Starting a blog…FAL Q3

What's the way to start a blog? For me, this has been a question without an answer to it in the last couple of weeks. I've played with the idea of blogging for quite some time, but somehow it always ended with lots of unconnected links and posts just dangling around...And then I started diving into the world of quilting and patchwork blogs. There are so many wonderful blogs out there and I'm only starting to understand the (global) community behind it all. The support for other quilters I have seen is simply great and I am gaining a lot of inspiration and new knowledge from all these different blogs. And I think I would like to be part of that community. Maybe not to the same extent as many others online can do this. But nonetheless I'll give it a try.

2016 FAL

Seeing the FAL Q3 link party start was just the push I needed to start writing this post and finally beginning my blog. And I am hoping to better keep on track with my finishes and projects. I am totally new to quilting and patchworking, but it has totally caught me. So here's my list of planned finishes for Q3 2016.

1. finish the top of my first quilt ever

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It has been a long journey already, and it already is quite large. I started it in November 2015 - not knowing what I had started at that point in time. The rows in a darker blue, petrol/turquoise, dark and light green are still missing and I am planning on getting those joined in Q3.

2. finish at least 3 of the quilted table sets

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Not knowing whether to try and hand quilt or machine quilt the large quilt above (never really having done either...), I started sewing up some table sets from scraps and hand quilting them. Surprisingly it's not as bad as I had thought. Once I read enough posts on hand quilting (for beginners), telling me to not be concerned too much about the size of the stitches and some kind of perfect, I felt set to go. So one table set is already completed and the hexies for 6 table sets are also done (a picture of the blue hexagon is missing). But since time is scarce, I'll stick to planning on finishing 3 in this quarter.

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So let's see, where it takes me πŸ™‚

Hope to see you around,

Vanni

23 thoughts on “Starting a blog…FAL Q3

  1. Deb Chimes

    Good on you Vanni for starting your blogging journey! I started sewing/quilting two years ago and began my blog just over a year ago. The online quilting community is indeed incredible, inspirational and very supportive. Your proposed finishes are lovely and I can't wait to see the end results. Good luck!

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    1. vanni

      Hi Deb,
      thanks a lot for your encouraging words! I just stopped by your blog and am absolutely loving your color and design style! You've got yourself a new follower πŸ™‚

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  2. Kate

    Hello Vanni, and welcome to the online quilting community. I started my blog in January this year after responding to a 100 Day Challenge at Quilter In The Closet. It is a wonderful warm and welcoming community and you will be welcomed by all. Don't be afraid to ask questions, we all love to help new quilters and new bloggers. I have some blogging tutorials on my blog, I don't know if you will find them useful as they are for Blogger, but you may find something there of interest. You can find me at smilesfromkate.blogspot.co.uk if I can help in any way.
    Smiles
    Kate

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    1. vanni

      Hi Kate, thanks a lot. There's so much to learn so I'll definitely have a look at your tutorials πŸ™‚

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      1. Kate

        You are very welcome. Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog. I usually reply individually by email but your comment came through as a no reply blogger, you may want to check your settings. πŸ™‚

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  3. Sheila Williams

    What a lovely quilt top, amazing for being your first one, good luck with your finishes!

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  5. Lisa

    Hello Vanni: I've come over from Kate's blog. I've been blogging for 2 1/2 years and I also agree that the online quilting community is very supportive. It took me a while to find my groove but I'm going along happily now. One really good place to link up is Lets Bee Social at Lorna's blog Sew Fresh Quilts. I was looking for a way to follow you, but I can't see one. I hope you enjoy your blogging experience.

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    1. vanni

      Hello Lisa,
      I've sent you an e-mail with the link to follow me on bloglovin' πŸ™‚

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  6. serena@sewgiving

    Oh you're going to like it around here ... the quilting/sewing blogging community is heaps of fun! I really love your first ever quilt top ... rainbow is my favourite colour πŸ™‚

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  7. Kaholly

    Looks like you jumped in with both feet! Great first quilt AND first post! Welcome to blogging and to quilting. I hope it is as fun a journey for you as it has been for me! ~karen

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    1. vanni

      Hi Karen, thanks for your comment! I just checked your blog on bloglovin'. I really like the OMG idea - maybe that's something I'll give a try in the near future πŸ™‚

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  8. Gwenyth Kay

    Hello Vanni,
    I am not a blogger but read lots of them, I am positively ancient and have been sewing since a little girl but have only recently started quilting..I love it and have learnt so much from bloggers. I found you via Kate, I live in the UK, Ramsgate in Kent. Well done for starting to blog.

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