I am a relatively new quilter. My mother started quilting in her 50's, but had sewn all her life. I did not even know how to put thread on the bobbin when I decided to use the 301 that Mom had purchased for me not too long before she died in 2005. I have seven younger siblings, the youngest of which was about 10 years old and still at home ( of course) when Mom started quilting, so Karen gained much experience while quilting with Mom. After Mom died, Karen decided to start her own quilting sisters (and sisters-in-law) group. We got together, voted on 12 blocks from two different QIAD books, chose our individual fabrics - mine was navy blues and white and stripped in gray- and Karen taught us a different block every month or so. We rotated to each others' homes and learned so much, not to mention enjoying being together and remembering Mom in a special way. I went on to add eight more blocks to my quilt, had the ladies at our church hand quilt it, and as soon as the binding is on, I think I will be the first in the group to finish my quilt. I know that Mom would be so surprised to know that this daughter is now enjoying quilting so much that I wish I could retire from nursing, and just be with my fabric!!
I was lucky enough to have inherited a large stash of fabric from my son's girlfriend's grandmother, as no one else in the family sews. So, in the navy and white sampler, I included material from her grandmother's stash in each corner block. I also included material of my mother's in each block and stripped it together with her material too. My son begged to have this quilt, so it will be his when he leaves home.
I have also made a baby quilt on my own, and paper-pieced a throw for my son's girlfriend from mostly her grandmother's material. I am slowly working on a 58" Lone Star quilt using the QuiltSmart method.
I use a 301 or 221 or 15-91 Singer for all my projects. I love the hum of the old machines.