Hello, and welcome to my tiny piece of cyberspace.
Lucky me, along with about 55 others, I’m part of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. We are hosted by Cheryl at Meadowmist Designs, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter. Way back in the spring, our hosts divided us into smaller hives and I found myself part of Chery’s tribe. We call ourselves “Mis-Bee-Hivin’. This is our button.
The awesome Amista from Hilltop Custom Designs created it. You should check out her blog, you’ll love it. You should also come back so you can click on the links to check out these great blogs.
Velda @ GRANNYcanQUILT (that’s me)
I gotta say it makes me flinch to talk about myself, so I decided to re-work a list of “oh-so-sad-but-true” things about me that I posted on another site a while back. None of this of has anything to do with quilting; but I am however confident it will give you a clearer picture of who I am and what I’m all about.
- I am writing this post at 1:30 p.m. and I am still wearing my pyjamas…not such a terrible confession, unless you know as I do, that I did not bother to change out of my pyjamas when I took my dogs for a walk this morning.
- I am planning to cook dinner and serve it at no later than 4:45 p.m.
- Three times already today, I walked into the kitchen and three times I could not remember why, so three times today, so far, I have opened the cupboard and eaten a cookie while standing there, pondering the contents of the pantry. In my defence, this behaviour is very similar to that of a teenaged boy.
- I had the bed made and the bathrooms by 10:00 a.m. It was the most exciting part of the morning. ‘Nuff said about how quiet my life is.
- I am supposed to take a cholesterol pill daily. In order to remember if I took it, I have to say to my husband, as I am taking my pill…”Honey, I took my pill.” Sigh…Is that not the saddest thing you ever read?
Lets just say I am recently retired and enjoy a very laid-back lifestyle. Somedays I think I may actually be getting OLD. Holy O My Goodness. How did that happen?
Now on to some other things about me that are actually relevant to the reason for this post.
- I am a quilter/maker /lover of all things built by a person’s own hand.
- I have a mother’s pride in every single quilt I have ever made. Even the wonky weird ones like these. They really are almost like children to me. If you want to see more, check out this post about my quilty family.
- I have more ideas for quilts percolating in my mind than I can ever make.
- I blog about quilts and quilting because I cannot, not do so. Does that make sense?
At the end of the day and every morning, I am Velda, a person who is
- old enough to have escaped from the workaday rat-race;
- young enough to dream about new possibilities, (perhaps a flower farm? or a goat ranch?)
- o-so-glad to be enjoying a simple fulfilling lifestyle;
- married to the love of my life; and
- comfortable with the person I’m becoming. I still have a long way to go, but I really do try to improve myself or make my world a better place in some small way every day.
If you are in the mood to continue reading, I’m pleased to share
A Blogging Tip…
Keep a list of “someday” posts on your Drafts blog page. Lets face it, getting a post started is always the hardest part of the whole process. I learned that if I have several drafts stored, I can often turn one into a coherent post. It doesn’t have to be words, it just needs to be something to tweak a memory, or an idea…And you’d be amazed how helpful a photo, or a quote, or even a random thought an be in getting your fingers flying across the page.
A Quilting Tip…
I wrote a post about tips a while back. You can read it if you like. Its called I’m feeling a little bit tipsy this morning! . Here is an excerpt. Follow the link on the post. It leads you to a fabulous video that will seriously make your life better on those terrible days when nothing goes together right.
How to use my seam ripper properly (not that I have ever, in my whole life, ever, made a mistake and had to un-sew a block). This tip is from Sew Kind of Wonderful, which is one of my favourite modern quilt blogs. Honestly, we all make mistakes sometimes; and this little video on how to use a seam ripper ROCKS. Check it out, then do what I did, go rip out a whole seam just for fun in less than 10 seconds. The adrenaline rush is amazing and you will feel like SuperQuilter…. Seriously, I dare you.
A Question for My Fellow Quilters…
Do you sew?
My answer is always the same…No, I wish I could, but I cannot sew. I am a Quilter, I can Quilt. I cannot wrap my head around the idea of pinning a bunch of fragile, virtually transparent pattern sheets on a large piece of expensive yardage, cutting around them (with scissors, not a rotary cutter OMG) and expecting that something wearable will be the end product. The whole notion of notches, darts and zippers gives me the heebee jeebies. Don’t even get me started on buttonholes or blind hems. I am terrified of the whole process. I confess to feeling some shame for this obvious failing of of mine, because I know that many of us came to be quilters out of a love of sewing and that there are amazing seamstresses who also quilt, but not me… I’d really like to know am I the only person who feels like this? And could you tell me how to hem my jeans so they don’t look like they were done by my poodle Tigg and his sidekick Odie.