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Thread: Hello Everyone from a Quilt Addict in CA

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    Hi everyone. My name is Marilyn and I have been making quilts for about a year now. I've been sewing since Jr. high school. I'm retired, will be 62 in February 2011 and spend my days taking care of my 3 horses, visiting friends, watching certain tv shows and making quilts.

    I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. My daughter lives in Indiana and works in a manufacturing plant. My oldest son lives here and is an LA County Sheriff's Deputy. My next son lives here and is a Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy. My youngest son just separated from the Marine Corps after 5 years of service and 2 campaigns in Iraq. He and his lovely wife and my grandson are currently living with us until she can join the Coast Guard. He will be going to college to learn Fire Science and wants to be a fireman. My husband will be retiring in 5 years and wants to travel.

    I have enough material to last me the rest of my life. I've made quilts that I donated to people who made donations to horse rescue organizations and now I am making quilts for disabled American vets, donating them to the DAV in San Bernardino and will be donating to a VFW. The VFW caters to the needs of disabled vets living in a vets home in Barstow, CA. My goal for them is to make 92 quilts sized for use by those in wheelchairs and 92 larger, throw size quilts for their beds.

    I'm new at this and don't know how to do a lot of the quilt block designs. All I can do so far is the log cabin block and the "strip" blocks which are sewn onto foundation material. I tried making a triangle for the first time yesterday and found that to be easy to do. Now I just have to figure out how to make those gorgeous eight point stars.

    I'm so glad I found this message board and, believe me, I will be devouring every word in an effort to learn how to do a variety of blocks so that I can get those quilts to the disabled vets.

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    Welcome from Iowa. Nice to see you here.

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    Good Morning and welcome from Michigan!
    there are so many tutorials on making blocks and even the 8 point stars! when i get back from quilting, i will post some links for you..but i am sure otehrs here will chime in with thier links to help you!

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    http://www.quiltbus.com/free-quilt-blocks.htm

    that ought to keep you busy till i get home!

    on the right hand side is a few eight point star patterns!
    enjoy!

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    Welcome from Western NY!

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    Hi,welcome from Kentucky

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    Your introduction is one of the best I have seen on the Quilting Board. Thank you for taking the time to share your family's story with us. It is easy to see that you, and your whole family, are very service minded. You must be very proud.

    Keep up the fine efforts and welcome to the Quilting Board.

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    Hello to all of you; Murphy, Kim, Pam, Patty and Quiltzilla. Thank you so much for responding to my post so quickly.

    I'm so glad that I have found a place where I can ask questions of all of you seasoned quilters. I'm glad you are willing to share your "secrets" about quilt making.

    Kim, I have made you one of my favorite "sellers" on Ebay. I have been purchasing quilt blocks already made off of Ebay. I've made 8 purchases so far and received 2 of those so far. I put borders around them and will be putting quilts together to give to the VFW for that vets home in Barstow. Of course, I will be letting the lady with whom I am working at the VFW know that I did NOT make those particular blocks; that I bought them off Ebay, but that I did put them together to make the quilt I would be donating to her organization. I won't take credit for work I have NOT done myself. I just wish I knew WHO made those blocks I bought off Ebay so I can give credit where credit is due.

    I also am studying each set of quilt blocks I receive from Ebay to see how they are made...and learn how to do them myself. Lord knows I have enough material to choke a horse. Hahahaha.

    Also Kim, thank you so much for the links. I will surf them today and, hopefully, learn something. I can't wait to get started trying to make the 8 point stars.

    Quiltzilla, thank you so much for the compliment. I wasn't sure how much info I should give but decided to give the basic details so you all know to whom you are "talking".

    Today I am going to get out my "browns" materials and see if I can put together blocks that are pleasing to the eye as far as mixing and matching the colors/prints. That's the hard part for me. What may look beautiful to me may look ugly to someone else. I guess I also have to learn the correct way to decide which fabrics to put together into a block so that it is pleasing to the eye.

    Lord, there is a lot of stuff to learn.

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    Hello to you Marilyn, from cold North Carolina. Yep - dis be da place to find all the info you'll ever need on quilting and THEN SOME. Go up to the search on this page and put in something random and I can tell you, there will be dust on your quilting chair !!! hahaaha

    Blessings,
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    Welcome from Middle Tennessee.

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    Welcome to the board. I am new to quilting myself, wife took me to so many quilt show that I finely dicided I can do that. I started this summer and have made two queen tops and one baby quilt am cutting out a throw now. I am retired AF but not retired from work at this date. I am a member of VFW and AL and I thank you for the work you are doing. When I do retire from work I plan to quilt for some of the homes also. You are correct in saying that there is a lot to learn. My wife is a great source of information and knowledge. I have trouble picking out fabric that goes together but I guess if I like it that is most important part. If it is ugly to someone else that is their problem. So much to to do so little time.

    Again welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilyn_Wiggs
    Hi everyone. My name is Marilyn and I have been making quilts for about a year now. I've been sewing since Jr. high school. I'm retired, will be 62 in February 2011 and spend my days taking care of my 3 horses, visiting friends, watching certain tv shows and making quilts.

    I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. My daughter lives in Indiana and works in a manufacturing plant. My oldest son lives here and is an LA County Sheriff's Deputy. My next son lives here and is a Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy. My youngest son just separated from the Marine Corps after 5 years of service and 2 campaigns in Iraq. He and his lovely wife and my grandson are currently living with us until she can join the Coast Guard. He will be going to college to learn Fire Science and wants to be a fireman. My husband will be retiring in 5 years and wants to travel.

    I have enough material to last me the rest of my life. I've made quilts that I donated to people who made donations to horse rescue organizations and now I am making quilts for disabled American vets, donating them to the DAV in San Bernardino and will be donating to a VFW. The VFW caters to the needs of disabled vets living in a vets home in Barstow, CA. My goal for them is to make 92 quilts sized for use by those in wheelchairs and 92 larger, throw size quilts for their beds.

    I'm new at this and don't know how to do a lot of the quilt block designs. All I can do so far is the log cabin block and the "strip" blocks which are sewn onto foundation material. I tried making a triangle for the first time yesterday and found that to be easy to do. Now I just have to figure out how to make those gorgeous eight point stars.

    I'm so glad I found this message board and, believe me, I will be devouring every word in an effort to learn how to do a variety of blocks so that I can get those quilts to the disabled vets.
    Welcome from Idaho...this is a great site!

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    Hello and welcome from Tennessee.

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    Hello and welcome from England.

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    Hi Ruth, McQuilter, Gary, Elaine, Leahbug, Bobbielinks and Lindsay. Thank you for the welcome.

    Ruth, it will be worth allowing my quilting chair to acquire some dust because I will finally be learning how to quilt correctly with all the info that is on this board. Hahaha. I'll keep the dustpan next to my chair.

    Gary, that quilt in your avatar is beautiful. I still can't figure out how to sew blocks on the diagonal or diamond shape. If the instructions are on this board, I'll find them. I want to quilt like you do and everyone else here.

    Do all of you have albums where I can look at your beautiful quilts? I would love that.

    Lindsay, where in England do you live? I would LOVE to travel to England some day; maybe after my husband retires I can talk him into making the trip there. I'd love to see your work.

    Do you know where I can get hold of Irish Lace? I know, wrong country but maybe you would have info on that. I would love to own some honest to goodness Irish lace.

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    Welcome to the board from Ventura County!!!

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    Hello,and welcome from Idaho!

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    Hello and Welcome from Central California :)

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    Hi Marilyn and welcome from Sacramento, California.

    Sue

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D

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    Hello from snowy, cold New York Use search at top of page to find anything and everything even recipes great holiday ones this time of year!!!

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    Hello Gayle, Sadie Mae, C-Cal, Lori, Sue, Ann, Amma and Quiltlonger. Thank you for the welcome.

    I'm so glad to see other Californians on this board. Gayle, Ventura county is not too far from me. C-Cal, I travel to central CA on occasion. I especially love going to Sequoia National Park; Yosemite too. Breathtakingly beautiful places for sure.

    Sue, I haven't been to Sacramento yet but I'm sure hubby will want to travel north into Oregon and will make it a point to stop in Sac. I bet it is a beautiful city.

    Ann, I'm so glad you are from Ireland. I have been dying to get my hands on some honest to goodness Irish lace for years. Oh please tell me you can direct me to where I can purchase some.

    I love all the quilts in the avatars. Would love to see more. I'm a glutton for eye candy and there sure is plenty of it here. I have been going to each of the "Block of the Month" threads and just ooohing and ahhhing all morning.

    I was so stoked looking at all those gorgeous blocks that I just had to go to the stores and buy more material. OMG, my husband is going to come home one day and find my dead body immersed in amongst all those fabrics I have been drooling over. He will have a heck of a time giving away all that fabric after I am gone, and will be cussing me out for leaving him with a warehouse full to dispose of. Hahahaha.

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