Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Day on the MMQG BlogHop

Welcome to my blog and Happy Mother's Day to each and every Mom out there.  Especially mine!
  83 years old and still rockin'


Today is my day on the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild's Blog Hop.  Check out the guild's blog  or the Facebook page for lots more info.


You can scroll through and see photos of all the fun we have at meetings and Sew-Ins.  We would love it if you would follow our blog and perhaps join in a meeting or Sew-In so you can see for yourself.

Since I joined the guild, my quilty life has exploded!  I am surrounded by like-minded, talented, amazing quilters.  I am so inspired and motivated that it scares me.
Creativity that I didn't know I had, comes pouring out.  I have produced a lot of quilts and quilty things in the past year and half, since joining. I have taught classes in free motion quilting and fabric postcard making too.  You can check out the tabs under my header if you would like to see more of my projects, older and newer.

Even though I have been making traditional style, handquilted quilts for family and friends for the past 20+ years, since joining MMQG I have found my happy place...Improv piecing, free motion quilting, original design, solid fabrics, pieced backings, using traditional fabrics in a modern design and vice versa and of course, collecting scraps of fabric. Lots of scraps.  I have been known to dig other quilters discarded fabric scraps from the trash and make something useful.    Also, and most importantly, I have made many new friends, wonderful new friends.  I also hold the position of the guild member in charge of Social Media, which is such an integral part of  modern quilting. 


Here are some examples of quilts/quilty items I have made since joining MMQG ....finding my happy place

                                        -Improv piecing - 









                               - Free motion quilting -


Improv pieced from scraps from another project

queen size quilt that I Free motion quilted on my domestic machine ( Christmas 2014 as a wedding gift)



                                  - My original designs -








                                       - Solid fabrics -









                                     - Pieced backings -

Centre strip pieced from leftovers from front




                                  
                                    - Alternate settings -






                        - Using traditional fabrics in a modern design -

traditional fabrics, traditional Rail Fence block in modern design, by Me


My rendition of "Soul Searching" designed by Kathy Doughty

....belonging to this fresh, welcoming, modern guild  has changed my world and my family loves how happy I am lately.

My little giveaway might help add to your stash or it may inspire you to make something modern that has been lurking in your quilty mind. To be entered, just leave me a comment, any comment.  I hope you will mention that you will be following along with either my blog or MMQG blog.  It's OK if you dont want to, but I would love it if you did.   For the giveaway, three fat quarter cuts from Metro Living by Robert Kaufman.  The giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere, until Friday, May 15 at midnight Atlantic Time.  Good Luck!


Tomorrow is Jeanette's Day on the MMQG BlogHop.  Stop by and check out what's going on in her quilty world.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster  (ME)
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts






58 comments:

  1. Great quilts I especially like the black and wite quilt.
    Barb@Witsend

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  2. I'm enjoying this Blog hop and your post is most inspiring!!! Seriously this Modern Quilting has captured my attention and I want to step out of my comfort zone completely!!! I have been adding everyone to my Bloglovin feed too!!

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  3. Great work Linda! Colours, design and machine quilting are awesome! Chris

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  4. Happy Mother's Day, Linda! It is such a pleasure to get to know you and see how things have changed for you. You are a natural at modern. Love your improve work and your fmq is da bomb!

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  5. Awesome designs and quilts, and great job quilting a queen sized quilt on your domestic machine! I've been following along with the blog hop after Quarter Inch From the Edge kicked things off, I've loved seeing the work of all the different quilters in the guild!

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  6. I really enjoy the MMQG blog and only wished I lived closer so that I could attend. Awesome work, very inspiring.

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  7. I do not recall seeing Soul Searching before, it's gorgeous. Have an awesome day.

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  8. I'm in love with your quilt that you quilted with all the pebbles. I tried that on a 12 inch block and the pebbles nearly did me in! But it looks so good I may have to try it again!

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  9. Love you...Love your blog!
    So glad I found the MMQG...and all our new friends!

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  10. Love your blog for along time. Keep up the good work. Your quilts are fantastic.

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  11. All of the quilty things you do are beautiful and inspiring - I have learned so much from you and am I so glad I found MMQG! Even though I consider myself still a learner, I get such a thrill out of seeing everyone's work. Thank you for being such a great teacher and friend. :)

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  12. A great gallery of all your quilts Linda. I follow along on Facebook, seeing what's going on in the MMQG world and I love looking on the MMQG blog at the pics of your sew-ins.

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  13. Lovely quilts Linda. I am very happy that I follow your guild. Takes me back home. I follow your blog and the MMQG's as well. Happy Mother's Day.

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  14. Thank you for sharing. You have come a long way since joining a guild. Though mine would not be termed a modern guild as we have a smattering of every type of quilting among our sixty members, we are best of friends and encourage each other to try new things all the time. We make sure each one of us goes outside our comfort zone regularly. When I joined my guild 22 years ago I did not know one person as I was from a small neighbouring town. Now many guild members are among my closest friends. Grocery shopping and such has become quite time consuming as there is always visiting with a guild member or ten. I have followed your blog via email for a while and always enjoy your work. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your quilts. Particularly love the scrappy one surrounded by grey! Ever since Victoria modern guild did an exchange with yours, I have been visiting the guild blog.

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  16. Such wonderful quilts Linda! You definitely have found your happy space. I enjoy seeing what you and other MMQG members are up to.

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  17. I can see from the short time I have been following you that you have certainly found your quilting niche. Your confidence in design and quilting has soared! How lucky to have found your people! And you are doing a great job at keeping us up to date with all things MMQG. Thanks!

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  18. wow, what a fab collection of quilts and cushions! I love that cushion and your whole aesthetic

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  19. It has been fun to watch you "blossom" since you became involved in MMQG! I'm hoping one day we can get together so you can walk me through improv letters! Be seeing you soon! Happy Mothers' Day! XO

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  20. I'm so happy that discovering Modern Quilting set your creative genius free. I always enjoy looking at your creations. I've been a follower since we were partners in my first Post Card swap. Glad i found you.

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  21. It looks like a great guild tobe a part of

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  22. Happy Mother's Day, Social Media Goddess! It's been so much fun getting to know you (and all our other quilty pals) since the creation of MMQG!

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  23. Happy Mother's Day to you! I've enjoyed reading your blog for some time now. Don't remember how I discovered it, but that is the wonderful thing about blogs and blog hops....you always stumble upon something interesting. Thanks for the chance to win some great FQs.

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  24. Am enjoying the hop Linda - what a lovely bunch of people you quilt with. xx

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  25. BEAUTIFUL QUILTS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  26. I have been reading the blogs of quite a few members of the MMQG for a while now. Enjoy everyone's work. annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  27. Happy Mother's Day. Linda, you look just like your mom.
    Beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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  28. I have been following your blog for a while now, and I always enjoy what you have to say and seeing all your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I follow you on Bloglovin...and in person. It's been great getting to know you, Linda. I'm so glad you are my friend.

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  30. I love the quilts you designed yourself. I've always been a traditional quilter but have lately been really pulled in the direction of modern quilting and especially quilts with words on them.

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  31. Very nice quilts! Great talent!

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  32. So much wonderfulness in this post! I am very happy to have met you recently Linda! I follow you on T, I, P, & B. Oh and joined your site, ...Jumping in with both feet... hee hee.
    It is awesome to hear how much richness joining your guild has added to your life. I couldn't help it - I pinned a whole bunch of your fabulous work! Your Nine Patch with Attitude is a favorite.
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  33. Some awesome creations included in your post!

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  34. I will follow you and others after seeing your quilts. I've really enjoyed the Maritime postings. Thanks.

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  35. I do follow you and it was lovely to see all your quilted projects in one post.

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  36. What a lot of projects you've made-I love the herringbone-just lovely. See you "for real" on Thursday night;)

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  37. Wow , Linda , you really have exploded since joining up with the Modern quilt guild . Your work is stunning ! You of course know that I follow :-)

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  38. I love the pillow. One of these days I will leap,outside my comfort zone and do something modern. For now I am experimenting with free motion couching with wool, beads and embroidery. Sorry that I will miss your free motion class with our guild. Hope someday to attend one of your postcard classes. Love all your work, and follow your blog.

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  39. What a beautiful Mom! I can see where you get your great smile from! Love seeing all your quilts and how you have embraced the modern quilting world! Way to go, Linda!

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  40. Happy Mothers Day to you and to your Mum! Great inspiration for me, both to quilt and the modern way. I especially like the very bright colours and thier use in tradional blockis.

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  41. Linda I saw some of your quilts when Adrienne and Jenn shared a trunk show at Quilt Atlantic. They are incredible. I want to go upstairs right now and start a new project. Terrific blog hop!!!

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  42. Love your quilts and their modern bent.

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  43. Your work is such an inspiration. Thanks for making us all feel so welcome in the MMQG.

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  44. Love all your work and classes. Thank you for telling me about the MMQG and saying I should come to a meeting.

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  45. Linda, thank you for sharing your quilts and excitement of guild life. Gorgeous quilts!!

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  46. I'm so glad to be in your guild - a constant source of inspiration!

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  47. Love your work Linda, it makes me change direction.

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  48. Your work is fantastic and awe inspiring. So are you!!! I'm so glad to have you as a guild mate and friend!

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  49. So glad to have found your blog. I love your work and just pinned a few pieces for future inspiration. I also just started to follow you via email subscription. Tried to find you via bloglovin but couldn't??

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  50. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the twist on the traditional pattern/modern look.

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  51. I love your colourful quilts :) I'm following you by bloglovin now for more inspiration! x

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  52. I'm a long time follower and admirer and thanks for leading me to so many other modern quilters in your neck of the woods!

    I'm especially fond of your Soul Searching quilt. Beautiful.

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  53. You know what I really like? Your original designs! They are fantastic. Patterns?! You have a new Bloglovin' follower.

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  54. I love the Nine-Patch with an Attitude -- the colors, the wide border, and the quilting. I'm a new follower.

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  55. Your quilts are beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  56. Oh Linda! YOU are OUR Happy Place! So glad to have found you!

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