Debi, have you been to country quilts in East Lansing? Really a nice store. They have a lot of classes too- if you feel frustrated or lost. I hope you get your machine soooon. Ginny
Hi debi, welcome to the group.
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Hi Debi, Welcome. I am sure that everyone has said something similar here to welcome you and it is all true, so I will not repeat it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It is a great group here.
Welcome! I'm not on line here as often as some of the others but, I wanted to tell you that you & Ginny should get together! She's a wonderful person and I'm sure she can show you what you should (and shouldn't <grin>) do! I just got to spend several days with her at a retreat and we had a really great time!
If you have a shop close enough to you that offers classes, I highly recommend them! I've been going for about 2 years now and am always learning something new! They're a great resource for skills, networking, and learning about your machine. I'm fortunate enough to have a teacher that is always looking to increase my skills. I also have a sewing & embroidery machine and absolutely adore it! There's so much that it does that I still don't know about yet! Jump in, make mistakes, create some wonderful things, and most of all - don't get discouraged! When in doubt...ASK!
I think I misguided you about the quilt shop in East Lansing. The name of it is Country Stitches, not country quilts. I know they have some great lessons there on various things. They also have teachers that kind of personalize what you are having difficulty with and walk you thru it. Ginny
Ginny, I would have gotten back to you sooner but couldn't get on for a few days. 62 miles west of you. I'm probably the same distance to Howell that you are. There were 3 quilting stores on Grand River. The Stitchery, then Monarch (which is the smallest but my favorite and then there was Creative Quilt Kits in Brighton. I think that is the one you were talking about closing. Someone bought their building so they are looking for another place close by. I don't know if they found it yet or not. Also while I am playing catch up I saw your post about Country Stitches. I have been there several times. Love the store.
Debi, there was another quilt shop that went out of business, it was on a north- south road. It was called Wendy's. That is where I used to take my quilts to be quilted. A lady came in each week and picked up the quilts and brought them back the following week. Now she still does that, but stops at other stores for pickups and has others that work for her now. In fact she bought the Wendy's business and moved it to where she lives in Dexter. She is very, very reasonable in her prices and does good quality work. Ginny
Welcome, Debi. There are lots of beginners (myself included) and lots of very experienced quilters here. Don't be shy about asking questions. Everyone is very nice and very helpful and quick to get back to you. It sounds like you have a great machine and plenty of fabric (though there's always a place for more).. so I look forward to seeing your creations! :)
Debi:Hi my name is Debi.