i'm very excited to have stumbled across the grow your blog link up by viki at 2 bags full, and i cannot wait to see and follow some more fabulous people. perhaps even you!
to start off, here's a little sample of "about me" information:
in the everyday world, i'm a college student (again), a teacher's aide for a pre-k program, a dance instructor, and a wedding & portrait photographer. i'm the 2nd oldest of 4 siblings, i have a grumpy cat named elroy, and i often consider mexican food for every meal.
when i'm not running around like a crazy person, i enjoy spending time with friends & the boyfriend, debating signing up for the gym, day dreaming about being in disneyland, and what you'll see here most of all, sewing. i come from a crafty family, with both of my parents sewing & making things as hobbies as well as grandparents, aunts & uncles being creative in various ways as well. most of my crafty lingo is spent with my cousin lisa, who you'll often see referenced every now and again. we still hold our childhood dreams of a mall kiosk, but right now they remain as an etsy shop that might need a little tlc one of these days.
when i was trying to think about what to post to share with all of you blog hoppers, i thought i would pick a collection of projects that really reflected how i spent my last year of blogging.
of course, you're likely to see more than just quilts on this blog, hence the name "toothpaste and orange cat." weird name, i know. this blog has been through quite the name process, but i think i've finally found one that sticks. backstory is that i remember hearing a character on a disney channel show once tell his sister that they were so completely opposite, they went together like toothpaste and orange juice. in 2009, my sister got a flame point siamese cat for her birthday, and he has become the resident mascot of the house that everybody wants to see when they visit. well, orange juice turned to orange cat, and i was able to get my older brother to draw me a cartoon-y version of this fat orange siamese cat to represent my collection of randomness on this blog. sometimes you'll see works in progress, others you'll see photos from a weekend trip i may have gone on. perhaps some days i'll just throw on a post with a favorite song or something. which i might as well throw on right now, just for kicks. here's american beauty/american psycho by my all time favorite band, fall out boy.
i've powered through my 2015 catvent quilt, and i'm currently approaching the FINAL STAGES. as of yesterday, the entire front is pieced together and ready to be pinned to the batting & backing to be quilted. shoot, i'll just show you.
HOW should i quilt this beast? i have a hot pink backing for it, and variegated black & white thread. my initial and probable plan is to do a 1" cross hatching like i did the last one, but now i'm second guessing and thinking perhaps i should have it free motion quilted with a sort of yarn ball effect. the gray fabric isn't solid, but instead has a small swirly pattern to it. though, that would involve letting go of control and paying someone else to do the quilting for me. decisions, decisions. what do you think?
thanks so much for stopping by, and i hope you're here to stay for awhile. i've got some other projects on the way that are hopefully going to be just as fun to do and share with you all. if you're on instagram, you'll see LOADS of behind the scenes pictures of projects and life. my user name there is @wereradletshug
happy blog growing day!