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Old 04-09-2007, 12:22 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 01:38 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 01:41 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 02:19 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 03:28 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 03:41 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 04:05 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 05:12 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 06:01 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2007, 06:06 PM
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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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