My name is Nicole, and I am a quilter.
I also crochet, knit, sew clothes and bags, embroider, and design my own patterns. Here are some things that I’ve made.
This one is the piece I’m proudest of, a quilt of my own design that I made for my quilt guild’s annual challenge in 2014. It won first place in the Viewer’s Choice category.
Of course I have a life outside of crafting. I’m currently writing a novel and waiting to hear from a nearby university about a teaching job. I’m married to a physicist, with whom I share a cat and several hundred books, and we will be moving to a new town to-be-determined in about twelve months. Now, why am I writing a blog, you might ask?
In this day and age the first answer is probably, “Why not?” But more to the point, I started a little Etsy shop several months ago (also called The Velvet Pincushion). Most of the things I have for sale are small, but my longer-term plan is to make several quilts for sale, using vintage blocks!
I was going to get a couple of them done before my husband and I took our five-week trip to Europe this summer, but circumstances intervened, procrastination occurred, the trip began and ended, and not one of my six vintage-block quilts has made it past the design phase.
That’s where the blog comes in. I want to tell the stories of these quilts as they’re made, capture the process and the choices, and in so doing, give myself a little extra incentive to keep working on them. It’s my hope this will be interesting for other people too. It’s not my first attempt at a blog, but since I can’t imagine stopping crafting anytime soon, it shouldn’t be too hard to keep this one going. Let’s see what happens!