Hi, and welcome to Lighthouse Lane Designs – the next stop on the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Hop. Designed for bloggers who have been active less than 2 years to learn from each other and expand their skill set, so far it’s been a blast.
My name is Holly, and I’m a native Michigander. I’ve settled into a small town on the coast of Lake Michigan with my husband and two daughters. Both of my girls are on the Autism Spectrum – a fact that gives my life a certain piquant crunch. My day job, as a veterinarian, absorbs a lot of my time and energy. But when I’m not in the office, seeing patients, you can find me sewing, baking, or traveling the highways and byways of my home state – often in search of vintage goodies for inspiration and to add to my collection. Don’t mind the squinty-look. It was such a bright day out!
I love to blend vintage aesthetics with the freshness of modern fabrics and techniques. I could probably even rehabilitate Sunbonnet Sue if I had to. (Then again, having spent a large portion of my childhood answering to “Holly Hobby,” I’m probably not going to go there).
Part of my impetus for starting this blog was to document my quilting. And, lo and behold, I find I’ve taken almost no pictures of the pieces I finished before the blog started. And even since! Ooops. That means I’m going to share a couple works-in-progress, of course. Though the first one is the very first quilt I ever made, for my cousin David’s wedding. It was a Snowball Star, from the Quilt-in-a-Day series. My sister and I put it together in one weekend, if not a day. Hmmmm. It seems my tastes have changed.
Because another clear favorite is this one, made from a book I previewed for C&T publishing. You can find the post about it here.
And, to go along with that one, my very first design of my own, which was inspired by the above piece, but took things in a rather different direction.
Random facts about me:
I am a voracious reader. Lately, I’ve been consuming cozy mysteries the way other people go through bonbons. And my cookbook collection (vintage AND modern) might be a little out of control.
I love lighthouses. That’s a shock, right? I’m on a mission to photograph as many of them as I can get to, in my rambles around the state. Lately, I’ve added barn quilts to this mission. Look for both to pop up here randomly, depending on where I’ve been and whether I remembered my camera.
Another of my goals with this blog is to improve my photography. When I’ve made a leap forward, I’ll share a post with the whys and wherefores, in case you want to follow along. Until then, I’ll keep trying to make this into the sort of eye candy style of blog I like to visit.
One last thing on my list of skill-builders is surface pattern design. I’ve spent the last few evening buried in classes and you’re likely to see the results here, soon.
Blogging tip(s): Spend some time learning your platform. You’ll find that the forums dedicated to it (WordPress, Blogger, whatever) are often rather extensive. Chance are that someone has had the same problem before – and it’s been solved in the forums.
You might find a purchased theme is worth spending a little money on. The person who wrote it is more likely to have worked all the bugs out of it – and more likely to continue offering support. I’ve found that a lot of the wonky things bloggers have happen to their sites are related to a bit of coding in their theme that was either a bug to begin with, or is no longer compatible with the updated platform software.
Load up Grammarly and let it mind your text while you type.
Quilting tip(s): There is NO “one, true way.” There are probably as many ways to do something as there are quilters. That means two things. 1. You are not, necessarily, doing it “wrong.” 2. There is probably no quilter out there from whom you cannot learn something.
Take a little notebook with you, everywhere you go. Even if you’re not a designer or aspiring designer, you never know when you might see something you want to remember. That might be an interesting pattern, fabric, or classic block presented in a new way. Alternatively, load up a memo app in your smart phone so you can keep track of these things.
Hand needles are as much a renewable resource as machine needles. Periodically throw them out and get a new one. In fact, if you’re having trouble with accuracy, get out a new needle and see if it helps. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more for the good ones. And keep a selection on hand – not every needle works well for every purpose. My current favorites include Tulip Hiroshima, Foxglove, and Wendy Schoen.
If you explore my blog, you’ll find a post I did a while ago about my Quilty Little Secrets. First, share YOURS with me – then go visit the rest of my group for the New Quilt Bloggers Hop for Week 1:
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Kate @ Smiles From Kate
Miranda @ I Have Purple Hair
Then you can also use this button to visit the rest of my “hive.” Be sure to check them out inthe coming weeks, too!
And one more big, “Thank you!!” to our Hostess, Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs. Go visit! And check out her upcoming Mystery Quilt.