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Thread: How long have you been quilting????

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    i have been sewing since 7th grade,i have always wanted to learn to sew but my mother would never let me touch her sewing machine,so when i married in 1968 my husband brought me a used portabe sewing machine and started sewing some home decor and for my some clothes for my kids ,quilting i started late in 1993 and just fell in love with quilting i took a class for my frist quilt but have been on my own since then ,you can say i learned the rest myself just by books and quilt tv shows

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    My mom won a holiday shopping spree at a local strip mall. She won $1000 worth of gift certificates from 28 stores! Among the many she gave me was the free class at the quilt store. That was December 2003, took the class in February 04. I owned a sewing machine, but only had used it very infrequently. Not like all you who sewed for years before quilting came.

    I have entered a few quilted wall hangings in the local county fairs and got a few ribbons! That's fun.

    I tell people that free class has cost me lots of money! :lol:

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    When I was pregnant with my first DD 22 years ago, I was into making pillows with candlewicked tops. I bought cheap muslin, cut it into squares and then traced patterns onto them. DH and I would sit at night and candlewick the designs onto the muslin. My Mom sewed the pieces together with pink fabric and tied it for me.

    My second quilt was a piece of fabric from Walmart that was meant to be cut into sqares for pillows. It was dark blue with carousel horses on it. My Mom and I started hand-quilting around the horses and she finished it up. It now belongs to my youngest DD who is 14.

    Both of these quilts are very special as my precious Mom is no longer with us.

    Fast forward to today. I sewed ever since jr. high, making clothes and things for my home. I started making rag quilts and finally decided to make "real quilts" for my two grandbabies.

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    I am a Newbie quilter and I am only on my #3 full size quilt (King size). I have done small things like place mats for my puppies and for the kitchen table, wall hangings, pot holders etc..

    (#2 quilt is in my avatar and its a queen size and its FMQed)

    I started quilting because I restore vintage sewing machines mostly treadle types, and I wanted to use them for something other than just to look at. So I taught myself how to sew and started piecing a quilt together for my wife. Lets just say I have been hooked ever since. I might one day put one in a show but I need to get a few more under my belt. And I want to try and do one completely by hand one day but I dont think it will be in the near future.

    But after doing it for 8 months or so I can see this something that I will enjoy for the rest of my life!

    Billy

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    I started sewing in 1972, my senior year in high school, when I took Home Economics. I fell in love with it and started making most of my clothes. When I was I was pregnant I made my clothes. I made my first quilt, a queen sampler, in 1981, after a friend showed me the one she made. I then made both my children a baby quilt and matching bumper pads, sheets, etc. Then two twin quilts for my daughter's room. While my children were growing up, I mainly concentrated on sewing clothing and curtains etc. I got back into quilting a few years ago and made a queen log cabin for our bedroom and then a queen for my daughter (that is my avatar). I currently have 3 quilts in the works (what was I thinking?). How many others start projects before they finish one?

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    If you have more than one WIP you never get bored. BUT then I'm never bored.

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    I've been making quilts for about 3 yrs now. I have made about 4, have one in the works and 4 others to make. Currently, nothing is happening since I sprained my finger,hand.
    I love handiwork of any kind, crochet, needlepoint etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    If you have more than one WIP you never get bored. BUT then I'm never bored.
    Oh so true. Problem is, two of them I started last September and haven't touched them since. I work full time though and don't get nearly as much time to sew as I'd like. My sewing area is in our basement, and my husband calls it "the dungeon". "Are you going to the dungeon tonight?" I'm almost through reorganizing it and will hopefully post some pics soon.

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    Well, Scissor Queen, we were kind of "molded alike." My first quilt was the Double Irish Chain--traced every piece with a cardboard template and cut each piece out individually (about 25 years ago). My Mother-in-law said you could not double the material since it might not be the exact size. I also hand-pieced the whole quilt (Queen size). I had some church ladies handquilt it since it was for my niece's wedding. At her Bridal Shower, I wrapped samples of the fabric in a box and said on my note: "Your quilt to be."

    My maternal Grandmother quilted and as a very young child, she would let me trace the cardboard templates to her fabric and even cut some out as I got older. So, the love of quilts was instilled at a young age. I have finished six quilts. The rest are on-going projects that just need borders or need blocks joined. My husband (a great quilt supporter), says I get on too many rabbit trails, like place mats and table runners--I also did a wall hanging in my very first quilt class quite a few years ago. Then there is the "water color" wall hanging (Amish) that I dearly love. I got the kit at the Hampton Quilt Show.

    We are heading to Lancaster the first week in November and he is exercising his arm strength so he can hold the bolts of fabric :lol: I am so blessed to have him as an encouragement. Finished six place mats this past Saturday for an Open House and he walked in my sewing room and saw them laying there and said, "they are beautiful." That made it worth all the rush to finish them.

    Thank you all for sharing all of your inside stories on quilting. All I need to do is talk about quilting and I want to go and start quilting more.

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    I just started a couple of months ago. My first quilt top is a Double Irish Chain, which I'm too scared to start quilting on. My second project (currently in progress) is a tree skirt.

    I was always semi-interested in quilting -- my grandmother was a quilter, but she died several years ago. I wish I could have learned from her. Over the years I would start thinking about doing a quilt, but was too intimidated. When I learned one of my friends had made a few quilts, I asked her to teach me, and so here I am :)

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    Since I was forced due to illness to quit work in Oct 06, I decided to use the time to sew something for my kids. I have sewn apparel since I was 10 or so. I figured that I could decipher quilting instructions...easier to sew straight lines! Since then, I have finished 8 bed sized quilts, 4 lap quilts, 5 baby quilts, and a bunch of pillowcases to match.,..not to mention the 10 totes to carry the quilts... I also have tops made for 5 babys, 7 beds, and 5 laps. It is so hard to get the energy to sit down and finish them!! I hate sandwiching and basting. THe rest is okay.
    And I am, and always was, a FABRICHOLIC !!!!

    Nice to "meet" everyone!!!

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    My mother was the quilter including hand quilting everythng she did. I started about 1995. I have made a lot of baby quilts for gifts. I have three tops completed now to be quilted and 4 in progress. As you can tell I get rather scatted at times. They will all get done I know that but right now I have three to make for Christmas gifts. I better get moving!

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    I have been quilting since January 2002. I took the plunge and took a hand quilting class. Fell deeply into a passion I never thought possible. The only time I entered any of my quilts was last year I entered a quilt in the county fair and took grand prize. It was an unbelievable sensation. Not my quilt. As I never thought I was that good. I live to quilt and buy fabric for my stash. What a fun and enjoyable adventure I have been on and will continue for many years to come. I sill hand piece and don't really like using the machine. So I am much slower, but it is worth the wait.

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    For years, I used to visit my local quilt shop and fall in love with all the quilts. I was busy being a single mom raising 2 kids. No time for classes. Then I was busy raising my grandson. I kept dragging him into the quilt shop to see all the quilts. In 2003 I was laid off. I finally got to take a beginning class during the day. I pieced the quilt for the class but never finished it. The 1st quilt I actually finished was for my grandson. I designed it myself since I couldn't find many patterns for little boy quilts. I haven't stopped quilting since I took that 1st class. I recently starting hand quilting. I really like the look of hand quilting.

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    My sister does nothing but make quilts by hand. She has a cookie tin that she puts the stuff she needs and takes the tin wherever she goes. She can sit and sew anyplace she wants to (unlike us machine people). She has made all her quilts that way. She does absolutely beautiful work. All of them (except the Chinese Coin) have been her own design with embellishments (lace, ribbon, stuff) and are fantastic. She says it is more relaxing for her. She doesn't have to sit in front of a machine. She can sit on the dock, watch the fish jump, listen to the birds and watch the loons and sew to her heart's content. Not a bad way either. I embroider. That's my hand work. I have made quilts by embroidering 12" squares. And just when I thought I had a darn good idea on how to learn to quilt, I see they had patterns for redwork quilts. And that was from a long time ago. Good things last. Edie

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    I've only been quilting since 2002. I made clothing, mainly for my granddaughter, then we started homeschooling her in '02, so she didn't need any school clothes. Well, what am I to do with all this fabric?LOL I collected fabrics before quilting. Anyway, there was a group in the little town that we were in, that had an ad in the little free paper, looking for scraps, spare change, people to help, etc., to make quilts and donate to the local shelters. So, I took all my scraps, was determined I wasn't going to quilt though. I'd tried that many years ago, but then I found out about rotary cutters, mats, rulers, etc. Anyway, I've made about 100 quilts, baby size to twin, all tied, and all donated. I'm working on what I'm calling a kimono quilt for a dear Japanese friend, have a Triple Irish Chain in the works for me, a snowball top finished, ready to quilt and plans and fabrics for another 6 quilts. I just need more time.LOL

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    I dont remember the year but it was back when liquid embroidery pens were popular.
    I cut out squares and copied color book pictures on them then colored them with pens.
    Then the big mistake happened when I used an old wool army blanket for batting. It shrunk the first time it was washed and ruined the quilt.
    I did not try quilting again till about 3 yrs ago when my daughter introduced me to a small group of quilters who meet once a month.
    Ive been hooked ever since. I have make about 25 or more quilts all small lap quilts except for 2 twin size.
    I have learned so much from making small quilts that I recommend that as a great way to learn before taking on larger ones.

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    I am a painter who attended a workshop in 2001 to do a project that involved painting on fabric. The second part of the workshop was to sew on borders, quilt the design and add embellishments to make a wall hanging.

    Loved doing it so much I went straight into making a full size sampler quilt all hand pieced and hand quilted. Have since completed 15 projects, mainly by machine and have 2 currently in progress and another in the planning stage.

    Do more quilting than painting these days.

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    I have been sewing quilts for about three years. I have made over twenty quilt. Most of them for family. We will never be cold. :D :D :D I started quilting because of a quilt my mom made my oldest daughter. All my kids have used it and my DGD wanted it. They all want it. I wanted to make something that could be loved that much. Then I got hooked and never looked back.

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    I started making baby quilts about 20 years ago and selling them thru' a local craft shop. I lived in a cruise ship stop over town, so they never stayed on the shelf very long!!! I didn't count, but I am sure I sold over 30 that way. I had to put quilting on the back burner for a few years while I was being a single mom. My stock in trade is clothing designer/seamstress, so after sewing for 8-10 hours a day, usually 6 days a week, (gotta love being self employed!!! :( ), the last thing I wanted was to sew anything more. I started quilting again after moving to the US about 7 1/2 years ago. I work in a Credit Union now, so quilting is my therapy now. I know I am going to need LOTS of therapy....for many many years. :D

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    I've sewn clothes for over 40 years but only quilting for the past six or seven. My first attempt at a quilt in still a WIP and in a plastic bin. My "avatar" is my second quilt and took my four years to finish. We moved from Oregon to Arizona and I had (to my dismay :shock: ) packed my pattern layout away in storage so I had to recreate the layout from memory. And yes, there are mistakes but that makes it unique. I've made quilts for three of my four grandchildren and my youngest grandbaby's mommy want me to wait til he is older and can enjoy it more. The blue quilt I made last spring for my Lil' Mister (my middle grandson) and last fall I made a lap quilt for my husband's grandmother that is also pictured below. My kids have been bugging me for quilts - so maybe next Christmas they'll have warm ones under the tree. I've always loved the beauty of quilts and hope now that my home is an "empty nest" i'll be stitching up a storm. :-)

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    I've been quilting almost two years now and I have givenalmost everyone in my family a Q to K size quilt. I have about 17 tops ready to quilt (waiting for tax money to get them quilted). Oh how I love to quilt.

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    I've been making quilts for about 20 years. I grew up sewing clothes for me and my dolls.

    My first quilt was in 1989, I had a supervisor at work expecting his first baby and I found a learn to quilt book, reduced the 12" blocks to 6" and used small pastel prints from Joann Fabrics. I can't imagine if the quilt has survived - I used some of the scraps in quilts I've made for myself and those pieces have faded and even shredded at the seams! Just goes to show the difference in quality and choices we have now compared to the 80's! Since then, I've made several king size quilts, WH, table toppers, baby quilts, etc.

    I love trying new techniques and find a lot of inspiration on the msg. boards - I'll try anything once to see if I like it, sometimes saving instructions for a later date when my tastes may change!

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    I have been quilting for about 25 years now. :) I made my first quilt when i saw a picture of one and decided to give it a try. Fell in love with the art then and there. I think i have made around 40 or so. Don't realy have the time or faqbric to make to many. :? LOL Liz

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