I'm Emily and I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I live with Husband, who is super supportive of all things quilting, our son Munchkin, age 3, who loves trucks, pandas, and mac & cheese, and our dog Ivy.
My blog name comes from my love of dogwoods, which are blooming beautifully in my part of the world right now, and family story from my childhood involving my favorite baseball player as a kid, Ron Darling.
I started quilting in college and got hooked pretty much right away. This fall will be my 20th anniversary with quilting!
I do not consider myself a modern quilter, though there are elements of the modern aesthetic that I like. I am not even close to a perfectionist when it comes to quilting. I don't do show quilts for that reason. If everything had to be perfect, I would not enjoy myself.
I love novelty fabrics and I Spy quilts. I recently made a fish quilt for a friend's baby using lots of I Spy scraps:
I do like scraps. I cut my scraps into set sizes so they are easy to use in future projects. I used a lot of 2 1/2" squares in the butterfly block I chose for last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I ended up using those blocks in two different quilts. The first was Bright Butterflies for Baby June.
|Bright Butterflies for Baby June|
|Just your neighborhood fireman, helping to make sure the quilt doesn't blow away!|
In the fall of last year I really got into making animal pillows. It started with a Penguin Pillow I made my son for his birthday.
Then I decided to get rid of the horrible, bulky couch cushions so Penguin was soon joined by Panda and Monkey. Next on the horizon are Giraffe, Koala, & Elephant.
My current project is last year's Scrap Dance Tango mystery quilt, created by Carole of From My Carolina Home. (Yes, I do make quilts that aren't animals!) This quilt has two possible layouts. Since it was suggested that we ask a question for this blog hop, I am going to take advantage of the increased traffic and ask: which layout do you prefer? Help me decide! Do you enjoy scrap quilts, or would you rather start with new fabric for each project?
|Scrap Dance Tango: Layout A|
|Scrap Dance Tango: Layout B|
There are 4 other bloggers from my hive, Let's Bee Quilt'n, who are also featured today. Be sure and visit them today!
Andrea @ Goofin Off Around the Block
Rita @ Posterity Quilt Co
Samantha @ Aqua Paisley Studio
Vivian @ Quilting with Vivian
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the blog hop and visit again soon!