2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, week the second, and my day!

Hello and welcome to Handwrought Quilts if you are new here!


This year’s hosts are

Check out any of their blogs this week to enter for lots of prizes! But now it’s all about me.

I’m Nicole, I love quilts, and I’ve been writing my blog for a couple of years now. This is my third time participating in this blog hop. You can read what I had to say about me in 2017 or in 2016 or you can check out my about me page. What else? I also have a BFA (Hons) in Theatre Production and Design and had a 15 year career as a Stage Manager and technician before I had my first kid. I then spent a decade home with my now two kids, before going back to work last year in a new field.


This is me, on a good day, from one day in my year long self portrait project.

I’ve been on a two year mission to finish all my lingering unfinished projects. It’s working. I’m down to the last five old works in progress. I’ve also been on a two year mission to not buy fabric “just because.” It’s working. I love my LQS dearly but I truly have enough fabric for the next dozen ideas.

I struggle a lot with what my style is…I love graphic, simple, modern quilts…but don’t make them. I appreciate quilt history and traditional quilts too…but don’t really make those. I usually don’t follow a pattern as I prefer making my own. I also have fun making improv quilts. So: I do ALL styles of quilting.

I love spreadsheets and use them to track my quilting projects. Graph paper is for to-do lists, quilt doodles and designs.

I am very fond of 2.5″ squares. And scraps. I *love* scraps! (Picture jazz hands when you read that bit.)

I do like what I’m coming to call #maximalistquilts, quilts that have ALL the colours. I am also a big fan of the CMYK colour wheel.

What else?

I host a weekly link-up for Canadian fibre artists called the Needle and Thread Network. I co-founded MQG Victoria in 2013 and was president until January 2017. I am looking forward to attending Quilt Canada in Vancouver next month, both to see quilts and to start Level One of the Quilt Judges Certification Program!


This is my number one quilting tip of all time:  if you stitch something, press it.

Here are links to the other bloggers being featured this week:

Velda http://freckledfoxquiltery.wordpress.com

Carrie http://carriebeecreates.blogspot.com

Sharon A. http://mspdesignsusa.com

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

Nicole https://handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com  –> that’s me! You are here.

Becca http://prettypiney.com

Sherry http://poweredbyquilting.com

Stephanie http://lowcountryquiltsandembroidery.com


Thanks for visiting! Come back soon.

New Quilt Bloggers’ Blog Hop, 2017 edition, week THREE, and all about me

I’m Nicole and welcome to my blog! I like quilts very much.

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Some of you are regular readers but I hope lots of you are here via the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by: Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, Beth @CookingUpQuilts, and Leanne @SheCanQuilt. I’m in Leanne’s group and we’re called “Let’s Bee Quilt’n.”

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My blog is a several times a week look at my works in progress and occasional finishes. I try to write with humour and enjoyment for what I’m doing. I started blogging in fall 2015.

I like all quilts but I do prefer more modern ones. My very favourites are scrap quilts. I’ve got some twenty-odd quilts under construction right now but I am working hard to finish off the ones that have been lingering for a while now.

Here is a look at some recent and favourite quilts.

This I made for the Modern Quilt Guild international swap. I loved making it. You can read all about this one HERE.

2016, 19″x19″ all scraps from stash

This quilt has been quilted and just needs a fabulous binding of black and white stripes. You can read all about this one HERE.


2013-present, 50 something”x68ish”, also all scraps.

This one is turning into a longer work in progress than I had planned. I made all of the polaroid blocks in just about five weeks last spring but the sashing and assembly is still dragging on. You can read all about this one HERE.

2016-present, every block is 2.5″ square and is fussy cut.

And because I like quilts with a sense of humour, “Fancy Fox Leaves the Forest for the Quilt Show” is based on a picture I snapped at the Vancouver MQG show. I loved the idea of the ubiquitous fancy fox peeking out from a forest of quilts. You can read all about this one HERE.

2016, 40″x33″ 

I live in Victoria, BC but I have lived all across Canada and Washington, DC. I have a husband, two daughters, and a part time job in a bakery.

We’ll go with bullet points for more about me:
  • I’ve been quilting since 2007.
  • I have completed 64 quilts (not including the ones still under construction.)
  • I keep track of all my quilts with a spreadsheet.
  • I co-founded the Victoria MQG in 2013 and was president until January 2017.
  • I have also just taken over as the host of The Needle and Thread Network. The NTN is an mid-week open link-up page for Canadian fibre artists or stitchers or sewists. If it’s fibre, you can share it.
  • You can go here for a narrated tour of my sewing room.

I like this picture of me at a recent guild meeting:

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I hope you visit my blog again. Because it would be fun to have you around but also because I’m having a great big tidy up and clear out quilt sale in a couple of weeks. I need more space for all the quilts I have yet to make!

According to my prompt sheet for the blog hop, there are some scripted bits to cover:

  • Blogging tip: crop your pictures! I want to see your project or fabric, not your messy table or your pets.
  • Quilting tip: if you stitch it, press it! Set your seam, then open it up and press again. Your piecing will be flatter and your quilts better.
  • Random trivia fact: I work occasionally as a roadie at rock concerts.
  • Blogging question for you: if you read blogs in a aggregator/reader and a blog is truncated, do you click to read more or you do skip that post?

And that’s me! Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading this far. If you’d like to read my blog regularly, there are options to follow me at the top right hand side of the home page. Or I’m on Instagram @handroughtquilts.

Oh wait…what about the prizes I mentioned? You have to check out any one of the hosts’ blog posts for the rafflecopter entry. Beth @Cooking Up Quilts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, and Leanne @She Can Quilt.

This week you can enter to win one of these eleven prizes:

  1. Fat Quarter Shop – $50 Gift Certificate
  2. Aurifil 12 Large Spool Bundle
  3. Hawthorne Threads – $40 Gift Certificate
  4. Meadow Mist Designs – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
  5. The Quilter’s Planner – 2018 Planner
  6. Story Patches – Starter Kit
  7. Make Modern Magazine – A 6 month subscription
  8. Devoted Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
  9. Quilting Jetgirl – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
  10. Cooking Up Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
  11. she can quilt – (1) Digital PDF Pattern

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The other gals in my hive this week are:

New Adventures for Nicole

For my usual readers I’m pleased to announce that I am taking over as the new host for The Needle and Thread Network! The NTN is an mid-week open link-up page for Canadian fibre artists or stitchers or sewists. This can include: fibre, felt, textiles, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet, hooking, quilting art, weaving, spinning, lace making, doll making, needle arts, wearables, and accessories. Canadian bloggers are strongly encouraged to join and spread the word by grabbing this button for your page. The link-up run mid-day Tuesday to mid-day Thursday and I hope you can join sometime.


If you came here from the NTN, welcome to my blog! It’s a several times a week look at my works in progress and occasional finishes. I try to write with humour and enjoyment for what I’m doing. Feel free to browse or subscribe to updates. To subscribe, use the top right toggle, then follow via email or bloglovin’ or through wordpress.

Modest, shy plug: if you want to know a bit more about me, there is a profile over here

Blog hop – my day

Hello, and welcome! I’m Nicole and I like quilts. I like ALL quilts but I like modern quilts and improv quilts the most (even if that’s not what I always make.)

2016 Advice and Tech Helpfor New Quilt Bloggers (1)

Some of you are regular readers but I hope lots of you are here via the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by: Stephanie @LateNightQuilter, Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, and Cheryl @MeadowMistDesigns. I’m in Stephanie’s group and we’re called “Hive Society.”


Button designed by Alli @Woodberry Way

I started quilting in 2007; I was on maternity leave, I had disposable income for the first time, I was bored. And I was ready to admit out loud that I liked quilts. I didn’t know anyone who quilted. I didn’t even own a quilt. I only knew about quilts from books like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. I signed up for a learn-to-quilt sampler class and got some mad skills and an abiding love of quilts. I didn’t finish a quilt until 2010 but I haven’t stopped since.

I’ve made 51 quilts since 2010 and I have another 15 in progress so choosing just a few to show you was pretty tough. My style is a bit of everything which also complicates things. So I went through my trusty spread sheet and chose the ones I liked best or made me smile when I remembered them.

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“Batik Wave,” 2013, 28″x22.5″

This quilt was juried into two shows, one national and one international, and it took second place (viewer’s choice, small quilts) in my guild show in 2013. This quilt was a huge success for me and it gave me a lot of confidence.


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“International Scrap Vomit,” March 2013, 98″x98″

I made this quilt at the same time as the “Batik Wave.” This quilt made me fall in love with 2.5″ squares and scrap quilts. It was also the first time I really did something online: I swap fabrics with Katy Jones of “I’m A Ginger Monkey” fame and a lot of other people too, I participated in the quilt-a-long. And to brag just a litttttle bit, there are 1,824 unique print fabrics. One duplicate.


“Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt,” Jan 2015, 40″x65″

This quilt makes me laugh and makes me happy. It has its own blog post  which explains the story, the process, and has details for some of the ugly fabrics.


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“Rainbow Log Cabin,” ongoing, 86″x86″

I started this quilt in the fall and it has lots of posts. Right now it’s half quilted. 3/4 quilted? Can’t remember. It’s languishing in half-quilted quilts purgatory.


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“15 Minutes of Play/xandplus quilt,” ongoing, 58.5″x88.5″

This one is another good-feeling quilt. I started it in late November at a workshop I took with Victoria Findlay Wolfe. That was pretty exciting. Katie Pedersen sat across from me. That was exciting too. Also exciting? Not buying any fabric for this. I did mooch some orange solids from friends to add variety but everything else was from stash. I can now close the bin of blue fabric. This quilt also has lots of posts about it.


So why did I start a blog anyway? I started reading cooking and baking blogs in 2009 then slowly found quilting blogs. It was September 2015 when I got flat out jealous. I was reading someone’s blog and thought “why does she get a book deal and I don’t?” and later in the same week on someone else’s blog I thought “why does she get to teach at QuiltCon and I don’t?” Well, they both put themselves out there and people know who they are. So I gingerly started this blog. It’s going well so far (no books deals or teaching gigs though). I try to sew something every day and I try to blog about it every day. Some days are easier than others.

According to my prompt sheet for the blog hop, there are some scripted bits to cover:

  1. My blogging tip: you can’t be anyone else, so be yourself. And take pictures.
  2. My quilting tip: if you stitch something, press it.
  3. Your dream vacation spot, favorite book, favorite movie, favorite tv show, and/or a random fun (trivia) fact about you: I will go with a random trivia for this one. Everyone is surprised to find out how short I actually am. My personality makes me seem taller than 5’1″ (155cm).

And that’s me! Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading this far.

If you are interested in some super awesome prizes be sure to visit the three hosting ladies (CherylStephanie, and Yvonne) and enter there. Here’s a list of what’s up for grabs this week.

Have fun visiting all the other bloggers out there. And happy quilting.