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me at the lake

Hello to all of you hopping along from the Let's Get Acquainted blog hop! I am so happy to introduce you to myself and my blog!

I'm Jess - an interior designer turned homemaker and quilter. I started on my quilting journey just a bit over a year ago. I got my machine (a basic Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118) and began piecing a quilt for my guest room. After I had finished that quilt, I got involved in my local guild, began collecting fabric and spending my free time making hand sewn goodness.

first quilt collage 2
my first quilt
I really like projects that stretch my creative muscles. I've been working on some projects from patterns recently, but I get pretty bored with those rather quickly. The projects where I start and don't know where I'll end up, tweaking and working and creating as I go, are my favorites.

sewing cover/ mug rug/ curtain
I also love scrappy projects. I really enjoy taking the leftovers from old projects and making them into something unexpected.

placemats/ scrappy trip
I always like having a few projects going on. Right now, I'm working on a Retro Flowers quilt, my first commissioned quilt, my scrappy quilt-as-you-go (below left), and my hand stitched Modern Medallion quilt (below right). I like moving back and forth from projects in various stages, but nothing beats a finish!

qayg/ modern medallion
When I'm not sewing, I really love to cook and I love the outdoors. I often go hiking with my husband and our pup, Fleury (a sneaky little pup with a sarcastic sense of humor). Speaking of the fluff ball, I recently made him a bed and since y'all asked for one, I also created a tutorial on how to do it, so stop by again next week to check that out, won't you? Fleury asks that if you make one for your puppy, that all thank you correspondence be sent to him (and if you are feeling like sending a little something, he prefers liver treats).

he likes it!
You can find me on flickr, threadbias, and bloglovin'.

Also check out these other great blogs, posting as part of the hop today:

Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Amira @ Little Mushroom Cap
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

50 comments:

  1. Very nice! Your work is so beautiful. If you have so many projects going at once, how do you keep track of it all?

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  2. Hi, nice to meet you. You have some really lovely projects.

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  3. Hi, it is very nice to me and your furry friend. I love all your projects. Your Scrappy Trip is really pretty. I made one too and loved the whole process but haven't got it quilted yet. I am a new follower on BL
    jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

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  4. It's wonderful to read more about you Jess! By looking at your gorgeous quilts, it is no wonder that you have a background in design. I think my favorite is that awesomely bright HST quilt! I'm already a follower on Bloglovin' (why do I always want to add a g??)

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  5. What fabulous looking projects! I'm a scrap hoarder so that scrappy maple leaf was calling my name :) Nice to meet you through the Hop!

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  6. Love your sewing machine cover! The colors are great together. I have been thinking about a project with those colors. I have already told you how much I like those doggy projects. That pup looks sneaky;) He looks like he is saying"Who me?"

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  7. I love your photo - so happy. I strive to be that happy, so good job. Your projects all look so great - I love the maple leaf - Autumn is kinda my time.
    Fleury looks very sweet, too. We just got a golden retriever/german shepherd puppy that looks similar (Lulu). I love his smile. I may just have to pick him up some liver treats.:)

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  8. Cuuuuute puppy! I should really make my dogs beds. The store bought ones we have are just ugly! Looking forward to that tutorial :)

    Nice to meet you! Looks like you have a lot of really cool projects under your belt :)

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  9. OK, so I love your picture! So funny! Beautiful projects and I love that you go for your own style! So many lovely projects...particularly like the Medallion! I too split my time between being in my sewing room and wanting to be outside playing! A balance is good! Nice to meet you in this blog hop!

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  10. What a great bunch of projects - so many that I like. I love the colors of the sewing cover, and the scrappy trip around the world quilt is wonderful. The photo at the beginning is so much fun. I struggle with balancing my life all the time as I get obsessive, and right now I definitely need to spend some time exercising :-) It was great to meet so many new people.

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  11. So great to find out more about you! Love the projects you have on the go, so different in colours!

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  12. I like projects that go their own way too - it is such fun to see where the creative process takes us!!! I am enjoying your use of colour - love the green in your sewing cover and the maple leaf!!!

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  13. So nice to meet you via the hop! Especially love your applique leaf block and handstitched medallion quilt - awesome!

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  14. Nice top meet you through the blog hop! Super cute dog--how lucky to have a brand new bed :) I love your scrappy trip quilt. I hope to get mine finished one of these days. I'm with you--I love scrappy projects :) You have done a great job on everything. Look forward to seeing more!

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  15. All your quilts are gorgeous! I didn't know you were an interior designer - that must come in so handy when designing quilts! I am totally on the same page as you about liking to design my own quilts - it's not quite as satisfying to follow someone else's pattern, right? Look forward to seeing more of your lovely work.

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  16. Lovely to meet you! You have made some absolutely beautiful projects in the short time you have bee quilting! I'l be popping back to check out your pet bed tutorial and I'm hoping to make one for my huge puppy :P

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  17. Good to meet you. I definitely see that you have a trained eye when it comes to picking color, I guess that's your interior design training showing up. I recently adopted a cat so I could use a pet bed too.

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  18. Good post and I'll be back for the tutorial!

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  19. Such beautiful quilts, I especially love the blue, green and yellow one. I totally understand what you're saying about scraps, just been trying to use up some of mine in a project..it's so satisfying knowing they're not going to waste :)

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  20. I agree it's great to feel your way with a project, even tho' for me it's much slower it's so much more satisfying. Your triangles and low volume quilts you've shown here are especially lovely. Nice to find your blog via the hop!

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  21. Jess - great post and great to be a part of this very awesome blog hop with you. Looking forward to seeing lots of your projects in the future!

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  22. Nice to meet you through the blog hop, you make beautiful things!

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  23. Beautiful projects, I especially love your sewing machine cover. Nice to meet you:)

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  24. What great projects! So nice to meet you! Great post by the way! I will definitely be stopping back to see your "dog bed" tutorial! I have a couple of pups that would love some new beds!!!! Can't wait for it!

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  25. What a fabulous collection of projects. I am so glad to have "met" you though the hop.

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  26. I love your little dog Fleury! He'd make a greatr companion for my dog Haley, who is as black as yours is white! I'll be back to see your tutorial on the dog cushion.

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  27. Throwing some LGA love your way as a fellow hop member! Okay, and I'm in love with your aesthetic so I'm gonna have to follow along! Sign me up for your fabulosity!

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  28. Love all the color! Fleury is adorable! Dogs and awesome quilts. I am sold! Keep up the amazing work!

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  29. So nice to meet you! Browsed through the blog and loved it all. My dogs are jealous of Fleury's bed and are begging for ones of their own, I'm sure they'll wear me down soon. Like you - I work on multiple projects at once - keeps me from getting complacent.

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  30. Love the things you made for your dog :) Is the gazebo yours? I'd be out there all.the.time. Found you through the Blog Hop!

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  31. So nice to hear more about you! I love all your projects and I am envious of your modern creativity!! And of course, Fleury is a.dorable. :) Love your blog!

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  32. I can't believe we're not only blog design twins, but also sewing machine twins! High five, up top ♥ Thanks for showing all your older projects, they're lovely! Especially love how bold and colorful your scrappy trip is c:

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  33. You have some lovely makes! I know we spoke about the interior design thing before, but I am happy to know there's another lover of both worlds out there!

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    1. Oh, and I am seeing Garth Brooks in Vegas tomorrow!

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  34. Great to meet you Jess! Your blog is gorgeous and so are your quilts! I love that maple leaf in particular.

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  35. Wow, your quilts are stunning! Great blog hop post and look forward to reading more!

    Jenny @ Note to Follow Sew

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  36. Love all of your beautiful work, I hope you don't mind, I've linked you up and your quilt to my faves from the last blog hop week. :o) Post will be live Saturday am. :o)

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  37. Fleury looks like such a sweet guy, I can't wait to see your tutorial (even though I don't have a doggie to make one for). Your quilts are beautiful, nice to meet yoU!

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  38. I love that sewing machine cover (I think that's what it is) and your scrappy leaf. Those are beautiful. I look forward to following your blog! (By the way, I think you've got something on your face up there)

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  39. We would get along just fine. Quilting and cooking and the great outdoors, oh my! We have "hiking dogs" as well, though ours have achieved senior dog status at this point. Casey is 11.5 and Molly is 10, but they still love a good hike!

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  40. wow! you have beautiful quilts. totally digging that half-square triangle quilt! lovely colors!

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  41. Thank you for sharing a photo of yourself, too--I think all of us should have! You have done some aMAzing quilts. I like the FMF features you're using in your Modern Medallion quilt. Way to really show off that fabric.

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  42. Ermigah - your style is really lovely and that picture is amazing. Glad to have met you through the hop!

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  43. Love that photo of you! What a cute dog, I still can't believe that he chewed the foot pedal off of your sewing machine...crazy pup. That medallion quilt looks amazing!!

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  44. I love love love your maple leaf!

    Spolgarquilts.wordpress.com

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  45. Your work is beautiful! I especially love the maple leaf--how did you make that, exactly? I'm so happy to have found your blog through the blog hop!

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  46. I really love the hand pieced medallion! I saw one at QuiltCon and was amazed. Isn't the Joel Dewberry herringbone great?

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  47. I'm so in love with all of your projects! The scrappy trip along, modern medallion...even just the simple patchwork is fab! I love that we're sewing machine twins too, haha ♥ Never had a problem with my Emerald! I've got a vintage machine I want to pull out and try to use for quilting, it's a bit more sturdy.

    I'm really glad I met you through this hop!! Love seeing your new work ♥

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  48. Sorry I am so late to comment on your blog on the hop! Life sometimes gets crazy - and I wanted to make sure to really check out each hopper's blog!

    I just wanted to say I love your maple leaf block! It is absolutely stunning. And your modern medallion is incredible as well. So great to meet you and get to know you a little better.

    PS. Your dog is adorable!

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