2013 New Blogger Blog Hop ♥ The Rainbow Revolts

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Rainbow Revolts! I'm so excited (and a little nervous!) to be able to have you all here to see what I've been doing so far ♥ I'd like to give my thanks to Plum and June for organizing this wonderful event and for including me and so many other wonderful bloggers! I've loved getting to know everyone and bulking up my bloglovin' list, I hope everyone else feels the same ♥

First, an intro, then a little Q&A! My name is Gwendellyn, I'm 23 years old, and I currently live in Tucson with my husband and our cutie cats (and a roommate! One of my bff's from high school). I learned to sew when I was around 6 or 7, tiny projects that my grandma helped me with. She used to make all of my Halloween costumes, until I was 13 and I finally made my own! I loved working with clothing, both sewing and altering, and attended FIDM for a year in 2010. Unfortunately I couldn't keep attending because of financially problems, and this led to a big period of decline for me creatively. I didn't design, I didn't sew, nothing. It was depressing! Finally, this past December, I stumbled upon mrsmcporkchop's blog and had my eyes blown wide open. What am I doing, in my poorly decorated home? There's things to make! I had always avoided "home sewing" because I thought, and I think this is hilarious now, that it was incredibly boring. I found quilts to be ugly for most of my life! I had no idea about modern quilting, and how my love for fabric could find a place within quilting. It's hard for me to continue garment sewing because of cost and availability of patterns, but now I can get some scraps from a local fabric store at $4/yard, and have so many options on things to make. It's a powerful feeling! One of the other reasons why I really took to quilting is because I've always loved learning about other cultures and their traditions, and I've always felt a lack of that in my own life. It's great to draw from other cultures, but there's something special about continuing an art to be proud of from one's own background! Learning about the history of quilts, and how it's such a traditional American thing, has made me fall more in love with it because it's something about my history to be proud of! I think I also sort of like looking like a grandma before my time ♥ 

Okay okay, now that you know me a little bit, have some questions and answers!

L: My first completed quilt top, made from a Posy jelly roll! R: Simple patchwork stripe for the backing

When did you start quilting/who taught you?
I starting my quilting journey in January with the Skill Builder BOM over at Pile o' Fabric, then went on to start Swoon in February. I'm self-taught, by which I mean I sit by myself at home and pore over tutorials and videos and tips and tricks all day, haha! I just recently joined my local quilt guild, and I'm really looking forward to having a lovely group of people around to guide me throughout my beginning stages. It's important not to fall into bad habits! I will say that I've been really honest with myself through the process, by which I mean that I haven't done much taking apart and re-doing of anything, unless there's nothing salvagable about it. I really like having a record of my learning stages, and seeing my seams slowly start aligning more and more! I hold myself to higher standards with each new project I take on, so I don't stay lazy about certain things. I think it's working out fairly well for my first few months of quilting!

Current Skill Builder BOM progress! One and a half months behind at this point, whoops...
Why did you start your blog?
I started this blog to be able to have a place to readily open myself up creatively by sharing my work, get feedback, and be able to start being a true part of the quilting community. I love being on Instagram and sharing and exploring there, but it's obviously limited compared to having a blog! By the way, if you're wondering about the name, it's really just a name I came up with one day that amused me. I needed a new aim handle and was thinking about variations on rainbows or something. I like it because it's sort of like, a sentence - The rainbow revolts! Like it's an uprising! Or it sort of sounds like a band name, yeah? Introducing, The Rainbow Revolts!! Or it could be a criticism, such as, "[That] rainbow revolts [me]". Revolting rainbows. Horrifying! I have no idea where I'm going with this now, haha.

Swoon progress! Block 7 is patiently waiting to be sewn; 8 & 9 have fabrics picked but haven't been cut yet!

What is your favorite/least favorite part of sewing/quilting?
I actually haven't finished a full quilting project yet - crazy, right? I can definitely say that my favorite part of sewing in general is the fabric. I love fabric! It's the best way I've found to satisfy that urge for color and design in my life. When it comes to quilting, this makes my favorite part the planning process - being able to touch the fabrics and test them out together and make something harmonious. It's so fun to play around with textures and prints and colors! The rest of it is all the actual hard work and follow through, haha. My least favorite part is ironing (during the winter it's my favorite part, oddly, but during these 100+ degree summers? Ehhh...), closely followed by attempting to take reasonable pictures with my cell phone. My husband said that after I finish my third quilt we can save up for a good camera for me - a good deal, I think! 

My Scrappy Trip Alongs. I'm not terribly good at them yet, but I'm sticking with it!

What other hobbies do you have?
Right now, my hobbies are centered around crafting - lots of cross stitch and embroidery, especially! I used to do lots of garment sewing/modifying, not so much anymore. I also do some work with coloring for lineart! I don't make much time for it anymore since I get antsy sitting on the computer too long these days, but it used to be one of my favorite creative pasttimes.  Video games are another hobby of mine, me and my husband are currently playing through Ni no Kuni - highly, highly recommended, by the way! I love movies as well, classics and new; especially anything by Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino (both for very different reasons, mind you!). 

The embroidery letters are from the Daisychain ABC's; the cat is made from various designs from this book ♥

What other social media do you actively use?

I'm on Instagram pretty much all day, these days! It's so perfect for us crafty types, huh? I have a Pinterest account as well, but I don't use it all that often! 

Foundation paper pieced desserts from Ellison Lane Quilts' summer sampler series!

Do you have any quilting or blogging questions?

Yes, I do! I'd love to hear how quilting changed your life, or what it has brought into your life. This is something that I think about a lot personally, and I'm very interested to hear what others have to say about it! Besides that, if there's any tips that you've been given have that improved your quilting more than any other, what is it? I think I need a few ;)

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Here's who else is on tap (my normal mosaic post will be up this weekend, don't worry!): 

Friday, June 28
Green @ So Sew Green
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Amira @ Little Mushroom Cap
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

So go visit them, too! ♥ Have a great weekend everyone!

2013 New Blogger Blog Hop ♥ Week 3

Alrighty guys, time for week 3!! Who's up this week? Let's see...

Friday, June 21
Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage
Stacy @ The Tilted Quilt
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Liz @ Beadqueene's Bits And Baubles
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym
Amy @ Cloud CouCou Crafts

They all have lovely blogs and wonderful work to show!! Please give them some love on a Monday c: 

Anyway, it's about time to post some new pictures here, so I want to show you what I've been working on away from the sewing room! Namely, cross stitching and embroidery ♥ 

Lots of Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery stuff going on around here! I took a really long break from my Spring Sampler, so I'm working a bit on that while I wait to get some more fabric for my Summer one! By the way, if you want to find their older patterns, you can find them on their Craftsy and Kitschy Digitals stores. Not affiliated btw! I just love them, and I've gotten lots of questions on IG about where to pick them up c: I've been loving Satsuma Street on Etsy, too! I've gotten her London and Paris patterns already, planning to pick up Tokyo and the Pirate ship one soon!! They're so much fun to look at it and work on. Although, I do believe I accidentally used 22 count Aida instead of 18...I've never used anything smaller than 14!! Whoops. It's a little late to change it, but it's been somewhat frustrating to work so small, and I don't know if I want to do 3 more projects at that scale...thoughts?

My brief foraying into embroidery! I wanted to learn in high school so badly, but I was terrible at it. I had no focus to sit and learn something like it! I've definitely reached a point in my life where that is much easier for me haha. So, I've been working on this sampler, but in floss, not crewel. It's been so much fun so far, and it's helping me grow leaps and bounds in my embroidery. Those are my first real french knots right there!! The little cat design is a combination of patterns from this book, it's too adorable! It's decorating a glasses case that I finished last week...should make a post about that too...

Anyway! Happy Monday everyone! 

2013 New Blogger Blog Hop ♥ Week 2

Hooray, week 2 is...well, it's been past, actually! But it's never too late to show some bloggers some love ♥ I'll post week 3 in a couple days so they're a little spread out. Anyway! Here's who's up this week:

Friday, June 14
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Sarah @ Duck Egg Threads
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Cari @ There's A Thread
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Please go visit their blogs and check out their work!

And, if you'd like the rest of the schedule...

WiP Wednesday ♥ 1

I've been meaning to link up to WiP Wednesday for the longest time, I finally am! Yayy! I kept shying away because I kept feeling the need to document all of my current works in progress, or to focus on my cross stitch (since I haven't posted about that yet here, and I have quite a bit of wip's on my frames). Well, instead, here's a quick post on what I'm in the middle of right now ♥

I'm working on Posy again! I love how this quilt is turning out, even its imperfections and mismatched seams. It feels so comfortable and honest, if that makes sense. I added a one inch wide pink border, and a three inch wide border of Bouquet, my favorite print in this line. Half the time when I say "I love Posy", what I'm really saying is, "I love Bouquet in white". Seriously, I think this print is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen! I can't get enough of it, and I love having it be the frame of my quilt ♥

Next step - piecing a backing. Then...making some tough decisions about quilting! I'm using this pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew, how would you quilt this? I can only do straight line quilting right now, my machine isn't equipped for free motion yet (and neither am I!!). I'm struggling on where to put my lines to make sure I'm not taking over the prints or anything...plus, I can't decide what color thread. White? Pink? Most of the back will be the light pink of the inner border. Arghh, decisions!!

Oh, and just one more thing - I'm starting embroidery again, after a very brief start and a long hiatus. I made a little glasses case that I will be posting about a little more in depth later, but I wanted to share this picture:

Isn't he just precious?? I got this book from the library and took a few of the designs and put them together. It might be one of my favorite things I've done to date! It's just too cute ♥

Btw, I'm really active on Instagram, and post a lot of my WiPs there - if you'd like to follow me, please do! I love having friends on IG, it helps me stay feeling creative and inspired when I'm seeing what other people are working on c:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

2013 New Blogger Blog Hop ♥ Week One

Yayyy, it's started! Posting a touch late for this week's schedule, but better late than never ♥ Here's who's up this week:

Nancy @ Owen's Olivia
Amy @ 13 Spools
Ashley @ Wasn't Quilt In A Day
Casey @ The Studiolo 
Nanette @ Yeah, I Made That
Ange @ Heart Of Charnwood
Kim @ Robot Mom Sews
Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting

Go give them some love! And, if you'd like the full Hop schedule...

Small Updates

Highs always come with lows, don't they? I've been so excited and pleased with being a part of this new community and finishing my quilt top, but on the personal side of things, it's been a little rough. I don't want to get into it all here, but the end result is that it's been difficult to motivate and focus myself on one project. So instead of a finish post, or even a WiP post, this is a small updates around the sewing space post c:

Let's see here, in the past week, I've....

→ Finished a long overdue project! I started this in January, when I first started sewing again. I used this pattern  from NapKittenPattern on Etsy. She writes in English, but it is her second language, so sometimes it seems like the instructions are a little bit confusing. Her clear pictures are a perfect accompaniment, and I had no problems finishing this up. I mostly just want to make another now that I'm comfortable with sewing again, because a lot of the flaws are just beginners mistakes. I'm planning on using it as a travel make-up bag!

→ Started a long overdue project!

2013 New Blogger Blog Hop!

Good news, everyone! Plum and June's 2013 New Blogger Blog Hop will be starting very soon, and you're looking at the blog of someone who's participating!! I am excited beyond words, and sincerely can't wait to meet new people and become a greater part of the online quilting community. I haven't been able to meet anyone nearby who is involved with quilting (yet! I'm hoping to attend the Tucson Modern Quilt Guild meeting this month), and if Instagram has taught me anything so far, it's that a community is important. I've received so much help, guidance, and encouragement that I wouldn't have been able to give to myself! So I am looking forward to more of that. And, hopefully, after I get more experienced, I will be able to give the same help, guidance, and encouragement to new quilters. 

On a slightly more personal note, I will say that I'm actually proud of myself for being a part of this - almost as proud as finishing off my Posy quilt, if not more, actually. It's just a blog hop, maybe, but I had talked myself out of applying at least three times. I thought I was too new, too inexperienced, didn't have good enough photography, not enough projects under my belt...etc. I thought I had no chance of it and fully expected no response or a rejection! I might have cried when I opened my email. Okay, I did. A little. A lot. Mostly just because, it is reaffirmation that the one person that is capable of holding you back the most is you. I feel like even just sending the email to ask for information in the first place was a huge step for me. I tend to play it safe, withhold from rejection, and say that nothing would've come from it anyway; yet here's proof that that's not always the best course of action. It's so hard to open yourself up creatively, and be vulnerable in what you love and the things that your hands have created, and quilting is slowly opening me up to these possibilities in ways that I never would've imagined. I am so, so happy to be a part of this entire community and I hope that one day I can inspire others the way that they have inspired me.

Thank you ♥

Small Blog Meet

I just found out this existed! Lily's Quilts runs a Small Blog Meet linkup for blogs with less than 50 followers who would like to connect to more of those out there - perfect for crafters who would like more community surrounding their blogging space. Thank you for having such a feature, I'll be checking out everyone else's blogs momentarily ♥

If you are also a crafting/quilting blogger with a small following, please link up as well!

Posy Quilt Top!

First of all, can I just say how over Summer I am already? I was over it by the second week of May! The season arrives early here in Tucson and it's been miserable so far. Luckily, my spirits have been buoyed by the a/c and lots and lots of sewing!

I've been really astounding myself lately with the amount of sewing I've been doing - typically I'm the sort that picks things up and then finds something new and distracting and that's that, but I actually started and finished my Posy quilt top within two weeks! And I documented a lot of it on Instagram, so I have lots of photos so show! ♥

It all started with a swap...