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I am an unemployed/self-employed person who sells the occasional quilt on e-bay or by word of mouth commission. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 30 years.  I am currently living in Minnesota (the state of my birth), but spent many years moving from state to state while my DH served in the US Air Force.  We have 2 children, a son who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and is working as a Sous Chef in a restaurant just northwest of Minneapolis, and a daughter who graduated from MSUM.  Through our sons past relationship we have 3 beautiful granddaughters who live with us half of each week. I have been interested in crafts of some sort since I made my first x-stitch towel and learned to knit at age 5.  Over the years I have sewn my own clothes, crocheted, counted cross stitched and made generic craft items.  I dabbled at quilting when I made a cross stitched quilt top shortly after my son was born.  It took my daughters birth almost 2 years later for the top to actually become a quilt, and another 2 years before I made my son a quilt using dinosaur panels.  At the time counted cross stitching was my passion.  I was diagnosed with RA shortly after my son was born and by the time he was 7 I pretty much gave up on the cross-stitching because it was too hard to hold the hoop for any length of time.  Crocheting went next....since the family knew me as the person who gave hand made gifts it was hard to give up all my creative outlets so out came my sewing machine and a copy of a pattern to make an Irish Chain quilt.  My oldest niece received this for her 16th birthday and quilting for family took off.  I have always machine pieced my quilts but hand quilted (never ever used a hoop)or tied them until it took me over 6 months to quilt one that was commissioned by an associate of my SIL (1st quilt I made for $$).  At that point I realized the RA was winning and finally gave in to the latest medicines where the first time you see the commercial explaining all the potential side effects the first thought is who on earth would take such a medicine?  The disease was given a wake up call and has slowed its progression some - but the damage was done.  So over the past few years I have been machine quilting.  First just some stitch in the ditch with my Kenmore, then a Singer with a walking foot and finally the full fledged leap into free motion with my Bernina and it's lovely stitch regulator.  Hoping one day to move up to a long arm.......

Since I originally posted the above profile several years ago many things have changed.  For one the RA now referred to as RD (Rheumatoid Disease as the arthritis is truly only a symptom and not the only damaging part of the disease) has decided to have a continuing tug-of-war battle with me and unfortunately 3 biologic medicines later is still kicking my behind.  The latest development being fast growing cataracts (not there in July of '12 and needing removal on my annual visit in July of '13) caused from steroid use to reduce inflamation (no one ever told me Prednisone caused cataracts).  The first was removed August 12th and after 42 years of wearing glasses as a severely nearsighted person I now have 20/20 vision in my right eye.  On August 26th we are hoping for the same results in the left.  Of course I will need readers for sewing as what little near vision I still had will be gone due to the fact the lenses can only correct near OR far not both (at least not unless you have an extra $2500 per eye that insurance won't cover).  I am no longer unemployed as my battle with the state has resulted in my status changing to disabled.  No longer can I keep up with the Mystery Quilt schedules as I am still only on step 5 of City Streets.  No more sewing marathons, instead short spurts of sewing with many breaks and lots of rest in between.  Still wishing for that long arm.....

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