Tuesday, May 05, 2015

My stop on the Meet MMQG Blog Hop!

Welcome to A Quarter Inch from the Edge and my stop on the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop! I'm very excited to be participating and hope you'll enjoy all the stops on the hop. Here I am... 
I'm usually the one behind the camera, not in front! I'm a Middle School French teacher by trade, but I'm currently on maternity leave with my nearly 6 month old twins. They're known collectively in blogland as Double Trouble (DT) or indvidually as GT and BT. I've been quilting for 17 years and loving fabric for a whole lot longer. I can't say I was always a modern quilter, but floral was never my thing!

A few short snappers about me:
  • I have a mild obsession with Kona. (See Kona Love)
  • I'm a life long Girl Guide. And yes, I have cookies for sale.
  • Sewing is my favourite form of stress management (apart from chocolate).
  • I am a strong proponent of breakfast dessert. 
  • My travel research always includes local quilt shops.
  • I am unable to resist watching the following movies if I come across them on TV: Footloose, Forest Gump, and School of Rock. And I usually have TV shows or movies playing while I sew.
  • My first ever quilt was a queen sized double Irish chain that I quilted horizontally & vertically every 2 inches.... on my little 'ole Singer. It was forest green... yikes!
  • My dream job? Nail polish color namer (or Kona namer... I'm not picky!)
  • Some items on my quilty bucket list: Hawaiian appliqué, orange peel, and something made with every colour of the Kona rainbow.
Here are a few recent creations. Click the pic to read more about them...
http://quarterinchfromtheedge.blogspot.ca/2015/03/friday-finish-for-love-of-sewing.html

http://quarterinchfromtheedge.blogspot.ca/2014/11/friday-finish-plus-two.html


http://quarterinchfromtheedge.blogspot.ca/2015/02/thank-goodness-its-finished-friday.html
My current WIP: Technicolor Galaxy -Skill Builder BOM from Pile o' Fabric


It's far from my only WIP, just the one I'm the most excited about! There's always at least half a dozen on the go... I keep a list that's updated each January.

So that's a little about things here at A Quarter Inch from the Edge. Tomorrow, our fearless President is taking up the blog hop torch. I hope you'll pop over to Chezzetcook Modern Quilts and see what's going on. I'm willing to bet you'll find a quilt (or seven) to fall in love with!

Here's the rest of the schedule for you readers who like to plan ahead!

Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts
 
And now a little more fun stuff... a giveaway! I'm giving away a lovely little zipper pouch filled with some of my favourite things - sewing related and otherwise! To win, leave me a comment telling me what you'd do first if you had a million dollars (it's a favourite game of mine!) You get a bonus entry if you're a member of a modern quilt guild. Just leave a second comment telling me the name of your guild. The giveaway is open until Friday, May 15th at midnight Atlantic Time! 

J

78 comments:

  1. Yeah blog hop! I'd buy a bolt of every Kona colour. I'm a member of Maritime Modern.

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  2. Great blog hop! I truly enjoy all of the blogs I read. I would travel the world with a million dollars and find fabrics in each place I visited. I'm a member of Maritime Modern as well!

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  3. I'd pay taxes (to get that out of the way) and then make a donation to my favorite outdoor learning center, Kroka Expeditions. Love your blog!

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  4. If I had a million dollars? What a great idea for a song. No, wait, that`s been done before! Where do I start? I would build an addition to my house to expand my sewing room and hire someone who`s job would be to keep said room constantly organized and cleaned without me having to do anything about it ;)

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  5. and for my second entry... proud member of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild

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  6. With everything you have on the go, you are an inspiration!! Love reading your blog!! Maritime Modern all the way!!

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  7. Bugger, bugger, bugger. Robin egg blue involved small amounts of floral.

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  8. I am a member of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild in BC.

    silverthimble@shaw.ca

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  9. If I had a million dollars, I would build a quilting studio with a view!

    silverthimble@shaw.ca

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  10. Great post. Can't believe DT's are almost 6 months! First thought to squander cash is state of the art sewing/mixed media studio!!! uhm, which one were you giving away- cash or bag? LOL

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  11. DT is almost 6 months old already?! Shew, the time flies!! And a million dollars...man we could use that around here. Lol. I'd be finding a new home and getting the hubs and I dependable vehicles. After that, I'm not totally sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I would pay off the mortgage on our house. Not very exciting - but definitely the first thing I would do with extra money like that... And I do hope I get to see the quilt you make with every color of the Kona rainbow. Goodness, that sounds awesome!!!

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  13. Hummmm, if I won a million dollars, I'd pay off the mortgage of my house and my brother's (5 kids) and add a huge sewing/art room onto my house! Then I would find a lovely farmhouse to use as a quilting retreat near water (lake, river, stream, or ocean) for family and friends. I would help the grandkids and nephews with college expenses too! I'm a member of the Modern Bee in The St. Augustine Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

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  14. Hmm, I would start looking for a piece of land and I would use the money to buy it and build upon it.

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  15. Second comment: I am a member of the MMQG, hint....I am the one usually sitting beside you. LOL

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  16. oh so many things come to mind 'first' to do if i ever had a million dollars. but top of the list every time is TRAVEL! Australia, Italy, Denmark, England, Western US, etc. etc. etc. :)

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  17. Jenn it is really nice to learn little more about you. I loved your list and have always thought it would be fun to be the one who dreams up names for paint. Well that million dollar question is easy. I'd help family and would especially want to give my kids a jump start to help them reach for their dreams.

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  18. Awesome post from an awesome quilter! A million dollars...what fun that would be. I would pay our bills, my children's bills, take a trip and then renovate my sewing room and buy a longarm and stock the room like a fabric shop.

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  19. I am so happy to belong to MMQG.

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  20. Great blog, wonderful quilts. Thanks for sharing. If I had a million dollars, my daughter & family would move back to Canada now instead of waiting another year and I'd travel.

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  21. I do belong to two quilt guilds here in St. John's and modern quilting is a passion for quite a number of the quilters but no guild that is specifically 'modern'.

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  22. I would buy a bigger home with a great room which would be my sewing/studio space. Love all the pictures you shared.

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  23. I am a member of the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild.

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  24. If I had a million dollars I would take a trip to visit my children and grandchildren , they are the most important things in life . Lovely blog and lovely work !

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  25. Great post Jenn! A million dollars-hmmm, I would pay off our mortgage, Steve would retire and we would do a serious trip in the summer especially. And buy oodles of fabric of course.

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  26. And, of course you know I'm a member of the MMQG.

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  27. Great post! I've learnt something new about you, love that!
    I would definitely use the money for helping my brothers and looking after my daughters. Did I mention I'd go wild first and have a massive fabric buying spree?!

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  28. I belong to Quilt Italia which is the Italian version of a Guild. We're becoming more and more modern too!

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  29. A million dollars? Pay off the house and perhaps early retirement with plenty of sewing. I'll have to think longer on that one.

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  30. I'm a member of the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild.

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  31. I would take care of all my parents needs now and set them up for the future to be worryfree. a little piece of heaven on PEI would then be found for my hubby and myself!

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  32. Great post and lovely projects!! If I won that bundle I would move somewhere nearer to a city so that I could enjoy more art and culture!!

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  33. If I had a million dollars I'd buy you a monkey...
    Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

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  34. Great post, great projects! I play the million dollar game a lot, too and the ways it would be spent change slightly each time. What stays the same is that I would share it with family and see how far it would go making all of us a little more comfortable.

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  35. Wow - if I had a million dollars I'd start by taking my family to Europe, and to Canada of course. My husband has been to London and Berlin, but the rest of us haven't been to Europe and would love to go.

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  36. I"m a member of Capital Quilters in Wellington, New Zealand. We don't have a Modern quilting guild, but all us "young" modern ones belong to Capital Quilters.

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  37. Buy a house where I could have a dedicated workroom. Then I'd employ someone to keep it tidy!

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  39. I forgot to tell you what I'd do with a million dollars. I'd set up an organization to fund quilt making classes in economically challenged areas. I think it would help with self esteem issues, relieve stress, and give someone new skills where they could see the value of taking small steps plus have something handmade.

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  40. Lovely to meet you and I love all your beautiful work. I'd be on the first plane to Canada to meet all the lovely bloggy friends I have made there. xx

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  41. Great post. I enjoy your blog.

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  42. Lovely to read about you and your many adventures. If I won, I would be visiting the major quilt shows around the world with my friend - Houston, Tokyo, France and Australia to name a few!

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  43. I am a member of the Ottawa MQG and soon will be a member of the MMQG.

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  44. After paying off all our debt, I would buy property and build the quilt retreat which I have developed in my mind!!!!

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  45. If I had a million dollars? I'd pay off my house, finish the renovations, then buy me a LONGARM! The rest will be socked away for a major trip every other year.

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  46. Really enjoy the different work you do and that of the Modern Quilt Guild. I am a Mariner and would take a trip to the Mediterranean first and invest the rest upon winning a million.

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  47. Really enjoy the different work you do and that of the Modern Quilt Guild. I am a Mariner and would take a trip to the Mediterranean first and invest the rest upon winning a million.

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  48. Hello Jennifer
    Love your creations and am sew impressed you have time to sew and create with DT... What would I do with a million $$$.....well more fabric might be in my future and then I would need an addition to my house....and then of course I would need a new machine or two......
    Thanks for sharing your blog.

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  49. And yes I belong to a Modern Quilt Guild.....happily the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild..

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  50. Hi! I enjoyed your post. I'm right next door in NB. If I won a million dollars I would take my family on a world tour and buy a longarm machine!

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  51. Neat post !
    Maybe take a trip to Paris + donate to charity !
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  52. Wow a million dollars!! Since we're already planning on building our retirement home in New Brunswick, I'd be sure to modify the plans to include a really large sewing room! I'd make donations to charity and money gifts to family members. Possibly buy some more fabric!!

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  53. I'm a Mayflower member. I would never walk away from The American President, True Lies or Mr and Mrs Smith.

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  54. Clearly the first thing would be a massive fabric shopping spree! Then I'd have to buy a new house with a sewing suite or wing ;) Then I might let my husband spend a little bit of it! Thanks for the chance to win x

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  55. Love ready your blog. :-) Winning a million dollars would equal a long arm (hoping that I don't have to wait until then to actually buy one). Shelving to properly display the "stash" and I would need to ensure the shelves were appropriately filled. :-)

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  56. Am a new member of MMQG and looking forward to following the blog hop!

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  57. Thanks Jenn for sharing! I love everything you make!
    A million dollars...I'd pay off our house, buy a cottage on a lake, and set up some savings for our boys. And, of course, buy fabric!!!

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  58. And of course, I'm a proud member of Maritime Modern Quilt Guild!!!!

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  59. I'd first pay off my house. What a relief that would be! Then I'd have a lot left over, to pay off my sister's house, and my mom's house. Then I'd probably buy a long arm, take some time off work, sleep, quilt, and eat a lot, and put effort into finding a job I'm more passionate about.

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  60. I'm in the North Bay Modern Quilt "Group" (too small to join the MQG) and an MQG individual member. This is a fun blog hop.

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  61. So many comments, so little time... I don't know what I'd do first with a Million $...decisions make me nervous, until they are made, usually by someone else :)

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  62. With a million dollars I'd pay off my house and take up quilting for others in my new quilt studio.
    Barb@Witsend

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  63. If I won a million dollars, I would be going on the next Sew Many Places tour! Maybe someday I'll get to go but if I won a million dollars, I wouldn't need to plan just book ;)

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  64. Just loving your work! I'm finally able to hop...better late than never, and have been enjoying the little journey. If I had a million dollars, first I'd buy a long arm, property with a barn to turn into a studio, and then I'd spend the rest on purchasing land to keep it out of the hands of developers.

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  65. You are a super-quilter with great taste Jenn! Glad to know I am not the only one who cannot tell you what I'd do if I had a million dollars because I can't stop singing the BNL song every time I start that sentence....VAL!

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  66. Love your boxy zipped pouch - very cute and very modern looking!!

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  67. I just got back from a trip to Italy, so right now the top of my "If I had a million dollars" list would definitely be travel.

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  68. What a great game :). If I won a million dollars, I'd definitely travel.

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  69. The best caregivers in the world for my 27 year old grand daughter. Because of a very early entry into the world she has CP. she loves to giggle and I enjoy making her quilts things. Then I would take my gal pals on a quilt cruise. You and Val sound like two peas in a pod.

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  70. If I had $1M, I would buy a new vehicle (to take me to far-away quilt shops). Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  71. Very first, I'd buy my parents a house, a big truck for my husband (so he can quit being teased about his little one), and well the time of someone to clean my house so I could sew more.

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  72. Good question...I'd probably do something practical like put away a little nest egg for the kiddies and hubby and I. Then the fun begins and do something special for my loved ones...Camaro for hubby, something for the kids and dream sewing machine for me (any suggestions?)

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  73. I'd buy a short arm. We're full-time RVers and no room for a long arm. :-)

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