Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Online Quilters Meet and Greet

Good Morning!!!
I am Sew Excited to be participating in the VQD Online Quilters Meet and Greet

I have been around for a while - so you may already know stuff about me - but Maybe.... just maybe you will learn something interesting????  ( about me ha ha)


This is me and my Wrangler Man - we have been married a lot of years now - he almost has me trained.... okay - maybe it is me that is training him?

I started blogging in April 2006 - after I started a pretty cool project - then called Quilts for Soldiers - you may know it as Quilts of Valor.   I had been working with 5th graders in our town for 2 years and was looking for a public way to share our project - and I studied Blogging..... and was hooked.

Some of the kids I taught and their Quilt of Valor
I learned to quilt by accident! And have been teaching kids ever since ....  ha ha!

I am a long arm/machine quilter  - that is my full time job - and I love it. My official quilting website is Quiltygirl.com 

I also write patterns - especially Mystery Patterns for Quilts of Valor, and uses with other Military.   Most of those I post here, and then have them in my Etsy or Craftsy sites for easy download.  Isn't technology great? ( PS BIG PLUG - A New MYSTERY STARTS SEPT 5th!! COME BACK!!)


This would be one of my most favorite quilts - It is called the Betty Quilt.  My Great Aunt Betty's family made the original - in the late 1800's -  and it is in the Michigan State Quilt Museum.  I saw it and I was so drawn to it - and truly - this quilt may have been the start of my love of plaids and homespuns... that has totally gotten out of control ha ha

If you click on the photo - it will take you to all the Betty Quilt posts if you are interested in reading about it




This is another of my favorite quilts - We made these Wonky Stars for  a QOV block drive in 2015 - and a few stars just didn't turn out the right size- so I started playing with them - and this is what I came up with.

When I told the veteran about how my math skills failed me but this was my final design - he laughed so hard and told me math wasn't his friend either.... He LOVED the Quilt tho! So it was all good.

The star pattern is still on my blog - up at the top - there are tabs - click on the Free Patterns!!

What else about me? I am a lover of Hiking, and fly Fishing - I try to get my kids and husband out and about as often as we can.  I also LOVE photography - Sometimes I share my trips here - and try to get a good photo or two....   and We love to ride horses, we have a small little ranch in Northern Colorado - so getting up and chasing cows is a fun morning to us.

My tribe - My Loves

You can also find me on Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/QuiltyGirl
or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alyciaquilts/
or here: https://www.instagram.com/quiltygirlquilts/

I hope you have time to poke around my blog - before heading back to the Blog hop - and one last thing!!


My Horse - she is always making fun of me

Don't forget: September 5th - We are starting a New Mystery Quilt - It is called Mosaic - and the Fabric Requirements will be posted on my blog - we would love for you to join in!!

Click here to go back to the Meet and Greet
https://benitaskinner.blogspot.com/2018/09/2018-online-quilters-meet-greet.html



35 comments:

SusanG said...

Interesting to learn about your passion for QOV. Will be following you now on FB. Thanks for sharing!

Judy in Michigan said...

Thanks for the post Alycia. You always brighten up my mornings. I am off today to present a QOV. It never gets old, does it? Best wishes for a great school year and happy trails.

Katy Sweigart said...

Can’t wait for the new mystery to start! Thanks for all of your hard work for QOV!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good to read all this - you are amazing with your photography and QOV efforts. And I followed your second IG link, too.

Preeti said...

You two make such a dashing couple!!! I laughed too about the math involved in wonky stars. Thank you for all that you do, Alycia. Wish you good luck and loads of success in your photographic endeavors.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Alycia, love knowing more about you. Your QOV posts are always inspirational and I love your photography. Can't wait for the new mystery.

Denise :) said...

We started quilting in the same year! Go us! Enjoyed your post -- you have a really lovely family! :)

Terri said...

Always enjoy your posts...
Your horse is laughing with you, I'm sure.
Hugs

Mary Ed Williams said...

Love your patterns, your quilts, your blog, your inspirations, your laughing horse, and your QOV presentations. Keep up the good work! And your husband and sons are cuties.

Carol S. said...

Your QOV is gorgeous! I love all your pics and getting a small glimpse into your life. Thank you!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I love your 'betty' quilt, so pretty!

GranChris said...

QOV are reaaly wonderful. Keep up the great work

KaHolly said...

Wonderful post! Such a delight to read! XO

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your work for QOV is definitely inspiring, Alycia! I've enjoyed following your blog for awhile now - happy to know another Colorado blogger!

The Joyful Quilter said...

When did you guys take that AWESOME new family photo?!?! Middle Bit certainly has grown and changed since going off to college!! Off to check out the requirements for A8...

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

It's a pleasure to meet you! I visited your lovely state (Estes Park) for the first time this last July. Thank you for sharing free patterns!

Katherine said...

Lovely to meet you, Alycia! I enjoyed reading your quilting journey and seeing your gorgeous quilts. I had to giggle when I read that you "learned to quilt by accident". What a wonderful thing that was to have happened - thinking of all the comfort and joy your skills have brought to so many!

Tammy said...

You have a lovely blog. It has been very fun meeting you and your blog today.

Frédérique said...

Great post, fun to have details about you ;)

Nann said...

Hi, Alycia -- nice to see you among the M&G gang. And, as long as I've followed your posts, I didn't know your quilting story. Now I have to check out the new mystery!

Benita Skinner said...

Your Betty quilt and quilting is so wonderful, Alycia.
Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine said...

It's so great that you give back with your quilts of valor projects, I love that. Love your horse too!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Nice to see you on the Quilter's Meet and Greet! Beautiful QOV quilt!! I do some longarm quilting for them as well.

LJ said...

Quilts of Valor is such a great cause; I'm so glad to hear of your involvement. A ranch in CO sounds wonderful.

wendy said...

Hey there...nice to meet you! I love your wonky star quilt and enjoyed reading about the Betty quilt. Thank you for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

So enjoyed meeting you and your family. Your Valor quilts are just fabulous.

canuckquilter said...

I love your wonky star quilt and the story attached. As for the Betty quilt, how lovely to recreate a family treasure!

Kate said...

A very fun post. I don't think I'd seen the Aunt Betty quilt, that's gorgeous. And when did those boys all get so tall?

Kathy anders said...

Lovely quilts. Nice meeting you

Calicojoan said...

I may just know you from longarm meetings years ago in Englewood. I'm remembering you as the QOV guru! Nice to see you again!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I LOVE your horse!!! Talk about attitude. Thank you so much for having us over for a visit.

Nancy J said...

Co, where I have friends, one I have met, the others on their blog. Lovely family photo, and to combine a quilt with a camera is the best way of all.

OhioLori said...

What a fun visit! Loved spending time, meeting you & your Family :) Great pictures! Great story about the wonky stars quilt..glad the veteren loved it!

Melva said...

So nice to meet you Alycia. I am on the other end of the state, Trinidad. Thanks for giving us a peek into your world. :)

Julie said...

I have been following you for awhile, but I loved seeing your story. I admire your dedication to QOV and seeing your lovely family and your adventures.