The ups and downs of learning something new

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First things first. I have two lovely ladies to thank for nominating my blog for the One Lovely Blog and the Very Inspiring Blog Awards as you can see here:

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The first thank you goes to Lori at The Inbox Jaunt Who has been inspiring me greatly recently with her fabulous free-motion quilting. I was consoling myself with the fact that she probably used a specialist sewing machine of some sort but when she told me she only used an ordinary sewing machine, my admiration went up by several notches and I decided to give it a try myself.

The results are at the bottom of this post and needless to say – I have a very long way to go to approach anything like Lori’s level! Oh well practice makes perfect, as they say. Do have a look at Lori’s work though – it is truly inspirational.

My second thank you goes to Julie or Garden Girl at Crazy Wonderful Life. I find Julie has a very honest way of writing and I first got to visit her blog when she wrote about a disasterous sewing class – where everything went wrong – cheered me up no end!! Go take a little look and see some of the lovely things she has been making.

Now for the other bit (I have covered 1. and 2. I think)

The Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

Seven things about me:

1. I make a mean Moussaka
2. My star sign is Sagitarius
3. I was born in the Chinese year of the Ox
4. I did a foundation course in art therapy
5. I lost contact with my best childhood friend when I was 10 and found her 37 years later!
6. I have always wanted to visit South America
7. I love chocolate in any form!

Here are my nominees for the award:

A Conversation with Moo
Deep in the Heart of Textiles
Green and Clean My Life
Dizzy Izzy Blog
Knit Nell
Projects by Mtetar
Living Simply Free
Nice Piece of Work
Pillows a la Mode
Neros Post and Patch

As mentioned at the beginning of the post here is my show and tell – please don’t judge me harshly!! As I said earlier I was so inspired by Lori at the Inbox Jaunt I just had to have a try at free motion quilting so these were my first attempts:

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I know the only way is up from here so I’ll keep you posted on how I get on!

18 responses »

  1. Congratulations on your blog awards.
    I am impressed with your free motion quilting. I am not game to try it on a quilt I think I should make myself a cushion and try the free motion quilting on that. One day!

  2. They are charming and cute. I haven’t even gotten up the nerve to try! The bottom one kinda looks like popcorn…you could make a movie night snuggle quilt! 🙂

  3. Congratulations to your awards! Your quilting looks beautiful and really inspiring! Thank you so much for nominating ‘Nero’s Post and Patch’! I do appreciate this award! Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje

  4. Congratulations, and thank you for including me in your list – I am very honoured 🙂
    I think your freeform quilting is flipping amazing – I don’t know why you think it’s bad!!! I have seen some before and it’s an amazing technique. I really really love the first one on the turquoise background.

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