Monday, January 12, 2015

Around the World Blog Hop

First off, I have to say a Huge THANK YOU to each of you for all of your sweet comments on my new book!!  I can't begin to explain how much that meant to me.   I know I say it all the time, but you guys really are the greatest!!!

Okay, onto the Hop ;)

So last week I was tagged by my good friend Melissa (great name :) Mortenson in the Around the World Blog hop ;)  You can see her post to see where this all started and where it has gone.   The purpose of this blog post is to get a peek into some amazingly creative minds and lives of the awesome people in this industry.  So let's get to it.

I'm Melissa Corry.  I had my mom teach me the basics of quilting in 2003 as a hobby to keep me busy at night when my husband was studying for school.   I enjoyed quilting and would put the occasional blanket together for friends and family when they were expecting new little bundles of joy.

In 2010 I started my blog Happy Quilting and what was a hobby quickly turned into a passion.   I love this industry and am so grateful for all of the creative opportunities it has brought me that I never  would have thought possible.  I have been published in many magazines, 5 compilation books, and have my own little pattern line.   And probably my biggest new opportunity was that of writting a book!!!   I just posted on Friday that after a year of keeping it secret, I can now say I wrote a book!!!

 I am often asked how I come up with my designs and tutorials.   The answer is through everything!!!   I truly do find inspiration all around me.   Whether it is in a hotel lobby carpet, a lamp design, a buildings architecture, or in nature.   I almost always carry a graph pad or at least a scratch piece of paper and can be found doodling the ceiling of a restaurant or a door frame design.  That top images is the lobby floor from Quilt Market, I so want to make a quilt like this some day!!  Just look around you and you can't help but be inspired ;)

 I love this amazing industry and the constant creative nature of it.   I love that I get to play with beautiful fabrics, and color, and line, and honestly, I love the math of it too ;)  I was an accountant before I became a mom so the structure and numbers of quilting just seem natural to me.   And speaking of being a mom,( I have 5 kids ages 12-3)  that is probably the most common question I get.  How Do You Do it All??

Like I said, first off, the whole accountant in me wants to have everything organized, so life in the Corry household is pretty routine.  I think having a set schedule really helps me to be able to make time for my creative endeavors and having everything organized when I do sit down to sew saves me lots of time.   I went into more details on our daily ins and outs and how it all works with sewing in this post,  and you can see the details behind this picture ;)

But it must be working.   Because now that I have announced the book, I can make another little fun (and a bit crazy) announcement.   With the quilts I made for the book and other quilts for tutorials and such and a few more secret projects I made 52 quilts, (baby size or larger) last year!!!  Ya, That's like 1 a week.  

So indeed, I think I can safely say I love Quilting!!!  I can't wait to see what new inspiration, opportunities, and creativity 2015 will hold.  I am so excited for a new year, although I think the quantity might be a little less in 2015 ;)   Alright, enough about me . . . . Let's get quilting!!!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my little corner of this amazing industry.   For the next stop, I am tagging Christa of Christa Quilts.   Christa is an amazing quilter and shop owner and soon to be author as well!!  Christa and I have gotten together several times and I always love chatting with her.  She even came to my house once to visit ;)  So fun!!!  So be sure to pop in next week to check out her post ;)

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  1. Great post, Melissa. Will head over to Christa's now.

  2. Your productivity is nothing short of amazing Melissa! My mind is officially boggled ... 52 quilts in a year. Wow Wee!

  3. I don't know which is more impressive - 5 kids or 52 quilts! I think the fact that you managed them both in 2014 is most impressive. I didn't know you were an accountant. I'm one too - when I'm not quilting. It's great to know a bit more about you.

  4. Congratulations on your book! I love the cover photo and want to sew it already. When does the book release? That's amazing that you made that many quilts with that many kids!

    1. I just checked your Friday post and I see it's April. Hooray!

  5. As I have said before, you just keep inspiring me. Thank you for sharing your creative side with us.

  6. Congrats again. What you've accomplished is even more impressive being the mom of five. Yay you!!

  7. WOW a New Quilt Book by YOU! Congrats. 52 quilts is A LOT!!! I might have started almost that many last year. Only finished 22. You amaze me all the time. The way you get to stitch with your MIL is such a blessing! I'm glad I got to meet you last year!

  8. Congrats on your new book. I wish I were that organized. I used to be very organized and that went out the window when I had breast cancer and just did not have the strength to physically do it and then six weeks later I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Literally, when I get exhausted I just have to leave things where they are and I know I have limited energy, so I do the most important things and sometimes that's cooking not necessarily cleaning up before I do it. It's been a learning experience. I'm striving to get more organized again. My house didn't get in this mess overnight and it won't get back in order overnight again either. Blessings to you and your family. Congrats on your 52 quilts, too.

  9. You're an inspiration! Thanks Melissa, can't wait to check out the new book.


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