Happy birthday, Dena~I hope you have a wonderful day!
I'm a late bloomer with quilting as well. I'll be 50 on the 28th and I've been quilting for about 6 years. I sure wish I'd have learned sooner, but I never was interested in sewing of any kind. Quilting was just a fluke for me, but I was quickly hooked. At first I made quilts for all of my family members, then I started making them to sell and donate.
I live in a very small town without any guilds, quilting groups or classes and I was so tired of being a lone quilter; so when this site started up I was so excited to be able to finally meet some other quilters. Everyone is so wonderful and helpful here! I joined several of the groups as soon as I joined and that really helped to get to know others.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and happy birthday!