Tuesday, September 4, 2018

My blogging universe

     Greetings from Buffalo, NY and my little space in the blog world. I am a retired art teacher and totally immersed in quilting- for art, for comfort quilts, and learning to be a better quilter. Not so much a writer.
     In the years I have followed and read blogs and then made my own, I have made great friends (met some personally), advanced my quilting/design abilities, and have had my life enriched by the lives of others. 
     I read a set list every morning, and it gets me energized and thoughtful from the start. I hope this blog has helped some people become better quilters or quilt thinkers. It is important to me to chronicle and communicate my artwork. I will never be famous or make money from my art. That is ok, I have readers and I follow some of the most excellent people on this quilt journey. 
    So when I received an invitation from Victoriana Designs to participate in a Quilters Meet and Greet on September 4th, I decided to try. I have no idea how it will go, and maybe I can gain a couple of readers and find some other quilters that I can relate to. I wish quilters had a site like Ravelry that knitters have.
https://benitaskinner.blogspot.com/2018/09/2018-online-quilters-meet-greet.html

https://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com/fabric/
     Yesterday, reading Film in the Fridge, I saw a quilt that will help me with my scraps. I always cut 3 1/2" strips as per Bonnie Hunter's system, but they don't get used  much. I have tables in my garage filled with scraps that need to be processed as soon as it cools off so I tried her pattern with 3 1/2" strips instead of her 3" and it worked. No waste, easy pattern. I pulled a lot more strips from my 3 1/2" bin and figured it would take 18 sets WOF to make a decent lap size quilt. The blocks should finish at 9 3/4" x 12" with this size. Great for the comfort quilts. Set of 6 sample blocks below.



    

25 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

Hi, Linda - I have two sets cut for a 2x4 quilt but done using 2.5" strips. They have bern stalled - maybe your suggestive nudge today will move them along!

Preeti said...

Ooh these blues and greens play very nicely with each other. Love the fluorescent green print on the black background - like a glow in the dark plant. I have seen that tutorial. I think it will be a perfect way to use up some ugly fabric (in my stash), combined with a strip of contrasting one.

Debbie said...

How great....love the blocks!

Denise :) said...

I know what you mean about documenting. I took a year off from faithful blogging, and realized how much (after the fact) I used my blog to chronicle my quilting/crafting journey and how much was unavailable because of the break. Keep up the good work -- nice to meet you! :)

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Beautiful colors! And it is so great to learn from others and see things that make us smile!

The Joyful Quilter said...

There may not be Ravelry for quilters, but there is a Quilters Knitting group ON Ravelry!! I'm one of the moderators and have had friends join Ravelry JUST to be part of the quilt group there. Stop by and visit (or join in the fun!) We just finished up the 2018 Mug Rug Swap. There is a UFO Club to help with working off those languishing projects and much more!

Mystic Quilter said...

Isn't this a great pattern for showcasing our special fabrics. I'm in the middle of sewing blocks for my 2 x 4 and also I've used batiks!! Your colours speak of the ocean.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

It's a pleasure to meet you! I know your comfort quilts will be appreciated. =)

Tammy said...

Nice to meet you today , and visit your blog .

Frédérique said...

Hi Linda! Yep, you gained a new follower: me ;) Love your quilts, Diamond Rainbow Strips is a beauty!

Nann said...

Nice to meet you, Linda. We visited Buffalo for the first time a year ago (the tail end of a Road Scholar program from Ottawa to Niagara) -- then, this year we were there again for a night on our way home from a trip to New England. We had roast beef on weck both times. :) I like the scrappy design you have in this post -- hopefully I can remember it as I confront an overfull basked of scrap strips. The Meet and Greet hop is proving to be great fun.

Benita Skinner said...

When I discovered your blog this summer, Linda, I knew right away I wanted to invite you!
I look forward to watching your newest scrap quilt grow...
Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

LJ said...

Scraps...what a great way to use them. I, too, collect but don't use them much. I need to use them...maybe I just need to start sewing them together.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Nice to see you on the Quilter's Meet and Greet! Beautiful quilts!!

wendy said...

Nice to meet you and thank you so much for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

That is going to make a really great quilt. Nice to meet you.

Farm Quilter said...

I love reading Bonnie's blog every morning too! Her scrap saver system is wonderful, but definitely had to be tweaked for the sizes of squares/rectangles I usually use. Great way to use up your scraps!

Sandi1100 said...

I'm a Bonnie fan also but have not used her scrap user system. My scraps are in a huge laundry basket and I really need to do something with them. Enjoyed your Blog

Christine said...

There is a quilters' group like Ravelry that is getting started. Check out Quiltship.

Calicojoan said...

Nothing better than having some kind of scrap control system. Bonnie sure knows how to do it. :-)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You're so right that it's too bad that quilters don't have anything similar to Ravelry. Thank you for inviting us over for a visit with you!

Meloney said...

Love your colors. Love the Bonnie Hunter patterns too.

Nancy J said...

Lovely greens and blues together, this will be a super quilt.( p.s. I might be/am another Kiwi to comment here)!!

OhioLori said...

Love your quilt! I have scraps that would be great for this pattern! Thank you for sharing info :)

Melva Nolan said...

Nice to meet you Linda. Thanks for sharing.