2015 New Quilt Bloggers Hop


Gulp. Last week and my turn for the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I hope you’re enjoying all the posts. It’s a great group of quilters and everyone, especially our hosts/mentors, has been generous with advice and tips. I’m in the Quantum Quilters hive hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

If this is your first time to Once A Wingnut, welcome! Let me introduce myself. I’m Martha – wife, mother, daughter, sister, engineer, reader, food and wine lover, quilter. I’m geeky and I get jazzed about precision piecing. I get a kick out of improvisation. I like all things quilty and most evenings you’ll find me in my studio. Even if I’m not sewing, I’ll be hanging out, petting fabric, and generally exercising creativity in a different way than I do at work.


Annie Albers’ Orange Chair, 53 inches x 67 inches, 2013

My favorite quilt is the last one I finished but Annie Albers’ Orange Chair has a special place on my finished quilt list. It was made in 2013 for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Binary Challenge. I was surprised when it was chosen for the MQG Showcase at the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston and then went on to QuiltCon 2015 in Austin.

Detail - The maverick orange chair fabric which inspired the quilt name

Detail – The maverick orange chair fabric which inspired the quilt’s name

Annie Albers’ Orange Chair didn’t win a ribbon at QuiltCon but it was fun to lurk close by and watch people figure out what the title meant. I guess we never forget those “title/context” essays from high school English class.

Graduation, 68 inches x 81 inches, 2013

Graduation, 68 inches x 81 inches, 2013

Another favorite quilt is Graduation which I made for our daughter to take to college. Of course it wasn’t ready when she went off but it turns out she liked it too much to take it to school. It is an original design based on traditional Chinese Coins quilt and the patches were cut using Fibonacci numbers (there’s my geeky side showing) for size variation. You can see the green inserts in the binding in my blog header photo. It is backed with a luscious flannel for snuggly comfort.

Enough about me. On to the tips!


Scraps – it seems like they’re the bane of a quilter’s storage problems. Store them by size, by color, or cut them to pre-defined (and hopefully useable) shapes or strips? I’ve tried piling into a bin (meh, too many wrinkles), cutting into strips (what to do with those odd bits), and now I’m storing by color. Clear bins designed for paper storage let me grab the color I want. All sizes of scraps go into my bins up to a fat quarter I’ve cut into. Since I’ve been mostly working in analogous and monochromatic color schemes lately, this storage method has been working for me. And the ROYGBIV stack is nice color accent in the bookcase.


One day I asked Debbie of A Quilter’s Table how she manages to be such a prolific blogger. She probably doesn’t remember the conversation but I remember her answer was along the lines of “I’m always thinking about content”. So, my blogging tip is take lots of pictures (you’re doing that already for Instagram, right?) and find a way to organize your pictures (I’m a fan of cloud storage) so you have the pictures to illustrate your ideas. During our first New Quilt Bloggers “seed question” discussion session, photos came up as one of the best things about our favorite blogs. Quilters are a visual group.

And now a question for you – what project are you doing with your scrap fabric?

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Be sure to visit my Quantum Quilter hive mates for more quilting and blogging tips:

There are more 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Week 4 bloggers for you to meet by visiting our hosts. And, our amazing mentors have some sweet giveaways you’ll want to enter.

A big thank you to our hosts and all 70 of the new bloggers for this experience! Hey, I just thought of another blogging tip – look for next New Quilt Bloggers signup.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show


Last weekend DH and I made a last minute trip to Oregon for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We certainly didn’t over think this trip – we made a hotel reservation the Monday before show and set off with vague plans. The only concrete item on the itinerary was to see the show on Saturday. The Sisters show has long been on my list of shows to see and this year, finally, the second Saturday in July was free and clear. Continue reading

Trying New Things


Full disclosure here – I’m a sucker for learning and recently I committed to the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers group hosted by Yvonne at Quilitng Jetgirl (I’m in her Quantum Quilters hive. Woot!), Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design, Stephanie at Late Night Quilter, and Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination. Wow, our hosts and the entire group is all in and there is so much good information. Keep me accountable to blogging more often (dare I say weekly? gasp!).

The problem with being a workshop addict is that you can add a lot to an already too long works in progress list. So, I have learned I need to do technique workshops, not project workshops. Every now and then I fall off the wagon and succumb to a class like the one I recently took, Dresden Plate Update. Continue reading

Tempo Rubato


I think by now you may have noticed that I took a couple of improv classes from Sherri Lynn Wood at QuiltCon 2013. Those classes and QuiltCon really pushed my quilting boundaries and I have been experimenting more and more with improvisation. So, when Sherri Lynn put out a call for testers for her new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, I signed up. On nearly the last day, but I signed up. Continue reading

Churn Dash 2: Complementary


After taking Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Round Robin class at QuiltCon 2013, three of us in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild decided we had not had enough fun. Deborah Ferguson (her round robin quilt is “With A Little Help From My Friends“), Chandra Wu (her quilt is “Happy Times“), and I used the “listen and respond” technique we learned from Sherri Lynn but allowed one month to work on our additions. Churn Dash 2: Complementary is the result of this happy collaboration. Continue reading