Hi all! I am Phyllis, am 62 years old and live in Bonner Springs, KS. We are about 20 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri. Married my best friend and soul mate 37 years ago last month. We raised three children, our fourth died of cancer a week before his first birthday. We have 6 grandkids and 1 great-granddaughter! Our only daughter's only daughter is 5 and she, Raeleigh, is the apple of our eye. She is also the only only one who lives in state and in fact lives about 25 minutes from us so we see her a lot. I work full time as a Traffic Coordinator for a company that makes after market auto parts. I love what I do, have been doing it for many years. However would love to have more time to quilt. Until last summer our daughter and her daughter lived with us so we are still getting used to being empty nesters but we are loving it.
My DH (think that is what I call my husband) and I are both ordained Elders in the Community of Christ and are very active in our church. We will be heading to Independence, MO this summer (about a 45 minute drive) for our world conference this summer. Until a few months ago we pastored a small congregation about 15 miles west of where we live. We were there for two years and now are attending the church in our home town. Nice to live 3 blocks from church instead of 15 miles!!! Makes Sunday morning a whole lot simpler. I play the piano some, I am a backup player for church.
I have been sewing since high school. When my daughter was in elementary school I made all of her clothes. Then in middle school it was not cool for mom to make your clothes so didn't sew as much until granddaughter Raeleigh came along. Now I sew some for her. Have always wanted to be a quilter but had no idea how to start. Finally got up the nerve to sign up for a Craftsy quilting class and loved it. I have made lots of baby quilts but am just now started on big quilts. I am making a king size quilt for my daughter and a twin size for my Raeleigh. I am also doing the civil war BOM quilt for 2013 and am loving it so far. Did my first applique for the first block for this quilt and it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be! I'll be doing more.
Love this website, belong to a couple of other groups and love them. Quilters must be the sweetest, nicest people in the world because everyone on this sight sure is, and so very helpful with all questions. Am very excited about this group. I am never ready for Christmas and never start early enough to do handmade gifts so can't wait to get started on here. Thank you so much Thea for starting this group!
Bonner Springs, Kansas
Hello everyone. I am French Canadian born on New Brunswick and living in a small co. Unity in NW Ontario. I am 54 and have been married for 33of them. Together we have three sons, one is an officer in the engineer corps, the other is an engineer for the RCMP and the third one is looking for a job in his field. Wwe don't have any grandchildren, but we do have many great nephews and nieces. I have been quilting for about 14 years, giving most of them away. II love to create and love to share my creations. I enjoy knitting, crochet, crosstitch, baking... I love to learn new techniques, new crafts. Since being on this site for the last two years, I have learned so much. But mostly my QCA friends have helped me gained self confidence. O thank you for this. I hope to be able to keep up and do some if not most of the projects.
Angèle from NWO
Hi everyone, I"ll be 69 next month. Retired from the USPS for almost 5 years now, worked as a letter carrier for 35 years. Born in Kentucky but left there and moved to MO. for 3 years. Met my DH (should say ex-DH and he's now deceased) we married and moved to Ft. Lauderdale and now I live in Pompano Beach. Moved a whole 10 miles up the road to be closer to my new career which is taking care of the sweetest little DGD age 4 and 2. I have 2 other DGK's in their 20's.One DS and 2 DD, the oldest DD deceased 15 years now. I love to read, spend way to much time with a book in my hand, a wanna-be scrapbooker. Have lots of pictures and way to much scraping stuff. Way behind on the kids pages. I used to belong to an on-line group that started quilting and got me hooked. Joined QCA late in 2009 and didn't even sign on but once or twice the first year after that got busy and jumped in with one of Nana's MQ's and been here ever since. Not planning on going any where again.
Hello everyone. I am 42, a 'domestic engineer' married, have three sons, twins 25 (in March) and youngest is 23, one grand kid who will be 4 the end of January. All the boys are married. I am also an animal lover. I have 3 cockatiels, 2 Pomeranian, 1 dalmatian and a cat. They are the indoor animals. I have 3 outside dogs that were dropped off and I couldn't call the pound on them. I live in the country in a really old farm house in a "holler" in south eastern Ohio. While I enjoy the country life, I live where I cannot get high speed internet and cell service is sketchy! I just started quilting in May 2012, I am pretty much addicted to it, all I do is sew anymore. I am teaching myself by trial and error..lol I am in a few groups here and a couple on another site. I enjoy making quilts, machine embroidery, paper piecing, machine applique, fabric postcards, collecting Fiesta dishes and spending time with my DGD (Cupcake!) Looking forward to making gifts all year and getting to know some more people from QCA.
~♥~ PEACE- LOVE- PATCHWORK ~♥~
Jackson Co. Ohio
Hello all! I am going to be 51 next month. DH and I have been married 32 years. I have been blessed to be able to stay at home, though did work, out of the home, for about 5 years to help DD go to private college. We have 2 kids, boy (30)and girl (27). They are both married and have 3 kids each. DS has 2 boys(9,2) and a girl (4) and DD has 2 girls(5,3) and a boy ( 7 mos.). We have belonged to the same church for 25 years, First Assembly of God. We live in the country and love it! DH lived on a working farm his whole life. I lived on an acreage for most of mine. I am an Iowa girl and love to visit other places, but Iowa will always be home! I love the different seasons! Too boring w/the same weather day in and day out, for me at least. :-)
DH and I have been in this house for 22 and a half years. A couple years ago we started adding on to it, I know, but the kids do come back and there are more of them! DH did most of the work himself, he is a wonder, can do ANYTHING!!! I am not just bragging, from cars to designing and building bass guitars. He has even made patterns and made slipcovers for a van we once had. I work beside him and am a great "gopher"! I can also use about any of his power tools too. He encourages me w/ all of my quilting endeavors. When I don't think I can make a certain pattern, he says, go for it!!!
I have been sewing for years. Started when pregnant w/DS. We were very young and didn't have a lot of money so I made most of his clothes. Then didn't do too much sewing for awhile, made DD's prom and other special dresses. Really started on quilting 11 years ago, when DS got engaged, wanted to make them a quilt for their wedding. But being new to it all and no QCA, I had a difficult time w/that quilt as I made blocks that were to be PP, but didn't know this, so they are just pieced. I have made a quilt for all my grands except 1. Quilting the second to the last one. I hand quilt. I just like to, though I know I do it wrong, am taking a Craftsy class to learn the right way.
I am excited to be in my first SS this year too, and look forward to getting to know all of you better!
Hi All, my name is Pat Badder, I was born and raised in Michigan. I moved to California in February of 2001, and I love it here. I have two sons who now also live here in California. I now live with my boyfriend. I am 69 years old will be 70 next month. My oldest son Leonard lives with his girlfriend in Santa Maria, and my younger son Robert lives here close to me. I have 4 Grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren one boy Kody who will be 2 the end of this month, And a little girl Allyson who just turned one in October. I have been quilting for quite awhile, but really got serious about quilting about 3 years ago. Before I just bought depending on size of quilt 2 1/2 yards of material for front and same for back sandwiched them with batting inbetween and than tie it. Now I have progressed and make all different kinds of quilts with blocks from different patterns. I am teaching myself how to FMQ as it gets too expensive to have someone do them. My goal this year is to get my pile of quilts that need to have FMQ done to them down. I must have at least 10-15 quilts waiting for this. Also have a couple of Mystery quilts waiting to be done. Those are on the back burner for now. I am working on making smaller items such as placemats, mug rugs, and Potholders. These will eventually be given as gifts when need something quick. I love QCA site I belong to several groups and have joined in several swaps. I plan on being around for quite awhile. I love reading all the posts some are really inspiring to me. I also do several other crafts besides quilting (quilting right now is my main craft I work on), I have done cross stitching, I have also done machine embroidery work, I am doing some hand appliqueing and am getting a little better at it. When I first started you could see the stitching around. Now I can proudly say most of the hand appliqueing I'm doing you don't see the stitches. With time practice makes perfect. Well enough for now and I'm really looking forward to this coming year projects. God Bless and Take care everyone.
Hi there! Debbie here. I'm 55 and I was born and raised in New England spending most of my life in southern New Hampshire. I've been in southwest Texas for 10 years now and absolutely love it. I am twice divorced and now happily single. There are two grown sons from my first marriage and four ex-step daughters from the second who are busy making me an honorary grandma. Buddy and Sophie are my indoor companions (feline) and there are at least 15 more of various ages living outside who expect to be fed and watered twice a day. Yes, I'm a cat lady.
I can't remember when I didn't sew. One of the first things I bought with wedding present money as an 18 year old bride in 1976 was a new sewing machine! During those first 20 years I made lots of clothes and things for the home. It wasn't until xdh2 suggested I buy a new machine in 2005 that I replaced it and took my first quilting class at the shop I bought the new one at and I've been hooked since.
During the day, I work as the office admin in financial investments. Great job, no commute, great company but oh how I wish I could retire and be able to sew! There are so many things I want to make! I want to try every new idea I read about here and in the many magazines I get and from online blogs... you get the idea... so a lot of what I start goes unfinished. At this point, clothes are the last thing I want to make. You can see from my gallery that I'm all over the place with the sorts of things I enjoy creating. I'm determined to master FMQ and know I need to practice a LOT but that isn't happening thus almost every quilt top I've made has yet to be quilted because I want to do it myself and am intimidated by FMQ still!
I thank God for giving me the ability and the means to sew... to quilt ... and to create. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!
Southwest of San Antonio
Hello everyone, I am Martha. 60+ and recently retired. I have been married 39 years and have 3 great kids (all daughters and they quilt, too) and 3 grand kids. I live in Parker, Colorado, but have lived in New Mexico, California, Connecticut, Ohio, and Idaho.
I am new to Quilters Club and just feeling my way into how it works, so this is the first group I have joined.
I am glad to be back after too long away from the site. I have been enjoying reading and seeing so many wonderful ideas.
I live in central IL about halfway between St Louis MO and Springfield IL. We live on the family farm. I have been with the most wonderful man for 8 years.
We have 5 labs(these are the house pups), pitbull and the youngest a great pyronese. We rasie rabbits, fainting goats and a colorful flock of chickens. We have a small but quite active farm here that keeps me rather busy most days. I am sure I will have stories to tell *giggles*
I have 3 kids 2 boys and one darling daughter, and several step (Idon't use that word usually...I do claim them) kids. We have one adorable grandson, Carter, that is around quite often. He is 2 yrs old and loves being with his MawMaw :-). The granddaughter is 4yrs old and we see her on occassion...I hate them living so far away. But I love making them things....right now my cookies are the top of Carters list.
I became a member here back in 09 and life took me away. I have had neck and back surgery. Before they figured out what was wrong and that was the only option I was almost useless for like 2 yrs. In this time frame DH has had his share of issues. He was diagnosed with CHF,and diabetes among other issues. Right now I am back up and going somewhat but well he has his latest being torn rotator cuff...so here we go again. He has been off work for 8 months and it seems if we get one thing fixed 3 others fall apart. We shall survive if just to drive all our kids nuts *evil laugh*.
I have to say few ppl stayed in my mind. I loved logging on before but now I am delighted to be able to see so many ppl still here and see so many new ones that have so much to share. I have been away from my machine too long and seem to have forgotten too many things. I realized this when my daughter started asking questions and so back to the machine I went.I didn't realize how much I had lost with my neck and back issues. I am glad to be back and look forward to learning again and finding new ideas.
I'm a material girl....Want to see my fabric collection?
Oh I want some fainting goats but DH says no :( Little does he know that when cupcake is a little older we WILL have a couple fainting goats and a pot bellied pig ....or two! LOL
The fainting goats where a deal so I didn't get any more dogs at that time.*plotting*. Then came the great pyronese to protect the goats.....so I still got another pup....Can we say I won and got both of what I wanted to begin with *giggles*. Did you know they have what they call micro pigs? They are smaller than the reg pot bellied pigs. I think my daughter Taz said cause she wants one and thinks I need to get one....*rolls eyes* I have to say she is such help around here *whispers* I will probably give in just not quite yet.
Oh my...I just searched micro pigs..HOW FLIPPING ADORABLE!!! There is talk that within the next few months my husband will be deploying to Afghanistan this summer. If he does go, Cupcake and I WILL have a micro pig.
I have to say I agree they are sooo cute. But if you ever tell my daughter I said that I will deny deny deny it. She's been trying to get me to give it to her getting one. I would be ok with it if 1) she lived at home or 2) she would have it at her home....but she seems to think that 5 labs inside with one of those would be ok *rolls eyes*. I did tell her if she got one I would lovingly call it bacon and so I am now told if she gets one I can't keep it even for a weekend at mawmaw's house. *evil laugh* I think she's right I am not worthy to keep her cute lil micro pig. I do love child psychology still works when they are grown. Oh and just FYI if she got one yes it would be here and yes I would call it bacon everytime she walked in the door and yes I would call it whatever name she gave it when she wasn't here. There is a lady in Anna IL with them and she is reasonable from what I understand. Taz said she was really nice and helpful.
I've been around sewing and quilting forever, but only really started quilting myself a little over a year ago. I joined QCA in Aug 2012 and did the Secret Santa program last year. I really loved it and look forward to doing it again this year. I loved following another member. I was lucky to be assigned to someone very active on the sight who is a wonderful lady and it was a lot of fun getting to know her through this program and pick up things here or there for her that I thought she would like. The person who was following me really went overboard, but I have to say that it was the best Christmas gift I've had in YEARS because of her. Lol. There are little notions that she gave me that I use every day and don't know how I ever lived without. She also made me a handmade gift, which I treasure. This year, I look forward to being able to follow someone even longer. I want to do more handmade items and have more time to pick up little doo-dads here and there when I think of the person.
I've met many great people on this site and I look forward to getting to know someone through this. I hope that whoever is assigned to me likes me, because I know I'm a bit non-traditional in some ways. :) I look forward to getting to know others in the group as we work on our gifts and projects throughout the year.
I realize I haven't been very active in the group so far, but I think that will pick up once we're assigned to our giftees. I know for me, it's very much about the person I'm assigned to and I'll be doing more and making more once I've got a person in mind that I'm doing it for.
More about me and my specific likes and dislikes? Meh. That changes every few minutes! Lol. I'm currently into modern quilts. I've always loved blue/green/purple batiks and I'm currently into modern color schemes. I like polka dots and paisley and modern geometric prints. I'm preppy and I love to be outside. I'm not really "out in the country", but I try to live like I am. I have a big yard with lots of animals and I love to be out there with lots of friends, family, and of course, all the animals. I'm currently setting up a vegetable garden and a chicken coop, which I hope will both be in full swing within a few months.