Many of you will recognise the title above as being a pattern from Bonnies amazing quiltville site. I was searching for a pattern online to use up some strips I had and I remembered seeing this from an earlier visit to the site. I don't think there are many quilters using the internet who has not found this site or indeed has made a quilt using Bonnies excellent instructions.
This was one of the easiest, most enjoyable quilts I have ever made. It certainly did a job of using all my scrappy strips. This was claimed by Patrick before I had even finished the blocks. He chose the background fabrics - light and dark blue to represent day and night. He also chose the border fabric ( which is really groovy - lol ) and told me he wanted fleece on the back so it was nice and snuggly. I made this in record time and it was on Patricks bed in the blink of an eye !
BUT the reason why this quilt is special to me is because of it I discovered something I hadn't known about before....... Whilst clicking on all Bonnies wonderful patterns I noticed a small title in the sidebar saying these magic words - Visit my blog !!!! OMG I was enthralled ! I didn't know there was a whole load of similarly quilt obsessed ladies writing and sharing their quilt adventures with the world. It was a real eye-opener.
From that moment on I was an avid reader of as many blogs as I could find. Initially it was just the Quilt Mavericks and then Stash quilts and then a whole host of others. My family didn't get much sense out of me during this period as I read the archive postings of all my favourites !
I thought about starting a blog of my own but wondered if I would find the time or really if anyone would be interested in my stuff. I kept putting it off but would still check for new postings most days. Eventually after about a year I thought - I'll just give it a go and see how I get on.
You know what - I am SO glad I did ! I really and truly love blogging. I am meeting such lovely people who in turn encourage, praise and share their quilts and their lives. My DH jokes he is a Blog Widow as most evenings I'm either surfing the blogs or answering comments or something. I was never one for watching TV anyway but this is far more exciting. If anyone is like me and thinking of starting their own blog but holding back I would say - go for it ! It's brilliant fun !
By the way - the photo above is not great as there was no-one around to hold it up for me so I had to peg it to my washing line sideways - to avoid it dragging on the ground - lol !