June 28, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted!

Greetings and welcome to any first time visitors who are stopping by to get acquainted! When Beth of Plum and June asked me to join her Let's Get Acquainted blog hop, it took me about a blink of the eye to reply back with a yes! Joining me today on the blog hop is the fabulous Lori from Adventures in Fabric. We hosted the Modern She Made Swap together and had a blast!!  If you are interested in joining us for the next round, check back this fall!

 Join me as I show you how to make this quick and easy placemat here!

And on a more personal note, I have answered some questions so that you can get to know me a little better, since the goal is to "get acquainted!"

Q u e s t i o n s  a n d  A n s w e r s
Q: How long have you been quilting?
A: It's been about 3 years

Q: Do you have any favorite quilting tips?
A: Press, press, press!

Q: Do you have any favorite blogging tips?
A: Try to include a link to a past post in every new post.

Q: What is your favorite fabric?
A: I have so many.  I love Kona Solids, Pezzy Print, Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets, and Metro Living Circles.

Q: What is your favorite craft book?
A: I refer to The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman the most.

Q: What is your favorite children's book?
A: I have always loved Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Q: What is your favorite quilting tool?
A: My 60mm Olfa rotary cutter. It cuts so smooth and I can't imagine cutting fabric without it.

Q: What is your favorite music to listen to while quilting?
A: That answer really depends on what day you ask me.  I am a fan of Luke Bryan, Nickelback, Jason Aldean, 80's, Hip-Hop, R&B and Talk Radio.  I do have a television in my sewing room and it is quite comfortable with any channel that is playing Law and Order.

Q: What is your favorite TV to watch while hand stitching?
A: I really enjoy The Good Wife, Celebrity Apprentice, 20/20, What Would You Do?, Shark Tank and The Big Bang Theory.

Q: What are your thoughts on binding? Hand or Machine?
A:  I was taught to do hand binding and I enjoy the handiwork and the finished product.  Lately though I have seen some really nice machine bindings and some even use zig zag stitches.  Hand stitching is where I am most comfortable, but I don't frown upon machine binding. As a matter of fact, this placemat is the first time I have done it.

Thank you bunches for reading this rather lengthy post and I appreciate you stopping by.

If you are looking for more inspiration and would like to visit some new blogs, Beth has quite a treat in store for you! Click on over!

Plus earlier this week Svetlana and Beth had some great posts!

If you wouldn't mind, please tell me in the comments what you like about my blog, don't like and any constructive criticisms - after all, you can't change if you don't know!


  1. I think you are doing a grat job with your blog. I enjoy reading it and following your progress, successes and bumps along the road. One suggestion, might be to add an opportunity for your readers to subscribe by email through feed burner. I follow you through the google friend connect, but frankly, I only check for blogs in my reader once a week. I like having subscriptions sent straight to email so I don't have to hunt for the latest happenings in the quilting world, but that's just me. Others might disagree. Keep up the great work!

  2. I think your blog looks great - It has a "professional" look about it:-) It's really attractive to look at, and easy to navigate.

  3. I'm here for the first time - throught eh blog hop - so it's hard to tell a lot about a blog on first sight ... well I like the fresh colours, that the sidebar isn't that cluttered, aye for anything else I would need more time to think about. Ohh one last thing - your text is a little small...

  4. I like how bright & cheery your blog is! And that you only have one sidebar.

    That placemat is adorable and it was so nice to find your blog and learn a bit about you through the hop!

  5. Your blog looks clean and fun - in other words, inviting!

  6. Hi Julie, nice to meet you. I'm here for the first time through the blog Hop and I think your blog is lovely. Your blog header is very cheerful and eye catching. Your place mat it adorable. I really like the fabric with the watermelon slices.

  7. Hello :)
    Stopping by from the Hop. I think your blog design is clean and easy to navigate

  8. Great post and tutorial Julie! Glad to learn more about you. You already know I love the look of your blog but if I think of anything, I'll email you!

  9. Hey! I grew up and went to college in Nebraska too! There are statistically few of us, so high five! :)

    I like that your page of quilts includes the post-- a lot of times, people's quilt pages just have pretty quilt pictures, but no way to go back and read about their process of making them! So I like that your includes the posts as well as the picture.

  10. I love the colors on your placemats! The only (small) suggestion I would have for your blog is to move the followers gadget closer to the top...or at least make sure that you order your side bar in order of importance. I like it when the follow button is easy to find, but don't think I've ever looked at someone's archive.

  11. Yes! Pezzy Prints :-D I do love me some pezzies. I just wish they had given us a purple instead of that brown ;-) I so enjoyed your post!

  12. Julie, this was wonderful! Great fabrics on your favorites list. I absolutely love your blog header...so cute! I can't wait for the next round of Modern She Made Swap -- I enjoyed the first one immensely. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

  13. Nice to meet you along the Blog Hop!

    I have to say I do love your blog header and your blog layout. Very easy to navigate :)

  14. Hi Julie, nice to meet you! Love the tutorial, and I really like the clean and colourful look of your blog - less clutter makes it easier to focus on the content and style of the blogger. And your header is awesome - did you make the graphics?

  15. Hi there, nice to meet you! Your blog is lovely. And the placemats are really simple and cute :-)

  16. Nice to meet you! This is the first time I've visited, and your blog looks really good from inside Google Reader. Love the watermelon fabric!

  17. Hi Julie, I love your header, it's fun and inviting :) I was interested to read Leo's comment about the size of the text - I realised that with my bad eyesight that I agree, I quickly checked my own blog and discovered mine's exactly the same as yours! Maybe I'll play around with the next text size up - but how long will my posts be then!!! Chrissie (P&J's LGA Blog Hop)

  18. Nice to meet you Julie! The placemats are so cute with the watermelon fabric and great tutorial. I think your blog looks fantastic, I love how crisp and clean it is and also easy to navigate. My only suggestion for a change would be to add a way for others to follow you via email. I don't really use Google Reader, but would love to follow via email! I have a feeling if you add that your numbers would increase. Good luck!

  19. I found your blog at Lily's Quilts. This is my first time visiting! Your blog is beautiful and its design perfectly reflects the "fresh, simple, modern" style you mention in your "about" section. I did think your name was Jolie, based on your blog's title - glad I skimmed the commenters before me and then double checked on your "about" section:).

  20. I meant to say I found your blog on Plum and June's blog hop! OK... too much blog surfing... must... sleep!

  21. I really love your place mat. It's super cute and easy. As for your blog, I love the side bar titles you have...let's connect, archives, etc. Did you draw those yourself? How did you add them in the sidebar? I love the way it looks. And I love the colorful header. You get an A from me. :O)

    Vicki @ Quilting Lodge

  22. Nice to meet you and visit your blog. Love the watermelon print. I have quite a collection of all kinds of fruit and veggie fabrics. Thinking I might just need to make some placemats to go with my food quilts. Thanks for the tutorial.

  23. Lovely to get to know you! Your placemats are so bright and cheerful - perfect for summer!

  24. Very lovely place mat. It's fantastic for this summer season. As for the blog. Don't worry about it. It looks great!

  25. Your tutorial is very well done. Great job. Will check out the blog hop in the fall.

  26. I love ur fruit fabric in the post below. Thanks for sharing in the bloghop.

  27. Thanks for the tutorial - a set would be a great gift for my mother in law. I like the clean lines of your blog.

  28. I don't know why my comment never posted :/ So here I go again - I really think your placemats are so cute!! They are so summery and cheery. I need to make some placemats for my messy boys and myself :)


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