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I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to start my first post of 2016. Actually, I’ve been thinking about it for several weeks now. I spent the last few months studying, researching, and learning the ins & outs of blogging & the online world far beyond Facebook & Instagram. I sat here last night and it hit me.
I will never learn it all. Ever.
So I just need to get started! I want to take you along with me, as I learn how to do this in some sort of organized mess. I have a lot going on in my creative life right now. If you know me, and hopefully you’ll get to know me, you know that I am always stirring many pots at once. (This may be half of my problem) I’ve heard people say, “I’m starting to say ‘no’ more.” Sounds great to me! Until something comes along and I’m like, “OMG I want to do that!” or “I need to do this class…” or even better “I HAVE to make this quilt.” Relate? Next thing you know, I have 15 WIPS (work-in-progress), 4 classes I’m behind in, and no groceries. So, in an attempt to get my life back on track, I am going to put my blog first in my creative life. I really want to make this happen.
My goal is to connect with other creatives just like me.
My other goals include:
Here are the things I’m doing right now:
Mosaic 1 –
Mosaic 2 –
I think that’s it for now. Yeah. I know. It seems like a lot, but seriously…I don’t do all of this every day. I have a ton of great things to share with you. Hopefully you’ll stay with me and get inspired in 2016. I did something yesterday…I came up with a mission statement for my blog. I’ll leave you today with what I came up with. I think it is perfect.
I write about modern quilting, quilt & fabric design, and personal style & growth in order to help creatives by using inspiration, collaboration, and my own learning process & story with my down-to-earth, humorous, and empathetic personality. I do this because I want to inspire others to be fearless, motivated, and empowered to accomplish their creative endeavors & wildest dreams. I also want to establish a sense of acceptance & community for those who are new to expressing themselves creatively.
Perfect, yeah? I think so too.
I have not had a chance to breathe in the past week (how am I still living?) but lots of fun, exciting, and super rad things are happening over here. I am in the 2015 New Quilter Blogger group. Pretty cool because there are some amazing quilters from years past who have participated, and are now big inspirations in the quilting community! The hosts of this year are:
PLEASE take some time to visit these ladies! They are terribly creative and have some really good stuff on their blogs…so it would be in your best interest. 🙂
ABOUT LITTLE OL ME:
Well, my name is Shayna (people call me Shayna, Shay, or Shay-J), born and raised in the far eastern Tennessee city called Bristol. After high school, I moved around quite a bit. I have landed in a neat little town, McDonough, just south of Atlanta, GA. I like it here. After moving 7 times (I think that is accurate) in the past 10 years, I am OVER moving. My husband is in the car business and has the best work ethic I have ever seen in a human being. Because of this, I have a life of luxury. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Speaking of the hubs. We met in the 7th grade. No, we have not “been together since,” BUT we have known each other since the beginning of time and I can honestly say, he is my best friend and BIGGEST supporter. We have had the absolute WORST time in the past 5 years, but we are in a wonderful place right now….both in our marriage & life.
This was taken in Los Angeles back in November. First time in Cali and I fell in love. Of course.
Picking strawberries at the Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, GA.
This photo was taken on May 7, 2015 right outside the Atlanta temple. One of the best nights of my life. 🙂
As you can see, I LOVE tattoos. 😉
I have 3 little boys. Ages: 12, 10, and 5. They pretty much are your dream kids. This photo was taken August 2014 on our Alaska cruise.
I currently work as the social media manager at our local quilt shop, A Scarlet Thread. It is a wonderful place to be. If you are ever in the area, please make a point to stop by. We are the largest quilt shop in the state of Georgia. It is heavenly. 🙂 I have always been a SAHM, so “working” has been a little odd for me. I do shoot wedding photography occasionally, but I decided to take a break from taking wedding clients and start sewing and doing more things for myself. When I am home, I enjoy quilting and designing patterns. I have a nice little stack of drawings…I just have to actually make them. One day, I WILL be a pattern designer, with my products in quilting shops worldwide. Be on the lookout. (wink)
Quilting saved my life. Literally. Like I said before, the past few years have been INDESCRIBABLE. I found my sewing machine again after doing a church project, did a couple charity quilts, and you know the rest. I was hooked. It became my therapy. I can’t say it CURED my depression, but it has helped immensely.
How did “Wife. Mom. Creator.” come about?
So about that. It just happened. I had my wedding photography blog (which I combined with this one) and I really felt the need to have something to hold me accountable. I am:
I mean, yeah, I’m a bunch of other things…but these three things are what I live for. After my Heavenly Father, my husband comes first, along with my children. After that, myself. And I have always, & will always consider myself a “creator” of things. I have a lot of “loose ends” that I am tying up in my life from saying “yes” to too many people & projects. Because of this, I have not been able to blog as much as I would like. This is about to change. Watch me.
Vacation spot: Places I’ve been, Alaska. Not been, Anywhere in Europe or South America. Or Africa. Or Australia. Or anywhere tropical. Or the mountains. Can you tell I need a vacation?
Book: The Book of Mormon. Changed my life.
Movie: The Wizard of Oz, Boondock Saints, Friday
Music: Dave Matthews Band. BUT, I have a VERY extreme variety of taste. I was raised to LOVE music. From classical, to 80s Miami dance, to EDM (my brother is a killer DJ by the way), to bluegrass, to rap (my other brother is a killer rapper), to disco, to soul and R&B. I don’t really deal well with country though.
TV Show: Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black (I have a LITTLE bit of a rebel in me, what can I say?)
Sport: MMA! I am a huge fan of the UFC and my favorite fighter is Conor McGregor. Have you seen this dude fight? Seriously though…best. ever. Plus, he’s super hot & ridiculously funny. He talks a lot of smack, but he backs it up.
Random fact about me: I sleep with a “security” blankie. Weirdo.
So, about quilting.
Seeing a project come together. It doesn’t have to be the entire project, but just the block, or section…oh man, that will give a sista chills.
Least favorite part:
Trying to decipher a pattern that is poorly written. (A big reason why I want to create patterns) This just really irks me to no end. Especially when the designer is very well-known and there are mistakes in the pattern. Hello? Pattern testers? I am willing to test. Anytime.
Traditional or modern?
Modern all the way. I highly respect traditional quilts and quilters though. We do have a beautiful history.
1 year and 2 months ago. Yay!
Tula Pink, Alexander Henry, Amy Butler, Cotton & Steel, Jaybird Quilts, Bonnie & Camille (I really admire them on many levels), Katy Jones, Elizabeth Hartman, Jen Kingwell, Alison Glass, Heather Ross. Oh man, I could go on forever.
Some of my favorite personal projects:
Tula Pink pattern I got out of a magazine. I believe this was my 3rd quilt. Still an UFO.
Rachel Griffith “Reverie” design. This was an early one too. Still an UFO.
A quilt I made for my husband, Zed. Straight out of half square triangles. Loved making this one!
This is a postcard I made for the Postcard Party Swap.
I’m blessed to have the time & talents to do something I absolutely LOVE & CHERISH. I’ve learned so many things in my short little time of quilting.
My question for my readers is this:
If you are a quilter, what is the one piece of advice you would give to someone new in the community?
And if you are not a quilter, what is the best advice you would give to someone on reaching their goals & dreams….especially when there have been many stumps in the road.
One stipulation, it can’t be: “DON’T GIVE UP!” Because that’s my advice, and you can’t take it. Ha!
There are other quilters in my little “swarm” that are also new to this blogging shenanigans. Go show some love!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you back soon!
So Zed bought me the Electric Quilt 7 program for Christmas, in addition to my brand new fancy Baby Lock “Aria” sewing machine. Let me tell you, I am constantly amazed of the power of technology. I have already created a couple quilts and numerous quilt blocks using this program. If you know me, you know I love my technological gadgets (is that even a thing?). Anyway, if it makes my life easier, I’m ALL IN.
I recently heard of this contest from EQ where you have to use a certain fabric line (in this case it’s “Fresh Cut” by Basic Grey), and make your own block. FUN! I wound up making several different blocks with this fabric collection. I narrowed it down to 11 blocks. I seriously couldn’t decide on the “one.” So I asked family and a trusted quilting friend and we came up with this (it was pretty unanimous):
Here are some of the other blocks I came up with:
I can’t wait to get some of these blocks in a quilt pattern. 🙂
I wanted to make a girly baby quilt, and it just so happened that a friend of mine at church had her baby shower last week. Perfect, right?
The fabric I used is from the “Daydreams” line by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. The thread I used is Aurifil. The pattern is “Lillian & Oliver” by Amy Hamberlin for Kati Cupcake Pattern Co. I got it from A Scarlet Thread here in McDonough, GA. I fell in love with this pattern because it came with the bib and burp cloth pattern & tutorial as well. I didn’t take any pictures of the burp cloths I made, but they match the bibs.
I already can’t wait to start the next project!