Well hello and welcome to the final round of the 2016 New Quilting Bloggers Blog Hop. Thank you for stopping by and thanks to Stephanie (Late Night Quilter), Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl), and Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) for organising this blog hop.
My name is Katrin and I blog as ‘Puppilalla’I live in Berlin, work full time, learn to play the Ukulele, love board games and cinema and cooking nights with friends and am prone to write novel length blog posts if not stopped in time. The reason I got into blogging was the participation aspect of it. I wanted to get in contact with the quilting world beyond my living room and to participate in all the sewing fun organised online. I promptly joined two quilting bees - 'Stash Bee' and 'The Bee Hive' - this year, which I enjoy immensely.
The origin story of the name can be found on my ‘About me’ page but the short of it is that it is an endearment my grandfather on my mother’s side coined for all the little girls born into the family. The nickname was passed from girl to girl as long as my grandfather was alive. ‘Puppi’ is the cute form for ‘Puppe’ the way ‘dolly’ is for ‘doll’. ‘La la’ are merely nonsense syllables. As other bloggers before me have already mentioned, all sewing related blog names, puns and plays on words had already been snapped up and in the end I gave up and chose a blog name entirely unrelated to sewing. So there you have it: ‘Puppilalla’ aka ‘little dolly’.
What I enjoyed the most about this blog hop – my first by the way – was to read along with the other participant’s stories. They had some good quilting tips to share too. The most useful bit for me was the blog critique I received from follow bloggers in my ‘Hive Sewciety’ group. I have already incorporated some of their advice and am still mulling over other bits. For example, as recommended, I moved the facts about me that were hiding at the bottom of the ‘About me’ - post to the top of the article, so they are more easily accessible.
My writing tone has been described as being rather matter-of-factly. =) The feedback was that it might be hard to get to know 'your humble narrator' as I tend to concentrate on writing about sewing only in my blog posts. Guilty as charged! In corporate personality speak, it is called being ‘task oriented’. Partially, this due only having blogged for less than a year - blog birthday coming up in August - woohoo.
I am still in the process of gauging what my blogging tone might be. Is colloquial speech OK? Will the blogger police be on my case if I dare to swear in a post? How much to share of my private life? Is there an etiquette concerning political correctness? I am interested in your thoughts so please feel free to comment and share your opinions in the matter. I have had private conversations but up until now, I kept private talk with fellow bees and blog commentators to e-mail exchanges behind the scenes of the blog.
It was also noted that there are no links to further social media channels. Well, I guess there is no escape from them and sooner rather than later, I might have to add them, but every other channel you add, wants perpetual up-keep and maintenance, which I cannot be bothered with just now.
In preparation for this blog hop it was suggested that we show a few pictures of quilts we finished, so people could get a feeling for our ‘style’. Now here is a conundrum! I have recently read a post, in which the author expressed the sentiment that she thought herself working on many quilts she not necessarily would want in her own home herself. I related to her words instantaneously. Most of the quilts I made, I made to meet the taste of the intended recipient rather than my own. Therefore, I would not consider my limited work to date to be representative of my ‘style’.
If you want to get an impression of what I like, I have a pinterest board that collects pictures of quilts that have caught my eye for one reason or another. I think were general inclinations are concerned, I can say, I like bright jewelled, modern, and low volume quilts with a lot of negative space, while rainbow, country house style, batik and crazy quilts are not my personal must-have-want-to-do cup of tea.
The last quilt I finished was this cheerful Polaroid Quilt, which was a present for a little boy, who got diagnosed with cancer. (He has been screened post surgery and post radio therapy about three weeks ago and the results came back – drum roll please – as NEGATIVE. Phew, I cannot even start to describe how relieved I am). It was a group effort of many generous women who came to my aid making this quilt possible. =)
This simple ‘Snowball Block’ quilt was the first one I kept for myself. It lives on my bed now and I just love it. I plan to slowly work towards more complex designs from here on in.
Remember to enter ‘Alt Text’ to the properties of your blog post pictures. This way you enable google search engines to find your pictures and add them to the results of third party keyword searches according to the keywords you specified. If this last sentence was just ‘gobbledegook’ to you, start by watching this video. =)
Well, I really like Jenny’s tip on how to sew on bias tape to the completed quilt in such a way, as to make it impossible to make out the start and the end point of the bias tape. As there is no need to reinvent the wheel by getting into a lengthy explanation, I refer you to the Missouri Star Quilt Company 'Ultimate Quilt Binding Tutorial' video. The technique is really neat.
What else? I only commenced sewing properly in 2013 and I tend to have long pauses between the finished pieces although I have done more sewing this year than ever before. Not having a fixed sewing space and having to move things around all the time, contributes to the pauses. But I am having more fun now that I am sewing along for and with other quilters. I enjoy the quilting community, which I find very generous and supportive.
See, told you, novel length post again.
OK, lets roll this up with a quick fun fact about my stash. It contains next to NO true blues, yellows, reds and greens. Yes, seriously. My stash is pretty much exclusively made up of secondary and tertiary colours and some low volumes. Way to go stash building wise.
Thanks for having taken the time to stop by and don’t forget to also check the posts by my fellow ‘Hive Sewciety’ bloggers this week.
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Stephanie @Quilt'n Party
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Oh right! – Prizes! Enter the giveaway for the chance to win one of the lovely prizes Stephanie, Yvonne, and Cheryl so kindly organised for the 2016 New Quilting Bloggers Blog Hop.
I hope you will keep checking back.