By way of introduction - I inherited my old fashioned name from a maternal great-grandmother. I've never really minded my name because by all accounts, she was one amazing lady. And it set me apart from other gals my age. I've never met anyone younger than 70 with the name Ida. (just for reference, I'm 40. . . ish.)
|This is my Freedom Star quilt, one of the quilts I made while living in Turkey.|
I am blessed to be a stay-at-home mom of five children, all girls except for four. ;)
I had a bit of a rocky start in quilting, which you can read about on my About Me Page, but began quilting in earnest just before we moved to Turkey. I even packed a giant batting roll in our household goods shipment. I started a blog about that time to keep friends and family up to date on our travels and adventures overseas. It was called MyOrdinaryMagic.blogspot.com after my favorite book, The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel. I posted quite a few finished quilts amongst the travel/adventure posts and began to participate in the online quilting community.
When we returned to the states and I became involved in the local modern quilt guild, I decided that it was time for my quilting to have its own online home. Thus began IdaRatherBeQuilting. I imported all the quilt posts from the other blog and have been blogging here since!
Here are a few of my favorite quilts:
Gateway to Imagination - A book quilt made for a special teacher in Turkey
Twin House Quilts for my parents (red) and a sister (purple) who moved in the same year.
Eleplay - a mini for a swap, two things I've recently discovered a love for.
I've never had any of my quilts long armed or quilted by anyone else. Mostly out of frugality but also because I love modern quilting's emphasis on creating a quilt yourself, start to finish. So improving my free motion skills has always been a goal and a practice.
Recently I've been creating practice square mini quilts to be given to older siblings when I make a baby quilt (I do a fair number of those). You can check those out in my FMQ Practice Minis Gallery.
My best blogging tip is to make sure your sister marries a nice patient man who is well versed in html code and accepts cookies as payment (real cookies, not the digital kind.) But if that doesn't work out for you - read and google and ask and learn all you can about the technical side of blogging. It can be scary but also immensely satisfying to expand your digital know-how.
Also to let your personality shine through your posts. As quilters we want information but we also want to connect with real people.
My quilting tip is along the same lines - join a guild! Meet real people to learn from and to share with and to inspire. The online community is wonderful. I wouldn't be a quilter without it. But we all need real time connection and guilds are a great place for that to happen.
If you are interested in improving your FMQ skills - buy Angela Walter's books, use only good quality thread (I like polyester threads from Superior or Aurifil) and practice. I promise - you will get that muscle memory going and it will get easier. And prettier.
Finally, a few random facts:
-I love disaster movies.
-As a child I lived in Iran for 3 years.
-I once visited a chocolate factory in Switzerland and spent quite a long time in their tasting room.
-I watch MASH reruns while I quilt. They are the soundtrack of my childhood and I don't need to look up to know exactly what is on the screen.
Be sure to visit my fellow spotlighted bloggers for this week:
Many thanks to the helpful and wonderful hosts of this year's New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop:
Yvonne@QuiltingJetGirl (my fabulous hive leader)
Visit all the hosts for a giveaway and links to the other hive bloggers for the week.
Thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope you come back!