Greetings from the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Hi there! It’s the second week of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, and it’s my turn to introduce myself. I’m Becca, and you may remember me from last year’s hop, when I had a great time showing you where I live (in the middle of nowhere), why I do the things I do (because), and my favorite way to make children cry (giving them quilts when they really want Monster High dolls). I also gave some advice on quilting and blogging and life in general: don’t be afraid.

"Flight" triangles mini quilt
“Flight” by Becca Fenstermaker. 12″ x 12″, 2018. This was my submission to the Curated Quilts “Triangles” mini challenge. It wasn’t selected, but I just love it. It feels hopeful to me.

What’s happened with Pretty Piney since last year’s introduction?

Well, I’ve spent the last year trying to follow my own advice. Since then, I’ve explored art quilting, entered challenges, helped host a quilt-along, released a mug rug tutorial, designed a group charity quilt that hung at QuiltCon, and even took the plunge and submitted a quilt for jurying into a show (there will be a post about that experience soon–the show opens on Thursday!). I’ve worked steadily to improve your experience here on the blog, plus I have several patterns in the pipeline for release. I’ve even added a new monthly feature–the Design Dare–and I’m looking forward to seeing LOTS and LOTS of links to your ideas!

Jaybird Ballerina Quilt
“Ballerina” pattern by Jaybird Designs. I made this top several years ago, but I recently finished the quilt for a young friend and renamed it “Trampoline” in honor of her day spent tumbling and flipping in the backyard with my son.

What will Pretty Piney do next?

  • Write more tutorials! Anything you’re interested in seeing? Drop me a note in the comments, or e-mail me!
  • Release quilt patterns! It’s taking me longer than I expected, thanks to a lot of hiccups in my personal life, but I’m getting there….
  • Share my art quilt process! I’ve been having a blast with my art quilt groups, and always look forward to the next challenge.
  • Design for quilt-alongs! Next up, in September, is the My Happy Place row along. Can’t wait!

    Come In, Sit Down, Relax, Converse
    “Come In, Sit Down, Relax, Converse” by Becca Fenstermaker. 9″ x 12″, 2017. My first effort for the Birds on a Thread group was a tribute to my grandmother’s kitchen.

Any advice?

Last year, my advice for both quilting and blogging was “don’t be afraid.” This year, I’m going to make the advice do double duty again.

Find your voice!

Sure, buying a kit to make a quilt can be a great way to relax and not have to worry about making any decisions. I will never, ever argue with you about that. The “Ballerina” quilt that’s hanging over a gate a little way up the page? That was a kit. Sometimes a person just doesn’t want to have to think.

But you don’t have to make everything the exact same way everyone does. Play! Try something a little different. Find what works for you and feels authentic.

The same goes for blogging. It’s always interesting to visit all of the other New Quilt Bloggers and find out what they do and why they do it that way. We make suggestions and recommendations to each other, and often try a few of their ideas for ourselves. Sometimes they work for us. Sometimes they don’t. You might notice I’ve made a few changes around here based on what I saw and admired from other blogs, like the mini bio in the sidebar or the “sticky” top menu. But sometimes the changes just don’t feel right to me, and so they disappear–even though they work GREAT for other people.

There is, of course, one other implication of finding your voice: USE it! Share your process, ask questions, compliment people, and don’t forget to listen, too.

Join the fun!

With so many fun and exciting things coming up, the best way to get the latest news from Pretty Piney is to sign up for the newsletter! I send it every two weeks, and it always has a little about what I’ve been up to as well as previews of what’s to come and some links to other news happening in the quilt world.Sign Up for NewsletterOf course, you can subscribe to the blog and get an e-mail whenever there’s a new post (there’s a sign-up form in the right sidebar), plus you can follow Pretty Piney on Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, too.

Find more New Quilt Bloggers, and enter to win prizes!

The goal of the 7th annual New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is to provide advice, tech help, and introduce new quilters to the online community.Quilt, Blog, Repeat 2018 New Quilt Bloggers


The co-hosts each took responsibility for one “hive” of new quilt bloggers and guided us through the process of critiquing and improving our blogs. Visit the co-hosts’ blogs to learn more about what prizes are available from our generous sponsors, plus how to enter to win one!

Jennifer // Dizzy Quilter (doesn’t pump her own gas)

Beth // Cooking Up Quilts (googles everything)

Tish // Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland (runs with scissors)

Sandra // mmm! quilts (fabric-petter)

“Quilt, blog, repeat” bloggers

Nicole // Handwrought Quilts (spells “color” wrong)

Becca // Pretty Piney (enjoys parentheses)

Bloggers from other hives

Velda // Freckled Fox Quiltery (a bit of a chatterbox)

Carrie // Carrie Bee Creates (has the cutest puppy ever)

Sharon and Susan // Ms P Designs (competitive stitching sisters)

Ann // Laughing Gas Quilts (pending retiree)

Sherry // Powered By Quilting (engineer, marathoner, and lots of fun)

Stephanie // Low Country Quilts & Embroidery (shameless fabric hoarder)

Question for you: What’s on your quilt bucket list?

I just can’t stop thinking about making a Hawaiian quilt…in Hawaii.

115 Replies to “Greetings from the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

  1. Hi Becca! What a great post! It was good to learn more about you! Right now, my bucket list is full of all my UFOs … but when that is finished … or close to being finished, I hope to make this awesome quilt that is in my head! (and yes, I do have a little sketch of what I want to do – just so I don’t forget!) Oh – and Nicole doesn’t spell “colour” wrong … you do! 🙂
    Happy Quilting!

    1. Hi, Gail! I hear you on the UFO goal. Boy, does THAT feel like the goalposts keep moving. I had a lot of fun visiting all of the New Quilt Bloggers and picking out little tidbits to add to the links–check out Nicole’s “About Me” page!

    2. Hi Becca,

      Love the post! It has been fun “meeting” you, and I’m sure that we’ll “see” you again soon!

      My bucket list includes finishing up that beautiful plum and butterscotch pieced quilt for my bed, after I paint the ceiling and the walls in the bedroom. It is a UFO, and I’m ready to get it “F-inished!”

      1. Hi, Sharon! It’s been fun getting to know you, too. Your bedroom quilt sounds DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to see pics of it finished.

  2. My Bucket list, to get the very old Gammill short arm machine re-wired, and actually quilt a quilt with it. Lovely to see you here again this year, and cranberries, we have one bush, and each year I manage to get a jar or two of jelly. Yummy, I can hardly imagine how many you have, or where you fit in the quilting. Fond greetings, again, from NZ.

    1. Oh, Jean, I’m jealous of the Gammill! I hope you get it re-wired soon. I love that you make your own cranberry jelly! I’m guessing that yours may be a different type of cranberry than ours, but if I could grow Vaccinium macrocarpon on a commercial scale in New Zealand, I’d be there in a heartbeat–for, you know, research. It would have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with wanting to visit NZ. NOTHING. Really. Okay, maybe a little. Or entirely. Thanks for visiting!

  3. What a great post. I enjoyed reading it so much. Also great advice about blogging. (It may be the same as the advice I gave to visitors this morning, but yours is phrased so much better) oooh and I also love parentheses and …. (what is the official name for dot dot dots?)

    1. I loved your post, too, Velda! It’s delightful meeting new people via the NQB–especially when we seem to have similar philosophies about quilting and blogging! I tend to overuse both parentheses and ellipses….

  4. What a great post. You have created some very beautiful quilts. My bucket quilt is a wedding ring quilt.

    1. Thank you, Karen! I’ve never made a wedding ring quilt, either, but that’s another I think I should work on sometime. So many quilts, so little time!

  5. Great Post, I’ve really enjoyed seeing all your quilts. I love the Hawaiian quilts, I made a small sample a few years ago, and I’m super keen to make a full size quilt using this method 💕

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I think the really important part of making a Hawaiian quilt is being in Hawaii to do it. We should plan a loooong retreat.

  6. Becca, I really enjoyed reading your 2018 update. I went back and looked at your Ballerina quilt details. I love the way you quilted. I’m glad we were hive mates and look forward to seeing all your upcoming posts.

    1. Thanks, Jan! I had a shockingly difficult time getting the angles right on the partial shapes on the ends. It should have been simple, but somehow I kept getting them wrong! I’m glad I stuck with it, though, because I really like the effect too. I’m glad we were hive mates, and thanks for being so kind in your critique!

  7. Well, I’m very sorry about the hamster, but I’m sure he had a happy life with you. It was great fun catching up with you once again, your post is great fun to read. My bucket list? Well, I just finished one (Postcard from Sweden), one is in my UFO pile (pineapple quilt), and I think one would be a huge improv quilt.

    1. Thanks, Wendy! He was a charmer, that hamster. I just LOVE your Postcard from Sweden! Can’t wait to see that pineapple quilt finished–is it the Pineapple Mashup you posted about in November? It looks fantastic so far. I love that cheerful block.

  8. Becca, your joy of the quilting process shines through your blog. What energy you have. If I could replay life, my quilting journey would be similar to yours…..always stretching your talents. My mind has enough ideas to last another 40 years…..
    I`m guessing Nicole is a Canadian like myself……

    1. Thanks, Linda, I think those may be the most flattering compliments I’ve ever gotten! And yes, Nicole is Canadian–I had a lot of fun visiting all of the New Quilt Bloggers and picking out little tidbits to add to the links–check out Nicole’s “About Me” page!

  9. Hi Becca, I enjoyed reading about you and seeing some of your beautiful work! I’ve not been brave enough to enter any of my quilts for judging yet but am planning on it in the near future. Good luck!

    1. Thank you, Stephanie, it’s been delightful getting to know you through the NQB! I’ve entered quilts in our county fair, but of course they weren’t juried in, so I really had to take a deep breath before entering this one. Finally I decided that since I didn’t make the quilt for a show, but just for myself, my feelings wouldn’t be hurt and I had nothing to lose by entering. I hope you take the plunge soon!

  10. I love you. Like seriously, you are hilarious! And one of these days I’m gonna steal that pineapple art quilt… hands down one of my favs like ever.

    I have a lot of bucket lists quilts… when I was first starting out I bought a few kits of quilts that I adored… all of which are these massive super complicated paper pieced quilts. *sigh alas they are still kitted together and I haven’t made them yet… but one day! One day they shall be a quilt!

    1. I shall leave you that quilt in my will!

      Ugh, I hear you on the quilt kit thing. I recently did a purge–some of them were purchased so long ago that they’re no longer anything I’m interested in. So I pulled the kits apart and added the fabric to my stash! Voila…a shorter UFO list.

  11. Hi Becca,
    It was so nice to meet you and learn more about you today! I love your triangle entry, Flight. I guess I will have to see what was selected from the entries because I see no good reason this wasn’t! The other quilt that I’m really enjoying and can totally understand the name is your Ballerina. My great-niece is in NYC in a ballet company, and I can absolutely see her twirling around like your quilt. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, you’re a delight! Honestly, all of the entries to the triangle challenge were contenders, and I’m a little relieved I don’t have to mail mine away. It’s so stressful being separated from my quilt babies. The Ballerina quilt pattern was named by the designer, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts–aren’t her patterns gorgeous? (Your great-niece must be incredibly talented, and if you ever go to see her dance in NYC, let me know! I’m only about two hours away.)

  12. Great post Becca! The next thing on my bucket list is to get a quilt into a show. I have a design ready to go but before that I want to get my UFOs quilted since I think quilting is where I will lose points.

  13. My bucket is filled with a lot of UFOs, and it just got fuller. I went to the AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky last week and bought one kit, more fabric, and quilting supplies. I have never sewn from a kit, but this fabric and design are going to take me a little out of my comfort zone.

    1. Oh, my goodness, I haven’t been to Paducah yet, but I suspect my UFO list would reach “INFINITY” if I did! I think kits are perfect for trying things that are a little out of your comfort zone. Good luck!

  14. Hi, nice to meet you and your work. I found you through Musings of a Menopausal Melon. I am adding your page to my list to keep watching. Welcome!

  15. Love the Jaybird Quilts quilt, and the one you did of your grandmother’s kitchen, which takes me back to that of my own grandma. Nice to get to know you a bit more! You have me pegged in your parenthetical description of me, LOL. btw colour IS the correct way, around long before ‘you Americans’ lol decided to drop the u ….just sayin’ . Try as some might, you can’t rewrite history, ha!

    1. LOL, I took your description straight from your “About Moi” page, which I love, by the way. I took most of the descriptions directly from everyone’s blogs in one form or the other, including Nicole’s! She mentions the colour/color thing, and I just can’t resist a little spelling controversy.

  16. Hi, Becca – I really do love your bucket list – particularly the location! Except, when I’ve been to Hawaii before, all I want to do is relax and feel the warm breeze through my hair, sip a nice cocktail, and think about my friends shoveling snow back home. Actually, my bucket list is too long to even type out, lol!

    1. Barbara, that’s why it’s going to take a very, very long time to finish that Hawaiian quilt. But I’ll do it, even if I have to keep crossing other quilts off the list!

  17. Hi!
    Enjoyed your post and especially liked your “Grandmother’s Kitchen”!
    Will follow you on Bloglovin’.

    1. Thank you, Barb! That one is definitely a family favorite, and it makes me happy every time I look at it.

  18. I have been following you since last year’s New Quilter’s Blog Hop. I was on the Hop last year and I learned some great ideas for my blog. I still am not, however, the best blogger. Oh, well, I try once in a while. Love your Grandmother’s Kitchen! Very creative!

    1. I learned a lot, too, and isn’t it amazing how much there always is to learn? Your blog looks good, and you post consistently (which is a HUGE struggle for me!). Thanks for visiting, it’s good to see you!

  19. Hi Becca, It looks like you have some great goals for the coming year. It’s been a pleasure working with you on the Hop. You provided me with much appreciated advice for my blog.

    1. Thanks, Cherie! I appreciate your kind words, and look forward to seeing what you do over the next year!

  20. Fun to meet and QAL with you last year. You have a great set of goals. I love the comment about making kids cry by giving them quilts – must be some good stories behind that!

    1. Oh, Kathleen, I was kind of devastated at first–my sister-in-law asked me to make a quilt for her older daughter (who was born before I learned to quilt). Alas, my niece wasn’t thrilled! I mentioned it briefly in my 2017 introduction, but never really told the whole story. Thanks for following along this year!

  21. So great to come across your blog this year. I am a huge fan of exploring creativity too. So much joy can be found in doing your own thing without following the rules. 🙂 Let’s see, quilt bucket list. So many things. I have more patterns to write, so maybe publishing hard copy patterns would be a top contender for that.

    1. Hi, Jen! I’m glad you’re here. It’s always fun to visit with a fellow rule-ignorer. I was going to suggest you check out the Quilt Pattern Designers group of Facebook, but fortunately I looked first–boy, would I have felt stupid if I’d said that without realizing you’re already a member. I think having hard copies printed is a great idea, especially if you ever decide to teach.

  22. I like the idea of making a hawaiian quilt in Hawaii. It takes me a long time to make a quilt. Especially if it is hand quilted. I could live there forever!!!!!

    1. You and me both! Fortunately, I’m a very slow stitcher when I want to be. Maybe we’ll run into each other–then we can point out “mistakes” that we’ll almost certainly have to tear out to start again.

  23. Hi Becca, I love your energy and attitude! I must admit fear is something I deal with all the time (in quilting). I’m trying to work on it but I hate to fail so it’s hard to challenge myself sometimes! On my bucket list are some of the stunning Julie Herman BOM quilts like Gravity and Sweet Tooth. Maybe one day!

    1. I admit that I’m always, always terrified that I’m going to screw up the whole quilt when I get to the quilting part of the process! That’s why I have such a big stack of UFOs. I just adore Julie’s designs, too–I gave my mother the Gravity pattern one year and just might have to steal it back.

  24. I love your quilt entry for Curated Quilts. I saw it on Instagram, too, and it totally WOWs me. I’m so glad I met you through the NQBBH!

    1. Thanks, Tracie! I love it, too. Did you check out all of the quilts that were submitted? It’s fun to see all of the interpretations on a theme, and lots of amazing quilters have been participating. I wonder what the next theme will be?

  25. I really dislike bucket lists. Anyhow, one experiment I want to do is with versions of drunkards path blocks, both traditional and wonky. I love the curves and think it could be alot of fun.

    1. I’m not a big fan of the term myself, but it’s a convenient and catchy phrase for an interesting concept! I’ve played with drunkard’s path blocks a bit, but haven’t really made any projects out of them yet. Stitching curves really can be fun! It surprised me that it seemed to go smoother when I didn’t pin, which seems counterintuitive.

    1. Thanks, Terry! My kids disagree with you. I’m MEAN and UNFAIR.

      I’m glad I got to know you through the NQBBH!

  26. My bucket list is to finish my UFO’s this year (I only have about 10) and 5 need to be quilted which I’m working on. After that I can’t wait to start something new, probably one of my kits that I bought within the last 3 years. I enjoyed your post.

    1. That sounds like a great list! I hope to whittle my UFOs down quite a bit, too. Good luck!

  27. Becca, I have always loved your pineapple quilt. I enjoyed watching the progress on it while you were making it. Your triangle quilt is so clever, too! Hmm, quilty bucklet list, I would like to complete all applique quilt one day!

    1. Thanks, Paige! I’m astonished by the quilting on your triangle quilt. Every. Triangle. Is. Perfect. WHAATT?!?? I bet your eventual applique quilt will be stunning, too!

  28. I don’t think I have a quilt bucket list but I would like to participate in your Design dare someday when manage to find the time. I love the triangle quilt !

    1. Lisa, if you have five minutes to draw a picture of a cupcake or color in some squares, then you can participate–there’s certainly plenty of room for interpretation on the theme and you don’t have to submit anything more than a sketch if you’d like. I’d love to see your design!

  29. Wow, great post. Glad I found this blog hop and your blog. I will agree with one of the first commenters and say that making a Wedding Ring quilt would be awesome! Other bucket list item…someday have enough scraps to make a scrap quilt. I am actually going to try to make one this weekend with my mom, using mostly her scraps! She has a few more years of quilting under her belt than I do!

    1. If your mom is anything like my mom, you’ll never need your own scrap stash. Holy mackerel, she has totes upon totes upon totes. Good luck with your scrappy weekend stitching!

  30. no bucket list. just want to try new things, epp, paper peicing, maybe applique. I have a Jinny Beyer kit I just can’t seem to find time for.

    1. I love trying new techniques, too! That’s part of why I like mug rugs and mini quilt swaps so much–they’re perfect for trying techniques without a huge investment of time, money, or energy. Jinny Beyer’s work is gorgeous–I’d love to visit her studio sometime.

    1. YES. I don’t think I could ever cross that off my list! Somehow, the unfinished work pile just keeps getting higher. Thanks for visiting!

  31. So many things on that list (sigh)… but I keep circling back to a clamshell quilt in beachy prints/ colors. That I can snuggle under at my beach house (or my real house, we were talking about bucket lists, right?).

    1. Oh! Oh, yes! I can totally picture that quilt. Maybe with a seaglass green and/or blue clamshell thrown in here and there. Be right back, updating my list….

  32. Hi Becca! What a colorful, fun blog you have! How sad to lose your hamster this past year. Oh, the circle of life! Your bucket list looks like you have a lot of great things in your future. My quilting bucket list includes a trip to the Sisters outdoor quilt show and another trip to Missouri Quilt Star Company. If only my husband enjoyed quilt store shopping as much as I do!

    1. Two places I’d love to go, as well! I was hoping to get to Sisters this summer, but I will have a quilt there. I hope to find someone who’s going so they can take a picture of it hanging for me. Once, my husband asked where I wanted to go on vacation and I sighed and said dreamily, “Missouri.” Now, that’s not an answer I ever expected to give. (And frankly, I’d still rather go to the beach.)

  33. Hi Becca! I love that postcard that was designed for the blog hop!!! Vintage, quilty and cute! We sell kits galore at the shop where I work. I get the idea of it, from both the buyers side AND the sellers side. I’d rather work from my own collection. Great to meet you!

    1. Hi, Nancy! I had fun figuring out the postcard. I designed one once for someone else, but it’s been so long…. Kits can be a great learning tool and timesaver, for sure! I don’t buy as many as I used to, but every now and then I spot one that I think is perfect just the way it is. In fact, I just picked one up because the pattern was designed for that specific fabric, and it would be a perfect gift for a certain someone. Thanks for stopping by!

  34. Thanks for sharing your journey. I would like to go on a quilt cruise or to Asilmar one of these days.

    1. Oh, for Empty Spools? That would be DREAMY. I like the idea of a quilt cruise, except for the “cruise” part. I have a real mental block about that, even though I know a lot of people who love them!

  35. Only one thing to be said in response to international colour spelling wars……. “metric”……. lol. Finding your own voice is great advice, and something that takes time and patience to develop I think. Your triangles mini is very good. I am very curious to see what was selected instead, because the calibre of those that didn’t get into the Triangles challenge seems to be very high.

    1. I had a lot of fun visiting all of the New Quilt Bloggers and picking out little tidbits to add to the links–check out Nicole’s “About Me” page! After looking at every submission to that challenge, I don’t envy those who had to whittle it down to 25 (I think it’s 25), because there were a lot of gorgeous minis in there. I can’t wait to see what the next theme will be.

  36. I really love your “Come In, Sit Down, Relax, Converse” quilt. It’s the kind of quilt I’d love to have in my home. What’s on my bucket list? I really really want to make a rag quilt. I love the look of them and they look like so much fun to make.

    1. Thank you! That little quilt has a lot of meaning to me. Rag quilts are fun! I’ve made a few; in fact, I keep a flannel one within an arm’s length of my couch at all times. Do yourself a favor, though, and buy or borrow a set of spring-loaded rag quilt snips to make that fringe! I didn’t for the first one, and regretted it for over a week–so much hand and wrist discomfort.

      1. Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to look into the rag quilt snips. I can’t wait to get started on one.

  37. I can’t think of any now. I finished all of them last year. I wanted Illusion quilts and I got them all done. Might do a few more, Twisted Log Cabin, finished. Now it’s just all fun. Maybe a Pineapple, it’s been awhile.

    1. Wow, good for you! I can’t imagine what it would be like to finish everything I want to try. Congratulations!

  38. I’m not much of a person for buying quilt kits only because of cost but I honey bought one yesterday. $179 later I am compelled to make and do with it but I am compelled to make more of the same pattern, just because it was so expensive….But the kit came with some very gorgeous fabrics!

    1. Sometimes they’re just irresistible! I’ve hung on to some for so long that my style changed and I no longer liked the pattern. So I put the (still gorgeous) fabric in my stash and released myself from the guilt of not making that kit! Unfortunately, there’s still a pretty decent pile of unopened kits left….

  39. What a fun post. Did you enter NJ QuiltFest? I know it starts Thursday.

    It took me a few minutes to realize what you were talking about – have I complained on the blog about having to pump my own gas when I leave the state? I’m a spoiled princess.

    My quilt bucket list includes finishing my La Passion and getting a pattern I to a quilting magazine.

    1. I did! I’m riding up with my mother on Thursday to check it out. I think you said you have a quilt (or quilts) in there, too? I’ll keep an eye out.

      I don’t think you complained about pumping your own gas–for the most part, I took the little parenthetical blurbs directly from “About Me” pages or introductory posts, but I went off on my own for a few (including yours–I had to shout out the fellow Jersey girl). If you’d like me to change it, I’m happy to.

      Can’t wait to see your completed La Passion! That looks like a LOT of work.

      1. I think it is funny, and also true. I complain bitterly whenever I’m up in New Hampshire. That is, after I figure out why no one is coming over to put gas in my car.

  40. on my quilting bucket list – upsetting the boundaries and doing what I feel like….like to do kits sometimes but really want to feel my own voice in fabric!

  41. Your bucket list idea sounds ideal to me . . . especially IN Hawaii! I think I’d like to make a bargello quilt. They look like they’d be fast and easy to make (are you laughing yet?), but have great movement.

    1. It’s funny you should say that, because I always thought that a bargello would be super-complicated. Then when I finally made one, I realized it wasn’t nearly so finicky as I thought. You just have to stay super-organized! I wrote a post about the process that might encourage you to get that bargello scratched off your list. Let me know how yours turns out!

  42. Just beginning as a quilter, I have so much more to learn! I want to design my own quilts, one day! Turning a picture or pictures into a quilt , not so much as a complete copy, but as ideas that they invoke! Thank you for sharing, Susan

    1. That’s wonderful! The quilt world is incredibly sharing and welcoming, so there are quite a few blog series about pattern writing and at least one Facebook group for designers. And if you start a blog, you can join the New Quilt Bloggers…. 🙂

  43. I need to finish the QOV, bind another quilt, and make On Ringo Lake. That’s all that I’ll “admit” to having in my UFO pile. Love all of you quilts, especially “Flight”.

    1. Well, now I wonder how many you aren’t admitting to! (I admit that I have certain standards a project has to meet before I’ll include it in the UFO count. But I won’t tell anyone what they are.)

  44. A Log Cabin quilt , an Amish inspired quilt , and a Hawaiian quilt are all on my quitly bucket list. I’m pleased to say I’ve crossed several things off in the last two years!

    1. Congratulations on crossing some items off your list! An Amish inspired quilt is a great idea. I consider myself lucky to live only a couple of hours from Lancaster, but I haven’t made an Amish style quilt yet.

  45. Well, I just completed a quilt from my Bucket List — the Postcard from Sweden quilt that Sandra hosted a quilt along on. I’ve wanted to make it for several years. On to the next….a giraffe quilt. I love the quilt that commemorates your grandmother. Given the size of the quilt, the photos on the wall must be postage stamp size. Beautiful.

    1. I love those Postcard from Sweden quilts! It’s been great seeing photos pop up on Instagram and blogs. I have a giraffe quilt on my list, too! It’s not next up, but I do have everything for it. You’re right, the photos on “Come In, Sit Down, Relax, Converse” are pretty small–no more than 2″ on any side. But I added frames in Photoshop and printed them up as one unit to make them easier to manipulate!

  46. Great blog and post! Love your changes. I have a grandmother’s flower garden hexi (by hand) on my bucket list. Of course, I have about a zillion other ones on it, too.

  47. Really cool post. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  48. Hi Becca, I loved your blog post. Very informative and looks like you have achieved a lot since last year. Keep going! There are many things on my quilt bucket list and there are not enough hours in a day, having said that I want to make a whole cloth quilt. I have not planned it yet but hopefully soon.

  49. On my quilt bucket list is a quilt from a Judy Niemeyer pattern. Don’t know which one, but her patterns are really fabulous!

  50. I like your advice! You certainly have been busy this past year! Enjoyed reading your post. I’m already on your e-mail list!

  51. Hi Becca!
    It was so nice to meet you in real life at the Edison show! 🙂 I loved reading more about you in your post and just have to say that I adore that triangles mini quilt—you’re right, it does feel hopeful!

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