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My Favorite Blogger # 3 : John Adams

The first thing that struck me when I saw John’s blog was that HE WAS A MAN WHO QUILTED!!! I got curious and went through his archives. Every page brought forth the exceptinal talent that he has. He is so lively, you can feel his excitement even through his words. Be it participating in the Doll Quilt Swap or the hundreds of quilting bees that he’s a part of. He has taken the female dominated quilting world by a storm and created a place for himself! His work is so inspiring. He makes it all look so easy. Do you think I’d have dared to attempt making string blocks for a table runner if it hadn’t been for his great tutorial on Moda Bake Shop?

He recently hosted a MEGA GIVEAWAY to celebrate his 2nd Blogiversary! I am glad that I was a part of it.

All the best to you, John. Thanks for all the help & the inspiration!

My Favorite Blogger # 2 : Elizabeth Hartman

I came across Elizabeth’s’ site, http://www.ohfransson.com, during my search for a sewing machine. I was completely  smitten by her work. Firstly, Its SO NEAT!!! I mean, straight lines are PERFECTLY straight! Seam allowances are even. The quilt blocks lie flat!! At that time, my only intention of buying a sewing machine was for routine household sewing. I could not resist going through her blog. When I saw the beautiful quilts she had made I thought, What the heck! I can try my hand at this.

I followed her directions for the mod sampler quilt religiously and made my first quilt. I totally enjoyed the process. And then there was no looking back. I made 4-5 quilts using the quilting basics that are so beautifully illustrated on her site. I even went on and did the free motion quilting, something that I had completely dreaded.

I have been asking her thousands of questions right from the beginning. And she has answered each one of them with a lot of patience. The impression that her mails gave me were that of a very warm lady. She sure knows her job the best and yet she’s always ready to share her knowledge with everyone else.

In course of my search for tutorials on the www, hers was the blog with the maximum tutorials. All of them are so neatly drafted. There is little doubt in our minds after going through them.

The final moment came, when I attempted the paintbox quilt-along. It was fun to do it at a decent pace of 8 blocks a week. I’m looking forward to her next quilt along.

She’s also finished writing her first book.

The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker (Paperback)

You can find the link here.

Wish you all the best with your book, Elizabeth. You’ve been one of my favorite teachers. (The others are mostly my primary school teachers)

So all my dear friends, do have a look at her website. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

My Favorite Blogger # 1 : Shalmalee

She has been one of my favorite persons for quite a long time. I got to know her five years back, when she was working opposite my hubby in a play for a state competition. She won the prize for her act, and she truely deserved it. Shalmalee, has been more a kid sister than a friend. I’ve admired the way she worked hard for the play. All through the final year of her graduation. She had a clear picture in her mind about what she wanted and she was ready to work hard to achieve it. The making of “Ti Khidki” was the best time that we got to spend with her. Not to forget the superb new year party after that…

She went to USA the following year. Fell in love with Mandar, another wonderful person (I dont know him much personally but from what I hear from her, he seems to be one… ) and got married to him. She is a full bouquet of art : A good poet, a wonderful dancer, a talented actress and a super writer.

Her blog is a portal into her world. Where we get to read a few glimpses of her mind. Be it the excited chatter about how Mandy celebrated her birthday or the portrayal of the turmoil going through her heart after they had their first fight! Her other blog is a picture blog depicting her culinary skills.. It sure is mouth watering!

Here’s the link to her blog : http://mysoul111.blogspot.com/

All the best to you, Shalu dear… for all that you choose to do in the future!!!