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  1. #101
    Super Member maryb119's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millstream Mom
    There are so many wonderful quilters out there that I thought I'd play "Tell Me About...." I'm sure there are some fascinating quilting stories!

    Who taught you how to quilt? I am self taught.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? A sunbonnet sue

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? My DD has it. I made it for her when she was 3 years old.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? A log cabin paper pieced quilt I made with 4 inch finished blocks. it's queen size so I made 320 blocks, added a scollop border iwth appliqued flowers....and hand quilted it myself.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I give some of them away to my kids but they usually keep each other company in the closet.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? a log cabin hand pieced and hand quilted circa 1876, made by my GGGGma and passed down.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? no quilt and yes to occasional workshop.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? Yes and won

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Yes, all the time.

    Why do you quilt?
    I love the beauty and the creativity in quilting. It gives my something else to focus on and relaxes me.

  2. #102
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    [quote=Millstream Mom]There are so many wonderful quilters out there that I thought I'd play "Tell Me About...." I'm sure there are some fascinating quilting stories!

    Who taught you how to quilt? My mother and Father

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Log Cabin (guess that's why I make so many of these)

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? No lost it in a house fire when I was a senior in high school

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? My BWR Log Cabin Star or my hand embroidered heart ring quilt-it's a toss up.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Gifts

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? One made for my mother when she got married

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? Attend workshops when funds allow

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? Too scared, afraid of competition

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Am teaching my 21 year old DD

    Why do you quilt? I quilt because I enjoy seeing where fabrics can change and enjoy making quilts for my loved ones.

  3. #103
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    i am a self taught try and era quilter i try and learn from my mistakes my first quilt made was the friendship ring pattern it was a wedding gift to my sister. most of my quilts are made for fundraising events for diferent charities i do not belong to a group due to i cannot find one in my area. yes i have entered my quilts in compitions at our local fair i have many first place quilts with theirribbons and i have also one best of the best four years running . yes i still have my first quilt made it was a class project for my son when he was in kindergarden parents had to help their children make a quilt of their life and family. i love to quilt for many reasons but the most important one is to see a terminally ill child receiving one of my personalized quilts made just for them what a smile they have when they receive them gives them a little break from thinking about their sickness

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    My husband's aunt taught me how to do the string quilt with newspapers as the foundation. She showed me a quilt book and when I saw all the different quilts I was hooked. She loaned it to me and my first on my own was ocean waves. My husband then worked at the sawmill nightshift and our children were young. When they went to bed and Jim at work I hand cut and hand sewed the whole quilt. It turned out pretty good for a first. We used it so much it finally wore out. I cut the middle out and still have it. Someday I may just frame it in the middle of another quilt. I have not decided yet. It was so fraye around the outer edges. I am self-taught since then. I gave them as gifts to my kids, grandkids and great grandkids. I just can't get enough of quilting...I am definely hooked.

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    Who taught you how to quilt? My cousin.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Crazy Nine Patch

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? No it was a gift for my niece.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? I really love a pastel quilt I made earlier this year.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Give them away to family

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? All the UFO's are the oldest not quite quilts yet.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? I belong to to several guilds. I don't take many classes or workshops unless it's longarm related.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? Yes

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? All the time

    Why do you quilt? I love to make them. Since I'm a longarm quilter I'm very much into quilting.

  6. #106
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    Who taught you how to quilt?My older sister (family of 12)

    What pattern was the first quilt you made?I made a quilt with embroidered blocks of the stations of the cross and all the Catholic prayers

    Do you still have your 1st quilt?No, I donated it to a church raffle

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why?I like the Bowtie quilts because they are easy. Also, Snow ball quilts.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Some I sell, but alot I give away to people in need

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? a picture quilt I made when my children were babies. It is missing a corner because our first dog chewed it off so I zigzagged the corner shut at a diagonal.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops?I do not belong to a guild, but try to attend the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Minneapolis, MN every year.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair?some of my first quilts when I was a teenager, I did and won blue ribbons. Have not entered in the last couple of years because I am too busy when fair time rolls around.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting?Yes, and they tell me it is too hard. I tell them if you can sew a straight seam, you can quilt.

    Why do you quilt? To gain some of my sanity back from my hubby and teenagers.

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    I am self taught; jumped right in and made "Judy's Flower Garden". Was very difficult for me but am not the kind to start with a pot holder. I still have it, tho it is a little tattered. My favorite quilt is one where we found an old pattern of girls w/umbrellas which I appliqued in squares. Very unique. I either use the quilts or give them to my married children. Don't have a "collection" per se. I am too backward to go to guilds or workshops and don't have enough confidence in my work to enter in shows. I began quilting because I was crocheted out and hands don't work as well anymore. I love to quilt and can't ever wait to finish one so I can start another. I still hand quilt but am about to venture into machine quilting.

  8. #108
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    Who taught you how to quilt?
    My mother had a friend that was 20 years older than her and this friend loved to quilt. I was fascinated by her quilting and when I was about 12, she gave me my first quilting lesson. I'll never forget this wonderful lady and the special gift she gave me.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made?
    King size Grandmother's Flower Garden appliqued on solid squares. Not very smart for a first quilt.

    Do you still have your 1st quilt?
    Yes, when I decide to make a quilt that seems to be a challenge, I get this one out and reminisce on how hard it was. I don't think anything will ever be harder than that first quilt I made.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why?
    Usually the one I just finished because I'm so excited have it done but the quilt I made for my oldest daughter's wedding (my avatar) is my favorite for now. I'm working on a whole cloth quilt for my second daughter's wedding now. That may be come my favorite. We will see.

    What do you do with the quilts you make?
    Mostly I give them away to family and friends but more and more I'm making them for myself. I have quilted for over 30 years and a few years ago realized I only had 4 quilts I'd made. I decided to remedy that and have made 6 quilts for myself since then.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection?
    A quilt my Great Grandmother made in the late 1800's. She did not have power in her house at the time and never owned a sewing machine. It hangs proudly in my living room and is made of old clothes and sheets. I am currently working on a quilt (Grandmother's Flower Garden) completely hand stitched in memory of her. The top is almost finished and then I will also hand quilt it.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops?
    No

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair?
    No, I've been encouraged to do so many times but I'm not sure I would like it. I don't quilt to be graded. I quilt just for the love of quilting.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting?
    Yes, in fact, I have a friend that recently retired and she asked if I would teach her to quilt. We have had a great time quilting together.

    Why do you quilt?
    Lots of reasons but mostly because I love quilts and quilting. I love old fashioned designs for myself but love trying new designs too. I also quilt to give a part of myself to someone else. (Some people don't understand this.) Quilting is very relaxing for me.

    I also quilt so my kids, grandkids, and great grandkids will have something to remember me by. Therefore, my signature:
    A quilt is a hug for future generations. :)

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  9. #109
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    Who taught you how to quilt?

    A local teacher who taught beginner classes at one of the elementary schools in the evening.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made?

    We did a sampler and I learned a lot of techniques. Great class

    Do you still have your 1st quilt?
    Yes and it's ugly haha

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why?

    My very favorite is an album quilt I made for my parents.

    What do you do with the quilts you make?

    Give away and keep.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection?

    Around 1860- it's a beauty!!

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops?

    Workshops

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair?

    No, it really doesn't interest me.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting?

    Yes!!

    Why do you quilt?

    Because it makes me so happy!!!!!!!!!!

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    My Mom,always made
    baby quilts They were all the tied quilts,Shw was my inspiration. I do very few tied mostly pieced. I keep a picture of my first quilt.The dog wound up with it.I've been quilting about 5 yrs and I learned so much from my classes. I just wish my Mom was here to see them. She's beeen gone 8 yrs and still miss her.

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    Well where does one start? at the beginning I guess :lol:

    Once upon a time I decided I would like to learn to quilt so attended a beginners class at the local quilting shop.

    My first quilt was a sampler lap quilt which my DD laid claim to and so it now resides in her room.

    I don't have a favourite quilt at this time

    Most of the quilts that I have made I give away to friends or donate to various charities, such as the Cancer Foundation.

    I have only been quilting for 3 or 4 yrs so none of those old ones here :lol:

    I belong to a couple of quilting groups and yes I have exhibited.

    Really don't know what attracts me to quilting as I have never considered myself a creative person. I guess I would say I find it very relaxing.


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    Who taught you how to quilt? Started on my own

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? My first quilt was a checkerboard with borders. It was knotted.

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? It was a wedding gift for my younger brother

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? That is really hard to say. I love them all. I guess the one on my bed right now. It is blue and yellow design of my own and hand quilted.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Many are given away, some are made for cancer patients, some for special gifts, plus some for the homeless.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? One made by my mother before I was married which was in 1964.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? I belong to a small quilt group which meets twice monthly. Recently I have attended a couple of workshops and went to a quilt retreat in the spring.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? I have entered quilts in the Buckwheat Festival, our county fair, and West Virginia quilters state quilt show.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Yes. I have taught a couple of people how to quilt and encourage my daughter who lives in another state. She is now working on her second quilt.

    Why do you quilt? I quilt because I love it and God has given me opportunities to share something of myself with others.

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