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About Shelley

New Bloggers Blog Hop 2015

Hi, Welcome to my stop on the 2015 New Blogger’s Blog Hop . We are a group of 70 quilt bloggers who have been blogging for less than 2 years and are being mentored by 4 quilt bloggers,Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination, Stephanie at Late Night Quilter , Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl.  who graduated from last years’s group. We have spent the last month getting to know each other building friendships and working to improve our blogs to build a hopefully larger following in the future.

My name is Shelley and I have been quilting for over 20 years. I will have been blogging for a year at the end of July and will possibly written my 100th blog post by then as well. My Dad is a Carpenter, so thus the name The Carpenter’s Daughter.

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(It is the middle of July and the most recent photo of me is from December. I do not need the scarf today with a heat index over 100.)

I started making baby quilts for my nieces and nephews and through the twenty some odd years of quilting, those same kids have received graduation quilts and now are starting to receive baby quilts for the next generation. Many of my quilts that I have blogged about were made in the last three years. Quilting provided me a release while I worked on some family issues. I guess I must not have slept much as I ended up with quite the stack of quilts. Quite a few were never photographed.

I would like to share a couple of my favorites.


This is my Batik Shadowbox quilt. I used over 20 different batiks. I had seen a photo of a similar quilt in a magazine but could not locate the pattern name at time, so I drew up my own version on graph paper. I discovered the name later and found out that I was pretty close to original. Mine is made with 6 inch blocks and one pattern used charm squares. I wish I had better photos of it. This is of course taken after one of those all nighter quilt finishes. Too tired to smile at 3 AM. Someday I hope to make another one for myself.


This is my Broken Frames quilt made from a Meadow Mist Designs quilt pattern. I made it from 39 different black and white prints. This was made for a favorite Aunt. I have a coordinating king size quilt top made from these same prints and turquoise solid that is made from the Charming quilt pattern which also was a Meadow Mist Designs pattern. I made that top over a year ago and it still  needs to be quilted.


This is my Batik High Tea quilt which I pattern tested for a New Zealander quilt blogger, On the Windy Side. Pieces of the Shadowbox quilt fabrics show up in this same quilt. This quilt was gifted to our daughter inlaw’s grandmother. She always liked the Shadowbox quilt so was happy to receive this one.

Random Trivia about Me:

My name is Michelle. In my baby book, was the lyrics to the Beatles song Michelle which was published the month and year I was born. I have had numerous guys over the years sing me the song, even a French professor. My husband never sang this to me.  There was also a photo of the lady who played Uhara on the original Star Trek as her first and last name was listed same as mine. It was years later that we actually found out her name was really Nichelle.

I like to read to unwind. I do not get the time to do it much lately. My husband has kidnapped my Kindle. He swore he would not like to use the thing. I have read all of the Stephanie Plum series of books. I like Patricia Cornwell. I did read all three Shades of Grey books and that is a week I will never get back. I do not think I will be bothering to see the movies.

I enjoy cooking and baking. I just hate having to do all the dishes afterwards. I love to make bread from scratch and can make a mean bagel. My latest favorite is pretzel pizza dough. I make my own pasta dough and own two different pasta rolling machines. My other specialities are my Hot German Potato Salad and my baked cheese cake.

( Link to the Pretzel Crust Recipe I use that is successful as followed. Link to Homemade Pasta Dough recipe. Most times I am using 5 Tablespoons of water depends on your climate and your flour.)

My favorite color is blue. My daughter gives me alot of grief on all my blue shirts.

To start some fun conversation, What quilt pattern or other craft projects are on your bucket list?? I still love the Swoon quilts and want to make one someday. I would like to learn how to manage curve piecing and Y seams. A wedding ring quilt would be an awesome project.

I hope that you all learned a little something new about me. I am learning alot spending time with this group of bloggers. They all have some wonderful quilts to share.  I hope that you will take the time to check out my fellow group members who are introducing themselves this week on the New Blogger’s Blog Hop.

Our hoppers this weekWeek 3 – Monday July 13th

Abby @

Shelley @

Mary @

Megan @

You can also catch up on the past two weeks of blog hoppers here:

Week 1 – Monday June 15th

Ashley @

Gayle @

Sarah @

Hayley @

Week 2  – Monday June 22nd

Cristy @

Patty @

Sarah @

Eileen @

Many thanks to our group’s mentor Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Happy Sewing,





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19 Responses to New Bloggers Blog Hop 2015

  • Lovely intro. My quilty bucket list is longggggggg. The one I think I would most like to do is a log cabin.

  • I have a real yen to try the classics – log cabin, wedding ring etc! I too want to do a Swoon!

  • I was named after a girl my dad went to high school with, so I just need to pull out his yearbook to see my namesake (my mother jokes that we don’t know who my brother is named after…). I don’t particularly have anything specific on my quilting bucket list other than I love to make my own designs and once I come up with a pattern I am always itching to make it! I really like your version of Broken Frames, and I am so glad you joined the blog hop this year. I hope it has been a good experience for you!

  • My to do list is way too long but i don’t have a specific design in mind as a bucket list item. I guess get stuck into a camera themed quilt i have fabric for – and I’m collecting for a doggy quilt too! All for myself!

  • Hi Shelley, I have a pasta machine somewhere in the back of my cupboard. I have only used it twice but think I need to get it out again after reading your post. Yum!! Nothing beats homemade pasta (it’s the mess I have to clean up after that I don’t like!) Top of my bucket list is to make a very modern improvisational quilt and see where it takes me.

  • Hi Michelle. Funnily enough, you’re not the only person I know who always has people singing that song at them.

    I used to bake a lot, and have a great time reading baking books. Have you noticed that publications that come from bakeries and celebrity chefs with restaurants are often a little off? It didn’t occur to me until I read the Hummingbird Bakery book. If you follow their directions, you’ll end up with rocks. Then I began to notice it with other books. As though the author/s want you to become close enough to recreating something that you don’t feel that you’ve failed, but you just assume that you’re lacking some skill to make it as delicious and lovely than the version you can buy from them. Well, that was a ramble.

    It’s a shame that you don’t have pictures of a lot of your quilts. I think digital cameras and the internet have really led to a increase in craft related photography. We used to paint as children, but I can’t imagine that my parents took a single picture of anything we made, even though some of my sister’s wooden placemats were really very well done.

    I have such a large to-do/learn list. At the moment I’m working on starting a movement that will result in crafters and artists having more hours in a day than everyone else. After that’s done I might get on to those curves (and I can put in a sleeve, so why am I so worried about those?), and work on the y-seams. They’re not horrible, but they could use improvement.

  • My dad was a carpenter too. He loved working with wood and making things. I’m so thankful for all of the pieces of furniture he made for me. I love the Broken Frames in the black, white and turquoise. Y seams and the swoon block are on my bucket list. I’d also like to applique more. I don’t think I have given that technique a fair shake. It was nice to meet you and I look forward to reading your future posts.

  • Hi Michelle, nice to meet you through the blog hop! I love the quilts that you’ve made so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what you make next! My middle name is Michelle, but my parents decided to be “different” so they spelled it with one “L.” They also added an extra “E” to my first name. It really didn’t do much for me, other than cause people to misspell my name a lot! 😉
    As for future projects, I’m hoping to make some improv projects and a bag or two this summer.
    Thanks for the great post!

  • Wonderful getting to know you! Your quilts are gorgeous, love Broken Frames. The colors are beautiful. I also would love to make a Swoon quilt, and lonestar quilt. Too many to pick from or remember! My mom wanted to name me Maria Elaina (another old song) but my dad wouldn’t have it. I had to settle for Marie as my middle name!

  • Great post Shelley! I too, would love to make a Swoon quilt one of these days. It keeps getting pushed to the back, which irritates me, but what can you do. I also want to make a plus quilt from a stack of Bonnie and Camille fat quarters I won from Fat Quarter Shop. That Shadowbox quilt is really cool, but Broken Frames…LOVE it, maybe because I, like you, love blue. Hilarious on the husband commandeering your Kindle. You’ll have to get him one. Since my husband got his iPad, it’s rarely out of his hands! Just read the first of the Stephanie Plum books, enjoyed it as a light summer read. Looks like you, also like me, love batiks! 🙂

  • Great post! I did not know you liked the Stephanie Plum series, I really like those books too (the earlier ones better than the later ones). I am so happy you started blogging!

  • Hi Michelle, your quilts are beautiful! My favorite color is blue too, and sometimes I am dressed head to to in a different shade of blue. 😀 I don’t have a specific pattern on my bucket list, but I love anything Carolynn Friedlander, so maybe all her patterns. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the hop!

  • It’s good to get to know you a bit better. (Now I have the Beatles song stuck in my head. Usually it’s Hey Jude that’s stuck in my head because my son likes to play that one.) I really like your Broken Frames quilt. You can just never go wrong with a black, white and one other color quilt! Despite just eating lunch you r post made me hungry. pretzel pizza dough sounds interesting! I think equilateral triangles is atop my bucket list. I’m considering the Chopsticks pattern, but I have TONS of projects to finish first. Including my Swoon. I cut out the first two blocks, then decided I wanted to rework the math to have fewer seams. I finally did that last week and cut out the additional pieces so the first block is ready to go. It’ll take some time to get through that project.

  • Hello and nice to meet you! I love your broken frames quilt, but then it is in my favourite colour!

  • It’s so nice to get to know you a bit better! I like that your favorite quilts really let your fabric choices shine. My quilty bucket list could go on forever because I come up with ideas far faster than I could ever sew them up!

  • Hi Shelley, I love your Broken Frames quilt. It is gorgeous. I have many quilts on my bucket list. I really want to make Alison Glass’ paper-pieced Feathers quilt. She has a new quilt pattern out called Ventana that looks lovely too. I have a kit and pattern to make a beach balls quilt. I also really want to make a quilt out of Elizabeth Hartman’s Patchwork City book. I doubt I will work on any of these this year but maybe in 2016. Take care, Mary.

  • Quilting is very therapeutic to me as well. I would get lost in it and not sleep as well…Bad news with two little ones around! I have an endless list of quilts and projects, but like you, I want to tackle some curves. I’m hoping to complete one by the end of year…

  • Hi Shelley: I would have commented last week but it took me a really long time to figure out how to comment. It was great getting to meet you. I love your frames quilt and also the batik quilt. You do quite a bit of pattern testing don’t you? I can’t quilt late into the night as I get too tired…although I do find quilting and blogging help me to cope when I’m obsessing about a problem or conflict. I’m working on curved quilting right now.

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