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.
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!
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!
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.
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.Of 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 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)