Greetings from South Jersey! This is the final week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, and I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting all of my colleagues. I know I’ve enjoyed getting to know each of them over the past months while we planned for this!
There’s a bit of background already on the “About Becca” page, so I’m just going to stick to bullet points so I don’t repeat myself too much.
- I live with my husband, two teenagers, a big galoot of a Labrador retriever, and a charming fluffy hamster on my family’s cranberry farm. I’m a fifth generation cranberry grower. (You can watch a video of me talking about my family on the Ocean Spray website. Seriously.)
- I’m only a second generation quilter. My mom is my best friend, my biggest fan, and my partner in crime. She’s my enabler–“Just buy the bolt!”
- My husband and I met in Germany, and eloped in Denmark. (We were both stationed over there with the US Army. I was a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief for six years.)
- I learned to sew because I couldn’t find maternity pants long enough for me.
- I learned to quilt because. Just because.
- I’m a runner. I’ve been kind of on sabbatical for a while (and the scale says “for waaaay too long”) but I still consider myself a runner. Why do I run marathons? Because.
- “Because” is why I do most things.
I started quilting in the fall of 2011. I took a class at a local quilt shop (hi The Village Quilter i love you) and was hooked. I’ve spent the last five years soaking in everything I can about quilts, and quilters, and fabric, and techniques, and I can’t guarantee depth of knowledge, but there’s certainly breadth. You could call me a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
It’s been interesting trying to define my quilty voice. The more challenges and swaps I enter, the more I discover what my style is. I like a lot of color and texture and variation. One quilter described my work as “perky,” which might be pretty accurate.
I’ve given a lot of thought to what kind of advice I can give about quilting, about blogging, about anything really, and the best I can come up with is this:
DON’T BE AFRAID.
Don’t be afraid to use your voice. The people who go to your website, or your Instagram account, or Facebook, or whatever, they all go there because they’re interested in what you have to offer.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Cut that fabric, the only person who can appreciate it in your stash is YOU. When you put it out there for everyone, you can still look at it. Try that technique, you might love it, and if it really sucks, no one has to know about it but you. Check out that self-hosted WordPress, you’re a creative person and you can make it your own! (Um, but in the case of your blog, make sure you do a back-up before you experiment, mmm-kay?)
Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people. We’re all more alike than we realize. We all have something to learn, and something to teach, and something to say that’s worth listening to. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing quilters, and they’re all really approachable. Break that ice!
I was kind of nervous (okay, scared) about heading out to Sew Pro last year. I didn’t know anyone there, and I wasn’t sure I had the skills or the knowledge to feel like I fit in. I wrote a post about how I (mostly) got past that.
So, now you get to go and visit the other quilt bloggers in my hive! Make sure to stop in with our fearless hive leader, Leanne of She Can Quilt, and enter the fabulous giveaways. Then check out the other co-hosts of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop for links to the remaining blogs!
Leanne : She Can Quilt
Yvonne : Quilting Jet Girl
Beth : Cooking Up Quilts
The following members of the Let’s Bee Quilt’n hive are posting today:
Tell me about a time you were afraid to do something, and what you did to try to get over it. Did it work?