Daisy and family in the Old part of town in Trondheim, Norway.

Taken Monday in the old part of town, Trondheim, Oslo.

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.

  1. I have a huge sweet tooth. Enormous, really. The only reason I exercise is because I always order seconds on dessert.
  2. I spent five years as a wildland firefighter.
  3. I’m pregnant and expecting my second child in September.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Here are four of my favorite quilt finishes: (clockwise) Fandango HST’s, Botany, my Penny Sampler, and Lattice for Lilah.

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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.

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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.

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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

54 Comments

  1. Kitty

    I LOVE your bee blocks! That’s one aspect of quilting I haven’t gotten into yet–bees. Perhaps in the fall, after the rush of summer. I also have an enormous sweet tooth, specifically tailored toward chocolate and cakes/cookies. Mmmm. Nice to “meet” you!

  2. christina

    i’m no stranger to your blog…i’ve had the pleasure of meeting you through the gypsy wife quilt along. however, it is nice to learn a little bit more about you 🙂 i LOVE the way your blog is formatted! did you create that on your own, or was it a template? and i also love your penny sampler. i would like to try it, but i don’t have experience with applique yet. looking forward to following you! hope you’ll stop by!

  3. Chelsea Huckins

    I agree with cutting, it can feel like a chore.  I usually pop in a good movie or put on my shows!  Have fun in Norway (we will hopefully see some pretty pictures when you return!)

  4. Marcia ~ Cozy Capatiller

    I find cuttinga core too sometimes. I sitting in my living room and watch TV while cutting. I often take lots of breaks, but I find I don’t mind it as much when I have the distraction of the TV. 

  5. Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios

    Hi Daisy – lovely collection of photos you’ve put together for an ‘introduction’. I like your take on bee blocks. I, too, love doing them, but I’ve been feeling ‘guilty’ lately about blogging about them as much as I have. They are tiny design challenges – I love pulling the fabric, knowing I’m doing it for someone else, and it often gets me out of my color comfort zone. I don’t know why I’d ever feel bad about blogging about something I enjoy doing! Your mini HSTs are terrific – that eggplant color makes it pop. Have a lovely trip and I look forward to hearing and seeing more about it!

  6. Janet @ Simply Pieced

    Hi Daisy! It’s so good to get to know you a little better. You’ve got some lovely projects and your bee blocks look great. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future!

  7. Kelsey

    Your pictures are beautiful and so well-lit. Tell me your secrets 😉 That aerial quilt top is really lovely. So modern, and I love the greys and neutrals. If I cut with my friends around, I definitely think I would mess up more often. Too distracted!

  8. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

    I agree that cutting is the biggest chore of a project for me. Having a pre-cut kit makes the piecing so much fun, too. My sister-in-law and I are definitely a part of the “exercise for dessert” crowd. It is especially nice when I get to visit with her and indulge in our sweets together. 🙂 I really love your photography, you have a great eye for composition!

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  10. Kim S.

    Great post! I love your blog. It’s so aesthetically pleasing while being well-organized and informative! And congrats on baby #2!

  11. Beth S.

    I love your Botany quilt. The colors are so soft and soothing.  Cutting is not fun for me, but just knowing there’s a new project in the works helps get me through it. 

  12. Leanne Parsons

    Your photography is beautiful. I struggle with taking pretty pictures for my blog, but yours are gorgeous! All of your fabric creations are beautiful too.

  13. Erica

    I am making a visit to all the new bloggers via Plum & June – I participated last year and it was great! I enjoyed reading your post and I thought your blogging tip was awesome (succinct is not exactly my forte, it needs work!). Love the Norway photo – my husband and I are going there via cruise next July and we are looking forward to it very much! I am glad I discovered your blog.

  14. megan

    Love your designs and color arrangements! Very pretty and love your visual intake! Look forward to more of your posts! Congratulations on the upcoming little one! 

  15. Lin Marsh

    I have been enjoying your blog for a while now, but here today from the 2014NQBH. I am really enjoying our hop. I also think your aerial quilt is gorgeous. 
    Wildland firefighter sounds so —well let’s think–dangerous, out of my comfort zone, amazing!
    Glad to get to know you better

  16. Serena @ Sewgiving

    I feel the same about bee blocks 🙂  I’ve only just joined my first bee in April this year and I’m enjoying it so far!  I’m about round to start a robin too through meeting people in this blog hop, I’m hoping it’s going to be just as fun.  Hope you have a lovely holiday 🙂

  17. Jehnny

    Ugh, agreed, cutting is the worst! Great blocks and quilts! I’m glad I’m not the only one that likes to jump from one thing to another. Keeps it interesting I think!

  18. lori landenburger

    I ADORE your improv and bee blocks!!! Wow! And I agree so much that cutting during a group time really takes the sting out of the task 🙂 Congrats on the new soon to be arrival, looking forward to seeing what ever you do next!!
    Lori

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  20. Sarah

    I exercise for french fries. 😀 Almost like dessert. I loved seeing your projects all together – your Aerial is still one of my all time favorites! Well, really, I love all your quilts 😀

  21. Liz

    Beautiful pictures! And nice tip, to do your least favorite work surrounded by friends to speed up the process!

  22. Shauna

    Wonderful quilts, I love your bee blocks and such a cute method to show them off, love the little clips.

  23. sally

    Congratulations on the pregnancy, make sure you get lots of sewing in before number 2 arrives! Lovely bright quilts, I think my favourite is the Fandango one.

  24. Em

    I already know you from Stash Bee, but it’s nice to see this intro as well. 

    Enjoy your travels! 

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  26. Jen @ Bower Bird Patch

    Gidday Daisy! Thanks so much for your introduction. It’s awesome to meet you and learn a bit about who your are and see some of the awesome quilts you’ve made. They are lovely and I’m going to have to delve deeper into your blog to see some more photos of them. Love you photos and your bee blocks look great too. Where abouts were you working on fires? Do you miss it while you’re being a Mum?

  27. Nesta

    Glad to have met you through the Blog Hop. Thank you for the cutting tip… changing my blade would help too in my case!

  28. Diana @ Red Delicious Life

    Oooh! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Norway. It’s on my list of places to visit. I’ve never participated in a bee yet, but I’m hoping to this fall. You have some beautiful quilts and look forward to seeing more on your blog. BTW, love, love, love, your little circular photo on the left. Makes me want to grab a cuppa and chat!

  29. Kate Yates

    Hi Daisy, I really like your projects. Bees are a lot of fun, I just started getting into bees and swaps, and have found they’re a great way to learn new skills, and be more sociable. I also find cutting (and ironing!) to be a chore. My sewing machine is set up in our family room though, so I often spend movie night catching up on cutting and pressing so I don’t bother my husband (too much) with the loud sewing machine. I find it helps me stay caught up on everything, and gives me something to do while watching TV–I get distracted easily! Nice to meet you, and thank you for sharing your lovely projects!

  30. Hydeeann

    You are such a pro and your blog format is so uniquely designed I didn’t realize you were so new to blogging! And I didn’t know/forgot you were pregnant again!!! Congratulations. Always fun to see what the talented Miss Daisy is up to!

  31. DeborahGun

    Its lovely to meet you through this blog hop. I love your quilts and your wips. Your Penny Sampler is beautiful. Cutting is my biggest chore so I will try to take your advice and get on with it when there are others around!

  32. Carmit

    Those green blocks with the thin white sashing are AMAZING! Must try! And I’m totally digging the way your blog is arranged visually.

    Looking forward to seeing more :).

  33. Joanna

    I like your quilting tip! I’ve been considering starting to do some minor cutting while watching TV since I tend to just be sitting there doing nothing at the same time lol. I managed to unpick a quilt while watching TV so why not cutting too!

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