Monday, September 2, 2019

Have you met any new quilting friends on the Quilters Meet and Greet?




So happy you found time to stop by my blog for the Quilters Meet and Greet hosted by Benita at Victorianaquiltdesigns (here)
Hi, my name is Joanne and I am happy you have found time to visit my blog. This photo was taken the last week of August so is mighty current. We were having a sewing day for my local charity quilt group.  I organized the project for the day and made up kits and then I shrank the project and worked in size small for my contribution.
This was the project for the day. A pattern I call Simple Bricks3. It is a great project for charity quilt sewing because all the pieces for the project are exactly the same size so organizing kits is fairly simple and it is what I call self correcting. As you add to each piece it should fit the previous section. If it doesn't your 1/4" seam needs adjusting. For this one value placement is the key to success.
This is a single block from the quilt above so you can identify the location for value placement.

As you can tell from my photo I am fairly senior. I have been quilting for a little over 40 years and sewing for closer to 60 years. I have tried all kinds of different techniques and am always happy to learn something new. My personal preference is for regular piecing or foundation paper piecing. I can do applique but so far have not been thrilled with my results. English Paper Piecing is on the horizon as a new skill to learn.
Since my retirement from my day job as a grade 7 & 8 Mathematics and Science teacher I have been making charity or community outreach quilts. About 8 years ago I stumbled onto quilt pattern testing as a thing to do. I am hooked. I test for designers from around the world. They put out a call and I answer if I can meet their timeline. It is a great way to meet people and to work towards using my modest stash. Although perhaps modest is not the best descriptor.
I am known locally for my scrap quilts. And am constantly being given small pieces of fabric to turn into something because I like to take a standard pattern and shrink it. 
This wee little doll quilt is made from pieces that are 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Pink bricks 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
In this one I captured a bright rainbow to complement the sheep in the print. Bricks were 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
I am not the world's greatest photographer, another skill I need to master. I do find I am not posting as often as I used to on my blog. I do however post reasonably regularly on Instagram where I am known as turtlequilterjo.

Benita has organized a Grand Prize for visitors to the various blogs. To enter the draw please click on the photo. 

Thank you for taking the time to look around. Make sure to enter the prize draw. Piecefully, Joanne

22 comments:

  1. I like working with the little pieces too. Your Bricks3 pattern does look good for group sewing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. FYI: Your grand prize button isn't working. Lovely quilts!

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  3. So many pretty quilts! How fun that you get to sew charity quilts with a group of friends.

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  4. I like your color in the last quilt. It has some pop.

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  5. So nice to be able to support charity through quilting - good on you!

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  6. Your scrappy quilts are pretty. I also like making quilts for charities.

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  7. I never would have figured out that was the block used to make that fun quilt!

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  8. The M&G is a wonderful way to meet new-to-me quilters. Your scrappy quilts are right up my alley. Nice to have you in this year's blog hop!

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  9. Hi Joanne! I am Jayne from the Meet and Greet parade. Isn't it fun!? I am just now attempting to make my way through the entire list. You are to be commended for maintaining a high level of interest in learning new things. I try to do the same thing whenever possible. Your charitable work is amazing!

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  10. Interesting that you like to shrink a pattern, I'd prefer them to be bigger!! Photography is difficult ever for amateurs. Enjoy the hop!!

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  11. I enjoy sewing small, too! Great post!

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  12. Good to see you on the Meet and Greet, Joanne! Happy to finally put a face with the name. We are truly birds of a feather. You already know that I love scraps and you probably know that I like to shrink patterns, too! See you over on So Scrappy...

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  13. Happy to meet you on the Meet and Greet!

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  14. lovely small quilts....I have little patience for anything smaller than 1.5".

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  15. Hi Joanne, nice to meet you! To answer your very first question, yes, I have met some new quilting friends in this M&G, and you are one of them ;)

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  16. Hi from Ohio! Your quilts are Great! Looooove Scrappy!! Thank you for the info you shared … & signing up to follow...:)

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  17. Lovely to meet you Joanne. 'fairly senior' I love that expression. Although I am over 55 and entitled to a senior discount at a few places, I am definitely no senior in my mind yet...that's about 85+ right?! Beautiful quilts here; that brick one is really cool and yes, a great charity quilt.

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  18. I enjoyed meeting you through this post Joanne. Like you I work on a lot of charity quilts and also like you I am posting on the blog a bit less and on instagram a bit more...although I do find blog posting and reading more satisfying.

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