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Dienstag, 8. Juli 2014

2014 New Blogger Blog Hop

 

I’m totally happy to participate this year in the 2014 New Blogger Blog Hop, hosted by Plum and June. 

For those that are new to my blog, I want to tell you a bit about myself: My name is Cornelia, I’m 26 years old and live my husband and our 3 little daughters (Amelie 5, Enya 2 & Ida 9 month) in Austria, one hour away from Vienna. I got married on 31st May this year. I love to be creative, is it sewing, cross stitching or crocheting. I just love to work on something.

On my blog I love to show my current projects I’m working on, a few WIPs that got lost on the track, new fabrics that arrive in my home. And of course I tiny climpse into my wonderful family and our life.

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My first quilting experience started back when I was about 14 years old, I found a quilting and patchwork book in my moms stash and started cutting some old (and really ugly fabrics) by hand just with a scissor and made a simple pillow with rectangles. No seams where matching, I didnt know anything about seam allowances, it was just a horrible piece to look at and I was really frustrated about the whole thing. So I stopped it for several years.

Then in 2009 when my oldest daughter was about half a year old I came across quilting again, this time online. And thought I try it again. This time it lasted until my first ever quilt. Not proud of it and completely wonky, but its since this date our picnic quilt. I took a little break until i found a really cute fabric shop (over here its quite hard to find anything local, there are nothing like quilt shops out there) and there I purchased fabric for my very own quilt. I just finished this quilt a few weeks ago. And at this time I got hooked,

I totally love the whole quilting process, its so calming and relaxing. When I sew or quilt, there are mostly my little girls around me, playing on the floor in the living room, or trying to help me with pins. Rarely I listen to music, most of the time, its just me and my sewing machine.

At the beginning of my I released my first ever quilt pattern on craftsy and more will soon come. I love to design and sketch out my ideas in my notebook.

I want to show you some of my favorite projects, I made over the last years. First is my oldest daughters quilt, it was my first big quilt I finished. And its completely handquilted with really tiny loops and swirls.

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My oldest daugher Amelie got this year another quilt, this time a bit bigger to fit on her whole bed. I designed the pattern myself and made the quilt with the lovely “Lottie Da” collection by Heather Bailey.

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My middle daughter requested a quilt for herself too, so I started sketching out what came to my mind. And it ended up with 1/3 triangles, the middle panel, totally improve blocks and the right panel with paper piecing arrow and broken herring bone blocks.

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And I totally love to make small projects like pillows, baby quilts and pouches.

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Thank you for taking a look at my work and if you want you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook too.

 

Blogging Tip:

Everyone loves to see what you are working on, and you want to show the best of your work of course. I love bright and colorful pictures and when I photograph my projects, I make a little setup in my living room. Coz in here its mostly dark, with no direct light nothing, not the best place to photograph, and there isnt always time to carry my things outside. So I put one or two stools side by side, put my white blanket over them and place my projects on it. Move your stools in front of the window to get some lights on them. Make some whole project shots and of course some close-ups, we all love to see the details. But please dont use your flash!

Quitling Tip:

One year ago I bought my free-motion-foot, I loved all the wonderful quilting I found online and on pinterest and thougt I can do this too. Yeah, not really. At least not at the beginning, it just looked horrible. So I bought some books, started doodling and sketching my quilting on plain white paper and of course quilted and quilted, to get the hang out of it. You just need to keep on, never stop trying it. And now a few month later, I can say I like what I quilt, its not yet perfect (Im sure it never will be), but I dont mind, I improved a lot and Im really proud of this.

And now just a few random stuff about me:

* I can’t sit still on, I always have to move, also in bed before falling asleep, I try to get the best sleeping position ever. (It never works, I just crawl around lol) and it totally drives my husband nuts.

* Every night about 10 pm I have my crazy 5 minutes. My husband just says, oh its past 10, all clear.

* I love to collect postcards, I keep them all in a big box. We have a map pinned on our wall, and there we put little flags on all the cities, we got postcards already.

* I always hated pink and green, but funny is, that since we moved here 3 years ago, I immediately agreed to paint my living room in a light green, and I love it. And with 3 little girls around, pink is now a normal thing in my life. Its just everywhere and I also use it now a lot in my quilts. What is your favorite/most used color in your projects?

 

2014button3Be sure to check out the other great bloggers in this hop too!

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs

Liz @ Green Cheese Quilting

Janet @ Simply Pieced

Ruth @ Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts

Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy

Linh @ Calling All Stitchers

Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting

Rachel @ Quiltineering

 

~ Greetings Cornelia

Kommentare:

  1. Hi Cornelia, it was great to get to know you better! If left to my own devices, I would probably put blue in everything I make. Sometimes it is hard to resist the temptation! I think your photography is bright and shows off your work very well, and I enjoy the glimpses into your family life as well. Congratulations again on your recent wedding, and I look forward to seeing what you create in the future!

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    1. thank you Yvonne, Im not really comfortable with blue, but a try now to incoporate it, and I really like it

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  2. I love purple, but find I use much more pink and green than any other colors. But lately I find myself drawn to blues. I love your quilts and your daughters are just too cute!!!! I love seeing what you're creating.

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    1. thank you Shauna, pink and green just works so lovely together, but I started to use some blue tones too a few weeks ago and I really like the result, should use it more often

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  3. Hi Cornelia, lovely post! I probably work with blue a lot! There are more shades of blue than any other colour so maybe that's why - I do like warm colours like orange too though!

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    1. I started working with blue tones a few weeks ago and really love it, really try to move away from just pink and greens

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  4. I am a pink girl but also love most greens, lately working with bright colors, they make me happy to work with. Nice meeting you and your family

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    1. thank you Pamela, I totally love bright and happy colors,

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  5. I love cream backgrounds in my quilts, so I use a lot of cream and whatever color I feel like. Your daughter's quilts are beautiful. I have three boys, so there isn't as much pink in my house.

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    1. and we dont have much blue around here, but a few weeks ago I ordered some blues for the first time, and I really love it in my projects, hope to use it more often now, to move away from just greens and pinks

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  6. Lovely wedding photo!

    Great photography tip. I'll have to try a backdrop like that. I usually hate going outside because it's too much effort so that should help me to keep being lazy! ;)

    I've never been a green fan either, but I'm starting to like it a lot recently. 3 of my rooms are even painted different green shades (my kitchen is my favourite -- it's Apple Green and looks so bright and fresh).

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    1. thank you Joanna, we just have our living room wall painted, just 2 of the 4, really would love to paint my kitchen too, but its so much work always lol, oh and the girls room is a happy bright yellow on 2 walls
      and the photography with a backdrop is so easy and fast, even with my 3 little girls around I can just set it up on my desk

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  7. I love your work! SO much gorgeous stuff, your girls are very lucky!
    I love green and red. When I quilt I put all my preconceived colour notions aside and just add what the quilt needs, I like trying new things. I have way too much pink in my stash though, and neither of my daughters particularly like pink.

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    1. thank you Jane, I think the first time I used red, was in my hubbys quilt a few weeks ago, but its not so my color,
      but I wish my stash was bigger, most of the time I just buy what I need for a project

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  8. Lovely to get to know you more ... I have the same love/hate relationship with pink. I don't like it but can not avoid it with two little girls in the house :0) and it often akes appearances in my quilts too!

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    1. you cant avoid pink with little girls around you; but its just a happy color *g*

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  9. Your little girls are adorable! I love seeing your work and what you are up to :)

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  10. Visiting from the New Quilt Bloggers Hop, thanks for sharing your quilts!
    Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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  11. Nice to meet you! You have a beautiful family! I love your bright and beautiful quilts! I use a lot of grey in my quilts but I love aqua and purples with grey!

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  12. Oooh I see my Daffodil Days pillow in your post!! Eep! That's the first finish from my tutorial that I've seen - lovely! : ) I love the colors of all your projects, Cornelia. I tend to gravitate toward blues and purples, though this year I've been on a big yellow/orange/red kick.

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  13. I started my first quilt when I was 14 or 15 like you. I used ugly fabrics too! Mine was a bed-sized hexagon quilt and it took my 15 years to mostly finish it (not quite) and it now hides in a box, out of sight. I hated it. I too stopped for many years.
    I love your design on the 'Lottie Da' quilt! It is great how you are fearlessly making up your own designs and doing it so well.
    Would you like a postcard from Western Australia to add to your collection? I can send you one!

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  14. I used to dislike pink as well. These days it is one of my fav colors, lol. Those quilts for your girls are really pretty. Especially the pink one :-)

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  15. Your quilts are all so beautiful! My bedroom was pink when I was little, then I pretty much avoided pink until recently. Now I like it again, and even wear it sometimes. I think it's because I have three boys so there's no pink in my life unless I choose it.

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  16. Cornelia, your quilts are gorgeous! I love the colours in them. I like all colours, so I actually have trouble eliminating colours to create a tight colour scheme for my projects. Keep quilting! I`m also a little jealous that you got all girls and I got stuck with all boys- sometimes I really wish I had more pink around here!

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  17. I love Enya's quilt. I am a sucker for pink and improv and that quilt is the best of both.

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  18. its nice to find your blog Cornelia - I have been following you on Instagram! I love what you wrote about FMQ - it has given me a realistic picture of what to expect when I start trying to FMQ! Your quilts are lovely - I love all the pink :-)

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  19. Too funny, I felt the same away about orange and now I don't mind having orange around. My most used color is aqua or shades of blue!

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  20. Hello Cornelia! Great reading your hop post (yes, I'm a bit behind but better late than never!). I love, love, love the Lottie Da quilt you made for your daughter. It's just so adorable! My favorite color is orange but it's funny that I haven't used it until my last project. I tend to gravitate to blues, greens and purples. I need to branch out with yellows, oranges, and pinks I think (not necessarily together though).

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  21. Hi Cornelia! I adore the quilt you made with the Lottie Da fabric, and the orange and purple one at the top is a lovely, too. I used to be afraid to use orange and now find myself being drawn to it more and more. I'm enjoying following along on your Instagram feed!

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