Iíve been lurking here for a while, and decided to come out of hiding. This board is great! I live in Ottawa, Ontario and work for the Canadian government. I have two kids, one is away at university and one is in grade 12. I have an awesome Shetland Sheepdog named Jack who is the only man who is happy to see me when I come home from work. :-)
I learned how to sew when I was 8 and have done cross-stitch, needlepoint and basic sewing since then. Iíve wanted to learn to quilt my whole life (seriously Ė Iíve been saving fabric scraps since I was about 14 Ė Iím 44 now) but only got around to taking an intro course two years ago. Iíve made several since then Ė attached are a few examples. I absolutely love it but Iím not very competent yet. I want to learn to appliquť and FMQ. Someday Iíd like to learn how to long arm quilt too. I think the stitching on top is what makes the overall look Ė it really adds a lot of dimension and beauty. Iíve been practicing FMQ but it looks like crap. I tried to get into a class at a local quilt store but it was full, so hopefully they will have room in January. I think I may have finally mastered stitching on the seam lines without wandering off too much.
In the meantime, I practice by making baby quilts and giving them to anyone at my office who is having a baby. People canít believe it, and I always feel bad because I donít think they are all that great. Iíll try and attach some pictures of a few that I have made. Iím looking forward to learning more from this group!
My latest: black, white and red. I like this one a lot.
For my son for Xmas 2010.
My second ever quilt, Xmas 2009.
Baby girl quilt in progress - just have to hand-sew the binding onto the back. First mitered corners!
Baby boy quilt for a co-worker, 2010.
My first ever baby quilt for a co-worker - Fall 2009.