Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Meet a Canadian Quilt Blogger: Izzy of Dizzy Quilts

There are so many amazing things happening in the online world of quilting, so we thought it would be a great idea to share some of the people who are out there - online and IRL (in real life!) - who are making the quilting world go.

In this post, we will introduce you to Izzy of Dizzy Quilts.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters Guild (YRQG): Why did you start blogging? 

IZZY (I): I decided to start blogging back in 2010 as a way to document the quilts I was making. Also, I used the Internet quite a bit to find ideas for quilts and noticed many quilters had blogs. I thought – why not?! The first few months felt like I was writing a journal and that absolutely no one was ever going to read my posts, but I stayed with it, commented and followed lots of blogs and after a while, I started to get followers and comments.

YRQG: How do you connect with your readers? 

I: I love that my blog enabled me to meet quilters from all over the world. The number of comments I get on each post has gone down a bit (and I think that’s true for most bloggers), but I respond to each and every one. I also have an Instagram presence and many of my readers are there as well.

YRQG: Which of the projects featured on your blog are the most popular with readers? Why? 

I: The project that still gets lots and lots of views every month is a mini I made for a swap back in October of 2014. I think the reason it’s so popular is the design itself. It’s very striking, very graphic and super versatile. (I did not design the quilt.) Also, it’s a mini so not a huge commitment and minis are just so much fun to make!

YRQG: Do you offer any bonuses or special content to your blog subscribers? If yes, do you partner with any other bloggers or retail outlets to offer those bonuses to readers or to increase the reach of your blog? 

I: This year, I was super happy to become one of the global Finish-Along hosts. Every quarter, we host link-ups where participants can link to projects they want to finish during the quarter. When they finish their projects, participants can then link-up the finishes and win fabulous prizes! You can check it out on my blog by clicking the 2017 Finish-A-Long tab at the top of the page.

YRQG: Do you have a retail shop for visitors to your blog / shop? 

I: I do not have a shop. I have a full-time job and work crazy hours so my quilting is still a hobby and I have no plan to turn it into something that’s revenue-generating for now.

YRQG: What is unique about your blog or your sewing style? 

I: That’s a really difficult question to answer! I think my readers like my blog because I share finishes that aren’t complicated, are modern, and I always link out to the patterns or resources they would need to make something similar. Also, as I said above, quilting is a hobby for me. It needs to be relaxing and not stressful in any way – so my projects aren’t perfect and I don’t pretend to be a perfect quilter. I sew projects I enjoy and I think that comes through in my blog posts.

YRQG: What bloggers or teachers are you inspired by? 

I: I’m inspired by so many quilters and designers! I love the work of Jacquie Gering, of Debbie from A Quilter’s Table, of Yvonne from Quilting JetGirl and from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. But I’m inspired by all of the blogs I follow, by my fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild members and even by the stuff I see around me (I’m sure I’m not the only one who takes pictures of floor tiles!)

YRQG: Is there a particular style or genre of artwork that inspires you?  

I: I love everything modern. I bought a book by Josef Albers and would love to make a bunch of mini quilts inspired by his work.

YRQG: Where do you find ideas for your content? 

I: Most of my blog posts are about quilts I finish. I unfortunately don’t get a lot of time to blog (I have a full-time job, six children, will soon have 5 grand-children as well as a dog and a cat!), so when I get to blog about a finish, I’m happy!

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