This week I am one of the many quilt bloggers that are participating in a blog hop that Beth, from Plum and June is organizing- Welcome!
Fun facts about me, some photos, a link or two (possibly to a YouTube video) and of course A LOT to do about quilting will be found in this post and my blog.
Why am I hopping you ask? Well pull up a chair, or if you are like me, fluff your bed pillows and get comfortable and let’s blog.
My name is Kristyn and I have been quilting for 15 years- I started with a learn to quilt class, so that I could make a quilt for my daughter. I have been sewing for what seems like forever, but actually is more like 30 years. As a kid I sewed pillows, dolls (wonder if my mom still has her Mother’s day present- a doll named Ned), knit diapers for my dolls, did needle point- whatever crafty project I could think of, but never made a quilt. After making my first quilt I was hooked and quilting has changed my life in ways I never dreamed of 15 years ago. Through quilting I have met my best friend (I was the one and only viewer’s choice vote for her quilt), travelled the world, bought way more fabric than I will ever use (reason for going on a 6 month fabric diet), and get to to go work every day where I can crank the music, set my own hours and work in my pjs.
Fast forward to a little more recently- and while I still do other crafts, I mainly quilt, more specifically I am a long arm machine quilter. I jumped into quilting with both feet but lost interest a few years back when I was bored with the same old, same old. I gave up making my own quilts because my original passion was gone.
Last year I was bitten by the colour bug and have been on a solid fabric kick ever since. Kona Cottons are my new best friend. Just tonight I found out there are 32 new colours of Kona coming out in August- WOO HOO. I also decided, that this year I would start quilting for myself again, which I can happily say has rejuvenated my love for quilting. Gone are my Thimbleberries and Reproduction prints, I am on to bigger, better and BRIGHTER fabrics.
Being a quilter and a machine quilter has opened up some amazing opportunities for me. In 2008, I travelled to South Africa to teach a group of Zulu women long arm machine quilting so that they could learn skills, sell quilts and support their families. Later that year we sponsored one Zulu lady named Lungile to come to Canada for 6 weeks for further training. You can read more about these trips here: AFRICA LUNGILE
In 2011, I travelled to Nicaragua to once again teach some young ladies how to quilt. This group was setting up a Co-op where they could sell the items they made and make an income to support their families too. They made quilts for their own children as well as worked together as a group to sell larger quilts. Here is a link about this trip: NICARAGUA
Earlier this year I started volunteering closer to home with a Learn to Quilt class in a Community Housing complex. Unlike my other 2 teaching opportunities where I taught for 2 weeks then came back home, this time I get to follow the students for months and months, sharing in their accomplishments right along with them. This experience is so rewarding and it made me realize that when I teach quilting I only want to teach people, that for whatever reason don’t have the means to take classes on their own. I want to give them a hand up and teach them skills so that they can be proud, confident women, rather than just giving them a hand out. Seeing these women and how excited they are when they hold up a finished block, or when they are working on the binding and almost done the first quilt they ever made- it’s just so wonderful. Ok time to put away my Kleenexes.
Here are some random facts about me so you can get to know me a little bit better as well as a list of some of my favourite things.
Sign: Virgo, which makes me somewhat of a perfectionist
Author: Charles Martin- if you want to cry, read any of his books
Animal: Whales-who wouldn’t love to swim all day long?
Colour: Green with Blue and Purple close seconds
Favourite place to vacation: Site 367 at Pancake Bay Provincial Park
Cosmetics: Burt’s Bees lip balm
Movie: Valley Girl, oh be still my heart a young Nicholas Cage
Band: The one, the only, accept no substitutes-CHEAP TRICK
Tattoo: Yes- quilting related
Food: Soup, though I can’t leave out chocolate, but never in the same meal
Sport: Swimming, but I currently have a shoulder injury so it’s more like floating right now
Quote: …sometimes it is necessary to re-teach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower and retell it in words and in touch it is lovely until it flowers again from within…
Dream Vacation: Someday- Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Pet: Deaf Old English Sheepdog rescue named Dulux- yes he knows some sign language
Child: 6-foot tall, 16 year old, beautiful and talented daughter
Love: My high school sweetheart- yes he still puts up with me after all these years
I live in a small town just 5 to 10 minutes (depending which mall you want to go to) outside of a larger city. Our town is famous for the Olympic Ice Dancing team- Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. We moved in when there were only a few hundred people but 20 years later and 3 massive developments and I am getting the desire to move. If I could have running water, no bugs, the Internet, and a local quilt shop nearby- I would totally move WAY up north, away from neighbours and become a hermit. Not sure my list of demands is a reasonable one, so I will be staying put for a little while longer.
In addition to changing my style of quilting to a more modern feel, I wanted to be part of this Blog Hop as a way to get to know more people, get back into quilting and do something new for my business. For years I have been driving my daughter to lessons (swimming, dance, vocal, gymnastics- oh the list could go on and on) but now that she is able to drive herself, and doing less activities, I am enjoying my new found ME time again and have re-joined some quilt guilds. We have a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and I have recently become the Membership/ Treasurer. It’s good to get out of the house and see some familiar faces at quilt shows and meetings. Maybe becoming a hermit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I like people who share the same interests as I do, I just don’t like my backyard neighbours-LOL
BAD NEIGHBOURS MOVIE– This movie looks tame compared to what we have behind us- BELIEVE ME! I am not even exaggerating, yet only family lives there, not a whole Frat House.
OK enough ranting about my terrible neighbours, back to quilting, the whole reason you are here. Well I hope you are still here, you may have left by now as I am totally boring you. Or you may be off to rent the Neighbours movie because it does look funny, unless you are actually living it.
What I like about quilting- Fabric and thread. What else is there?
What I don’t like about quilting- That I have WAY more ideas and projects than I do time.
What I like about blogs- Fresh colourful blogs with lots of photos of fabric and finished projects, they are really very inspirational. I love to read about what others are making.
What I don’t like about blogging- How much time I spend clicking and clicking in to the wee hours of the night. I am getting old, I need my beauty sleep. Click…Click.Click…
A few more little bits about my quilting before you get to the end of this post. I LOVE the rock band Cheap Trick, Just Got Back (one of their songs) from a concert a few weeks ago where I gave the guitar player one of the many quilts I have made for him. Have a look at the others on this page. CHEAP TRICK (I am growing out my grey hair, but after being soaked in the rain, this photo of me might make me rethink my current hair style)
Also, I name my own quilts after song titles from bands I like. If a quilt reminds me of a band or song then that is what it gets named. Here is a link to some of those quilts. I can picture my daughter’s eyes rolling and her saying Mom, you are such a nerd. What can I say, I like music and quilting, and I listen to music while quilting, why not combine them even further? Just finishing the binding on White Trash Wedding (Dixie Chicks) so check back for a photo in a few days.
SOOOOO…… I have typed enough for one post, thanks for making it this far! I do appreciate you reading and stopping by!
I find I am spending hours on the computer looking at everyone’s blogs and there are some nice ones out there. I hope mine stacks up.
Here are this week’s blogs- go on, click on them, I dare you. Work, chores or sleep can wait.
Have a look around and get to know some more quilters out there.
- Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs
- Liz @ Green Cheese Quilting
- Janet @ Simply Pieced
- Ruth @ Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
- Joanna @ Riddle and Whimsy
- Linh @ Calling All Stitchers
- Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting
- Rachel @ Quiltineering
- Shauna @ Shauna’s World
- Pam @ Sewing Wilde
- Wendy @ Wendy’s Quilts and More
- Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
- Carole @ From My Carolina Home
- Lin @ Lin’s Quilts
- Kate @ Thread Everywhere
- Cheryl @ Texas Quilting Gal
- Jenn @ Sew Crafty Jenn
- Heather @ QA Creations
- Cornelia @ Pieced with Love
Thanks again Beth from Plum and June for hosting and organizing this blog hop- you are awesome!