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Thread: Hello from Kentucky!

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    Hello from Kentucky!

    Hi everyone!

    I have already made a couple of posts because I had technical questions about a few vintage sewing machines that I picked up over the weekend but I realized that I forgot to introduce myself.

    My name is TransportGal, AKA Meg. I am 33 and I live in central Kentucky. My screen name comes from the fact that I was a truck driver before I married my husband and the Air Force sent us to South Korea and the fact that I just earned a BA in Transportation and Logistics Management. I am currently working on a dual MBA/Master of Science in Accounting but I have found the fabric arts both quilting and apparel sewing to be a great stress reliever from the rigors of graduate school.

    I am also interested in learning how to fix both contemporary and vintage sewing machines. I have Asperger's Syndrome so I tend to learn a lot very fast about whatever I am interested in. I am a very enthusiastic learner so I am probably going to be asking a lot of questions about quilting and repairing vintage machines.

    I am trying to make my first quilt, a nine patch quilt from discounted 4th of July fat quarters that I found at Walmart last month. I basically cut a bunch of 4.5 inch blocks and sewed them into 9 patch blocks. I am almost done with the blocks. My main machine is a Janome New Home 8050 but I am going to try to do some of the work on one of the two working vintage machines that I picked up this weekend. I want to try a simple Bargello quilt after I am finished with the nine patch. I love bright colors so the Bargello's really caught my eye the first time that I saw one.

    I am also interested in the history of sewing machines and the quilting and apparel arts. I stayed up all night to finish a midterm assignment for one of my courses and I ended up going down a rabbit hole of research about post World War 2 Japanese made sewing machines in the wee hours of the morning today. I am also a business/industry history buff and one of my dreams is to write a book about the history of sewing machine manufacturing. I actually used the brand life cycle of the Spartan by Singer in my marketing course midterm essay as an example last night.
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 08-26-2019 at 07:45 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps

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    Welcome to the Board from the Seattle area.

    Fascinating history. When I went through college the second time (finished up my degree at 40), I wrote every paper I could on some aspect of quilting history. I have a very good foundation on why I believe that cotton is the reason for a lot of things, including the industrial revolution.

    I love those post-war Japanese machines, have spent most of the last 30 years sewing on a Remington older than I am. For a few years I would pick up good machines at the thrift stores for super cheap, clean them up and gave them to a charity that connected them with recent refugees and immigrants. I'm not all that mechanical but I can do sewing machine basics! About a year ago I was given a modern Bernina and while the bells and whistles are great, I still love Remy.

    One of the things I really like about quilting is that I can see/point to what I do. When I did payroll or other office work if I was doing my job correctly things just passed through my desk and I know I worked hard all day but didn't really have much to show. Sure that final "press button to process payroll" told me something, but it wasn't like the last stitch in a quilt.

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    Super Member juliasb's Avatar
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    We;come form SE Michigan. You sound to be a very talent and very knowledgeable individual. This is the place to find some help with restoration of vintage machines and all kinds of help with quilting. Welcome aboard.

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    Super Member leaha's Avatar
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    a warm welcome from western Ky.
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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    Senior Member granky's Avatar
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    Welcome from Southern Indiana! Interesting that you were a truck driver...my youngest daughter drives a semi...and unatil she started driving I hadn't really paid much attention to the fact that there are a lot of women truck drivers out there! Glad you've moved on to larger and greater things....(like quilting)......

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    Welcome from Mississippi!
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    Howdy & welcome from Texas. It's so good to have you join the boards. You will be happy you did because there are so many wonderful quilters here.

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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Hi and welcome from North Carolina!

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    Another welcome from North Carolina! You'll learn a lot from the quilters on this board!

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    Welcome from Michigan!

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