Hello! Welcome to my blog and to the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I'm Amista Baker, a wife and stay-at-home mom to 2 girls and 1 baby boy living in Ohio (U.S.). I'm so happy to have you. I've been enjoying getting to know everyone in the group and my own hive!
First, i'll talk a little about myself, but on down in the post I also have some great resources linked for you! :)
What started it...I began sewing 8-9 years ago, making bags and purses for friends and family and eventually selling online, but my real passion - and what I went to college for - was always digital design. So my sewing hobby was put aside to focus on my love for digital creations. I created my business, Hilltop Custom Designs, and begin selling party printable such as invitation, cupcake toppers, banners, tags, and more! It was a huge success for our family.
Approximately 1 1/2 years ago I made my first quilt, a "Simple Cuts Crazy Quilt" for my son's upcoming birth along with some bibs and organic teethers. I was instantly hooked! A few months later I made a Jelly Roll Racer for my daughters 7th birthday. Naturally, it spiraled from there and I have made many quilts since. Some for our family, some for friends.
|Hexie Framed quilt pattern from QuiltyLove (Emily Dennis)|
|My first ever quilt! Pattern by beffie48 on Etsy|
I have WAY more skills now than what I started with, however, I think I will always see myself as a beginner quilter - I'm always learning new techniques and love trying out new patterns. You can view some of my finished quilts on my Quilts Page. My new favorite thing is Instagram swaps! I love an excuse to make for others, especially when you're also receiving a handmade item yourself from someone in another part of the world. It's such an awesome experience and I always treasure the things that are made for me!!
Have you ever participated in swaps? What was your experience? I would love to hear the things you've made!
|My first ever mini quilt! (Winter Star block from Farmgirl Vintage)|
|Jelly Roll Jam quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop|
My Favorite Resources:
- Easy way to make your own bias binding - video by Londa Rohlfing
- Binding a quilt with mitered corners & invisible join - video by MadebyMarzipan
- Sewing Tutorials by A Spoonful of Sugar
- Cheap A+ quality zippers - ZipIt Zippers
- Pre-made bias binding rolls (double fold and quilt binding) - SoBiased
- My favorite online fabric shop - StarlitQuilts *Free mini charm pack with every order!
- My favorite stabilizer, Annie's Soft & Stable
- Cheap (but good quality) Suede Tassel zipper pulls - CharismaJewelryShop
- Bulk metal snaps and other notions - SewAndSnap
- Bulk bag making supplies (hardware) - SewingSupplies
|Charming Tinsel Pouch - Available on Craftsy and My Shop|
Last, but not least...
Please checkout our 2016 New Quilt Blogger Hosts: Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter ... and the members of my Hive (Miss-Bee-Hivin) which are linked below :)
I was excited to be apart of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group. I have enjoyed meeting everyone and hope you have too! Please checkout the rest of my blog - I'm always open to constructive criticism and learning of ways to improve. I've got some tutorials and free patterns for you as well as lots of post where I share the things I make, so please take a look around!
Thanks for stopping by! :)