Welcome to my stop on the New Blogger Blog Hop, organized by Beth and Plum and June. A massive thanks to Beth for organizing the hop–it’s a pretty crazy undertaking and she’s doing a fab job, as are my fellow bloggers.
At the end of this post is a list of links to other bloggers on the hop and I encourage you to visit them as well. You’ll find a second list of new bloggers to visit on their posts as well. I’ve found some pretty awesome new blogs and I’m sure you’ll find a few more this way to add to your blog reader.
My name is Carmit and I’ve been sewing for three years, since learning to sew at a local college in early 2011, while awaiting a visa that would enable me to work in the UK (where I no longer live)(and good riddance)(greetings from Munich)(I’ll stop with the parentheses now). My teacher, though not a quilter, was exceptional. More than teaching me how to thread and use a machine, she taught me to decipher sewing patterns and instructions, a skill that was far more valuable to me than learning to operate a sewing machine.
I made my first pieced quilt, The Quilt That Ate Berlin, as a wedding gift in the fall of 2011. I hope the recipients (my boyfriend’s former girlfriend – true story!) never wash it, because I used seriously cheap, super-high-loft batting (cringe). I’d like to think my standards and skills have improved a bit since then, by which I mean that I no longer use a tape measure and scissors to cut my quilt pieces.
The Quilt That Ate Berlin. No, I don’t have a picture of the finished quilt. It may not have actually eaten Berlin, but it certainly ate my entire dining room. This quilt was NINE square meters.
Here are some of the quilts I’ve finished since.
Oscar’s behbeh quilt, starring Oscar!
Startled Chicken (no, not planned)
Stalker baby quilt
I’ve asked myself recently why I started blogging, and while I’ll admit that at first I wanted the blog to be a bridge towards making a living of some kind in quilting, I realize that there are many quilters who are far more creative and talented than me and that at most, I can hope to make a few bobs to help me pay for hosting and fabric; so now I blog to document and to write. I enjoy writing about quilting almost as much as I enjoy the quilting itself.
As for my quilting, I like a quick and dirty project. I want quilts that look great, but that are fun and not too difficult to make. In other words, I am a lazy person who likes pretty things. I am a bit of a commitmentphobe, so you won’t see me posting much about bees and quilt-alongs. As an example, have a look at all my posts about the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt-along. *Cough*. That went well.
I sew on a Janome Horizon 8200, which is a total dream, though I recently had a brief, torrid affair with the Handi Quilter Avante 18 at a sewing expo and I’m considering polygamy (what’s 9000 Euro between friends?). Look at what I made!
A peacock feather (sort of)
So that’s a little bit about me. In addition to my blog, you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest (links up there on the right).
In case you’re wondering about the cast of characters you’ll encounter on these pages, allow me to introduce:
Schnitzel and Kiwi
Interesting non-quilting-related fact about me? Once a year the Germ, his daughter, our friends, and I get together and bake Christmas Stollen. I don’t mean one. Here’s a Flickr set that’ll give you a bit of a better idea.
I do have a small tip to share about sashing. You’ll notice in The Quilt That Ate Berlin that none of my sashing aligned, and when I started making Mixtape it was even worse since the blocks were much smaller, so I turned to my good friend YouTube and found this brilliant tutorial by Fons & Porter. I hope you find it useful as well; I revert to it constantly.
And here’s a little question for you:
How do you bind your quilts? I’ve sworn off binding by hand, but am not all that pleased with my machine binding, so am looking for ideas and tips for improving it. Leave me a comment! I love comments!
Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon!
Now go read these guys:
ps. I’m in the middle of sprucing the place up a bit, so don’t be blinded by the visual assault.