Hello, and welcome to current followers, new followers, blog hoppers and anyone in between! For the last couple of years, Beth from Plum and June has hosted a New Blogger blog hop. I missed out on sign ups last year and anxiously waited for 2014 to roll around so I could join the fun, and today is my scheduled day on the hop!
My name is Joanna, and I also go by Jo. I don’t mind either; it amuses me when people ask my permission to call me Jo as if I’ll be offended. Nope. But! Do not call me Joanne because I will plot to cut up your quilts into tiny pieces so I can dance under them like a shower of confetti. The easiest way to remember my name is via Disney.
So, my name is Jo but what you probably don’t know is that my husband’s last name is King. Hahahahaha, I’m actually joking. (Actually I’m technically not because I kept my own name and didn’t change it when we got married. HA the joke’s on you!). Anyway, I’ve started using ‘joke’ as an internet moniker but it didn’t feel quite right on its own for a blog name. Out comes the handy thesaurus and “riddle” is listed somewhere around joke, or at least amongst a synonym for another synonym of joke. The Whimsy? I just pulled that out from where the sun doesn’t shine.
I am Australian, currently living in Perth, in the state of Western Australia but I was born and bred in the “Eastern states” in New South Wales, where I lived for 20 whatever years. I suppose you could say I moved to WA for “true love”? My sense of humour is random. I’m sarcastic, I like stupid jokes and the occasional rude one, and I enjoy the odd internet meme (Socially Awkward Penguin is my life). If you know of the Myers-Briggs personality test I am INTJ but sometimes also score INFJ as my T/F sits along the cusp. Both write ups fit me fairly well.
A few years ago, around 2009/2010, I was inspired to start quilting as I needed a hobby where I could actually be productive. I played a lot of computer games, but was starting to spend more time fixing my game or downloading pretty clothes for my sim families than actually playing and it just wasn’t fun anymore. My mum has been quilting for 95% of my life so I was lucky to be already familiar with the processes and most of the technical jargon so I had a rough idea of what I needed to get started. So, I bought some fabrics and a dinky sewing machine from Spotlight (a Toyota Quiltmaster that was on special). It took me a while to get into it because things didn’t work out how I was wanting to and I gave up a lot, but eventually it all “stuck”. The sticking took a while — my first quilts that I actually completed were finished only last year! I did spend the couple of years prior stashing fabric though. I used to buy fabric for my mum and had fun doing it, but boy is it more fun buying fabric for ME!!!
I’ve now branched into making cushions, participating in quilt alongs, joining bees and swaps and I even upgraded my machine to a fancy-to-me Janome 6600. I’ve also been getting into blogging a lot more, and finding more blogs to follow and getting to know other quilters.
You can find all of my finished projects listed in my menu bar! I have projects from 2014 and from 2013. I like to prompt discussions, share my mistakes and talk about issues while quilting as well as making updates on my WIPs! I just wish my WIP rate would be equal to my finish rate… ;) I also have a tutorial list, which include both some tips by me and those by others that I like and use.
Besides quilting, I like watching TV shows — The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are my current fave (I’ve also read TWD comics and ASOIAF books so I know all the spoilers and tease my husband about telling him everything that’s going to happen and I’m on the R+L=J train, if you know what I mean winkwink). Other TV favourites of past and present, include American Horror Story, Dexter, The Americans, Daria, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Community, Big Bang Theory, Heroes, True Blood, Futurama, Seinfeld, Boy Meets World, Vikings and I’m so excited for the Sailor Moon reboot!
Can’t say I really have a favourite movie. Which movie I like, or want to watch, depends on the mood I’m in but I can always agree to watch animated Disney (most of the time…). My music tastes are rather eclectic, so I can only point you into the direction of my last.fm account which has been recording what I listen to for 8 years(!!).
As long as I block out the pesky teenage and school years, I’m rather nostalgic for the 80s/90s. I used to work in a department store’s toy section and I couldn’t decide if I was happy or sad that so many toys I had as a kid had been ‘reinvented’ (was there seriously anything wrong with ponies that didn’t look like Bratz dolls?). I may own a Cabbage Patch Doll that has my birthday on its birth certificate. I may also have another Cabbage Doll that has my mum’s birthday. There are a million Care Bears (overestimate) in my guest bedroom and I am still bitter about the time I lost a bid on ebay for one. I also have a soft spot for Disney, especially the classics that no one else remembers and of course, the 90s TV cartoon versions. Sing it with me! Ducktales! Woo-ooo!
Fun random fact: I find strawberries sour, and I can only eat them by dipping them into sugar (preferably icing sugar, or a really fine sugar). That probably says how sweet my sweet tooth is when sweet things aren’t sweet enough…
I made a quilt for my mother in law before my own mother.. shame on me! More info
Now, some tips from my own online-quilting-and-blogging experience, for you!
Know when to step away
Getting tired? Stop sewing, you’re only going to mess something up, whether it be big or small, and go to bed! Your project will still be there tomorrow!
Getting frustrated? Stop working on your project and move to something more mindless to get your mind off it and have a break. If you still want to be crafty, how about trimming some scraps or folding up some fabric a bit more tidily? Clean the lint out of your machine! I advise against working on another project because if you’re feeling that frustrated with one thing you’re quite likely going to take it out on your next project and get frustrated with that one too!
This week, I’ve also learnt to add “getting hungry” to this list since the hunger can stop you from thinking straight. As I write this, I’m currently brooding over quilting I’m not happy with because I didn’t stop for a lunch break to think things through before jumping into it!
It’s your blog so write what you want to!
Just because That Famous Blogger says they only like reading short posts when you tend to write long ones, or Your Favourite Blogger says they don’t like reading personal stories when you like to add personal moments in your posts; who cares! Your blog reflects who you are and is supposed to be “your voice”, so use it in a way that you are happy with. Write long posts if you want to. Write short ones if you want to. Write about your family, or yourself, or don’t! It’s your blog, so blog how you want to! Blogging to just make other people happy will turn blogging into a chore and it won’t be enjoyable.
My Round Robin centre for Possum Magic: A group of Aussies and Kiwis from the Blog Hop have started up their own Round Robin! More info
Now I have a question for you!
How do you label your quilts? Do you even label your quilts? I have a bad habit of not and I want to change!
I’ve looked at various tutorials to get ideas but they all seem to have different pros and cons. Personally, I like small unobtrusive labels, like these from My Fabric Relish or these labels from Ikaprint but the shipping takes around a month from Ikaprint and I’m too impatient for that when I have quilts to label in the meantime! (And yes, I know the time I’m taking to be indecisive is taking just as long :D ). With these methods, as much as I like the small unobtrusive labels, I feel like I’ll miss out on being able to put on extra information (like quilt name, date, a message).
Then there’s the Triangle in the corner method that Pat Sloan recently posted about. This seems to be the best in terms of size and space for writing additional information. But then I have to write on it myself with my own writing! Sometimes I can write messy! Sometimes I’m too much of a perfectionist and I think one single letter looks out of place so I will write it again, and again and again, ahhh.
I have also seen this amazing idea that Marcia at Cozy Capatiller uses — personal QR codes! I like this idea because you can include a huge personal message in such a small space, or if you prefer, a link to your blog or etsy site!
As I schedule posts, sometimes I forget what I’ve written, and in one of my latest finishes, I asked there about quilt labelling (and was confused when I received a few tips in the comments until I re-read my own post lol!). Some suggestions from that post included
- Spoonflower printing
- Printable fabric
All these ideas, and I still don’t know…
So. Yes. How do you label your quilts, and what do you use to write on them? Do you have any pros and cons about the above ideas I’ve mentioned? Is a thinner fabric marker better than a thicker one (I think mine is too thick…). Do you write it out in pencil and write over it nicely? Do you even embroider on it, or use the alphabet on your machine?! My many unlabelled quilts beg for your help!
This wouldn’t be a blog hop without other blogs to hop to so hop on over to these awesome blogs listed below! And for even more blogs to check out, previous schedules have been posted by our blog hop hostess, Beth of Plum and June!
Shauna @ Shauna’s World
Pam @ Sewing Wilde
Wendy @ Wendy’s Quilts and More (A fellow member of Possum Magic!)
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Lin @ Lin’s Quilts
Helga @ Green Mill Vintage
Kate @ Thread Everywhere
Cheryl @ Texas Quilting Gal
Jenn @ Sew Crafty Jenn
Heather @ QA Creations
Cornelia @ Pieced With Love XOXO
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stick around! Happy hopping!