2014 New Quilter Blog Hop

June 11, 2014

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Hi, I’m Stephanie at the Late Night Quilter.  Welcome to my blog!

It’s my turn today to play along in the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop!  I’m thrilled to be a part of this event, organized by Beth at Plum and June. There are some amazing new quilting bloggers out there today, and many of them are participating in this hop. You’ll find the links to their site below.  I hope you can visit their sites and show them a little blog love!

A Little About Me….

As you may have guessed from the title of my blog, I tend to do all my quilting while jacked up on caffeine late at night.  I squeeze fabric shopping into stolen moments between play dates, baseball games and dance recitals.  At night, after I  tuck in my four little wildlings an hour past their bedtime,  I sneak up to my sewing room for a little creative therapy.

Speaking of therapy, I am a clinical psychologist, and I love my career.  But I found it tough to balance my practice and teaching with my family life, so I’m taking a break from it for awhile.  I will go back to it someday, when the time is right.

Here’s my family on the birthday of our youngest baby Emerson.

Emmie' class=

Emerson (Emmie) is the one who inspired me to start quilting about a year ago.  Here she is on the first quilt I ever made… This very first quilt, with it’s mismatched points, and unbalanced patches, just might be my favorite.

Emerson on the quilt that started it all

During the early months of my pregnancy with her, I felt an undeniable urge to make something new every day.  I couldn’t ignore it.  It was exhilarating and exhausting.  It was nesting on steroids.  I hadn’t felt anything like it during my other pregnancies.

That inexplicable creative burst of energy was so powerful that it shoved me through the doors of a fabric store.  It forced me to buy a quilting magazine and an armful of fat quarters (I had no idea that’s what they were called at the time). I strolled quickly through the isles of Hancock fabric, pushing my sleeping two year old in a stroller, confused and desperate to pick colors that lit up the pleasure center of my brain before she woke up.  I had no idea how many I needed, or what I would do with them. But I hacked them up with a pair of kitchen scissors and attempted to make a quilt.

My Other Favorites…

I recently designed my first quilt called Paint Chip.  It’s hand embroidered with words of strength and courage for a beautiful little boy named Cody who recently had brain surgery.

Favorite Paint Chip Quilt Up Close

Paint Chip Quilt Whole edited

This next Yellow and Gray twin size quilt is absolute sunshine, and I love it.  The pattern is called Double Delight, by Villa Rosa Designs.

Favorite Yellow and Gray


Favorite Yellow and Gray 2

And finally, I absolutely love my AMH Color Dive Quilt.  It’s the quilt that’s behind me in all my profile pictures.



What I am Up To These Days….

I have a few fun projects going on.  My friend Sandra Louise and I started the Supernova Swap, where quilters all over the world are matching up with a partner they don’t know and making a Supernova block for themselves and their new friend each month for 5 months.  With each block that they mail, they will also send answers to questions about themselves  to help foster the development of a new quilting friendship.  The end result? At the end of the swap they’ll each have a quilt of their own, and a new forever quilting friend.

Supernova by Vicki at Sew Inspired with watermark

This is an example of a beautifully completed Supernova quilt, by Vicki at SewInspiredBlog.com

I also am on the cusp of starting my own long-arm business, specializing in free-motion, edge-to-edge designs.  It’s an exciting time for me, and I am filled with all sorts of creative energy as I prepare for this new step in my life.

A Blogging Tip For You….

Get  involved in all forms of social media!  Facebook and Instagram are teaming with quilters who want to connect and share.

I  had a sudden urge to create a new Facebook group for other quilters like me who are addicted to the craft, but are forced to do it in shadow-filled, Ott-light illuminated rooms, after 10 pm each night. So I teamed up with two other amazing ladies (Kitty from Night Quilter who is also on this blog hop, and my lovely friend Michelle) who I share so many things in common with, and  The Late Night Quilters Group  was born.

It’s less than a month old and has already grown to 375 members.  We are modern quilters who love to support each other, share ideas and tips, and not be constrained by specific styles or rules. It’s a closed group (just so our non-quilting friends and family don’t get freaked out by our inexplicable fabric obsessions).  So if you’d like to join, it’s just a click away.

Late Night Quilters Club

 An Extra-Special Quilting Tip…..

How to Piece your Quilt-Back the Easy Way

I recently read this tip on another fabulous blog (and as soon as I remember whose it was, I will update this post!!)

1). Take your backing fabric and fold it in half with right sides together, selvage to selvage.

2) Sew a 1″ seam joining the two sides (where the selvages meet).

3) Trim off your selvages (and save them for another project, all you selvege hoarders!)

4) Trim off a slim slice at the bottom of your fabric, so you can open up your new, extra wide piece of fabric!


My Dream Vacation….

I’m about to take it — Next weekend I am going to Craft South in Nashville with Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler.  It really is a crazy dream come true.  Now, if I can just break it to my family that I’m abandoning them for my sewing idols for three days….


Late Night Quilter Speed Trivia Round

  1. Name: Stephanie
  2. Sign: Virgo
  3. Favorite Long-Arm Quilter: Judi Madsen
  4. Favorite Fabric Designers: Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, and Bonnie and Camille
  5. Began Quilting: 1 year, 4 months ago
  6. Favorite Author: John Irving ( For our wedding, my husband gave me a 1st Ed., of A Prayer for Owen Meany!)
  7. Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones (This is a favorite book too…)
  8. Favorite Music: Pink, Coldplay
  9. Superpower I Wish I Possessed: All night quilter, with no need for sleep!


Now, Here’s My Question For You….

Who is your quilting idol?


Here are my fellow hoppers.  Please visit them and leave them a comment to show your love and adoration!

Carole @ Fresh Off The Frame

Camelia @ Camelia Elliott

Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts

Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins

Lori @ Sew Psychd

Kitty @ Night Quilter

Christina @ Wips and Tuts

Diana @ Sew Crafty Chick

Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller

Judy @ Quilt Paradigm

Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts







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  • Reply Jasmine June 11, 2014 at 5:20 am

    I love the story of your first quilt. My mom cut out her first couple with scissors, too. I am grateful she learned about a rotary cutter before she taught me. So I would have to say my quilting idol is my mom. Without her I wouldn’t be doing it.

  • Reply carolegoldquilts June 11, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Your paint chip quilt is inspired. What a beautiful gift for that special, little man. I like how you quilted Super Nova. What kind of longarm do you have? Good luck opening your business! I can’t believe someone with four little kids can go with so little sleep!!!

  • Reply sfredett June 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Good luck with the longarm business! Depending on how much I, ahem, dislike a certain quilt when I’m done with it (soon?) I may just send it to you! 😀 I don’t know if I have just one quilting idol — but anyone who manages to keep children alive and make beautiful quilts on top of it deserves an award in my book!

  • Reply Debbie Harrison June 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Oh wow, you made the AMH Color Dive! I am really thinking about that in a king size but that size may be a little bit of over-kill. Love the paint chips, too!

  • Reply Janet @ Simply Pieced June 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Stephanie! I’m a late night quilter as well…two little munchkins make is hard to be anything but one. My quilting idol is my grandmother. She introduced me to the craft in the first place and now I’m hooked. It was so nice to get to know you a little better!

  • Reply RuthB June 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Lovely post and really like your AMH quilt, gorgeous colours.

  • Reply Judy June 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Drooling over your yellow/grey quilt! Beautiful!! I don’t know how you manage with so little sleep but we do tend to do whatever we have to in order to get that quilt time in! 🙂

  • Reply quiltingjetgirl June 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I think my quilting idol right now is Jacquie Gering. It fluctuates around, but I have a fan girl crush on her at the moment. 🙂 Lovely to get to know you better – and good luck in your new business endeavor!

  • Reply jess June 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I’d say Maureen cracknell is my quilting idol right now. She has such a great eye for color and such unique designs its hard not to be inspired by her blog.

  • Reply Kelsey June 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    My quilting idol is Camille Roskelley. I love her fabrics and her fresh patterns. Now when it comes to classic and modern, I can’t get over Erica’s quilts over at Craftyblossom for CB Handmade. She is just incredible, and I would buy every one of her quilts. Love them.

  • Reply Beth June 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Craft South sounds so fun – I hope you’ll be sharing all about it on your blog/IG!

  • Reply leighlaurelstudios June 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    You must never sleep! I can hardly keep up with two kids, let alone four. 🙂 I recently declared that I needed sleep quilting as a super power. Love your paint chip quilt, and the grey and yellow combo is great. They’re all lovely. I’m enjoying the Late Night Quilter’s group and am also doing the Supernova Swap (with Jess from Quilty Habit). Have FUN at Craft South!! Your family will figure it out and will be SO happy to see you when you get home. 🙂 -Karin

  • Reply megan June 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Stephanie, all of your creations seem to be absolutely beautiful! I am inspired by you and you are one of my most inspirational quilt bloggers! I tried joining your super nova fabric swap, but unable to ever find a partner. I don’t seem to have the best luck with people willing to swap or share with me. I am hoping better luck for the next round! I’ll be sure to stay avid!

  • Reply The Sassy Quilter June 12, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Love you work! I am totally joining your late night group:) It makes for bad photos doesn’t it!

    • Reply The Sassy Quilter June 12, 2014 at 3:11 am

      Don’t see how to join the group…closed? Oh, and so many quilt idols I can’t name them all, but I did meet Eleanor Burns one time and just stared at her until she had to ask me if I needed anything else, lol! Total dork:)

  • Reply Jehnny June 12, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Your quilts are beautiful! I can’t believe you even have time to sew, or that you stay up late to do so- I’m exhausted by nine (um, ok maybe even earlier 🙂

  • Reply moonlightsewing June 12, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Hey there! We’ve emailed a bit, but I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I was part of this hop for 2 years, but since my blog has now been in existence for 2 years (and a little) (when did that happen?!) I decided i didn’t qualify as “new” anymore! Nice seeing some of your projects!


  • Reply Chelsea Huckins June 12, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Hi Stephanie! You have only been sewing for one year and got ALL that done with 4 littles at home. Pretty sure you already have superpowers! That info defiantly could have made the chalkboard intro. As for quilt heroes … Alison at Cluck Cluck Sew.

    • Reply kittywilkin June 15, 2014 at 3:36 am

      I agree with Chelsea–you’ve got some beautiful quilts to show for just a short sewing stint plus 4 wildlings! 🙂 I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you and we’ve decided to join forces for the good of late night quilters everywhere! You’re an inspiration!

  • Reply Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs June 12, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Loving your blog and the Late Night Quilters Club, Stephanie. I’ll be sure to stay abreast of your plans… I, too, am starting a longarm business later this year : )

  • Reply Granny Maud's Girl June 12, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I don’t have a quilting idol. Maybe it should be you! You have made such lovely quilts and only started less than a year and a half ago! Wow!

  • Reply Serena @ Sewgiving June 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I think one of my first quilts is my fav too – all the imperfections now seem perfect to me 🙂 I don’t have a quilting idol, I’m too fickle 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Bird June 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Man people think I’m busy??!! Love your wee family pic at baby Emmies birth,makes my heart smile…..I have many many idols, love your quilts and your positive vibe! Enjoy the Hop 🙂

  • Reply Jake June 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Jacquie Gering from Tall Geass Prairie Studios! I love her style!

  • Reply Liz June 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    My first quilt was hand pieced, and I had to use scissors to cut out all the pieces. It was a nightmare! I love the convenience of my rotary cutter! I think that my quilting idols are Rachel from Stitched in Color, and Thomas Knauer, among others!

  • Reply Shauna June 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I like lots of quilt designers, and it really depends on my mood. Sometimes I like scrappy sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I like modern, sometimes I don’t. Probably my favorite if I have to pick is Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. Because her patterns are easy to follow and I like that.

  • Reply barbarakonkle June 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Rita, from Red Pepper Quilts! I want to do a postage stamp quilt like her and have it come out with all the points where they should be! 🙂 Great post! I love the group btw! It has been a breathe of fresh air!

  • Reply Kim S. June 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Wow, you’ve accomplished so much in only one year and four months! I am so in awe of all that you have done to join people together! And with a new baby (not to mention 3 others!) — amazing!

  • Reply sally June 13, 2014 at 1:38 am

    All such beautiful quilts, especially that first one! And you look like you’ve come an amazing long way in just over a year, your work makes it look like you’ve been quilting a lifetime. I have 4 children too and ‘late night quilter’ definitely rings a bell or two, although I find now it’s even more ‘late night blogger’! I would love to be part of your FB group so I will click in just a moment. And I don’t like to follow patterns (plus I’m rubbish at it!) or even make quilts based on another person’s design really, so my quilting idol wouldn’t be someone who makes amazing quilts with designer fabric that can be replicated. I think my idol would be ‘Boo Dilly’, at http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.co.uk/. What I love about her work is that I think she’s found her own individual voice with them. She still has a wide variety of quilts/colours etc, but I could look at so much of her work and recognise that it was hers without needing to be told. I don’t think that’s true of many quilters.

  • Reply Jen @ Bower bi June 13, 2014 at 6:04 am

    What a great introduction Stephanie, it’s so nice to meet you. You’re blog is gorgeous and I’ve loved reading about you and your family. It is super special being able to make something for loved ones and I can really relate to that. Your quilts are so pretty. I must be your latest fan and I truly admire the way you can quilt late at night. I wish I had that drive, but after my little Hurricane is asleep….I’m not far behind, in the quest for as much sleep as I can get!

  • Reply Sharon June 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Your quilts are so pretty! I love all the bright colors. Hae fun on your retreat, you deserve it!

  • Reply Katie Dold June 14, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Hi Stephanie! I too am on the cusp of beginning my longarm business. Who knows when I will have enough courage to work on other quilters’ tops? I love your quilts. Thank you for sharing! Have fun on your retreat!

  • Reply Leanne Parsons June 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Such beautiful quilts! I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting a little over a year. Unfortunately, I can’t join the late night quilters group…this chickie turns into a zombie around 11 at night and then I can’t accomplish anything!

  • Reply Diana @ RedDeliciousLife June 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Stephanie, such a great post! I only have one little one and can’t imagine how you do it with 4. I love your quilt back tip. Need to try that next time! I’m a member of the FB page, although I don’t get much night time quilting done myself. I’m usually to exhausted! You and I share some favorites as well – John Irving is a favorite of mine, especially Owen Meany, along with Game of Thrones. I really wanted to participate in the Supernova swap but I’m stretched a bit thin right now with other commitments. Sad to miss out because I love the concept.

  • Reply Vera June 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Nice to meet you. I don’t have any idols. Your projects are lovely. It is incredible what you can do during late night hours 🙂 Enjoy your vacation!

  • Reply Kate Yates June 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Stephanie, I love the story of your first quilt. I did mine with a rotary cutter, and no straight edge–I thought I could just guesstimate where 2.5 inches was. I cannot. I like your quilting tip– I read that blog too, and I can’t remember who it was, but I used the tip last week to back my latest quilt top. So simple! It was nice reading and learning more about you! Ps. I’m really enjoying the Supernova Swap, that was such a great idea. I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished quilts!

  • Reply rozsamaria June 16, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I love your colors! I’m dying to try a yellow and grey quilt (with coral in the mix) but I don’t have the time yet. Your paint chip quilt is soooo beautiful.

  • Reply DeborahGun June 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I just love your AMH quilt – I am always drawn to her fabrics! Afraid I am not a late night quilter – I make too many mistakes if I try!

  • Reply wendy June 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    such beautiful quilts. I love paintchip, the embroidery and the idea behind it

  • Reply Pam June 26, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I love different quilters for different reasons, no idols for now. Beautiful post, see you on “Late Night”

  • Reply annieb71 June 27, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Your quilts are lovely. I don’t know how you do all you do. I’m so impressed. I’m finally getting around to visit the other bloggers from the hop. I posted in the first group. I love the quilt you made for Cody. Real generosity of spirit, something my grandmother was passionate about, and i hope I’ve inherited that quality from her. She didn’t quilt or sew, but was and always will be my idol, and I miss her everyday. I hope that quilt keeps Cody warm and brings him his healthy back.

    Quilting idols – I’m fickle. So I’m just going to pick names of those whose work I really admire, Fig & Tree, Jackie Gering, Lee Henrich, Faith Jones, Christa Watson, Stephanie Ryan, Amanda Murphy, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Amy Gibson.

    I would love to go to Craft South. If you could send me more information about it, I would appreciate it. Also, I would love to join Supernova. What a great idea. Please keep in touch. My cousins live in Austin, and we visit at least once a year. Next visit I will let you know, and maybe we could meet for a cup of coffee. All The Best!!

  • Reply Sarah July 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Your quilts are beautiful! I’ve been following you for a month or so now, since finding you on Instagram. I loved your ikea story! My quilting idol is Camille Roskelley. I love her fabrics and patterns, her style and she seems so lovely and normal too.

  • Reply oneenglishteacher July 11, 2014 at 1:29 am

    What a lovely family! I remember seeing your paint chip quilt awhile ago, and I still think that it and the story behind it are just as lovely. I love, love the book Vintage Quilt Revival, so I guess Katie Blakesley, Lee Heinrich, and Faith Jones are topping my quilt list. Of course, I also love following people who just quilt with few watching them. I think that’s why I like this hop so much. I get to meet some of them.

  • Reply Chris July 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Hi again, I have (finally) written my BlogPost on the Supernova Swap. My partner, Kim, and I swapped our first block back in June and are waiting for our July’s block to journey through the USPS maze.

    Could you add us to the roster of attendees with blogs?

    We are having the BEST time getting to know each other and see what everyone is making.

    In the meantime, my idol is someone you may never have heard of (yet) but is a ROCK STAR. Leslie Kiger. Her sense of color and mastery of stitching makes her quilts sparkle.

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