The Liebster Award! Who Me?

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My amazingly talented, Fun YouTube inspiration, and blogger friend, Amanda Rolfe has nominated me and my blog for a Liebster Award!  (Feeling so honored –Thanks Amanda, you’re awesome!)

A Liebster Award is an award given from one blogger to the next, recognizing the amazing hard work they put into their blogs as well as helping them be discovered by other bloggers! After you’ve been nominated, you can choose to accept this or simply keep living life the way you always have. It’s up to you! (But

Being one of the nominee’s, I will also nominate 5 other bloggers for the award towards the end of this post so be sure to check them all out!

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Here Goes!

 

  1. How, why and when did you start blogging? I started to blog a little over a year ago, so not that long ago! I went through so many names, designs, and ideas that it became overwhelming and nothing seem to “fit me”.  Well in April of this year, my husband helped me to create what is now “A Thought in Every Thread”.  With his Master’s in corporate communication, we worked as a team and took off with it.
  • What inspires you most in life?  This is a hard question, because I am the type of person that gets inspired by so many different things.  I would have to say that most of my inspiration comes from the amazing talents like; Amanda Rolfe, and Melanie Ham. I also pull a great deal of design inspiration from fabric designers like, Tula Pink, Alison Glass, and Amy Butler.

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Alison Glass – Source

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  • Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or neither?  I am most positively and unquestionably a DOG person.  It doesn’t help that I’m allergic to cats though…I have the sweetest huskies on the planet.  Leo (Mr. Brown eyes) has been with me for 6 years now and Colt (with the baby blues) is our newest addition.  We like to call our little family, “the wolf pack”.
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Not sure how we got this great shot…

  • Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?  I’ve always been the type of person to just, “go with the flow”.  My husband is more of the planner. I enjoy just letting life happen to me and taking each turn as it comes.  With that said, I’m not entirely sure what this life will bring me BUT I’m super pumped about it!
  • What is your go-to Karaoke song?  Hmmm…This one is tough because I have so many!! If I had to choose one, it would definitely be “We are Young” by Fun. Nuff said.

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  • Favorite city?  My favorite city in America would have to be Nashville, TN.  I might be a little biased since I live in the area, but I mean come on…TULA PINK’s STUDIO is in Nashville! How cool is that! I’m also a huge sucker for older buildings and the whole “back then” thing.
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  • What is one thing you wish you were better at?  Oddly enough, BLOGGING! I am so terrible at being consistent.  With working three jobs, taking care of two dogs and a husband, AND going to school full-time for my Bachelors…its tough! Lol. I have made it a personal goal of mine to get better at this, because it’s a passion of mine and something I love to do.
  • Describe your ideal summer’s Day?  My Ideal summer’s day would be sitting in the sand on the beach while the sun is setting with my husband and just talking.  The beach, especially around the evening time, is the most peaceful place to me.  My mind just becomes so open and even time seems to not be an issue during that moment.

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  • What song always makes you want to get up and dance?  I’m really big into Worship music, anything Bethel related and I am up moving and singing my heart out (my poor husband).
  • Your biggest crafting/sewing disaster to date. Oh this is a GREAT question because I have the PERFECT answer for it. Lol. My BIGGEST disaster was the very first chair cushion I made for a chair I bought for my desk in my sewing studio.  I found this chair at an antique store and said, “Hey it really needs a cushion, I bet I could make one”.  Because really…how hard could it be? Lol. Nuff said.
  • What is at the top of your bucket list?  The top of my bucks list is to visit Ireland and take horses through the fields.  I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Ireland, so when that day finally comes…My life will be complete.

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Rules for the Liebster Awards

Write a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

Include an image of the award in your post.

Nominate 5 to 10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers who you feel are worthy of this award.

Inform them they’ve been nominated by commenting on one of their posts.

Answer the 11 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, then make 11 questions of your own for your nominees (or you may use the same questions).

Lastly, copy and paste these rules in your post.

 

The five bloggers who I’ve nominated for a Liebster Award are:

  The Inside Stori            

  Modern Quilt Relish    

  Wanda’s Life Sampler

  Little Waffleflower     

  Quiltiferous                  

 

Ladies, here are my questions for you to answer…

1. How, why & when did you start blogging?

2. What inspires you most in life?

3. Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or neither?

4. Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?

5. What is your go-to Karaoke song?

6. Favorite city?

7. What is one thing you wish you were better at?

8. Describe your ideal summer’s Day?

9. What song always makes you want to get up and dance?

10. Your biggest crafting/sewing disaster to date.

11. What is at the top of your bucket list?

Thanks again to Amanda Rolfe for nominating me, this has been such a fun and exciting experience! I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for some pretty exciting things I have planned next! Until next time!

-Kristen

#NewHouse #NewStudio #NewDog

Hello!! Wow am I glad to be back! I do have to apologize for taking so long to update my blog.  It has been a crazy few months! We have moved into our first home…I can officially say, “I am a homeowner”. AND….We have a new addition to the family. : )

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This is Colt. He is the most precious dog and we are so happy to have him in our family.  He loves to run, eat, and play with his big brother Leo.

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I just can’t stop talking about my dogs so just scroll all the way down and you’ll get to the actual sewing/quilting part.  LOL. SO. With a new house obviously comes a new sewing space.  At first I was so overwhelmed because I could do anything I wanted to with this space…ITS MINE!🙂 (Is that selfish?) There were so many ideas running through my head! And don’t even get me started on the things I pinned on my Pinterest board! lol! So of coarse I HAD to share my space with everyone in hopes that there’s a few things you might want to try in your space! Or even some ideas you might have for me?

This is where creativity comes to life.

This is where creativity comes to life.

 

The spot where I spend the most time.
                                      The spot where I spend the most time.

Now that my space has been set up, and the house is…well, kind of in order; I can FINALLY get quilting! I’m not sure if you have ever felt this way, but sometimes my life gets so crazy busy that my passion gets put on the back burner. WELL NO MORE! lol. Stay tuned to my next blog post where I will be showing you what new project I’m making!

Please let me know if there’s anything you see that interest’s you and I will do my best to explain how I made it. As always, Happy Quilting!🙂

 

-Kristen

My First Donated Quilt

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    I’m so happy to share my very first donated quilt with everyone! WOW! It feels so good to finish something so amazing and then to donate it to a well deserving place! This pattern is called, “Swoon” and it is sold by Thimble Blossom’s.  You can purchase the pattern at the link below.  I absolutely loved how this quilt turned out! Not only did it turn out beautifully, but I was able to complete it with an amazing co-worker.  BONUS! I must say though, I was pretty nervous about cutting shapes that weren’t rectangles or squares! Ha! But after my teacher (co-worker) worked with me and basically calmed me down, it really started to come together.  I’ve got to admit though, she did most of the work.  Nevertheless, we had fun doing it and that’s what really matters!

My thought: Don’t ever NOT complete something you’ve started just because you’re afraid you’ll mess it up.  If you’re not good at something, keep practicing at it! Something to also try, is working with a friend on a pattern you’re really nervous about!  Working with someone who knows their stuff can teach you something and be so much fun in the process! What have you got to lose!

-Kristen

Here’s the link to purchase the beautiful pattern you see above:

http://thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com/product/swoon-pattern-142-pdf-pattern

Flash Backs

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   I realize this is not quilting related but I just had to share my flash back experience.  I was walking in Books-A-Million the other day (I know, a book store right?) and I pass, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.  I had the most intense flash back of when I was in middle school.  The story goes like this; I was dreading school..like in the worst way possible.  So I walk into my middle school carrying so much stress, when I hear our teacher say, “Okay class we are going to take a trip to the library where you will need to pick out one book and write a report on it at the end of this week”.  I could have died! I walk into this (what seemed to be) huge library and see (what seemed to be) millions of books.  After walking around for (what seemed to be) hours trying to find the “right” one….I found, “The Giver”. This book became more than just a book to me.  It was like an adventure that I took myself on to get away from the stress of middle school and how scary it could be to me at times.  Needles to say, my report was flawless and I received an A.

My Thought: Although there are things in life that seem absolutely terrifying, don’t ever let that stop you from trying.  Sometimes you may just find the diamond in the rough that could change your whole perspective!

-Kristen

Oh, and here’s the link to this book if you ever want to give it a shot🙂 I’m a grown woman and still love re-reading it!

http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Circle-Laurel-Leaf-Reprint-published/dp/B00E2907EE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1429151100&sr=8-3&keywords=the+giver

Creative Muscles

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Okay so I know how everyone has that special book that they go to when they are literally at a loss of what to do next.  At least, I do.🙂 But now! I have two! These two books are absolutely amazing.  They have tons of patterns, and fresh new ideas for quilters.  If you’re anything like me, after so many projects and the patterns start to blur together.  These two books I would highly recommend for anyone who has been stuck in the “blur” of quilting/pattern ideas. The first one is called, “100 Modern Quilt Blocks” written by the very amazing Tula Pink!  The second (on the right) is called, “Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe” written by “That patchwork Place”.  The two links below are where you can purchase them on Amazon for fairly cheap and reasonable prices.

My Thought: There’s no need to be stuck on something when there’s so many things out there to move you forward.  In my own life, I’ve found that being stagnant for too long can weaken the muscles. So broaden up those creative muscles and buy a book!

-Kristen

Here’s the two links:

http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Quilts-Blogging-Universe-Patchwork/dp/1604682116

http://www.amazon.com/Tula-Pinks-City-Sampler-Modern/dp/1440232148/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429126843&sr=1-1&keywords=100+modern+quilt+blocks+tula+pink

The Quilt Worth Risking

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I completed this quilt for my grandmothers 70th birthday.  So much thought went into this quilt I can’t even begin to explain it.  Now because I’m fairly new to quilting I always get so nervous about cutting my fabric.  It’s like drawing a beautiful portrait and then scribbling all over it until it’s completely ruined! One mess up with the rotary cutter, (at least I think), and it’s all OVER. Ha. So I sucked it up, and went for it! I cut the pieces I needed, very efficiently I might add, and it turned out to be this amazing quilt that I couldn’t be happier with! And the bonus was that my grandmother loved it as well.

My thought: So although it might seem impossible, and it might seem as if you could literally mess everything up…don’t let that keep you from trying.  Whether that’s completing a quilt or taking a risk in another area of your life.  I mean, we only live once right?

-Kristen