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    What a terrific story! Thanks for sharing.

    I've been sewing since forever and resisted getting into quilting because I knew I would start collecting stash, but after a while, I stopped garment sewing and itched to work with fabric again. So now I quilt and have an unruly stash. :-D

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    Back in the middle 80's, in the early days of computer BBS's, I stumbled onto a quilting group on the old GEnie bulletin board. I found them to be caring, generous, helpful, non-judgmental, and diverse; all qualities I aspire to. I wanted to learn to quilt just so I could belong. I was amazed to learn that quilting was not necessarily what my grandmother did. The depth and breadth of the craft seems unlimited. When GE sold the BBS the group broke up and I didn't touch quilting again until a few years ago. So I still count myself as a semi-novice. Quilting is more amazing than ever and quilty people are still caring, generous, helpful, non-judgmental, and diverse.

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    YOur first quilt is a beauty.. great job. :)

    My intrest in quilts started in the early 1970's, Spent a lot of time at my grannies.. My son and I went there everyweek end for months to go to church with her. I would watch her quilt and son would play with wooden spools on the floor, building things. Granny had a treadle machine didn't like the fancy one her daughter bought. and would not use it. Granny shared her hand paper cut out templates and showed me how to use them. I still have many she gave me as well as some quilt blocks she made and a quilt block her granny made.(from mid 1800's) I was hooked and made a few then, naturally all hand cut and tied. Then life took it's turns and I got out of sewing till recently. I will always remember the fun with granny and sleeping under her warm flannel backed hand tied quilts. I have one I made back when....? it is in storage, need to get it out and tie it up. The colors are oh so bright in orange, (monkey wrench) oh well. with flannel it will be warm.... said my granny so many years ago.

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    Everyone has such wonderful stories. Here's mine. I began sewing when I was 13, making my own clothes. That's the only way I could have new clothes. Dad would give me my $1 allowance and we would go to the five and dime and I would pick out fabric and pattern. Fast forward,,,,got married had a baby......got divorced, married again, had another baby, well...life got in the way. I married again for the 3rd time to the most wonderful man in the world. Anyway after 19 years in the same house we had to downsize. Moved to the country where the only soul I knew was my best friend of many years but she still worked and I was retired. Spent 3 years gardening. First year met a gal that grew organic veggies. She became a good friend. She invited me to the yearly Jubilee that had a Quilt Show and she had one entered! My mouth opened wide and I could not believe all the beautiful quilts. I bought a little iron from a vendor that had a quilt store one town over (about 19 miles), they were out of the iron but were taking orders. She called me when they came in. I went to pick it up, signed up for a class, bought a machine on layaway but could go and sew with it at the shop anytime!! Well, you all know what happened. Almost 6 years and $20,000 later I'm still at it. I am 67 and all you ladies that started younger....I envy you for having so much time to learn more and more. I love learning new things. My DH has never said a word about my fabricholicism. All he says is "if you're happy, I'm happy." What a guy, cause I could go on a serious guilt trip. Here's hoping I outlive my fabric. I don't buy so much anymore. My NY's resolution was to finish the things I've started. So far I've spent 2 months cleaning and organizing. I could just go on and on..........OH, MY....seems as tho I have.Bye, katie

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    I got started quilting because a good friend of mine bought a Husqvarna Viking embroidery machine. She wanted to make wall hangings and quilts, but she had no idea how to use the machine. She asked me to go to a class for instructions on how to use the machine. Then, she and I went to Joann's and my friend fabric for me to get started on my quilt. I sat at her machine and embroidered my blocks. Next came the sashing and boarder. I was really nervous because accuracy is so important. Lastly came the binding, which took me two years to put on.

    The binding took two years to do because (1) I changed the color (2) I didn't know what I was doing and (3) it was so borrrrrrrrrrring. The reason the binding became completed was simple. A new project was on the horizon and I wanted to finish this one first before I went onto the next quilt project. The same friend asked me to come over and learn applique with her last August. Her friend showed us the technique by having us prepare and sew hearts onto fabric. Well, in the allotted time we learned everything except the applique sewing technique. I went on youtube and watched about a dozen demos and finally did what worked for me. I decided I couldn't applique dozens of hearts, i.e., doing the same over and over again, so I found a teapot pattern by Sindy Rodenmayer. It's hand appliqued, hand quilted, and everything is done but the boarder. Hopefully it won't take two years to do because I am part of the encouraging board of quilters!!!

    I will post my second quilt once I get the boarder on. That will be the motivation to get this last step done! Look for it. The title will be something like Hand Applique, Hand Quilted Teapots!

    Thanks for listening!
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    We had just spent a good deal of money on a fancy bedroom suite around 2003 and I wanted a quilt for it but didn't like the Walmart "puffy" ones nor the limited selection of colors. I wanted something more like machine pieced & hand tied ones I remembered my grandmother making in the early 70's and one my mother often used on her bed that grandma had given her for her high school graduation (early 60's) and I figured that if my grandmother could do it 40+ years before, it should be even easier now. I wanted a Grandmother's Flower Garden for our bed but soon realized that I might not live long enough to finish hand cutting & piecing a bazillion 2" hexagons into a king size quilt.

    So then I decided to make something smaller and had some calico cat fabric I had bought many years before to make dresses for my daughter so I picked out a pattern from McCall's website, made cardboard templates and started tracing it all out on fabric and cutting it out with scissors. The pattern I had picked out has inset (Y) seams and I had no idea how to sew those on the machine so I started hand piecing it. Then I found the show, "Simply Quilts" and learned about rotary cutters & cutting mats so I bought those. I also figured out how to adjust the pattern to get rid of the inset seams and hubby shamed me into using the sewing machine he had bought for me many years before. Now we were rolling! I whipped out 10 blocks and then we had our first granddaughter so I started making a quilt for her & would switch back & forth between the 2 projects when I got bored or more often, frustrated.

    Simply Quilts kept me motivated enough to keep learning & trying. My daughter's Calico Cats quilt turned out fairly well considering I knew almost nothing about constructing a quilt and my granddaughter's quilt was used a wallhanging instead of a quilt or it wouldn't have made it through very many washings. It was a mixture of poly/cotton blends, muslin, cheap flannel & batiste fabrics none of which were prewashed. Then a great niece came along and sew did my quilt making skills so her little quilt looked much better and I decided to make the granddaughter a better one based on an episode of Simply Quilts--the one with Billie Lauder making, "There's a Dog on my Quilt." 6 grandkids, 2 great nieces and 1 great nephew later and I still look forward to making them their bed size quilts, graduation quilts and wedding quilts plus my own children, brother-in-law, sisters, sister-in-law, mother, etc. I love giving them something I made that is useful.

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    My story is not as interesting as all of yours, but I used to watch my Mother hand piece quilts when I was a little girl. Always thought that I would one day do what my Mother did. After I retired, this is when I decided to try and quilt (1998). Bought a Learn to Quilt book and made my first quilt, full size. Now I can 't get enough of it and have so many on my bucket list, I know I will never get them done, but I will die trying!!

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    Last week I posted episode 10 of The Early Years of how I got started in quilting. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-107447-1.htm At the bottom of the post are the links to episodes 1-9. It is a serial story, trip down memory lane, take-ya-back home sort of tail for many quilters. ' Am wondering if I should continue. The next chapter of about eight episodes, introduces the colorful family members who dance in and out of my life. Some of the characters are a racketeering cab driver, a gourmet cook, a foreign diplomat, and a railroader. If ya want to know how I got started quilting, follow my journey in the weekly serial.

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    Your quilt is just beautiful for a first try. You definitely have a calling.

    I sewed for years for my four daughters then stopped when they hated homemade clothes and didn't sew a thing for over 20 years. In 2006 my third daughter was expecting her first child and I was in Jo-Ann's and saw a pattern called "Quilt in a Day." I thought, "I could make a quilt in a day" and proceeded with it. HA!! Four weeks later it was all pieced, I put on a backing, turned it inside out and wallaa, I was done. No batting, mind you!! I sent a picture of it to my sister-in-law who worked for Dritz at the time, so proud it was done. She wrote back, "Uh, Nolee? You sewed it together; you haven't quilted it yet." Oh, I didn't realize that's what quilting meant, LOL.

    I haven't stopped since!!

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    In junior high, I took sewing in Home Ec., I flunked!
    I liked to hand sew but HATED machines!!
    I used to patch denim jeans & heavy work clothes all by hand.
    I have a neice that sews like an angel! Makes all her childrens clothes, etc...
    One day she showed me a summer quilt she had made and I wanted to do that soooo bad! But never followed through.
    Then my Mom passed away from breast cancer (2001). I was going through her things, I came across her handkerchiefs.
    I thought they would be pretty made into a quilt. She would have loved that!
    So DH bought me my first machine that fall. A Viking Huskystar....nothing too fancy but a great machine.
    Bought a few fabric I thought were pretty and went well with the hankies, Then just started cutting & sewing.
    Didn't know a thing about any special techniques and definitely made a mess of my attempt at applique!! :lol:
    But all said and done, I liked it and I think Mom does too!
    And so I was bitten by "the bug". I've made 31 quilts so far.
    No record my any means....but that's ok.
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    I have sewed all my life; made all my kids clothes, grandkids clothes, sewed for other people, etc. I used to make window treatments for friends, family, co-workers in the evenings. After my husband passed I moved out here in the country to be closer to all my kids who all live within 10 minutes of me. I met a lovely neighbor across the street who also sewed and had kids the same ages as my adult kids. We bonded immediately. After she retired from the school district she decided to do some quilting and was determined to get me into it. I knew nothing about quilting except what I absorbed from Alex Anderson and her guests on her daily TV show. After my neighbor passed away, her husband gave me all her sewing stuff including her old Kenmore sewing machine. In the stuff was a lap quilt top she had been making for me while they wintered in Florida. It took me a couple months to be able to work with it but finally finished it the way she would have done it. And as everyone else says, there was no turning back. I am hooked. My daughter still can't believe I am a "quilter".

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    I saw a small shop in the downtown are that said quilt class. A friend and I decided that might be fun, so we signed up, she gave up, but I became addicted. That was the only class I ever took but have been very happily quilting since 1990 (?). Quilting gives me strength when I need it, picks me up when I am down and each and every quilt I make has all of my emotions put into it. Love, anger, frustration, depression..it is the best therapy ever! I have never regretted it.

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    A friend was going to teach me how to do stain glass, well that did not work out so she helped me with quilting. I have to thank her for taking me under her wing, bringing me to her quilt group. Lots of years ago, but it has been fun

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    I have just started and it was just a matter of wanting to try it. I went to library and got a lot of books and then bought a small project book on how to teach kids to quilt. I figured that would be the most basic instruction I could get. I made a table runner first and my second project is HST Twin size quilt . Excited to see how it will turn out. Some of my points are not perfect. Wish me luck. I am loving it so far!

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    What great stories!! When I married my second DH after 30 years of marriage to the first one, my new MIL gave me some of the tops that she had made. She guided me through the process. then I gradually stated pieceing my own. I hope I can continue to piece quilts all of my life. It is a form or relaxation for me.

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    mum is now in a nursing home since the house burnt down and now my sewing is in the shed but my DD came over and helped me clear the shed out and now I can cut out on a huge table tho I must get DH to make it about 6 inched higher so my back doesn't ache so much. quote]

    have you checked out the bed risers? you can just stick them under your table legs and it will raise the table.

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    OK. Here goes. I took 6 years of home ec in high school so I knew how to sew and after I married I made all my clothes and my son's and even some of my hubby's. So I knew how to SEW! About 10 years ago I was bored and prayed about it and asked God to find me a hobby. Well, as the old saying goes, be careful what you pray for! I had been watching the sewing shows on tv - Sewing with Nancy, etc. I was on the internet one day and I saw a popup for a site that had free quilting patterns. So I went there and saw this quilt that looked fairly easy. The only fabric store near me was Joann's. I didn't know that there was such a thing as a "Quilt Shop." So I went in and spend probably an hour choosing just 4 fabrics for this quilt. I thought I was an expert and now I was a quilter! The clerks kept asking me if I need help. No help for me, I was an expert at choosing fabric! Well, I took that fabric home and cut out some of the fabric for the blocks. I didn't cut them all out because I couldn't wait to start sewing this quilt. It was an applique with only 4 pieces in kind of a wave pattern. Well, months later I had the piecing finished and the top complete and I hand quilted that sucker. It was filled with mistakes and imperfections but I was soooo proud of it. I look at it now and I'm amazed at just how bad it is. So I put in away in my cedar chest and I get it out once in awhile just to see how far I've come. I've never taken a formal class but I've attended lots of "classes" by recording and watching over and over again all the quilt shows on tv. I've bought lots of books and subscribed to several quilt magazines. When I was introduced to a real quilting fabric store, I was stunned! And I was hooked for good. I am now proudly a fabriholic and a quilt addict 10 years later. Even though I just turned 65, I've been retired for 3 yrs. I now have all the time in the world to sew. Life is good and God really answered that prayer.

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    I wanted a quilt that I remembered as a child, Sunbonnet Sue. I tried on my own with no direction or skill what so ever, I don't know what I was thinking. My girl friend showed me some quilting techniques to get started on a beginner level.That was about three years a go and I have made a lot of baby quilts for my hope chest. This year I am going to try a more advanced level. Sunbonnet Sue, probably not as I think I have a good years worth of patterns I want to do now. Dresden plate for one out of ties. I love Missouri star quilt co. tutorials.

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    I've always loved to sew...started way back when in 4-H then sewed some of my own clothes in high school. I made lots of cute dresses for my daughter and now my gd. But I never made quilts. Then, I started watching Simply Quilts. In fact, I watched Alex and all her different guests for at least a year before I jumped in and made a quilt. That was 4 years ago. Got hooked immediately..started building my stash. Now I have a dedicated room for sewing (now it's 90% quilting) and just love, love, love to make quilts. I love both traditional and art quilts. That's what I especially love about quilting...you can do whatever you want and make it your own.

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    I've always sewn - nothing dramatic, costumes for kids, curtains, some of my clothes. When Simply Quilts was on, I watched it every morning before work, enjoying, never, ever considering making a quilt. But I was fascinated by it. So I watched for several years. I hadn't even told anyone I watched Simply Quilts.Then I retired. Within weeks, one of my sons (who doesn't live with me and who never saw me watching the show) said "now that you are retired you can make me a quilt". What???? I said "I don't quilt" and he said "well, you are retired, so you can learn". I didn't make any commitments, and almost stopped thinking about it, and then there was an ad in the paper about a quilting class, which I signed up for, and, the rest is history. My first quilt was a flannel baby quilt, round the world. Then I tackled his king size, microfiber, which was no picnic. I did it on the basic dinky Brother mechanical. Only SITD, but, he still has it 6 years later. All that watching Simply Quilts has helped too.

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    Mine started a few years ago, when one Christmas, I was totally broke and fabric was still fairly cheap. So I decided to make everyone a "quilt". All it was, was a pretty top fabric, batting, fleece bottom, and I tied it together with yarn. But everyone loved them and the rest of the family started asking for them. So I started doing more research and walla found this board! :D

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    Thank you everyone for sharing your stories. So much fun to take a look into everyones journey.

    I started back in the 70's. Those who are seasoned enough to remember the time probably remember that there was a resurgence of all things hand crafted. I had been a garment sewer but more than anything loved colors and textures. Quilting was a natural. I made a few tied quilts and small items such as pieced pillows but as some of you have noted life kept getting in the way. That did not keep me from amassing a sizable stash, like a miser I would just spend time running my fingers through the fabric. In short I became a collector not a quilter. Two years ago I retired and now spend at least an hour a day quilting and at least an hour a day on this board. Life is good!

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    Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories, they are fascinating! Here's mine. I learned to sew in Home Ec back in the 1960s. I sewed my own clothes through high school and college. After college I got married and took classes to sew things like sheets, lingerie, and even my husband's underwear! Soon after we got married my DH was doing some uranium exploration in Wyoming in the late 1970s and was staying at a cozy lodge in the mountains. I joined him over the weekends, and admired a baby quilt hung on a wall in the main room. I told DH "I can make one like that" so when I got back to town I bought material and started sewing. This quilt was just a yard of fabric with big Bambies on it and I decided to hand quilt around every Bambie. Well, I started out making it as a baby quilt for one friend, and 13 years later finished it as a baby quilt for a different friend! I hand stitched around one Bambie each year--slow as a snail. During this time, I took a class in machine piecing and was amazed that I could both piece and quilt with my sewing machine. So now I do everything by machine--but I sure am proud of completing that first quilt. I continue to be amazed at how one little incident--seeing a quilt on a wall--can lead to a lifetime of creativity and joy.

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    Bought my first Quilt magazine in 1996 and it was the Quilt Almanac, it was $4.50. Been hooked eve since.

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    I sstarted sewing in 4-H. I had one year then I took some sewing lessons at Singer in the city. Had 4 yrs home ec. I sewed for my little cousin and myself and then after I married I sewed for my children. Took lots of different classes, stretch & sew, under garments. It wasn't until I saw an embrodery machine and the store had a "club". Each month we would get together, she would introduce us to different techniques and offered a class on a wall hanging with a Christmas theme, candles, balls & flowers. Then I took a class where you use photos. I was soon ready to retire, started to watch Simply Quilts and saw a show about the Grandmother's Garden. I thought I could do that for on our bed. I purchased the templates, picked some of the fabric & started. That was in the spring of 2003. i went with my dil to adopt a baby in China. I took it along. I think I finished 1 1/2 rows. Talk about time consuming! It took me 6 years to finish it, that is just the top. It is big enough to cover a queen bed as a spred. I have it put away for now. There were weddings and babies that needed some gifts. The plan is to hand quilt it. I took some classes at a show so I could learn to quilt properly. My main problem in hand quilting is when I quilt away from me, my stitches are not as nice. I'm still working on it. Quilting some of the smaller items I sit with my DH while he is watching TV and old movies & use my lap quilting frame to do that quilting. Yes, quilting is addictive and very relaxing. I have done the other crafts, needle point, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, etc. But this by far is the best!

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