This year I began a new hobby (I know... as if I REALLY need another one!) - quilting! After years of protest that quilting was an "old lady" thing to do, I finally got sucked into it, first by the excuse of recreating my daughters favorite blankie, and now simply because it is awesome! I must confess, I have become absolutely obsessed with fabric, and drool incessantly over the lastest patterns and crafty ideas. There is one thing that sets be apart from the "old lady" quilters, howver, (other than just my age) and that is my fresh new ideas and creativity. I hate plain quilts! If I am going to put endless hours into a blanket, it is going to be "hooked up." My first quilt ever was a mini mouse blanket for my daughter, complete with a hand appliqued mini mouse head with a 3D bow, tiny pink bows at all the block corners, and flower buttons on the back. I like to do everything to the max, make evrything uuber girly, fun, and trendy, and treat every blanket like a "Close to My Heart" scrapbook!
Anyway, what promted me to write this blog in the first place is that one of my favorite quilters that I have ever come across - Amanda Herring, thequiltedfish.com - is having an amazing giveaway right now for some of her patterns, including amazing fabric to bring them to life. How great is that? Not only do I suggest to everyone to go check out her website for the giveaway, but I highly reccomend Amandas work and creativity to anyone who is looking for fun, unique, creative, and sassy quilting creations for the younger generation. I absolutely fell in love with Amanda and her work at the Long BEach quilt show earlier this summer, and she truely is an inspiration to me and a creative artist! I will never forget her and her work... she is truely an amazing woman!