Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
It's hard trying to figure out what to tell about myself. I'm old; I love to hand quilt; I love scrap quilt; my husband has the beginning of dementia; I have a small (very small) quilt shop; I never have enough time to sit and quilt. I feel that quilters should not be buying kits, they need to use their own creativity. I know it it hard at first but it does get easier.
How many quilts have you made?
I have made too many to count.
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I both make quilts and enjoy them.
How long have you been a quilter?
I took my first lesson in 1982 and I am still at it.
What is your favorite quilting technique?
My favorite technique is hand quilting "big stitch" style.
Hi Jo! I'm Bridget and I live in Seaside, Oregon with my husband of 28 years and our beagle, Mackenzie. I learned to quilt 6 years ago using books and the internet. I'm in a very small town without any guilds, groups or classes so I had no choice but to learn on my own. I wish I'd learned sooner because I just love this hobby! Now I mainly quilt for charity and to sell (to support my hobby). One of my favorite places to donate is to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative http://www.alzquilts.org/ I started making quilts for them because my father-in-law had a form of Alzheimer's. It's a great fund raiser and I really enjoy making quilts for them because their size requirement is only 9"x12" or smaller. It gives me a chance to try new techniques.
I totally agree what you said about kits! I have never made a quilt from a kit and I don't know who would want to. Why would someone want to make the same quilt as 100 other people? I now like to design my own, but since I'm stil pretty new at this I use easy blocks. I enjoy machine quilting and have yet to try hand quiting. I may try it on one of my Alzheimer's quilts.
I love the photos you posted...your stitches are so even! I am amazed at how many hand quilters I've come across on this site. I've even found a few who hand piece! I'd never finish anything that way!