Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet!


https://benitaskinner.blogspot.com/2018/09/2018-online-quilters-meet-greet.html

For all of you from Victoriana Designs, hello and thanks for stopping by! Be sure and scroll all the way to the bottom for the prize drawing link! (for more info, click the graphic above)

I'll start off with a little personal info....I've been sewing since age 8 (61 years now!) and drooled over quilts until 1979 when I caved and took a class at the local high school. This is a photo of my very first quilt, the ever popular sampler....this finally got used up and had to be discarded....


Amish quilts drew me in and, although I was heavy into several crafts, most got happily dropped for quilting.  So, now it's nearly 40 years that I've been making quilts and my only regret is that I didn't start sooner....as I still have a long list of patterns I want to try and plenty of stash to use!  ***  I am a native New Englander but recently moved to western Maryland where I absolutely LOVE the winters!  I belong to the local guild and a group at the senior center.   Being retired has presented lots of opportunities to sew for worthy causes that I have to monitor closely to make sure there's time available for my own projects and a long list of UFOs  (unfinished objects).  Rather than chatter on, I'll include some photos of other things I've made, not all of them bed quilts.  Other than a great-grandmother who made quilts, I'm the only other quilter in my family, but fortunately quilting itself is one large, happily stitching family!
a perky pumpkin wall quilt for fall decorating...

a summery mug rug for cool mornings....

a patchwork bag, one of four, made for my daughter's bridal attendants.....

some festive christmas stockings to display and fill...and one of my few heirloom quilts...a full-size hawaiian!  oh and by the way, i am a hand quilter thru and thru.  recently acquired a walking foot that allows me to finish some small pieces quickly, but really, i love hand quilting! 

and one last thing...i do this for FUN!  there are NO quilt police in my quilty world.  it is my relaxation, my muse, my creative outlet and my passion....aka FUN!  you might find mistakes in some of my stuff but i really don't care.  i try new techniques and do the best i can, learning and having FUN all the way!  

https://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com/fabric/

Be sure and enter by clicking the graphic....Thanks for stopping by....come again anytime!

32 comments:

  1. Glad to see you among the M&G gang!

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  2. Nice to meet you! Your pumpkin piece caught my eye -- love it and the stocking, too! :)

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  3. Nice to "meet" you, Grace! Our quilting history is much the same-- I started in 1983 and my first quilt, too, was the ever-popular sampler; I was hooked ever since and know that I will never live enough lifetimes to stitch all the quilts that I hope to make. I love hand quilting, it is how I began, but (as stated in the previous sentence) I would never, ever, get quilts finished anymore (there's simply not enough time) without machine quilting.

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  4. I so admire that giant Hawaiian quilt! it is perfect colors and reminds me of the blooming hibiscus I saw when I visited. thanks for sharing.

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  5. What unique quilts. I can’t wait to start following your blog.

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  6. Oh my, Grace! That Hawaiian quilt is just beautiful! I enjoyed getting to know you a bit more through your post. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I am thrilled that you have been quilting for so long and still love it. I won't be able to do it as long as you (I started way, way too late), but I hope I never get tired of it.

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  8. Your stockings are wonderful and beautiful quilts.

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  9. Hello Grace. Wow, 40 years of quilting. Amazing. All of your work is truly pretty.

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  10. Those stocking are just adorable!

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  11. You do beautiful work Grace! I have not heard of the Meet & Greet Group but will check them out.

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    1. i'm only halfway thru the list and have seen so many awesome quilters....

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  12. I found you through the Meet and Greet. I love handquilting too, and quilting is definitely a great way to relax.

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  13. It is a real pleasure to meet you! I love sampler quilts. I htink they are so pretty!

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  14. Lovely to meet you and your blog. Love your projects.

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  15. I like your attitude and the variety of projects you included in your Meet and Greet post!!

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  16. Nice to meet you Grace! Your hawaiian is beautiful! And your very first quilt is just a beauty!

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  17. I totally agree with you - no quilt police in my world, and if you can't find my mistake - I'm not going to point it out, either!!!

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  18. What a fun beginning quilt - so glad you still have a photo of it! the Hawaiian one is spectacular!

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  19. What wonderful quilts! Visiting from the Meet and Greet.

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  20. Glad to meet you! Very nice selection of projects, thanks for sharing!

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  21. Love your Hawaiian quilt--I've thought about trying one sometime!
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  22. Your Hawaiian applique quilt is beautiful!

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  23. I love your attitude about mistakes! I was doing some free motion quilting this afternoon and as I crossed lines and looped over loops I'd already made I was thinking that the free motion police might not be happy with me. I think I'm going to adopt your philosophy! Thank you for inviting us to visit.

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  24. How nice to know that you love hand quilting. I am hoping to teach myself hand quilting soon. Yes, to snow - it actually means that I have more time to sew/quilt. :)

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  25. That is a beautiful Hawaiian quilt. I have a pillow I'm trying to get finished and not finishing it. LOL

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  26. Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet and sharing your quilty story, Grace! <3

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  27. Loooove your thinking..about NO quilt police..and creating just for fun!! I soooo agree!! :) Love all your projects..the pumpkins are cool!! Thanks for sharing..

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  28. Very thoughtful of you to make totes for the bridesmaids. Love the Hawaiian quilt.

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  29. Bags for the bride's attendants, a lovely idea, and super colours. Great pumpkins, quilting should always be fun.

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  30. Grace, I've been travelling and am only now catching up on your posts from the last few weeks. I said it when you were making the Hawaiian quilt, but I'm gonna say it again: it is a sensation! Very very special indeed.

    Megan
    Sydney, Australia but currentky in Sorrento, British Columbia on a borrowed device

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