When I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2006 after 38 years, I decided to try my hand at something I had never done before and hadn't had the time to try, quilting. I just jumped in feet first and began sewing square blocks of flannel together and made my first very imperfect quilt for my then 1-year old grandson. The other two older grandsons asked for one too, so began my quilting hobby. My quilts are still far from perfect, but each of my grandchildren has at least two of grandma's quilts, along with my daughters, sister and sisters-in-law. All babies born in the family since then have a quilt from me, and now I am working on quilts for all of the nieces and nephews. My spare bedroom now houses a mid-arm machine and frame, yards upon yards of fabric in assorted colors and sizes, and tubs and tubs of scraps. My dining room houses two sewing machines and a cutting table. I'm happy to say that I have graduated from simple square blocks, but have yet to try paper piecing or curved pieces.