My name is Darlene Contadino. I use dardar because I noticed there is another Darlene on the site. I started sewing as a teenager and got my first sewing machine at 17. My mother loved to sew and quilt. I really didn't do any sewing at all for decades. I was on vacation at a wonderful bed and breakfast at Catawba Island. The owner happened to have quilts everywhere, and is a long arm quilter. I shared I wanted to start quilting when I retired and she ask why wait? I got a new machine and have been sewing like mad since. It took nearly a year to get my first quilt done. I had no idea what I was doing. I learn from each quilt. Sandy Erwin, from Catawba Island, does all of my quilting. I really like the machine piecing. Not so excited about the quilting part.
I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I love to garden and have a, getting to be too large, woodland garden, where I am constantly fighting the deer to save my Hostas. Oh and a black cat named Shadow who is often my sewing supervisor.