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    Hi, Everyone,

    I just found this forum and thought I would stop, join and say hello! :mrgreen:

    I have been quilting about 3 and 1/2 years now and I am mostly self-taught. I call myself an "experienced beginner" ... as the more I learn, the more I see I need to learn. :wink:

    I had made baby applique flannel quilts for my babies ... all over 20 years ago ... without a clue as to what I was doing and they loved them to pieces. Then I did no quilting for many years as they were growing.

    When my youngest went to college, the nesting instinct hit again in reverse and I decided I had to make a quilt for her to take to her dorm. The two of us went on a shopping expediation to Jo-Ann's and she picked out fabric ... I did not have a plan ... and I bought a quilting magazine that had one of those "teach yourself to quilt with our easy projects" blurbs on the cover. We ended up with enough fabric for two oversize twin tops. Some of the fabric she picked was pink and gold brocade ... I hear you laughing out there :oops: ... because I did not know any better ... and cut it in 6 inch squares and sewed then together in strips and then sewed the strips together. This was one of the patterns in the magazine. With the help of the internet I did manage a pretty decent mitered striped border. :-) I quilted it in the ditch on my basic Brother machine without realizing that it had come with a walking foot tucked into the packing at the bottom. I hear you laughing again ... but that is okay ... I believe that she who can laugh at herself will never cease to be amused. :lol: Everytime she brings that quilt home to be washed, I have to handsew closed a pretty brocade seam that has frayed. Live and Learn.

    The second top I made for her with the rest of the fabric had no brocade (thank goodness) :roll: and I followed my own quilting muse and made it without consulting a pattern. By the end of this one I was well bitten by the quilt bug and it is now my favorite thing to do with my "spare" time ... well, except maybe for reading.

    I look foward to meeting you all on this forum and swapping quilt talk. :thumbup:

    Thanks for listening ... :-o

    Have a lovely quilty day, everyone ...

    :D Pat

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    Thanks, Loretta! Nice to meet you :D

    I am from Massachusetts.

    :-) Pat




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    Hello Pat! Boy, I can sure relate to your posting. I think there are many, many of us that are self-taught and have learned things the hard way. There is lots and lots of knowledge and support on this site, so pour yourself a large cup of coffee and be prepared to read for hours! Have fun, share laughs and learn lots. Oh, and we LOVE pictures!

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    Welcome from OR! I just wanted to make a quilt and I did. Your ahead of me. I read a lot but I'm not sewing a lot...yet.

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    Thank you, ladies, for the warm welcomes! :D

    I have been wandering around the forum reading and enjoying the beautiful pictures of quilts. My mind is already spinning with new ideas I want to try ... my "list" just keeps getting longer ... so many quilts to make ... so little time ...

    :lol: Pat

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    Welcome from NE CA. There's lot of nice, helpful people here and we all can learn something from somewhere here.

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    Glad you found us! Welcome from Oregon.

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    Welcome from FL!

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    Welcome from Washington State. I'm sure you'll enjoy it here. I know I sure do!

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    Hi Pat:

    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. :D

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    Welcome Pat from Southern California. This is an addicting hobby. My 3rd quilt was for my oldest to take off to college with her. I still have to finish the quilt for my son (4th child) who joined the Navy last November.

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    Hi Pat and welcome from another Mass. Where in Mass? I'm near Boston. Well right out side of Boston. I"m also self taught. And jumped bouth feet into it. You are going to love it here.

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    Hi Pat, welcome from Kansas!

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    Hi ya Pat! Nice to meet you. Welcome to the board from W. Tenn.! We're glad you found us!

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    Hi Pat, welcome from North Carolina, You will be in good company here, I'm kindda new at quilting also. You will just love it here this is a great group of people.

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    Welcome from VA.

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    hello and welcome from washington

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    Hello, again! :D

    Although I joined here months ago, as you can see I have not been very active.

    Sew much to do ... so little time ... :wink:

    I have visted from time to time and enjoyed looking at all the beautiful quilts in your picture threads and I have particularly enjoyed following the progess of your Christmas Row Robin.

    My quilty friends from another forum, Jenell, Deb and Jacqui, have recently started posting here and I thought I would try to join in a little more.

    Hope I can keep up with all of you ... :lol: Pat

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    Good luck with that Pat! I don't think anyone can keep up here! :D Good to see you here!

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    Welcome from south Louisiana. You are really gonna love this forum. Better than an others I have run across so far. Look forward to getting to know you better and seeing pictures.

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    WELCOME, PAT! Im so happy to see you posting here! Your first quilt sound familar... I taught myself to quilt also.. I used 5/8" seams, pressed open... didnt match corners...used whatever fabrics I had sitting around. It was a tie quilt (that's the way grandma always did them).. Im not sure what happened to it. It's probably in the back of some pickup truck somewhere.. I have 4 brothers that were always grabbing quilts and afghans to protect their tools. :roll:



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    Thanks!

    I did just post a photo of my most recent quilt top in the picture area ...

    :D Pat

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    Welcome from Colorado, Pat. Looks like you will fit right in here!!!!

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    Welcome from PA!

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