A Little Bit About Me

A Quilt Blog? What!? Why?

I always wanted to start a blog, but have thought… “What should I start a blog about?”

Food? I like food! But honestly, as much as I enjoy food I am not a very creative chef. I am a mom of two kids with very specific tastes. So, while my foodie posts would probably resonate with a lot of moms out here (same 7 meals every week… can I get a comment about what your 7 meals are!?) it would get boring really quick! Specifically after only say… 7 posts.

So I moved on from the idea of food blogging and thought about a family/homeschool blog. I never ever thought I would homeschool. EVER… But, I honestly feel like our choice to homeschool was so personal and curriculum picks are so individualized that I couldn’t think of where to begin!

After throwing out the idea of food blogging and a lifestyle blog I really started to wonder if I would ever come up with a blog idea. Then, I started posting pictures of the quilts I was making on social media. People were commenting so much and so often saying they wish they knew how to quilt! “It’s so easy” I would reply! “You could totally make a quilt.” I, after all, have been quilting since I was a teenager, and if you have preteens or teenagers they have the attention span of a gnat. So, if I could learn to quilt as a teen, then anyone can!

But, I do understand that quilting can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? What supplies will you need? What is the easiest quilt pattern for a beginner?

A simple block quilt is an easy place to start. This will also be one of my very first tutorials, so be sure to subscribe to my blog!

One of my very first quilts was a jean quilt that I still have to this very day. I used yarn to quilt it. I didn’t bind it properly because I couldn’t bind the quilt on my sewing machine since all the layers were too thick. I sewed the binding by hand without using a slip stitch. I also didn’t know how to properly finish the binding. It quite honestly was a mess.

Always remember… You have to start somewhere!

I may not have made this quilt “properly”, but it is actually the quilt I am the most proud of. Why? Because it helped me learn so many things. I promised myself I would learn how to properly bind a quilt. I learned, there are in fact, better needles to use on jeans! And with my new found knowledge I successfully made two more jean quilts without crying.

Now, back to my childhood jean quilt. This quilt gave me so many problems. I had to hand cut each square because my rotary cutter couldn’t cut through the jeans (I likely needed a new blade). Because I hand cut each square they weren’t accurate squares so the seams didn’t meet up.

I am not sure what shape that is, but it IS NOT a square

I would never recommend a jean quilt as a first quilt to make. I broke millions upon millions of needles. Yes, this is an exaggeration, but it felt like that many. However, despite all of that. I get so many compliments on this quilt. Not one person has noticed the flaws that I see. This quilt is a very fun quilt. I left pockets on the quilt, fun embroidery a pair of jeans had, and even seams. Instead of using traditional fabric as the backing of the quilt I sewed bandanas together. It really is a beautiful quilt. I am so proud of it.

After finishing my first quilt I was hooked. I had a thirst to learn everything I could to improve.

Quilting is such a creative process. I feel as if it is something that you just need to dive into. Just start. With every quilt I make I learn something new. I am far from perfect. I am still learning. And I often don’t quilt the “right” way because I prefer to do something easier. You have to start somewhere, so why not now!

Have fun. You will be your hardest critic. I guarantee you, that everyone will be so impressed with everything you make.

My first tote bag using a Quilt As You Go method.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I would love for you to subscribe so you can be notified when my next post is available. Spoiler (it will be about recommended quilting supplies).

I would also love for you to leave me a comment and let me know where you are at in your quilting journey!

Bye for now…

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  1. Hi Fallon!
    I am excited to follow your new blog! I love sewing, but find myself a little intimidated with quilting. Looking forward to learning more and starting a quilt of my own. Your quilts are beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much for your support Kim!
      If you are able to sew already you will absolutely love the first tutorial I am working on! It comes together so quickly! I am including a ton of visuals and detailed instructions!

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