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Thread: How Did You Get Started?

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    That is like the star I made,the first one I made turned out great. Then when I tried to make me one,the center of the star pouches up when sewed together.I have taken it out three times and can't get it right. I wish I hadn't sold the first one I made.The only thing I know to do now is just go back and cut out the star again and start over.

    I love the colors in yours it really stands out.

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    I worked with 2 women that quilted and they were constantly bringing in their projects. I got fabric envy :oops: and began to teach myself.

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    Crazyquilter....

    What a great story. Prayers for you and your sister. I think it's great that you learned by hand, I wish I could have been taught some of those arts.

    My Gramma is 83 and she quit sewing last year. She's never quilted, but I've always seen her sewing...it's odd knowing her machine is packed away.

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    Ditto, prayers for you and your sister, Crazyquilter!

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    I have always been into sewing, started with embroidery when I was around eight or nine. I have always loved quilts, they remind me of my grandma's house when I was little. She wasn't a quilter (didn't have time, she had 6 kids) but she always had quilts around the house. A few years ago before my other Grandmother passed away she gave me a quilt top that her Mom had made when she was pregnant with my Grandma. She said she would give it to me if I had it quilted. I found someone that my Mom knew to hand quilt it and I was hooked. I just got a sewing machine and started myself. After I had made a few baby quilts, I took a class at the local quilt store and made my sunbonnet sue. I'm not good at quilting, I just make the tops. I want to learn to quilt them but it's really HARD.

    Carrie

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    I love to sew and I used to make other crafts, so I decided to make some friends of mine a quilt for their wedding gift (my very 1st one). I pieced it by machine and quilted it by hand. They loved it.

    I learned from the book 'quilting for dummy's'. :lol:

    Here it is, I didn't have a camera then so she took this pic for me a few years later.





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    I got started by making a list of things I would like to do before I leave this world.....
    Well my DH was very ill and that has changed me completely.....that's why I did the list .....
    I've always been a crafty person ....Home Ec..I made most of my cloths
    Learned to crochet when I was in second grade....learned to knit as a teenager and have done many craft items and sold them in a local shop....
    Quilting always scared me....I can remember picking up a Quilt book and trying to understand what the.........it was all greek to me......so I put the book on a shelf and waited a couple years....got brave and brought it out again....still greek

    I had a girlfriend that moved away that was into quilting wall hangings....one year for xmas she got me a subscription to a quilt magazine......rest is history.....
    I've taken a class or two....my first class was hard but I managed threw and I read and study everything I can....and still do 4 years latter ...I read all the tips and watch all the quilt shows I can cause I have found I am always learning and that is what I like the most about quilting....
    My Dear friend has passed and never got to see a finished quilt but I know she is with me in spirit and smiles down on me......:-)

    Results of my first class on quilting....defiantly in over my head....but I did make 2 of these for twin beds..
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    My first 'expeience' with quilting was at my grandmother's house at age 4. Grandma always had a quilt on the frame, even after she and Grandpa moved to town. I didn't really do anything with quilting until about 7 years ago, when my sister signed us up for a quilt class at an outdoor quilt show. At the time, I didn't know beans about quilting, but that class, and encouragement from my sister, was all I needed to sign up for a beginner's quilt class once I returned home, and I've never looked back! I've made several quilts for gifts, but so far none to keep for myself. I do have some lovely FGs (flannel) for a quilt for DH, but right now, very little time to do much of any quilting! :( I also have lots of USOs (unstarted objects) in my house. Once I have a room I can really call my own, I'll have everything in one place, and hopefully I can get a lot of them done! If I can talk my daughter into showing me how to post pictures online, you will see the finished products!

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    Quilting the tops isn't really that hard. I have done a little hand quilting, but I prefer to machine quilt. I've done a few small quilts using quilting templated, but a couple of larger quilts I've just done stitch-in-the-ditch, and that type of machine quilting has (so far) suited the quilts I've done

    Good luck!

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    Crazyquilter, you and your sister are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful story.

    I've told my story somewhere else on this board, but have no idea where. Although I think it may have been on a PM.

    I was always interested in sewing. As a child (probably age 6 or so) I learned to embroider. I don't remember of ever FINISHING any projects though. I can remember working on a pillowcase and a table scarf.

    My mother always sewed making all of our clothes. I can even remember her changing our overcoats when we grew out of our sleeves. :wink: She would add cuffs and a new collar. That always impressed me that something like that could be done. Then when I was 12 I asked for a sundress. She sent me to the store (our family owned a general merchandise store) for a pattern and fabric. My aunt gathered all of the supplies I would need and sent me on my way. Mama taught me to set in a zipper and how to follow the pattern guide, etc. That summer I made 2 sundresses. And I was hooked. We had an old electric Blue Grass sewing machine. When I was about14 or 15, I was working on a dress for the homecoming dance. The old Blue Grass konked out and I was in the middle of things. She called the local sewing machine shop and asked the owner to send her a new machine ASAP. :lol: THOSE WERE THE DAYS!! He brought over a 301 Singer and that thing is still working today. She's 91 and still uses it for repairs and hems. :wink:

    I loved Home Ec and nothing was too great a challenge when it came to garment construction. I even tried my hand at tailoring and pattern drafting. In college I majored and received a degree in Home Economics Education. (Taught Home Ec only4 months) Fast forward 30 years, by then I was a first grade teacher almost ready to retire. Several of my co-workers were quilters. In 1995 they invited us to join their group to make friendship squares. We all made enough blocks to share. I had no idea what to do. All I knew was that the block was to be 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. One of the ladies suggested that I make a 9-patch. So she helped me with a pattern :shock: . I went to the fabric store and chose fabrics. I had no idea about anything -- I just selected lots of fabrics. Can you believe it?? :oops: Well, by the end of the school year, my quilt was made -- sashing, backing, binding, and all. In '98 I retired and began cutting my school t-shirts to make a quilt. Again, I had no idea what I was doing. Well, I finished piecing the top on Friday and had a stroke on Monday. Bam! Right side. So one of my goals for rehab was to get that quilt hand quilted. A month later I was holding the needle and doing one stitch at a time. Some of the quilt had to be tied because I wanted to finish it and it was slow-going. Alex Anderson was always in my living room -- on HGTV, and there were a few others.

    When my daughter and I went to Martha Pullen's sewing markets and sewing schools, I went to as many quilting-related classes as were offered.

    I've made many baby quilts and quilts for the grandkids (both pieced and whole cloth). I finally took a couple of classes (One at Hancock's -- the St. Jude sampler; and one at a LQS in a nearby town -- the URR) Fast-forward May, 2008. I found this quilting board. Tah-rah. I'm computer-challenged, but I surely enjoy what I can do on here. I am learning sooooo much. And the friendships are unbelievable.

    I, too, am a chatty-cathy. I have insomnia so I sleep very little. I watch the Hallmark movie every night and then get on here until I get sleepy. I haven't proof-read this gazzette, so I apologize for an mistakes.


    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I am a fabricoholic. I hoard fabrics. They're in every corner of my bedroom and my sewing room. I need help, but I don't want it. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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