Let’s Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop Stop

I know it’s not Festivus, but I’m going to begin with the Airing of Grievances anyway (anyone watch Seinfeld?).

Today is July 26th, the day we were supposed to close on our new house after being transient since school let out. This date had already been moved back from our original closing the 19th. Guess what? We’re still waiting. As of now, we’ve got another week to wait. I’m trying to roll with it, but I’m frustrated because my husband begins his new job on the 5th, which is also the day of my oldest child’s kindergarten orientation. I was supposed to have a glorious 8 days to paint and prep before we unloaded and began the unpacking. Then, when the date moved, we figured we could spare 5 before we had to unload our belongings. And now I have none. Zero. The afternoon we close, we will have to begin moving in so that we can at least have our moving containers unloaded before new job and new school begin. Le sigh. Silver lining: I will have a very small room all to myself as my sewing room. Yay!

I’m Em. I learned to sew forever ago, but found a passion for it about 4 years ago. You can read more about me here. Some of my favorite sewing projects are below, with most links leading to the project posts if you want see more.

Project mosaic

1. Patchwork diaper bag, 2. Baby pants with Heather Ross accents, 3. Pincushion caddy tutorial, 4. Double layer knit baby blanket, 5. quilt square pouch: sunset squared block, 6. Winter table runner: half square triangles, 7. Tina Givens Opal Owl mei tai, 8. Civil War Love Letter Quilt, 9. Hoopie swap, 10. Cathedral window pin cushion, 11. Ba{M}S mini swap, 12. Road Trip Quilt Along 2012

This blog began when I discovered the amazing online community of sewing and quilting blogs. I wanted a space to share what I’m working on, and maybe even inspire someone with some of my projects as I’ve been inspired by others. Most of my sewing is done in the hours after my girls are in bed, and I would love if you would join me, sewing by moonlight. I just posted the 4th tutorial for Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

There will be 8 more tutorials for quilt blocks representing states in the northeastern United States before I’m finished. I’d really love if you’d join in and share your blocks in the Road Trip Quilt Along Flickr group. Jump in now, or back up and try out Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware!

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial Road Trip Quilt Along tutorial: Delaware

Don’t need another quilt along to join (oh, come on, yes you do!)? Well stick around. When we’re in our house, I’m going to host another Sewing Room Clean Up Along (#sewingroomcleanup). I’ll set up my new space and you can get yours in order. My sewing space in our last house was so bad it was crushing my sewing mojo (sewjo). Nothing like a neat space to inspire you to get sewing!


Make sure you know when it’s time to clean up with me or get the new state quilt block tutorials by subscribing in your favorite reader, or, I’ll make it easy on you if you use Bloglovin:

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 I’d also love to catch up with you on social media. Instagram is my favorite, but I need to work on being more active. I love to lurk, though, so feel free to leave your IG name in the comments if you’re on there. I’m @moonlightsewing.

How about some non-sewing fun facts?

1. I’ve lived in 5 states and 2 countries, and I hope that this move is my last. My very last. (until I retire and move to Colorado or Montana or someplace equally lovely)
2. This fall, I plan to run my 11th and 12th half marathons. I’m not sure if I ever want to run a full marathon, though.
3. I was on a PhD track in Botany, but stopped with my Master’s when I realized I didn’t like the solitary part of experimental design and data analysis. I love the field work, though.
4. My hometown has 3500 residents, an awesome historical downtown and is the home of Ulysses S Grant. (bonus points if you know what it is!)
5. Our family has spent the past 5 years living on campus at an all boys boarding school (good thing we moved on before my 3 daughters became 3 teenage daughters!)
6. My second child was born in the back of the car in an IHOP parking lot.

It’s been great meeting so many new bloggers on this hop. Be sure to jump over to Plum and June and check out who you missed and be sure to visit the other hop stops today!

Vicki @ A Quilter’s Mission
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa Lea @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boon Docks
Jenny @ A Note To Follow Sew
Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Sonia @ Fabric & Flowers
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Em @ Sewing by Moonlight  <<<< You are here!

39 replies
  1. jan
    jan says:

    Ok Em – I was impressed before – but really! The backseat of a car. you are amazing! i really really hope you guys get to move into your house asap! I love your project collage.
    Have fun!
    xo jan

  2. Christa Quilts
    Christa Quilts says:

    Hi Em! How frustrating having to wait. The same thing happened when we moved in to our new house (8 years ago now!!) We had to wait and wait – so unsettling! Hopefully you can get all settled and enjoy sewing in your new space.

  3. Anna
    Anna says:

    Great to meet you! I love your projects, so beautiful! 🙂 That quilt along looks like fun… I doubt I’ll have time in the next couple of weeks, but maybe I’ll check it out anyway!

    Sorry you’re having such a frustrating time with moving! I hope you’re able to settle in quickly 🙂

  4. Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
    Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation says:

    Oh, moving is so stressful in the best of times! I hope everything goes according to plan from here on out! I really enjoyed your post, and loved getting to know you through the hop this summer!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. lisa@hilltophouse
    lisa@hilltophouse says:

    OMG on the IHOP parking lot! Your road trip quilt along colours are calling me – I love your combo with the yellow!!! Visiting from the blog hop – good to meet you!!!!

  6. Elizabeth Johnson
    Elizabeth Johnson says:

    Sound like you just roll with the punches! I have lived all over and was happy when my husband retired from the military. Thank you for putting the Bloglovin button in the middle of the post! I am a follower now. For some reason when I look at your blog there is no sideboard at all.

  7. Green
    Green says:

    We have fabric in common. I love that – when I see some fabric that I purchased at Joann’s that I loved and I see that someone else bought it, too.

  8. Lorna McMahon
    Lorna McMahon says:

    Great post, Em. Glad you got to share your thoughts on the move, too. We are all looking forward to your getting settled into your new place and continuing to share your wonderful projects with us. Like that tree in the sunset mini! It’s my favourite! It has been such a pleasure to become friends through the hop!


  9. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    That Civil War quilt is stunning. So much work must have gone into that one. That move sounds like such a nightmare. Hope it all gets sorted soon! I really hope that I can find room for a permanent sewing space in my new home as we are also working though a move.

  10. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    I am so sorry that you haven’t been able to move into your house just yet. That has to be sooo frustrating especially when you had stuff set up to get ready for when you did indeed move in. You have made some great projects. Are you going to be doing a block for Michigan? That would be awesome. I also plan on joining in on your sewing room cleanup. You should see mine right now! I could use some motivation for that. Great post. It was great to meet you and learn more about you! Good luck on the move!

  11. kate C.
    kate C. says:

    I suppose I don’t get the bonus points for knowing where your hometown is, do I? 😉

    Bummer on the house delays… at least your in laws are in town for watching the girls so you can paint, etc, right??? (I’m trying to find something still okay in this!)

  12. amy @ 13spools
    amy @ 13spools says:

    Sewing room clean up? Wow, it’s like you’ve been to my house, lol. Nice to meet you and excited for the upcoming events! I also sew while my kids are sleeping, and those moments are few and precious!!

  13. Molli Sparkles
    Molli Sparkles says:

    I do love IHOP so I can’t think of any better place to have a baby! Moving has to be the most traumatic experience ever so I’m sending you some major sparkle love! I don’t know how you’ve lasted all summer!! We need more time to have uninterrupted quilting!

  14. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    You had me at Festivus 😉 I’m so sorry to hear about your moving stresses but it will all work itself out in the end. Beautiful projects – great to get to know you through the hop!

  15. The Sassy Quilter
    The Sassy Quilter says:

    How stressful this move must be!!! Hope things get on a roll here soon. Lovely post, What a great redo on the sewing room…I am def going to have to follow that one. I was just saying to my sister that I can do so much more in a neat space:)

  16. Kimberly @ RobotMomSews
    Kimberly @ RobotMomSews says:

    UGH! Moving sucks and it is so frustrating the endless waiting! I hope things get moving soon!! Literally! Your facts about you are awesome – you are amazing! Love your quilt a-long! Looks so fun!

  17. wombatquilts
    wombatquilts says:

    It is nice to get to know more about you through this blog hop. I love the Road Trip quilt-along and your colour choices for these blocks are fabulous.

  18. Stephanie A
    Stephanie A says:

    Em, you are amazing to give birth in a parking lot! A girls gotta do what shes gotta do I guess. I’m so jealous of your sewing room…sigh

  19. Kris
    Kris says:

    Wow you have an exciting life. I don’t know how you get it all done. Love the projects you posted. You must burn the midnight oil!
    Nice to meet you.

  20. RobinSue
    RobinSue says:

    I am so glad to have met you through this hop. You have so many great projects, and I am loving your Road Trip QAL – I’m following and sewing alongside. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  21. Adrianne
    Adrianne says:

    That’s too bad about your move – I hope it goes as smoothly as possible! You have lots of lovely projects linked up – nice work!

  22. Laura C
    Laura C says:

    I think it is always proper time for airing of grievances. I know two families personally who have been on the market this spring/summer (one on the buying end, one on the selling) and BOTH of them have had awful problems trying to pin down a closing. It’s like, why? I know you are beyond done being worried about it. I hope you get moved into that new sewing rom very, very soon! Can’t wait to see photos of it.

  23. Caroline
    Caroline says:

    I love your little tagline under your blog name, clever!! Hopefully you will be in your home soon, I know how hard it is to play the “waiting game.”

  24. Aylin
    Aylin says:

    Hi Em, I hope you read my answer, that I looove my pincushion (No. 3 of the first mosaic). I use it every single sewing-day 🙂
    I loved this bloghopping too, but it is a bid sad, that we blog hoppers of the last two weeks didn´t get the same attention at the end of the row.
    I loved reading your post and hope you will never move again 😉

  25. nancy
    nancy says:

    Wow, the backseat of a car??!! Thanks for sharing Em, and thanks for all your hard work! 😉 I think my workspace looks like your first photo. Ha! You have some lovely makes.

  26. Casey
    Casey says:

    Hi Em! I loved getting to know more about you through this post. I hope the rest of your move goes smoothly. My family has moved around a lot in the past, so I can sympathize! Loved your non-sewing fun facts. I can’t believe you gave birth in the back of a car–I bet you have a great story to go with that! Looking forward to meeting you next weekend at the MQG meeting!

  27. Elise Lea
    Elise Lea says:

    Great post! I know all about living all over the place as well – it can be fun until you are ready to finally be somewhere permanently. Love your cathedral pin cushion that is pictured in your collage. You do some incredible work, I bet you can’t wait to set up your new sewing room!

  28. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    So sorry about the delays with your move-I hope it all goes well from here! It will be so great to set up yur sewing space-that’s one of the best parts! Good luck:)

  29. Jenny @ A Note to Follow Sew
    Jenny @ A Note to Follow Sew says:

    Em! I don’t know how I missed your post but delighted to have read it, great job! I love your road trip blocks and the colours you’ve chosen.

    Sorry to hear about the housing woes! So glad to have found your blog through the hop.


  30. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Boo to hiccups in the moving process! At least you’ll have some space all to yourself when it’s all said and done! Great meeting you through the hop, Em 😉

  31. Leigh Anne
    Leigh Anne says:

    That’s quite the birth story you have to hold over that child’s head LOL. It was great to get to know you and now I’m off to follow you so I can take part in your Sewing Room Clean Up. Boy do I need it!!

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