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    My Mom used to make my clothes and then I started making my own clothes, made my daughter's clothes when they were little and about 10 years ago I decided to take a class - was either going to be stained glass or quilting. Quilting won out and I have been playing with it ever since, though since I am retired now, I do something almost daily - could be buying fabric, washing fabric, ironing fabric or sewing. Have so many things I want to make and they will never get done. Oh well. UFO's ae fun to look at!!

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    I have been sewing all my life, I am the oldest of 10 kids and there was never money to buy clothes for every one of us so my mom decided to make our clothes because it was cheaper. Back then we used to make clothes by hand. As I grew older I learn to do all kinds of handcrafts and things for the house. I started quilting in the fall of 2006. and I Love it. :D

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    Honestly, it was the Jennifer Chiaverini quilting novels. I read the first one where Sylvia was teaching Sarah how to hand-piece and I said to myself "I can do that!" And I did it! My great-grandmother had also taught me how to cover old blankets and tie them so I already knew how to do that.

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    Hi,
    I started sewing doll clothes by hand when I was 8 or 9. By the time I was 12 I made myself clothes. When I was a junior in high school I made my first quilt out of 4 inch blocks from all the clothes I had made for myself before that time. I didn't know anyone else who quilted and it took me years to find out real information. My parents gave me a sewing machine for a high school graduation present. I had been crocheting for years before I took up quilting. I have only taken about 4 formal classes in my life but I now belong to two guilds and have seen at least 100 quilt professionals give presentations etc. I now do handquilting for other people when they are willing to pay me for my time.

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    Come to think of it i have sewn since i was around 10, but on and off. I learnt in school to handsew little embroidered bookmarks and also crocheted blankets and doilies but could never get into knitting as i felt it just took so long to grow..possibly because of me not being a fast knitter..
    When my kids were little i made a lot of their everyday clothes out of necessity and crocheted each of them a blanket and made their cot sheets. I didnt sew for many years but felt that something creative was missing in my life but didnt know what and tried folk art painting amongst other things but it wasnt until i went to a couple of craft shows and saw all the beautiful quilts that I knew that was what i wanted to create. That was a couple of years ago and even though i have only made a couple of wall hangings and a baby quillow i have thoroughly enjoyed making them. I have given everything away as gifts so far and am currently making a baby blanket and bag to hold it in for my niece. I find it to be an enjoyable past time and my list of to do projects just keeps on getting longer and longer!!

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    Pretty pillow Izy!

    I guess what attracted me to quilting would be that I love to sew and I was cold at the time :lol: .

    No, just kidding, I wanted to make a really nice quilt for myself for my birthday so I did. I'm self taught. Now I'm hooked!!


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    My Mom taught me to sew when I was 6 I was already knitting and crochet at 4 She did not know how to quilt. So when my grandson was born I wanted to make him a quilt.Never doing it I just picked up some fabric and a templat and started to quilt hexagons togeather by hand. I got hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyQuilter
    Honestly, it was the Jennifer Chiaverini quilting novels. I read the first one where Sylvia was teaching Sarah how to hand-piece and I said to myself "I can do that!" And I did it! My great-grandmother had also taught me how to cover old blankets and tie them so I already knew how to do that.
    Omigosh, yes! I actually read those first, wanted to quilt, and then when my friend was quilting, I decided to give it a try. Those books got me hooked on the 'idea', I think my friend got me hooked on the actual execution :lol: .


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    I was a young mom. The neighbor girl - well , same age as I - used to make things for Gattlenburg for a shop. I could help a little and eventally took my own classes. I had sewn my own clothes " Marsha Brady style" most of my high school years. Just evolved. Never knew my grandmother did this.

    Thanks for asking. enjoyed the memory.

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    My grandmothers and Mom were all quilters. I always loved quilts but never thought I could make one. But after my MOM passed away I inherited alot of her fabric and some blocks she had left over so I decided to give it a try. Now I'm hooked.
    My youngest daughter is now a quilter too and we are teaching her 2 girls ages 8 and 5.

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    I never took any kind of homemaking classes in school, I wanted to take shop, but GIRLS couldn't take shop. Anyway, no formal training for sewing, but until I got my serger, I rarely got anything finished. Once I got the serger, I really went to town. When my granddaughter was little I started making her clothes, when she started living with us, I made all her clothes, but then in 5th -7th grade we home schooled, so she didn't need school clothes, so I joined a charity quilt group, still swearing I was not going to quilt. Well, then I discovered rotary cutters, mats, rulers, etc and have been going at it since. My husband wants to know where the REAL Carmen is, because she said she would never quilt. I tell him I wouldn't be quilting if I still had to cut by scissors and cardboard templates.

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    MY Mother had a singer treadle machine she used to make us 3 girls school clothes. But she also sewed by hand She made us girls hand sewn skirts and tops. She taught us to sew on the treadle and to imbroidary. Especially when the Weather was bad, kept us occupided and not bickering. The three of us,I am the middle child, Knows how to use a sewing machine and to make clothes. My oldest sister learned how to make Quillows. Talked me into doing one, made 22 altogether. It was a small step to whats next. Piecing and quilting. I haven't look back since. That was 2003.
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    I started sewing when I was 12 and have loved it ever since. I made all my own clothes in high school and as a young mother I made lots of my kid's clothes too. I made my first quilt, a queen size log cabin in 1981. I used cardboard templates (made from cereal boxes) and hand pieced and hand quilted it. By the time I was finished I was very proud of my quilt, but knew I would never quilt again! Ugh-what torture!!!

    Then in the fall of 1999 we moved to PA and my next door neighbor was a quilter. She started a quilt group of about 10 ladies in our neighborhood and told me I could bring my X-stitch and join them. Week after week I was fascinated by the gorgeous projects they were working on. Before the year was out I owned a rotary cutter and mat, patterns and fabric and was making another quilt. In March I got a brand new sewing machine and by June (when we moved) I had a stash that filled several Rubbermaid tubs. I was in love with quilting and have never looked back!! That X-stitch project I was working on---it is still NOT finished!!!

    I love making quilts for friends and family. It is how I "wrap them with a hug" when I cannot be there. Nothing says lovin' like a quilt.

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    I was raised by my grandmother, and she was a quilter. She and her many sisters all would get together, or as many as could come, and they would cut out their pieces using cardboard templates and scissors. Cutting, hand sewing, with whatever fabrics they had. Everything was used. Outgrown clothes, the backs of shirts and skirts of dresses. They bought big 25lb sacks of flour that came in a fabric bag. The inside of the bag was calico or a tiny floral. I can remember them. It doesn't seem that long ago. I would tuck myself in a corner and listen and watch, not drawing attention to myself, knowing that I would be shooed outside with the rest of the younguns, if I made a nuisance of myself. But I watched and took in what they were doing with their hands and listened to their stories. My the stories, I can still recall, such wonderful memories I have of those women. Of course, I got to an age where I couldn't be bothered with sitting with "old" women and sewing and such. But that didn't really last long. I made my first quilt for my oldest daughter, knotted it, with the help of my grandmother. She would be around for another 15yrs, and she taught me so many things. Sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, canning and as we worked together she taught me by example what it is to be a wife, mother, gr. mother and anything about me that is good. To me quilting is honoring those women who came before me and I hope one of my six gr. daughters can take over where I leave off. Nothing would make me happier.

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    I grew up around quilts and being a detailed oriented person, always loved the fact they were so reflective of their owner/creator's taste.

    Mom wanted me to use a machine and I had NO interest in any of that. I thought I'd get a chance in high school but home ec classes weren't offered and I had no idea where to take any lessons. I did a little embroidery and tried a few other crafts but didn't find my niche until I had my first child. I had so much fun designing costumes (I still can't follow a pattern to save my life) for him and sewing them by hand. Mom probably thought I was nuts...she must have offered to teach me the machine about a million times until I was ready 8 years later :lol:

    When I was pregnant with my second I was on bedrest and almost lost my mind....by the time my third pregnancy rolled around, I had to get a hobby. I learned the absolute basics on an old kenmore and then mom taught me to hand quilt on the cutest kitty panels ever. I completed that project and learned about the sandwich, basting, and making bias binding. I sent it to a good friend from college who was living in oregon. She had her first baby girl just before my daughter was born. I've made some toddler blankets in the mean time, but nothing major since I've been so busy being an active mom.

    The women in my family have been quilters for generations and joining their ranks is an honor.

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    I knit, crochet, do cross stitch and needle point, as well as sew. I used to sew prom and wedding dresses, and made my daughters clothes until it just wasn't cool to wear clothes your Mum made! lol I needed an outlet for sewing, so I bought an Irish Chain pattern and have never looked back. :)

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    My Mom was a quilter and did beautiful work. She would always have me over when she got her blocks done and ask my opinion about layout. We would try them this way and that way and I always enjoyed my time with her. I decided to try my own hand at quilting and Mom helped me cut all my fabric. Just looking at all the little squares of fabric in neat little stacks just sent a thrill down my spine! And I just knew quilting was going to be my thing! HOWEVER I had a lot to learn and most of it was learned by doing it wrong first. I threw that poor quilt into the closet and repeatedly abandoned it many times and often felt that I didn't really have time for it, between working, running my own household and dealing with my parents aging. When driving at night became a problem for Mom, I joined her guild (although I'd never completed a quilt!) and drove her to it. I started doing block of the month and really enjoyed comparing my block with Mom's. Seeing everyone else's quilts every month really inspired me to dig mine out of the closet and complete it and I have kept working at some project or other ever since. One of the things I like about quilting is that it combines logic and mathematics (construction and piecing) with creativity and artistry (color choice and design.) I love the process of making a quilt as much as I love the finished project. Mom is gone now , but I still hold up everything I finish and say "Look what I did, Mom!"

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    I started sewing in middle school. We made a stuffed animal in one of the classes. Then in high school, started making clothes in home ec. Several years later, I happened upon Simply Quilts on TV and said - I can do this. That's when it started. I went and got Alex Anderson's beginning quilting book and made my first wallhanging. My grandmother used to crochet. Don't think she sewed much. Really, no one else in my family likes to sew, except maybe my neice. She has a sewing machine and likes to alter her clothes.

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    Wow interesting but me well, i hated home ec in school, couldn't stand the sewing machine, couldn't sew a straight line if you paid me, but i could draw a straight line. So i drafted, and got married, taught myself how to crochet, knit in the last couple of years. But when i went to there forums no one would answer my question nothing. So anyhow our boat needs the cushions redone, so i bought a sewing machine the hubby said you can't sew. Now i have to prove to him I can sew, well my girlfriend brought over fabric and i had no clue what i going to do with it. Went to Jo Annes spent some money and made a baby quilt which turned out my nephews girlfriend was ahving a baby so that quilt was out the door and that was in January and i have made about 4 so far. And i want to make more.

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    Moved to a small town in WY, hard to break into established friendships here or make any friends at all, so, I thought back to what the pioneers did for friendships, and I came up with Quilting Bees. So, I took a class at a local community center, and now, 17 years later I am still hooked. Every time we moved with the AF, I looked up local quilt stores and groups and always found great friends that were sooo difficult to leave.

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    I've always loved doing creative things. Been doing embroidery, cross-stitch and crochet since I was about 10. I hated sewing clothes and such, but I always loved antiques, history and quilts. I wanted quilts, but never wanted to pay hundreds of dollars for the good ones! So about 12 years ago, I picked up a magazine with the quilt pattern in it, and decided to try and make it for myself, and the rest is history. :lol: I've made a lot of quilts - mostly throws and baby quilts, but a couple bed quilts and wall hangings and misc. quilted accessories. All my other needlework has pretty much been abandoned for quilting! Nothing better than being all curled up on the couch with my dh or dd under a soft, cozy quilt!

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    A friend invited me to the quilt show in Arlington Tx in 2003. I took a bunch of pictures of my favorites. My daugter wanted to see them so I uploaded them to my website as I had no idea how to use one of the services. (Picasa wasnt available then LOL) Never got around to taking them off. I dont know if they are copyrighted or anything but I sure enjoy looking at them every once in awhile. Good thing, too, as I lost my harddrive soon afterward.

    http://www.chancy.org/family/quilts2...ington2003.htm

    I also put up the ones I took at the TAQG Rally in 2006. (Texas - Area Quilters Guilds)
    http://www.chancy.org/family/taqgpho...ly_15_2006.htm
    and the TAQG Rally 2008
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    I grew up around my grandmother and she would always have a quilt going at some point or another. They were always tied, but they were beautiful. She would always give a quilt for a wedding present and I wanted one from her when I got married. Sadly she's not able to do quilts by the time I got married, but I guess I picked up on her talent.

    When I was 19 mom made a pioneer dress for sister to go on a pioneer church activity and there was leftover material. So I wanted to do something, and decided to try my hand at making a quilt. I cut out each 4'' block with scissors and mom made the design for me. It's still my most treasured quilt today just because it was the first.

    I did quilts on and off since then, but after I got married two years ago I really became addicted. I was looking for something to define me and keep me busy while hubby worked long hours, and I finally found it. The rest they say is history! :wink:

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    My mother sewed all her own and our clothing when we were children. I've always liked sewing and did the same for my children and now some for my grandchildren. A few years ago after my mom died I found an old bably quilt I didn't even know she had made. I decided to take a class since my first attempt on my own was... well... lets say functional, but that's all. I fell in love with the process and have tried a few different forms of quilting. I enjoy hand stitching so am doing an English Paper Pieced quilt and am dabbling in Foundation Piecing too. I take as many classes as I can and just enjoy working with color and material. Soon everyone in the family will have a quilt and I'll get to keep a few. My only keeper so far is my Bargello Links that I finished about a month ago.

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    My mother liked to sew and as a child she enrolled me in several sewing classes and even took sewing in 7th grade. Hated it!!!! Really hated it!!! Everything I made had to be unsewn at least 4 times before my mother would take it from me and make something else out of it. When I married I took the sewing machine with me that my mom had given me. DH needed some gaters so snow wouldn't get in his hiking boots. Bought a kit cause it was a lot cheaper and said "you have sewing machine, you're going to make this for me" Well...... Then I did some sewing, then more sewing then I got into making crafts, lots of sewing. Mostly did cross stitch and when I moved here to this town and church, the ladies had "all night quilting nights" and I would bring my cross-stitch and stitch all night. (32 count linen got tough at 3 in the morning) after 4 years of friends trying to get me to quilt, DH said "you ought to make a quilt" and well..... the rest is history. That was about 10 years ago.

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