Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
There isn't much to say. I love to walk, read and quilt. I am a retired teacher and now a farm manager and part owner of a conservation trenching business. I have one son who is grown and on his own. A widow of 11 years. My friend started me quilting after my husband died to give me on outlet. That was the best thing I ever did. I was hooked and now I love to quilt whenever I get the chance.
How many quilts have you made?
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
How long have you been a quilter?
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Why do you quilt?
for fun and this is my therapy (when things are going right)
Hi yes I will as soon as I'm done with it. It will be hand quilted also. I have a picture of it pre-stage on my page now. You can see the color of it now. As soon as I can get back to it I will.
Have a good one. Talk to you later.
Hi thanks for the prayers. I could use them. Sounds like your doing the same as we are. We don't go out much any more so we just stay in and curl up with a good book.
Any plans for new quilts? I've got so much too catch up on it's not even funny. I'd plans on starting this new one BOM but that's on hold. It'll have to wait till next year.
Right now if I could just finish my Hawaiin up I'd be a happie camper. Ever time I try to sew my stitches aren't quite up to being right. My hand isn't right yet. I have too work on it.
Do you hand sew? I didn't before but I took a class in Hawaiian Quilts. With that you hand sew it. So I learned.
Well I guess I'll let you go so have a good one and write when you can.
Hi, it's been a busy month for me also. I was told I needed emergency surgery on my neck. I woke up without the use of my left side. By the time they figured out what the problem was I couldn't walk or use my left hand at all.
I was in surgery for four hours. The Dr's said that I had so much damage that it would take about six to twelve month to recover. Luckily I bounced back so fast that I'm walking with a cane and was sent home before Christmas.
I had a nice Christmas with my family. I'm still not able too quilt but I hope to get back to it soon. I was in the process of making Christmas gifts when this happened.
It sounds like you had a very busy month. Do you have plans for the New Year? We are staying in as I can't really go anyplace yet.
Well I guess I wrote a lot to start with and I hope I didn't scare you off. Write when you can and have a Happy Healthy New Year. Till next time.
I haven't posted any pictures yet. I have to load the software from the second camra on my laptop. I use this one for my quilting thing and hobbies only, no family things. This way I can develop the pictures and print them for my folders and journals I keep. Now I will put them on the site.
Hi, my name is PJ and I'd like to be a friend. I read about you and whooo what a story you sound like most of my friends. It's a sham you don't live near me. You love them. Thanks for the post. I have made a Quilt of Valor that I am just now finishing up. It's a little late but I'm getting it done.
I haven't made a quilt for Quilts of Valor yet; I'm doing the June fabric swap for patriotic fabrics and I'm planning on making my first one. It's just a place I've been wanting to make a quilt for for a long time. If you click on "Quilters" at the top of your page, and then in the search bar type Bridgette Stein, you can go to her home page and ask her for more information; I know she's very familiar with the organization. Also I'm sure you can e-mail QOV for specifics. I do know that once a long armer is assigned, then it's between the two of you who does the binding and labeling. I just want to do a top and that's it. I thought about that too...mailing something back and forth; doesn't make sense. Anyway, I wish I had more information, but really all I know is from their website.
You know what? I too thought I wanted a long-arm machine, but instead I bought a frame that is used with a domestic machine. The thing is, I never use it! I have a hard time loading the quilts onto it. Plus, I'm so used to quilting sitting down in front of my machine that I hesitate to try the frame again. I need to because I feel guilty; it was one of those things I just HAD to have! But it made me realize that I don't want a long-arm machine after all. If anything I would want the HQ16 sit-down model. They have a lot of throat space! The machine I learned on had less than 6", but I still managed to teach myself on smaller quilts.
Sometimes I tense up as well and my shoulders are scrunched up like you describe; I raised my chair as far as I could (so I could still reach the foot pedal) and it made a difference. I do still sometimes get stressed though! I'm a hyper and uptight person to begin with, so I have to make sure I'm calm and take slow, deep breaths whenever I find my shoulders tensing up.
I taught myself to quilt out of necessity; there are no guilds or classes in my small town so I didn't have a choice. I used books and the internet to learn everything I know, and the book that helped me the most with the machine quilting was http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Quilting-Made-Maurine-Noble/dp/1564770745/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308068994&sr=8-1 I bought mine used on Amazon...that's how I buy all of my quilt books and I save a ton of money! They have one now for about $6.00 and it goes though step-by-step to learn how to quilt. That's still one of my favorite books!
I always have a baby size practice piece and I just basically doodle all over it...just to play and get used to the feeling of not stressing out; after all, it's not going to be given to anyone!