Thursday, October 18, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop - My Turn

don't worry, I washed my hands!
Hey party people! Welcome to my stop on the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop!

First off, I'd like to thank Beth from Plum and June for organizing and inviting me to take part in this blog hop. She's a pretty awesome lady, so I urge you to go and check out her blog. 

My name is Melissa and I'm the crafter behind issa.ino:handmade. I currently live in Indiana, but have dreams of moving back out to California in the next couple of years. By day I am a Brick Specialist at a toy store that specializes in building blocks (500 points if you can guess the company I work for, email me) and by night I crochet, sew, bake, cook, steal souls via my  camera and a dozen or so other things.

I intended to post a tutorial, but I'm in a bit of a crafty funk right now, but if you come back in the next month there will be a birthday/100+ post/let me make it up to you for being a bum/I want you to come back giveaway.

How long have you been quilting? - I just started quilting this summer. Yup, I'm a noob. My friend Gale from Stamps and Stitches and I did a crafty swap: a cowl and fingerless gloves for a quilt. When I received it I was in awe at how beautiful it was and have slept with it just about every night since I received it. Sometime after that I came across a blog that mentioned Quilts for Kids and thought, that would be something fun to do and it looks pretty easy. I started clicking on some of the blogs that Gale had linked on her site and found so many beautiful quilts that I was hooked. I started looking up fabric and asking Gale questions and the next thing you know I'm sewing my first quilt Lucy. She's not finished yet. :(  

this is the quilt Gale made for me
Favorite quilting tips? - Pin your seams on BOTH sides if you want them to line up correctly.

Favorite blogging tips? - Make sure you are NOT a no reply blogger when commenting on other blog and turn off word verification. I will say that word verification is a big pain in the *bleep*. I feel they are modern day torture. Oy!

Favorite fabric? - Currently Seaside by October Afternoon and Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille and Bella by Lotta Jansdotter. That's the short list.

Favorite craft book? - I'm not really big on craft books. I do like The Handmade Marketplace though. It might be the only craft book I own. I've checked out a few quilting books from the library, but nothing I just had to go out and buy to add to my collection just yet.

Favorite quilting tool? - Probably my rotary cutter. I can't imagine having to cut everything by hand. It would take sooooo long. And I have a thing for things being perfectly straight. I kinda wish I could use my paper cutter to cut fabric. 

Favorite music while quilting? - I like to listen to pretty much everything. But The Foreign Exchange and Au Revoir Simone seem to get a lot of play when I'm sitting at my sewing machine. 

Favorite TV show while hand stitching? - I haven't tried hand stitching yet. It would probably be whatever is on that I like to watch that night. How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Hart of Dixie, New Girl.

Binding - by hand or by machine? - By machine. And I think I've finally mastered it. I made some pot holders as one of my first projects and the binding...oh boy. Not very pretty at all. 

If I'd known - what you wish you knew before you started your blog? - I've been blogging since about 2005, my personal blog [insert sarcastic remark here]. I don't know if there's anything I wish I knew back then before I started. It is a lot of work for sure, especially when you have more than one blog.

If you want to know anything else just ask. You can drop me an email at issa [.] ino [at]

Please make sure you check out the other bloggers this week and stop by and see Beth at Plum and June as well.

Plum and JuneBloggers to visit this week:

Oct 16
        Vicki from Quilting Lodge Blog
        Liz from Dandelion Daydreams

Oct 18
         Melissa from issa.ino: handmade
         Julie from The Crafty Quilter


gale said...

Oh my gosh-I almost cried reading this. I'm so glad you love the quilt that much. Makes me happy.

Nat at Made in Home said...

I love that picture of you - very nice to read more about you!

Wendy said...

That's your first quilt??? Wow, it's amazing!

Liz DandeliondD said...

LOL at your pic.
Nice to meet you Melissa

Julie said...

Hi Melissa-nice to meet you!

Jenelle said...

I really loved reading about how you got interested in quilting! It's nice to meet you too. :)

Melissa said...

Lovely to meet you! And I love your job title :)

Martha | Weekend Doings said...

Hi Melissa, it is nice to learn more about you. It is interesting how you got into quilting.
Great picture lol

Marit said...

Funny pic! Nice to get to know you a little better. Too bad you live a million miles away so I can´t come over and kick your butt back into crafty mode! Ummm, you work at a Lego store???

made by ChrissieD said...

What a fun post and good to get to know you better on the blog hop :)

Julie C. said...

Hey Melissa, nice to get to know you. I love your sense of humor and look forward to your tutorial next month (is that motivation for you?)

Beth said...

My daughter thinks you have about the coolest job ever!

Newbie Jen said...

I laughed for nearly 5 minutes at your picture - definitely a new follower. I can't wait to read more wit in the future.

Nice to meet you!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Love your post - fab photo hehe!

I can see why that quilt inspired you to try quilting yourself - it's gorgeous!

Janice said...

It was nice to learn more about you! Yes, come back to California!

Foster said...

I'm a little late but it was nice to meet you on the blog hop! I've visited your site before and I love it.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Hi Melissa, I'm behind on the blog hop and trying to catch up...I didn't know you worked at the Lego son LOVES that place! (And really, who doesn't?!) We need to get you into the crafty mode again, but it looks like you now have motivation since you will be a vendor over the holidays. Best of luck with that.

Smultronbo said...

Better late than never, I'm catching up with some bloghop posts from October. I liked your post. Thanks for sharing. ;)