Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I have been reading these posts with great interest because it is great to gain insight from the process of others. A thank you to PugMom for inviting me to join. You can check out her post here

I apologize ahead of time for how long and picture heavy this is, but I think the pictures show my quilting style.

My name is Tanya and I have been quilting for nearly 20 years. I started right after we got married when my hubby told me I needed a hobby. I had learned to sew as a child and decided to try quilting. I took a free adult continuing education class with Peggy Martin (she is a published quilt book author and did amazing things with color). I soon took over my hubby's garage as my sewing studio and have been totally obsessed with quilting ever since. There have been times when I toned it down (like when I had a newborn and when I got my masters), pretty much only when  life gets in the way. Quilting is my therapy and crucial to my mental health!

1. What am I working on? 
I always have multiple projects going on...Maybe it is ADD, but the variety helps anything from becoming monotonous!
 This is a sewing machine cover and mat that is a Lori Holt design from her book, Quilty Fun. I want to use it with my Singer Featherweight for a retreat I am going on next month.
 This is an "Angry Birds Square within Square" quilt I am making on commission for  a nine year old boy.
This is the base for a perpetual calendar that is embroidered. I need to quilt it and embroider all the designs for each holiday. It is a free pattern you can find here

This is called "Country Homecoming" and has been a quilt along over at I am supposed to have the border appliquéd by mid-September. I am going to use wool felt and hand appliqué it, so I better get a move on!

This is "Lucky Stars" from Terry Atkinson made with Parasol fabrics by Heather Bailey. My sister asked me to make it for one of her friends. I plan on quilting it with my mom's long arm when it gets back from being serviced next week.

I have many more UFOs, but these are my most current projects!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am kind of all over the place with my quilting. I do not stick with one style...

I have made many country style and primitive quilts over the years. 

 These are companion quilts "My Country Week" and "My Country Seasons" designed by Cheri Saffiote-Payne. Here is a link to her site

I appliqué with wool felt and hand quilt with perle cotton, but I do not do much other appliqué- like needle turn or any hand piecing. I have not jumped on the hexagon bandwagon!
I love to embroider with perle cotton. This is "Journey of a Quilter," a BOM, I have been working on since April.  
I have always made bright quilts especially as baby quilts.
 Recently, I am more inclined to make more modern quilts. This is Pretty Posies.

3. Why do I write/create?
I can't imagine not creating! I find making quilts fulfilling for my soul and a way to relax after a long day at work.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 
I am all over the place with my process. I rarely make a quilt from start to finish. I will start it, stop and do something else, and then come back to it. My biggest problem for finishing quilts is the quilting part...I am still learning to use my mom's long arm machine, but I lack confidence and often avoid it!

My favorite way to quilt is to dig in my scrap bins and stash and make a quilt from nothing.
I organize my scrap bins by color and they are directly under my cutting table for easy access.
 This is my "Bee in my Bonnet Row Along Quilt" featured in Lori Holt's Quilty Fun book. It is not finished because I cannot make a decision regarding borders, but it was made using up some scraps.
This is my "Farmer's Wife" quilt also made from my scraps.

Thank you for learning more about me! I have tagged

Narelle over at

Diann over at


Kim over at

They will all be posting on Monday, 9/22.


  1. So much eye candy today. Especially love the prim Cheri quilts.

  2. Loved all of your photos and it was nice to learn more about you!

  3. I always enjoy reading that kind of post and yours is not an exception. For my part, the amount of pictures is good. Of all the beautiful quilts you've shown in this post, Bee in my Bonnet is my favorite. It looks so fresh and crisp. And joyful too!

  4. It was so much fun reading more about your quilting journey.

  5. Very nice very nice to see your work

  6. Inspiring. Love all the thins you are making.

  7. Your projects are all so beautiful!

  8. It's nice to get to know you a little better. I love that you make such a wide variety of quilts!

  9. I love getting to know more of the story behind the quilter in this blog hop. You are certainly a diverse quilter.

  10. Great posts .... I too can relate to you needing variety ... It keeps it interesting!

  11. Love all your quilts...especially the bright & modern ones. Particularly like the modern flower one...will put that on my to-do list.

  12. So glad I nominated you! I really enjoyed learning more and I LOVED seeing all your different quilts! Plus, you've recommended three new blogs that I've never read!

  13. Oh I love those folk art quilts and especially enjoyed getting to know more about your quilty life! Great post...thanks for sharing!

    1. I always love seeing how use hand stitching to highlight your quilts and couldn't resist highlighting this post at Tuesday Archives on Oct. 14, 2014. I invite you and your readers to stop by!!

  14. Lots of wonderful quilts, i love, love the farmers wife quilt.

  15. Hi Tanya I like all the different styles of quilts you make and the colors you use. I am similar in that I don't stick to one style. I found you on Let's Bee Social. Stop by and visit my blog anytime.

  16. I loved seeing all your quilts, especially the applique ones. You do great quilty things - thanks for sharing.

  17. Apologies for this late comment - I am just catching up.
    Lovely to see so many of your wondeful projects and look at your quilting journey. So many creative ideas happening in your work.
    I have enjoyed all the photos.

  18. This was such a fun read and my what a nice show and much variety.
    LOL Love that he told you to get a hobby and then you took over his garage :)

  19. I love picture-heavy blog posts. Your owl quilt is precious! I too host a linky party every 2 weeks on my quilting blog and would love for you to share with my readers as well. It's called KISMIF "Keep It Simple and Make It Fun" on Hope to see you soon!--Shannon


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