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Thread: I remembered why I took up quilting!

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    Senior Member Bamagal's Avatar
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    Red face I remembered why I took up quilting!

    I took up quilting after my husband and I found several of his grandmothers quilts in the attic when his mother moved from her old house. They were beautiful, but clearly made for use, not show. Very heavy! I used to embroider a lot, and my DH hated it 'cause he said my head was always down and he would ask me a question and I would say "What?" So I asked him what if I took up quilting instead. He was all for it. Back when I started, they were teaching using the templates. I fell in love immediately. I loved cutting out the pieces in different fabrics then hand sewing them back together in a design. It was making a puzzle each time!!

    Last night, I was working on a quilt for my DIL. I'm running out of the fabric I am using to make the quilt, so I was using small pieces. I remembered my templates for the Mexican Star! Pull them out, marked the fabric and cut them out. Then started piecing by hand. (DH is recovering from surgery, so I could do that and be with him too.) I suddenly remembered how much I enjoyed doing that! Takes time, but I have time, and it will be a good addition to my sampler quilt.

    Do you remember what started you quilting?

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    I actually started with templates and hand piecing too, not that long ago...maybe ten yrs ago....took me a couple yrs to do my first two, but thy are still my favorites....my daughter has one.....my Godaughter has the other....both queen size...eventually i will make one for myself....all by hand.....BUT FOR NOW....man do machine piecing and quilting go a lot faster...lol

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    I was looking for a hobby. I prayed about it (as I do everything) and was surfing the net one day and saw this ad for "Free Quilting.com" I think it was. Looked around there a bit and found a pattern that intrigued me. Went and bought the fabric for it and the rest is history, as they say. I was so proud if it at the time, but I look at it now and it makes me laugh. But it was the start of a long and wonderful relationship.

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    About 15 years ago I was trying to make a Christmas tree skirt from a panel for my daughter and could not figure out how to do it so I took a sampler quilt class. Had sewn my kids clothes as they were growing up until they would not wear "homemade" things anymore.

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    A dear friend would come in to work on Monday's with a beautiful quilt top she had completed. I sewed clothes for people a long time ago to support the family and it took away the joy of sewing for about 15 years. I went with this friend to a Bernina shop and demo and I was hooked! Been quilting for 8 years now and love it. Good to have machine that does most of the work too! I find a lot of joy in giving them away!
    Linda

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    I started that way and I'm still at it today. I think everyone should experience the "old" way of quilt making at least once. It is so much more relaxing!!!
    Be the best that you can be at everything you do.

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    I started quilting because as a nurse-midwife, I spent so much time in the hospital sitting with women in labor. I was reading tons of novels which didn't seem very productive. One of my partners quilted, so I visited the LQS with her and bought a Baltimore Album book and fabric. I still love hand appliqué and hand quilting, but of course one thing leads to another and I traded my poor Kenmore in for a Bernina.
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    I have always been a compulise crafter, even as a small child. Some time after I got married I got into making soft dolls for my children and soap making. DH thought my hobbies were too exepensive, so he took me to Quilt in a Day and signed me up for the beginner class making a log cabin. He also bought the basic rulers and supplies needed. Now about 9 years later, he knows better then to think of quilt making as a cheap hobby. He has opened pandoras box. Fortunately he is overal supportive. He is a wood worker himself and has a very large, double car, extra deep garage as his work shop. I must say I made a scrappy quilt when I was in highschool and later one when I was in college but I used no technique or anything and did it my way. I wished I had a family history of quilt making.
    Anna Quilts

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    My Mother made quilts for as long as I could remember. I had absolutely no interest in cutting apart fabric to sew it back together again. However I did make some quilts that were needed for my kids beds. One day a friend ask me if I would like to join a quilt guild they were organizing and I said yes. I went to the guild meetings and enjoyed them but still didn't want to make a quilt. I was working at a craft/fabric store at this time and a lady brought in some blocks that she had cut out in a star pattern and ask me if I would sew the blocks for her which I did. Also, while working at this store I pieced 5 or 6 quilts for them to sell. My quilting just seemed to take off from there. I love going to classes and retreats and can't wait to get going this spring. My biggest regret is that I didn't learn to love quilting while my mom was alive so we could have quilted together. She could have taught me alot that I had to learn other ways.
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    My husband bought me a sewing machine and I took a class and made a skirt and I was so excited that it turned out beautiful. Shortly after a girlfriend at work said her and another gal were going to do a BOM at the LQS and asked if I wanted to do it with them. I had no idea what I was doing and neither did they but it started me down this wonderful road and I've never looked back! BTW I've never sewed another piece of clothing....just quilts and such.
    Kelly

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