I’m Nicole, the mama of Mama Love Quilts. I have two little girls, a 1-year old and an almost 4-year old and I recently celebrated 7 years of marriage to my best friend. When I’m not chasing after my girls, hanging out with my husband, or working as a researcher, you’ll find me at my favorite place: behind my sewing machine.
Even though no one in my family sews or quilts, I’ve always had a fascination with quilts. I learned to quilt while in grad school to relieve stress and channel my creative energy. Since making my first quilt more than 10 years ago, quilting has blossomed for me from a hobby to a full-fledged passion.
Six months ago, I started this blog as a way of sharing my work and connecting with other quilters. In that time, I’ve “met” some amazing people who have encouraged and inspired me to continue improving my skills.
Here are a few of my favorite things that I’ve made this year.
1. EZ Dresden Challenge Table Runner, 2. Oh Fransson bags, 3. Sewing Machine Cover for Modern She Made Swap, 4. Jelly bean2_full, 5. Me and my quilt, 6. Improv circle_logo, 7. Starburst, 8. improv, 9. old house
Q and A:
- Favorite quilting tip? Practice. Practice. Practice. No one was born knowing how to quilt. We learn and improve our skills by trying again and again and again.
- Favorite quilting design? Straight lines quilted 1/4″ apart
- Favorite quilting mantra? The journey of a thousand lines begins with the first stitch.
- Favorite sewing mantra? So much fabric, so little time.
- Favorite quilting book? Modern Blocks
- Favorite quilting tool? Hera marker
- Binding – by hand or by machine? It depends on how much time I have. If I have the time, I’ll hand bind. If time is short, I’ll bind by machine. I prefer the look of hand binding, but the speed of machine binding.
- Favorite fabric? Children at Play. I’m having too much fun fussy cutting this fabric. Check out my w.i.p. here and here.
Today I’d like to share with you a tutorial on how to hang a mini quilt. The technique I use is quick and easy and doesn’t involve any hand stitching. You’ll find the tutorial here.
Be sure to stop by Jennifer from Sewlandia and check out last week’s post by Debbie from A Quilter’s Table and Sarah from Silly Banana Sewing. The next stop on the blog hop will be on Thursday, June 21 with Suzanne from SuzClass and Mina from Kindaquilty.
Beth has also put together a great series of advice for new bloggers and is giving away a custom fabric bundle from Fabricworm! Click here to find out more and enter the giveaway.