Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to My Sew Called Life. My name is Liz and living in a rural town called Pahoa (Pa'-hoe-a') on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

I am taking part in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop which is hosted this year by awesome bloggers (Host). They are Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl (, Leanne @ she can quilt ( & Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts ( Why I say they are "awesome" is because they are taking what spare time they have in helping us newbies to improve our blogging skills. I must say that in just a couple of weeks, I learned how to improve my blog appearance and how to make buttons, etc... They are super amazing! > I am so happy I am participating.  I want to learn more about quilting and meet other quilters.

The 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop is sorted into three Hives. Each hive had to come up with a group name and button. The group I am in, we all voted for a name of our group and we are called "Blooming Quilters". Many thanks to Laura @ ( for creating a beautiful button for us.
Buzz over to visit these three amazing hosts:  Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl (click on button) is our Host for Blooming Quilters!

The other hosts are: 

Beth from Cooking up quilts, host for Better Bloggers (Click on button and you will directed to Host website).
 And  Leanne from She Can Quilt,  host for Let's Bee Quilt'n. (Click on button and you will directed to Host website).
Oh did I mention "Giveaways?". They have some wonderful giveaways each week! So do check it out!

This is the second week of 2017 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. Several Blooming Quilters, Better Bloggers & Let's bee Quilt'n are schedule to post on a certain week.  This is the second week of Blog Hop and it is my turn along with Olusola, Anita & Cate from Blooming Quilters to post about ourselves, our favorite quilts, etc... So hop on over to visit us new bloggers. Before leaving, please leave a comment and let us know what you think of our blog name, any suggestions, tips, etc... 

Olusola from Alice Samuel's Quilt Co. -

Anita from Domestic Felicity -

Cate from Chaos Theory Quilting -

Also, buzz on over to the other Blooming Quilters.

Amandy @Mommy’s Projects
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Fi @living cloth
Jennifer @Inquiring Quilter
Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts
Anita @Domestic Felicity ~
Cate @Chaos Theory Quilting
Liz @My Sew Called Life
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Kathleen @Kathleen McMusing
Sandy @Sandy Star Designs
Sarah @Designs by Sarah J
Tami @Thrift Shop Commando
Danette @Nettie Sews
Debbie @Quilt Knowlogy
Olivia @Pumpkin Hollow Quilting
Raylee @Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Love of Quilting:

I started quilting roughly 20 years ago. I had a full-time job as an Office Administrator until 2009 when the company had to lay me off! We were living in Seattle at the time. When I came home that day with my "pink" slip, I had a good cry. Then cleaned my house until 10:30pm that night. LOL 

The next morning, I realized my life had changed. To bring in some income, I would scope out the garage sales and Craigslist for sewing machines. I knew machines such as older Pfaff and Singer featherweight machines would do well. I would sell them on Ebay and I did so well that I was able to pay for utilities and groceries. I have never filed for unemployment claims in my entire career. It was an eye opener for me. I collected unemployment for 2 years and after submitting over 500 resumes to everyone and anything, I got three interviews and two companies said I was over qualified. I didn't understand that at first but realized, with my engineering and accounting degrees, it was hopeless and I finally had to accept the fact that I am done!

In 2014, we moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. Last year, my husband built me a sewing studio. My studio is 672sqft and love being in there. I will post pictures when I am totally done with organizing and cleaning. You will see how a fabric hoarder lives. Ha ha. So stay tune! (=

Here are some of my favorite quilts. This winter, I plan on starting a Quilt-A-Long summer quilt. I love samplers and traditional quilts. As you can see a few of them here.

 Irish Quilt. Its fading now after so many use.  I believe I finished this in 2008

Whimsical Summer - I designed this quilt using EQ6. I love sampler quilts.

I love orchids and the color purple. This Hawaiian queen size quilt is a dark purple. 
Hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

My Orchid flowers. Favorite flower.

This quilt is called "A tribute to Abraham Lincoln". From the book Civil War Love Letters by Rosemary Youngs. I just love this author! Each block had a story and the only fabrics I used more than once were the sashing, cornerstones and border. So you can guess I had A LOT of civil war reproduction fabrics. Ha ha

Here is the back of the quilt. I had Natalia She did a beautiful job. This quilt was in a couple of shows.

When I am not sewing, quilting, I am always doing something with my kids. Meet my clan
  •  Gotta love Chickens! They are so friendly! They love going on the deck whenever I am around. These chickens are called either Barred Rock or Plymouth chickens.
  • Misty the oldest of the clan. Born August 15, 1999. I got her at just 8 weeks old. The others are deathly afraid of her.
  • Oscar. He is 12-1/2 yrs old mini dachsund. The sweetest boy ever! 
  • Cody. Don't know much about him other than, he jumped into my niece's car. She did not know what to do. Long story short, after two weeks, she flew him to me. He was born on Oahu.
  • "knucklehead" Kapena (Ka-pen-a') aka Kappy aka "I RULE". He is 1/2 pug, 1/2 shih tszu.
  • 4 yr. old Goliath! What a lovable soul! He super smart, and loves to talk with mommy and daddy. He weights 118 lbs. now. 
Last but not DH Gary. I am very blessed to be married to this wonderful MAN. He is so supportive of what I do, a very patient loving man! 

Back in 2010, I wanted to blog and tell my stories of quilting, family, kids, etc... I hired Emily from to help me design my blog. She does awesome design work and such a fantastic person to work with! She does exactly what you want. She won't let you down. If you are looking to design your blog and don't know how to start, visit her site or send her an email. Anyway, I wanted this blog to be not just about quilting but of everything else in my life. 
That is why I chose the name "My Sew Called Life..." 
  • Tips on Quilting: If its not too late, Don't be a fabric hoarder like me!  It is overwhelming and depressing! Try to purchase fabrics only if you are going to use it right away or planning it for a particular project. DON'T buy because "it is so pretty or I have to have it!". When you accumulate a LOT of fabrics, you'll not only feel overwhelmed and depressed, but you will end up purchasing more containers, shelving units to store your stash and purchase fabrics that you already have. Trust me, being a fabric hoarder is not the way! 
  • Help Wanted: I have two accounts on Instagram. I am trying to figure out how to delete one of the accounts. Also I am trying to figure out the easy way to upload pictures to Pinterest and Instagram. I am having no success. If you have any suggestions or can direct me to watch or read a tutorial, I will be forever grateful!
  • About Me: Besides quilting, you can find me at our Church volunteering, reading and spending quality time with my dear hubby watching Chicago Fire, Chicago Meds, Chicago Justice or a British show on PBS. When I am in my studio, I love love TCM! I love watching or listening to old black & white movies. 
Sorry this post is long, but I couldn't stop typing. LOL  I hope you enjoyed my story. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you will stop by again.

Please let me know your tips on quilting. I love learning new things. Also I could really use your help or input on Instagram and Pinterest.


  1. Liz, great to get to know you a little better! Love all your furry friends. Your quilts are stunning! I specially love the dark purple applique!

  2. Liz our Abraham Lincoln quilt is beautiful. The back is stunning. I am envious of your location. Can't wait to see and hear more from you.

  3. Your Hawaiian applique quilt is amazing! I was quite taken with the design of your sampler quilt, since I love samplers, also, but then I scrolled a little further down and your appliqué quilt actually took my breath away. That is a masterpiece. Thanks so much for sharing that with us, along with what you've learned on your quilting journey.

  4. Do you have photos of your stash? I'm always curious to see massive stashes! Maybe I need to heed your advice. I have some fabric being delivered, I haven't sewed the last lot of fabric I bought yet. I think I could sew for a year and not need to buy anything, I might aim for 6 months of no more buying! It was nice to find your blog. Iv been to Hawaii twice, to the north shore of Oahu. I love it there! I'm in Sydney, Australia.

  5. Very nice to meet you Liz. Such lovely quilts especially the applique one! For posting pictures to Pinterest,I installed a plugin that let's the Pin it button hover on the pictures and I can then pin directly from my blog to Pinterest. If you check the slack group chat, I think there's a link to a tutorial for that. As for Instagram, I don't have any tips.

  6. I'm immediately jealous once I heard you live in Hawaii. Unfortunately your advice about fabric purchasing comes too late for me! But I totally agree! I am plagued with guilt every time I open the stash cupboard doors! I put a Pinterest hover button on my blogger blog a few weeks back using this tutorial Hope it helps! The line to edit was a fair way down and I was really nervous but it worked!

  7. I love the 'clan' you have. I have two dogs, two cats, and four chickens. ha ha, they are fun. Lovely quilts.

  8. Your quilts are lovely; that Abraham Lincoln quilt is fabulous! A real work of art. I can relate to your loss of job story. It's been 4 years for me, and I'm so happy to be a full-time quilter! Your life in Hawaii sounds wonderful, and your pets are so fun. Thanks for sharing your story Liz!

  9. Liz I'm so glad to meet you and that you're in my hive! I spent a lovely two weeks in Hawaii many years ago but I didn't get to the big island. Of course my favorite of all your quilts is your Hawaiian quilt! So perfect and so purple, my favorite color! We have a lot in common, especially TCM, which I also love to watch. I love old movies and they are so soothing to watch while quilting. I look forward to learning more about you as the days go by. Love, love your crew. How fun to have a house filled with pets and love.

  10. what a wonderful story. such a great clan. my mom had a Barred Rock rooster that lived 25 years. There was such a bond between my mom and this rooster. So cool. Thanks for the great tips.

  11. Hi Liz. To delete an Instagram account, visit and follow the directions there. I think I have a fairly small stash and even I know what you mean about buying only what you are excited to use. It is so lovely to get to know you better today. Thank you so much for being a part of the blog hop!

  12. Hello, I read your blog from last week as well and am so happy to see the wonderful results of your surgery. Congratulations! You have a lovely blog and I so admire your large applique quilt! Great to meet you.

  13. Liz, I love your assortment of quilts. I enjoy your tip about fabric, as I am destashing. It is quite the temptation to collect what one does not really need. Some of my fabric went to Guatamela and some is going to Syria, where women and children will use it. My tip is to make what you love and love what you make!

  14. Really LOVE your Hawaiian quilt! Just beautiful! I know what you mean about hoarding fabric. I have sooo much, but I do have fun shopping in my fabric room. I still find that I don't have the "right" fabric that I need for a project, but then I start seeing fabric I like and pull from that choice. It makes me think outside the box.

  15. I agree with you on the fabric hoarder thing. I process what I have through and then buy retail fabric for backings and borders.
    I too love orchids - 3 of my 6 are currently in bloom.
    An extremely easy way to pin to Pinterest is from Feedly. It is an RSS reader and when an image scrolls by on the feed, you just hover over the Pin It button. Easy peasy. Worth reading your blogs on Feedly just for that feature.
    Popped by from the New Quilters Blog Hop.

  16. Love the fur friends! Great comments about "hoarding"--I so relate.

  17. Love your quilts and your kids! Your chickens gave me a little chuckle.

  18. Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you have quite the life. :) Lots of pets and Hawaii too! Lovely! Your quilts are amazing.

  19. Love your quilts, especially the Hawaiian quilt! Colorful banner, too! You live in such a beautiful place.

  20. Your quilts are lovely! Your "kids" must be a hoot when all together-Thanks for sharing,Susan

  21. I also have a stash that's too big...I'm trying to use it up now....but I do keep adding more...thought slightly less now . Your quilts are just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

  22. Liz I am glad you found your groove again. I understand the whole job looking thing but what I found is that there are so many ways to make money doing things you enjoy outside of corporate america. I would love nothing more than to wake up everyday to some tropical sunshine and quilt away. One day.....

    On fabric stashing (aka hoarding) I say enjoy what you buy but when it becomes overwhelming (or depressing) it time to change directions. I enjoy every piece of fabric I buy and when I no longer do, I pass it along to others who will. No regrets.

  23. Hi Liz! Your purple orchid applique quilt is STUNNING!!!!!! A Hawaiian quilt has been on my quilty bucket list for a long time.

    It can be hard to resist the urge to buy all the pretty fabrics, but I too have been overwhelmed by what I have and am trying to only buy what I need to complete projects. I succeed a decent amount of the time :)

  24. Liz, I can't imagine getting any quilting done if I lived in Hawaii. I think I'd just sit and stare at the beauty out of my window :-) Your Hawaiian quilt is absolutely stunning; you put so much work into it with the hand piecing and hand quilting! You have a cute clan, by the way. I don't have a huge fabric stash, but a big enough one for me. Wendy at

  25. Hi Liz so wonderful to read your story and meet your lovely pets oh and hubby of course! I do really love your purple hawaiian quilt it is a beautiful work of art. Will definitely be popping back in Fi

  26. Hello! It's so great to meet you! That purple Hawaiian quilt is gorgeous!! Your advice to not hoard is a tough one for me! But I did just purchase 8 yards of a fabric I LOVE instead of the whole bolt of 15 yards! Baby steps! Lol!

  27. Hi Liz.. So happy all is ok now and you're out of the hospital. My Dad had a quadruple bypass at Queens about 20 years ago. My folks lived in a yacht in Oahu for many, many years. I also have had several mini dauhshunds, they are lots of fun . Your quilts are beautiful! I'm a new follower and looking forward to checking out your blog.

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. Hi Liz, I've enjoyed reading your posts ever since the Blog Hop was forming and love everything you've shared so far. I know having a large fabric stash can be daunting but don't let it overwhelm you. I feel as long as you are making the wonderful quilts you shared, you are using your fabric. It would be different if you just bought fabric and didn't do anything with it. I wish I could help you with your computer question but the good thing about this group I discovered is just ask and you may find the answer. BTW, I think it 's funny that you like watching TV shows that are based in Chicago where I live near but I don't watch these shows. Maybe I should watch Hawaii 5-0. It's been great getting to know you, can't wait until you post about your wonderful studio.

  29. Wow, what a lovely story. And all your quilts are gorgeous.

  30. Hi Liz, I can so relate to your story. I retired about a year earlier than I wanted for much the same reason. Visiting from the hop. Don't worry about your fabric, after all we need 'resource centers', LOL, and stamp collectors don't mail their stamps!

  31. Great to "meet" you, Liz! I love your Hawaiian applique quilt. Gorgeous!

  32. Hi Liz - what a delightful stop on the Blog Hop! You have made such gorgeous quilts - I love the Hawaiian applique quilt. I find IG very easy and quick to use. Once you have deleted the account you don't want (sorry I can't help you there) then all you have to do is open the app, press the + button in the middle at the bottom. It will ask photo or library - you then choose whether you want to take a photo to use straight away or use one from the library. Once you have selected your picture you press next - here you can add a filter to your photo is you like. Press next - here you can then type in a comment and hastags if desired. Once done you press share and that's it!! Hope it works out for you and look forward to seeing your studio!

  33. too late for the hoarding advice I am afraid, but I am very jealous you live in Hawaii, I live in rain soaked N Ireland. Instagram is fun, the only thing I can say is it is addictive! Pintrest I have never managed to find my way around.

  34. Hi Liz, love your post on the blog hop. Your quilts are delightful I especially love the Abraham Lincoln quilt, such detail its stunning! I would love to see pictures of your studio even though I might just turn green with envy, its so top of my wish list to have some space all to myself :)

  35. Hello Liz! Awesome blog post! Love the Abraham Lincoln quilt, it's fantastic!

  36. A late hello Liz, and welcome to the world of blogging. I can relate to the 'don't hoard fabrics' tip. I didn't, for years, I almost always bought fabric when I was going to make a quilt. Then I started blogging and I have lost my way. What can I do? Cut these beautiful fabrics? I don't think I could do that.............

  37. Hello Liz. I am also a "collector" of fabrics. I just love looking at them, so far I still love them but great advice on getting too many! I have noticed I've been buying doubles so it may be time to slow down. Your quilts are absolutely beautiful! That queen size Hawaiian is stunning! Can't wait to follow around and see your next quilt.

  38. Thanks for sharing, I want to come work in your Hawaii studio #jealous! I love the Chicago shows too :) I live here (just outside Chicago) now, but didn't grow up here so I still think it's cool to see the city in action :)