It's that time of year again and I have to say I'm pretty excited about it. What time of the year you ask? For the New Bloggers Blog Hop of course. A time of year for bloggers who have been blogging for less than three years to come together and work with one another to make their blogs as great as possible. Oh and the best part...make new quilt blogging friends!
This is my second (and last insert very sad face) time participating in the hop. Why would I want to participate in the hop if I already participated last year? Good question. When I participated last year I had only been blogging for just a few months. Though I learned a tremendous amount, I figured there is always more to learn, I fall within the guidelines, so why not. Plus the thought of meeting almost 50 new bloggers sounded pretty tempting too. I consider some of my good friends to be bloggers that I met on the hop just last year. Even though I have never met them in person, we talk sometimes daily; be it text, FaceTime or email.
So now for a little bit about me. Hello. My name is Tish. My blog name came about because of my love for the Lewis Carroll book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In my world the books would be nothing but pictures...of quilts of course. We are all mad here. Simply mad about quilting. So if quilting is your passion, I think you'll fit in just fine. If quilting is not your passion, THEN OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! Just kidding, grab a brush, paint some roses red and please stay awhile.
My crazy family (including the furry ones) sometimes make an appearance here. Let me introduce you to my band of merry misfits.
Then we have brothers from the same litter, Newton and Becker. They are pit bull mixes and I would not trade them for the world. They have never been separated a day in their life and share a very special bond. I cannot imagine one without the other and quite frankly, I never want too. They weigh about 65lbs a piece, but in their heads they are only 2lb lap puppies. Becker would let me carry him in my purse if I had one big enough.
Last of the furry crew, is Miss Maggie, mother to all. She has been with me almost eleven years and I estimate she is probably around thirteen in age. Don't let her size fool you, she is one spunky gal and still keeps everyone in line, including me.
That brings us to my mini me, Jen. She is my adorable teenage daughter, forever on a quest to do what ever is necessary to not look like her mother...good luck with that babe. She's pretty sharp with a bow and arrow and even an air rifle. She provides me with hours of laughs and an occasional headache. I wish I could slow the years down, but I've enjoyed watching her turn into the young lady she is becoming.
And last but definitely not least, my husband of seventeen years, David. Or as he is slowly becoming known, Dave the Quilt Builder. In my quest to take over the world with quilting (if everyone quilted the world would be a warmer place, just saying), I have recently converted him over to the quilting side. There may even be a blog in his future, he's still on the fence.
Guess it's time for me to get a shirt saying I'm taken by a smokin' hot quilt builder. Wink. Wink.
Now let's talk quilting. I'm going to go out on a limb and call myself a modern quilter...because I live in modern times. However, I do not necessarily have a style per se. I typically create whatever feels right at the time. I would like to think I would try just about anything/method at least once. One of the things I love about my quilt blogging friends, is that they challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone and create things I didn't know lived inside of me. That's what this blog is about, sharing my processes, being inspired, hopefully inspiring someone and having a few laughs along they way.
|My Quilty Best Friend Sandra (mmmquilts) on a stick. You can read more about this shenanigan here.|
Last year I decided to quilt along with Pat Sloan and her mix of surprise designers in the 2015 Aurifil Designer Mystery BOM. Below is a sampling of four of the minis I created. You can check out the rest on my 2015 Aurifil Mini Quilt page.
|Indigo Crossing, Penny Love, Timber and Winter Stars|
This past year would also be a year of design for me. After getting my feet wet in the 2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop I would go on to write three more tutorials. They are completely free and can be found on my Tutorials tab at the top of this page. I hope to collaborate with Dave the Quilt Builder and release our first for sale pattern by the end of the year.
|Check out Watermelon Taffy and Nautical Compass in my Tutorials.|
Wonderland also contains a Quilt Gallery featuring some of the finishes I'm most proud of. These are only a few of the quilts that can be found in the gallery.
|Zentangle Whole Cloth|
|Hello Darling Modern Building Blocks|
I hope I've convinced you to stick around and have a look. You never quite know what this chick is up to. I'm pretty sure I'm getting the nickname "crazy quilt lady" around town and I wear that badge with pride.
Blogging Tip: Don't be afraid to get creative with your pictures. I can admit a blog with great pictures or quilt porn (that's for you Jayne) will suck me in every time. If you have a finished quilt, try to get it in the best lighting and document it well. Don't be afraid to go into public, put it in a tree or lay it on the ground. I think I enjoy photographing my quilts almost as much as I enjoy making them.
Quilting Tip: One word. Plexiglas. Yup I said Plexiglas. Oh and don't forget dry erase markers. One of my most used tools. I love to lay it on top of my quilts to audition my quilting motifs. Then I can set it in front of my sewing space to refer to when I am quilting. Then simply erase and start over again.
|From my post Table Runners Finished|
How about we close with random facts about me (if you follow me on Instagram you may have read some of these before):
- I'm super short at 4'11"
- I avoid making left hand turns whenever possible and haven't parallel parked since I took my driving test.
- My biggest fear is needles...yet I quilt.
- I am quite possibly the world's worst speller. (It's possible some of you know this already)
- I have never read Harry Potter or seen Rocky Horror Picture Show. I'm not sure why because they seem like things I would like.
- I like to take popular songs and parody them Weird Al style to drive my daughter crazy.
So how about you? Do you have some sort of random factoid about yourself that seems a bit off the beaten path or is not common knowledge? I'd love to know. Maybe it will help me feel a bit more normal.
Now let's talk blog hop talk. Our blog hop leaders, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter have worked very hard to organize all of the new bloggers and wrangle up some pretty awesome sponsors. So on the dates of the hop make sure you pay each of the leaders a visit to learn more about their hive members posting that day and sign up for the give aways. You do not want to miss out.
I was lucky enough to be part of Yvonne's hive, The Sewcial Network. Our hive is made up of eighteen very talented quilt bloggers, each with something unique to say.
So today make sure you hop over and check out the following new blogger's posts:
I've also added the schedule dates and who will be posting.
Monday, June 20th
Carole @ Carole Lyles Shaw
Anne @ Said With Love
Beth @ Plaid and Paisley
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Mary @ Made By Marney
Monday, July 11th
Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Amanda @ This Mom Quilts
Laurel @ Quilts By Laurel
Maria @ Penny Lane Quilts
Monday, July 18th
Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter
Seven @ The Concerned Craft
Cynthia @ Quilting in Bogor
Amanda @ Quiltologie
So, a big thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my little bit of the quilt blogging community. I hope you will come back and visit. Quilting is always more fun with friends.