RomaBlueFlower Blossom Blog Hop

Stitching Stars Blossom Blog Hop

I love the quilt that my fellow Stitching Stars Blossom Blog Hop designed and created. It’s amazing what collaborating can do. I wanted to make a block, but not this round. I knew I had my regular job, at the library as a part-timer, getting ready for the upcoming holidays, two articles to research and write for a publication, two quilts on the sewing machine, (I’m tired just writing this), and I’m trying to finish my first quilt top design to send into a publication. And, I know one thing for sure, don’t over commit.

So when I learned I could participate with the support of a blog post, some photos of my blossom creations, and offer a give-a-way, I was really happy.
 This quilt is now the Grand Prize for the Blog Hop.  You can enter via the Raffle Copter link below.Stitching Stars Quilt Giveaway


Don’t worry if you don’t win, because I created the pattern free for everyone! It will be posted after the winner is announced!  I would love to see pictures if you make it, and I really appreciate constructive criticism on my pattern writing.

Please visit all the partipants in our Blog Hop and help us all Blossom.

I’ve also been participating  in 365 Days of Stitches, 2017, sponsored by Sara Barnes @brownpaperbag. I have always wanted to learn how to embroider by hand. That’s where my blossoms come in. Here are some photos of my work.

Blossom Blog Hop 65/365 days of stitches. My garden is growing #365_stitch #astitchaday #hudsonvalleyquilts


RomaBlueFlower Blossom Blog Hop

RomaBlueFlower Blossom Blog Hop

FlowerPot Blossom Blog Hop

FlowerPot Blossom Blog Hop

RedTulips and other designs; Blossom Blog hop

RedTulips and other designs; Blossom Blog hop

TulipGarden; Blossom Blog Hop

TulipGarden; Blossom Blog Hop

Valentine'sDayFlowers; Blossom Blog Hop

Valentine’sDayFlowers; Blossom Blog Hop

I’m really excited about incorporating this new skill into my second quilt top design. And I have to say, without my tribe, I wouldn’t have had the courage to step out of my comfort zone to create my own quilt tops. Since Sew Pro, our lecturers and teachers; Pat Sloan, Sara Lawson, Tula Pink, and Alison Glass, (and many others), I’ve been approaching my sewing, designing and thinking differently. I haven’t been blogging very much. Instead I am making a lot. Drawing a lot. And taking technique classes online through Craftsy, CreativeLive, and some through fb with Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish and Deena Wall.
It’s been an interesting 6 months. I’ve moved away from the way I used to think about my work and my fears about putting them out there. Now, as Pat Sloan says, “Just do it!!”  Meaning “Do the work.” So that is what I have been focusing my energy on. I’m not quite ready to go public, and everything is not quite ready to be photographed and posted either. But I’m getting there. And I am looking at inspirations, and getting it down on graph paper, and tweaking these ideas into designs.
I also feel as though I want to move away from fb and IG, and post once a week consistently on my blog, and a few times a week on pinterest, and possibly move back to Flickr too. Because I am a writer, but am a visual learner, this path is motivating me, and making me happier.
I’ve noticed that quite a few of us from Sew Pro are sprouting our creativity and businesses in new ways, and we didn’t just jump in. After Sew Pro, I’ll speak for myself here, I needed a lot of time to process and play with what I learned. There were a lot of concepts that were new to me, and I wasn’t quite sure how I would create and sell tangible patterns, quilts or embroidery. I’m still in this journey, and figuring out where it will take me.
To celebrate that, I am offering a give-a-way. A bundle of fat quarters from Cloud 9 ,Underwater, by Elizabeth Olwen ,
Cloud9Give-a-way Blossom Blog Hop

Cloud9Give-a-way Blossom Blog Hop

Please leave a comment in my comment box telling me what is your favorite thing about spring and summer. It could be food, colors, activities, flowers, picnics, the beach, bar-b-ques, holidays…. anything. I am not a winter person, and I really look forward to spring and summer. I will chose a random number, and announce the winner on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 PM, EST. If you are a no reply blogger, please leave me your e-mail address so I can contact you if you are the winner. I don’t have a newsletter, and I don’t keep e-mail addresses, so no worries about that.
Please check out all the other blogs participating in this blog hop. They are incredible quilters, and fashion designers and more. You will meet incredible women who inspire me everyday with their creativity and drive.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
In the meantime, happy creating and happy quilting!!
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  • Reply Sandy A in St. Louis April 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Hi Anne! Your post makes me want to get back to embroidery! I haven’t done any in a long time.

    I love the flowers of spring, especially the tulips and lilacs. The warmer weather is great, too!

  • Reply lovinglylissa April 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

    It is so true, Anne. The path I have been taking since Sew Pro is so different than the one I envisioned before. I have to keep myself steady and not overwhelm myself, which is the hardest thing to do since I just want to do it all! I’m so glad we all have come together to support each other as we all make our way into this new world.

  • Reply Lori M. Aka Sewnext April 7, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Hello Anne I have been following your stitching on instagram. Have enjoyed both spring and summer for different reasons. The spring because of the smell after a rainstorm and the laughter you hear from the kids outside playing.

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