Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Happy Scrappy houses !




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 !

20 comments:

Belvie said...

Patrick has an eye for color as he certainly made some wonderful fabric choices for the background and borders. It is such a happy looking quilt. I'm sure he is very proud of his mom....and thankful to her for making him a snuggly quilt.

Wendy said...

I'm glad you took the plunge to join the blogging world. It's been a great experience for me to meet such wonderful people and share the same thing. Fantastic quilt, great choice of background fabrics.

Bren said...

I had a similar experience and started blogging shortly after you did. I really enjoy your blog and get so inspired...Patricks quilt is a perfect example!

Karol-Ann said...

Well I love reading your blog, so I'm very glad you blog and I love that quilt too!, it's one of my favourite of Bonnie's brilliant scrap quilts - I've yet to try it though. At present, I'm making her Pineapple Blossom quilt and yet to finish that too.

JoAnna said...

Your quilt is so cute! It is definetly a Happy quilt.

Linda said...

Great quilt, and yes blogging is so much fun and connects us with people we would otherwise not have met.

Leah S said...

I didn't even realize that the quilt was sideways. No worries! I recently did the same with some blocks on my design wall. My wall is wider than higher. :)

Chookyblue said...

love your blog pleased you started it.I too lurked around for awhile before diving in......it is another world but a good one......

Libby said...

Cute quilt and it sounds so cuddly, too :) Blogging is super fun - I think everyone should have one!

Yvonne said...

Love your quilt...aren't Bonnie's patterns the best. I too read for a long time before starting one of my own. I'm having so much fun and meeting such wonderful people.

tami said...

I'm so glad you started blogging. I still have your purse bookmarked to make.
Beautiful scrappy house quilt. Don't you love it when someone appreciates your work?

Kathy Wagner said...

Great quilt! It's no wonder your son has claimed it!

Meredith said...

Nice quilt I so enjoy when teh ones I make get used. Glad you found the quilt rings and made it back to your family. LOL. I have been known to get lost in them.

Helen in the UK said...

Great quilt! Love the idea of using the light/dark fabrics alternating for the day/night - Patrick has a quilt designer's eye :)

Sonnja said...

Hello,

What a beautiful quilts on your site!
Kind Regards.

Sonnja

gwen said...

I have just discovered your blog but your last post spoke from my heart! I did exactly the same: Bonnie´s pages then her blog, then the rings and finally my own blog!
I really like your style and will come back! Take care.

San / Gypsy Quilter said...

That is truly a happy dancing house quilt. Thank you so much for sharing!

YankeeQuilter said...

Your house quilt looks so happy! Isn't it fun how so many folks can use the patterns from Bonnie's site but they all still look so individual in the end.

mereth said...

I love the house quilt and it's heavily quilted, which makes it even better. Love the look of quilting.
The blogging world is great and I'm glad that I started too.When people complain about the evils of the net, I just think of all of us blogging back and forth and sharing our lives, and know that it's a wonderful thing as well.

Patti said...

And we are all so happy you started blogging!