Hello everyone and welcome to The Inquiring Quilter! It’s Week 2 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and now it’s my turn. Yikes!
First, tell me about the blog hop…
The New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop is hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter. The purpose of the hop is to introduce new quilt bloggers to the world while providing them with the support they need to succeed. I have to admit that blogging was a bit lonely at first but since joining the New Quilt Bloggers I’ve found friendship, advice, and best of all, inspiration.
I encourage you to follow the blog hop (a list of participants is located at the end of this post for your clicking pleasure) because I think you’ll find new quilt blogs you like and may even choose to follow them on social media. As a new quilt blogger, I can tell you quite honestly that every follower, every comment, mean so much!
Now tell me a little bit about you…
Oops! I forgot to introduce myself! My name is Jennifer Fulton and I’m a professional writer and editor. I’ve been quilting since right before my daughter was born, and after writing my book on quilting, I decided I really liked designing quilts and writing patterns. So I started this blog to share my love of quilting and quilt designs.
I’m the mother of a beautiful girl who loves to sing, write short stories, and draw cartoons. I recently started sprucing up my blog in preparation for this hop, and I asked her to draw me some kitties…aren’t they adorable?
My husband supports my quilty habit whole heartedly. He has an artist’s eye and a poet’s soul and he’s the love of my life.
Why the Inquiring Quilter?
When I was looking for a name for my blog, I made a list. That’s probably the first thing you need to know about me. I make lists. Lots of them.
After writing down all the names I could think of I went through the list, eliminating the ones that I didn't speak to me or were already taken. I eventually narrowed the list to The Inquiring Quilter because I’m always asking questions. Maybe too many. But I can’t help it. I’m a curious kitty.
My hope is to make The Inquiring Quilter the spot you turn to when you’ve got questions and are searching for answers and inspiration. Let’s be curious together!
Speaking of cats, no introduction would be complete until you met my sweet kitty, Lucy. Truthfully she’s a bit of a stinker <grin>, but I love her.
So why quilt?
I’ve always loved handcrafts and used to do a lot of cross-stitch and needlepoint. They were wonderful crafts, and they connected me to my mother who also did handwork. But when I found quilting I found the artist in me.
My favorite part of quilting is designing them and choosing just the right fabrics. Selecting fabrics for a quilt really defines that quilt in my mind so I always take my time with that part.
My least favorite part of quilting is selecting a quilting design and quilting a quilt because for me that's really hard. Once I have a quilting plan though, I find that I fall into a sort of zen rhythm and actually enjoy the quilting process.
That’s another thing you need to know about me. I’m a planner. Once I have a plan, I’m happy as a lark. When I don’t have a plan, I freeze in place and can't seem to move or get anything done.
Show me some of your favorite quilts!
You can’t get to know me without knowing my quilts. Here are some of my more recent quilt designs. Most of these patterns are available in my shop or are coming soon.
Tell me some more…
Here are some random things about me you might want to know:
- I love history and vacations to historical sites. One of my favorite vacations was when we went to Gettysburg, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC on a two-and-a-half week see-it-all trip. My dream vacation would be to explore Ireland because that’s where my ancestors are from and I've always dreamed of seeing it one day.
- I love Masterpiece Theater and mysteries on PBS. I enjoyed Downton Abbey so much it inspired a quilt design that I included in my book. I also love how Alan Cummings says “murh-dar.” His accent is to die for.
- I come from a large family but married an only child and had an only child. I never imagined I’d have such a small family (it wasn’t in the plan <grin>), but I love them both so much I can’t imagine life any other way.
All of the participants in the blog hop were asked to provide a blogging tip and a quilting tip. If you are a new quilt blogger like me, here's my tip: If you want to know something, just ask! I’m a curious person so this is easy for me, but honestly, quilt bloggers, like other quilters, are so generous with their time and their knowledge that they will surely help you with anything as long as you are brave enough to ask.
My blogging tip ties in nicely with my quilting tip which is this: be brave. I’ve been participating in Brave Quilter Challenge for several months now, and it has really given me the encouragement I needed to overcome my fear of zippers, art quilts, and quilting. This month I’m hoping to challenge myself by designing some kind of quilt pattern that uses applique.
So what’s the plan for this week?
I’m happy as a kitten because I’ve got a plan for this week! (You know how I love plans!) The surprises this week include a free block pattern you’re just gonna love, a new quilt pattern release, and an update on several on-going projects. I hope you’ll stop by again this week to check it all out.
More importantly, I hope you will join me beyond this week for my little quilting adventure. You can follow my blog easily on Bloglovin, by email, through Facebook, Instagram and other social media (just check my sidebar). If you wanna join a fun group of fellow quilters, I’ve set up a special group on Facebook just for friends like you! Come join in the fun and share your quilts and your questions with us in our private little corner of the universe.
Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it. You can share the love by visiting the other blogs participating in Week 2 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, including my Miss Bee-Hivin’ beemates. The fun continues each week through July 18th.
While you're at it, be sure to also visit our blog hosts Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne of QuiltingJetgirl, and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter for a chance to win some cool prizes and to meet the participants from the other hives who are also participating this week.