Hi there all!
Last year, when I was hopping from blog to blog, I came across Plum and June’s Blog Hop. I didn’t have my blog back then but I said to myself “hey, this is a great way to put your name out there, meet lots of new people, and find some amazing but hidden quilters!” Now I am so excited to say that I am participating in Plum and June’s “The 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop”!!
Let me tell you a little about myself.
My name is Nurdan and I am from Turkey. I am married to an Aussie man and we have a gorgeous two year old son. My husband and I met in Turkey while he was working for the Australian government there. After dating a couple of years, we got married and moved to Australia four and a half years ago; so I am still a fresh chick in this country :) I have a BA degree in English language teaching but currently I am not working as a teacher; I am the Executive Manager of one of the Learned Academies in Australia.
I had no idea about what a quilt was when I came to Australia until we visited one of my husband’s friends. I saw all those gorgeous wall hangings and beautiful throws on the sofas. The lady of the house told me that she made all those QUILTS. I have always been a crafty person; I did antique painting, knitting, crocheting, silk painting, cross stitching…but I developed an immediate love for quilts and that love has grown more with the first quilt I made for my baby.
Since then, I have been trying to make time to make quilts and I learn and grow with each one of them.When I look at my first quilt, I remember the days I made it. I pick up so many mistakes but they make me smile because, as a self-taught quilter, I see how far I have come with my quilting.
I only started blogging in November last year. It has been such a short time since then but I have learnt some things about blogging along the way.
The best tip I can give is: Don’t stress when writing up a blog post. Finding your voice is –I think- the hardest thing. I am still struggling with this. When I feel like I am stuck, I start writing like I am talking to a friend.
This t-shirt quilt required lots of relaxing!
The same tip applies when quilting. Relaxing before starting a new project or starting quilting your quilt makes a huge difference. Having a clear mind, knowing what you will be doing and cutting your fabric with that vision in mind make everything easier. (I still have some cut up fabric which make no sense since they were cut either without much thinking or out of rush.)
What things do you find relaxing/motivating before/during a new project? Sketching the design? Doing some quilty maths? Listening to music? Or maybe dreaming of the finished project?
I would love to hear your thoughts!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. Tune in to Plum and June and check out all these wonderful bloggers! This week we have:
Jill @ Pie Lady Quilts
Chelsea @ Patch The Giraffe (http://patchthegiraffe.
Daisy @ Ants To Sugar
Rachael @ The Floral Suitcase
Elizabeth @ And Pins
Jennifer @ Never Just Jennifer
Alice @ Blossom Quilts
Megan @ Sew Stitching Cute
Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter
Kelsey @ Lovely And Enough