Hi My name is Diane, I am 56, i'm retired and to keep me busy have spaces in 2 different Antique Stores here in New Hampshire. I sell mainly vintage costume jewelry and vintage linens. When cleaning the linens and ironing them i've come across many with holes but beautiful embroidery or many nice fabrics with stains and I used to throw these away or give them to friends who do crafts. I love quilts and love to find a great buy on them and I thought why not try and make your own....I have tons of vintage fabric and lots of interesting embroidery that's just hanging down in my linen room so at 56 i've decided to make quilts.....I don't know how or where to start so I went to joanne fabrics got a lot of quilting stuff and have tons of fabric so my start is going to be to cut all the fabric into squares and i'll post as I go.
hi diane, welcome to the group
gini in north idaho
Hi Diane, I think quite a few of us may have been in our 50's and 60's when we picked up quilting as a retirement hobby. Welcome to the club! Please feel free to post any questions that may come up. We have another member who just recently started her first quilt with us, ChicagoSinger. If you look for her posts, you can read about her experiences.
A friend of mine put together a beautiful quilt made of antique handkerchiefs. I'll bet you have lots of those!
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
Welcome, Diane! You have come to the right place, there are many knowledgeable quilters, more than willing to help you and answer your questions, too. Im from Mass but live in Florida now. I started quilting 2 years ago in my mid 50s and only wish I had started sooner, as I just love it. There is a lot going on here if your interested. Search around and you will find Groups, Retreats, QNN, Swaps, Mystery quilts, etc. Also if your interested in online courses, go to Craftsy.com and there are many to choose from, however, Quilting Quickly1 with Jenny Doan would be a great starter course for you. Several of us have and are taking them. I like every one I have taken. Hope this helps. Susan
Welcome Diane. I am also 56 and I started quilting a little over a year ago. I love quilting. I don't know why I didn't start earlier in my life. I've been sewing though since I was 12. I think you will love this group. You can ask anything here and get many wonderful answers. It's great having some place and many people to turn to for help. Again, welcome!
Georgetown, CA I'd Rather Be Quilting
Welcome to the site. Hope you enjoy your time with us. Please share pics of your progress on your quilts. I can hardly wait to see what you do with the vintage fabrics.
Diane,welcome tothe club, You have joined a great group of people who love quilting. Barbara
EAT!! SLEEP !! QUILT!!
Hi Diane, Welcome to the club
Now that the quilting bug has bitten, have fun with it:) You will really enjoy this group.
You must have some very nice linens to incorporate in a quilt some day. I want to welcome you to the site and we love to see pictures of your projects.
I started quilting in October of 2011 and absolutely love it. I am in my mid 40s. I highly recommend craftsy.com, that is where I started because I knew absolutly nothing about quilting. As I took classes I began to acquire my tools and fabrics. I noticed you are using vintage linens. I want to make a quilt of t-shirts from the different Harley Davidson dealerships I visit and/or friends visit.
Welcome and greetings from Northern VA.
"Fabricologist Resource Center" ...now doesn't that sound more impressive than "fabric stash" ?
Welcome to the group Diane.