June 14, 2015 by tessaraewilliams
Hi! I’m Tessa! Welcome to Half Square Quilts!
I’m a little nervous to be one of the first stops of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, but I’m really excited for the opportunity to learn from all these awesome quilters/bloggers! My team is the Sew Fabulous Hive, hosted by Stephanie at Late Night Quilter!
I am a preschool teacher in Kansas City, MO. I’m a recovering craft swap addict! I joined my first swap in February, and at my worst I was signed up for 15 swaps! O.o Now I’m down to 12. haha! Right now I’m really interested in Dresden plates, and I want to put one on EVERYTHING. My fabric taste is primarily novelties, rarely floral or geometric. I love motifs that look hand-drawn and have interesting subjects. Some of my favorite designers are Heather Ross, Aneela Hoey, and Sarah Jane. The next quilt I have planned is the Cuckoo’s Calling quilt found in Issue 20 of “Love Patchwork and Quilting”. I plan to use “Brambleberry Ridge” by Violet Craft.
I’m probably one of the oddballs of this blog hop, in that my blog isn’t strictly a quilting blog, though my main craft is quilting. Most of my posts focus on craft swaps! If you’ve never been in a craft swap, they’re a really fun way to try out new techniques, meet fabulous friends, and give yourself an excuse to just MAKE! I’ve seen craft swaps on Instagram, Flickr, and other blogs. I usually blog every Tuesday, and I keep a running list of open craft swaps at the end of every blog.
Here’s a couple craft swap packages I’ve sent!
And just for the sake of fitting in, here’s my latest finished quilts! :p
Again, since I’m the oddball, I don’t have a blogging tip. My tip is to join Instagram if you haven’t already! Follow me @tessaraewilliams. I don’t have any real-life crafty friends, but I’ve made TONS of truly awesome crafty Instagram friends through craft swaps!
Ok, not a quilting tip. :p My tip is if you haven’t joined a swap, GO FOR IT! New swaps open all the time, so you’re bound to find a theme that calls to you!
What are some of your reasons for joining/not joining craft swaps? Let me know in the comments!
Check out the other participants posting for the blog hop this week!
Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Jinger at Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Kelly at Quilting It Out
Johanna at Sewing Time with Brownie
This past weekend I helped my favorite local quilt shop, Modern Makers, move to their new location! So. Many. Bolts. (in a good way!) Check out my Instagram for pictures from the move! Their new location is so cute and going to be totally perfect when it gets up and running. AND the owner Elizabeth is letting me do some sample sewing for the new shop window! Did I mention I will be working with Heather Ross’s new line TIGER LILY?! :O I’m so excited!
Also exciting news, this weekend is the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival! I’ve never been to anything like it, so I’m sure it’ll be eye-opening to see so many people interested in quilting all in one place! I’ll be working at the Modern Makers booth on Friday! I can’t wait!
Onto the open craft swaps!