Am new to this chitchat board but old to quilting. Made my first quilt 35yrs ago, and got immediately HOOKED. Since then I've made around 25 quilts for friends and family. LOVE sitting and hand sewing a quilt, its 'peace' for the brain. Of course I'm self taught from BEFORE it was the "in thing" to do, so like many of us, I learned it all the hard way. No classes, no masters other than the women at church who had been making quilts for most of THEIR lives.
My Mom, (rest in peace) was a FABULOUS seamstress, but never made 'decor' type stuff. I of course am the complete opposite, however she taught me everything she new about sewing and they were all valuable lessons, I just don't sew much clothing.