I'm excited to find this website. I'm new to quilting ... sort of. I'm 41 years old and just made my first quilt top. My mother has quilted for what seems like forever to me and my aunt are teaching me how. I have very little patience though, so I'm just machine piecing tops right now and sending them off to be qulted. Hope that's not cheating, but with my lifestyle, that's all I have time for right now.
I'm a missionary living in Thailand and I am back and forth to the states often as well, so don't have a lot of time to do hand quilting. I do have one that I'm working on, but it's been in a bag for quite some time. I hope to work on it and finish it this year.
Blessings to you all. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of you on here, especially while in Thailand and needing folks to talk to. I'm also looking forward to learning much more about quilting from all of you experienced ladies.
Welcome, Marcy! I believe there are plenty of quilters here who send their tops out to be finished. Don't feel guilty about that. It keeps them employed!!! Some of the gals here hand-quilt their tops (wow! I say), others use their domestic sewing machine, and some have their own mid- or long-arm machines. There is a group that is practicing free motion machine quilting together. You might like to visit them to learn more.
Congratulations on your first top! I saw it in the gallery, and I think it's lovely!
If you are looking for friends to chat with while you are abroad, you certainly found the right place!
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
Welcome to you Marcy. No, it's not cheating to send your top out to be quilted. Not at all.
There's tons of experience on this website. Don't be shy to ask, because we love to help.
God bless you and your missionary experience...and your quilts :) Post pictures when you get a chance.
Glad you're here, Marcy.
Sending your quilts out for quilting is not cheating by any means. In the Amish community there used to be (don't know if it is still true) people who did nothing but mark quilt tops for people!
We are all here to help if you have any questions, so just ask away.
Marcy welcome and ditto to Nancy's post. You will not be lonesome if you stick with this group, you'll be glad you found it! Please join the Fear-No-More Free Motion Quilters Group and look forward to quilting your own quilts one day.
welcome marcy, sending quilts out is not cheating, it is expeditious. hope you enjoy the site and join us here in forums often gini
gini in north idaho
Welcome Marcy, Wow, Thailand, we will want to hear all about that. You will sure have lots of people here to talk to. We are getting so global, there are people on here from South Africa, England and Austrialia. I have probably left out someone, so I will here about it. And that's OK
Glad to have you with us.
Welcome to the family Marcy. You will find answers to just about anything here. Just ask. I too saw your posts in the show and tell gallery and they were very nice.
Welcome to the club. I hope you enjoy your time with us and drop in to chat often. I would love to hear about your missionary work in Thailand and about the country itself. God bless you in your work.
We would love to here about your ministry in Thailand. I, like Richard am a Christian ministry leader of a quilt group ( one of three actually) at our church in Ogden Utah. If you need anything just let us know.
Hi Marcy, welcome to the club.
You will have a great time here! But I have one bit of seudo wisdom for you, any tool used for sewing or quilting is cheating! If anyone is using any tool...that is cheating! I use a longarm and have a fabric cutter which make my life and sewing easier. I have been told over and over that modern technology is cheating (I don't have my horse and buggy anymore either!), I think it is ingenious and makes my quiting better and easier. Sorry for the rant but felt that I must share. Whatever tool you use that you are comfortable with and however you choose to have it quilted, YOU are still its maker.
Thanks for all of the welcome posts. On the run now so no time to reply specifically. Off to do more quilting with my mom. :)
Welcome, Marcy! Glad you found quilting - and us :-) Thailand seems a world away - I hope some day when you have a chance you can tell us about your experiences there, as well as show off more of your quilts. It's great that you have two family members for teachers.