Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Shasta Matova's Online Quilters Meet and Greet

The Earth Laughs in Flowers by Shasta Matova, finished 2017
Hello! Welcome to my blog, High Road Quilter! I am participating in the 2019 Online Quilter Meet and Greet that is hosted by Benita Skinner. If it is your first time here, I will tell you a little bit about myself as an introduction. I hope to entice you to come back to see what I make next! If it isn't your first time, hopefully you will still learn something about me.

 Let's see, we live in the great state of Ohio.  Ohio is considered the midwest, although most people find that surprising because it is closer to the east coast of the United States than the west. It is also called the gateway to the west. People here don't talk about how wonderful it is to live here, like they do in Chicago or New York, but it really is a great place to live. There is lots to see and do here.



I'm so special, the mapmaker even put a star to show you where I am.

I have been quilting for many years. I started quilting way before I started this blog, when I was in my twenties. You can tell I am no longer in my twenties since this blog is more than ten years old. This blog focuses mainly on quilting, as it is the primary hobby that has picture worthy posts, but it also shows my attempts at other types of crafts, gardening, genealogy, and photography. We have a great library system here, so I also post a random book review on my other blog, High Road Reader, as well as on GoodReads.  While I am giving you ways to stalk me, you can also find me on Facebook.


The very first quilt I ever made was a storm at sea. I didn't know quilts had difficulty levels.  It took me a decade or two to recover from that trauma. The career, schooling and child-raising might also have had something to do with the lapse in quilting.


However, I tend to be persistent, and I tried again. Now I quilt every single day, almost. It might be just a few minutes a day, but it is almost every day. I even write a post every week, (or two weeks or month, depending on when I remember to post an update) to let you know of my progress.


And just like I play loose with what day it is or how often I do something, I play loose with the types of quilts I make.  My profile lists nine types to show a variety, so I figure I should show you some of those to prove it.

  • traditional quilts
  • improv quilts
  • art quilts
  • modern quilts
  • liberated quilts
  • pieced quilts
  • applique quilts
  • hand quilted quilts
  • machine quilted quilts

My initial idea was to create a collage for these different types of quilts, but when I pulled up the first picture, I couldn't figure out what category to put it in, and while I could put them in more than one category, it would get overwhelming since I have made about 100 quilts so far.  Instead I am sprinkling some photos of quilts and let you do the categorization.  No one will know if you skip that step.


Some of these are all brand new, never-seen-before photographs. I make bigger quilts, but it was easier to grab a stack of small quilts and take them outside to photograph. I put them on the porch and took photographs quickly without arranging or straightening them because I didn't want a wind gust to take any of them away.

My latest finish: Neighborhood by Shasta Matova
The photographs on this post is just a sample. So please stick around and browse.  If you click on the finished quilts link above or the quilt reveal link in the side bar, you will get a quick glance at a lot of my finished quilts.  Scrolling down through the posts will let you see the variety.  You can also choose a random date or a topic that interests you from the side bar.


My best quilts, my masterpieces, haven't been finished yet.  Some of them might even already have been started. Be sure to come back to see them. We're always open!


To visit other quilters participating in the 2019 Online Quilter's Meet and Greet, please click on this image.

To enter in a drawing for a prize, click on this image.

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26 comments:

Kate said...

You have a great set of mini's. It's always fun to check out what you've been working on.

Lisa J. said...

It's nice to see so many of your quilts in one place Shasta!

Beth French said...

Llove your llama!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Small quilts are so much easier to photograph - you've made some great ones.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you have a lot of nice mini's there

Kyle said...

I always enjoy seeing what your working on. Didn't know you lived in Ohio.

Julierose said...

Lovely group of minis,,,I do enjoy your posts hugs, Julierose

Joyful Quilter said...

I spent the night in Columbus Ohio eons ago when I bravely (now thinking stupidly) decided to drive across the US by myself). It was fun to see all of your mini's.

Fiona said...

great to see such a lovely range of mini quilts....
Hugz

O'Quilts said...

Lovely post...great to tell us about you xo

GranChris said...

I love the trees.

Danice G said...

So many nice quilts! I admire the many styles you embrace.

Emily said...

I've always enjoyed how eclectic your quilting style is, Shasta! I love seeing so many of your minis in one place!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

It's nice to learn more about you and to see so many of your mini quilts in one post - so much variety - very talented! I always hear wonderful things about living in Ohio.

Tanya said...

Yeah Shasta! It is so nice to see so many of your smaller quilts together. Some I recognize but there are even a couple that I have missed over the years! All very YOU!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Beautiful minis - especially the llama.

Terry said...

I love your flower quilt! I'm from Ohio too! :0)

Nann said...

Hi, Shasta -- so nice to see you on this year's M&G! And I enjoyed seeing the wonderful variety of your quilting.

Sarah Aldrich said...

I was so charmed by your quilts and tone of voice that I forgot to enter the contest! I am going to add you to my feed. I did come back to your page and enter. Happy quilting!!!

Debbie said...

Terrific that you enjoy such a variety of quilting styles! I like that! ;-)

Karrin Hurd said...

Great group of quilts, I enjoyed seeing your projects!

Joni said...

Hi Shasta, I love your mini quilt collections! I also make mini quilts as they are a great way to work up a new color way or try a new technique. I am now following you. Nice to meet you!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I enjoy visiting your blog, so I'm glad you grabbed a stack of quilts for new photos! Thanks for joining the Meet and Greet. Off to have another look around your blog...

Frédérique said...

Pretty minis! I love your B&W Neighborhood!

OhioLori said...

What a fun visit to your blog! Love your Mini's...& glad I don't have to choose a favorite! :D I also live in Ohio! & not far from "your" star :)

Beth@IHaveANotion.com said...

I see your blog... on the Quilter Blogs feed, so read pretty regularly! (but I have to limit it to the first page only or I would be there all day! I don't aways comment. I also lived in Ohio... just a bit southwest of your location. Now a bit further away in KY, but there has been a lot of ground and culture covered between! Always nice to see a bit of retrospective of work.