I've been married to a "quilt husband" Randy for almost 53 years, have two boys - Pete and Keith who are on their own, but all have been very supportive of my quilting. I have a beautiful granddaughter and handsome grandson (biased much?) who are my inspiration for many of the quilted things I make. I'm a retired landscape designer and also create original holiday decor for my clients.
I'm the owner of an Jack & Lil's Workshop (www.jackandlilsworkshop.com) where I sell embroidered hooded bath towels, monogrammed towels/clothing, custom logos and zipper bags/purses. I started making quilted bibs for my DGD after the PP workshop given on the QWU site and haven't looked back!
I've been quilting for about 50 years; have been a professional quilter for about 35 years and an NQA Certified Quilt Judge since 1974. I love quilting but don't have as much time as I'd like for it since running my business takes priority most of the year. I'm hoping that joining this group will keep me inspired all year - maybe even grab a chance to quilt over the summer!
I live in Naploeonville, La. Close to Thibadeaux. DH and I moved here from Kalona Iowa. We lived in Westwego La. before Hurricane Katrina. We moved to Iowa to help son #2. My Granddaughter had brain surgery, and my son has had 10 surgeries for infected sweat glands. Then his youngest son had to have brain surgery. Apparently it runs in the family. All are doing fine now. We moved back because DH had frost bite on his feet and when it gets cold they hurt.
I see some beautiful work here. I'm not as talented as some on this site, but working on it.
QD, the thread breakage problem for the swap blocks could have been caused by, stabilizer,thread, bobbin, needle, or needle size. Heavyweight tear away stabilizer is usually not necessary fro quilt weight cottons, usually one layer of medium weight is all thats needed. Since you changed the needle several times it could have been the needle size. I usually use a 80 sharp embroidery needle Organ brand. As for bobbin thread I either use a fine cotton weight bobbin thread and have recently discovered YLI polyester bobbin embroidery thread which I like, have not had any luck with prewound bobbins. Hope this helps
Hey, Barb! I was using my phone to answer you back earlier. Now I'm on my computer and typing is sew much easier here. Thanks sew much for your lovely comments on my projects. I've always been interested in learning new things and once I got my first quilting class under my belt 3 years ago, I've not stopped. I was very fortunate in the teacher I had. She made sure that every project we did had at least 3 new things in it for us to learn. Just in the first 3 projects, I learned how to select fabrics, rotary cutting techniques (well, ok, maybe I could have learned those better since I tried to slice off part of my finger last summer), squaring up blocks and the entire quilt, binding, machine applique, cornerstones, quilt sleeves, scalloped bindings, machine embroidery on quilts, half & quarter square triangles, and kaleidoscopes! That's a lot in just 3 projects! And, I had a blast while I learned. This summer I'll be making a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt for my daughter, Heather, for Christmas - EEK! I need to get started cutting on that one! Glad I've got a new seam ripper waiting in the wings for that one - LOL!