Thea's quilting trials and tribulations.

Life teaches us many lessons! Some of the greatest lessons in my life have been taught to me by my quilts and the people that I have met through my quilting.

About me and my quilting life

I have been married for 20 years... I started my life out in NY and have since lived all over the world. I am a retired air traffic controller from the USAF. I gave 21 years to my country when health decided that I could no longer travel and do the stress filled life that I was living. I now live in the rural community of Enid Oklahoma but hope someday to move back east - maybe to Pennsylvania. I would love to live in the Pocono Mountains - close to NY where my "girls" are. I am an avid quilter. I love all aspects of quilting. I do know how to sew clothes, knit, crochet, tat, cook, bake, garden, clean my house, balance my checkbook, budget the household account and take care of the bills. I, also, know how to change the oil on my car... to wash it myself and if need be I could probably change out the spark plugs and do brake I know I am leaving some of my accomplishments out but they are escaping me at this time. I love to play cards and board games - I do not care for Poker if there is money and gambling involved. I am too practical to gamble unless I set out to have a nice night of Bingo and am not worried about the money I am spending ... if I win - I win! I absolutely love the Lord and have a very strong faith in the Christian way of living. I do not drink alchohol nor do I smoke - but I do not condemn anyone who does. I did at one time do both but somewhere down the road determined that that was not the path I wanted to go on. I did attend college and had a great time. I have several degrees... I have a fairly high IQ but don't worry about it... Unlike my Mom, I have common sense... she is a genius and just doesn't worry about most things. I want the best for everyone in this world and hope that everyone is able to get what they want out of life. I am a self-taught quilter. My DH introduced me to his Grandmother who was an avid quilter. I fell in love with them. I knew that I couldn't afford to have someone make me these hand made treasures so decided to learn for myself. I couldn't start right away as I was still in the Air Force. I worked shift work in the Air Force - a different shift each day...besides I had a young son to raise... We were also living in Japan. When we came back to the states, I started buying books and material... learning all I could. I retired in 2002 and that is when my real quilting life started. I think now I have made over 100 quilts. Some of the first ones were made with inferior fabrics and deteriorated in the washing machine.... most though are in my house and get used all the time... some are with my Mom, Dad, "girls", Grand daughter, son, DIL and friends... I have made some for raffles...I started out with log cabins and nine patch quilts - I have made them all by hand - I have hand sewn them together and machine sewn them together. I have learned many lessons - the most important I think is to press your pieces as you sew them together... if you don't press you run into trouble every time. I measure twice - cut once... check the pattern I am using at least twice because somehow those words If anyone, and I truly mean anyone - ever needs help - I will give you the best advice that "I" know - it may be different then someone else and I am probably wrong... but I will try and help you. I absolutely love the fact that the Lord gave me this love and has helped me to do it. God bless, Althea