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Thread: Quilting in the UK

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    Hi everyone! I just found this place maybe a week ago and am just floored by the wealth of information, inspiration, ideas and support.

    I was born and lived most my life in Hamburg, Germany. I've lived in the UK since 2003.

    So I'm self-taught. When I was maybe 12, my mom showed me how to fill a bobbin and go forward and back on her sewing machine. Then she let me loose on it with some sales fabric no one seemed to want very much, to find my own way as she had. So I created my first skirt... by cutting lots of triangles (because skirts are triangular, right?!...), sewing them together and knotting the tips on to a rubber band for the waist! It became my adventure skirt, for running around playing in the garden and house. And the first of my adventures into sewing stuff.

    I made my first quilt when a student, a good 20 years ago. Chinese fans, from old bedlinen, cut with a self-made cardboard template, tailor chalk and chewy old scissors, cobbled hastily together and quilted (sort of) in the ditch. (Never got into rotary cutting until just this week! :-D ) Then I started a log-cabin, on a diamond shape, which ended up as a jacket for me because I got bored making blocks for a whole quilt. I wore that one through my uni years.

    Then, no more quilts. I still designed and made clothes, knitted, then got into waaaay too much work in the law...

    I changed careers, made time in my life again for fun.

    Last year finally hexagons got into me. I've just finished hand-piecing twelve hundred of them (3/4'' to a side) and am playing with the quilting design for that one. Meanwhile, looking for something quick to cobble together for a break (yeah right), I discovered cutebuns' fantastic tutorial for one block wonders on these forums (thread titles starting "tip toe..." ) and registered, originally just to say thank you! I guess it's getting to me.... :oops: :-D

    Glad to be here.

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    Welcome from SE (snowy) Ohio

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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida!!!

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    Thanks for the welcomes guys! Nice meeting you all!

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    Hello there & Welcome from the state of Washington, USA!!
    We are so glad to have you join us here.
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    Welcome from SE Nebraska! Glad to have you here.

    Reading through your creative endeavors reminds me of my child. She tends to do a lot of things without patterns, etc. Your story reminds me there may be a quilter hidden iniside!!!

    Hope you will share pictures of your projects. We love to see them.

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    Hello and welcome. Your story is wonderful. I made doll clothes, then clothes for myself before getting into quilting.

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    So happy to meet you. Welcome to the board! :D

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    glad that you found us, welcome from Missouri, United States, you can find about anything you want here

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    welcome from Australia!

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    Welcome Ms. Salmon!! We met on cutie's thread for the hexagons. So, immersed in the law eh? Barrister by chance?

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    Welcome from Central Pennsylvania. Loved your use of the word "cobbled". Am not sure of its equivalent in USA quilter's language. Care to expound?

    We are all here to guide you thru the quilting process. Quilters are good people.

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    Hi Salmonsweet, left my English drizzly rose garden nearly 20 years ago. Welcome to the Board! I currently a very cold French garden...

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    WOW! WELCOME!

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    Welcome from Oklahoma with a Massachusetts accent. So happy you could be here. There is always room for one more quilter.

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    Greetings from Northern California. Sounds like you will have a lot to share with us. I was about 12 when learning to sew but never had an "adventure skirt". Wish I had.

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    Thank you for all the welcomes! Even one in German. You are all so lovely. I feel quite shy now... And I'll be sure to have lots of questions. If ever I get anything finished I'll post a pic.

    esqmommy: Of course I remember you from the hexagon threads, you have the bright cream and very dark mossy greens and blacks. Nice to see you here. I was a German Rechtsanwalt, more like an attorney than a barrister I guess, we don't have that English separation between in and out of court.

    Katrine: Lovely to see you, too. Wise woman, to choose the lands with the finer weather... I still do love it here.

    ForestHobbit: Thank you, it was a wonderful skirt... althougth I grew to be quite ashamed of it later. (Until I grew out of being ashamed...) Seeing your avatar picture, I bet you had your own unique form of adventure growing up. Is that your kid?

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    Welcome from Westerville, Ohio---what part of the UK do you live in? My son, also a quilter, lives south of London in South Croydon, Surrey I was over visiting him a year ago and absolutely loved it over there. Everyone was so nice and friendly.

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    Actually that is Alexis my great granddaughter who is 6. We took her picture on the rock fire pit outside our cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. We always went camping and fishing in the Pacific Ocean when we were kids. My DH and I love the mountains, quading and snowmobiling and used to have our own boat that we took out salmon fishing.

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