I’m excited to be part of the Plum and June New Quilt Bloggers’ Blog Hop. To those new to the idea, a hop is a virtual tour of various blogs, and this tour is for quilters who have been blogging less than two years. At the end of the post are links to a few others also on the hop today.
First, here are a few quick facts to introduce myself.
- I have a huge sweet tooth. Enormous, really. The only reason I exercise is because I always order seconds on dessert.
- I spent five years as a wildland firefighter.
- I’m pregnant and expecting my second child in September.
- My fabric stash and my wardrobe have mostly opposite colors – my closet is full of black and brown and purple, my stash isn’t. Blue might be my universal color though; I have ample in both places.
- I’m currently blogging from an iPad on a train from Trondheim to Oslo, Norway, while we visit my husband’s family.
Since this is an introduction to my blog, I’ll try to summarize what I do here. My goal with Ants to Sugar is to provide a bit of eye candy for fabric lovers. You’ll find a few things here: my quilting and bag-making projects, lots of bee blocks, and a lone paper piecing template for an 11.5″ log cabin block that you can print on two sheets of regular office paper.
I’ve tried to organize this blog so that it functions like a journal as well as a portfolio. Check out my categories in the navigation to see various post types (finishes, blocks, WIPs), or scroll down to the cloud of tags in the side bar to group posts by subject matter.
Since they get quite a lot of air time on my blog, I thought I’d share some bee blocks. I love these quick, visual vignettes; they’re like tiny design challenges that I can attack and complete each month.
Lastly, I want to show my current quilting direction by including a few of my works in progress. Like so many quilters, I enjoy bouncing around several projects depending on whether I’m in a mood to create something new or in a mood to finish up a few things. Going clockwise again, here is my Aerial Quilt top, one of my Gypsy Wife blocks, a HST wall hanging, and the start of an Umbrella Prints Pouch.
Blogging tip: I haven’t blogged long enough to give advice, but I’ll share that my approach has been to keep posts short, include the best pics I can, and use hyperlinks as often as possible to provide more information to readers.
Quilting tip: This is more of a time management idea. Cutting is kind of a chore for me, so I often do all my monthly bee block cutting at my local quilting bee when I’m surrounded by friends. I hardly notice the chore because I can chat and have fun, and many times I get great fabric and color suggestions. Then, when I’ve put my little one to bed during the week, it’s that much easier to sit down at the sewing machine because I’m ready for the fun part of sewing my pieces together.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll take a moment and visit some of the other stops on the New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop!
Carole @ Fresh Off The Frame
Camelia @ Camelia Elliott
Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts
Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins
Lori @ Sew Psychd
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Christina @ Wips and Tuts
Diana @ Sew Crafty Chick
Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller
Judy @ Quilt Paradigm
Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts