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Thread: I remembered why I took up quilting!

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    Red face I remembered why I took up quilting!

    I took up quilting after my husband and I found several of his grandmothers quilts in the attic when his mother moved from her old house. They were beautiful, but clearly made for use, not show. Very heavy! I used to embroider a lot, and my DH hated it 'cause he said my head was always down and he would ask me a question and I would say "What?" So I asked him what if I took up quilting instead. He was all for it. Back when I started, they were teaching using the templates. I fell in love immediately. I loved cutting out the pieces in different fabrics then hand sewing them back together in a design. It was making a puzzle each time!!

    Last night, I was working on a quilt for my DIL. I'm running out of the fabric I am using to make the quilt, so I was using small pieces. I remembered my templates for the Mexican Star! Pull them out, marked the fabric and cut them out. Then started piecing by hand. (DH is recovering from surgery, so I could do that and be with him too.) I suddenly remembered how much I enjoyed doing that! Takes time, but I have time, and it will be a good addition to my sampler quilt.

    Do you remember what started you quilting?

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    I actually started with templates and hand piecing too, not that long ago...maybe ten yrs ago....took me a couple yrs to do my first two, but thy are still my favorites....my daughter has one.....my Godaughter has the other....both queen size...eventually i will make one for myself....all by hand.....BUT FOR NOW....man do machine piecing and quilting go a lot faster...lol

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    I was looking for a hobby. I prayed about it (as I do everything) and was surfing the net one day and saw this ad for "Free Quilting.com" I think it was. Looked around there a bit and found a pattern that intrigued me. Went and bought the fabric for it and the rest is history, as they say. I was so proud if it at the time, but I look at it now and it makes me laugh. But it was the start of a long and wonderful relationship.

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    About 15 years ago I was trying to make a Christmas tree skirt from a panel for my daughter and could not figure out how to do it so I took a sampler quilt class. Had sewn my kids clothes as they were growing up until they would not wear "homemade" things anymore.

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    A dear friend would come in to work on Monday's with a beautiful quilt top she had completed. I sewed clothes for people a long time ago to support the family and it took away the joy of sewing for about 15 years. I went with this friend to a Bernina shop and demo and I was hooked! Been quilting for 8 years now and love it. Good to have machine that does most of the work too! I find a lot of joy in giving them away!
    Linda

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    I started that way and I'm still at it today. I think everyone should experience the "old" way of quilt making at least once. It is so much more relaxing!!!
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    I started quilting because as a nurse-midwife, I spent so much time in the hospital sitting with women in labor. I was reading tons of novels which didn't seem very productive. One of my partners quilted, so I visited the LQS with her and bought a Baltimore Album book and fabric. I still love hand appliqué and hand quilting, but of course one thing leads to another and I traded my poor Kenmore in for a Bernina.
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    I have always been a compulise crafter, even as a small child. Some time after I got married I got into making soft dolls for my children and soap making. DH thought my hobbies were too exepensive, so he took me to Quilt in a Day and signed me up for the beginner class making a log cabin. He also bought the basic rulers and supplies needed. Now about 9 years later, he knows better then to think of quilt making as a cheap hobby. He has opened pandoras box. Fortunately he is overal supportive. He is a wood worker himself and has a very large, double car, extra deep garage as his work shop. I must say I made a scrappy quilt when I was in highschool and later one when I was in college but I used no technique or anything and did it my way. I wished I had a family history of quilt making.
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    My Mother made quilts for as long as I could remember. I had absolutely no interest in cutting apart fabric to sew it back together again. However I did make some quilts that were needed for my kids beds. One day a friend ask me if I would like to join a quilt guild they were organizing and I said yes. I went to the guild meetings and enjoyed them but still didn't want to make a quilt. I was working at a craft/fabric store at this time and a lady brought in some blocks that she had cut out in a star pattern and ask me if I would sew the blocks for her which I did. Also, while working at this store I pieced 5 or 6 quilts for them to sell. My quilting just seemed to take off from there. I love going to classes and retreats and can't wait to get going this spring. My biggest regret is that I didn't learn to love quilting while my mom was alive so we could have quilted together. She could have taught me alot that I had to learn other ways.
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    My husband bought me a sewing machine and I took a class and made a skirt and I was so excited that it turned out beautiful. Shortly after a girlfriend at work said her and another gal were going to do a BOM at the LQS and asked if I wanted to do it with them. I had no idea what I was doing and neither did they but it started me down this wonderful road and I've never looked back! BTW I've never sewed another piece of clothing....just quilts and such.
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    I started making baby quilts, usally using panels and putting them together. I decided one day to just start cutting our different squares and rectangles of fabric to make a peiced baby quilt. I discovered I enjoyed trying to make something out of those little bits of fabric. After that and talking with a friend who is a quilter, I started looking into patterns and different types of quilting, I wanted to get better to so I started paying attention to the proper way cut fabric so it cuts correctly. I also actually started to try and do the quilting part, still working on that part. But it is relaxing when I feel like things are spinning out of control. Besides it is a nicer distraction than the t.v.
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    I started quilting after I found several of my great-grandmothers quilts. In one case I found embroidered songbird blocks for each of the states; she had done these when there were only 48 states - 50's ?? - and nobody had never made them into a quilt. I've been working on that quilt for about 12 years now - doing it all by hand. Someday it will be done. Another great-grandmother made quilts even after she was blind; she made me a lavender star quilt for my new bedroom when I was 10. I'm sure she only did the top but I still cherish it. My mother sewed and did handwork (crochet and embroidery) but couldn't/wouldn't teach me because I was left-handed. She tried teaching my sister-in-law later but they didn't get far. So I'm the only one now left and I'm quilting, sewing, crocheting, etc. I even taught counted cross stitch at one point.
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    I started making them as an inexpensive way to make sure that my staff's new babies had a personal gift from me. My goodness, that was way back in 1977! Been going strong ever since, though I don't do much handquilting any more since I have a Gammill.
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    I found a pattern for these cute little cats - appliques and you made clothes for them too. So I bought one and started a quilt for my little grandson...never finished it, but saved it. Then I bought a new sewing machine about 5-6 years later and tried embroidery...made a lot of cute little embroideries and decided to make a quilt with them....now I don't enjoy the embroidery any more and just make quilts...always trying new ones. Oh I did finish the cat quilt eventually for a newer grandchild.

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    I had made clothing all my life. When I retired I went to a resort with a quilting group. I visited it and ws hooked.

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    I went to the quilting guild with my sister, just to support her. I swore I was not interested in quilting, even though I have been sewing all my life. My sister, an experienced quilter, then started teaching a "how to quilt class." Again, I took the class to support her. ThenI was hooked. That was 2 years ago and I just finished my 33rd quilt. Yup, I have become a "serial quilter."

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    I started sewing at age 11 after seeing all the beautiful dresses my friend wore. Her mother made them all and hand quilted too. Her quilts were beautiful. I kept on sewing, made a baby quilt at age 21 but never cared much for hand quilting. A friend took classes and made some quilts on the sewing machine. I went away to Texas for 2 months and went to the quilting club in the campground. Found out that I could do it on my old machine, came home and took classes. Fell totally in love with quilting and either am quilting, thinking about quilting or reading about it.

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    My Mom was 'declining' and needed 24 hour 'stupid-vision'. I was the only one not working anymore, so I took the job. She'd sit and watch TV or sleep in her chair most of the day. I quickly realized i needed something to do, so went over to Walmart and bought some fabric. Mom had quilted, so there were already quilting tools on hand.

    That was 2.5 years ago and she's gone to her reward, but I'm still quilting.

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    I started sewing when I was in high school. But quilting came much later. My Mom did some quilting but she passed away in 1988. I was raising two boys and did not really have time or money to learn to quilt. But then in 1999, my maternal grandmother gave me one of her hand pieced tops and said for me to hand quilt it. Wow, I had never done any hand quilting, but she said to get busy learning. She never showed me how, so I got a book and started learning. I really do enjoy hand quilting and think of my grandmother everytime I sit down to quilt. She is 90 years old now and in a nursing home. She is not able to quilt now due to her eyesight failing, but we talk about it a lot.
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    I started about 30 years ago when I decided to make a quilt for my cousin's baby. Didn't know anything about quilting, but I did sew clothing. I made the blocks with that old "liquid embroidery" (anyone remember that?). I have tried every craft known to man--practically--but now it's just quilting and a little counted cross stitch. I got rid of everything else. Opened up a lot of room for fabric!! I have probably 15 projects to finish. I will get busy in the new year.
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