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Hello, Iím Mike,

Hello, Iím Mike,

Old 07-16-2020, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for the warm welcome,

Quilting can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.” No doubt, their’s a woman who displays her work at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs during the quilting weekend competition. I’ve been a volunteer there since I retired. Her work leans towards the style the Hawaiians have taken. Insanely tedious, absolutely amazing. Like any good medium the challenge is only limited by skill and desire.

Make sure to look into Seminole patchwork” I’ve a few samples of their work. They have some great art shows at the Miccosukee Village in the Everglades. They do some really tight, small patterns, I’ve wanted to get one of their jackets but the cost, though well worth it, is a little out of my range. I may attempt the project once I’ve learned more of the basics. I have purchased a couple head bands that I use as hat bands.

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Old 07-16-2020, 06:53 PM
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Welcome from Texas. I'm so impressed by your array of things you have made over the years. I especially love the leatherwork! I think you will like this board as there are so many helpful quilters here ready to answer any questions you might have.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:28 AM
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Welcome from Michigan!
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:24 AM
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Welcome to the board, Mike! I hope you take that class. You sound like you have the capability to make some awesome quilts.
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:51 AM
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Hello & welcome!

Your quilting journey is a great story of making the transition in retirement. More time for exploration in different hobbies that we may like. It sounds like you have found lots to do.
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Old 07-17-2020, 05:12 AM
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Welcome from North Carolina.....Wow, what a background you have......sounds like you're going to be a great quilter. Just jump in there and get started - a class is a great idea. You will enjoy this group - keep us up to date on your new challenges.
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Old 07-17-2020, 05:47 AM
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Welcome Mike from Arkansas.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:14 AM
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Thanks, Iíll certainly sign up for the class, Iím just kind of riding out the plague for now. Like many others Iíve been sewing masks, I carry a stack around with me and give them away, so far around 70, mostly to individuals and families when Iím grocery shopping, some to the local fabric shop when they run low. I even quilted the one I use regularly. Iíve started another batch of 10. Itís kind of a positive social thing in all the social distancing, in the actions speak louder than words category.

The years Iíve spent as a volunteer at the State Park, mentioned above, was as a craftsman in the ďCraft VillageĒ part of the park. I had a leather shop set up, it wasnít my intention to sell anything, I did a few things through the gift shop. There are three cabins and the forge. One was for quilting and other fiber arts, including weaving. It was our intention to encourage others. I cringed every time someone would say, oh, I have no talent, I could never do anything like that, particularly from young people. I taught a lot, had soap making classes, leather classes, even paper making at one time, Iíd supervise children making scrub brushes out of Saw Palmetto, that was a blast, I did this at a couple other state parks too, for historical demonstrations.

Iíll try anything, including culinary archeology ďo) a fun story of a Christmas gift Mom asked of me ten or so years ago. I miss her, she passed two years ago on my birthday, she always did have a sense of humor. We were all with her when she left, my two sister, brother and her companion. I was playing my guitar for her, when I stoped she left.

Iíve taken lessons in painting watercolors, one of the few things I couldnít learn from a book or attempt. Not exactly an intuitive medium.

My greatest most accomplished skill is playing the bass, Iíve been doing this since 1963, after a few years of violin and cello. Last week I had an audition for a 5/6 piece band. The only audition where I didnít get the job was back in 1970 and they were more interested in strong vocals. Iíve made 4 basses for myself and two for others that just had to have them, even at a go away donít bother me price. I guess Iím kind of lucky or blessed, I donít easily get frustrated, making mistakes and experiencing failure is part of the learning process. Itís never ďI canít do thisĒ as much as itís ďWell thatís not gonna workĒ If itís no challenge, itís no fun. The simple stuff is never what you think it is, and itís boring, like when I was doing ships in bottles, as simple as that is, it can still be taken to difficult extremes.

OK, enough about myself, and thanks. Back to quilting ďo)
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Old 07-17-2020, 07:53 AM
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Welcome from Southern California, Mike. I enjoyed your bio and look forward to more contributions from you. I'm accomplished at the sewing machine but still take classes. Each teacher has her own methods and shortcuts and I nearly always learn something good in a class. It's an opportunity to meet people who speak fabric at the very least. I also recommend joining a quilting guild -- lots of ideas, meeting good people, and their creativity amazes me.
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Old 07-17-2020, 08:44 AM
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Thanks Sally, I can certainly use greater skill at the machine. I do like the primitive machines, but I concede the value of the reverse option. The 301 is probably my most used machine. I have three. I’d sell one of them but every time I sit at each, they are just so cool I can’t. One of my treadle machine is a 15 and it does have reverse. I mentioned above that I really like the early shuttle machines. Two treadle mounted the others hand crank.

The one 221 I have left is an exemplary example, I purchased it from an older woman who was it’s only owner, I happily paid her what she wanted, it came with the card table. I meet her sister at a tractor show, who was selling off her 221 and card table, I was on the Harley so I couldn’t purchase her’s. I have meet a lot of quilters, many are good friends. It started off with me working on their older machines, mostly the 221. Modern machines seem fragile by comparison, and like the high tech Ventilators and other life support technology I used to work on, are often board swapping and calibration. Some of the board used in the modern machines cost nearly as much as the machine. The old ones, rarely need parts.

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