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I started making quilts in 1997. My dear friend's daughter was getting married, and i said, "I'll make a quilt for a wedding present. What size is your bed?" it was queen size. I had sewn clothing before and was confident I could make a quilt somehow. I chose a log cabin pattern. I also signed up for a class on making a Trip Around the World Quilt. The teacher was excellent. I learned a lot about the basic techniques of making a quilt. I finally finished the wedding quilt in time to give it to the couple just before their second Christmas together. Friends said not to worry. It was a good idea to see if the marriage was going to last before giving them the quilt I had spent so many hours making. It hadn't occurred to me that the bride had 4 sisters who would also expect quilts for wedding presents AND these young women would have babies who would need baby quilts. I don't have children, and these lovely young women are like nieces to me. I've made many quilts for them, their mom and their children.

When I lived in Maryland I belonged to a small quilt group. The leader was interested in making art quilts and challenged us to get out of our comfort zone and try some art quilts. I'm grateful to her for this challenge as I have gradually eased into making art quilts and enjoy the creativity involved.

Arizona is now my home - north of Tucson in a 55+ community. I belong to the Tucson Quilters Guild and a small quilt group called the Honeybees. Both meet once a month. Quilting is such a great hobby. There is always some new technique or design approach to try out. Quilters are among my best friends.  

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