Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet

Click on the graphic to meet other quilters!  I am happy to be part of this Quilters Meet and Greet.

Hello from Idaho!  I have been quilting for 31 years.  I always say it's all my husband's fault.  We moved to Idaho for the summer to help out on the family farm and he told me I had to go to his mother's weekly hand quilting group.  I had a baby and the youngest person was in her early 60's.  I went to the group off and on that summer and I learned to hand quilt before piecing anything.  Over the years I hand quilted many quilts, but it's been years since I have now.  I just don't have an interest anymore.  

This is one of my early quilts, from a class in 1988.  Hand quilted!  It's faded and well used.



I have been called a prolific quilter.  Who ME?  Yes.  I discovered quilting magazines early on and PBS quilting shows.  I learned everything I could and tried every technique!  I made quilts for family and friends and in 1998 I started doing block swaps on the internet.  Wow, I got addicted!  I never had an unfinished project until then (okay it had only been ten years).  I still have a couple projects from the those swaps not finished!  

I was a charter member of a quilt guild that formed in 1993 and I have belonged to several yahoo groups, and now Facebook groups.  I do spend an amazing amount of time in my quilt room, even though I work full time at a school.  I do enjoy my summers off!  Click HERE to go to my blog post about my reorganized quilt room with pictures!  Peruse my previous posts for inspiration as well.

My favorite quilt to date does not even use my favorite color of purple!  It's my Fire Island Hosta.  It's a pattern by Judy Niemeyer and uses mostly Artisan Shimmer fabrics.  I machine quilted it myself on my Pfaff Grand Quilter.


One of my other favorite quilts is my Finger Lakes Log Cabin quilt.  The pattern is by Judy Martin and it is NOT paper pieced.  Some of the pieces finish at 1/4" wide!  I think it has 5,206 pieces.  

Here is a collage of a few of my other favorite quilts. Since I have made close to 500 quilts from minis to wallhangings, to throw size to king I have a lot of favorites.  I have about 250 quilts in my house.  I donate a lot and gift a lot of quilts.  I need to finish even more and find homes for them.

I hope you will continue to follow my quilting adventures and visit other bloggers in this meet and greet.  Click on the link below to enter a contest for prizes!



25 comments:

Mary said...

You are an amazing Quilter!! Cool to be a Charter member of your Guild.

Denise :) said...

It is cool that you're a charter guild member!! Nice to meet you! :)

Ramona said...

Over 500 quilts! That’s awesome. Just think of all the Quilty hugs you’ve given people. I’m very glad that our blogs met several years ago! :)

Diane H said...

Lovely to meet you and see your stunning quilts.

karenbbsnow said...

Wow, your quilts are amazing! So intricate.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

You are very talented! I especially admire your Judy Niemeyer quilt! I love them but have never made one. I admire them from afar. =)

Tammy said...

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

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!! Fabulous quilts. Off to have a look at what you've done with your sewing room!!

Benita Skinner said...

Lovely quilts Julie!
My favourite is your Finger Lakes Log Cabin quilt - so wonderful!
Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

500!! that is awesome! and what a fun way to learn quilting!

Frédérique said...

Wow, 500 quilts! Fun post, nice to meet you ;)

Marti Morgan said...

DOUBLE WOW and beautiful!!!

Needled Mom said...

I'm so glad that your husband inspired you on this journey. Your quilts are really amazing.

Nann said...

You have 250 quilts in your house?! You have lots of beds, or display space, or storage -- probably a combination of those. Our guild chose a Judy Niemeyer pattern for the 2016 raffle quilt. I helped with the piecing. I don't have the confidence to tackle an entire Quiltworx project on my own. I recogize Bonnie's Easy Street -- that's one I did make. (Wonder what this 2018 mystery will be like!)

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What lovely quilts, and a great story about your young quilting life. Visiting from the Meet and Greet.

wendy said...

Wow! That Hosta and the Log Cabin quilts are amazing. I'd be lost if I tried anything like that. Thank you for sharing your story and quilts.

Sandi1100 said...

Your quilts are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Suze said...

You have an amazing quilting journey. Thank you for sharing a snippet of it with us. I notice that you work at a one room school. I attended a one room school for four years (2-5 grades). I was the only girl in my grade. We had no running water. Even though I did not have the best teachers, I think I got a very good education there because of the repetition year after year. Thank you for participating in the Meet and Greet.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

My jaw dropped when I saw your Hosta quilt and THEN I continued on and read how many pieces were in the other quilt and wow, just wow. I really enjoyed my visit here with you - thank you for inviting us.

Meloney said...

Your Hosta quilt is amazing. It makes me want to try something more difficult. But, I've been working on the UFOs in my studio, so that has been my focus.

LJ said...

Whoa! Amazing quilts especially since the ones you shared pictures of are many-pieced. Yikes - you are a wonder! The Fire Island Hosta is totally gorgeous. I am in my mid 70s and hope to learn to do hand quilting, yet. I guess that's backwards from your story.

Calicojoan said...

I do believe we might be sisters from another mother! LOL!! That Hosta quilt is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the Finger Lakes log cabin. Scrappy quilts do hold a special place in my heart. Gorgeous creations. You are one lucky lady to have be able to go to that hand quilting group!

OhioLori said...

Gorgeous quilts!! You do amazing work!! Thank you for sharing your blog with us :)

Jayne said...

I could never imagine making 500 quilts. Thank you so much for sharing

Nancy J said...

I began primary school in a small class, total of 3 rooms, that went from new entrants to what is now Form 2, then it was Standard 6. We had double desks, a pot belly stove in one room,outside toilets, flush type, and the dental nurse visited once or twice a year, taking over the very small staff room. Your room is wonderful, and I thought I had a lot to finish, not quite so much really. Fab fabric storage. and great lighting. Love it.