2014 Blog Hop Introduction

It has come around to my turn of introducing myself and my blog… So welcome to Sew Stitching Cute! My name is Megan Jorrick, I am married to my husband, Michael and I am obsessed with him, quilting and frogs. I am pretty eccentric and I believe the smallest of things also deserve huge applause and gratitude, as they seem to be the most heart felt. I was born and raised in Southern California until I moved to Kansas with my husband a little over 4 years ago. Huge change and I am still adjusting, I am not a fan of winter longer than 2 weeks.

Here I am!
I am being stubborn and not finishing my quilts until I take my Tin Lizzie Long Arm Quilting class on June 29th, which I am gaining more and more anticipation each day. I have too many WIPs (did I really just say that?). I wanted to share with you completed projects from when I crocheted and a glimpse of what I have going, these were the last of my final products before I went full force into quilting about two years ago but have only devoted true time to it since last August when we moved. I like to push myself outside of the normal comfort boundaries I tend to steer with, I am always looking for something exciting and something to challenge me outside the box. I love meeting new people and especially when you find someone else with your love for being expressive in color and art, blanketed around the world.





Please be sure to check out yesterday’s post for a 2014 Charm Pack fabric swap/exchange… I still need people to join and swap with me!

   1. Blogging Tip: Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Easier said than done as I struggle with it, always finding and admiring more and more, then questioning, “no way will anyone love mine like they do theirs”. Yet, that is not why I began blogging. I enjoy writing and being expressive, sharing with others is just a bonus let alone a way to show what you’re proud of. I decided to blog for my memories alone and wanted to still share with others. Just always stay original, as that is what makes any one individual thrive as a human.

   2. Quilting Tip: NEVER be afraid to ask a question! Every quilter has been there, done that at some point or will… And you will only be there and do that when you choose to recognize you aren’t alone and every quilter continues to learn. I see sew many mistakes made more crucially from not asking (yes, speaking from experience as well).

   3. What drives you to read someone blog? What interests do you tend to draw yourself to when it comes to color, shape, size, etc? I love reading let alone quilting, and sometimes I am more drawn to reading others blogs than actually quilting as I get lost with all the creativity I am reading!

   4a. Your Dream Vacation Spot: Australia or Africa
   4b. Favorite book: The Love Dare
   4c. Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing
   4d. Favorite TV show: orange is the New Black… But I’m not an over achiever of watching shows.
   4e. Random fact about me: Nobody would be aware of or think I have any tattoos, let alone as many as I do have. They are a part of me and the creative body art, each holds some meaningful part of me. Just so you know, this is how crazy I am about frogs. To top it off, I quilt and well… Friends and family call me Grandma Megan and I say I have a genuine old soul.

I have truly been honored to be a part of this blog hop as I am loving the others I am meeting and speaking with, learning more and more each day. I hope you continue to stop by, and I hope you continue to for the following others that are a part of this as I think every person a part of it is worth following!

Camelia @ Camelia Elliott
Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts
Lori @ Sew Psychd
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Christina @ Wips and Tuts
Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller
Judy @ Quilt Paradigm 
Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses

I Miss You Ashlee… Photo Memory Quilt

Have you ever missed someone so much, that sometimes you find yourself trying to not think about them because you miss them so much… but then you realize how much you are thinking of them by trying to NOT think of them? This would be the case for how I miss my niece Ashlee.

See, my parents were older than the average parent when they had me, and also included one more after me (but I do have older siblings) and so with that, it brought me to be an Aunt at a very young age. I was 8 or 9 when Ashlee was born, the first born granddaughter. She is the daughter of my older sister Brandy. She was adored pretty highly and me, being a child myself, even grew up to continue loving children (anyone who really knows me, knows me for my love of kids and their smiling faces); Ashlee and I ended up creating a bond between one another that is different from any of my other nieces and nephews (whom I do not love any less). I bonded with Ashlee because I was so young and grew up with her, we are only 8-9 years apart and we came up as friends it seems more than anything. Even when we didn’t live close and they lived in Nebraska or Arizona… no matter when I saw her next, I swear it was as if I had been with her every day since the day she was born. I cherished and valued the relationship I had with her as I grew up and throughout the years others had expressed how much they admired how close we were. We really did do a lot together.

Then, time passes and people grow older, lives begin to change and priorities begin to take a different shape. I moved to KS from CA back in the end of 2010. I spent one last great weekend with my sister and her family in Las Vegas at my other niece Brittni’s softball tournament; then the very next day from our return, I was on the road to KS to begin my life with my husband.

I have missed a lot of Ashlee’s big events… I have been a part of her life and have been in it, but I have only been able to be a part of one significant life event in her life, which was her 16th Birthday. I missed her 10th Birthday, her 13th, her 18th, her graduation and I have yet to still meet the boyfriend she is currently dating. I have ached that I have not been able to follow through with being there due to the distance, cost, time off, etc. She turned 21 this year… and after I finished my mother-in-law’s t-shirt blanket I had already been thinking of the next project. Before anything, I looked into tickets, gifts, etc. and what I could afford – I even ended  up going to a local Hobby Lobby to try and give my creative side a boost because I seemed to become more and more depressed that I couldn’t ACTUALLY be there with her. As soon as I entered the fabric section in the store, they had the most PERFECT fabric that was part of their Valentines collection. Ashlee loves France/Paris and it had the Eiffel Tower, hearts, love, and it was very old age/antique/new age all together. I instantly knew that was the fabric… the rest just followed after.

Pre-Layout of pictures

I decided that because I could not be there for my nieces 21st Birthday, I had to make something memorable and give her a piece of me and my love so that I would feel closer to her because I knew she would always hold the blanket dear. We are both very sentimental in that manner. The design of how I wanted to do it took me longer than actually making it.

Layout of all fabric before sewing

I miss Ashlee, and I will always miss her. I am grateful and thankful for being a part of her life and seeing her become the young woman that she is today. I am excited for the next 30 years with my niece and even more excited for when she has children of her own and the Aunt spoiling may begin all over again. She is a great niece, friend, sister, girlfriend and so much more.

P.S. She absolutely loved it!!!