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.

Batik Wave_Full copy

“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.


Scrap Vomit copy

“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.


other layout copy

“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.


IMG_2828 copy

“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.

Day 127

I’m the general dogsbody, aka president for my guild. Finally got the pictures from our December meeting put on-line.

*small seque*

My ugly Christmas sweater quilt that I made last year, and blogged about HERE, inspired some copycats, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.


L-R: Pam, Gaye, Kim, Tracy, Lisa with their versions.

The ladies are in a sewing group together and made all the quilts as a round-robin/row by row mash up. I am so tickled that they did their own versions of my idea.

Here’s mine as a reminder:

Ugly Xmas front

Long live the ugly Christmas sweater quilt!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Original Design Category: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt

Welcome to my blog! It’s a new blog and a modest one at that, but you’ll find that I work hard to quilt every day. This is where I record progress, triumphs, and sometimes failures.

Right now I’m sharing a triumph in the blogger’s quilt festival – original design category.


This quilt makes me happy. So very happy. And it has a great story too, which always makes a quilt better I think. Every year in my city the Rotary Club hosts a massive community garage sale fundraiser. Three years ago I found two grocery/carrier bags full of fabric and quilt blocks. I asked the bored teenager “how much?”… Shrug…”2 dollars?” “YES PLEASE!” Inside were a few pieces of excellent fabric, some snail trail blocks done in polyester solids and calicos, and some of the ugliest Christmas fabric I had ever seen. And so the idea was hatched to make….an ugly Christmas sweater-style quilt.

Ugly Xmas front

I tried out Seminole Patchwork for some of the rows, fussy cutting, paper piecing, and more. I tried to include many elements of Fair Isle sweaters, ugly sweaters, and Christmas crafts (the snowflakes and the Swedish Hearts). Here are close-ups and commentary for some of my favourite bits.

Seriously, wtf were they thinking with these two fabrics? Nordic mittens, native drums, and elf ice skates? Who designed it and who approved it? NB: the quilting is bad on purpose. Background has snowflakes swirling in a beige vortex.


Two of my favourite fabrics: (L) brass instruments, saxophones (which are NOT a brass instrument), Celtic-y things, and holly. In gold. (R) Nativity scene fabric. The least said about that, the better.


Cute fabric, nice colours. But why would a string of holiday ornaments be dripping chocolate? WHY?


Can’t be Christmas without a little ho ho ho!


This fabric was awesome! It had these little heads inside a snowflake, floating on a blue background with white dots. Pictured are the snowman and cardinal. There was also a cross-eyed bear and a fawn. The star points and backgrounds fabrics are colours I thought were kind of yucky. And remember, bad quilting on purpose!


Something this ugly and distasteful needed an excellent backing to redeem it. So I went with the only choice, “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.

Ugly Xmas back

And this quilt took a third place (small quilt category) in my guild show earlier this year.

Christmas is coming and I get to use my quilt soon! Thanks for letting me share it with you.


Name: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt 
 Designed by me! Inspired by traditional Fair Isle sweaters, and the current pop culture trend of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Fabric:  Lots of ugly, vintage, and poorly designed christmas fabrics. Backing is the wonderful “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.
Dimensions: 40″ x 67″
Quilted:  FMQ in  30 wt Sulky variegated red/green/white thread.

I am linking up (for the first year ever!) with the fabulous and formidable Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.