Sunday, April 24, 2016

A blog of my own



Well, looky here! I've whipped up a brand new blog, just to talk about quilting. The online quilt world seems to be quite large and I'm getting more involved in it. There are block drives, bees, link up parties, contests and more, and having a dedicated blog makes participating in those a lot easier.

So welcome to my Quilt Odyssey, a journey (by boat, of course) from beginner to something slightly more than a beginner. I've moved all my previous quilt-related posts from our travel blog, Our Odyssey, over here to have them all in one place. If you've been following along over there, everything below this post is old material (Ha! Get it? Quilts, cotton, material!)

If you're a new reader, here's the story in a nutshell. I live full time aboard a boat named "Vector" with my husband, Sean, and our cat, Angel. We are currently traveling up the western coast of Florida. About two years ago, I got the quilting bug and started sewing in our second stateroom, now called The Quilt Room. It's a pretty big room for a boat, but a pretty small room for a sewing studio, so I am concentrating on smaller projects like lap- and child-sized quilts.

I have made one large quilt, though: a queen sized cover for our bed. It seems huge to me, and it certainly is difficult to take photos of something that size on a 52-foot long boat. You know how other bloggers spread their quilts on the lawn or drape them artfully from a tree in the backyard? Yeah, that's not happening for me. Since forgot to take a picture of the back of when I originally documented it, today Sean fixed that omission. The photo at the top of this post shows the back of Exuberant Color, and the front is on the far right in the blog header picture. We took a number of photos to get the blog header and it was nerve wracking to have all my hard work hanging precariously over the water from spring loaded clamps. The boat is salty and dirty, too, so I didn't want to drape anything freshly washed over the side. I won't be setting up many more "side of the boat" photo shoots.

In the meantime, watch this space for more frequent quilting updates, and thanks for following along. If you leave me a comment and aren't a "no-reply" blogger, I'll write back.

9 comments:

  1. Well, isn't this fun!! I've been following you guys since you got on the bus way back when - on twitter and blog. This new venture is a great idea. I don't quilt but I make rag dolls so, live with the thrill of beautiful fat quarters. Can't wait to see how you roll this along. Susan Denis

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I just saw a couple of your dolls over on Google+. So cute! I couldn't leave a message there because I'm not signed up for Google+, so I hope you see this back here. I'm glad you're following along.

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  2. Just added your new blog to my RSS feed, Louise! I'm not a quilter, but I still love looking at your quilts.

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    1. Thanks, Jeri! It's always nice to have you along for the ride.

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  3. Congrats on your quilt blog, I love how you can display you quilts for photos, I see you have to secure them so they do not end up in the water, LOL! Beautiful work.

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  4. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful quilts and life on the water. Enjoy!

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  5. I like your new blog :-) I have to tell you a story. I used to live in the NY Adirondack Mountains. One summer day in maybe 2010, I picked up a lone woman hitchhiker with a pack on her back near the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. I hiked that trail years ago and know how welcome a ride is. We got talking. She and her boyfriend were Dutch. He wanted to finish the trail. She didn't. I asked if she wanted to couch surf at my place. When her boyfriend got off the trail, we all went camping and canoeing together. Turns out he was a semi-famous musician, supported by the Dutch government. We kept in touch. The woman started her own sewing pattern business. https://www.paprikapatterns.com/ I still read her stuff. Today she posted a link to a woman who sews on a boat. I thought of you :-) I love the way all people and places eventually seem to tie together. https://www.paprikapatterns.com/unusual-sewing-space-dutch-barge/

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    1. Wendy, thanks so much for the link to Lisa's blog. I really enjoyed reading about Melissa and her tiny sewing space on the Dutch barge! How great that you met Lisa as a hitchhiker. We plan to take Vector to the Netherlands some day; the Dutch have a long and accomplished naval history and build some truly beautiful boats.

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  6. So thrilled to find your own quilting blog. Love following your quilting adventure.

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