Let's Get Accquainted Blog Hop July 05 2013, 68 Comments

Hello to everyone stopping by for the 2013 Let's Get Acquainted - New Blogger Blog Hop! Big thank you to Beth from Plum and June for setting up this great opportunity! I have met lots of inspiring quilters and have overloaded my Bloglovin with new blogs to follow since this hop began a few weeks ago!

So, now for a little bit about me.

When did you learn to quilt and who taught you?

Honestly, I can’t ever remember not sewing! My grandma taught me to sew when I was six and I have been sewing and designing ever since! Now, three generations of us work in all aspects of the quilting world for our day jobs. My grandma works at Buggy Barn, an amazing quilt shop in Reardon, Washington; my mom is a professional long-arm quilter and I work for Quiltmaker magazine.

My Grandma and I

Why did you begin blogging?

I began blogging at the beginning of this year, when my mom and I turned our hobby of designing quilts into a business. I always knew I wanted to blog and be a part of the great online quilting community. In college, I spent countless hours clicking through tons of quilting blogs admiring the beautiful work, great photography and sense of community. And now, I get to take part =]

What is the meaning of your blog's name?

Sassafras Lane is the name of our business. It is also the name of the street I grew up on and my parents still live on. The "News from the Orange Studio" came about after we remodeled the basement into a huge orange sewing space. It is fabulous!

What is your favorite type of project?

My Favorite type of project is scrappy and colorful. I love the rainbow... if you couldn't tell! I have a hard time throwing away even the smallest pieces of fabric, so we have color-coded scrap bins full great pieces! I am always digging through them for projects.

What are you working on right now?

Well, many things! We are trying really hard to keep our focus and get a few more patterns completed for our first Quilt Market in the Fall.

What is your favorite/least favorite part of sewing/quilting?

My favorite part of making a quilt is designing. I love everything from the sketching, drawing it up in Illustrator and choosing fabrics. My least favorite part is anything after the quilt top is done! I am a very lucky girl to have such a talented longarm quilter as my business partner =] She also binds for me, which for me is a god-send. After all that, I love to stage and take photos of projects.

What other hobbies do you have?

My largest hobbies outside of sewing are photography and traveling. In my mind, they go hand-in-hand.  My big trip last year was an adventure in Iceland and this year I will be going to Argentina right after Quilt Market =] I am very, very, very EXCITED!! I also really enjoy spending time with my family and 3 amazing dogs: Cooper, Bauer and Shelby.

What other social media do you actively use?

Facebook. Pinterest. Instagram. And I just started a Flickr.


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Now let's have a giveaway! Some how we ended up with two of these Kate Spain - Cuzco fat-quarter bundles. So I am going to give one away! Leave a comment answering the question below by July 11 at 12:00 MST for a chance to win!

What is your favorite color and is it reflected in your sewing projects? 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you come back soon, and be sure to stop by all the other blogs on the hop this week and say hello!

Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs  <--- That's me!