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    Love your story and your quilt!! Here is mine-
    my momma has always sewn. She made all of our clothes and I vividly remember my daddy buying her a brand new singer when I was 11. At the time, it was cutting edge all of $597 and it was a family decision.
    Anyway, hanging out with momma, I played with her treadle machine, and eventually began sewing. Momma even created a brand new 4h club that focused on-you guessed it-sewing!
    During the same time, I would spend a week with my grandmother who was from Mexico. She had created a Sunbonnet Sue in faded colors (flour sacks and calicos) with pale pink borders and binding. I would sit with her and watch her braid her long floor length braids every night, and when I would trace my fingers over the small hand stiches, she would tell me what ranch or part of Mexico she had been in. I just thought it was magical. Amazingly my mother never really quilted, but when I was grown and married, I purchased a $99 machine which I still use, and self taught myself. It is only this year that I have actually begun organizing myself to actually learn pattern names, methods, etc. I am a former teacher, and every year would have a unit on math and wlting and would make big squared blocks, but nothing very fancy. Since then, I have made quilts for my daughter, granddaughters, special friends, and so on. I love making memoreis for them, and myself as well.

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    My grandmother was a prize-winning quilter. I always wanted to learn. I've been fascinated by quilts and quilting my whole life. Finally learned in 2008 at age 54.

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    I learned to sew as a child sitting under my mother's sewing machine area working with the scraps of fabric from whatever clothing project she was making for one of us 4 kids. As I got older I learned to sew clothing and learned from a very favorite teacher the difference between "home made clothing and Handmade clothing"My quilting skills match up with my sewing skills but alas I have no photos of any thing except one outfit my daughter wore to school one day and the pictures were being taken that day. The photographer did a double exposure shot of her . She is wearing a dark blue dress with a white Peter Pan collar and over the dress is a pinafore that has a smocked bodice done in a dark blue thread. The dress and pinafore were machine stitched and the bodice of the pinafore was hand smocked. My daughter now has conceded that my sewing skills are of the Hand Made distinction and offers them to her friends when they need something sewed.

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    I, too started sewing through 4-H and used to sew many of my own clothes plus clothes for my two children. My husband and I were square dancers so I made most of our outfits for that, too. As the years passed I became tired of trying to "fit" the patterns to me so went more and more into craft sewing. I think the main reason I became a quilter was because of our wonderful quilt store that we have here in my home town. I signed up for a sampler quilt class and have never looked back! Have never finished that particular sampler quilt but all of the blocks are completed and just need to put it all together one of these days.

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    I got one of the first embrodiery machines in the 80's and just did crafty things with it. The only quilting I have done so far is all my own designs of wall hangings for friends and relatives. They are crazy quilt designs with machine and hand embrodiery on them. I also made a scrap quilt top with blue jeans for a recycle lecture I gave at a craft camp one year in the 1980's. Now I want to make quilts for my 8 great grandchildren. I no longer have the patience to make fancy blocks, but plan to do strip quilting, log cabin (my favorite block) and scrappy quilts. I do silk embrodiery on men's jackets for friends and want to try some quilting on them.

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    Great story and the quilt is beautiful. I started making baby blankets as my siblings started their families. I had been sewing for many years so not hard to figure a simple pattern with SID. A few years later my grandma helped me cut squares and taught me how to do a full size quilt and I tied that one. Now man y jyears later I still do not much follow a pattern but I have learned to take an idea and go with it. I also learned to do FM on my machine so I am an old dog learning new tricks.

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    I am a self-taught crafter and tried assorted techniques along the way. Made a pillow for my sister out of some old clothes using the cardboard templates. (The good old days, lol) When we moved into our house in '89 I decided that it needed a quilt to make it a home. I took a sampler class and that, as they say was that. Interestingly enough, the sampler never got finished.

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    In 4th or 5th grade (the middle of the 1960s) we were all required to bring one of our hobbies to school for show and tell. I decided to start sewing quilt blocks! My mom had quilted since she was 13 using her mother's treadle machine. For show and tell, I cut out a bunch of 4 or 5" blocks from feedsacks mom had saved from her childhoold -- creating created about 2 dozen 4-block patches. That treadle machine was the perfect speed for my early efforts.

    I went on to learn how to sew clothes, etc. in 4-H and high school home economics classes. Even majored in home economics education but that early experience was the end of my quilting till about 15 years ago. My mom came to visit for a few weeks visit during a Christmas holiday in our brand new house and we partnered on a quilt that I later machine quilted. I had to find something for her to do. :lol:

    In 2003, mom moved in with DH and I. Of course, her treadle machine came with her and many tubs full of fabric--including those dear feedsacks that she had not used for my childhood clothes or quilts. Over time, it became more and more difficult for mom to do certain parts of the process so I started to help her. I've just finished my first project--a wall hanging--all on my own.

    Mom can no longer quilt and is now in a nearby nursing home. Remember those blocks I did more than 40 years ago? She had put the blocks together and tied them for a quilt. They are now on her nursing home bed as a little reminder of her love for quilting and how much I love her.

    After all these years I have found the same passion for quilting. I especially love using those precious feedsacks, 30s quilt patterns and hand quilting like they did. Each time I take a stitch I think of mom and the grandmother I never got to know.

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    My grandmother gave me a cigar box full of squares and spool of thread and a needle. I was about 6 or 7. That was a half century ago.

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    I started sewing my own clothes as a teenager. Then life got in the way for awhile. My first "quilt" involved using two Snoopy sheets - red design on one side, blue on the other - for my son. After layering it, I sewed around the outside and tied the quilt. Since sheets have finished edges, I didn't put a binding on it. About 25 years ago, I attended a Fly-in held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They had a Lady's tent with several make-it-and-take-it projects. One of those projects was hand-quilting the design on a pillow. I got hooked. Then I took a fun quilting class. My first real quilt was a Trip-around-the-World in that class which was a lock-in class. We started around 7 p.m. and stayed until we got the top done. The pizza that was delivered around midnight helped keep us nourished. I think that I got done around 6 a.m. the next morning. That quilt ended up as a tied quilt. When I told my son that this was a replacement quilt for his old Snoopy one, he was reluctant to get rid of his raggedy Snoopy quilt. He said that if it wasn't as warm as his old quilt, he didn't want it. Of course, he took it.

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    It was Jan. 2007, Mom and Dad's 50th was in June and I thought a quilt with some of the pictures we had taken over the years might be a good present. I went to my Aunt, told her I wanted to make a quilt, I sewed on her machine, made a few things, coasters, small mats. The next christmas I got my own machine, just like my Aunts. Have made 3 quilts, and two in the making...... Mom and Dad's quilt is only half finish, (it is almost 4 years late!) In june they will be married 54 years! We are trying to finish it before this june. We have started over on it 4 times, it looks like this is the winner! It has to be this year. Mom has colon cancer, I'm sure this is not her last one, but you don't know. I did get her quilt finished, with the help of my Aunt, (who did the most work) we gave it to her on the first day of chemo. I am still working on my brother's and my other Aunts' quilts that I gave them for christmas, the tops are done, I'm just waiting on the quilting.

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    I begain quilting after years of garment construction. Quilt shop opened up next door to my employer and I was so totally in awe of the quilts that were being displayed and the gorgeous fabrics. Brandi, the store owner, convinced me that I could do it......so I started out with a king size "tesselating stars" (not sure that's how you spell it)..needless to say..that was MANY quilts ago. It's very addicting and relaxing.

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    what a great story..the quilt is beautiful..keep doing them.. as you have learned they are so much fun to make. :-D

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    Your storu was wonderfu. i learned to sewin 4H brfore the age to join. My granmother made quilts at the farm next doo. I remember at a young age playing under the quilting frame. I also remember that after the ladies left if the stitches weren't up to her standards she would wripe them out. I made alot of my clothes as a tennager. My other grandmother came to live with us when I started High scool. She was a professional seamtress.I continued to sew thru 20-30's. I took a class at my church and borrowed some books from the teacher and I have been hooked ever since. That was back in 1983. I have vision problems now so it is hard to match points. I am into crazy quilting now and also enjoy applique.I guess I was taught to sew it right the first time or ripe it out. So I do some ripping. Genny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Tails
    I'll start........One Christmas, a few years ago, I didn't know what to get anybody for Christmas, and I remembered a quilted tree skirt my old boss had made me for Christmas years back. Well I decided I wanted to make one for each member of the family. I went to Walmart and bought a sewing machine (I didn't even know how to thread it, I had never sewed before) I got some Christmas fabric and a pair of scissors(LOL) and proceeded to cut out, with scissors 100's of 6" squares. They turned out really nice so I decided to take a quilting course. Keep in mind, I know nothing about quilting OR sewing. The course was the snowball quilt. I had wanted to make this for my dear little Mother and Father for Christmas, so off I went to pick up the items on the supply list. The first night of the course, the teacher was showing us the finished product and I said (in a room full of strangers) OMG that isn't big enough (it was a lap quilt) I said my mother watches TV in bed and my Dad watches in the den, how they gonna share that? After a very long time of pleading and bribing (with Tim Hortons coffee) I was able to talk the teacher into doing the pattern for a queen size quilt. She did this with UNDISGUISED resistance. Anyway, was I in for a shock, we would do a step in class and our homework was to complete that step for the whole quilt for the next step in the next class,, Well I stayed up all night preparing, and after cutting out 600+ 6" squares and 920 little 2 squares (learned to use a rotory cutter) I was ready for the next step. After each class (6 week course) I spent the entire week till the next class carefully completing each step. Each week the teacher looked so surprised that I had completed every single bit of homework. OMG I was so proud of this quilt...The very last class, my teacher turned to the class and said - I would like to publicly apologize to Wendy (I thought omg what did I do) and she said in all the years of teaching, whenever she took her time to rework a lap quilt to a full size quilt for a student, they never completed it and this was the reason she really didn't want to do it for me. But I made her proud!! And that's how I got started in quilting :) And I've never looked back. It was a tied quilt (never would do another one) and I can tell you I had the sorest fingers in the world. Why I kept quilting, I'll never know, lol I struggle with it because I don't have anybody in my family that sews, but I've learned a lot on this board and on You Tube....thanks for listening, Here's a couple pics of that very first quilt Wendy
    What a lovely story (and quilt)

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    I have been sewing since I was about 10. I have made all kinds of garments including my friends wedding dress. I made all of my prom dresses in high school to save money. I took a quilting class 27 years ago, it was all lecture. At the time I had 1 child. I never did any actual quilting. I did the books for my husbands business, plus other duties and had 4 kids. Coached soccer teams, PTA etc so no time to quilt. One day about 5 years ago I decided to make a purse. I went and bought fabric. I brought it home and was trying to decide which color to use where. All of the sudden I decided it looked like a quilt. So I went to a quilt shop and picked out a pattern. I decided I was going to paper piece. I made a queen sized paper pieced star out of the 50 state star book. I came out great and I guess the rest is history.

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    My sister had been quilting for years and so wanted me to join her. I was hesitant at first, but I agreed to take a beginner's quilting class. She also bought me a lovely Bernina 1090 sewing machine.

    My sister taught me a lot before I even took the quilting class. I will forever be indebted to her!

    At the time I started quilting our mother was very sick. This was my therapy during a difficult time in my life. It is the only thing that kept me sane.

    After Mama died, I quit quilting for years. My life took a different path. However, this past year my husband and I moved. I now have a dedicated sewing room. Once again, I am sewing almost everyday and I LOVE it!

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    I lived with my Irish Grandmother for several years while growing up. I was only seven or eight and she said all boys should know how to repair their clothes (sewing buttons etc). She taught me to do this plus quilt, knit, crochet and embroidery. Of course I hated this--I wanted to be outside playing ball and such with the other boys. She made me practice an hour a day. Now that I have been married for 45 years and children are gone I have time to do all the needle work. I made my sons the sweaters and my wife fromals for the military balls attended thru 25 years of service in the Army. I am really glad this lady took the time with me. She was a great Grandmother. She was a good teacher and a the best grandma and I loved her so and do not regret a minute of this time we spent together. I still sew on her 66-1 redeye treadle singer and would sew on none other. Glenn

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    One time in band camp... JUST KIDDING!
    I was going to school with a lady for medical coding and billing at the start of 2010. She would talk about things she would make and talk about quilting all the time. We became very close friends and she is the one who taught me back in Sept 2010. The first quilt I made was a baby quilt for my Mom. Since then, I have been sewing and have enjoyed it thoroughly!! Not to mention the vast fountain of knowledge I get from the wonderful people on and off the board. On a more sentimental note, this gives me a bond to share with my deceased aunt and with my Mom. My mom sews and I commend her on reading the old patterns from back in the day, I would so flunk at it!

    Thanks Maggie for teaching me!!!

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    I always made my own cloths then out on my own I made all my window treatments /re-ulphostered furniture When I found out I was pregnant I didn't like the baby blankets in any of the stores - I spotted a picture of a quilt on a G/H mag and I thought I would just make baby quilts since 1973 I'll bet 99% of my sewing time has been quilting something for some one My G/GB's are using the quilts I made for my son as well as new ones My oldest GS wanted a chili pepper quilt when he was3 and now he's23 and needs a new chili pepper quilt and I found the same exact fabric at JoAnns so my next project has been decided for me

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    I started out by buying myself a basic machine and a sewing kit. Ordered a quilt kit, and the rest is history! That was 25 years ago. Have made many quilts, minis, dolls, tote bags, and misc. items.
    I have always tinkered in crafty stuff. I did a lot of embroidery when I was a kid, then did some cross stitch.
    I do still dabble in things, but quilting is definitely my #1!!! :)

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    My story is a little different. I had a niece (I have two boys) that was going to turn 4 and I wanted to make her a blankie to love. My grandmother pieced but always tied her quilts and I never got to learn before she passed away (I was 18.) Anyway, I found a cheater panel and added borders to it (pink fabric of course) and hand quilted it. I didn't get it done for her birthday but shortly after. I live in Oregon, she lives in Southern California so I had to mail it to her, her Mom told me she absolutely loved that little quilt to shreds. That was the beginning of my addiction. After 22 years I still love handquilting but don't do alot of it anymore(now more FMQ). :lol:

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    Luv your story and the quilt is very pretty !

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    An awesome job I always wanted to make one yours looks fantastic.When I make mine I sure hope it looks as good as your.

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    What a fantastic story! Thanks so much for sharing! Glad you kept on quilting! :D

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