Thanks for stopping by…I’ve been expecting you!

Hive-Sewciety-Button-200-x-200I am really glad you are here, thanks for stopping by like I always end my blog posts! On one of those random days I actually decided to scroll through my WordPress reader, something interesting caught my eye. Someone had posted about a New Quilt Bloggers group and I wanted to find out more. I definitely found out more and while I didn’t think I was even qualified to participate based on the stated requirements, I filled the form anyways and I have to say that’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made all year! Fast forward couple of months later and here we are, it’s finally my turn on the Blog hop  but first, a  big thank you to the hosts of this 2016 New Quilt Bloggers advisory group Stephanie @Late Night Quilter (I belong to Stephanie’s hive and we are the Hive Sewciety) Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, and Cheryl @Meadowmist Designs. Please stop over at their blogs to find out more about other new Quilt bloggers and for your chance to enter amazing giveaways by the sponsors.

My name is Sola and I am the daughter of Alice and Samuel Olusuyi… I lost my mum and dad 9 and 8 years ago respectively now. I knew at some point I was going to have a business name but I was so sure it will be a fashion design business so I had several ideas for a name but then quilting happened and I needed to have a name for that too. My parents were not only the greatest inspiration in my life but my mum was also a sewing enthusiast so it was a no brainier that as a memorial I should do something with their names, hence, Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co. was born.  Another alternative was Alice and Samuel… but I prefer the former just because it sounded better in my ears and it has taken on a personality of its own plus my friend said it sounded posh :). That is the brief story behind the blog name, some people call me Alice now and that’s OK because Alice Samuel’s is a great part of who I am right now.

I now live in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, the first of 4 children and married for a year now to a wonderful man I met on a very cold morning in Aberdeen Scotland while we were both there for our Master’s degree. I have a degree in Computer Science and another one in management; I currently work as a Computer Analyst in the Federal civil service which provides the money I need to fund my Quilting obsession.  I am probably the most introverted, most predictable and shyest person you’d ever meet. I love patterns, geometry, colors (when I’m not wearing them), I love fabric and I love sewing…what can I say, quilting and I were a match made in heaven and we found one another at the perfect time too!

Before 2012, I didn’t know what a Quilt or Quilting was all about but I’ve been fascinated with sewing for a long time! I was once known as the T-shirt and denim lady because I love my Tees and I figured well I have a lot of plain Tees and it would be nice to spice them up so I decided to dabble into patchwork and applique and a trip to Google for some patchwork inspirations yielded images of Quilt patterns and that was the beginning of my love affair with quilting. I was amazed at what people were making with fabric and I just knew I had to try it.  Below is my first trial and error after which I decided I needed to take Quilting lessons and through a divine turn of events I did(read more about me). I took a brief Quilting and Patchwork beginners class at Morley College Westminster London after which I relocated back to Nigeria in December 2013. That’s me in a better attempt! of my T-shirt experiments. Pattern is my version of a free paper pieced pattern called Indian Summer by Pieced by number


In 2014 I started Quilting actively alongside my full time job and in 2015 I decided to give blogging a try mainly as a journal to document my challenges and progress as I continue my journey of Quilting in Nigeria where it had previously been almost non-existent and to hopefully help someone else in my country who decides to join in the adventure. It has now become an avenue to share my experience with the amazing online Quilting Community – the only people I can relate with right now. I think that’s enough about me now let me show you some of what I’ve been up to since I started:

water marked ball

This is one of my favorite creations, it’s a wall hanging that I made last year. I had too many scraps to get rid of so I decided on a string plate (because I was excited about trying out foundation piecing) and I ended up with this giant ball that I didn’t know what to do with. Until I found this perfect variegated grey fabric that reminds me of the cloud and sea to which I added the appliqued birds to make it even more believable. It’s currently hanging in my living room and has recently been joined by the Ying Yang Mini I made for our one year anniversary…blogged about here

water marked ying

And there was this lap size I made last year which happens to be my first big Quilt and my first attempt at Quilt-as-you-go before that it was this baby Quilt I made for my God daughter when I started out in 2014 (I used Moda’s Color me Happy charm pack and Michael Miller’s Play date fabric for the backing)

I have made a number of cushions/throw pillows over time…they were perfect for trying out new techniques and practicing my Quilting designs and I am less likely to get bored with them

Recently finished are these double bed Quilts, I blogged about my progress here

Finally my work in progress is this Queen Size Quilt in the making that I wrote about in my latest post.

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Random fact about me: I used to be a tenor drummer girl in a band and a quilty random fact…I am terrified of mixing prints so I am totally devoted to solids. I get bored and distracted easily hence every now and then I abandon what I’m working on to indulge in something else pulling my attention.

Quilting tips: Sometimes, your best work comes when you let go of all your plans and just go with the flow. Play around “often” with colors, fabrics and even Quilting designs – you’d be surprised at what you might come up with.

Blogging tips: If you are struggling to find the flow in what you’ve written…then it is most certainly going to be difficult for your audience to as well. Read your posts as many times in as many ways as possible to ensure what you are trying to say comes across clearly . It is very OK to delay a post until you are entirely happy with it (or maybe that’s my excuse for delaying posts…hmm).

Quilty dreams: I want to try Art Quilting, bias tape/ stained glass quilts, more paper piecing, complete all those Craftsy classes I have invested in and hopefully start a Quilting workshop here in Nigeria.

Quilty Question: Do you quilt alone or do you have an assistant? If you do, what part of the quilting process do you entrust them with? I am hoping to organize a quilting workshop/classes sometimes in the future, what advise can you give on getting started. What are the challenges and how did you overcome them?

Kindly head over to my fellow quilt bloggers in the hop today and thanks again to the wonderful hosts of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers forum.

Shannon @Shannon Fraser Design

Tami  @Sew much for free time

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and more

Suzy @Webster Quilt

I love and appreciate your comments and if you are new here from the blog hop, you are very welcome, please take a look around and I hope you come again and to everyone thanks for stopping by and do have an amazing week ahead.

Sola 🙂





58 Replies to “Thanks for stopping by…I’ve been expecting you!”

  1. Your quilts are beautiful! I’m impressed that you have brought quilting to such an exotic location.
    I quilt mostly alone, except for my dogs. I have done some projects with my kids, but they are not very interested in quilting.
    I have done a few different stained glass techniques. They give some amazing effects, and are a lot of fun.

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Jennifer?. I’m sure it’s nice to have silent partners in your sewing room. I’ve tried to bribe my siblings into quilting but they prefer sitting, watching and in their words there for moral support.

  2. Wonderful post Sola! Thank you for sharing how your blog name came about; what a lovely way to honor your parents. Your quilts and quilting style is so wonderful and I love your color instincts. I do my my own quilting without assistance because I am pretty controlling of my own stuff, however, when I get together with my mom and sister I really enjoy cutting, pinning and ironing for them. I don’t enjoy piecing at the machine that much so I let them do that work. Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! Thanks to you I finally jumped on the spiral quilting bandwagon and I love it even though it seems to take forever! Controlling the whole process makes sense it’s easier to fix when things go wrong than trying to fix what someone else did. Piecing is my favorite part surprisingly…I hate Basting ? but it’s a necessary evil unfortunately?I’ll love to have someone do the Basting for me if I had a choice! Thanks again

      1. Wonderful news Sola! The spiral quilting does take quite some time, but for me the results are worth it. I hear you on quilt basting! I do not like that part of the process either. Cheers!

  3. Hi Sola, ! It is so nice to hear the story behind your blog name. What a nice way to honor your parents. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your quilts. They are so unique! I usually try to pick a favorite but I couldn’t. I like too many of them! I also admire your circle quilting!

  4. Hi Solo, The quilt you made with the giant ball and the birds is spectacular. It speaks to me. I enjoyed visiting your site and learning about you. I do not have an assistant but would at least love a person to follow me around and put items back in place. My work space always looks like a tornado hit it. Best, Mary

    1. Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by and leaving your nice comment! I’m glad that quilt stayed home with me because it really does speak to me and I seem to notice new colors every time I look at it 🙂 . Wouldn’t it be great to have an assistant just for picking things around…my work space is always in chaos too until I have to forcefully arrange it if I’m going to be away for a while. Oh i’d love an assistant to maybe press and most especially baste my quilt sandwich…basting just kills me unfortunately it’s unavoidable 🙁 . Thanks again

  5. Hi Sola, great intro post! Your blog looks great, and I enjoy all your photos and the personality that comes through. Your current work in progress looks great! Cool spiral quilting, I have to try that one of these days. Glad we’ve met on this blog hop!

    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment Jodie and thanks to you and Karen for the blog looking great…only challenge was the difficulty in commenting which some people reported and I still can’t find much to do about that. As for the spiral quilting wow it takes a long time but I’m glad I finally took the plunge, I had a good nudge from thismomquilts…she’s on the blog hop too so it’s been a great experience all together

  6. Hi Sola. What a wonderful quilting journey. That first wall hanging with the grey is phenomenal. Absolutely stunning!
    I quilt on my own. From start to finish. I do the fabric selection, the piecing, and the quilting. Sometimes even the designing. I will occasionally poll quilting friends about fabric selection or design elements, but other than that it is all me. 🙂
    Thanks again for sharing your story.

    1. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment! Getting good feedbacks about my Quilts has been such an uplifting experience. In my mind I’m so clueless but just happy to have found this gift and to be appreciated by people who are so talented is amazing?. It makes so much sense to own the process from beginning to the end for me too. I’m terrible at following patterns so I mostly do my designs too. Thanks again for stopping by!

  7. So nice to meet you, Sola! I hope you are able to start a Quilting workshop soon, that sounds like a great idea. I do not have a quilting assistant…just my sweet kitty, Bella Rose. I like my studio all to myself…it’s my happy place. And I love the name of your blog…what a neat remembrance of your parents. This blog hop has been a wonderful experience…meeting so many quilters and new friends all over the world!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Sharon! Yes it would be great to start that quilting workshop so I can have fellow Quilters in my locality. So many uncertainties right now but hopefully as soon as they are sorted then I’d love to look into that. I enjoy my sewing space too, it’s a time to just tune off and get in the zone! I have probably enjoyed this blog hop the most you have no idea ?

  8. Hi Sola! It’s been great getting to know you through the blog hop. Wow, what can I say? Your quilts are fresh and lovely, but those pillows! Each one is a beautiful exploration of color and design. So wonderful. I don’t have an assistant per se, but I have a daughter who I taught to quilt. In fact, right now she’s working on a Halloween quilt she designed for her best friend. So much fun having someone with me in my studio! I can’t imagine how lonely it must be to be the only quilter around. But you have us now, and we can lift you up when you need it. I agree–finding and joining the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop has been the best thing, hasn’t it?

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer for the lovely comment! I’ve probably made close to 50 pillows since I started and no 2 are exactly the same. They are so fun to make and it started out as a means to showcase what quilting was all about in an item people can relate with. Over here duvets are the norm and quilting is a relatively new concept. My brother used to keep me company in the sewing room on occasions and even helped to piece a pinwheel block once but he’s gotten a job and not in the house anymore. Exactly! I know I can always count on the online quilting community it’s such an open and sharing one and especially this forum has been very helpful it’s pushed me to improve.

  9. Oh, I just love the origin of your blog name, Sola! And your work is just stunning! I don’t have any assistants and I generally quilt on my own, with the exception of when I attend my guild’s sew-in days. Or when I bring hand work projects to family gatherings!! Good luck with establishing your quilting workshop 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Shannon, it means a lot to me to be able to share that part of my story. Thanks for you lovely comment. I feel better knowing there are so many people that quilt alone, people have been making me feel like a control freak who wants to do it alone. Maybe it’s a bit of that but I just can’t imagine where an assistant would come in considering I don’t even know anyone that Quilts and I’ll need to spend time training the assistant anyway!

  10. Sola, I enjoyed browsing around and seeing all of your lovely projects! I especially loved your embellished t-shirts and your string plate quilt. I usually quilt by myself, although I do have a few stitching friends that I get together with once a week to work on our own hand work projects. We also have a retreat twice a year where we can relax, stitch and give quilty advice. I’m looking forward to following you and seeing more of your work. Best of luck with all of your dreams and goals!

    1. Thank you so much, I love to experiment with various things and my new obsession now is fussy glued/cut English Paper Piecing which I’m sure will be going on several T-shirts before I get bored with it again. I’d love to have friends to stitch with over here but my friends are just happy to admire from a distance right now. Now that I’m getting a hang about the blogging thing I have come to understand more about QAL and I’m looking forward to participating in a few probably next year. That’ll make me feel even more included and I’m sure I’ll sign up for a swap in the nearest future too so a lot for me to be excited about!

  11. I love that you’re trying to start a quilting tradition where there hasn’t been one! Best wishes in your endeavor. I agree with you about getting distracted. It happens to me a lot. I also feel like quilts have to “talk to me” and sometimes they do not go in the direction I expected!

  12. Hi Sola! What a great post, I love that you named your company for your parents… such a great tribute. I laughed when you said you are easily distracted by other projects, I know I am too. I do get together with friends to sew now and then but normally I do it all myself.

    1. Thanks a lot Stephanie! I’m glad that I have something to dear to me that keeps me connected to them. Reading through all the posts and blogs I have found so many people that I share a lot in common with and that is a very good thing!

  13. Hi Sola! I really enjoyed your post. You have accomplished so much in such a short time of quilting! Your work is really wonderful. Hopefully now through this group you’ve found a wider community of quilters, even though we aren’t local to you!

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I have been amazed at the sharing and loving spirit in the online quilting community and thanks to technology no one really feels far away. I could always send a mail or Instagram direct message with a burning question and get good response!

  14. It was so fun to learn about you and how you came into quilting. I have a hard time mixing, and am attracted to a lot of solid colors in quilts.

  15. It is so wonderful to get to know you better, Sola. I love knowing how people got started quilting, and the story and meaning behind your blog / business name is so powerful. I quilt alone, but I do love to get to sew with friends on occasion. I find it fun to have one person piece and another iron / press to speed up the process.

    1. Thanks a lot Yvonne for your lovely comment and for hosting such an amazing forum. Being a part of the forum has been such a blessing and I’ve seen so much improvement! I would love to have friends who Quilt but my friends mostly just admire from a distance. I have a friend who acts as my second pair of eyes when I need a different perspective but she has no interest whatsoever in Quilting

  16. Hi Sola, what an engaging blog post. I enjoyed reading along and really like your bold and graphic use of colour. I enjoy your motto: ‘When you can’t find the words, just DESIGN OUT LOUD!!!’ too. As for how to get started about teaching … good one. I suppose you would have to ask yourself a whole series of questions first. What kind of teaching – Youtube videos or face-to-face. What kind of level? From I-have-never-sewn-in-my-life to all kinds of inbetween levels. If you want to teach face to face, where will you teach? At home? Local community centres? Schools? Have you got enough sewing machines on hand or are participants bringing their own? etc. etc. I guess you would really have to think about the framework before getting down to the lessons you want to teach. I am looking forward to sharing more of your quilting journey.

    1. Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading your post too and wow thanks for taking the time to answer my question, your response makes so much sense. You’ve given me food for thought and I’m sure I will be in a better position by the time I am able to answer the questions you raised. This forum has been such an amazing one…I’ve learnt a lot and just being inspired by the work of others is a blessing.

  17. Sola, What a fantastic post, Love your tribute to you parent in the title of your blog. Your quilts are amazing and so creative. I love your giant ball quilt…it is so beautiful and I just keep looking at all the colors, great job! Stopping in from the Miss Bee Hiving group… Hugs, Heide

    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by and your lovely comment Heide…I’ve just been to your post and I really enjoyed it too. That giant ball quilt was so random and I totally enjoyed it hence my quilting tip, I was just “playing around”I think I should do it more often

  18. Whoops! I think I may have been one of the people who called you Alice. It’s a great name and has brilliant history for you. I love the style of your quilts. There’s no way I can afford to pay anyone to assist with any part of the quilt making process so I struggle on as best I can! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

    1. Hahahaha like I said it’s no problem at all as I have inherited the name 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment. OK i thought I was alone on the assistant issue, besides being able to afford an assistant, I just can’t find anyone unless I am willing to train them but I really haven’t found time for that so it’s a lone struggle for me too.

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