Have been quilting for about 12 years -- I'm a certified "fabricalcoholic". My passion now runs to small quilts- twin, crib, table, wallhangings but I have done my share of all size of bed quilts. I have a Grace Quilting stand but have never been able to quite handle the "getting started" so I use my trusty Pfaaf. I manage to do pretty well with most simple patterns. I would love to learn "quilt as you go" & have bought all manner of books & CD's but still haven't managed to conquer the joining of blocks. Quilting has given me a creative outlet -- I love picking out colors & block patterns. I knew I was hooked when I decided on a new sewing machine rather than a fancy vacation.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, paper piecing, machine quilting, general sewing, gardening
My pets are awesome!
I have 4 dogs & 7 cats -- don't most quilters have lots of cats?
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The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Good morning Ms. Rita, It has been a year since we have talked. Bill is doing so
much better now (and he can drive since April 09th) I am now quilting a baby quilt
for a family member. I just read the mess on Marshall house store. Never
heard of it will be checking the store out in the near future---road trip coming up!
Take Care Lana the Quilting Dreamer
I went to the Marshall House store yesterday and you are right, they have a HUGE selection of fabric there. I was there to help a friend pick out fabric for her first quilt. I introduced her to EPP and she loves it. I didn't need fabric myself but I did buy this fantastic suction tool that holds your ruler. If I had that several months ago I wouldn't have sheered off part of my finger. I cut all my friends fabric today and it was so much easier with that tool, amazing. Thank you for telling me about the store, I can't believe I never knew they were there!
So sorry to hear about your foot! What a bummer to have a cast in the summer!
I used to live right across from St. Mary's Lake on North Ave. not too far from you until a few months ago, now I live in the Keystone Lake Apt. right off Helmer Rd just past Miejer.
I've gotten some of my fabrics at Joanne's and some at the Quiltery (who isn't going to be selling fabric anymore) and I have gotten some from Quilt & Go, I think that's the name. A friend of mine took me there, it's out in the country and I doubt I will be able to find it again without directions. The quilt I'm working on now has fabric from the Amish stores in Lancaster, PA. I was visiting my daughter in PA where I am originally from and we took a trip there to get all the fabric for her quilt that I'm making her.
Well you've done yourself up well, haven't you? Broken bones yet! Please take care of yourself, and plan a whole lot of quilts while you have to have a hiatus from sewing. At least you could cut out a bunch. Enjoy the spring weather this weekend.
You had asked about a book I mentioned on a quilt as you go method - sorry it took so long for me to get back to you, but I have the info - It's called "You Can Sew Quilt" by Follow Your Heart, LLC. Linda Sherony is the author - inside the book cover it say 1327 Adams St, La Crosse, WI, 54601. Email is email@example.com I think it is a self published book and out of print now but you may try to contact her. This is without a doubt the easiest coolest way to quilt as you go with no little strips between everything that you have to hand sew.
Hi Rita, I live in Battle Creek also! I am a real newbie to paper piece quilting; I was introduced to it in Oct last year. I just finished my first quilt top in Jan and am waiting for my finger to heal (I cut the top corner off with a rotary cutter while cutting my fabric for quilt #2, ouch!) to finish piecing the back and hand quilting it all together. I am able to work on the next quilt a little but it takes a long time with an injured finger. Glad to see someone on here who may live around the corner from me!
Hi Rita - I have the BEST book on how to quilt as you go - it's not in print anymore but the technique is quite different from what's currently on the market where you have to have little skinny sashing to join it. I think we've gotten quite a few new people on the MIchigan group so maybe at some point we could get together in the middle of the state for a day of sewing so we can share all of our favorite ideas with each other!
Hello Ms. Rita, I actually live in West Lansing, Eaton county, Delta township. No we are not snowbirds--we lived in Cape Coral, Fl for 20 years retired and moved to MI. Where do you live. We don't always come to Lakeland every winter but the kids wanted us to come. Let me know the price Ms. Rita. Well Ms. Rita everyone here is getting ready for the game, I like to go to the games not so interested in watching on tv. You take care and write soon.
Ms. Rita I was just going to check the price of a gracie through the
Grace Company Sorry you do not quilt large quilts anymore but hey
sounds like you have a plan. Well my daughter has dinner ready we
are having ribs which sound very good to me at this time as I am
very hungry. Will talk later have a great evening. It is still chilly in
Thanks for writing me.