The 2017 New Quilt Bloggers hop has begun and I'm part of it! Our generous leaders are: Leanne @ She Can Quilt, Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts. Visit their blogs and enter to win some amazing gifts!
And a big thank you to the two quilters in my critique group: Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts and Liz @ Savor Every Stitch. They gave me so much technical blogging advice. Check out their awesome blogs!
Now, about Grace and Peace Quilting! I chose that name for my blog and my machine quilting business for the peaceful feeling it gives, as well as it being a blessing--a blessing on the quilt, the quiltmaker, and the quilt receiver.
I started sewing in elementary school and began quilting right out of college, with a degree in Textiles. Life has taken me to many different places around the world, most noteworthy being Japan, where I was a missionary for 24 years and met DH, who is a pastor!
The quilting world is huge in Japan! I've been influenced by my Japanese quilt friends in fabrics and style. If you want to experience the largest attended quilt show in the world, visit the Tokyo Dome Quilt Show, held yearly in January in a domed baseball stadium. It is phenomenal!
DH and I have three 20-something children. (Yes, my son's arms can encompass all of us! He is 6'6".) We home schooled them each at different points in their education. Our youngest graduated from home school/high school two years ago, which has opened up my time.
I have been longarm quilting for 4 years on an APQS hand-guided longarm. I also enjoy working part-time at my LQS, Quilt Cove.
You'll find me at the membership table of Minnesota Quilters at the Thursday night meetings. I'm also a member of Dakota County Star Quilters, and a small group of enthusiastic quilters--the Scrapbaggers, plus I continue in the yearly "summer homework" with my Tama Quilters friends in Tokyo. Being around other quilters motivates and inspires me!
My favorite quilt is my Tsukubai quilt. I made it as part of the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks sew-along on the Sew Sweetness blog. I made my blocks from Japanese fabrics--antique indigo and cottons, kimono silks, reproductions and modern Japanese prints.
The blocks are arranged to resemble a famous "Tsukubai", water basin, in Kyoto. The kanji writing on it says "All I have is sufficient for me". As a quilter, this is a reminder to use my stash!
I let out a whoop when Tula Pink chose my quilt top for 1st place! The prize was to have Angela Walters quilt my top!!! I met Angela in person when she finished quilting it. She quilted each block different! This quilt hangs in our home and when I need quilting inspiration, I look it over and get quilting ideas straight from Angela's hand.
Another favorite quilt of mine is my Bob and Weave quilt, a design by Gudrun Erla. You can read more about it on my first blog post.
And my third favorite is really a group of favorites--my mini quilt gallery going downstairs to our sewing studio. One side has minis made mainly from Japanese fabrics, including mini kimonos.
And the other side has more modern mini quilts, with a lot of room for more!!!
Blogging tip: for me, the more photos on a blog, the better! Use a white foam board from the dollar store, and a Lightcase #Flatlay for close-up photos of fabric pulls, mini-mini quilts, and notions.
It makes for beautiful, bright photos and is great for Instagram, too. I got mine when it came out on Kickstarter.
Quilting tip: when drawing lines on squares for half square triangles, instead of a ruler, use a fingernail file. The grippy part makes it stay in place. Keep one just for this purpose in your sewing box. We sell these quilty ones at our quilt shop!
Longarm quilting tip: put Red Snappers on your leaders--it makes loading quilts quicker and neater--no pins to deal with.
Question for you: What comes to mind when you think of Japan?
Now, what do you do with 1,200 1 1/2" squares? Subscribe to my blog (by email, Bloglovin, or Feedly) to see my answer!
Check out the other new "Let's Bee Quiltin'" bloggers being introduced today,
because every quilter has a story!
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
April @ Janda Bend Quilts
Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy
Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Busy Hands Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts.