Betty Bickford
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I have been quilting for over 40 years and machine embroidery for over 15 years.

I quilted with templates and by hand, but now usually by rotary cutter and ruler, I believe the rotary cutter to be the best invention.

I started machine embroidery working for a commercial embroidery house here in my town, I had a home embroidery machine in 1996, than went ont to writing books for Husqvarna Viking for the #1 plus and the Rose machine. The sewing fields were only 4 x 4 inches back when it all started.

I have taught machine embroidery since 1995 but health issues keep me close to home now but I do go out on occasion to teach. 2003 I purchased a commercial head embroidery machine with 2 heads, opened a store front for embroidery and quilting. I closed the shop in July 2005 cause the economy went from bad to worse. I couldn't fit the monster embroidery machine into my space at home so I traded it in and purchased two 15 needle machines to replace the monster. Well, the economy did not get any better and said my prayers to pay off the two commercial machines. I worked sunup to sundown at home with 18 hour days doing work for various companies till this year 2011. My health issues and than the death of my nephew May 2011(only 38 from Chrons complications) truly made me take a true look at my life and what time I have left to enjoy life!

I do digitze, I use a program from Wilcom (commercial embroidery) and I am working on applique blocks right now so I can do them on machine, usually the traditional blocks.

If I have any interest I may sell as kits and teach again.
How many quilts have you made?
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I make quilts and enjoy them
How long have you been a quilter?
40 years
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Why do you quilt?
relax, create, enjoy
Do you have a website?

Betty Bickford's Blog

Quilting and Care Giving, dreaming of getting a spool of Red Metler Theard

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 4:44pm 0 Comments

I love quilting.  Now I am busy with my 89 year old Mom who was in the hospital, than Nursing Home and now back in Assisted Living.  It is not easy, I dream of quilting.  I am trying to do a project, I need a spool of Red thread, I have been trying to get it for over a week now cause of all the things going on.  Where I live there is only one place that sales Metler 50 weight and it is 20 plus miles away.  I am going to search today at a fabric shop and pray they have it and they are only 10…


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At 10:55am on February 15, 2014, Vickie Smith said…

Happy Birthday, Betty.  Hope your day is delightful... 

At 4:08am on February 15, 2012, QuilterBridget said…

Happy birthday, Betty~I hope you have a wonderful day!

At 11:21pm on October 13, 2011, Linda Hubalek said…

Welcome Quilter Friend!

Just wanted to pop in to say “hello” and introduce myself. I’m Linda Hubalek, fellow quilter and author from Kansas. Books about pioneer women are my specialty, with a cooking or quilting theme mixed into each historical fiction series.

My Trail of Thread in written in the form of letters sent back home while my ancestors traveled to Kansas. Each book mentions twelve old-time quilt patterns, and I put drawings of them in the back of the books.

So if you like to read—besides quilting—please enjoy my blog and book excerpts on my website. Besides printed as paperbacks, my ten books are also available for your Kindle or Nook.

I have about a dozen quilts made by my great grandmother, (that we used all the time when I was a kid) so I’m into antique quilts and patterns. What kind of quilts and patterns do you like to work with?

Happy quilting and reading!

Linda Hubalek

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