Hop along with me!

Hi, I’m Terry from Southern Ontario and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Over the years I’ve explored various crafts – some I’ve only dipped my toes in, and others I plunged in as deep as I could.  From tole painting, flower arranging (I tried to start a business and was hired to do a few weddings), paper tole (remember those 3-D pictures in frames?  Gosh…they ARE lots of fun to do!), stenciling, wood crafts, buttons, bows, ribbons, and pipe cleaners are not unfamiliar to me.  But there was always something in my way. For the most part it was usefulness.  Like really…how many flower arrangements does one person need in their home…seriously?!

I’ve always loved sewing but there too – once my children started school the only way I could get them to wear something I made was if it was Halloween…hmmm…should I be insulted?

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But then it happened…my daughter informed me of the impending arrival of my first grandchild.  That was it … a baby quilt. I had made quilts for my children when I was expecting them, but at that point all I knew was to get a panel, sandwich it (I used poly, cuz I didn’t know any better), and hand stitch an outline.  Ta Da! Ya…well…not for me.  It was all I could do to make my third (and last) baby quilt. Good riddance!

But now…well, we’ve come a long way, baby!  Or at least quilting has.  My cousin, Gail (Gail’s Quilting) lives in BC and has been quilting…gosh, I don’t really know how long. All I know is that our family raves about “a quilt from Gail”.  Sew…. “Hey Gail…whaddup?!”

Yes, and before you know it, and before my grandson was born February 10, 2017 (7 months after I started quilting), I had 6 quilts completed.

Hey Kolten – what do you think of Grammie’s quilting?

What a journey it has been.  I often felt much like a sponge..soaking up as much as I could – watching videos, shows, reading blogs, reading articles…anything I could get my hands on!

This summer I am coming up to the end of my second year quilting – it seems like I’ve been doing it forever, in a good way!  I just completed my 23rd quilt (I haven’t counted any of the other smaller projects I completed, or started – zipper bags, placemats, table runners, etc.)

Here is some eye candy from my latest…

And a few others – I can’t actually say which are my favourites…

My quilting tip: I place a large piece of plexiglass on my sandwiched quilts and use a dry erase marker to plan what to quilt.  Then I keep the plexiglass handy so I can check back to it.   If you had to give a new quilter a “secret tip”, what would it be?

Sew – a bit more about me, outside of my quilting life…

I’m a project manager for a large insurance company and am fortunate to have the luxury (for the time being anyway) to work from home most of the time.  The commute to my office takes between 60-90 minutes and is on a major highway in Southern Ontario where I live – I’m sure my Dad started sleeping better when I started working from home.

I love music and enjoy finding not-so-well-known artists who simply amaze me!  When I’m sewing or quilting, I listen to biographies or historical documentary videos…I enjoy learning.

I have my beautiful daughter, grandson, and son-in-law (as I mentioned) and two kind and caring sons.  This photo was taken last summer (2017) and the pose is a reproduction of a photo from when my kidlets were 4, 6, and 8.  I LOVE how it turned out!

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Oh – we have two cats – Rikki, a black domestic short hair who is a talker; and Bobbie, a white domestic short hair who sheds more hair than 17 cats put together!!  But he’s such a sweetie, he’s too hard to resist.

Life is good.

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In the 2018 New QuiltBloggers Blog Hop I am part of hive3 – the

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– along with the following ladies…take a moment to hop over and see what they are up to!

Karen – tunaquilts
Rashida – no3quiltstudio
Sherry – poweredbyquilting
Liz – savoreverystitch
Terri – meanderingsalonglizardcreek
April – jandabendquilts
Stephanie – lowcountryquiltsandembroidery

Thanks for stopping on your hop!  I would love to hear from you – you will likely be hearing from me…I’m still full of quilting questions!  Speaking of which – Do you prefer to use pre-packaged fabric/kits (which also includes fat quarter packs/layer cakes/jelly rolls, etc.) or do you prefer to select every fabric in your quilts separately?
~Cheers~!

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Author: tlcquiltsblog

I started quilting June 2016 after the announcement that my first grandchild would arrive February 2017. It was an instant and complete addiction...in only wish I had started earlier.

127 thoughts on “Hop along with me!”

  1. Oh my goodness – 23 quilts in 2 years!! I’ve been quilting for 4 (maybe 5) years and I think I’m still in single digitis – I have a lot of finished tops though, do they count?? lol
    I prefer to buy yardage, unless I have a particular plan for the precut. when I first started I bought more precuts, but now i find they just take up space in my stash storage.
    Hope you have fun on the blog hop 🙂
    E xx

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    1. Hi Erin
      Thanks for stopping by…
      The quilts I make are fairly simple so they go quickly…although I do have one feathered star quilt started and I expect that one will take a while to finish.

      Why haven’t you quilted your quilts yet?
      Cheers
      Terry

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  2. Hi Terry!!! First of all I must have missed that you were cousins with Gail! (Facepalm) Anyway It was very nice to meet you! I used to buy kits and then I bought bundles… and then I just by fabric… and a lot of it. seriously I have a very bad problem. But it makes me really happy to have so *shrugs* Just means I need to design patterns to use all of it up!

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  3. Hi, Terry! It was fun to read your introduction. I also liked to try a lot of different crafts and came to the conclusion that it was fun but not always useful. So I narrowed my hobbies to quilting and family photo albums. I’m impressed by all that you’ve accomplished in a short time. Amazing! (I like to buy layer cakes or charm packs for a quilt project.)

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    1. Hi Tracie
      Thanks for the message. Although we may not use those crafts regularly anymore, its nice we have them in our ‘tool belt’ if we need them, isn’t it?
      And family photo albums…now there’s a useful and worthwhile hobby if ever I heard one!!
      Enjoy the hop
      Cheers
      Terry

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    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by.
      When I first started quilting I thought I was supposed to build a stash…like it was a requirement or something. Lol
      Luckily I learned before I had much mismatched fabric.
      Enjoy the hop
      Cheers
      Terry

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    1. Hi Jennifer
      Thanks for the compliment.
      Lately I’ve been frustrated with the plate on my janome horizon 7700. It has a wee finger that can be extended but I tend to not use it because it can cause more headaches if the needle is not PERFECTLY centered. Well…now the stupid finger sometimes catches my bobbin thread as in FMQ. Grrr..i think I will spend the money on a plate that doesn’t have that finger.
      Enjoy the hop
      Cheers
      Terry

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  4. Great intro post! Beautiful quilts which makes it hard to believe that you’ve only been quilting for such a short time. I prefer picking out my own fabrics and buying yardage. Prepackaged and kits always seems so expensive. Speaking of that. I am taking a class tomorrow and need a jelly roll. Now I am off to cut forty-two 2.5″ strips. Hmmm. Maybe convenience should also be considered when purchasing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.
      I agree the prices of precuts are their downfall and where I am there is limited availability. I wait for sales and buy online.
      Enjoy the hop
      Cheers
      Terry

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  5. Wow! How many quilts have you finished? You are awesome. I like to make scrappy quilts and find it’s fun to use remnants and yardage rather than pre-cuts! My hint is to always prewash your fabric.

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    1. Hi Nicole
      I want to get better at using my scraps. I made one quilt at the end of my first year with some of my scraps and am working on another one. This time I am trying to use much less background fabric but I don’t have a lot of light scraps. The majority of my scraps aren’t much bigger than 2.5 wide so other than an Irish chain (which uses a lot of background) I don’t really know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?
      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!
      Cheers
      Terry

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  6. What a busy few years you’ve had! That last quilt log cabin quilt is beautiful, but I confess that it was the sheep that caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your story with us. My stash is way too big, so I mostly buy individual fabrics that appeal to me, although recently I’ve used precut fabric lines- some are just too beautiful to resist.

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    1. Its funny…I started that log cabin just cuz I wanted to try the block and I had just received a package of beautiful (and I do mean BEAUTIFUL) fabrics from Connecting Threads. As I was making it, a friend was moving and helped out my daughter and me by giving us a LOT of things..coffee and end tables for my daughter and baby stuff for my soon-to-be-born grandson. I HAD to thank her somehow so I gifted the log cabin quilt to her. She was totally surprised and then said that the colours just happened to be exactly what she was planning to use to decorate their new home. Quite a councidence!
      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!
      Cheers
      Terry

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  7. Hello, Terry. You’re so open and inviting. Thank you for sharing. Kolten is so adorable! I loved the video of him. I really enjoyed the visit to your space.

    I’m new to quilting so I don’t have any tips yet. I’m still trying to soak up others’ tips.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. If you are still new, be sure to take advantage of your new connections (i.e. friends) from this hop to ask questions as you go. Quilters are sew willing to share and help !
      Cheers
      Terry

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  8. I love your family picture! Your introduction was so comfortable to read because it made you seem like a new neighbor. Your quilts are beautiful, too. I also trim my corners when I bind my quilts so that I get some semblance of a corner look…

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    1. Hi and nice to meet you.
      Thank you for the comments-its nice to know the tone of my post was warm and friendly…that was what I wanted.
      I trim my corners too…you made me chuckle with your description. I found the key to making the corners look good is where the stitching starts and where it stops. Glue is also a good friend!
      Enjoy the hop!
      Cheers
      Terry

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  9. It was good to get to know a little about you Terry! You look like you’ve been well and truly bitten by the quilting bug! I’m struggling to think of a tip but I think the best thing I did for learning different techniques was to join a couple of bees. I made blocks and tried things I wouldn’t ordinarily have touched and I became a more confident pieced in a short space of time although I certainly was anxious to start with!

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    1. Hi sue…nice to meet you.
      I like your tip! Its a great idea and once I get through my PHD list I think I will do something like that. So far I’ve been avoiding flying geese. Lol
      Cheers
      Terry

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  10. Hi Terry, I participated in last years hop and it was great! So I’m stopping by to visit this year’s bloggers.
    Your quilts are wonderful, so many pretty patterns and fabrics. It’s hard to believe you have been quilting for only two years, you’ve definitely got it mastered!
    You have a beautiful, happy family. I enjoyed reading your post 😊
    ~Abbie

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  11. Wow, what a lot of quilts for just 2 years! And so lucky to have your cousin Wendy to learn from. I love Wendy’s blog, and I’ve enjoyed your post too…. so I might just invite myself to christmas and be part of your extended family too…..lol. One of my best tips is to show someone else how to do a technique…. you will be amazed how much better you will understand it yourself once you’ve done that.

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    1. Hi Did one
      That’s an interesting and unique tip! It makes a lot of sense.
      By the way..my cousin isn’t Wendy (although I do have a cousin by that name)…I think you are referring to Gail @gailsquilting
      Cheers!
      Terry

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