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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Name: Stephanie
- Sign: Virgo
- Favorite Long-Arm Quilter: Judi Madsen
- Favorite Fabric Designers: Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, and Bonnie and Camille
- Began Quilting: 1 year, 4 months ago
- Favorite Author: John Irving ( For our wedding, my husband gave me a 1st Ed., of A Prayer for Owen Meany!)
- Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones (This is a favorite book too…)
- Favorite Music: Pink, Coldplay
- 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