Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2018 Quilters Meet and Greet

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I was happy to join this Quilters Meet and Greet when Benita (Victoriana quilt designs) emailed me a while ago, even though I’ve been scatter brained and have no replied to emails in time, I appreciate that she still let me join!
Benita also has great giveaways, so make sure you visit her! and see other bloggers

I’m stumped as to what to write about, well first I’ll show one pattern as a highlight called Genesis 9:16
I have more patterns in my craftsy store
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It’s a pattern/quilt I designed a few years ago for McCall’s magazine Smile
They named it Baha Sunset.
diamond in a square
My first time being published was in the fall of 2012!
wow, that was 6 years ago!!
time flies when you’re having fun!

I’ve been a quilt blogger since 2010! and have gotten many online quilty friends thru the blogger world, some in the US and some abroad!
Speaking of abroad: Newbies to my site might not know that I was born and raised in Denmark! (not Holland, not Sweden, but the tiny little country connected to Germany
If you click on the map and look at the main peninsula to the left (the person) under the nose, kind of the mouth is a city named Horsens, that’s where I’m from! (Copenhagen is way East next to Sweden.
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Here’s a map of Europe, see how tiny Denmark is!?
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Anyways… I pretty much only have my mom left there, and some friends too.
I’ve been in the US for 22 years and just last year became a US citizen (Denmark didn’t allow dual until two years ago)
I came to the US, in 96 to FL to study computer animation (think of Disney and Pixar!) then I found out that Disney is not good to work for, I didn’t like drawing for HOMEWORK! and I had met my husband plus I got saved! so my view on life totally changed, I wanted to get married and have kids and didn’t want to move away for a job….
we got married in Denmark soon after I graduated at Christmas time in 98 in Denmark! (going on 20 years!!)
we have 4 kids
Bjorn who is 16 and in early college (11th grade), Solveig who is 13 in 8th grade, Sonja who is 6 and in 1st grade and Anja who is 2.5
So how did I get introduced to quilting??
14yrs ago when I was pregnant with our oldest daughter and we then lived in NC, our church offered a quilting class, I knew how to sew from school and also art school in Denmark (after high school I did a year at an art school where I learned garment sewing and weaving), so I figured I’d learn to quilt and make a baby quilt for our daughter. After it was done, the teacher asked if any of us would get into quilting and I rudely said NO, I’m into scrapbooking so I didn’t think so, but I liked the class….
Look at me now!! any time I bumped into the teacher I always apologize and my husband also jokingly said she created a monster, look at all the money that’s invested into all my STUFF!! ha ha
speaking of stuff!
I long arm for other quilters, but since I live in the sticks of NC, I’m an hour away from any quilt shop and there’s lots of long arm quilters in Raleigh/Cary area, so I rarely get any customers.
BUT, I’ve been an ambassador for Island Batik for 4 years I think now, and it’s SEW much fun! I occasionally I design quilts for them for their catalogs, I also often use their fabrics for my own patterns or for magazine quilts!
AND I work with/for
I get dies from them to “play” with and I designed patterns for them too and do blog posts, that’s a lot of fun too!
I also do tutorials on youtube and here on my blog for Electric quilt’s EQ8 (and EQ7)
I also love organizing and participating in blog hops, row alongs, quilt alongs etc… It’s keeps your motivated and the creative juices flowing!
I’m currently hosting a pincushion swap there’s participants from all over the world!
I’m also hosting an Accuquilt Round Robin where we all started with a center block and sent it along to someone else to add a round and send it on.
And I’m hosting a Quilt Along with Accuquilt QUBE sets!
I’m also doing monthly potholder challenges!
Phew…. well it keeps me busy and out of trouble, well except that I buy more fabrics and STUFF online a lot Winking smile
I’m not really sure what else to say about me, it’s getting to be a long read here, so I’ll just say thanks for stopping by and reading all this and if you like my blog, subscribe to it and you can also LIKE my facebook page
Thanks to Benita for organizing this meet and greet!
Go here for the giveaway

If you're looking for the Row QAL, I'm doing it Thursday! somehow the schedule got mixed up. Sorry

36 comments:

Farm Quilter said...

Very nice to meet you, Bea. I followed a link from the Quilt Rambler on the "My Happy Place Row Along" and your blog is up for a post on September 4. I'll pop by later and see if that post is up!!

sketchrs said...

I'm also from Marian's My Happy Place Row Along. I'll stop by later again, but wanted to say I love your Baha Sunset quilt. Absolutely beautiful.
Ronelle

Susan L. said...

What a vibrant quilt!

Bonnie Thiem said...

Very nice to meet you.

Barb Neiwert said...

It was quite interesting to read about your journey to America and your entrance into the quilting world. Learning EQ is on my list of things To Do!

Denise :) said...

Enjoyed your informative post! Love the name of your Genesis 9:16 quilt! :)

GranChris said...

I loved your quilt. Art classes show in your quilt.

Susan said...

You are one busy lady!

Carol Andrews said...

Love the vibrant colors and movement in your Genesis Quilt. I follow your posts so got to see you on the Meet n Greet and the Row Along. Can't wait to see your block!

Beth said...

I came here for the Row Along, but I'm just as pleased to read this fascinating post. I didn't know the fact about Denmark and dual citizenship; that explains a lot to me about a childhood friend's mother who was a Danish citizen when we were young. There is always so much to learn, if one will dig deeper, isn't there?

Carol S. said...

Bea, it's always a pleasure to visit your blog and I've enjoyed you (and your blog) for so many years. Thanks for sharing a bit about you!

Vicki in MN said...

I think you did a good job of letting us all know who you are Bea! I bet it's been 5 yrs for you as Ambassador, since this is my 3rd year.

Susan said...

It was quite enjoyable to read about your life and how you came to be an American. I learned a lot about you that I didn't know.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Thanks for sharing more about yourself, Bea! I loved hearing about your journey in life and as a quilter! You do a great job on your quilts - especially using your AccuQuilt dies! I have several of them, and enjoy playing with them too!

gmask said...

Very interesting life story! Have I missed your block somehow? I found the four other ones yesterday, but can't locate yours.

Calicojoan said...

Hi there old friend!

Diane H said...

A pleasure to meet you!

Benita Skinner said...

I so enjoyed reading all about you, Bea - thanks for sharing...
And Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

The Joyful Quilter said...

You should have shared your DH's thread holders. They are AWESOME!!! I still want to get one for my studio, but I'm waiting until my DH moves the last of the stuff around for me. It's only be 2 YEARS since I got my longarm and asked him! Sigh...

barbara woods said...

Hi Bea

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Bea! It is a real pleasure to meet you! I like the original name for your quilt better! I look forward to getting to know you better!

Nann said...

The Meet and Greet is proving to be such a great way to get to know other quilters. Your Baha quilt is so colorful! I will take a look at your other patterns on Craftsy.

Tammy said...

Nice to meet you. I love your projects and patterns.

Sharon Aurora said...

What a sweet story! I love what you named your featured quilt, a nice reminder of what the rainbow represents.

I didn't realize Denmark was that small. I bet you miss your mom.

Frédérique said...

So nice to know more about you! Fun post, and we were not so far away when you were in Denmark (at least in Europe!!). Great and fun post ;)

LJ said...

Welcome to the US of A with your long-awaited citizenship. I'm glad Denmark decided to allow dual as I am sure you are, too. You are an excellent designer - the Genesis quilt is a beauty.

Benita Skinner said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Bea & Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Nice to meet you on the Quilter's Meet and Greet!

wendy said...

Thanks for sharing your quilty story! I like your quilt, it's very bright and cheery.

Needled Mom said...

Nice to read more about you and your quilting adventures.

Sandi1100 said...

Your quilt is wonderful! This is my first time on your Blog and I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy anders said...

So enjoyed your blog! Nice meeting you

Suze said...

I have been following you for a long time and it's always a pleasure to read your blog. Congrats on becoming a US citizen. I have a niece (by marriage) who has dual citizenship with Finland and the US. Thanks for participating in the Meet and Greet and sharing with all of us.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh my goodness - that quilt is spectacular! I love lots of colour so of course I like it...lol. Thank you for inviting us over for a visit.

OhioLori said...

Love popping in to see what you've been up too! Soooo busy..and your Quilts are Beautiful!! An Accuquilt Cutter has been on my Wish List for long while...would love to make many of your Patterns :)

Melva Nolan said...

Nice to meet you Bea. I too was a scrapbooker. I still enjoy it, but spend so much more time quilting! Your Genesis quilt is stunning!