Sunday, February 9, 2014

More on Blogging

My favorite thing about blogging is sharing what I've made with those that have inspired me, or sharing photos of something I made from another person's pattern or tutorial.  And I love getting those people's feedback too.

Super Tote pattern by Noodlehead, read about each one: orange, purple, teal.

I also love finding new, inspiring bloggers with similar interests.  It took me a while for get involved with linky parties, but have since found so many awesome quilt bloggers!  But linky parties get kind of time consuming for me--I want to click on every link!  See everyone's pictures!  Comment on every post!  Encourage and praise each person!  Some of the larger parties, or days with multiple parties on them, turn into marathons of commenting.

I used this pattern to make the airplane, and then added the contrails.

And that brings me to the biggest downside of blogging: the time commitment.  I guess I make what I want of it.  I want to be involved in lots of linky parties, and I like to have detailed blog posts with lots of pictures, and link to all the things I talk about--all quite time consuming.  It's worth it though because I use my blog to keep track of things, and reference old posts a lot!

I made this dress for her last year, she's so much bigger now!  But it still fit her as a shirt!

Also the more involved I become in the online blogging community, the more things I sign up for!  This spring I've definitely over committed--I volunteered to make a bed quilt for the Lala Salama 100 Quilts Project (which some friends have offered to help with thankfully!), need to follow through with my Pay it Forwards, joined my first quilting bee(!!!), taken on another commissioned TARDIS quilt, overdue making a TARDIS bag, mini quilt swap, thinking about whipping up a mini for the Panatone Quilt Challenge, and want to make a dress and a skirt for my daughter's birthday next month.  Whew!  My plate runneth over!

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Basically this means I have less time to blog about everything I'm working on (plus a few of them are secret projects!).  Everything on the list, except for making clothes for my daughter, are due to my involvement in the quilt-blogging community!  And as some of you may have noticed already, I'll be blogging less and involved in linky parties less because of all that community involvement!   But the good news is it's because I'll be focusing my time on sewing, and will have lots of pretty things to show you soon!

Linking up with Jessica at Quilty Habit's Sewing With Certainty series.

November 2013 - February 2014!


  1. Yay for more quilting! I don't blame you. Your plate is definitely full. :)

  2. Your plate CERTAINLY runneth over...sounds like you've got a pretty good handle on it, though. And the sewing is soothing to the soul, so it's a good thing! Happy Sunday - Tanya

  3. Yes, you do have a full plate... and full hands! You make sure to take care of you, and in turn, take care of your family... And whatever you can do, you do. Don't let yourself feel pressured, or the pleasure will be gone. We will be here for you cheering you on! Love that pic of your little sweetheart in the dress you made for her!

  4. I totally understand where you are coming from. I struggle with the same thing. I have decided to participate in one Linky Party per week and to be content when I can only look at ten websites instead of 100. When I can I join more parties, but I do not feel obliged. I try to keep up with my bloglovin feed, but I can not comment as much as that takes away time too! :-( so I use the "like" button a lot!
    It is not perfect, but it helps me take the pressure off. Blogging is supposed to be fun and not a job. I have one of those already, ha ha!
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  5. Completely agree! ,y blogging takes a real back seat now I'm back at work. I now have a one post and week goal, and then only if I have something to say. And, I hate to say it, I only really stop by blogs of people I have connected with. But, I have joined Instagram, which I actually think is easier. You just put up a photo here and there, and you need to click a button to like. Because it is quicker, I use it more often than blogging.

  6. I agree with Esther. Blogging is supposed to be fun. My ability to blog often waxes and wanes with each year, I have noticed. Some years, I blog a lot, others, I haven't. I'm okay with that. If I love a blogger's stuff, I will come back, no matter how seldom she is able to post, because I love her style. You are one of those, my dear. Enjoy your sweet baby and your sewing. Blogging will always be here.

  7. Don't feel pressured,enjoy what you do.Your daughter is adorable!

  8. So true! The balance between actually quilting and talking/sharing about it:) I am always reminding myself to relax and enjoy, can't do everything. I think most understand.

  9. I totally understand. Some weeks I join every linky out there and then some weeks I just don't have the energy. It really depends on what is going on at home these days. I'm glad I do this blog thing just for fun and to connect with other sewists. I certainly don't need another job! haha
    Don't you find it's difficult to keep secret projects secret? I just want to take a pic and share it all. Sigh.

  10. I know that over committed feeling - I am starting a new part-time job next week, which involves full time training for a month. I am suddenly stressing about keeping up with blogging, housework, cooking and baking, gardening time with my kids and various swaps I have joined. I think the blogging might be a bit more sporadic than usual. I too want to show off a couple of secret sewing projects - hopefully next month I can.

  11. Oh i hear ya! And you know what, some weeks it's really just so nice to not blog at all! More time for sewing i say :) I aim for one linky party a week and that's the one i try to spend as much time as possible visiting and commenting, but sometimes it just can't be done. And i'm pretty sure my bloglovin feed is creeping towards four digits and i still have to respond to the comments left on my last blog post! Sleeping and eating are overrated right? That could be time spent on the internets ;)
    Can't wait to see some of these secrets!