I was born and raised in Buffalo,NY. and now live in one of the suburbs. I have four children, three boys and one daughter. Unfortunately my daughter did not take to sewing and quilting. I started out trying to sew garments when I was 12. The first thing I made was a dress that turned out to be a disaster. My Grandmother couldn't even figure what I'd done to it. I learned the proper way to sew in High School Home Ec class. That's when I finally realized what mistakes I made on that first dress.I continued to make clothes for myself and my kids. When I was hit with the quilting bug I gave that up almost totally. I love to paper piece and have created my own patterns on my Quilt Pro software. I'm thrilled they are releasing version 6. I currently work in a quilt shop that sells brother machines and I've taken the plunge and purchased a new sewing machine after owning my Viking for 15 years. I was amazed at the advances machine have made in 15 years. My next dream purchase will be an Embroidery machine. I'm a returning member and look forward to being back.