2015 New Quilt Blogger Introduction Post

Hi everyone!  My name is Deb and I live in Tasmania, Australia – what I like to call “down under Down Under” (In case you aren’t familiar with Australia, Tasmania is the small island state at the south east end of the mainland 😉 )

tassie map

Tasmania is famous for it’s world-heritage listed conservation areas and it’s Tasmanian Devil (take a listen to this creature!)

Tasmanian Devil - Zoo Doo June 2015 I am part of the “New Bees” hive in this year’s New Bloggers Blog Hop and I hope you will also take the time to visit my other hive mates who are blogging this week:

Let me tell you a few things about myself :

1. I am a 42 year old married mum of three children – a girl aged 9 and two boys aged 7 and 6 who were born only 14 months apart. I’ve been with my husband for nearly 22 years and married for 15. 2. Parenthood came as a bit of a shock to me and my husband after nearly 5 years of trying, countless tests and a diagnosis of “unexplained infertility”. Then, one day…(gulp!!) we find ourselves expecting our 3rd child in 3 years! IMG_20150530_145912541_HDR 3. I have a background in music and attended a Conservatorium of Music after High School where I studied Classical Piano. I taught piano for many years, both at a private music school and in my own home based practice but stopped teaching a few years ago. I now play piano once a month at a local elderly care home, where the wonderful residents sing the “golden oldies” to my piano accompaniment!

4. Nowadays, the only piano teaching I do is to my own children and I recently completed an online Certificate in Education Support which allows me to work as a Teacher Aide/Assistant in schools. So far, work has been only on a very casual and relief basis.

5. My husband and I made the move to the cooler climate of Tasmania in 2013 to escape the oppressive humid heat of northern Australia (and in part to “shake things up a bit” after turning 40!)

6. In my younger years I HATED anything to do with sewing and kept a gifted sewing machine untouched in it’s dusty case for decades before catching the sewing bug shortly after our move in 2013 (see post here). I began quilting the following year in 2014 and am now completely obsessed!

7. I  began my blog @ newcreativestate in March this year as a way to keep an online diary of my quilting journey and connect with other quilty people. I’ve always considered myself a creative person and enjoy writing. I think that blogging is the perfect combination of creativity and expression.

Now onto a few of my favourite quilts:

Union Jack Mini Quilt Union Jack Mini Quilt April 2015

Churn Dash Quilt Churn Dash Quilt May 2015

Marcelle Medallion Quilt Marcelle Medallion Quilt May 2015

Amy Butler Quilt Amy Butler Quilt May 2015

You can also check out other recent finishes in the Gallery slideshow in my sidebar.

My quilting style definitely involves bold and saturated colour. Because of this natural inclination, on the top of my quilting bucket list is to make a “low volume” quilt!

My Quilting Question – what type of quilt would be against the norm for you?

My Quilting Tip (which was shared with me when I made my first quilt):

  • When you trim back your quilt top after quilting, leave an extra quarter inch of batting and backing fabric around the edges. This creates a fuller binding.

My Blogging Tips :

  • Be proud and take great photos of your quilts! When I finish a quilt, my family and I love to search out the perfect location for a photo shoot. This could mean taking a quilt on a hike, bike ride, camping or 4 wheel driving expedition!
  • Also, be very careful when editing a potential post not to accidentally hit the publish button before it is finished (Oh believe me, I know…!)

I’d like to say a special thanks to Cheryl, Yvonne, Stephanie and Terri Ann for hosting this year’s blog hop.

This is our final week and I’ll be sad when it is all over.  Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you all a bit better.

Deb 🙂


21 thoughts on “2015 New Quilt Blogger Introduction Post

  1. What a lovely story Deb, really enjoyed reading it, what a wonderful life you are living, against the norm for me would be Needle Turn Applique, I avoid it at all cost, keep up the creativity, you’re a natural with it. Love Heather XXX


  2. Hi Deb, great post! I try to do a bit of everything, but the one thing I haven’t done (though plan to do) is hand quilt a large quilt. No biggie…

    Love the photos of all your quilts and the beautiful backdrops! Gorgeous!


  3. A baltimore quilt with fiddly applique would be against the norm for me – my mum would love it though so will have to try it sometime! Enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you – love your medallion quilt!


  4. It’s so nice to get to hear a bit more of your story, Deb. Thank you so much for sharing! I love your vibrant color choices and high contrast designs. I tend toward these design aspects as well. My one attempt at an entirely low volume quilt turned into a pastel quilt instead, but I still ended up liking it. I like to think that I’m open to any style and technique, but I think that using really dull colors (particularly brown) or doing a straight up reproduction of a historic quilt would be way our of my comfort zone.


  5. Love your turn dash quilt i so want to make one……Your work is very beautiful keep it up….Sounds like you have your hands full……….Ps the not so norm for me would be paper piecing i want to try it but i also avoid it like the plague…


  6. A quilt that would be against the norm for you would be something with hand quilting. I am also not a huge fan of applique, although it is growing on me more. I like that you took a big move to shake things up a bit, that sounds really adventurous. I am also going to employ your trimming tip on my next quilt I finish – it also really helps to preserve any points you might have at the edges of piecing! 🙂


  7. Anything with a lot of hand sewing, That’s why I have a perfectly good machine, so I don’t have to hand sew. Nice to get to know you a little better.


  8. Hi Deb, I enjoyed reading your blog post and learning more about you. I really like your Churn Dash quilt and especially your color choices. A quilt that would be out of my norm would have a lot of curved piecing.It is like in clothes sewing. I am not found of having to use all kinds of pins and ease something in. I like your idea of the extra batting in the binding and will have to give that a try soon. I look forward to reading more of your blog.


  9. Hi Deb: it’s always lovely to see how popular quilting has become back home (even if I do live on the other side of the Pacific now). I left Sydney in 2010, and didn’t know a thing about quilting. All my local fabric stores (which had specialized in fashion fabrics, but carried some quilting lines) had closed; the nearest Lincraft and Spotlight were in the same shopping center, forty minutes drive away. I hope there were specialized quilt stores alive and well back then, but certainly none in my area.

    Something completely against the norm for me would be a very traditional design made in a very traditional (think Civil War reprints) color scheme. I’m not sure that any amount of money could convince me to make that quilt… ok, I lie, but it would be an insane amount. I think I’d die of boredom making it. No offense meant to people who like that style, it’s just not for me.


  10. Love your blog deb-your natural ability and creatativity is guaranteed to lead you on a journey of endless possibilitites with this uniquely satisfying craft.the display of your stunning works of art against breathtaking scenery is to be admired.although the miles between us keep us all apart,there is no distance between our hearts love mum xo


  11. Your quilts are amazing and while the Amy Butler quilt is beautiful, the background is stunning! Bold, bright colors draw me in everytime! I’ve tried so many different quilts and at some point they were all against my norm! I think it took many years to develop my own style and trying so many different styles helped determine that!


  12. It’s great to meet you Deb. Your quilts are amazing as are your photos . I’m gong to have to get my husband and or friends in on helping me to find good settings for photos. I was really glad my cat was out of the house when I listened to the Tasmania devil. A dear Jane quilt would be out of the norm for me. Too many little tiny pieces.


  13. I also tend to use a lot of bright, bold colors in my quilts. So a low-volume quilt would be totally out of my norm. I really enjoyed learning more about you!


  14. Hello Deb, from the other Deb!
    I love the idea of including your family in finding a place to take photos of a finished quilt. I will do that the next time! I am unfamiliar with hand quilting so that would be out of the norm for me!


  15. Great post, Deb! I loved hearing more about you! I laughed when I saw the (gulp) over expecting a third kid in three years. I know that gulp well! lol! I also loved seeing your tip about leaving the extra 1/4 of batting to plump up the binding. I do the same thing, and when I mentioned it at my guild meeting, I was surprised to learn that this wasn’t common practice. It’s how my mom taught me, so I just assumed it was how everyone did it! Your quilts are lovely and your photos are magical. Keep up the good work! It’s so much fun to follow along on your quilting journey!


  16. Great post. I love all the facts about you and your family. Regarding your quilting tip, how wide do you make your binding strips? Against my norm… that would have to be curves, but especially improv curves. As a former math teacher, I really like things that are nice, neat measurements that fit together. When I’ve done improv, I’ve typically trimmed things to be right angles. I guess I could stand to relax a bit. I have my eye on a no ruler improv design (that sounds contradictory) with squares and rectangle that I’d like to try. I should add that to my Bucket List (that’s residing below my lengthy WIP list).


  17. Hi Deb, I love your quilts! I am quite a fan of saturated Colour too, and for ages I couldn’t understand the whole low volume thing. Now I am making one of the spell it with fabric alphabet quilts for my daughters Kindy teacher and I am doing a scrappy LV background and I have had to stock up because my stash was lacking! In terms of a quilt outside the norm for me, it would have to be improv. I am the sort of person who goes bonkers if a picture is crooked (my poor husband has spent a lot of time adjusting pictures) and I find it hard to let go for improv.
    As an aside, I love Tasmania. I had a fantastic holiday there when I was in uni and am looking forward to my girls being big enough to take.


  18. Deb, your work is beautiful! I love bold colors too. A quilt against my norm would be a very traditional with baby theme applique, but I never say never to anything because I think there is always a way to make things cool in a different way. Thanks for the tips.


  19. Id love to do something low volume as well. Would have to say a quilt against my norm would be anything not paper pieced 🙂 Your quilts are bright and sure show off the Aussie landscape perfectly 🙂


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