Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop

Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog Hop! My friends and I, with the great organization skills of Marian, Seams To Be Sew are celebrating International Quilt Day, and what better way then by participating in this blog hop!


Unfortunately today is the last day.  You can win great prizes by simply visiting the blogs posted today and leaving a comment! Then do the Rafflecopter at:              Marian at Seams to be sew

Thank you Marian for working so hard finding such wonderful sponsor and for working so hard in getting this all together.  And for inviting me to join you.

I started quilting about 11 years ago.  I am Pennsylvania Dutch. I had 10 aunts on my dad's side and 7 on my mother's side.   No one in my family quilted, (my mother didn't even mend.  She gave our mending to my one aunt.)  I did learn to embroder and crochet from one of my aunts when I was in school.
Amyway, I grew up around Amish and Mennonites and always admired their quilts.  I always wanted to try to make one.  Well, with working, raising a family, etc.  I just couldn't find the time.  I did learn to sew and made dresses, blouses, curtains, etc.  It was when I retired and moved to VA that I made my first quilt.


I bought 1/2 yard of assorted fabrics that matched, a magazine, ruler, and a rotor cutter.  I thought I had all I needed.  When I look at what I have now, I just laugh.  

I read a lot of books and magazines.  I learned to look at a pattern or block and be able to make my pattern.


Then I started designing my own quilts.  I enjoy making these the most.  Nothing like drawing, designing and making them come to life.


I also love doing appliqué.   I always liked drawing, so now I have a reason.


I also like to think out-of-the-box and do my own thing.  The wallhanging below has 147 pieces to it.  It is 16" X 21".


Then I did a few picture quilts....they are fun.


Oh, and T-Shirt quilts, 


Then I learned Paper Piecing.   That is a lot if fun, a lot slower but the blocks always turn out perfect.


Then I tried a Bargello quilt. 


For the first 8 years I did all hand quilting.  Then my Husband bought me a Handy Quilter Avante  (which I love)
(This Qwazy Quilter has just begun, lol.)


Now, I do like to make other things besides quilts.  



And of course pin cushions of all kinds.


Ok, I think I took up more of your time then I should have. 
Please jon me in visiting other 
Qwazy Quilting Queens: 


After You leave your comments at the above blogs, stop in at Marian's to enter the giveaway and her Featured Day giveaway:

BUT WAIT, BEFORE YOU LEAVE....

I am giving away a fat quarter bundle from Timeless Treasures. Open to everyone, just leave me a comment.


I hope you stick around and browse my posts. Have a great day! Don't forget to go over to Marian's to enter the other giveaways. For mine, I'll be using a random number generator to pick my winner on Monday, March 28th. So be sure to leave me a comment and make sure I get your email l address which I will share with
          Marian @ Seams to be Sew
who will email you the information to redeem your prize.

As an added Bonus, Fat Quarter Shop is offering 10% off discount during this blog hop.



It will contunue through this weekend.  Just enter in the following code:    seamstobe316
 (can be not used with gift certificates)
    
SO....

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!  





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93 comments:

Claire Sutherland said...

What fun projects, I love your sewing machine cover x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

there is a HUGE Amish and Mennonite community in my area. Their quilts ARE amazing. I admire your precise piecing, but must admit that I LOVE the whimsical.
Happy Easter
Carol

Dorian said...

Great story, thanks for sharing with us! Lovely quilts.

Marit Johanne said...

Thank you for sharing your quilting history and your quilts!

Anita said...

Very nice projects, love your quilts!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Thanks for sharing your story and wonderful quilts! I adore that sewing machine cover.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Great story Jane...love all of your gorgeous quilts and things! I love the first quilt...it is simple, but so colourful and well done.

Michele T said...

Beautiful quilted pieces and a multitude of other projects too!!! Thanks for sharing, you are so talented!!

Sandra Visser said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures and story with us.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Patty D from NC said...

Thanks for sharing. What cute pincushions!

VA said...

Such a variety of projects! I especially like the wall hanging about no such thing as too much fabric.

Charlene S said...

Your sewing machine cover gave me an idea for a guild project. I just love your quilts.

Marian said...

WoW Jane, there is a really amazing and wonderful history here of your life with quilting. Some extremely beautiful quilts and truly what looks like perfection. I loved all of your projects, but there are two that truly captured my eye, the first two applique projects (147 pieces .. WoW) :) and the orange, yellow, brown pattern with the bargello like effect really caught my eye. Very beautiful.

I'm glad you like to try new techniques, I am the very same, I love what's interesting and new and I'll try anything at least once.

I'm sew happy you joined us for this hop, it's always a lot of fun to see what you are doing.

Hugs!!

Charlene McCain said...

Your quilts are all so beautiful! I love that you design your own. You are so creative! My favorite is your "Never too much fabric" wall hanging. Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilting journey!

Renea said...

Thank you so much for sharing all these projects. And thanks for the great giveaways.

Vicki H said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I love the wallhanging.

Lynne Stucke said...

Oh, how I LOVE your wall quilt . . . you are SOOOOO right!!!!! And, I also love your sewing machine cover. I wish I could draw -- you are blessed to be so talented. Thank you for sharing. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

Sallie said...

Enjoyed your quilt show! You are very talented! I've never done a bargello or picture quilt.

Lori Smanski said...

what a wonderful journey. love your projects. love your sewing machine cover also
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

annmarie said...

Your quilts are wonderful. I sew admire anyone who can do hand quilting. Thanks for sharing.

DebraKay Neiman said...

My quilting has also evolved into sewing all sorts of projects too. crystalbluern at tds dot net

Rosemary said...

I enjoyed sharing your journey. I love all the quilting plus I'm a "bag lady" ... love making bags and lately started making and collecting pin cushions. You know what it's like ... LOL Not enough stuff around. Need to make more. Fun, fun, fun.

Needled Mom said...

Your quilts are really beautiful. I think your first attempt turned out great too. It appears that you got the sewing genes from your extended family, but your creativity has made some beauties.

Carol Hofstetter said...

LOVE that sewing machine cover! I want to learn how to make quilts with pictures!

Tina Jeo said...

Your quilts are beautiful. thank you for sharing your story

Rike Busch said...

Your quilts and works are amazing! Really wonderful! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance!
Greetings, Rike

Calicojoan said...

Oh how fun looking into your quilting history. I do love that bargello quilt. What a stunner. Looks like your've done a little bit of everything.

Edie said...

All your projects are wonderful, especially the applique. Thanks for sharing your quilting. raydeer@memlane.com

Havplenty said...

I really need to make a few sewing machine covers. I have made some for swap gifts but never ones for my machines. I enjoy creating different pincushions for swap gifts. And I have lots of gift quilts to make. Here's to the creative quilting and crafting journey.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

allthingzsewn said...

I don't think I have ever see so many varied quilts at such high quality in one blog hop before. Yours included. I really like your first quilt. I know it is an simplistic quilt for you now but sometimes that is what I want. You know, haven't you ever decorated your house for a holiday and really liked it, only to realize when it's all put away you can take a deep peaceful breath. Maybe that's just me. I'm out in left field sometimes. 8-) And here I go again, I love the sewing machine cover too. All your work is beautifully done. I enjoyed the visit.
This whole blog hop has been fun.

Seacoast Quilter said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. I also love to learn new techniques and have a personal collection of all different quilts. I don't want to make the same thing again. There is always something I'm ready to try with the next project.

Laura said...

This has been such an inspiring blog hop. It's been so much fun to see the variety of projects that people have made. Fun, fun, fun.

Carol S. said...

You make such beautiful and inspiring projects! That sewing machine cover is too cute!

GranChris said...

Your redwork and applique is outstanding! I need more practice. Jmikebalou (at) aol dot com.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

You have so many lovely projects. I think love your star looking quilt with the pinwheels which almost seem to be floating down. But then your machine cover is very cute too. Thanks for sharing your story.

Jean Campbell said...

It was fun to read your quilting history, all in one place. I've visited here before. Flying Geese were a good choice for your machine cover. nelljeancam@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

Wonderful hearing your story and seeing all your projects. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Linda said...

JUST LOVED YOUR POST+QUILTING PROJECTS.SO MUCH WORK DISPLAYED !
THANKS FOR SHARING!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Melody Lutz said...

Your bargello is SEW creative...gotta try that one.

Emily C said...

Beautiful projects. I got a good chuckle out of your pincushions and their pin whiskers.

ShirleyC said...

I love your machine cover! I'm in the process of making some of those too.

vicki said...

Beautiful quilts, really liked the one about never having to much fabric. :) Thanks for sharing your story. vickise at gmail dot com

Janie said...

Lovely post. I like how you try different techniques. Your quilts are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Dody said...

Oh my goodness! You remind me so much of me. I love your story and your projects. Love the sewing machine cover! I going to go read more of your blog. Have a great day and thank you!
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Lisa Marie said...

Maybe you got a late start, but it looks like you've tried a lot of stuff! Lovely projects, thanks for sharing.

Marla's Crafts said...

What beautiful quilts. I really love the second one. Thanks for sharing.

MaryBeth Little said...

I love your quilts, especially the red/white stars quilt. I've always wanted to make a 7 sisters quilt but am intimidated by all those Y seams. This has that flavor to it. Thanks for sharing.

delaineelliott said...

Your quilts are amazing! Thank you for sharing them!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Unknown said...

It was fun going down memory lane with you. You have some great projects. I have a scrapbook of pictures of things I have made. I jokingly call it my portfolio. I have been sewing since I was 8 years old, and I am now 73. My pictures don't go back that far, but I do have pictures of some of the special things I made for our 3 girls as they were growing up. Now I sew for our 10 grandchildren. Nancy A: rangers@sbcglobal.net

Chiska said...

What wonderful projects you have completed! I love your pin cushions!

Kathy H said...

Beautiful quilts and fun little projects too.

Janna Saeger said...

Wonderful quilts!

Sarah J said...

Such beautiful work! And what a sweet husband to gift you a quilting machine!

Scrapatches said...

I really enjoyed reading about your quilting journey and seeing your beautiful quilts. Your designs are wonderful. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat B

Celia McCollum said...

So interesting to read what brought others to quilting! Much the same but then, why not? Keep on quilting!

Tonya Stewart said...

Cute pincushions!

Jen Barnard said...

I love the quilt in the second picture - the red one with stars and pin wheels. Is there a pattern for it?
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

June D said...

What a wonderful selection of projects! You have really mastered the craft.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance!

JANET said...

Love your pineapple quilt and the star quilt!

Sewgirl said...

Thanks for sharing your story, your projects, and the giveaway!

anna brown said...

I have so enjoyed all these inspirational stories...Ty for the pictures and your story.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Pat V. said...

Thanks for sharing your story, your quilts are wonderful!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Loved seeing all your beautiful creations!

Thanks for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Joy said...

I admire those who design their own quilts. It truly is "made" by you when you design, piece quilt and bind it yourself. I might try that one day.

Linda said...

I loved reading your story, such a lot of wonderful projects!!!!

Beth Strand said...

Lovely work, thanks for sharing! Pbstrand@msn.com

LJ said...

What a gift to be able to look at a quilt and know how to make the block. It is a laugh to see how much quazy quilting stuff we accumulate. I love the red/white/tan quilt with the stars - so pretty.

Mara said...

LOL, love the comic at the bottom, that's how my husband feels and yah my stash has grown mountains since the first purchase where you think you got all that you need :) grecomara at gmail dot com

Joyce Carter said...

Jane, your quilts are really awesome! I love the ones that you have designed yourself.

Lyn said...

I enjoyed reading your story and seeing the pics of your quilts...they were all really nice, but I especially liked the stars and pinwheels one, and the one with the floral border--the design and colors really caught my eye.

Amanda Best said...

I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing.
my email is; bestbelle2010@aol.com
thanks!

Sally said...

What wonderful projects. I have to admit the 2nd one with circles of pinwheels around stars stole my heart. I've never seen the like so assume it's one you designed. Awesome.

desertskyquilts said...

I love the eclectic nature of your quilting history! Such lovely things you've made in a really short time. Thanks for sharing.

rrjane011749 said...

I love your sewing machine cover!

Joan H. said...

Your quilts and other items are very lovely. You are certainly a talented lady!

wendy said...

Wow, you have some great quilts! I really like the star and pinwheel one as they are 2 of my favorite blocks. Thanks so much for sharing. Cute machine cover too!

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

Love all the different projects and different types of quilting. Thank you for sharing your story!
debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

Cecilia said...

Thank you for sharing your story and your projects!

Bec said...

Your quilts are beautiful! Particularly like the paper-pieced one. I have loved reading all the stories in the blog hop. Thanks for sharing your story.

OhioLori said...

Love Love LOOOOVE all you just shared with us! Wowie!! You are soooo talented!! So many Awesome projects...definitely Glad I didn't have to pick a favorite! giggle... Love each one! :)

Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! :D

cookie said...

I love how everyone is willing to share how they came to be quilters. And I love your pincushions, they are like children--you can never have too many of them! Thank you for this opportunity.

PK Sews said...

Your quilts are lovely and I absolutely love those pincushions! Thanks for sharing your story and photos!

Walter said...

Enjoy seeing your quilting evolution! pjrquilter (at) msn dot com

Katy M said...

Thanks for sharing your story :) I really love your sewing machine cover x

Truvy said...

I'm a self-taught quilter, too, but I still have to follow someone else's pattern. I don't seem to have enough imagination to design my own. Your quilts are beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win fabric. I never have enough. Lol

StitchinByTheLake said...

Girl you've come a long way in a short time! blessings, marlene

Terry said...

You make beautiful quilts, aren't you glad you started quilting!

Quilty said...

Beautiful quilts! I love your Pineapple (paper pieced) quilt

KatieQ said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful variety of your projects. I love the kitty pincushions.

teachpany said...

Great quilts! The applique on the sewing machine cover is really sweet, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathy E. said...

What a great variety of sewing projects! I like to keep a variety going too and am always looking for a new technique to keep it interesting. Thanks for sharing yours!

Shasta Matova said...

You've made so many beautiful projects. Love the nine patch and applique one you designed, and the sewing machine cover.

Pauline Perry said...

Your quilts are gorgeous and I love your sewing machine cover too.
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com