Friday, July 23, 2010

The Beginning

I started my family blog Capturing the Days in Feb 2009 to try to document our family life and the funny (or not so funny) moments of being a mom.  Then, I started finding friends who had blogs.  From there, I clicked on links to blogs that they read and more links to more blogs and found a whole new world of interesting people and stories on the internet.

I discovered wonderful crafty and decorating blogs...very creative and inspirational people.  I found decorating tips and organizing tips and ways to decorate and be creative while still being thrifty.  And amazing tutorials for sewing just about anything.  I was inspired and decided to try a couple crafts and pulled out the sewing machine for the first time in 8 years.

Somehow, I stumbled across the Moda Bake Shop and found a whole new world of crafts - beautiful fabric and great tutorials for using that fabric.  I decided my next project would be a quilt.  I had a new niece about to be born and decided my first quilt would be for her.  I found out what the theme of her nursery was and found some fabric to match...and started creating my first quilt.

I blogged about the first quilt on my family blog but since then I have created a couple more, with plans for even more.  And now I will blog about my quilts from here.

I have a blogroll of quilting blogs that I read and what these women can create with more kids and jobs and  way more things to do than me, is amazing.  That's just to say that progress on here may be a lot slower at times than other quilting blogs, but I will be enjoying the process and sharing what I've created when I'm ready.


  1. congrats on starting your blog!! your comment on my site was left with no e-mail address so i have no way to get in touch with you! {shoot me a email!}

  2. Congratulations on becoming a new quilter and a new blogger! You will find a wealth of information in the blog world--from tutorials to blogs to visit and just enjoy! Congratulations on your fabric win--enjoy and welcome!

  3. Congratulations on your fabric prize win. I have not yet made the leap into blogging. Also, not everyone quilts as a career and it does take time to blog and quilt, so don't worry about speed of completions. Suggestion: you may want to post about your quilting process with a single photo. As a reader, I like short posts that load quickly. Best wishes.

  4. I am trying to make the same quilt that you made for your first quilt from Moda Bakeshop. I am curious how you cut your strips into 3 1/3? My cutting mat is set up into 1/8th and therefore I cannot figure out how to get 1/3. I might be overthinking but I am just curious as to how you figured it out.

  5. Zoe - I figured out about where 1/3 would be and I tried to consistently make my cuts in between 1/4 and 3/8 but a little closer to 3/8. As I'm thinking about it now, you could mark that spot on your ruler with a piece of tape to make it consistent. I ended up having to trim all my blocks down to the same size because my seam allowance was probably not exactly 1/4".

  6. Thanks!! I am sure I have been overthinking it.. Did you finished blocks end up being 9 inches after you cut them down. I am making this for my neice for Christmas and do not anticipate it taking too long but I read your post on Moda Bakeshop and wanted to make sure how you got it right. I enjoyed reading about your quilting adventures and want to thank you for the service your husband is doing for our country. God bless you and your family during this holiday season.

  7. I think my blocks were 8 3/4" after I cut them down. I just went with what one came out the smallest and cut the rest down to that. Since it was my first, it was definitely not perfect and the 1/4" seam was definitely not accurate throughout.

    Thanks for reading! You have a great holiday season too!