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    New to Quilting

    Having retired over 3 years ago, I decided to take up quilting in my spare time. I've been sewing since I was 11 and made a lot of clothing when I was younger. I made a quilt of butterflies for my son and an Anniversary quilt for my parents 50th. I used to do home decor items too (curtains, pillows, etc). Since my retirement I finished a quilt my daughter and I began when she was young. I was trying to encourage her to learn to sew but she quickly lost interest and the quilt sat with only a top for many years. I took a long arm class at a local quilt shop and used my new found skills to finish the quilt in time for her college graduation. As a matter of fact, I was sitting in the stands stitching the binding on the edges as she marched down the aisle. I also completed a Flower Fairy quilt in the past year using a Handiquilter Avante with Pro-stitcher. I'm really enjoying my new passion and look forward to trying Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. Maybe I'll also find time to sandwich the most recent quilt top I completed. I've already picked out a hummingbird/flower pattern to use on the Pro-stitcher to go with the hummingbird/flowers that are in the quilt fabric.

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    Thanks Tartan!

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    Hello, and welcome from the Dallas Tx. area. You will love it on here and we will love to see what you are doing. Keep on going.

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    I, too, learned to sew when I was young and made all my mom's, my sister's, and my clothes for years. When I married and boys came along, my clothing construction came to an end. When I retired, I took a quilting class at the local community college and have enjoyed the new and different challenges. Welcome from the beautiful mountains of western NC.

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    Welcome! It seems you've been very busy during your retirement! Are you solely focused on quilting or still making home decor items as well?

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. There is a lot to read and learn on this board.
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    Wow! For someone new to quilting you have accomplished a LOT! Way to go, girl! I'll be watching for a picture of your hummingbird/flower quilt -- I bought some hummingbird fabric from a RowByRow shop last summer and wonder if it might be the same.
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    Welcome! I hope you're enjoying your retirement and will have many lovely quilting projects in the years ahead.

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    Thanks to all of you who have welcomed me to the board! I look forward to looking at as much info and blogs as time will allow. And I'll try to get some pictures of my past projects up on my blog page. In answer to one question, the last time I did home dec work was about a year ago helping my sister make curtains for her house.

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    Well ddtrina, welcome from New York state! You seem to be really devoted to the quilting world already! Good luck and have fun in your retirement!
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