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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet & Greet

Few months ago Benita @ invited me to join this fun Meet & Greet blog hop, so
HELLO, I am so happy you are here!!

Make sure to visit the other participants (links below)!

If you are new to my blog, WELCOME, in this post you will know a little bit more about me!! ;)
If you are returning visitor, THANKS for your support, as I haven't been posting much lately, but hopefully I will get back into sewing and sharing from now on!!

But enough rambling, let me summarize my take on quilting/blogging:

  • I am a computer science researcher that in 2012 discovered the great world of sewing... never touched a sewing machine before December 2012...
  • I am not a "traditional" quilter (nor a traditional person, I believe), but I am probably not a "modern quilter" in the "traditional" way either... I am just a person that likes creating things with fabric, and I don't like labels :) :)
  • Over the years, I have been passionate about all kinds of techniques, but mostly obsessed with Foundation Paper Piecing. But again, not "traditional stars/compass" PP blocks... but fun FANDOM blocks (see below if you don't know what I am talking about)
  • I cannot work on one project alone, I must have multiple projects going on at the same time... possibly at different stages and with different techniques (embroidery, chain piecing, PP, BOM, ...) because if I don't have variety I get bored and then nothing get finished
  • In my time as blogger, I have participated to several BOM, challenges, Blog Hops, etc. The most recent ones are the Art with Fabric Blog Hop (which I host twice a year), the Teal Mini Swap (hosted by Beth, to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer), and 70273 project (hosted by Jeanne, to commemorate 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people murdered by Nazi)
  • I moderate comments to avoid spam, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE comment on my post, I love to hear from you but don't worry if it does not get published immediately :)
  • I like lists and bullet points ;)

Some of my completed quilts

I am fan of many things (from books to tv series) and my passion for quilting was born when I found the amazing "Fandom In Stitches" website! After a couple of blocks made from there I started designing my own quilt (note: I had never touched a sewing machine before, and I managed to make pretty "complex" paper piecing blocks... so FPP is NOT hard, you just have to find blocks that you are passionate about!)
This is my first quilt (ever... and it is stitched and designed by me), inspired by my all time favorite Disney movie "The Sword in the Stone"
More pictures and all the blocks patterns are available on this page.

One more recent Fandom quilt is my version of a fun QAL that was hosted on Fandom in Stitches a while ago. I added few blocks I designed, and I set the blocks in a fun layout, to form a quilt on a quilt :) The binding is a fun two colors binding, following Susan's tutorial
After washing it, the quilt is sooooo soft and scrunchy because I have high loft batting!!!

Even if my blog is called "Tweety Loves Quilting" I actually don't like the quilting part of the process :) so I have many big projects in unfinished stage, but I also like to create small finished decorative mini quilts, here two most notable projects.

"Vincent", created for Tiny Quilt Challenge (2017)

Inspired by Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and the amazing work of Adam Lister ( Raw edge applique and thread painting were used to reproduce the rough and irregular look of the original impressionistic painting. The irregular edges of the different pieces, combined with the irregular crossing of the quilting makes the piece really "impressionist". I didn't want to add any distraction with the binding, so I used a pillow case method to finish it.
And this mini WAS ACCEPTED in the 40 (out of 230 submitted) minis for the Road to California exhibit!!

Inspired by the amazing work of James Luke Burke (JLBCreativeCo) and created for the Cherrywood Prince Challenge. Again raw edge applique and some interesting quilting/thread sketching for texture and fun.
This mini was NOT accepted for the exhibit :( :(  I thought it was a clever design for the theme of honoring Prince's iconic look with the interpretation of James's original drawing oh well, if you don't try you will never succeed, right? 
What I don't like about these kind of challenges is that I don't get any feedback from the judges... I guess that one would learn how to improve if you enter enough contests and exhibits, but this is not my main job so I guess that just keep making small things for fun is a better use of my creative energy ;)

Work in progress

Few big projects that are in the "I finished the blocks but I don't want to quilt them" stage :)

My version of the The Splendid Sampler (with some fun postage stamps filler blocks)

The QAL I run on my other website in 2017: some of these blocks have actually some sashing attached, but I stored them away in some box and didn't compled it yet...

20 of the 22, 12''x12'' blocks of the 2017 Growing up QAL event I hosted...

and the QAL I am currently running (Starry Bright Sky QAL, 2018)
16 of the 22 12''x12'' blocks of the 2018 Starry Bright Sky QAL event I am still running...


and now that you know everything about me... go and meet other inspiring quilters and don't forget to enter Benita's giveaway for the chance to win amazing prizes (follow the links for details and instructions).


  1. Well, I say pat yourself on the back for entering the Cherrywood piece. I thought the Prince theme was a tough one (even though I'm from Minnesota - ha!), and your interpretation is pretty clever. That minion quilt makes me smile!

  2. Great post -- your work is intriguing and fascinating! We could all do with a little less labeling, don't you think??! Nice to meet you! :)

  3. Great to know you more! Now you have to remind me of the next art quilt hop!!

  4. You're always an inspiration and who doesn't love your blog! Good to see you again!

  5. I really enjoy your work and you Fandom patterns.

  6. I see we have several things in common - bulleted lists, hating to be labeled, and working on multiple projects! I like to *see* paper-pieced blocks, but I don't like to *do* them! I often go to Fandom or to Janeen's site to look at them and I'm amazed at the magic work they do, but I don't do it myself. Yours are also quite amazing. I really like your Minion quilt and your Sword in the Stone quilt. Beautiful things you do! Where do we differ besides paper-piecing? I love to quilt - hand or machine - clarifying, longarm, which I no longer own, alas! I'm following along your BOM through a friend who has done them, and they are so beautiful!

  7. I love the Sword in the Stone quilt! Very clever and sweet!

  8. Lovely to meet you and your blog. Love your projects. Love all your quilts.

  9. Vincent and the Prince quilt are INCREDIBLE!!! Glad you are in the Meet and Greet. Off to see more of your work...

  10. I really like your "Prince" quilt--you are doing amazing work since recently learning to sew!!

  11. Beautiful quilts, I love Vincent, and the Prince too! Love FPP too ;)

  12. So glad you found quilting!! you have amazing talent - and that minion quilt.... anytime you want to share - ha ha ha - Just kidding - I love it!!

  13. Great projects. I really like the Vincent piece.

  14. Wow! What a delightful array of quilts. It's nice to meet you via Benita's M&G.

  15. You are so creative!! Visiting from the Meet and Greet.

  16. You do wonderful work! I also dislike the quilting part.

  17. Your amazing creative work continues. I love seeing all your creations. I'm thrilled that you participated in the Meet and Greet and encouraged everyone.

  18. I love fandom and your patterns are amazing. What a fun look into your studio.

  19. Wonderful post about you and your quilts Alida.
    Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

  20. I had never come across Fandom before - thank you for sharing that! And for inviting us to visit!

  21. Wow, sewing only since 2012 - and to see what you've completed - that's totally impressive. Congrats on wonderful quilts.

  22. Was great to meet you, and hear about your quilting adventure!! Love the Quilts you have shared here :)

  23. James Burke, that is fantastic, and I would give it the "Purple Rosette", a winner in my eyes. Fandom, what fun to create.

  24. So nice to learn more about you. Thanks for sharing. I cannot stand UFOs or multiple projects at a time. You must be a much better multi-tasker than I am. :) I am looking forward to the upcoming art hop. Blessings, M

  25. Geek + quilter? I love it! Your fandom quilts are amazing. I really want/need to learn paper piecing. I want to make a My Little Pony quilt!

  26. I clicked on your free patterns -- LUPIN the 3RD??? Are you freaking kidding me?? My husband loves that show! Now I have to add that to my list of things to sew ...

  27. Your minions are adorable... I bought fabric to do a few, that's s far as I got on that one. Project of Doom bookcase is sooo close to done, I can almost taste it ;) I am totally loving the starry bright sky.
    This hop has been quite educational, nice to learn more about quilters. Glad you joined in.


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