2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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Hello and Welcome To sunshine Kwilts

I’m excited to be participating in the New Bloggers Blog Hop. The three wonderful hosts are Leanne @SheCanQuilt, Yvonne @QuiltingJetGirl and Beth @CookingUpQuilts. Make sure to stop by their blogs for some great giveaways! Don’t forget to thank them for hosting this awesome event! They also have links to the other new blogger’s that are posting today. It’s always fun to check out some new blogs and find new favorites.

Each host has a hive, I’m in Leanne’s hive. We have named ourselves Lets Bee Quilt’n Hive.  My Bee mates that are up this week are:                                                                                                                          Amy @AmyScrapSpot   

Nicole @HandWroughtQuilts                         

Barbara @CrazyRedQuilts    

Gina @ DruidQuilter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This is the third week in the blog hop and my turn to tell you a little bit about myself and my blog.

How it all began

My love for quilting started about 17 years ago when I stepped in to a local quilt shop near my home called The Grand Quilt (Grand Rapids, Michigan). I think I spent the whole afternoon there mesmerized by the quilts hanging on the wall, fabrics and patterns. I didn’t have a machine and couldn’t afford to buy one; so I signed up for a quilting by hand class. After doing three by hand I bought my first machine, my Janome Quilting Series. I signed up for class after class, always learning new techniques. Then my favorite shop closed it’s doors for good. By this time I was working full-time and mom so I couldn’t find a lot of time to quilt.

Me in New York

In 2012 I quit my job and moved to Florida to stay at home full-time. One day in November I pulled out a quilt to work on and the rest is history. I have quilted almost everyday since then!

My family and quilting life

I’m married to my best friend, Kevin. We met in sixth grade when we were 12 and we have  4 great kids. Three of the four are grown and living out in the world. We have one sweet 8-year-old left at home. My husband and I travel every chance we get! And yes, that means I visit new quilt shops all over the country.  Flea markets and finding antiques are another way we spend our weekends. We also frequent the theme parks all the time, Disney is just a few miles from home.

Kevin and I at Disney

Antique mine cart sofa table that we built

My days are very busy. I help out in Faith’s classroom and school. And when I’m not doing that I’m making custom quilts. I just joined The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, so I’m excited about being a lot more active in my community and sewing for charities. Somehow I squeeze blogging in there.

Faith in Central Park

New Starts

My favorite motto is “Do one thing that scares you everyday”. I am not  tech savvy AT ALL! So with that in mind I opened up my Etsy shop. My goal was to sell a few quilts and make money for more fabric to make more quilts. Then I started a blog, I’m learning as I go. I can’t say it’s always been easy but I’m learning how to take photos, update posts, and add things to my blog. Any tech advice you can give me would be much appreciated!

My Favorite quilts

I cannot get enough of fun and bright-colored fabric. I lean towards modern fabrics with classic quilt patterns. If you have seen any of my posts you know that I am obsessed with triangle quilts. I just keep making them with no end in sight. I also love hexagons and EPP. I am currently working on clearing out my scraps bin so I would say scrappy quilts come in a close third.

 

 

I hoped you have enjoyed my stop on the blog hop! please leave me a comment and tell me what kind of posts would you be the most interested in reading?

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33 thoughts on “2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl says:

    I have some great online friends who are part of the Orlando MQG, so I hope you have a wonderful experience with the group! It is so nice to get to know you better and thank you so much for participating in and joining the hop this year.

    • kditta75@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Yvonne! You are one of the wonderful bloggers to inspire me to start my blog. Your creativity has sparked mine countless times. Thanks for the inspiration and for hosting this wonderful event!

  2. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I’d like to hear more about your experiences with Etsy. I think about doing it with some of my quilts but have a hard time detaching from them! Nice to meet you on the blog hop!

    • kditta75@gmail.com says:

      Kathleen that is a great idea for a blog post!! I’ll try and get that up this week some time!!

  3. Amy says:

    It’s nice to meet you! When I seen that you live in Michigan I got excited, until the next line that says your in FL now, lol! Your quilts are beautiful! Bright colors are my favorite, too!

  4. Emily says:

    Hi Kara! Great post, and it’s great to meet you! I loved your scrap post a few posts ago–I’m also a big scrap quilter. I’m especially interested in how your rainbow hexie quilt turns out. I’m working on a rainbow hexagon quilt and might actually finish it in the next month or so. I look forward to coming back!

    • kditta75@gmail.com says:

      Emily, that is really exciting that you are almost to finishing it! I have a long way to go but I can’t put it down. I can’t wait to see yours! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Emily says:

        Can’t put it down is good! I’m very on-again, off-again with my rainbow hexie! But I also use hand sewing projects in very specific circumstances, and sometimes there are long stretches that I don’t pick them up.

  5. Lisa says:

    I enjoyed getting to meet you and read about your journey. You make truly awesome quilts and lucky you , you are in the same guild as Diana of Red Delicious Life. Your blog looks great and your photos are as wonderful as your quilts.

  6. Powered by Quilting says:

    Kara! Your work is beautiful! 🙂 I loved reading and learning about your journey! Also I love your daily motto, i think i may have to adopt that! 🙂 I can’t wait to see where this blogging journey takes you 🙂

  7. Diane Beavers says:

    Kara, It’s really cool to meet you via your blog and as a former mid-westerner (Wisconsin) now living in sunny warm Virginia on the Atlantic, welcome to the South!
    Bright colors are me so I’ve adored all your creations.
    A bit of a fabric collector you say? No such thing haha haha:)
    I’ll be stopping back by often. Keep adding patterns/tutes for the modern prints. Thank you.

  8. karen s says:

    I wandered around your site, and all your quilts are lovely. I love triangles, too, and your quilts from HSTs really highlight your creativity! I am totally smitten with your modern baby quilt on your Etsy site–great colors, great design, perfect for every baby 🙂

  9. Rita Wahn says:

    Oh the Mid-West, I sometimes miss it (not those WI winters though!) I really like your color scheme on the blog, it’s bright and friendly! And I’m loving those clean corners on all of your triangles, very nice!

  10. Abbie says:

    Hi Kara! Great post! So friendly and welcoming. I too love bright fun colors, looking at your quilts really brightened my day! Congratulations on your Etsy shop and wishing you much success.
    ~Abbie from the New Quilt bloggers hop

    • kditta75@gmail.com says:

      It is nice living here! We like to vacation in cold spots like Canada & northern states! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. April Adams says:

    Hi Kara, I enjoyed your post very much. I like to read blog posts that include the process of making quilts. I am also interested in reading about how to sell quilt designs online.

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