Elli’s Adventures in the Blogiverse

It has been a year since I started this blog, whew!  I’ve learned a lot in the past year about blogging.  I thought that the years of lurking and reading blogs would prepare me to *write* a blog.  I’ve had highs and lows.  If you are thinking about starting a blog, I hope my many ‘adventures’ (in our house we call every wrong turn or mistake an adventure) will help you…or at least give you a chuckle.

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I knew about those horrid ‘no-reply’ bloggers, had read the posts about the subject.  And then (cue horror movie music)…I started commenting on other blogs, referring back to my blog….I got messages, all kind, stating that I was a ‘no-reply’ blogger (cue ‘Psycho’ shower scene music).   Oh no!  I felt like I was in a nightmare, you know the one where you show up for your final exam/first job/first quilt lecture wearing your clothes inside out and backwards.   aargh!  Luckily, I was able to fix the problem thanks to this post, from Simple Moments Stick.  OK, now my nightmares are about normal things like quilting an entire quilt with the wrong side of the backing facing out, or having to walk barefoot through a pin strewn floor, or publishing a post without hitting the publish button, or taking pictures with no memory card, or…

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I was starting to blog semi-regularly and then the winter hit…(cue music from Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)…the fifth coldest in Wisconsin’s history…We soldiered on despite my only window being blocked by snow.  I tried to blog ahead only to realize that I wrote about things that were to happen in the future after they had already happened…confused?  so am I!!  I started writing tutorials only to photograph the steps with no memory card in the camera…Eventually you’ll see the tutorials, but I have to make up the samples again.

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One day in those early months, I posted my blog, then saw a spelling mistake, then fixed the mistake, I thought I hit ‘publish’, but evidently I didn’t.  Unfortunately, WordPress sent the original post out to Facebook and Twitter and to my e-mail followers and the links didn’t work.  I’m now following my own blog–it feels weird, like voting for myself.  Hopefully I’ll find the mistakes before my wonderful readers do, but I’m human  (please don’t tell my sons).  In the meantime, I’ll vacuum the sewing room floor, put the memory back into the camera, double check the backings and press on.

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Thank you, dear readers for being patient.

I have many plans for the months ahead including more Quilt Design a Day, blog hops–the next one is Tree Bird, more quilts, more bags, and more tutorials:  kitchen accessories, foundation piecing….

Have a quilty day!

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Please note:  If you would like to use my designs please leave a comment below or e-mail me (lovelliquilts(at)gmail(dot)com).  I’m happy to answer questions you might have regarding size, pattern availability, etc. or even to have you test a pattern.  Please credit me if you use my designs by stating “Designed by Elli Molstad at LovelliQuilts.me”.

 

We Support You!! Eight Days A Week!

Thank you so much Madame Samm and Pat Broe for such a fun pattern and blog hop.  We all used this wonderful retro pattern by Madame Samm, which you can purchase by e-mailing her:  madamesamm@me.com for $12.00.  Madame Samm created the pattern and the original quilt to help a friend who was facing a cancer diagnosis.  Throughout the blog hop I have read touching and interesting stories about each blogger’s experience with cancer or other serious illness.  Every project has been touching and thoughtful.

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When I first signed up for the hop I was clueless about what I was going to create, although I thought it should be fun, practical and inspiring.  Our family has experienced a lot of loss, cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, heart disease…. I would love to give each one of those who I’ve lost one more hug.  However, with each of those losses I was fortunate to see family members care for each other.  My quilt is for the care givers.  Those are the people who care–Eight Days a Week, 25 hours a day.  I was inspired by The Beatles song “Eight Days a Week” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon:

Hold me, love me, hold me, love me

I ain’t got nothing but love, babe

Eight days a week

Eight days a week

I love you

Eight days a week

Is not enough to show I care

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I was also inspired by an exhibit of ‘envelope’ quilts which were made for Veterans and shown at the AQS show in Paducah last year.  Each block had an envelope pocket made of fabric into which people added notes, or gift cards, or other trinkets.  Earlier in the year a group of friends created a friendship quilt for one of us who had been experiencing health issues.  Each of us wrote a message on our block to encourage her.  All of these ideas tumbled around in my brain until I had a lightbulb moment!  I made each of the bra cups, fully lined and padded :), into a little pocket, just the right size for a little note of encouragement or a gift card.  Because each caregiver ‘loves’ Eight Days a Week, there is a bra for each of those days.  In keeping with the retro feeling, I hand embroidered each with the days of the week..
And yes, there is an ‘itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini’ in there as well, because we all need to laugh and smile, even if it is through tears.  You may notice some of the straps are twisted and some bras are a little lopsided, because my sense of humor is twisted and lopsided, er, not my sewing.
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Please visit the other talented bloggers on the hop: