Monday, September 3, 2018

Quilters Meet & Greet


If you have not been here before, welcome to VroomansQuilts.  I live in a small rural town, Schoharie, NY which was nearly wiped out by Storm Irene  and Lee.  We have a family in-home shop with quilted items by my Mom, SIL Jeri, and myself.  My Mom has been quilting for over 50 yrs, myself starting in 2009, and Jeri a few years ago when she retired. 

I'd like to thank Benita of Victoriana Quilt Design for inviting me to this Meet & Greet Hop that will be on-line all September right HERE.




I guess what defines me as a quilter - and what I love to work most - is scraps!  I am lucky that many people know me as the 'scrap' lady and bring me their goodies to play with.   The smaller the scrap, the happier I am.  I like the challenge of selecting a block and design that uses them to their utmost potential.




Quilts made from gifted scraps fill another passion I have, donating to various charities, programs or raffles to raise funds.


I do like to play with other mediums.  Like mixing embroidery and beading with projects.



I enjoy the relaxing feel of thread being pulled thru fabric.  Hexies being done by hand  and even hand quilting.  Slowing down and enjoying the process - it's also a great connection to my heritage.


I like to play with modern as well.  On the light side to ..........


the dark and colorful side.  It never hurts to try something outside your comfort zone as it might surprise you - you might just like it.


Like so many quilters, I have helpers.  These two are fabulous 'holder-downers', inspectors, testers, and have favorite colors as well.  BUT, they do know to stay off the finished pieces.  In fact so well, I can't get them to pose with - so the napping takes place else where.  


I enjoy participating in QALs, BOMs, and Challenges.  I am very proud of this particular quilt as I used it to 'bite the bullet' and stop practicing that FMQ and go for it.  And on my old New Home that had a 4" harp no less.


I do have a passion for Civil War prints and mainly for miniatures, but I loved using them in this Lynn Wilder design "Country Charmer".


I don't do a lot of quilt shows, but enjoy sending things for 'exhibits' in area displays, museums, and local venues.  This little couch throw which I love the Fig Tree fabric line, worked so pretty in this setting at our local Library hosted by my Quilt Guild and the County Floral Clubs.

  
I do enter a lot of design competitions.  Sometimes it is just a block, maybe a small piece, and then the occassional large quilt.  Some pieces have won me - well, more fabric - and then some have been chosen to travel in special exhibits.  I have done some work with designers and fabric companies to make pieces for Spring and Fall Quilt Market as well.  This gave me exposure to so many people in the industry as well as stretch my learning of so many techniques.  It, also, opened doors to pattern testing for some designers. 


The highlight of my quilting was being inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 2017.  For the short time I have been a quilter, this was a huge honor for me and I thank my guild for nominating me.  My mother was inducted 30 yrs prior and we are the first mother/daughter  in the group.  There is a grandmother/granddaughter as well - proving our area is steep in quilting history and heritage.

  
So I thank you for visiting VroomansQuilts on Quilt Lane and please be sure to visit all the other wonderful quilters taking part in the Meet & Greet.





Don't forget to 
enter for Grand 
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

34 comments:

  1. Awesome post about an awesome quilter who inspires me every day

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  2. Wonderful post! And those great scrap quilts:)

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  3. So good to read your post Sharon. You make beautiful quilts with all of your scraps. A scrappy woman after my own heart!

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  4. Well, lucky me, I’ve actually met you!

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  5. Wonderful post! I love the way you managed to capture your quilting journey in a nutshell.

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  6. You do wonderful quilts, do I recognize a Scrap Dance pattern in that first quilt? I hope the Meet and Greet brings new readers and followers!

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  7. Barbara's starting to push my buttons with all the fun quilters she's met! LOL! Great post, Sharon -- I enjoyed reading a little about the history of your shop and your family!! :)

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  8. You inspire me every day. Your endless take on scraps and how to bring them to life, amazes me. I'm just a little jealous that I don't live on Quilt Lane too! LOL!!

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  9. I never realized you've only been quilting for just under 10 years. You certainly are quite accomplished and very productive and I always enjoy reading your blog.
    Pat

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  10. Sharon, you never cease to amaze me with all your creativity and skills. Thank you for all the years I've followed you, learned from, you and enjoyed your beautiful quilts!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your story. I have followed your blog for some time and just assumed that you have been quilting forever. It was fun to see some of your fabulous projects. I too love scrap quilts but have not done as many as I would like.

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  12. Such wonderful projects. Nice to read about your journey.

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  13. You are definitely the queen of scrap quilting. You do such amazing work with scraps. Sharon. It is always a delight to see what you are creating.

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  14. Always great to stop by for a visit and see your beautiful quilts.

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  15. That was a really interesting post Sharon. Even though I have been a follower for years I still learned a few things about you.
    Lovely pics too... xox

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  16. I love visiting your scrappy paradise! Your quilts are more eclectic than I ever knew. Congrats on your award!!

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  17. You've made a lot of stunning quilts, those two bright ones towards the end are just gorgeous!

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  18. You are an inspiration! Lovely, lovely quilts!!

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  19. So much to learn about you!! and congrats on being in the hall of fame! how wonderful!!

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  20. Nice to meet you. Your quilts are amazing

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  21. I do love your scrappy quilts, you are very inspirational. Lovely to have the store with your family members,,I see your helpers are relaxing there on the steps!

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  22. That really is an honor to be in the Hall of Fame in that area, where quilting runs so deep. Congratulations. I love quilting with scraps, too. I've almost forgotten what it's like to buy fabric that coordinates for one project. =)

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  23. So nice to know more about you Sharon! Love your quilts, and this is a great post!

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  24. I've read your posts for years via the Monday link ups but not until this one did I know much about you! The Meet and Greet is proving such a great way to get acquainted with other quilt bloggers.

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  25. I love your little helpers, Sharon.
    Congratulations on your induction into the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame!!
    And Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

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  26. So nice to get background, Sharon. I follow you on Feedly and always look forward to great postings. Congratulations on being inducted - sweet that you and mom have that in common.

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  27. What a wonderful mix of quilts you have! Thank you for sharing!

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  28. Enjoyed your Blog. Some day I'm going to find your shop as I'm only a couple of hours away.

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  29. Beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing

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  30. Congratulations on being in the hall of fame - that's a feat for sure, and so much more special because you join your mom in having the honour. Thank you for inviting us in for a visit.

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  31. Nice to meet you sharon. Your civil war era quilt is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I would be honored if you would consider participating in my quilters Through the Generations series. You can email me at davemelvanolan(at)aol(dot)com for details. Blessings!

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  32. I really love that square modern quilt. It just pops!

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