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March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?

We want to know: What or who is the reason you started quilting?

Did a family member, friend or life experience get you into quilting? Tell us why you started quilting!

To participate in this month's survey, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below. Your comment may be chosen to appear in Easy Quilts Quilters Club of America Notes!


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MELANIEE wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 7:41 AM

When I was preschool age Grandma started taking me with her to quilt at the Methodist Church.  She always kept me supplied with lots of scraps to play with, too.

Margaret wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 8:11 AM

My daughter and family moved away and I had taken care of the Grandkids for10 years and needed something to do so I didn't go crazy!  I had sewn all my life so thought I'd try quilting which I love and have been quilting now for 14 years.

wendanik1@charter.net wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 8:54 AM

My husband was in the military and overseas of 7 -9 months out of the year. I had to find a hobby to keep myself from being lonely and going crazy. This is one I always wanted too learn, so with so much alone time, I went for it!!

Mary L Cohen wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 9:37 AM

I have always been a sewer but I was intrigued by the designs of quilting and about 6 years ago on my birthday, there was a quilt show happening and I went to see the quilts.  After that I was so intrigued that I had to find a guild and started going.  Soon after I did some basic classes and was on my way to making my own quilts.  My favorite ones are the out of the ordinary quilts and applique.  I am not the traditional quilter and love the creativity aspect of quilting.

Glenna wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 10:23 AM

When we started having grandchildren I decided I wanted each of them to have a handcrafted quilt.  Once I retired, I began quilting in earnest and now not only the grandchildren and great-grandchildren  have quilts made by me but so do all the other members of our family - and we do, too!

Beth wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 10:36 AM

My mom and mother-in-law were my inspirations...they owned a business together, teaching sewing, doing dressmaking, and alterations while we were kids..I was always underfoot, observing, learning and basically absorbing everything they did and taught..When my mother finally had her empty nest she began to quilt in earnest, and as always, I watched, listened and learned...she still quilts somewhat but unfortunately dementia has begun to settle in and many of her lessons are lost to her and she can only perform the simplest of patterns....I am teaching myself and learning and doing as much as I can while I still have her here..hoping my work keeps a glimmer of recognition alive for her...my mother-in-law passed away 11 years ago...I am also trying to make quilts for all of her grandchildren..along with the greats :)

nevaj wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 11:29 AM

There s a sewing club in my area and these lovely talented group of ladies have a quilt show each year

They make a quilt each year as a group and raffle this quilt at the quilt show, the raffle and the proceeds from the quilt show go to help the senior community center in our town. This lovely group of ladies are ever so willing to show and teach their talent to people like me that did not pay attention when my mom quilted. So thanks to those lovely ladies I in my retirement am trying my hand at the art of quilting.

Pat Brich wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 12:13 PM

I had been a decorative painter for years and when I found that I could no longer paint the fine details I had to find a new outlet for my creativity.  My grandmother always had quilts around and my mother always used "feed sacks" to make our clothes so I thought quilting might be a way for me to get my color fix and express myself too, so I signed up for the first how-to class I found.  To say the least many classes later and an overflowing stash I have found a new passion.

Margaret wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 1:44 PM

Why bother posting when it takes hours to post!

tblackmon wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 7:13 PM

My mother sewed all our clothes and I was interested in creating something from cloth.  I made my first quilt when I was 16 and didn't make another one until years later

MICHELLES-2 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 7:57 PM

My girlfriend opened a quilt shop and I wanted to support her.

Pat wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 8:22 PM

My neice and her husband adopted two children from Guatamala almost 8 years ago. I always enjoyed checking out quilt shops, but never thought I could actually make a quilt myself. Well, my friend Mary Ellen and I were on our yearly journey visiting quilt shops and stopped at O'Susannah's in Watkins Glen, New York.  They had a baby quilt hanging on the wall with little gingham dresses appliqued all over it. I fell in love with it and was told it would be a great first quilt for a beginner. My problem was I also needed one for a boy. Low and behold...they had one with gingham overalls too. Both quilts turned out beautiful. I'm sure they weren't perfect, but I was very proud of them and myself. I loved the process of making them and find it very relaxing. I feel the quilts are my arms wraped around Robbie and Ella. Now quilting is  part of my life.

I like to think Robbie and Ella are wraped in my loving arms when they  cover up with their quilts.

I like to think of Ella and Robbie wraped in my love when they cover up with their quilts.

QuiltyGrammy58 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 1 March 2014, 9:17 PM

I remember my mother and grandmother quilting when I was young (too young to help).  I had worked outside the home for years, until I had to quit due to arthritis.  I've sewn some for years but didn't get bit by the quilting bug until a little over a year ago.  I had to find something productive to do on the days I felt half way decent so I started with a baby quilt for my first grandson (born July 2013).  Since then I've made a quilt for my grand daughter, some table toppers for family members, a couple of wall hangings for myself (one of which I entered in MSQC's Iron Quilter II).

Lois Hephner wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 2:27 AM

My mother was a quilter out of necessity to keep us warm many years ago and I always wanted to learn to quilt but never had the time because of raising a family, working, etc.  After I retired and moved to AZ I learned to quilt in 2007 and have went crazy with it every since.  I know she is helping me from above.  It is my passion.  

bec02 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 7:18 AM

I saw some quilts that a distant relative had made many years ago. They were soooo beautiful!  I was too busy raising kids and too poor to buy anything but the bare necessities, so I never got started making quilts.  I sort of forgot about it until shortly before I retired and now I can't stop!  As soon as I get one started, I start another. :)

Kay Ahr wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 7:55 AM

I always enjoyed machine sewing.  Used to make all my clothes.  When my weight started yo-yo-ing,making clothes wasn't a fun experience anymore.  The patterns didn't fit, and I just didn't feel like learning how to adjust patterns.  Soooooo, QUILTING!!  

Karen Rose wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 9:07 AM

One of my greatest memories is sitting at grandmas feet watching her cut and sew her quilts by hand. She made quite elaborate quilts, unfortunately her quilts were all sold at auction after her death.  I would tell this story to anyone who would listen and about 2 years ago I told it to my sister-in-law who then invited me to join our local Senior Center quilting group with her. Though our winter here has been a rough one and I've not been able to get out to work with our group, my mind and heart is with them all.

kmcla67-shop@yahoo.com wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 9:18 AM

I was having a new grandchild and watching Alex Anderson and that inspired me to make my first quilt and have been quilting ever since.

Barbie wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 9:40 AM

I NEEDED A WAY TO RELAX AND DO SOMETHING I ENJOY Doing that didn't involve the everday grind of working for someone else.  I have made teddy bears and dolls in past, but now I needed something that isn't quite as hard on the hands.  I will be retiring soon and want really get involved in quilting.

Pauline Elertson wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 9:58 AM

I sewed garments since high school and since I retired I wanted to make a quilt for each of my 5 kids and my 10 grandchildren. I don't need as many new clothes now but still need my therapy of sewing and what better way than quilting.

Mary D. wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 2 March 2014, 1:06 PM

My Grandmother gave me my love of sewing and quilting.  I remember as a young child sitting in her sewing room watching her sew.  Great memories.

dglovell49 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 3 March 2014, 10:36 AM

I moved to Shrewsbury, PA and joined a neighborhood quilting group.  As a life long sewer, I found quilting so much easier and more fun than sewing.  Been at it for 9 years now.

fairgame wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 3 March 2014, 12:51 PM

I love the feel and texture of material..also the smell..It is always nice to do something with your hands....I have been quilting for 14 years but picked it up in Nursing school. 40 yrs ago...gave me something to do besides studying

fairgame wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 3 March 2014, 12:51 PM

I love the feel and texture of material..also the smell..It is always nice to do something with your hands....I have been quilting for 14 years but picked it up in Nursing school. 40 yrs ago...gave me something to do besides studying

Liz wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 3 March 2014, 6:43 PM

About 9 years ago, I inherited a Grandmothers flower garden quilt that was pieced and partially quilted. I didn't have a clue where to start on it, so I joined a local quilting group. I had sewn clothing since junior high and have always loved fabric. I just finished the GM flower garden in January of this year. I have made many quilts and taken many classes. The quilt bug bit me hard!

JoyceKailus wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 12:29 PM

When I first started dating my now husband 38 years ago, we stopped by his grandmother's house. She was out back, under the shade of the tree, humming and whistling while she did her hand quilting on her big wooden frame. The scene is still fresh in my mind - peace, joy, happiness, and a sense of accomplishment. When she passed away, my father-in-law insisted on giving me not only her wooden quilt frame, but also her old Singer sewing machine. He said grandma saw the joy in your face when you talked sewing with her, and he wanted that joy to last.

memoose wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 3:38 PM

Having always been a sew/crafter since I was a child, as I got older, I knew my sight and dexterity would fail me. I knew many women made quilts into their 90's and till the day they died. So I decided I wanted to learn to quilt so I could keep making things. If a woman could make a quilt bouncing in a covered wagon or by firelight, I knew I could keep it up in my old age. I'm not that old yet, but having to be a make-do person all my life, and starting to have vision loss, I'm so grateful for all the scrappy patterns and "easy" ones, where perfection doesnt have to be there for an item to be beautiful.

Linda wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 6:02 PM

I have been sewing since the age of 7 (for my dolls). Along the way I loved drawing and as an adult-painting. At one time I wanted to quilt. I started and stopped. Not really learning how to. But I continued to sew for myself, my family and my home. After not having the motivation to continue painting, I started to take lessons on quilting. This was an outlet that let me use my creative self that I did not tire of. I could express myself with my sewing machine. I'm still here and still quilting, loving all of the people that share my passion.

Kathleen Gabhart wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 1:37 PM

My family quilts have been given to me to care for and love but since my fiber love has been weaving I never learned to quilt.  However, I have a quilter friend who was "color challenged" and she would drag me to the fabric store to help her pick out fabrics for her quilts.  I even went to a quilt show with her as I am a fiber lover.  I found a wall hanging pattern for Easter with bunnies, eggs, chicks, ducks etc. blocks to embroider.  I made a deal with my friend that I would embroider the blocks and she would do the quilt. She lied!  Once the blocks were done, she insisted I pick out the border fabric for each square. Then sewing them was just straight sewing so I should do that.  She conned me into doing the whole project and a quilter was born.  I now quilt more than she does and she says, "I created a quilting monster".  Thank you Denise!

Jenia wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 2:10 PM

I have always been in awe of my Granny's award-winning quilts.  Every time we visited her (she lived in a different state) I would always ask her to bring out her quilts and I would always beg one to take home.  Relentless was I....the first grandchild and oldest by far.  I got the most Granny quilts - do I win?  Ha, no but I did win respect for the art and I am the only one of her kids or grand-kids to pick up the hobby and she is proud that I have started.  I just recently began (about 4 years ago).  My Granny is still with us at 93 and she has loved each and every quilt I have shown her that I have done.  She gave me 3 tops to finish - one was for me; I finished and gave one to my sister; and the third will be completed for my brother.  All three of us will have something from Granny and me together.  Granny is my quilting mentor and idol and she is dearly loved by all who know her.

DaisyM35@sbcglobal.net wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 5:00 PM

Around 2005 I happened upon a show call "Simply Quilts".  I found it intriguing. I realized that I was interested in trying quilting.  Alex Anderson was so unassuming.  She really seemed very down to earth.  I enjoyed her presentation.  I started buying magazines and books on the subject and between the reading and the show I was hook.  I still had not actually quilted but after about 2 years of prep, I took and class and loved it.  Now I enjoy quilting and the camaraderie of good friends.

Ginny wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Thursday, 6 March 2014, 10:59 AM

Started quilting in the 60's because I went to my local library and saw that there was a woman teaching hand quilting. Wanted to know what it was all about and took one of her classes. She was amazing! Her teaching techniques were above and beyond the mere sewing I was doing and her quilts were beautiful. I couldn't wait to start quilting. From that point on I haven't stopped. LOVE IT!!!

Pam wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Friday, 7 March 2014, 10:12 AM

When I was young, I had to make my own clothes for school so my mother taught me how to sew.  She did some quilting and it just seemed natural for me to follow in her footsteps.  I have her stash now and most of it is 70's, 80's and 90's fabric so I am making my children a quilt from her fabric for Christmas this year.

keopine wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 9 March 2014, 9:14 PM

I was visiting a friend from church and fell in love with a quilt she had in her guest room. She encouraged me to give it a try. I made a quilt for each of my three sons and their wife's for Christmas that first year.

Gerie wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 10 March 2014, 7:44 AM

First, you have to know I'm Dutch. I knew of a small group of women, who quilted. They made teacozy's. And I thought that was all there was to  quilting. Then, my husband and I moved to the US and we visited an aunt of my husband, who lived in Canada.  I never met her before, since she already moved to Canada before I was born. I entered her house and was immediately struck by those beautiful wallhangings en bedcovers. Those intricate pieces of art were quilts!!!!! The actual thing. I was amazed and I just couldnt get over the beauty of the technique. I knew That Was What I Wanted To Make too. Aunt Nellie was so thrilled with my enthusiasm, she gave me a quilting book. I started quilting and haven't stopped since. Next month will be my tenth anniversary as a quiltster. Aunt Nellie is not among us anymore, and we moved back to the Netherlands, but she did see my first quilt finished. Through my quilting, I still think of her a lot.

Jeri wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 11 March 2014, 9:24 PM

I was invited to join a new quilting group at my church a couple of years ago.  Two experienced quilters started the group and got us newbies started.   Then my grandchildren started coming along and I was inspired to make quilts for them and now I'm hooked.  

Denise wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Thursday, 13 March 2014, 11:23 AM

I just joined QCA so this is a good first post.  I was always craftsy and have done many things from crocheting to wood working. When I started a new job 15+ years ago, my coworker was a quilter and she got me started on my first quilt, what machine to buy, etc.  We did many "classes" during lunch and then I started taking classes at a local quilt shop. I was hooked! My grandmother got my 2nd quilt I made as she was the one to teach me many things over the years. When I started quilting her eye sight was going and she commented that she would have enjoyed quilting with me if she was younger and could see. For her 90th surprise birthday party I presented her with a queen size Triple Irish Chain quilt that I stippled on a traditional machine. To this day, I don't know how I did that!  Gram is no longer with us but I have those special memories of all the things we did together. I now own an Innova longarm and have a quilting service that I enjoy. The best part of quilting is that there is always something new to learn and pass on to others.

signal@ncn.net wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 6:38 AM

I had an 85 year old neighbor that decided I needed to learn to quilt.  She would not give up on me until I tried it (I had always done a lot of sewing) and after trying it I was "hooked".  It helped that my grandma and mom quilted too.

vwatsap wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 7:06 AM

I was invited to a quilt guild meeting.  The "Show and Tell" by the members inspired me.

sjhughson wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 7:30 AM

I first quilting in 1966 of necessity ($$$). I picked it up again as a stress reducer when I had a terrible job and needed to keep it until I found a better one. The rest, as they say, is history. My paternal grandmother and aunt were well into sewing and needlework.

Cathy Parker wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 7:36 AM

As a child, my mother sewed pretty things for the 3 of us girls along with doll clothes, of course. I somehow felt that she did this for love and pleasure. When I entered High School, they offered a class for sewing, and wanting to be like my Mother, and took it. I sewed for years, for my children, others and found what my mother new and I learned. I thought, this is it, this is me. In my early 60’s, my friend ask if I would make her a simple quilt, just straight lines. My mind went blank, quilting? Who quilts? So I took on the project and by the end I was amazed, it wasn’t all that bad!  But what really did it, was her friend, when she asked if I would make one for her new grandchild. Another simple quilt I thought, OK, why not. By the end I was hooked, it filled something inside me? Now, what more was there out there? I went on line, ordered books and magazines and started with mad passion into this new adventure and what came over me was sheer delight. I dug right in self-teaching, and my Granddaughter was my first experiment, then my Daughter. Hers was different, as I also did machine embroider, hers was a combination for a Sudoko quilt. WOW!!! I thought, “what is this wonderful and powerful gift given to me”? My sewing room now has a small corner of crafts, and for regular sewing but, the rest of the room is a now a Quilt Haven. My husband said “how can you look at those book and patterns so much, isn’t it boring?” NO WAY! Through quilting I have also learned to appreciate the World and Nature, as you see quilts and color combinations in all directions. I still work full time so now at 71, I quilt almost every day and hope to continue for many years, as this passion is keeping me young and alive with joy. Once a year when my Mother comes to visit, it brings back all my loving memories and also makes many more.

Cathy Parker wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 7:38 AM

As a child, my mother sewed pretty things for the 3 of us girls along with doll clothes, of course. I somehow felt that she did this for love and pleasure. When I entered High School, they offered a class for sewing, and wanting to be like my Mother, and took it. I sewed for years, for my children, others and found what my mother new and I learned. I thought, this is it, this is me. In my early 60’s, my friend ask if I would make her a simple quilt, just straight lines. My mind went blank, quilting? Who quilts? So I took on the project and by the end I was amazed, it wasn’t all that bad!  But what really did it, was her friend, when she asked if I would make one for her new grandchild. Another simple quilt I thought, OK, why not. By the end I was hooked, it filled something inside me? Now, what more was there out there? I went on line, ordered books and magazines and started with mad passion into this new adventure and what came over me was sheer delight. I dug right in self-teaching, and my Granddaughter was my first experiment, then my Daughter. Hers was different, as I also did machine embroider, hers was a combination for a Sudoko quilt. WOW!!! I thought, “what is this wonderful and powerful gift given to me”? My sewing room now has a small corner of crafts, and for regular sewing but, the rest of the room is a now a Quilt Haven. My husband said “how can you look at those book and patterns so much, isn’t it boring?” NO WAY! Through quilting I have also learned to appreciate the World and Nature, as you see quilts and color combinations in all directions. I still work full time so now at 71, I quilt almost every day and hope to continue for many years, as this passion is keeping me young and alive with joy. Once a year when my Mother comes to visit, it brings back all my loving memories and also makes many more.

smcpp@aol.com wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 7:40 AM

I had always enjoyed sewing since my jr. high sewing class where my first sewing project in Mrs. Johnson's Home Economics class was a denim apron.  Then as an adult I saw a tulip quilt in a magazine which I fell in love with so I tore the page out of the magazine and told myself that I needed to learn how to quilt...someday.    I kept that page in a book for many many years and would take a look at it on occasion and would tell myself that I needed to learn to how to quilt...someday.  Then several months after working at a new company my boss, Sue W., said that she was going to stop off at the local quilt store during her lunch break.  I perked up and asked "You're a quilter?!?!?"  Can you teach me?"  Over the course of the following months/years she did!  She brought me some fat quarters and the Yellow Brick Road pattern to start me off.  Later we shopped together, we took quilt classes together and attended the International Quilt Show in Rosemont, IL together.  We would bring our quilt projects into work for Show and Tell and we would "ohhhh" and "ahhhh" at each others creations!  Sue also inspired me to keep a journal of all my projects and I am thankful for it because I can see how I have progressed through the years.   Thanks Sue for introducing me to the world of quilting!  (p.s.  I don't know what happened to the magazine page of the tulip quilt. I think I lost it in a move :(  Wish I had it so that I could make that tulip quilt now!!)

Drue wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 8:13 AM

A friend of mine wanted to take a quilt class and wanted me to join her. After a few weeks of constant "begging",  I finally gave in and went to the class with her and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I had always heard that if you ever get into quilting it would become an "obsession"!  That comment was correct!  I have been quilting ever since.  My friend whom I went to the class with never got the "quilting obsession" though, in fact she asked me one day if I'd finish her quilt for her, imagine that.  

Pat Schnittger wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 8:56 AM

I took hand quilting classes as a Mother's Day present in 1996, taught by a man that learned to quilt from his grandmother. He was such a great inspiration that it became my new passion and have been quilting ever since. He was a wonderful and talented person with a lot of knowledge in the art of quilting and textiles.

Still loving quilting

Francie wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:00 AM

I have always loved fabric and quilts. I finally had some time and took a class. I was hooked!

Just J wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:17 AM

I started quilting because of my great-grandmother's beautiful handmade quilts I saw as a child.  I was always fascinated by them.  I had a Sunbonnet Sue quilt on my bed that she had made for my mother.  Many of the beautiful quilts were packed away until my older sister got married, when they were given to her to use.  Unfortunately, she married an abusive man.  When they split up, he kept all our family quilts and sold them at a yard sale for 50c each.  I guess it was then I determined to recreate as many of her quilts as I could remember, label them, and pass them down to a new generation.

PeggyH2014 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:34 AM

I have been sewing in one form or another since I was about 8 years old; including attempting to make a quilt here and there-unsuccessfully. In April of 2012, my Daddy got really sick with leukemia and was in and out of the hospital for a very short wicked month before he decided enough was enough, and at the tender age of 79, passed away.  During that month, I went home every night and retreated to my sewing room, needing an outlet for my worry and grief.  A quilter was born during that month halfway between March and April, and I have become unstoppable, LOL. It has become my outlet, the channel through which I can make myself relax, think, create, even cry and mourn sometimes. Piecing the quilts is artistic-true, but I have been giving back as well. Through Quilts of Valor I have given quilts to Iraq and Afghanistan Vets and Korean War Vets, happy to see a bit of my Father in their eyes. My friends and family are being kept warm with the love found in the quilts that I have given them over the past couple of years.  The new grandbaby has already been given a couple of quilts and the 10 year old grandson has three of his own...he "advises" me on color schemes and patterns and even designed one for me to make and named it.  Imagine a ten year old boy willing to go to the fabric store with grandma to help pick the backing fabric for the new baby's quilt.  He did it, and was proud. So it has also been something that has involved other family members.  Everyone laughs and I have become the family "fabric hoarder" as my sister calls me.  But guess what? That same sister started quilt making shortly before Christmas...copy cat!  So here we go-maybe I started something that we can carry on together and wouldn't Daddy be proud of what HE started? After all, his passing gave me the gift and the will to carry on with this "quilting thing" as everybody around here calls it.  

pins4 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:37 AM

22 years ago I was facing major surgery that would keep me still for several weeks.  I looked for something to keep me occupied, Already conquered, embroidery, counted cross stitch, tatting, crochet, knitting and just about every other hand work so I bought a book on quilting, no rotary cutters then so I bought good scissors, still have them!  So along with Georgia Bonesteel Lap Quilting book, some fabric from the  local shop and a lot of time on my hands I began.  Still have my original quilt, hand quilted and I was smitten with the results. So now 22 years later. 3 sewing machines, assorted tools, and lots of other ladies I hooked on quilting I am still smitten with the results when I finish a quilt.  Have turned my passion into a Quilting Ministry and enlisted 10 other ladies. We meet weekly and have  presented, just last year, 298 lap quilts to people in distress for what ever reason.  We figure over 1000 lap quilts have been made by our group, in 7 years and presented through local charity organizations and personally. So quilting has been good for me and to me!!!

Nancy Bonnette wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:41 AM

Why I started wuilting, I was ill and needed a new sewing machine, when at the quilt store I realized quilting was anything like I used to believe.  Then my grand daughter's dog was ill so we decided to make a quilt to honor Holly.  Well I made two and they were awesome!!! Not to mention all the quality time I got to spend with my granddaughter

sassycarole1 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:51 AM

An Amish lady started me quilting.  I would go to her shop in Michigan and one day she was working on a quilt.   She had lots of things in her shop that were handmade by the Yoder family.  She didn't sell fabrics but lots of other stuff to quilt, cook, read.  Great little shop.  She even sold bat boxes.  Mrs.  Yoder took me into her house and showed me the quilts that she had.  I was hooked!  I will never forget Mrs.  Yoder, what a lady!!

Chrisbrie wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 10:04 AM

I just loved to look at fabric.  I taught myself how to sew so I could buy fabric and use it.

Judy wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 10:23 AM

I have always sewed and made all my girls' clothing when they were growing up but never did any quilting.  I love quilts and just decided to teach myself how to quilt. It is a very slow process but I have managed to produce a few things on my own.  I took a couple of beginner classes but have much more to learn and am hoping that as a new member to QCA I will be able to pick some brains of more experienced quilters for help.  

meecko@comcast.net wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 10:33 AM

My Great Grandmother hand sewed quilts from left over fabric from sewing projects.  She just cut small blocks of fabric and made it into a 9 patch pattern and hand tied each quilt. As a child it was fun to look at her quilts and identify the scraps from dresses or pajamas if it was a flannel quilt.  I learned to sew on a sewing machine from my Mother at a very young age and have been sewing clothes my whole life, but about 15 years ago I started getting interested in quilting.  At the time I was watching and taping the sewing shows on TV and then started watching Eleanor Burns too, as she made it look really fun.  I loved her easy manner with sewing, which helped spark my desire, along with a craft store in the area that held monthly quilt meetings.  We were given a block pattern and a piece or two of fabric to make a block and brought it back the next month, with the hope that we would be the lucky one to win about 12 of the blocks to make a small quilt.  They had other fun projects and ideas at each meeting. One of my first quilts was a block of the month quilt from that store.  But, I have to admit, that my Great Grandmother was my original inspiration.

Bobbie Blake wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 11:02 AM

I have sewed for the past 67 years and made my clothes while growing up. My grandmother quilted.  My daughter in law took me to a class that her friend was teaching on quilting.  I was still working and did not have the time to quilt.  A few years later I retired and soon after my husband died.  I had lots of time.  I needed some pillows for my living room and decided to make them.  I then met a friend who was a quilter and a member of a group that quilted or charity.  I went to a meeting and have been quilting every since.  That was two years ago.  It is very rewarding.

marilyn.sunderman wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 11:07 AM

I was a stay at home mom.  I had raised my three children and they were all in school.  Since I had my days free I asked my church group that quilted if they would teach me how to quilt.   They very graciously said "Yes".   The rest is history.   I was hooked.

cldexter wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 11:18 AM

I started out sewing my own clothes, then  I made clothes for my daughter. While visiting my mom, she took me to a friend's house to look at the quilts her friend had made. I was hooked. I have been self teaching by reading and tutorials from the internet ever since. Sewing is relaxing and gratifying. Quilted projects make wonderful gifts.

Norma Waggoner wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 12:00 PM

I remember sitting beside my mother at her sewing machine as she made 4 patches for a quilt.  I was 6 or 7 when I asked for and got a chain stitch sewing machine.  It was more like a toy, but it did work (and I still have it).  I would stitch 4 patches just like my mom.

I made my first quilt when I was in sewing class in HS.  I used that quilt on my bed in college.  

My mom continued to quilt and I quilted off and on over the years until about 13 years ago and have made many quilts since then.

Laurie4 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 12:17 PM

I started quilting from watching Alex Anderson host of the show simply quilts. The quilts were beautiful and she was so personable  and a great teacher.

Cheri C wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 12:22 PM

quilting is something I always was interested in but afraid of being to difficult

MY New Years resolution this year is to piece and quilt a quilt.

I've joined 3 BOM clubs and really enjoying the piecing. Have almost finished piecing 2 quilt tops.

My stash ,scrap bin keeps growing instead of going down. I have 50 yrs. of fabric collection to go through.

I have found the piecing to be really relaxing I can see the improvements already from the first squares to the last which is satisfing.

I found I'm dreaming of quilting and the sewing machine purring.

lmw68135@aol.com wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 12:34 PM

About 15 years ago I signed my husband up for a beginners quilting class.  He began urging me to learn how to quilt and I took a beginners class and have been quilting ever since.  This enables us to take classes together.  He'll retire next year so we'll be able to take day classes and relax in the evening.

Grace wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 2:17 PM

When I was a little girl, I remember my mother having a few quilts made by her grandmother and great-grandmother. As far as I know, these were the only relatives of mine who ever quilted. My great-great-grandmother served as a nurse in the uncivil Civil War and actually met President Lincoln. Both of these ladies had passed away before I was born, but they birthed in me a love of quilts. Now that I am older and retired, I have started to make them myself.

Nancy wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 2:52 PM

About a month after my 20-month old grandson died, the best friend of my son-in-law's mom (who is also one of my best friends) suggested that we visit her quilt shop since they had just begun a block-of-the-month quilt the previous week.  She felt that we needed something to help 'busy' ourselves during this horrible time.  Neither of us had quilted before and thought perhaps her friend was right, so we went together to sign up, January 2003, and have been quilting ever since!  I 'named' my first completed BOM quilt from our quilt shop, "Heart Healing", because this new pastime really has helped to bring healing; whenever I work on any quilting projects, or even any sewing projects, I now think of Sammy and am finally able to smile.

Louise Buker wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 2:56 PM

As a child we always had quilts made by my Grandmothers to keep us nice and warm. My mother always had boxes of little scraps that she would sit piecing while watching TV or relaxing. I never saw her finish any of them. I think I have some of them in my basement that she never finished. At one point she was very ill and in the hospital for a month. A nice family from our church moved us in with their family until she could be home again. She made quilts. When I was older (High School) I wanted to make a quilt for my Mother so I asked my "second Mother" as she called herself how to make a quilt without Mom knowing. Some of my friends were doing the same thing.  I finally got the top of a Bow Tie quilt finished for her. She didn't leave the house much so it was a challenge. Our family cat kept trying to show her where it was in my closet. She said it was like a Mama cat trying to take you to her kittens.  

denverquilter wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 3:49 PM

I have always loved quilts and wanted to learn so that I could not only decorate my home with them but to make sure my Grand Babies all had several to remember me by plus to teach them if they wanted to learn, my 9 year old Granddaughter has already made a lap quilt, placemats, napkins and misc. small items she loves to do it and hopefully she will remember spending those times with me.

Geri R wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 4:30 PM

I had sewed a lot of clothing for my children as they grew up and when I learned there was a grandchild I'm my future I got this itch to make a quilt, which I had never done before. That was 33 years ago and I am still at it, not the clothing, just the quilts.

Ann Roadarmel wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 4:42 PM

My mother was a quilter when I was growing up in the 40's. She FORCED me to hand piece a 8-patch one summer--I had to do a block or two a day before I could go out to play.  She never allowed me to quilt though. I could play under the frame, but not add a stitch to the quilt. When I retired from teaching, I taught myself (with some advice from friends) and now I have been quilting for 21 years.  I couldn't go a day without it.  I started a quilting group in my church where we go to quilt one day a week--all day.

Susan Paxton wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 5:27 PM

No one in my family were quilters or at least I didn't know of any. My family were professional seamstresses.  I have been sewing since I was a child.  I still have the little handcrank, chainstitch sewing machine I used as a child.  There were 6 girls in my family and my mother sewed for us all the time.  My grandmother also sewed for us. I would go visit my aunt during the summers and we would sew.  I decided to try quilting quite a few years ago but didn't stay with it...too many grandkids to sew for.  A couple of years ago I retired and decided to try it again.  Found Craftsy.com and did their free block of the month classes.  That was 2012 and since then I have made 13 quilts and joined a guild.  I love to sew and try to spend at least 20 to 30 hours a week sewing and quilting.

pattihayden wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 8:32 PM

I took up quilting about 7 years ago.  I had sewn in high school but not much since. A friend of mine was encouraging me to let her show me how to quilt but I had not taken her up on the offer. When my 95-year-old high school music teacher and close friend for over 30 years was about to celebrate a special  anniversary, I suddenly knew what I wanted to do to commemorate the event. With some coaching and help, I put together a music-themed quilt that was very much appreciated by the recipient. She enjoyed and used it until she passed at age 99.  My first quilt is now back in my possession and it is a wonderful remembrance of someone who had a huge impact on my life.  I have continued quilting and I have added machine embroidery to my hobbies as well. I look forward to many more creative projects and gifts for others in my life.

Gina C wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:17 PM

When I around 30 a friend started quilting.  She encouraged me to start, but I was so busy with my little kids.  I did however decide to cut a square of cardboard and cut squares out of my husbands shirts and fabrics I had used to make clothes for my girls, and curtains, etc.  I drew around the cardboard piece and cut out the squares with scissors and made 9-patch blocks.  I made a number of blocks, then we packed up and moved.  A few years later, when the kids were grown, I ran across those blocks and realized I only needed a few more.  By then, there were cutting mats, rotary cutters and rulers.  And I found free lessons online.  I decided to make the last few blocks the "easy" way.  Once I finished and put the top together, my friend, who had been quilting a long time by then, offered to come visit and help me layer it and let me have her old hand-quilting frame.  She showed me how to put the quilt on the frame and hand quilt.  I have that quilt posted on here.  It turned out pretty good considering everything, and is a beautiful quilt.  Now I love quilting and have also learned to machine quilt smaller quilts on my sewing machine.  But also still love hand quilting.  

delta607 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9:35 PM

Several years ago one of my training partners introduced me to the wonderful world of quilting.  We were on a teaching trip in New York state.  She took me to a local quilt shop that she had heard of.  That was the beginning.  I have been a sewer of clothes and things since a young girl but quilting has been the most satisfying.  I dont see this friend as often as I would like but every time I enter a quilt shop I think of her and say a silent "Thank You J"

Paulette Tubbs wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 15 March 2014, 10:41 PM

My Mom taught me to sew at an early age,but now that I'm retired I have the time to quilt.

My sister-in-law quilts beautifully and has really been a great encouragement for me to quilt.

I love her quilting stores in Calgary, Canada when we go visit. It has become our girls day outing to see all the beautiful materials and displays.

ageless wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 16 March 2014, 1:43 AM

When I was four years of age My Grandmother taught me how to hand quilt. Every one I helped her to make was with me using the hand needles, she did the machine sewing. I have been sewing & quilting off & on now for more than 60 years. I am making two right now.

linda smith wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 16 March 2014, 12:26 PM

my husband became ill & i had to quit work to take care of him. i had lots of material & friends from church gave me more so i needed something to do & quilting sounded good to me. i have made quilts for several family members. it helps time go by quicker. now i have a new great grandson who is 2 months old & i've made him one. i'm going to make another one for him too.

Reba Swinford wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 16 March 2014, 6:57 PM

Been sewing since I was 7. Granny taught me how to sew with needle and thread on 2 squares of fabric. Remove the seam and re-do, until could make a nine patch. Made garments until about 15 years age. Got interested in quilting after I was not physically able to bowl or golf. Joined a guild and been loving every minute of it. Love the online quilt clubs/vendors !! Also copy all patterns that aren't copyrighted. Have 3 huge notebooks of printed patterns and dozen not put in notebooks yet. You can call me a fabric hoarder.....Thank you, Iove my stash!!!!!!!

Reba Swinford wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Sunday, 16 March 2014, 6:57 PM

Been sewing since I was 7. Granny taught me how to sew with needle and thread on 2 squares of fabric. Remove the seam and re-do, until could make a nine patch. Made garments until about 15 years age. Got interested in quilting after I was not physically able to bowl or golf. Joined a guild and been loving every minute of it. Love the online quilt clubs/vendors !! Also copy all patterns that aren't copyrighted. Have 3 huge notebooks of printed patterns and dozen not put in notebooks yet. You can call me a fabric hoarder.....Thank you, Iove my stash!!!!!!!

bevhill wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 17 March 2014, 2:54 PM

Both of my grandmother made beautiful handsewn quilts.  I was always facinated by the patterns made from sewing scraps and old clothes.  I learned how to quilt from them at an early age and have taught my daughters, neice and friends how to quilt so the art will not be lost.  There is nothing like seeing a quilt come alive.

Darrell wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 17 March 2014, 3:52 PM

I was looking for a unique gift for my nieces first birthday. Thinking maybe something handmade. I decided on a crib quilt that matched her bedroom. I enjoyed it so much I began making other crib quilts for my other nieces, nephews, and as baby shower gifts. This lead to larger projects.

the3schafs wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Monday, 17 March 2014, 4:55 PM

I saw Eleanor Burns on tv and said "I can do that". Tried one quilt and I was hooked!

alicetimbrook wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 9:02 AM

I began quilting at a time when I was very ill and needing something to focus my mind on besides myself.  I had two brand new nephews (my first) so I made baby quilts for them.  Quilting continues to be a way to keep my mind focused, but relaxed.

Mary Quilty wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 11:18 AM

I started quilting in 2005 when my daughter was 11 years old.  I knew then she was becoming more and more independent, so I knew I needed something to occupy my time, besides watching T.V.!  I have always loved the look of quilts and wanted to try to make one, so I took my first quilt class with a wonderful teacher, Kay.  I have been hooked ever since.  I do not think I can make enough quilts!  

DIANES-16 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 11:02 AM

I started quilting because I saw this skill as another way to express creative art.  The resulting product not only was a quilt showing beauty but also my success in following through with a goal I wanted to achieve.  Now I quilt for fun and sharing with others.

Pam OBrien wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 1:24 PM

It was my Great Grandma and a Crazy Quilt I inherited from her. It was made from fabrics from the closed they had worn.  It has Moth holes in it now but I am so in wonder as the fact it came here from England from the 1850's and I have it.  I want to be able to do and pass on what I have been inspired to do.  I do Scrapbooks which we called the Quilting Bee of the 90's and now I am doing Quilting of the 21st Century. All is Family History and Traditions. I've got a lot to learn but have met some awesome Teachers who are now my FRIENDS.

stephsplacemn@hotmail.com wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 4:07 PM

In 2003 I wanted to use my sewing skills in a 'new' way and quilting intrigued me. So, I signed up for classes that were being held in our local JoAnn's Fabric store. I quickly learned you are only limited by your imagination. Have enjoyed it ever since!

Biportlock wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Friday, 21 March 2014, 3:59 PM

I learned about quilting when I was about 19 years old.  I am Mormon and the womens organization in the church is the Relief Society.  Once a month we have what is called a "Work" meeting where a quilt is set up for quilting.  I learned the basics there.  I found I loved it.  I have made quilts for my children and grandchildren.  I love the art and precision of the quilting process.

Patty wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Friday, 21 March 2014, 6:02 PM

I was getting married and wanted to make a guest sign in quilt instead of having a book. It is still in the works but have made lots of lap and baby quilts,

Debanz wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Saturday, 22 March 2014, 11:50 PM

I went on a vacation and visited an Amish store  in Landcaster PA where a friend bought a quilt. Knowing I was a sewer, my friend told me I should make a quilt.  Not long after we got back I began looking into quilting and I have not stopped since. It has been 17 years and I still love it.

Karla wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 2:54 PM

My great-aunts quilted and gave each niece a quilt for a wedding gift.  My Mom and Dad gave me a hand quilted quilt as a high school graduation gift.  I've always sewn, and it just seemed natural to  expand my sewing into quilting.  I am now a professional quilter, repairing old quilts and making custom quilts, and LOVE my job!

gmcarter7223 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Thursday, 27 March 2014, 7:03 AM

I had been counted xstitching for years and decided to do something new, my girlfriend of 25+ years had been quilting for years and I watched her doing the English Paper Piecing with the 1 inch hexagon and I was intrigued so I decided to try it - now I am hooked.

Susan wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Thursday, 27 March 2014, 9:48 AM

I got interested in quilting when my mom made baby quilts for all her grand kids. I wanted to continue that for my sister who was married and had her son after my mom died. It was several years later that I had the opportunity to take a quilt class. Life has gotten in the way and so I am still a beginner and still working on my nephew's quilt.

marie4403 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Friday, 28 March 2014, 12:03 PM

My father was hospitalized and I spent many hours with him. One day a new patient entered the room. He hand sewed quilts for the military from his sick bed. His wife sat beside him and hand quilting the most beautiful bedspread. I was so impressed with this couple. After chatting with them I discovered the woman taught quilt classes. She pulled out a piece of fabric gave me a needle and thread and began giving me lessons in the hospital. I continue to pray for this couple who will never know how much they have touched my life. Since then I have had a continued interest in quilting.

Judi wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Friday, 28 March 2014, 4:32 PM

I have always sewn. At least it "seams" that way. My parents were clothing manufacturers and I sewed on the assembly line on vacations!  I started quilting after some lovely ladies brought quilts to my children after 9/11.  We had lost our 2 nod born son at the WTC.  My children  ages 11 to 25 held onto those quilts.  

Once I was able to actually able to feel something, I decided that I wanted to give back to other families who have devastating losses and circumstances.  My children and family also enjoy my quilts.

Quilters all seem to live in a special world of giving comfort through their art.

Patricia4 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Friday, 11 April 2014, 10:23 PM

My mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother were quilters.  And I imagine the generations before that!  I am proud to own a very old and faded quilt that was given to my great-grandfather by his mother as a wedding gift!  However, though I always sewed clothing for my children, I never thought of taking up quilting.  Sadly, I never learned anything about quilting techniques or skills from my mom or grandmother.

One day, my mom, who was getting pretty far up in years, said she had always wanted to make a postage stamp quilt, but didn't think she would have the energy to do it.  So I said - why don't we do it together?  Well then she let me know she wanted to do it BY HAND.  We needed a LOT of different fabrics, so we hunted thrift shops together.  I did all of the measuring and cutting, because she couldn't handle that.  Every time I got a batch cut, we each took stacks of squares home and started hand-sewing them into 9-blocks of 1-inch squares.

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And what is especially fun, is that my mom had a large ziploc of old vintage fabric scraps that she had saved from when she made clothes for myself and my siblings as infants, curtains, blouses - from the 1950's!  There wasn't enough to spread throughout the quilt, but we made a whole center section of just the vintage fabrics.

Sadly, my mom passed away before we could finish it.  She had made about a third of the 9-blocks.  It was a year before I could bring myself to pick it up again.  But I did eventually, and I finished that quilt.  Almost 7,000 1-inch squares, backing, binding, quilting, the works.  What a treasure it is to me now.  And wouldn't you know it - I was hooked....!

DIANES-16 wrote re: March Member Survey: What or who is the reason you started quilting?
on Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 4:43 PM

My sister was the quilter in the family but she encouraged me to try my hand on a simple project.  The creative bug bit me hard and I was hooked!  This has been about 12 years ago.  My grandchildren, friends' babies, and other family members have been recipients of my efforts.  All seem to be pleased with the results.  Onward I go to the next project!  Just wish the quilting wasn't so expensive.  No, I haven't yet tried to do it myself.

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