I am very glad I found this site. I am a new to blogging so on this front I have a lot to learn. I am a long time needlework (embroidery, needlepointer, knitter, crocheter etc.) but a fairly new quilter. I have been quilting for about 4 years. So far my favorite types are english paper piecing and applique. I also like to hand quilt. Glad to meet everyone and wishing all a very happy New Year.
Happy Stitching from Arlene from Sarasota
Added by Arlene Harris on December 31, 2008 at 4:31am —
Happy New Year to All,
I excited to see this site! I can't wait for inspiration from all the avid quilters out there. I tend to hoard material for up coming projects and then never seem to get around to making the project. But believe me, that doesn't stop the hoarding of more material!! I don't think I've ever found a piece of material that I didn't need for my stash. But I'm hearing that hoarding material seems to be a universal "quilters" problem. Have a safe and happy new year. gmw
Added by Georgia W., IL on December 31, 2008 at 4:26am —
My daughter got me into quilting last year and now I sew everyday. After many years of working, I am home with time for hobbies and spent several years making doll clothes for the granddaughters. I taught my daughter how to piece a quilt, learn to use the machine and sew when she was 14 yrs old and now she is teaching me.
Quilting has become an obsession in the cold weather. Things have changed with the machines, cutting tools, and fabrics I am having SEW much fun.… Continue
Added by Dawn Hutton on December 31, 2008 at 4:24am —
Happy New Year from Melbourne Australia. As I write it is 10.20pm on New Year's Eve.
My husband and I have just been for a walk down to the balcony of our local shopping centre to watch the early (kids) fireworks from the Yarra River over the city of Melbourne. As we walked down it was just on sunset on a beautiful clear summer's evening, The sky was clear with a sickle moon hanging down below a setting Venus - a magic evening. The sun setting behind the city made for a soft golden… Continue
Added by ros on December 31, 2008 at 3:31am —
Boy, this group has taken off. It is so nice to see so many people here. I have been quilting since 1980, I work part time at a quilt shop here in Danbury, where I teach classes on Machine quilting. I am anxious to start with this group.
from Snowy CT today
Added by Roni Gerhardt on December 31, 2008 at 2:37am —
I love to quilt! Although, I must admit, I have not made a quilt in a long time. I'm just trying to get back into the groove of things which is why I'm now here.
I spent the last few years in graduate school, drooling over other people's quilts and going to quilting shows, buying fabric and quilting notions on sale. Well, schools over and quilting time has finally come...Whoo-Hoo!! Now, I have a break so can sit back roll up my sleeves, pull out my machine and… Continue
Added by IQuilt4Fun on December 31, 2008 at 12:55am —
I am married to a wonderful man, have two daughters, one son and three grand-children. I have been quilting a couple of years and must admit I am addicted! I do my sewing on "vintage" and "antique" Singer sewing machines. My favorites are my 401 for quilting and featherweights for peicing. I Love Connecting Threads Fabrics and Essential Thread and really appreciate the prices! What a great on-line Community this will be! Thank-you!
Added by Patty on December 31, 2008 at 12:39am —
Hi, everyone! I am so excited to get started with this group! I retired in August from 40 years of police dispatching. I was really worried as to what I would do with my extra time.....I don't have any! I have been cleaning the cobwebs from the corners, reorganizing, and actually getting some projects done. My husband is the kindest, most understanding man in the world. He is still working in emergency services and may decide to retire next year.
I have 3 Yorkies (the boys) named… Continue
Added by Linda on December 30, 2008 at 11:30pm —
Hi Everyone!! I'm so happy to learn that this forum exists! Although I've been quilting since 1991, I feel like a beginner in SO many ways. I'm self-taught...like completely. While recovering from heart surgery in 1991 I decided to take up a hobby. My grandmother quilted (by hand) but I wanted more immediate results so I bought my first sewing machine. The lady at the store asked me if I'd need more bobbins because it only came with 3. I kinda looked at her and said, "When I figure out what a… Continue
Added by Sharon on December 30, 2008 at 11:30pm —
Hello to all,
I am new here too. I have been quilting for quite a few years. I got into it totally by accident. My best friend had been trying to get me interested in quilting for a long time, but I was resistant. We were chatting one day about quilting and I was telling to her about a sewing machine that my Mother-In -Law had given me. Much to her
delight she told me it was a Featherweight. I had no idea what she was talking about, much less why she was so excited about it. So I… Continue
Added by Teri on December 30, 2008 at 11:24pm —
Hi there! This is my first time on a blog! My name is Lisa and I have been quilting since 2002 and I am totally addicted! I am also a full time math teacher and part time graduate school student, so for the time being I am down to quilting about once a week with my other quilting buddies--the Midnight Quilters. There are 6 of us in total, 5 in Coral Springs, FL and one who moved to Missouri, but we keep in touch and have a retreat with all of us once a year. I have many (about 5 or 6) projects… Continue
Added by Lisa Herron on December 30, 2008 at 11:18pm —
Hello, my name is Kim and I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada (home of the 2010 winter Oympics!). I LOVE Connecting Threads and all their beautiful fabric. I am new to quilting - only been quilting for about 18 months, but I am HOOKED. Believe it or not, I have never sewed a day in my life before I started quilting! I am self-taught and sew every single day!! I have probably made at least 20 quilts and always have 2 or 3 on the go! I work from my home, so I can sew any time I like… Continue
Added by Kim on December 30, 2008 at 11:06pm —
Hi I'm new at this but thought it would be fun.
I have been quilting for about 35 years and love to learn new things.
I have really picked up the pace with quilting the past 7 years. I use quilting as my therapy since my youngest son passed away from a brain tumor 7 years ago.
I bought an embroidery machine in the past year and a half and I am having so much fun with it.
I wish I could retire from my job as a physical therapist but then I would not be able to afford my… Continue
Added by Cecelia on December 30, 2008 at 10:25pm —
Hello to all the fellow quilters! I just joined and hoping to have some fun and maybe learn something along the way. I've only been quilting about 6 years, so I know I've got a lot to learn. I took a class over the summer by Paula Reid on machine trapunto, so it seems like I've been doing a lot of that lately. If anyone ever gets a chance to take her class or even view her Stuff and Fluff video, I highly recommend it! Her work is fantastic and she does everything on a regular sized sewing… Continue
Added by Melzee on December 30, 2008 at 10:00pm —
I also am a first time blogger. Looks like we have a lot of quilters out there. We all seem to have a special bond.
I have been quilting for almost 20 years. I have a lot of projects lined up for the coming year. It will be fun getting new ideas and hints on this blog. Looking forward to hearing from all you fellow quilters.
Added by Janean on December 30, 2008 at 8:50pm —
Hi I am new doing a blog of any kind. I got the email inviting me to sign up , after I read your responses to the new blog I decided yall all seemed "SAFE" haha. I have been a quilter for several years. I babysit my grandchildren and they keep me very busy . My husband just finished building me a great sewing room. He told me 25 years ago he would one day. He had emergency heart surgery 2 years ago and all he has talked about is getting my sewing room built. What do you say???? I ask him if he… Continue
Added by Debbie Moseley on December 30, 2008 at 7:12pm —
what is a blog anyway?where did that word come from? hi ladies, i love to sew and quilt.my granddaughters, ages 9 and 11 made their first quilts this summer, they are a joy to teach. i have been quilting for about 18 yrs, sewing since i was a small child.when my husband retired, we moved to aiken s.c, and i finally got my own sewing room, no more dining room table for me. its a small room but its all mine and i love it.
Added by ekt911 on December 30, 2008 at 6:32pm —
Hi! I just joined and wanted to say hi. I have been quilting since January of 1992 and as the years go by I fall more and more in love with it. I am addicted and not looking for any help, though scraps are always appreciated. LOL. Happy new year everyone!
Added by Tiffany on December 30, 2008 at 5:23pm —
I am fascinated with this web site and all the ideas available to us. I will be retiring soon and look forward to catching up on my quilting. I have approximately 14 quilt tops which need quilting. However, I have more joy in piecing together quilts than actually quilting. I enjoy making small projects that I can complete within a short time. I recently saw a book with many different types of Nativity Scene patterns which I hope to purchase some day. Thank you for reading and allowing me to be… Continue
Added by Kathleen/CA on December 30, 2008 at 5:08pm —
Our Quilt of Life
If we stitch with care our quilt of life,
each seam may handle stress and strife.
Yet some stitches go and some we keep
in making each lovely block complete.
So as each day rolls slowly ‘round,
may all your threads be strong and sound,
and may the block you quilt today
be one you’ll always want to save!
Added by Ruth Y. Nott on December 30, 2008 at 4:31pm —