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I am 5 years new to quilting. I have been sewing since 10 years old and have had a sewing business for about 49+ years, mostly wedding attire. I have had lots of hobbies, but seem to have settled on quilting. I love art and fabric and have many of both. I am 66 and feel like quilting will be with me for quite a while.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing, other
My pets are awesome!

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At 1:10am on June 24, 2010, Mary johnson said…
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At 1:33am on July 2, 2009, Retia Causey said…
Hi Fran glad to here from you hope your yard sale is a hit and glad you are posting and hope to hear from you again soon.
At 7:45pm on June 3, 2009, Renee said…
Hi Fran. It's good to hear from you. I enjoyed hearing your story. It's always good to know that someone has walked in your shoes and knows the frustrations and anxieties you feel. I wish I could say this is the first time I've had to start a new career and "reinvent" myself. I've had to do it more often than I care to admit but I'm grateful that there are opportunities available. Not everyone in the same position I find myself in has the same options I have.
Breathe deep- good advice.

So do you still have your sewing business?
At 9:54am on April 27, 2009, Denise Dale Carlton said…
Nice to hear from you. I had a great-grandma that was a quilter and inherited her love of quilting (and some of her unfinished work)! I really never got into it until I retired(about 4 years ago) I am 55. But, I am hooked for sure now. I love the long arm and practice on it using the quilts that my guild makes for service quilts. My problem is that I want to start too many new projects. But I have been told that is the way a quilter works....
At 7:06pm on April 24, 2009, Gloria Spina said…
Hi Fran,
I recently lost my job. So, as a result, I have more time now to quilt than I ever had before. I do most my quilting during the afternoon and/or evening when things are most quiet. I also crochet, knit, and embroider, things I pretty much learned as a child. I am in the process of making a number of throw size quilts, totes and other bags to sell. I'm hoping it works out, but with today's economy, who knows. I am collecting unemployment and severance pay, but that runs out in July. After that, I may just consider collecting social security.

I'm married 42 years, have two grown sons, neither of which is married and I have two wonderful greyhounds that we adopted from a rescue group. I consider them my grandchildren since my boys don't seem to be inclined to provide us with any, but I can dream (can't I?)
At 7:10am on April 24, 2009, Margret Tudor said…
Thank you for your lovely comment Fran! I adore my home! We are approx 70 minutes from Washington DC. Our property is surrounded by 80 acres of woods and the only time we see our neighbors house is when the leaves fall! I am not a garment seamstress, however, I have a very good friend who is! I admire you for your skills! And you are right, there is never enough time in the day (week!) to do everything I would like! Blessings to you!
At 4:59pm on March 25, 2009, LKC said…
You are right about charging more at the store. When you do it at home they think it should be done for nothing. I did have more word of mouth when I lived in Missouri. Here in Ga I have been more home bound. I may get some cards ready and past them out at the High school for the prom.
At 8:59am on March 25, 2009, LKC said…
Thankyou for telling me your story. I was thinking about seeing if I could do some alteration in that sewing field since we have a bridal shop real close.
At 7:46pm on March 24, 2009, LKC said…
I have been thinking about doing bridal and wedding attire alteration. Have not done alteration much in the last 20, since my DD daughter came along. I did do professional alteration the 15 before that for stores at the store. Could you tell me more about your business at home and if you would do it all again?
At 1:02pm on January 30, 2009, sunbsue said…
Hi Fran-Thanks for extending the hand of friendship. Like I always tell people you either get hooked on quilting or you have no interest at all.
I know my kids worry about all the stuff I have and whether I'll use it all up or they will have to someday figure out what do with it. I lived in Sioux City, Ia for about 10 years and Estherville, Ia for about 3 years. So where are you near for a major city? Mountain Home is about 45-50 miles south-east of Boise. Keep warm, will catch you later. Sue

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