I'm thrilled to be part of the New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop this year, hosted by Beth from Plum and June. The hop is an annual event that showcases new quilt bloggers, and I'm excited both for myself and for you to meet all the amazing quilters who are participating - so much creativity and inspiration to be found!
If you're new to my blog, welcome, and for those of you whom I've had the chance to connect with before, welcome back! My name is Sarah, and I currently hail from Portland ME, where I live with with my husband and our two daughters. Of all the hats I wear - mom, milspouse, and maker - it's that last one that leaves the fewest crayon marks on the furniture, prompts the least number of moves (unless you count my husband moving out of his study to make room for my new longarm!), and in which I get to sew, quilt and create. On my blog you'll find a mix of tutorials, WIPs, finished projects, and updates for whatever current QAL I'm hosting or participating in.
My mother taught me how to quilt when I was a child, but I've only really appreciated and rediscovered my love of the craft now that I have my own children to sew for. I constantly doodle ideas for big quilts I want to tackle, but my completed work reveals a definite bent toward kids' projects, quick sewing and raw edge applique - like my latest finish pictured below, a "deer" little doll quilt for my niece! I've just recently acquired a HQ24 Fusion, though, and I'm excited to take my work in a new direction in the coming months so that I can offer longarm quilting services to my clients.
Today I decided to highlight three of my most favorite quilted projects. The first is a baby quilt I made for a client as a shower gift. She requested a "nautical feel without nautical prints," and loved the look of this wonky star, so I created one as the focal point. Living near the coast meant the perfect photo op at our local lighthouse! (If you love the look of wonky stars, too, here's a tutorial to create your own... or sign up for my newsletter and get the FREE Starshine Baby Quilt pattern to recreate this design yourself!)
Another favorite of mine are these doll quilts with matching bedding that I made for my daughters this past Christmas. They happily joined the previous year's quilts (my kids are a bit spoiled when it comes to doll furniture - each doll has their own bunk and their own quilt : P) and have been very well loved!
Finally, some fun decor projects I whipped up this [bitterly cold] spring when an endless winter had me longing for daffodils. For my Pantone Quilt Challenge pillow, I'd been practicing Drunkard's Path blocks and got hooked on curved piecing, so I flipped them around to create a bright cheery block to bring some sunshine inside. If you like the look, you can create it for yourself following my Daffodil Days throw pillow tutorial.
I'm so glad for this chance to tell you a little about myself and my work. I'd love for you to come back and visit Berry Barn Designs again, but you can also follow what I'm up to on IG @berrybarndesigns, Facebook and Pinterest. Speaking of the latter, let me segue into a quilt blogging tip I want to share with you today...
BLOGGING TIP: Labeling Your Images or Pinterest Prep Done Right!
Isn't Pinterest great? But don't you hate it when you pin something fantastic from your favorite blog and the description is missing or file name gibberish? Having accurate descriptions including your name/website title on your blog photos (all of them, not just the "best" one you led with - sometimes I'm not pinning your leading photo because I want to highlight an awesome quilting motif or a pretty pieced backing : ) will pay off in spades when others pin your images, as will adding hashtags so people searching Pinterest find your content. Below are directions for labeling in both Blogger and Weebly, which I'm familiar with. If you're not sure how to do this on a different platform, you can check your site's FAQs or google it to find out.
In Blogger: Under your image click "Properties." A box titled "Image Properties" will appear where you can enter your description under "title text" and click OK.
In Weebly: On "Image" menu click "Advanced." A menu will slide out where you can enter your description under "Alt Text."
Just a few final fun facts before I turn you over to the next stop on the hop...
- I grew up on Cape Cod, but hate going to the beach in the summer. Too crowded!
- I like dystopian novels, ice cream, Tuesdays and hiking.
- I love polka dots. I know this because they seem to comprise a third of my stash and I don't even remember how they all got there! Do you have a favorite print you collect?
- I will readily complain about the process, but I love moving. Maine is the 5th state we've called home in 7 years of marriage, and next year we head to Kansas! (Hopefully with one more little one along for the move, as we're a waiting family for adoption : )
Anyone here reading this from the Sunflower State? I'm eagerly starting to collect quilt store and retreat recommendations, so please share your favorites!
Be sure to check out these other great bloggers on today's hop!
Cornelia @ Pieced with Love
Heather @ QA Creations
Jenn @ Sew Crafty Jenn
Cheryl @ Texas Quilting Gal
Kate @ Thread Everywhere
Lin @ Lin's Quilts
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
Wendy @ Wendy's Quilts and More
Pam @ Sewing Wilde
Shauna @ Shauna's World
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