Plum and June's Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop in the past, you know there are always lots of new and upcoming blogs to check out.  This year, things are being done a bit different.  There are four different dates for the hop (June 4th, June 11th, July 9th and July 16th.)  On each of these dates, there are two groups of bloggers participating.  Below are some of the blogs participating today.  Any of these great sites will have links to the next group.


Michelle @ Michelle Bartholomew

Jana @ Jana Machado

Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl

Now get hopping and get acquainted with all these new blogs!

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37 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Nice to get to know you better, Cynthia! I sometimes love a really simple quilt with just a few fabrics, but some of my absolute favorites are really scrap-a-licious! There is so much you can do with color gradating with more fabrics!

Jasmine said...

A blog calendar is a great idea. I almost forgot to link up to A Lovely Year of Finishes because I finished earlier than normal. Thanks!

Bower Bird Patch said...

Nice to meet you Cynthia and thanks for sharing a bit about yourself in this post. It's great to see some of your delightful quilts and to get to know a bit about you too.....

Jacky said...

Hi Cynthia - my favourite quilts are always scrappy and although I like repro fabrics I am beginning to get to like modern designs. I do like to hand piece though :)
www.thequietstitcher.com

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Tehe - you made me laugh when you said that you would just move that pile of quilts off the chair so we could sit down ... we quilters really are like that! :)

Jane said...

Colour is my favourite thing about quilting too! I love your designs :).

Vera said...

Nice to meet you. That woven quilt of yours is really lovely! Good tip with the calendar!

DeborahGun said...

your blog is fun to follow, especially the scrappy quilts. My scrap box is starting to get full so I need to make one soon!

Ruth said...

Lovely post Cynthia, I'll be keeping an eye out for scrap -a- palooza!

Sarah Fredette said...

I love your orange and grey scrap quilt! So bright and cheery without being overwhelming. :D And congratulations again on the cover! That's so exciting!!!

Karin Jordan said...

Hi Cynthia! Your scrap quilt is fabulous. I have that magazine on my end table right now, as a matter of fact. Congratulations! I was born in Eugene and grew up in the Portland area. And yes, I'm always moving a pile of quilts or pillows, too!

~Diana said...

You had me at your blog name :) Nice to meet you, look forward to learning from you!

www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

Quilt Musings said...

Great post, Cynthia :) I have loved your blog for awhile, learn great things with your Scrap-a-Palooza posts. Haven't made any of the quilts yet but they are on my list!

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Great learning more about you Cynthia. It's funny how we both love color, but I shy away from real scrappiness. I need to check out your scrap-a-palooza. Maybe it will make me more comfortable with scrap quilts. BTW, my favorite of the quilts you displayed is the Ripple Scrap quilt. I think I could handle that one!

Joanna @ Riddle and {Whimsy} said...

I tried a "blog calendar" by writing in a diary I stopped using as a way to repurpose it but I haven't looked at since I wrote my original projects in there! Perhaps I should utilise my computer or phone diary/calendar functions since I use them more often to actually look at them!

Quilting definitely is more fun than housework ;) I will have to work on a scrap quilt soon. I started doing some leaders and enders but then I forget to use them!! oops!

Wonky Patchwork said...

I love the colour choices and combining fabrics part of quilting too. You've made so many beautiful quilts and wonderful that you've turned it into your work as well.

Wendy said...

hello, nice to meet you! I know I've been over here as part of various linkies, so it's great to learn a little bit about you. time I had a look round I think!

Terri Ann said...

Nice to meet you! Of course Quilty would want your beautiful work on the cover Miss fancy pants :) Looking forward to following more of your posts!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on your most recent publication!

carolegoldquilts said...

Keeping a blog calendar is a great idea! I'll be checking out your Scrap-A-Paloosa party. It feels so good to dive into a pile of scraps and make something beautiful!

Liz said...

Great post! And I like the idea of the blog calendar. You're such an accomplished quilter, very impressed with your 'featured in' section!

Shauna said...

ohh that first quilt is simply beautiful, I love the colors. I love the idea of scrappy quilts but haven't been able to put them into action as of yet. But I'm doing 4 memory quilts for a friend and her children, and the only way they are going to work is if they are scrappy, so I'm jumping in feet first.

SeeMaryQuilt said...

I love a good scrap quilt. I feel so odd when I have to buy fabric for a specific quilt, rather than just reaching into the bin for a handful of scraps.

Thanks for sharing on the hop!

Beth said...

Your quilts are lovely.

Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts said...

thanks for posting the list of the hop participants, I am spending way too much time online instead of sleeping. nice to meet you.

cfmelliott said...

One of my favorite things about quilting is playing with color too.

Marly said...

Beautiful quilts: scrappy, but managed. I have seen "Scrap-A-Palooza" cropping up on other blogs and I wondered what it was. Now, thank you I've found the source. I'll be back!

Michelle Bartholomew said...

So nice to meet you! I would love to take a long arm class one day. It looks fun! I feel like I know a celebrity now, I absolutely loved your quilt in quilty mag. So nice to put a face to the quilt :) I love your idea about keeping a blog calendar too. I think that would really help me out!

Leanne Parsons said...

Your scrappy quilts are beautiful! I've been admiring them for a while, and enjoying the Scrap-A-Palooza posts, though I haven't yet joined in and made one of my own. I do love scrappy quilts, though.

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Oh, Cynthia, I *love* that quilt in Quilty, and I really enjoy following along with your blog : )

habibihomemade said...

I love the look of your woven quilt!

Barbara Konkle said...

Aren't scrappy quilts so fun! How exciting about Quilty!!!! WOW! That had to be so exciting and fun!

andpins said...

Nice to meet you! Your life (living and breathing quilting) is my dream, so I am incredibly jealous. :) Congratulations on Quilty! That is HUGE!

Jehnny said...

Great post Cynthia! I bet I've seen your quilts and not even known, but now I will! I love your blog title. Every time I read it I think 'yes, totally right'!

Jill Fisher said...

I love working scrappy too. Your quilts are so fun. I love the orange and blue basketweave. It has so much dimension. Thanks for the inspiration with the Mo Willems fabric. I got some of that in a scrap pack and have been eyeing it for awhile.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

I have so loved your Scrapapalooza! and getting to know you through your blog. I had to go out and buy the magazine with your quilt because I didn't get mine! I subscribe. Gorgeous work!

annieb said...

Nice to meet you Cynthia. I have seen some of your lovely quilts in the magazines you have listed. Good to see the face behind them. Your Scrapapalooza is very pretty. I don't know an longarmers, but have tried it on a demo model. Glad I visited from the hop.I posted on June 4th too. Glad I stopped by to visit.

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