New Quilt Bloggers: stopping by

Welcome to the next stop on the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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It’s so exciting to be a part of this new quilting family and to get to know you. But first, you get to know me.

THE TEN-SECOND TOUR OF MY LIFE:

On a snowy day in 1965, me . . . two siblings, Alice and Bruce, … Emory & Henry College… newspaper reporter … married my high school sweetheart, Dave, … baby Nora … moving trucks … football football football . . . quilter … law school … lawyer … empty nest . . . blogger … modern quilt guild . . . new quilt bloggers blog hop … designing logos and blog buttons, oh my!.

I just received a mug rug from Nina With Freckles as part of a mug rug swap involving individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild.

I just received a mug rug from Nina With Freckles as part of a mug rug swap involving individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild.

My husband is the head football coach at Deep Run High School.

My husband is the head football coach at Deep Run High School.

THE LONG JOURNEY:

When I write about myself, it’s about what I do and less about who I am. Sounds odd since this is “Wanda’s Life Sampler.” I tend to focus on the details of the process, i.e. the craft, and I shy away from revealing anything intimate. There are no secrets on the web. But, if I want to share and interact with this community I must open up. It’s all Rated G, though, but you might find 50 shades of gray (lame quilter’s joke).

NO DIRTY LAUNDRY:

I started this blog because I was looking for a creative outlet. (FYI: menopause is not for girls). I followed a series of worksheets in a self-help book. I made a “vision board” and wrote a  “purpose statement”:

My purpose is to feel brave, to be tenacious and curious, to be sure of what I believe, to be persistent, to rest, to be free, to act on a whim, to improvise, to be creative and to design, and to practice what I enjoy.

I enjoyed making the vision board more than I liked pursuing the things on the vision board (except maybe traveling). vision board

This discovery led me to start a blog. I had no idea what I wanted my blog to be or to say. I knew I wanted to put text and photos on “paper.”

I also had no idea the online quilting community existed. My first post about quilting was on September 4, 2013 and revealed my first leap into modern quilting with a quilt from the book, “Sunday Morning Quilts.” I quickly found the online quilting community and here I am giving you sewing advice.

A SEWING TIP:

Have you ever made a tote bag and when it’s not full, it falls over? The solution:

USE YOUR TOP STITCH FOOT (Bernina No. 5) to stich each side and around the bottom. It give stability to the tote. Divide the length of the bottom side seam, then measure over half that length from the middle seam. Press down the sides. Stitch, setting the needle over about 5 notches. It creates a small seam down the side.

USE YOUR TOP STITCH FOOT (Bernina No. 5) to stitch each side and around the bottom. It gives stability to the tote. Divide the length of the bottom side seam, then measure over half that length from the middle seam. Press down the side. Stitch, setting the needle over about 5 notches. It creates a small seam down the side. Repeat with all four edges and the bottom, if you want.

top stitch tote bottomA BLOGGING TIP:

Learning takes time. I use WordPress and there are so many options for themes and choices for fonts and menus. I was overwhelmed at first and I’ve been overwhelmed for the last two weeks trying to transform my blog for this blog hop. I admit a cried a few times, but it’s okay to ask for help — even from the Happiness Engineers at WordPress. NEED HELP? you bet I do. They will respond!

MY FAVORITE QUILT (designed by yours truly):

Mama Bear

Mama Bear

THE SECURITY ANSWERS (better than the ones from the bank):

  • My Dream Vacation: Fly around the world in a balloon
  • My Favorite Book: My Happiness Calendar where I record something every day that makes me happy
  • My Least Favorite Chore: Washing dishes
  • My Favorite Dessert: Key Lime Pie
  • My Favorite Restaurant: Deep Run Roadhouse (barbeque) 

MY QUESTION FOR YOU:

What would you put on your Happiness Calendar today?


DON’T FORGET: CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S OTHER NEW QUILT BLOGGERS:

Sandra at The Bias Edge.
My sidebar also has a list of all the new quilt bloggers in our hive, The Sewcial Swarm. The Queen is Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination. The other hive hosts are: Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl; Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs; and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter. The hosts are having giveaways!


Beeing Sewcial,

Wanda

48 thoughts on “New Quilt Bloggers: stopping by

  1. debchimes@newcreativestate.wordpress.com says:

    Hi Wanda, sorry it’s taken me so long to visit! Your introduction post is wonderful as is your quilt gallery. My Modern Quilt Guild has just made an Aerial Quilt as a charity raffle quilt!
    My happiness calender involves working with a special child at school today. Although disabled, his beauty and strong spirit was inspiring and has given me new appreciation and gratitude in life.

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  2. helen says:

    Wanda, I have left so many comments on so many blogs, thought I had commented on yours, i know I have previous.y read it, and in fact tried to follow it twice – I need a spreadsheet. My happiness calendar really doesn’t include my doctor’s appointment today but hopefully does include my husband cooking dinner later. I love your pink orchid in the photo, did you grow it yourself? You also have some great quilts in your gallery

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    • Wanda Ann Dotson says:

      Helen, the orchids are from the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. I took the photo last year on July 4. They open the garden on that day for a parade and music. It’s only second to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as the best places to visit here.

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  3. Carrie Ottmers Wikander says:

    Hi Wanda, sorry I took so long to comment, but I’ve been on a dream vacation and just got back. But you know, what makes me happy is to create, create, create. I’m obsessed with it, and so having time to do it is what’s on my happy board. I love the way you described yourself – very creative. As for empty nest, that’s next for me – my only goes to college in the fall. I will miss him so much, but…more time to create is the silver lining…Love your style and voice and will see you more around cyber space for sure.

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    • Wanda Ann Dotson says:

      Carrie, I’m glad you made it to my blog. My only is home for the summer and fall, then graduates next spring. It’s nice having her here but it is hard to transition from empty nest to crowded apartment. We have a great time when she is here.

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  4. Sarah says:

    I cried when setting up my blog too! Also, I would totally travel around the world in a balloon. Great post, Wanda. It was nice to learn a bit more about you!

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