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    Started sewing in the 60's--took home ec evry year from 7th grade on up.

    All but one of my gazillion projects has been given away. Started with "cheater quilts" Took a class 20 + years ago when I moved to NC. I was born and raised in South La.

    Married my high school sweatheart--It'll be 40 years this Dec and luckily for him, I haven't shot him yet, somedays its been a close call, but he is still alive and well.

    Will retire to the mtns of NC in 2 more years. Currently fixing up our mtn home. Spent last week doing demo on the bathroom floor. Had to tear out everything and rebuild--rotted wood, ugh! But one day it'll be beautiful.

    Have 3 kids all married one in Texas 2 in NC--3 grandkids--ages 10, 3 and 1--all my daughters.

    Lastly love to quilt--hate housework and if you could see the house, you'd know that was no exaggeration :lol:

    Love each and everyone one of you!

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    Hi, Somewhat of a new quilter, Have made: table runner, rag quilt (out of the Royal Crown Bags), rag jacket, Thomas the Train (my first quilt) baby quilt for new nephew and a quilted purse. I am working on a queen size quilt for our br. I love quilting. I wanted to learn for so many years and finally did. And doing the block of the month that this forum has, which this month is Applique which I have not done yet. FUN FUN FUN!!! :D

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    i've been quilting 15 plus yrs. made my very first quilt when i was pregnant with my first son. it was a quilt for him. and each one of my other sons has their own quilts. :D made quilts for nephews when they were babies. made at least 6 for my hus. who doesn't think he has enough.i've made quilts to go to the hospitals with very sick friends .i've made quilts for birthdays those are the best. oh about me thats right, i'am a stay at home mom love to quilt but theres not enough time in the day. i love to cook ,but dont like to clean .love to do crafty projects. well i guess thats it for now

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    My mom had me hand sewing @ 5 y.o. & using her Elna by 7y.o. with supervision,of course. I had 9 yrs of 4-H sewing & 4years of H.S. Home Ec. So I have made way too many projects over the years to remember but I'll mention the few I can.
    1.Made my Sr. prom dress and finished it an hour before going to the event. (The procrastinator in me is ALWAYS at work, just not on time)
    Married in 1978- husband is retired military now, 2 sons, both are college grads & active duty Army(23y.o. in aviation,24 y.o. being redeployed in Aug.) NO STRESS IN MY LIFE,HUH?

    2.First quilting project was an appliqued baby quilt for my 1st nephew 27 years ago.
    Have been an LPN for 30 yrs. & an elementary school nurse for the past 10 yr. with 725 children/year.

    3.I love to "collect" fabric and look at my collection (ok, stash) and visualize pieces in many different projects without cutting one piece.
    My mom-in-law rekindled my quilting interest a few yrs ago. Each of her 17 children, 47 grans and 20+ great-grans have been blessed w/ at least 1 of her hand-quilted quilts.(Too much for me to ever live up to.) She always has a quilt in the frame to be stitched on by whoever stops in to help.

    4.I have made numerous pairs of curtains (kitchen,bedroom) and recently a camouflage purse for my son's girlfriend.
    I have been blessed to find a group of ladies who share my love of quilting & community service- Prayer Squares/Quilts ministry which has helped my "empty nest "blues. They are great mentors!!!

    I so enjoy the cameraderie expressed on this site. It's so "unique" (with Tim's quirky sense of humor) and input from others.

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    HAHA! You guys crack me up! I am glad I had this oppurtunity to learn many interesting things about each one of you! :D

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    What a great idea. I feel like everyone on here is a friend and I love to read all the postings. I live in Tucson, Arizona.

    I am 65 years old and disabled with back injuries, can still walk, thank God. I started sewing as a teenager, making my own clothes, we were so poor, couldnt buy store bought. My granny lived with us and she quilted all the time. I have 3 of her quilts made in the 40's and 50s. I quit sewing when I started working after my husband and I seperated. I have 3 grown sons, 45, 43, 37 and three wonderful grandchildren, 2b, 1gr .

    Last November I had to have a knee replaced, quite a long recovery, My dil decided I should start quilting, for some reason I had always be terrified of trying to quilt. They wouldn't take no for an answer and turned up at my house with beginning supplies. I jumped in with both feet and started in. My first effort was a split rail queen size and today it graces my bed. I was hooked, haven't stopped since. Made 3 king size quilts for each son, queen for granddaughter,twin for grandson, .oueen for 2 dear friends, a couch throw, a twin for my x husband who is in a home for mentally ill. I guess you can say I am hooked, moved to a larger apartment so I would have a second bedroom to quilt in. Most of my time is spent in there, happy as a clam. When I am not quilting I seem to be on the computer looking to see what everyone else is doing. I have posted several pictures if you want to look them up.

    Jane Sisk

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    I have made too many things to count.

    What you may not know about me...

    I have the world's prettiest granddaughter. She is almost 3, and her name is Alanna. She was a bonus - we got her when my oldest son married her mommy a few months ago. I have only had boys, and we are all in love with this little angel! I love my DIL, too! :D

    I homeschooled my sons, and the youngest graduated in May. Now both of my younger sons are going to the local community college and my DH is enrolled at Liberty University to finish his bachelor's degree online. I may have to get a "real job"!

    Until we moved to town a year ago, we lived on a lovely farm with dairy goats, horses, chickens and assorted cats and dogs. I miss my gardens and privacy, but it's convenient to be in town.


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    I really like seeing where everyone is from. It would be nice if everyone would add their city & state (and country if not USA!!) under their avatar. It's easy to do:

    Just click on "My Profile" at the top of any page.
    Scroll down to "General Information About Yourself"
    Type in your city & state/country in the box next to "From"
    Scroll way to the bottom & click on "Submit"

    Voila!! Now we can see where you're from. :thumbup:


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    A teacher too? Wow, what are the chances of that happening? I thoght I was the only 'younger' teacher on here....

    I've made layettes (for friends' kids, I don't have any)
    Altered wedding gowns
    Made bridesmaids dresses for two - no 3 different weddings
    Made 3 quilts as an adult , working on a 4th (made countless baby doll quilts as a child).
    Lots of dresses, clothes, etc.
    Countless curtains, classroom items, throw pillows, etc.
    Many formal gowns for family & friends
    Countless alterations

    I started sewing when I was 8 and began to 'see' patterns in my head. I badgered my mom about sewing and once I could reach the pedals, she taught me quickly the basics of how to run a machine, then passed me off to a friend of hers - an expert seamstress- who taught me all I know.

    This past year I've opened a business featuring machine embroidery with a Jewish twist. Check out my new website www.anizochertjudaica.com

    I try to sew a bit every week - it calms me like nothing else can!

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    After reading these I think I'll pass. My contribution would be short and uninteresting (boring). I will just say just this: single (no dating so always have been and will be) no children, 4' 11" (not saying which way) :l

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    What may be uninteresting to you may be amazing to someone else. Please don't consider your life uninteresting. What are your hobbies besides sewing and quilting? Where do you live? Do you have any pets? Believe me when I say, everyone on here would love to know their fellow quilters, otherwise there wouldn't be any posts. Life is what you make it! :D

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    Well, there's no way I can list everything I've made....my memory isn't that good anymore! I can say ...I've been sewing since I was old enuf to reach the peddle on my mothers machine!

    I started with Barbie clothes (like some of you have mentioned)... I STILL have the first Barbie dress I made tucked in an old scrapbook I just don't have the heart to throw away....my kids get a charge out of looking thru it now and then!

    I am 51 years old....been married 32 years this coming October...have two children....daughter 30 and son 28.....one granddaughter 7 (daughters)...

    I sewed some of my own clothes and pajamas and stuff for my kids... continued with Barbie clothes too for my daughter and have even made some for my granddaughter.

    I was heavy into crocheting for awhile, embroidery, cross stitch, etc.

    My first quilt was quite the challenge....It was for my parents' 40th anniversary and each square was hand embroidered...some from a kit I bought and the rest were hand drawn with each of our names, birthdates and other info on them (they had 10 kids!) and the middle square was with their names/dates on it. My mother in law helped me with the backing and batting and tying procedure ....that was 27 years ago and I got hooked!

    Since then I have made countless bed quilts, lap quilts, tablerunners and wallhangings.

    I am never without pets...animal lover here! At one time had 8 dogs and 5 cats! I was our counties rescue shelter for awhile! LOL Anytime the local cop found a dog wandering he would call me....most of the time I found good homes for them and when that wasn't possible I kept them myself.

    I'm happy to report they now have a humane society here! So I am down to two dogs and one inside cat and two outside cats.

    My husband is semi-retired.....he has a part-time job at an auto parts store but for 30 some years he worked for 3M.

    I haven't worked for over 3 years.....jobs are scarce in little towns! And right now I'm not that interested in going back to work.

    I spend about 75% of my time sewing....

    I like gardening, camping, enjoy our 240 acres of woods...(own 60 of it, the rest is family owned so we have access to it all) we have trails and a Kawasak mule we ride around in the woods....we burn wood so spend some time out with hubby cutting our winters supply each year.. We both enjoy that....

    I am really getting into BOM's and swaps and enjoying it all.... I love it and this message board is great!!

    Hope this isn't TMI :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country Quilter
    Well, there's no way I can list everything I've made....my memory isn't that good anymore!
    I can relate. At a young age I used to raid my mother's cleaning rag bin to make doll "clothes". Primitive as they were. At 9 I was in 4H and started my sewing journey with a machine. About 4 years ago a long time friend suggested I try quilting with her .... I now have oodles of fabric and tops with some f*****ed ones too. :wink: I have made 31 isolette quilts for the NICU. I was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years then we moved. 3 months after selling our house DMIL came to stay the winter with us .... fast forward 7 years :shock: and an Alzheimer's diagnosis, what a learning experience and privilege to be her caregiver. She is now at peace and she loved to see all the pretty fabrics I was working on. She had quilters in her family and I am now caretaker of the quilts. :D I also enjoy cake decorating and tole painting. I am also a Director of my Historical Society where we are having a capital campaign and one of our building has just been nominated for the National Historic Register. Exciting for our small town ~ and a lot of work to get it this far.

    piney

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    I have made many crocheted items, bed spreads, purses, doll clothes, scarves, etc...
    I raised 3 kids by myself since they were 2,3 and 4.
    They are now 22, 23, and 24
    I have 5 grandchildren ages 1,2,3, and 4 yr old twins
    I have done a lot of craft sewing, but am now just getting ready to start my first large quilt. I found a pattern my son wants, thought I was going to have to wing it but found the pattern in a book off of an older message board here, Thank You!
    I have worked until 2 years ago, mostly production plant work, but almost always had 2nd part time jobs doing all kinds of different things until I got into taxes and accounting. That became my 2nd seasonal part time job.
    I loved to hand embroider, had to give that and crocheting up due to arthritis, so I just got a embroidery machine and am looking forward to being creative with it
    I spend a lot of time with my grandsons, mine is their home away from home
    I love to go to Louisville to visit my son
    I guess I should remember that the little mini fridge sized quilts count as quilting.......
    I am looking into quilting classes and look forward to taking them this winter
    I found out sewing pants for the first time that you can put them together wrong and they still piece together nicely. Could not figure out why they stayed puckered when I turned them right side out, LOL
    I feel very blessed to have come across such a great group of people here!


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    I live in a very small town in Pa. I have been married 51yrs to the same man, God Bless Him. We have four grown married children, ten grandchildren, and two great grands. I am a retired nurse and then a quilt shop owner, retired from that. I have made too many quilts to mention but am hooked on paper piecing after taking a class from Carol Doak. I made wallhangings, babyquilts, placemats, only one king size quilt that was enough. Have sold many of my projects. I have three Janome machines, two are embroidery so I am really addicted with a passion to quilting. We also like to travel and have been to many places mostly on the East Coast. This is probably more information than you want to know. Marge

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    Hey, that's a great idea. I am 61; live in Texas and retired a year ago as a legal secretary to the same attorney for 26 years. My husband of 26 years passed away 4 years ago and I'm still struggling to get my life back together. We had no children together, but I was blessed with 3 great stepchildren. I have a Santa Claus collection totalling over 500...some I keep out year round and the rest are stored away. I started quilting about 6 years ago after a friend begged me to take a beginning quilting class with her. I was hooked immediately, but have not been very good at finishing my projects. Have only completed 2 lap quilts and one baby. Have 3 more tops in the works and continue to collect more and more patterns.

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    I am a 47 year old mother of 5 and I have been sewing since I can really remember..

    To date I have done 8 king quilts, 5 queens and 4 twins that is finished..

    I have one GD who is 6... I live in Arkansas on Lake Greeson and own a motel..

    I have always made my own curtains and all my own pillow cases...Too many to count..

    This is my second marriage and we have been together 17 years... He is in USAF and is a career man..

    I have only done 1 wall hanging in all these years.. To date I have 7 queen tops and 9 king tops that still need to be quilted...

    I sew/quilt because Hubby is gone alot and it keeps my frustrations down :lol:

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    Please delete.... Double posted... :oops:

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    Hello everybody,
    I don't know how many things I have made so I will just tell you a few things about me......

    Im 39 years old.
    From Ohio.
    I have two boys - 17 and 20 - one in college, one in high school.
    I work full time.
    I have a wonderful husband who has taken care of my boys since they were 4 and 8.
    I love to quilt, especially scrap quilts but don't have enough time to spend on them.
    I collect buttons. I have literally thousands of buttons.
    I like to swap quilt squares and things for buttons.
    My husband and I have been buying old singer sewing machines and working on them and will hopefully sell them.
    Well, not sure what else to say.
    Judy in Ohio

    Well,

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    i was born in Sweden, moved to Australia when i was 5 moved back to sweden for 3 years when i was twelve and then back again to Australia. I can speak Swedish, Finish and ofcourse Australian!
    i am 44 years old and I have been married for 19 years and have 2 sons, one is 17 and the other 15. I have mainly sewed clothes for the boys when they were little and have also crocheted over the years. i went to a craft fair about a year ago which was when the quilt bug bit and now that the boys are almost grown i will have more time to do things that i enjoy so am very happy to have discovered quilting. I am teaching myself quilting and when i found this quilting board i was so happy and i have learnt so much from all of you. None of my friends quilt so it is so nice to be able to talk to all of you from all over the world and to know that you all are passionate about quilting too.
    I live in a semirural area on 2 acres of land and love the peaceful surroundings and all the wildlife and love spending time in the garden which is another passion. I work part time 3 days a week in an office and have done that for 11 years and am probably leaving this job before xmas. i am thinking of going to school to become a librarian as that is my other passion..books and reading. My dream would be to go to university and to do a visual arts degree..maybe one day..

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    I started sewing in the 7th grade in school. Mother can't sew a stitch. I used the neighbors sewing machine so my folks bought me a machine when I was 16. Made my school clothes. Sewed my horse showing clothes and chaps too. Sold western wear I made too. Now I am just making quilts and loving it . Not much of a crafter no patience for that.lol..
    I have 1 husband, 3 dogs, several cats, and 3 chickens. Oh yes, 4 horses and a mule. tlcquiltnut

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    First quilt I ever made was at my gr. mother's knee. It was for my doll. I hand sewed it and knotted it with pink knitcrochine, I think it was called.
    Raised by my gr. mother. Not a day went by that I didn't talk to her on phone or visit her. She lived to be 90, she was my angel. She also taught me to crochet, embroider and knit, and be the person that I am today at 51.
    Second milestone quilt was the one that I made for my first child. It was a nine patch and I knotted it too. It's still in the family, and that child is 31 yrs old.
    Married my husband right out of high school. We have 5 children and 9 gr. children. I had many jobs over the years, but my career was wife and mother. I'm a homemaker at heart, still am, nothing I would rather do really.
    Not much leasure sewing went on while I was raising my children, but I knitted and crocheted lots of toques and scarves and sewed many hems and seams.
    Now I sew to my hearts content and I'm just so very contented. Hubby is recently retired and luckily, we still really like each other.....lol. Will be spending our first winter in Florida.
    There have been many ups and downs but no down and outs. I've had a wonderful life so far and am looking forward to the second half.
    I love my family, my two tiny dogs, my garden, books, my tea, hot coco , fleece sheets, the color green.
    Wish I could lose some weight and keep it off, its my achilles heel, other than that, no complaints.

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    How sweet and precious you summed up a beautiful career,

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    Well here I go.. I am a 49 yr old divorce mother of 5 ages from 18-34 yrs old,( 2 boys and 3 girls) and 4 grandchildrens (3 boys and 1 girl) 16mos.-18years old. I been married twice first husband 15 years and second husband 2 years.

    I had a nervous breakdown in 2005 on my job that is the last time i work now i am disable . I am a diabetic and i have carpal tunnel and neroupathy in my hands and legs. But i keep quilting and embroidering.

    I had a sewing Business for 10 years in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Designed wedding dressing, b'maids dresses, etc.... i been quilting for a year and a half. a friend showed me the basic and i just read about quilting and i just do it on my own. i want to take some classes. My first quilt ws Sue Bonnet. I am working on my 16th quilt which is embroidery flowers and butterflies. Crocheting for awhile, embroidery, cross stitch.

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    I am so happy that this post found its way back. I love hearing...or I should say reading about everyone.

    tlcquiltnut, my mother doesn't sew either or any of her siblings. Which is odd, because my grandmother and great grandmother and all of her siblings and aunts sew and quilt. I took up my sewing from my grandma.

    ddrobins, happy to hear you and your husband still like each other. :) lol. I know what you mean about your gr mother making you who you are today. My grandmother was a major influence in my life, she made me the quilter and sewer I am today. She is definitely my angel and I can't imagine my life without her.

    Jerrie, I don't believe you. There is no way you are 49. I read that and looked at your picture and said there is no way. LOL.

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