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Thread: Come out! Come out, whoever you are!!!!!

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    Junior Member Ethel A's Avatar
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    How 'new' are you to quilting?

    Let's welcome our newest quilters. I would say I'm pretty new (about two years), but I'm sure there are others who are newer.

    Please share how 'new' you are to quilting and what drew you to this hobby!

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    Since no one else is brave enough to answer, I will! :lol:

    I learned to quilt three years ago but the last year has been a little too crazy and I have actually been working on the same lap quilt for tw years now. :oops:

    Recently I have actually started to make some progress on my quilts and hope to actually finish some projects!

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    Three years here and still a newbie in so many ways :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I have always loved quilts and when I couldn't do handwork anymore it was a good choice for me and I fell in love with it :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    It will be three years in Oct for me. I started as I didn't know what to do for DH for Christmas. And then before I knew it I had done one each of the kids as well, so 4 done before 3 months were done, and the rest they say is history.

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    2 years, I started because menopaws was making me insane. Well ok, was probably insane before just reallllllly b_itchie. I tell everyone quilting kept me from killing myself. no laugh just fact.

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    I just started quilting this year. So far I've made one lap quilt and handquilted it, have two more lapquilt tops finished and ready to go and am working on two more. I am planning on lapquilts as Christmas presents for a few people this year. And I'm going to make a special quilt for a friend and one day hopefully make a king size quilt for our bed! Wait you didn't ask for our list did you? :lol:

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    My Grand Mother taught me to sew, when I was in the first grade. I used to sit on a dictionary, so my knee could reach the knee feed!! :D I couldn't begin to count the items that I have made over the years. I have enjoyed every minute of it & am so glad she took the time to teach me.
    :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    Welcome fellow-'newbies!' LOL!!!! I LOVE this hobby!! I'm glad to be in the company of others who share this wonderful, therapeutic obsession!

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    Unless you count a few simple patchwork squares stitched together and tied to cover up an ugly couch years ago, I never quilted anything.

    I do hand embroidery, counted cross stitch and crochet. My knitting produces trapezoids instead of squares.

    I have been sewing forever but you can only make so many clothes for no reason. I love to do bridesmaid/prom dresses but doing those just for fun is a bit silly. For that reason, I've decided I'm going to teach myself to quilt.

    My first project is probably going to be a runner for the top of the piano.

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    I have been at this just under two years total I had joined a new small quilt group then and began doing applique and piecing there. Didn't really get into it til last July when I went on my first shop hop. bought the kit, and realized I got in a bit deep for my first attempt. I just finished it last week, and I may say not too bad for my first one! Well I guess my veryvery first one was a bluejean lapquilt or twin. Oh my gosh, was that heavy. Gave it to my son for Christmas last year, not sure he even wanted it, but he was so sweet and took it! Since then I have finished my shop hop quilt of course, and a baby quilt, 2 nice lap quilts. I have one in the machine now and another one waiting to be quilted. I just didn't know how addicting this was and how unlimited! When I was little I always would climb under the bed covers at my grandparents house and listen to the rain hit the metal roof. Those quilts were so warm and comforting. So that is my story.

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    i'm sort of a newbie been quilting for about 3 or 4 years and still do not know all the in's and out's.. i learn somethings each item i make

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    I decided to teach myself to quilt in Jan 2006...so I'm still a real newbie. I don't know how to sew..could barely find the one switch on the old machine I had. I fell so hard that I now own a Bernina and I'm totally obsessed with quilting! I love it AND the people who do it!

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    I'm not a newbie but I just had to say When I started I couldn't sew a straight seam and hated any sort of attempt to be accurate!! So keep on keeping on and you will some day know it ALL!! NOT!

    We never know all the ins and outs that's what makes the journey so rewarding!!!!

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    Kinda new too! I always loved the quilt that was on my mothers bed in the winter. Had strep throat several times every winter and when I was sick I got to spend the day in the "big" bed, snuggled beneath it, picking out the different fabrics that matched grammys aprons or dresses.

    Soooo, in the spring of 2000 I took the plunge and a class. I loved the feel of the fabric, and the mating and interplay of colors. But then life interrupted (went back to college) and didn't have time until after graduation last December. This spring, I started reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek series and decided that it was time to get reacquainted with quilting. I am now obsessed and proud of it. My DH the sweet man is sooo supportive. He says he loves to see how happy and excited I get when I am quilting. Because of him I now have a Bernina 440 and there is no end to the possiblilites!

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    I'm as new as my name implies. : ) I just started about two months ago and am near completing a baby (first) quilt. It's a sad story, what brought me to quilting, so I'm holding back - maybe someday. On the bright side, I am finding alot of joy and happiness tempered with the occasional who-knew-I-could-cuss-like-a-sailor moment, in the pursuit of learning to quilt.

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    I'm a newbie , I started quilting 6 years ago and I'm still learning something new all the time, thats why I love this group of quilters they
    are all so friendly and helpful..I started to quilt because I use to watch my mother quilt as a child and I loved finding all my matching doll cloths in her quilts and my own cloths in her quilts as I grew up, so it was because
    of all those sweet memorys that I started to Quilt, I have made two
    Queen size quilts and I off them I gave to my little Sister this year and I'm now working on a Queen size Bluejean Quilt for my Son and a Twin size Bluejean Quilt for my DH..
    Have fun Quilting !!!

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    Growing up my mother had a scrappy feather quilt that had been passed down. Only on the coldest of winter days did she let us get it out to curl up with. I LOVED it.

    Then when I had kids I did a little clothes sewing and small house projects. After the kids were grown I needed an outlet. I always did something. So I started looking into doing miniature dollhouses, which I was always fascinated with.

    I loved quilts too and there was more of an opportunity to pursue that besides I at least had sewing experience.

    I took my first class three years ago. I started one top in class, still not finished. I took another last year and started a sampler, still not finished. Currently working on a HST scrappy. Maybe I'll finish something or maybe I'm "destined" to just start each project????? :lol:

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    Don't know if I'm considered a newbie!!! I made a quilt for each of my 2 children waaaaay back when...they're in their 30s. Then quit -- it was too hard for me to be patient enough to cut those pieces (had to cut out triangles with scissors then!) and to hand quilt. Last year DH bought me a new sewing machine and the only shop near me with fabric is a quilt shop. I made a tote bag and have been going at it ever since! I'm soon to get a quilting machine - longarm from a friend that has upgraded!!!!

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    not sure if most would say I'm a newbie but new to the forum anyway. I was a stay at home mom with my 2 sons and sewed constantly. After they both went to school all day I found a job (full time) and now that I'm an empty nester, (woo hoo!) I'm back to sewing and just starting quilting.
    In July I finished a denim quilt for my son and entered it in the local county fair. Got a blue ribbon for it after almost a years labor....lol My son is absolutely in love with it so I guess it was a job well done. Plus the fact that it is the first quilt that I have ever attempted other than quillows.

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    Hi Everyone,

    First let me say thank you very much for the warm welcome to the group. Everyone here is so wonderfully nice and helpful.

    I'm really new to quilting. I used to sew clothes for the grand kids and when they got older they weren't into home made clothing. I also used to sew household things like drapes. I stopped sewing about 10 years ago, but I missed it and I've always had a desire to make quilts so when a friend of mine told me about 'rag quilts' I thought perfect that way I get my skills back up and learn some of the cutting techniques, etc.

    The first real quilted item I made was a bargello quilt for my dining table. And I must say I was really pleased with it. Every block lined up great. I have sense made a table topper for a friend. Just finished a 59" laptop quilt and have another quilt top ready to go.

    I was using my 25 year old Kenmore and just couldn't get the quilt quilted with it. I did a lot research on machines and purchased a pfaff quilt expression 4.0. I love it, it so great. I never knew machines could so much, lol.

    I also do a lot cross stitching and machine embroidery.

    I shall get my profile filled out shortly, and get some pictures of my quilts.
    I am married, 64 years old and live in Florida.

    Well I guess I rattled on enough.

    A warm welcome to other new quilters and new board members.

    Again thank you and God bless
    Pam


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    I started quilting in 2005 when a friend of mine at work offered to teach 5 of us to quilt by hand. She showed us the Jinny Beyer dvd's and taught us with a mystery quilt. She was/and is a fabulous teacher! We learned curved pieces, diamonds, stars, 4-patch, borders and hand quilting all in our first piece (a lapquilt). Since then I have made 12-14 baby quilts, 3 queen size and numerous lap quilts. After developing serious neuropathy in my hands, I moved to the sewing machine to piece. I had not used a sewing machine in 35 years, and then it was only one semester in home economics. Thanks be to this board for the patience in teaching me to sew straight seams, etc. I am now totally hooked on quilting and devote time every day to my hobby/obsession. I have a whole room just for sewing, and this spills over into the living room. I have participated in two IRR/RowRobins - they have really challenged me in my quilting skills and creativity. Jump on in, the water's fine!

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    I started in Jan of 08. I bought a machine to repair the cushions on the boat and DH says you can't sew :shock: (he was right) but I didn't want him to know that :D So my friend brought me over some fabric and I made a baby quilt but little did I know I was going to be a great Aunt, and well you know what happened your HOOKED

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    I am a newbie to quilting but have come from a quilting family. My mom has made numerous ribbon winning quilts and have 7 of them in my closet and want to make some to match her ability. I just finished a quilt for my 4 year old grandaughter and will post it when i get the film developed. I dont have a camera that makes instant pictures. I also made her two quilted pillows, a doll quilt and two pillowcase dolls to match her quilt. That was my first real accomplishment. Now on to more things cause the bug has bitten and now I have to scratch.

    Currently in Amish Lancaster PA and going fabric shopping in a few days. Hope to find some great fabrics cause in Ocala Florida there isnt much to choosd from.

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    I was laid off from my job in Oct of 07 started surfing the net for something to do and came across this site, My great Aunt was a quilter, For Christmas my son bought me a cutting mat and rotary cutter and the rest they say is history, I have finished 9 quilts have 4 or 5 WIP and I am addicted to fabric now.

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    I know about that addiction very well. But it isnt a bad one to have unless you go overboard.

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