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    I don't know if this question has been asked before, but I'm wondering how you guys got the quilting bug.

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    I've been sewing all my life (feels like that anyway), My youngest son, 30 now was given a hand made baby quilt by his Fathers mother, He carried that quilt around till it was a rag, seriously, I had to sneak it away at nite while he slept to wash it. I at that point decided to make him a new quilt, similar to, but not the same to trade with him, It worked, however when that one wore out, I had to do it again. He carried his blanket till he was 6, Had to have it at nite till he was 8. I started from there, but my quilts where few and far between, untill about 13 yrs ago, And I started going to antique stores and estates sale and seriously caught the bug. But I'm not a traditional quilter. I've always designed my own.

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    I had always loved fabric and sewn things. My first job was in our local fabric store. Had done some quilting though had not considered it quilting so much as sewing for the kids. Bit a couple of years before my grandma died she passed on to me some quilt tops she had pieced together for my children. She said they needed quilted and she thought I could do it. Well needless to say, I finished them and was so infected by the "bug" I am still scratching the itch to this day. What a gal!

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    I've been sewing since I was 6 but just started quilting abou 1 1/2 years ago. Two of my Aunts quilt and I always love them now that I'm unable to work I finaly have the time to quilt. Plus All the grandkids started coming. There is nothing better then a nice warm quilt from grandma

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    I'm not entirely sure what got me into quilting, but I do remember how I got into sewing. I remember I had to switch classes in school...I think it was when my accounting class was running into the next quarter and the teacher said the second half was going to be harder and since I was already falling behind that it'd be wise to switch classes. It ended up being Clothing I. I almost wasn't able to take it since the teacher told the guidence counsolor when he went to go ask if it'd be okay for another student to join the class that the class was already overbooked and there wasn't enough sewing machines to go around. Once he explained I wanted to join she said, "Oh Sam! Well, in that case, bring her in!" I really liked it and liked it even more when I brought my first sewing project home (a pair of camoflague boxers) and Mom asked where I bought them.

    Now that I think about it, I think my friend being pregnat attributed to getting interested in quilting because suddenly it seemed I wanted to make a baby quilt (and I kind of felt obligated to since I've been officially named the godmother to the child). And next thing I know I'm looking through magazines and books and an endless amount of websites on quilting and having the urge to go buy a yard of fabric whenever I'm at Wal-Mart and have a little bit of money to spare.

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    Glad you stuck with it! Can't wait to see some of your work. I remember when I was in jr. high....I had been sewing for some time by then and I had a little trouble with laying out the patterns.....I thought the teacher was wasting too much fabric....My mom had to go to school , she talked with the teacher, I apologized. After, she told me I was right..."it was wasting fabric but the class lessons were supposed to be followed"...a sort of grin and bear it...next one was made with enough to spare...went into a Barbie quilt and a Chatty Cathy dress. Guess I just dated myself.!

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    I know I didn't quilt in high school or college, then all of a sudden I was the expert. I honestly can't remember the first project I did. I only hope that someday when I go thru the 1000s of pictures stored here and there, that I find some record of the things I made. One of the most satisfying things I got to do was restore some antique quilts. I worked on a couple from the 1850s. It was a challenge, because the original was so good. Now I make up patterns and try to find more time (and buy more fabric). :D

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    I've been sewing since I was about 9. I love constructing my own garments. But truth be told, I didn't start quilting until I was married. I married a military man and money was non-existent and everyone we hung out with were having babies. Two yards of flannel, Two yards of cotton, and some filler was the most I could afford. Their was never a complaint. lol lol From there I went to wall hangings and then to the big kid quilts and the rest is history. I've not stopped and hope never to have to. I do love it!!
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    I don't remember at what age it was that I started sewing. I'm sure it was in the single digits. I mean, I didn't really complete anything spectacular, but the small things meant a lot to me at the time. I think I was happier that it made my Mom happy than I was with the actual product.
    I have a HUGE interest in "things" in general. I want/need/love to know how things work. I am way too observative from most ppl's point of view. That's just one easy way to put it. I have to know what makes things work. My brain is very "OVERACTIVE'. :D
    I think the best way to learn things that I'm curious about is TO DO THOSE THINGS. If I like what it is that I'm trying, I'll keep studying and doing it until I get really good at it.
    Maybe the explanation above is a little more that what you've asked, but I am the ultimate over-thinker, and that makes me the ultimate over-writer! :lol: I'm silly.
    BUT....anyway, I love creativity. Quilting is one of the best ways I've found to show off some of that creativity. Pretty much anything goes for quilting. You can completely design your own pattern, or follow one you like, but it is still going to be uniquely yours because of the color choice options for the fabrics, and just the uniqueness of each individual's quilting/sewing style. :D
    My MIL bought some quilt squares for me to embroider about 6+ years ago. She does those, and I thought it was cool. I embroidered a bunch of them, but I haven't worked on them for quite some time. Eventually they will make it into a quilt.
    I've also found it cheaper to make my own things, too. So that is another reason I got into sewing/quilting. I make things the way I want them. That way it will be made to my standards from the beginning.
    And my favorite thing to tell why I've gotten into doing things myself is because they will be uniquely MINE! Nobody else will have one just exactly like it-whatever it may be. :) yay! NOw, did I really answer the question, or just skip all the way around it? The simple answer I could've given: I like to make stuff. :lol:

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    I didn't get into quilting until about a couple of years ago. My monster-in-law...oh, how silly of me, I mean mother-in-law :wink: :D , has quilted, sewn, and embroidered for years. She got me into quilting. I used to just watch her sit at her quilting frame and thought man, that is a never ending job. HAHA! It is funny how things change. She started showing me a little at a time until I was really interested and actually had the time, now I can't stop. However, I started sewing when I was little, I think I was around 8 give or take a couple of years. My grandma and great grandma on my mom's side, were always working on a quilt that seemed to take them no time to finish, yes FINISH. :D I was so amazed at what they were doing, I wanted to make things. I think the first project I actually ever made was a pillow, sewed by hand. I owe all of my talent to them, and my mother in law. Many thanks to them, maybe one of these days I'll get around to making all of them a quilt to give back to them, all of the quilts they made me (which I could never come close). :lol:

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    Heather: The "M" in MIL really doesn't stand for mother.... ;) hehehehe

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    It seems like I was always INTERESTED in quilts, especially ones with geometric patterns - triangles & rectangles & squares, OH MY!! Then one day about 15 years ago, the local Adult Education catalog came in the mail & they offered a quilt makiing class. :!: The first 2 classes were held in an empty shop at the local mall, then they moved us to an elementary school that was changed over to Adult Ed. We started off learning to do all different types of blocks by-hand (and quilt-as-you-go). I'm still taking the same class, but now the new class members learn the by-hand methods & us 'oldies' can bring our machines. Once in a while, we even all work on the same pattern! LOL

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    Hi All - My BGF Annie introduced me innocently to a quilt shop while we 4 were on a camping trip. Once I saw those quilts, those colors and the wonderful FQs in there, I just had to learn how to do it!!! I've never been really creative in my life, but this all started one year ago, and I am now a quilting maniac!!!!! :P LOL

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    Just after my husband and I got married, I realized I had nothing to do. Sounds weird, but no kids, a tiny tiny apartment, I worked full time, but had my evenings to do nothing. I tried crochet (not my calling), I found out I'm 3 deminsionally challanged at knitting (I can make scarves, that's it), so I started cross stitch. Everyone was having babies, so I started doing the quilt top cross stich things...had to take them to Mom's to be quilted. I had taken sewing classes in high school and sewn with Mom when I lived at home, so I wanted my own machine...then another...then a surger. Now, I have a whole room. I'm working on a cross stitch quilt for our baby, hopefully I'll have it done before the baby gets here. I don't sew as many quilts as many of you here, I'm lucky to get two or three done a year, most of my "stuff" is in the Fiber Arts for club. But I make clothes and gifts for all the neices and nephews for their birthdays and Christmas, so I'm lucky to get actual quilting time now.

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    I started making quilts about 4 years ago. I never had time and space until then, with teenagers and housework, a job etc.

    I first got the bug when I wandered into a quilt shop in Southern California about 12 years ago. I couldn't believe how much the quilts were on consignment for! (I had no idea handmade things would be so valuable to other than the maker.) And then it occurred to me how absolutely creative I could be in quiltmaking. Any pattern, any fabrics... what an outlet for my artistic energies!

    Also, I knew after taking that beginning quilt class that this was a good way for me to become more disciplined. Accuracy is everything in quiltmaking, isn't it? I would have to give up being "sketchy" in my art, and make the straight lines I hated in drafting class.

    Anyway, I absolutely love finding the right fabrics and patterns, and that urgency to make the next quilt. Usually it becomes a treasured gift for someone in the family.

    A healthy obsession, if you ask me!

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    I, too, started sewing at the age of 9. While visiting my grandmother's, she and several ladies surrounded a quilting frame stitching. They allowed me to take a few stitches, which I am sure they ripped out, but I was hooked and said "one day".

    Three friends from my church invited me to join them and take a beginner's quilting class about 20 years ago. I was hooked and the rest is history. I haven't stopped taking classes. There is always more to learn. One Day is here.

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    It's interesting to read how you all started quilting. I started doing crafty things. First, I did cross stitching a baby quilt when my children were toddlers. Then, making witches for halloween and ornaments for christmas. Since my daughter started dance school when she was six, I had an idea that I wanted to make her a quilt with her dance pictures. Well, 11-years later, I decided I wanted to really do it - but where do I start? I only had 4-months to get it done-she was graduating. I knew nothing about quilting. I would check out all the quilts at all of the carnivals, etc, and be in awe. Well, one day I was taking a ride and there and behold --- a "Gone Quilting" store. My husband was with me and I literally did a uturn right there! - through 4 lanes of traffic - lol. I signed up for a beginners class to see if I was even capable. The quilt top came out pretty good, so I signed up for my second class. This class is where I learned to make the quilt for my daughter. I am now hand quilting it - I cannot believe the hours and hours and hours it is taking me, but well worth it. I posted pictures on the pictures section.

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    I've been sewing since I was in my teens.I made all my daughter's clothes, until it wasn't cool to wear clothes your mother sewed. lol

    Twelve years ago my first husband was tragically killed in an accident and quilting was my therapy to fill the lonely hours. Happily I met a wonderful man three years ago and last year we were married...I'm still quilting and he is my biggest fan :)


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    I've been sewing since I can remember, Mom got me started doing that, Grandma taught me to embroider again, its in my longest memories of doing, as far as quilting, I've been researching it to death for years, wanting very badly to actually put it all into practice, YOU ALL gave me the inspiration to actually try it! Thanks, YOU ALL!!!

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    Flying Goddess, this is an interesting topic you brought up, have enjoyed
    reading all the replys.
    Years ago my Mother left me 25, 9 inch muslin squares, beautifully
    embroidered with different flowers on each. One day I decided to try
    and incorporate them into a king size quilt. Of course, I didn't know
    what I was doing and ran into trouble, so I called the local quilt shop for
    help. The lady there said come right down and I will help you, had to tear alot of what I did out, but I did what she told me and then went back and
    picked out the backing, it came to $97.00, I nearly fell over, good thing I
    had my checkbook w/me. No prices were visible and I guess it didn't occur to me to ask. I do now!! Then she said bring it back and I will quilt it for you, WOW, another shock, I learned a lot in one experience. But it
    turned out very nice and is a treasure to me. :D

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    I started sewing in high school, then moved on to other crafts...crochet, knit, needlepoint, cross stitch. Enjoy them all. About 10 years ago I was at a friend's house and she was hand quilting a quilt for her daughter. I was totally impressed. She grew up in a Mennonite community, so quilting was always something she did. Not too long after that she subbed for me when my mom died. When I got back, she and my class had made me a quilt. They drew pictures with fabric crayons of things I love. I decided if 9 year olds could do it maybe I could. 5 years ago, she convinced me if I could sew a straight line, I could quilt. She found an easy pattern, talked me through a lot of it, and I havent' stopped since. We shared many special times for 4 more years. She died last year from cancer, but every time I sit at my machine, I think of her and know she is laughing at how smitten I've become. I have a niece I'm trying to convince she can quilt. So far she's not biting :)

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    It is fun to read how different ones got started quilting. I have loved sewing every since I started in 4-H as a kid. I didn't consider myself a quilter until after I retired, but when I look back, I have quilted small objects for years and years--I just didn't consider pillow tops as "quilts" --I probably made enough cathedral window pillows to have made a quilt top! My mother-in-law was a wonderful quilter and for many years I bought her fabrics as birthday/Christmas/etc. gifts. When she died, I inherited all her quilting supplies. They included a lot of quilt blocks and I started "real" quilting by learning how to put those together. Wasn't long before I was making my own blocks. I can't imagine ever getting tired of putting together a new top. I find I am leaning towards lapsize/baby quilts because I can try a new pattern more often that way. They are easy give away, too.

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    I have been sewing since I was a young child, and we made a few blankets/biscuit quilts/bedspreads then (with mom and my sisters) but I didn't really start quilting until we lived in Germany and I needed something warm to cover a window. It was before rotary cutters and all that...

    I know you ladies like to say there are no rules in quiltmaking, but there are certainly ways to make it overly difficult for yourself! I used poly blend fabrics, poly batting and 2 layers of sheets to make this, and then I HAND QUILTED through it - it was VERY hard getting through all of that. I used regular sewing needles and a double strand of regular sewing thread. It's a wonder I didn't quit then! But that was 22 years ago, and I am still doing it (but now I know how to do it BETTER).

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    Cathe--I think you have great perserverance! I agree with you--some ways of doing things makes the process easier than other ways. Exchanges like this will help folks learn a different/easier/better? way to do a number of quilting things. Bet your first quilt "never" wore out!!

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    I started much like you cathe. I didn't know one fabric would be better than another. I backed my first large quilt with a sheet and then hand quilted it. It was NOT easy getting through that zillion thread count sheet and I wondered how other women did it! :D But I've learned a lot since then.

    I've sewn most of my life too, and made all my girls' clothes when they were little. I used to watch my mom sew all our clothes. I stood quietly by her machine while she made the most beautiful things, and now I sew on that machine. It keeps me close to her. :)

    I came from a family who sewed clothing and crocheted. No quilts in my past. But I did learn to love fabric (and yarns as well...I knit and crochet) and when I was visiting a friend of mine from church, she showed me her latest quilt project and I was hooked. She showed me some of the basics, but I was too impatient to wait until I learned enough from her to make life easier on myself. LOL I dove right in, made every mistake ever made (and made up a few of my own, no doubt!) and then slowly, by watching others, I learned. Quilting has gotten me through some really tough times in my life, and I thank God I was united with this craft. I'll die with a needle in my hand! LOL

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