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Thread: How OLD were you when you started Quilting??

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    Junior Member PatchGirl's Avatar
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    As an old dog learning new tricks I am just curious at what age you seasoned quilters started and how long have you been doing this?

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    I started sewing between 6 & 7 and started quilting about 12 I think, hard to remember exactly that far back!

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    May 1999 is when I attended a week long Elderhouse quilt class, so that means I was 63 years old.

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    I started sewing (clothes) at age 13 or so, made by first tied quilt in HS. Didn't really start in earnest until I me my future DH. And the rest is history.

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    I started about 15 years ago in high school - I started my daughter and one of her friends this summer on their 1st quilts at age 6.

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    My grandma taught me to knit and sew when I was 6yrs old! I only took up quilting when my first grandchild came along in 1995! I was 53!! It all started with a Beatrix Potter cot panel!!! I have been addicted ever since!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatchGirl
    As an old dog learning new tricks I am just curious at what age you seasoned quilters started and how long have you been doing this?
    I'm 56 now and started when I was 7,My mom taught me on a singer treadle 'English paper' piecing, She/I didn't know it was 'English' but that was what it was 8-) All so she taught me to make Doll dresses.

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    i was 15 but i dident realy start quilting till i was 21

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    I was 41

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    Started sewing about age 10 I think. Made my first "crimpaline" quilt at 18? That is what they called the knit polyester fabric here at that time. Yes, it is still going strong approx. 35 years later!

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    I made my first quilt in a class at a LQS in October 2008. I was 69.

    Years ago, I used to make some clothing but I was never an enthusiast. I had to purchase a new machine to take the class as my old Singer was pretty much defunct. Probably someone on the QB purchased it for a song at the Salvation Army. :)

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    I was 48 when I started quilting. I had sewn garments/crafts for many years before I started. I watched Eleanor Burns, Kaye Wood, and Georgia Bonesteel for years before I started.

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    I started in college about 10 years ago.

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    I will be 62 tomorrow - can't believe it! I started about 10 years or so ago on my own. I did take one workshop and attended many quilt shows. I have learned many other types of needlework: embroidery, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch. Quilting has been quite a challenge to me. My favorite is hand quilting my Grandmother's flower garden. Piecing for machine quilting has been harder but fun.

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    I am a PRC quilter. ( PRC=pre-rotary-cutter). I can still remember when the rotary cutter was first introduced .... WOW did it ever change things in a hurry.

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    54 - WOW that was 23 years ago - where did the time go :(

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    I started in the mid 1970s - so I was 39 or 40

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    I started in 1995. I was 43 and I took a hand quilting evening class at my local high school. It was so much fun and I never stopped quilting. Learned a lot along the way.

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    started sewing at 4 first quilt at 20

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    Believe it or not, I didn't start quilting until after I was 30! Every time I saw something quilted before then, I always thought it was for "old people" and "grandmas" to do, not for ME! :lol: I had been sewing since I was around 10 or maybe even younger. I started out making Barbie doll clothes and then got into making clothes for myself, something I need to do more of today.

    I have no idea what clicked in me after I turned 30, but I remember seeing something quilted and liked it. My intro to quilting was a night class at the high school 20 years ago. The rest is history!

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    I have always done a bit of sewing, clothes and things since my teens, then knitting and tapestry - didn't discover the delights of quilting until 10 years ago at 47

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    52......9 years ago!

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