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”.

 

Finish A-long 1st Quarter

My word for 2015 is: Concentrate.  I realized, after looking back at 2014, that I tried to do too many things and that I tried to be too many people, e.g. mom, quilter, volunteer, blogger, appraiser, design, office manager…..  I also realized that I start a great many projects and finish very few.  Concentrate is an objective which will hopefully result in more focused efforts on my part in the coming year.  Many of my unfinished objects last year remain on my to-do list this year.  I hope to whittle down this list, starting in Q1.

1.  Flower Strip quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

2. Winding Ways–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

3.  1930’s reproduction quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

4.  Quilt the 4 Quilts of Valor tops which I have received.

5.  Finish Imperial Blooms, pattern by Sue Spargo (www.suespargo.com).

6.  Finish Crimson Tweed, pattern by Sue Spargo.

7. Riley Blake–here is part of my mock-up in EQ7:

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I need to re-do some quilting and bind it.

8. Mission Triangles, this is a quilt I have made with the help of our Mission Stitchers group at Onalaska UMC from donated flannel triangles.  It will be soft and warm.  Here is the EQ7 mockup:

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The top is done, well almost, I need to put on some borders and quilt it.

9.  Log Cabin quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

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10.  Various mug rugs, place mats, and table runners–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

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I think that is enough, for now.  I do need to sew a lot of bindings onto quilts–there are a great number of binding tutorials out in blog-land, but I will also write one.  One of my goals this past year, and the coming year, has been to improve my bindings.  I’ve learned a great deal about binding as I have worked on that goal.  Hopefully I will be able to branch out this year to some shaped bindings.

January is an exciting month–I have 3 blog hops scheduled and I will be writing a pattern for my quilt guild’s quilt show quilt.  I am looking forward to concentrating this month!!

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Quilt Design a Day–Getting back in the groove

My designs slowed down in September and October.  I wasn’t able to design every day, but I am getting back in the swing in November.  With these 30 designs I have earned my “150 day badge” with Quilt Design a Day.

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Experiencing ‘quilter’s block’ is no fun!  I think that most of the block was due to an increase in family obligations, septic issues (yuk) and the inspiration pictures we were using on Qdad were getting stale (I lost count of the photos of the same geode, lol).  Our Qdad leader, Anne Sullivan, switched us over to member contributed photos.  Every day I am excited about the design inspiration and the palettes which go along with them.  My turn to post photos will come right after Christmas.  I am exited about some new projects in the months to come and, hopefully, some blog hops with the irrepressible Madame Samm.  Please stay with me on my journey.