Tuesday, 4 September 2018

quilters meet & greet



Hello and welcome to the Online Quilter's Meet & Greet
- hosted by Benita from benitaskinner and Victoriana Quilt Designs.

So here's a wee bit about me in case you are new to kokaquilts. I'm Linda and I live in Auckalnd, NZ. I was lucky enough to be able to retire early from nursing and now I quilt at every opportunity. Oh, and fit in a few childcare days each week too with our three granchildren.
I have been blogging since November 2012. I love my 1/2 hr in the morning with a coffee and catching up on what's happening on other blogs, enjoying all the sharing, the inspiration, the tips & techniques. I think all the interacting through the comments, from all the way around the world, is the best part of the blogging quilting community!



And my quilting style? Well, I love an eclectic fun mix of modern, florals, vintage and plaids. I do like to use everything, together if possible - dottie dots, flowery florals, strippy stripes all in bright happy scrappy colours, lots of colour!
I'm always looking for ways to use up my precious stash, and I've been experimenting lately with mixing & mismatching bright prints from my scrap basket. I tend to jump from one thing to another, having a few projects all on the go at once.
I do use patterns from time to time, and other times I simply look at a quilt and figure out something similer. My quilts are made to be used, and cuddled, dragged around, used as play tents and loved to bits.
I hope you'll take a look around.

One of my very favourite makes was my 'broken china mosaic' quilt. It was my take on Chris Jurd's 'emperors wheel' quilt. I did a little broderie perse for the centre section, and then paper pieced the rest. Those 'new york beauty' blocks steal the show in this quilt. I machine quilted it and then added some big stitch hand quilted details.





And another favourite finish is my 'queen of the May' quilt. On my last trip to Melbourne I visited Somerset Patchwork and fell in love with Karen's quilt 'Circle of Sisters' that was on display in the shop. It was such a bright recreation of a vintage quilt. The blocks were on a wonderful yellow cheddar background, the whole quilt simply glowed, and I've always loved the idea of making a quilt one day on something so bright too.

The 'printonprints' effect is quite wild and colourful, and such a fun way to go! My finished quilt measures 150cms x 150cms and was beautifully machine quilted by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi.




Thanks for visiting.
 To meet some other inspiring online quilters over the month
 simply click this Meet & Greet link over here
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42 comments:

  1. I am with you - I enjoy taking some time in the morning to read and be inspired!

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  2. How did I miss the broderie perse in the center of your Emperor's Wheel? It's simply gorgeous; really makes the quilt. I like that you pieced it on white/light backgrounds. It fits into homes so well that way. Congratulations, Linda.

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  3. I love love love your style when you post I always find the fabric combinations refreshing! It is so great that you exist and that you share your creations here with us. I really love keeping caught up with what you are up to. xo

    Sarah

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  4. I don't know how you managed to pick a favourite - you have so many lovely inspiring quilts. I still think broken china mosaic quilt is one of my faves though.

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  5. Stunning quilts, thanks for sharing.

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  6. So nice to learn a bit more about you. And nice to see a photo of you. You are another one of my customers I have not met face to face, so nice to have a photo of you. Fabulous you had the chance to retire early to take up more of your passions. P.S I appreciate the link to me for quilting xxxx

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  7. Thanks for sharing your fabulously cheerful quilts with Benita's Quilters Meet and Greet!! I enjoyed my visit.

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  8. Your quilts are definitely amazing, Linda, and I enjoy your blog, too! Thanks for the fabric inspiration!

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  9. Oh, wow. I am partial to New York Beauty blocks and Broken China Mosaic is spectacular! I like busy, bright prints, too. The Meet and Greet is providing such great inspiration!

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  10. Wonderful share, Linda - I love your broderie perse!
    Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

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  11. Both quilts are so fun and colorful! I remember when you started Queen of May, it's one of my favorites. That yellow floral background works so well.

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  12. The more color the better! Your quilts are so beautiful!!

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  13. It's always nice to learn a bit more about people, and my morning coffee has been brightened with the sight of your two beautiful quilts (I always loved that yellow!)

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  14. I'm so pleased you shared these two stunning quilts with us again. Both beautiful but I fell in love with The Emperors Wheel quilt the first time I saw it on your blog - subsequently bought the pattern but yet to make it!!

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  15. Great to read about your quilting journey and to see your quilts again. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love your 'broken china mosaic' quilt, especially the colors!

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  17. Beautiful quilts, I love your Broken china mosaic, so pretty! Nice to know more about you!

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  18. These are some of my favorites of your quilts, so I'm happy to see them again!
    And I spend a lot of happy morning time reading blogs, too. It's always so inspiring to see what everyone is up to!

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  19. Great quilts. New York beauty blocks are gorgeous and you did them up perfectly. I love 'big stitching'.

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  20. Its so nice to meet you. I love your quilts. They are all absolutely stunning .

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  21. Beautiful quilts! Love the broken china mosaic one.

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  22. Love your colorful style!
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  23. Very pretty. Really like your take on the Emperor's wheel quilt.

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  24. I had to look up Broderie Perse to understand why all these commenters were going nuts. I get it now. I am awestruck too. The broken china mosaic quilt is absolutely spectacular. I have not seen a floral version of the NY Beauty and this one belongs in a quilt show with a ribbon or two!!! The fact that it includes paper piecing, broderie perse/applique and hand quilting makes it a very memorable quilt, indeed!!!

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  25. Wow, there is some spectacular piecing going on here. Gorgeous quilts!

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  26. I do love your blogging, quilting and beautiful ways of putting color together.

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  27. Beautiful quilts - New York Beauty is still on my 'to do list'

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  28. New York Beauty, a real beauty for sure. Great to see one more quilter from NZ in the Meet and Greet.Hope Auckland is warm today, we, down in the Rangitikei, have started with a frost. And, like you,my favourite time is the early morning,light the fire,make coffee, and check the latest emails and blogs.

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  29. Ooh, you showed some of my favorite quilts again! Love the yellow one especially!:)

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  30. I love your eclectic style. The quilts are all so pretty.

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  31. Beautiful quilts! Colours are lovely

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  32. Nice to meet you on the Quilter's Meet and Greet! Beautiful quilts!!

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  33. Wow!! Amazing quilts!! Thank you for sharing!! :) I like a coffee & reading thru the Blogs as well...they go together so nicely..giggle.. Get me inspired for the day & set to get the chorey things done up, so I can play with fabrics!! Lol

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  34. Very pretty! I love that you use that bold yellow background on your queen of may quilt! I love the look but haven't been bold enough to try yet! Thanks for your inspiration! I also love the sweetness of your broken china mosaic quilt. New York beauty is another block I love but haven't attempted yet.

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  35. I must admit there was an involuntary 'wow!' when I opened your post!! Those quilts are spectacular. Thank you so much for inviting us to visit with you.

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  36. Nice to meet you Linda. Your broken china quilt is lovely!

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  37. A lovely post Linda - the two quilts you have chosen to share are jaw-dropping gorgeous xx

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  38. oooo love that Emporer's wheel quilt..wow!

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  39. I'm very impressed that you can get through your blog reading in 1/2 hour! I spend hours and still don't keep up, hence my lateness to the Meet and Greet party. I'm so enamored of your work that I'm going to sign up to follow you, even though I have too many already (beats reading about what our crazed President has done each day).
    Pat

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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. I love to hear your thoughts.
Due to Blogger changes, I've heard that a few people aren't able to leave comments here at all. If you find that's the case, you can always flick me an email at linda.dutch@xtra.co.nz and I'll respond from there.
Also, for those of you who are a 'no-reply' blogger, I will respond within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat. Happy sewing!