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Thread: Wishing I Could Quit Work and Quilt Full Time!

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    Senior Member Canada Kate's Avatar
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    Iíve been lurking here for a while, and decided to come out of hiding. This board is great! I live in Ottawa, Ontario and work for the Canadian government. I have two kids, one is away at university and one is in grade 12. I have an awesome Shetland Sheepdog named Jack who is the only man who is happy to see me when I come home from work. :-)

    I learned how to sew when I was 8 and have done cross-stitch, needlepoint and basic sewing since then. Iíve wanted to learn to quilt my whole life (seriously Ė Iíve been saving fabric scraps since I was about 14 Ė Iím 44 now) but only got around to taking an intro course two years ago. Iíve made several since then Ė attached are a few examples. I absolutely love it but Iím not very competent yet. I want to learn to appliquť and FMQ. Someday Iíd like to learn how to long arm quilt too. I think the stitching on top is what makes the overall look Ė it really adds a lot of dimension and beauty. Iíve been practicing FMQ but it looks like crap. I tried to get into a class at a local quilt store but it was full, so hopefully they will have room in January. I think I may have finally mastered stitching on the seam lines without wandering off too much.

    In the meantime, I practice by making baby quilts and giving them to anyone at my office who is having a baby. People canít believe it, and I always feel bad because I donít think they are all that great. Iíll try and attach some pictures of a few that I have made. Iím looking forward to learning more from this group!

    My latest: black, white and red. I like this one a lot.
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    For my son for Xmas 2010.
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    My second ever quilt, Xmas 2009.
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    Baby girl quilt in progress - just have to hand-sew the binding onto the back. First mitered corners!
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    Baby boy quilt for a co-worker, 2010.
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    My first ever baby quilt for a co-worker - Fall 2009.
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    Canada Kate said: Wishing I Could Quit Work and Quilt Full Time!

    Ditto! Love the black, white and red.

    Welcome aboard from Northern California!

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    Hi, I'm from Ottawa, too and just signed up today. Small world but a good thing.

    Sailorwoman

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    Welcome from Oregon. Your quilt tops are lovely. I am a fairly new quilter to and love the peicing but not the quilting part so much. These wonderful people here will help you out a lot if you have questions.
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    your quilts are all lovely!
    and remember-we are all our own worst critics---when we show a quilt to someone else- they do not see any mistakes- they have no idea it is not exactly what you intended it to be- only you know that (unless you point out the errors and tell on yourself) no one knows they are mistakes---so don't worry about it :)
    glad you finally jumped in here and let us see some of your quilts!
    many of us wish (and dream) of the day we can retire and quilt all the time :)

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    Welcome from Michigan.:) Nice Quilts!

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    Welcome from Alabama. All your quilts are lovely. Great job.

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    welcome from va your quilts are beautiful

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    Welcome from the beautiful Carson Valley...just below Lake Tahoe! Love your quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    your quilts are all lovely!
    and remember-we are all our own worst critics---when we show a quilt to someone else- they do not see any mistakes- they have no idea it is not exactly what you intended it to be- only you know that (unless you point out the errors and tell on yourself) no one knows they are mistakes---so don't worry about it :)
    glad you finally jumped in here and let us see some of your quilts!
    many of us wish (and dream) of the day we can retire and quilt all the time :)
    Thanks you so much for the encouragement (and everyone else who has welcomed me, too!). You are right that we know where the mistakes are! I saw a post/picture on here earlier today of someone who had entered her quilt in a county fair and won for best machine quilted entry and it was *gorgeous*. The designs on the top were to die for. When I can do that, I will be satisfied! (That's probably asking for a lot, eh?!)

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    Hello and welcome from northern California! Your quilts are beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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    Welcome from Washington State! Your quilts are beautiful! I, too, would love to quit work to quilt. Someday......

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    Hi from Ohio! Love your quilts!

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    Very pretty quilts, Welcome from Oklahoma!

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    Welcome to you and the beautiful quilts you have made. As a person who is now retired I have to mention that though working life is over...many every day things take great hunks of crafting time from your day.:):)
    Cheerio Shirley, Queensland,australia

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    Greetings from New Hampshire
    Like all your quilts - particularly the latest

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    Your quilts are beautiful. Welcome from MO.

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    You rquilts are awesome. Welcome!

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    welcome, from florida. i think your quilts are great. your practice is definitely paying off. and when your able to retire...your skill level will be there. i'm at the beginning stage of quilting and not old enough to retire yet...but someday. :D

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    Welcome!!
    from another Ontarian ... only about 6 hrs away! :)

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    Hi and welcome from Connecticut. I think that your quilts are lovely and I am glad that you decided to join the board. It's an awesome place to be!

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    Yeah, I started learning to quilt in 1986 where I worked. I was hostess of an antebellum home located on the Natchez Trace. I didn't start my own quilting until 30 years later even though I got quilting books, Georgia Bonesteal (sp?)and and others. I wish I had started much sooner, though. There is so much to learn. I love it though. I love the small stitches of the handquilting, and I especially love the colors. The whole design is made by the color combinations, I think...

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    Welcome from Michigan. Looks like you'll fit right in. Lovely quilts.

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    And i especially love the black, white, and red quilt. Lovely!

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. Your quilts are wonderful gifts and I am sure the recipients treasure them.

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