I have a great husband who supports my sewing and quilting. Between the two of us, we have 5 grown children. I have been sewing for a long time but had never tried quilting. I took some quilting classes in mid 2008 and am hooked! Really enjoying it which makes me wonder why I waited so long. This seems like a good idea to use Quilt With Us. If I have problems there will be a large support group and many online friends. Looking forward to this experience.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, general sewing
My pets are awesome!
My kitty, Sassy, is now seven years old. Boy, does time fly by!
Hi Suzanne, sounds like you are busy with your kitchen remodel. Just think of how pretty it will be when it is done. I've gone through a major kitchen remodel and I'd sit in the doorway at night just thinking of how pretty it would be when it was done.
I haven't done a lot of quilting in January. My grandson was sick twice and we had him and I just didn't have the quilting bug. January is a hard month for me personally. I lost my father in January. Even after 30 years I still miss him and want to ask him questions. but each year it gets better.
I have a tulip quilt for my nephew and his wife that I want to quilt. I have to cut out some quilt stencils and mark it. I'm thinking of buying one of those 18 watt heated stencil cutting tool. Have you cut your own stencils and if so what did you use?
Hi Suzanne, if you mean the snowman who is framed on two sides by little pine trees and by stars on the other two, he is a pattern from PineTree Lodge Designs called HomeGrown Snowman #102. Looks like it is still available:
I did amend the pattern a little - his arms are supposed to be real twigs but I couldn't seem to anchor them on well with stitches and I didn't think they would hold up well when I stored the wall hanging till the next season so I decided to "ad lib" some arms from fabric. I've made this pattern twice and it is a fun one to do.
Suzanne, several of us try to meet at the show in Columbus in June. If you are planning on going, perhaps we can meet. Several of us decided to get together for lunch and a quilt shop last year. We picked a day and a location and then whoever could make it showed up. We had a great time. I'm sure we'll try something this year. We'd love to have more people meet up.
Sue, you are so ambitious to have made all of those beautiful quilts in such sort of time. I do have a Gammil Classic long arm and love it even though I haven't used it as much as I would like. I injured my elbow quilting one of my first quilts. It's taken a couple of years for it to totally heal. I've used it a little in between but have been very careful not to aggravate the old injury. I do mostly free hand quilting because I like that look more on my quilts. I will do something different in the blocks/sashing/center vs the borders. I think if I mastered the pantographs my control of the machine would be better. I do use the Clover iron erasable pens to mark my quilts to at least give me a guide if I'm using a specific pattern. The Tulip quilt in my gallery is the next one to go on the long arm and hopefully get it done this year. I plan to do McTavishing around the Tulips and I have several patterns that I designed for the border. It will be a challenge.
thanks Suzanne! My "kitty" quilt is a Jacob's Ladder. Quite a few mistakes in it, but what the heck, aren't we the most critical of our quilts? The blue one (with black) is called "City Lights". I have three cats, all of who like quilts. One even sleeps under the one on my couch! My older daughter got me into making my own labels, it's fun. As I write this letter I am looking at the rest of your quilts - what a wonderful collection. I have forgotten to take pics of some I gave away and really hate that. oh well, definitely do it now.
Great to have you!!!! When someone tries to organize a get-together it will be on the group page. Feel free to join in whenever the location and time works for you!!!! Looking forward to talking to you again soon.
The pictures of us in front of the displayed quilts were taken at the NQA show in Columbus. I went on a bus trip on Friday and met up with several of the ladies who were staying there for the whole show and taking classes. I'd love to do that someday. Gwen Gwinner had a quilt displayed and one of the pics shows us in front of her self portrait quilt - not sure if that's in my pics or in Hearts and Faces connect group.
The picture of us sitting at a restaurant table and at a quilt shop were taken this fall. Several of us met in Mount Vernon as it was centrally located and we couldn't wait till the next quilt show to get together again! We are all members of the Ohio Quilters group and like to plan chances to get together throughout the year. I guess I didn't realize you weren't a member but we would LOVE to have you. Please think about it and join us. It is a very friendly group and perhaps you could join us when we get together at a location convenient for you. It is amazing - don't know if you've had a chance to meet any of the ladies you talk to online in person but when you do, it's like meeting an old friend - an automatic connection. I have made some very very good friends through OH quilters. Please consider joining us!!!!!