Today I’m participating in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. If today is your first visit to my blog, Welcome! My name is Vicki and I’m a longarm quilting addict. I began longarm quilting in 2010 and I quickly fell in love. Roscoe, my Gammill, and I spend lots of time together. In fact, I had to leave him to focus on writing this post. That was hard.
A little about me…I married my high school sweetheart. We’ve been married 20 years now and have 2 kids, Hannah and Jake. My hubby was in the Air Force for 21 years. He retired in February of this year and we moved to Las Vegas. That wasn’t planned, it just kind of happened. It’s worked out rather well so far but I don’t think we’ll stay here forever.
Fun fact: Hubby and I were once on an episode of Trading Spaces. I was such a dork. Cameras really freak me out which is why you will not find many pictures of me on the blog or anywhere else.
I spend lots of hours quilting which cuts into my house cleaning and cooking time. I’m really torn up about that…NOT. My husband and son haven’t starved to death yet but they probably do eat an unnatural amount of sandwiches and pizza rolls. I should try harder to cook more but I really hate cooking and quilting is way more fun. I’ve quilted lots of quilts over the past years. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites.
Both of these quilts have been in several shows and received ribbons. That’s not why they’re my favorites, but that does help. Just kidding! I would love them even if they weren’t ribbon winners. Me and My Shadow is an original design of mine.
I really enjoy designing quilts. Nowadays, I design quilts just so I can quilt them. Usually I start out with an idea for the quilting and have to design a quilt around that. I’m starting to think it’s a sickness but it’s super fun and keeps me busy.
This little mini quilt is an example of designing a quilt just so I could quilt it. I wanted a simple top that would allow the quilting to be the star. This is my entry for the MQG Riley Blake challenge. I’m really digging this type of radiating quilting right now.
Fun Fact: I get to travel to Virginia next January and teach at the East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference!! Pinch me…I must be dreaming.
My biggest blogging tip…I guess my best piece of advice is try to schedule time for blogging. It’s a huge time commitment and having a schedule helps. I should follow my own advice.
My quilting tip…be yourself!! I spent a lot of time trying to be other people, trying to copy their style. That left me feeling frustrated and inferior. I was never able to reproduce what they were doing. Once I figured out I needed to be ME, my quilting really improved. I stopped trying to be someone I wasn’t and I let myself do what comes naturally. It’s so liberating!
Am I the only quilting blogger who has become lazy and figured out that not blogging is way easier than blogging?? Tell me I’m not alone. I blame Instagram and it’s insta-graitification.
One last fun fact about my family…we lived in Germany for 4 years. It was so awesome. We did lots of traveling and our son was actually born in the Krankenhaus (hospital). We call him, our little German. Hannah was born in Florida but now she’s in Texas going to college. Gosh I miss having her around. Let’s change the subject before I get all emotional.
Please take a moment to check out the other awesome bloggers that are participating in the hop:
Eleanor at Cat Approved Quilting
Lisa at Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Corinne at Must Love Quilts
Karen at Sugar Free Quilts
And don’t forget the the lovely hosts of this hop:
Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs
Stephanie at Late Night Quilter
Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination
Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog and maybe you learned something about me that you didn’t already know. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you will visit often.