Hello everyone, and welcome to Twin Mom Quilts! My name is Erin, and I’m glad you came to check me out. Let me tell you a bit about myself! This is my family: I’m currently a stay at home mom to my 2.5 year old boys. They were lucky enough to be born on Christmas day in 2012. Before I was their mom, I was a night shift nurse who worked in the Medical Cardiac ICU at Harborview in Seattle. I fully believe being a critical care nurse prepared me well for being a mom to twins. For about 10 years, I’ve been obsessed with knitting and spinning. I have a yarn stash that rivals a yarn store, started a podcast about knitting, own about 10 sheep fleeces and at one point owned three spinning wheels. I have been interested in quilting since college, but decided that having one expensive hobby was enough. After my sons were born, I decided that I needed to learn how to sew garments so my family could do themed Halloween costumes. I found a sewing machine store near me that offered a 4-week course for beginning sewers. Included in the course was quilted place mats, and that was the end of my resistance! I bet you’re wondering how our costumes turned out the first year? We were the Wizard of Oz! I followed it up last year with two sheep and some shepherds! Nate certainly didn’t like his ears! In the Fall of 2013, my husband was given the opportunity to move to Cork, Ireland through his company. After some discussion and soul searching, we made the decision to move. We’ve been here in Cork since April of 2014, and it’s been quite the adjustment. There certainly is a decrease in fabric availability, and finding quilting groups was difficult in the beginning. It wasn’t until we took a trip to the Dingle peninsula and I visited the Sewing Shed that I found out about the Irish Patchwork Society. I joined the local branch in September–the Southern Branch. I’ve since volunteered to be on the executive committee where I’m the Editorial Representative/Public Relations Officer. I created a website for them, and I’ve also been in charge of running the Block of the Month Program since February.
Now that I’ve introduced myself, I bet you’re interested in seeing some of my quilty work. Here’s a sampler:
My first quilt was a Hashtag Quilt designed by Camille Roskelley
I’ve also made Piece of Cake 3, also by Camille Roskelley. Both of these quilts are from Camille’s Craftsy Class, Precut Piecing Made Simple. I used Halloween fabric for this quilt.
My more recent projects include this quilt:
I made this quilt in the summer of 2014 for the Southern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society summer challenge. We were to bring in two fat quarters of fabric, and they were cut into pieces for us. I ended up getting the tumbler shape, and I created this pattern. I call it Tumbling Stars. The fabric is from the Violet Craft Line, Waterfront Park–inspired by Portland, Oregon. My family lives near there, so every time I use this quilt, I think of my family. I ended up winning the challenge!
My last quilt finish was this Hungry Caterpillar quilt I created from triangles I cut from my Sidekick Ruler:
I made this quilt for a friend back in the States whose wife is due to have a baby any moment! I also was able to use a long arm sewing machine for the first time to quilt this.
The quilt I’m most proud of making so far is the Night Sky quilt by Jaybird Quilts. I’m really proud of my points on this, and the free motion quilting I did.
A Blogging Tip:
Have a bit of a schedule. It’s easier to make time for it if you know you have a schedule and are prepared to post.
A Quilting Tip:
Be fearless. It’s just fabric! Don’t hold back on what you want to make! I made a goal this year to work on quilts that are more than just rectangles or squares. The Night Sky was the first quilt on my list to do this year, followed by the Aviatrix Medaillion.
What quilt have you been too intimidated to try?
Many thanks to the hosts of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers, Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl from Meadowmist Designs, Terri from Childlike Fascination, and my host, Stephanie from Late Night Quilter.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!