Welcome, Plum and June Blog Hoppers! First things first, I’m Ashley, the voice behind Wasn’t Quilt in a Day: a fourth grade teacher by day and fervent quilter by night. Most days, it’s way too late at night! Who am I? Here are some fun facts: I wore a tie-dye article of clothing almost every day for two years, I’m a certified archery instructor, and I wore red cowgirl boots to my wedding.
(photo credit: Story Photographers)
If I’m not quilting, cutting into new fabric, or looking for inspiration, you might find me running or reading a book. You would most certainly not find me ironing or doing dishes. Pretty much ever.
I’m a displaced southerner, originally from the great state of North Carolina, who lived in Washington, D.C. for three years, before moving even further North to New Jersey: where it is illegal to pump your own gas. Basically, heaven on earth.
Finally, I’ve been married to the hubs for three years!
(photo credit: Story Photographers)
Now that we’ve gotten acquainted, (since mom always said not to talk to strangers), let’s talk quilting!
What started six months ago as a space to keep myself motivated, has quickly turned into a creative outlet that I didn’t even realize how much I desperately needed. Over the years I’ve dabbled in all kinds of crafts: knitting, painting, pottery, stained glass, etc. Then, once I started “the real world,” crafting went by the wayside, and I’ve felt the void ever since. Since buying my Bernina this winter, and taking my very first sewing lesson (oh, happy day!), I have been energized by a constant need to create and share my passion for colors and patterns.
My very first quilt block:
Of course, I didn’t realize how prophetic my blog title was going to be when I decided on “Wasn’t Quilt in a Day”. I just thought it was a clever pun. No, really, there are great quilting blogs with weekly finishes, and I love them, find them inspiring, bow down to them… PSA: You’re not going to find that here! I love to start new projects, buy too much fabric, and share my mistakes and inspirations. Occasionally I even throw in a tip: like what to do with old needles or how I made my design wall. This space is all about my process. I probably share too much, but I love blogging and meeting new bloggers. So, what’s my favorite type of project? ALL OF THEM. Well, except for flying geese. We don’t get along.
Here’s the quilt that I started first in this crazy journey… (I promise my photography has gotten better as I’ve made more quilts…)
Love Lives Here
And some quilt tops I’ve made since then…
Great Granny and Lotta Love
Cousin Love (I don’t have a good picture for the finished top!)
Hey, Honey Honey
Yes, I’m constantly in a state of almost finished.
And, drumroll please, my first completely finished quilt
Straight cheesin’ up there!
Brushes off shoulder. I’m pretty proud, and I know you understand! Since I can’t brag publicly every day, I love the blogging community because you get it. I love the juxtaposition of the quilt I started first with the quilt I actually finished first. When I started this journey my mom and grandmothers might have laughed and tried to tell me I needed to start with a simple square quilt… whoops. It’s true, mothers really are always right!
Now that I’ve started to find my groove and rhythm with designing, creating, and piecing quilt tops, my goal now is to start exploring the world of quilting! Just this week I finally got a walking foot, (HALLELUJAH!) so it’s all uphill from here! I can’t wait to start finishing some projects. After all, I’ve got to get these tops out to my people.
One project I’m super excited to share is one I started after I finally realized that what I created would really be leaving me. (I kind of lived in delusion that my projects would magically duplicate if I loved them enough!) While I have been the extremely grateful recipient of a quilt from my grandmother, I didn’t really get the absolute love, thought, and care that went into making one until I started quilting. I knew it was special, but I just didn’t get it. Now, I realize that when someone makes a quilt, they sew a little bit of their thoughts, prayers, love, and memories into the stitches. They dedicate hours thinking of that person, and hoping to show them their love through the comfort of something they created. I realized that I not only wanted to document my journey here, but that I wanted a “fabric scrapbook” of what I had created for others to remind me of all the love that came from my little sewing desk. So, to celebrate what I have made and will make, I created the Scraps for Me project.
In lieu of a tutorial, I’ll share this!
Scraps for Me
- Scraps from a quilt – gather everything! (Scraps from the top, backing, and binding)
- Paper piecing pattern (I used this FREE star)
- OR Any quilt block
- Background fabric (I would suggest a classic that you can buy over the years since your quilt will build as you finish projects)
- Finish a quilt (or in my case, a quilt top)
- Using the scraps from only that quilt, create one star or block of your choice that represents the fabric and feel of the quilt
- Create a star or block of your choice for each quilt you create
- Over and over again
- Once you have enough stars or blocks of your choice to form a completed quilt top (20 blocks: 4×5, 48” x 60”; 30 blocks: 5x 6, 60”x72”, etc.) lay out all of your block in a layout you find pleasing – keeping in mind the variety of fabrics!
- Piece together the top like the quilt master you are after finishing so many quilts – You are a beast!
- Baste, quilt, and bind.
- Sit under your quilt and reflect over all the love you have shared through this amazing hobby we all call “quilting”!
Here’s what I’ve created so far, with five other scrap bags waiting to go!
So, you got me. As a newbie quilter, I haven’t finished many blocks. I haven’t even gotten past step 4 in my own tutorial. I have made the commitment to get to Step 8 one day, though, and I can’t wait to snuggle under this “scrapbook” of love. I hope you enjoyed my first contribution to the quilting community – and if you’re inspired by my project, thank you! I have been so inspired by the blogging community.
Have I mentioned that I’m rather chatty? If not, I’m sure you caught on! Thanks for stopping by; feel free to click around, hop around, or stay around! No matter what – I’m looking forward to meeting you through this blog hop! Thank you to Beth, for hosting this hop, and to all the fellow hoppers for opening up your blog to all of us! I can’t wait to meet you.
In an effort to finally curb my chattiness, if you’d like to know more, you can check out these posts:
Be sure to check out the other blogs up this week!
Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin