Hello Carol, welcome to MQP, or welcome back after being away for a while. It does liik like you have been very busy. Hope you enjoy the site. There is a lot to see, groups to join and friends to meet.
I haven't checked in for a long time, but I have been doing lots of quilting. Trying to finish up old projects and even some I inherited from my grandmother.
Mostly I do traditional pieced quilts and I am trying to learn machine quilting to cut down on the cost of my hobby. I retired from full time work two years ago and I spend about half my year in Texas babysitting for my two year old grandson. I've made three small quilts for him in the last year.
In SD this summer I repaired and finished a grandmother's flower garden top with small diamonds between the flowers that I bought on ebay. It was all handpieced out of flour and feed sacks and deserved to be rescued. It looks great as a topper on a queen bed. I also did a couple of table toppers to audition some patterns. My biggest UFO is a machine embroidered and appliqued wall quilt in Christmas colors. Maybe this year....
Today I finished a modern flying geese twin size quilt with a white background, bright vari-colored geese and turquoise binding.
I have taken two classes on Craftsy which have been most helpful. Both concerned quilting on a domestic machine. I took a class several years ago on Quilt University to design a quilt studio from scratch, which I did for my studio in SD. Every piece of furniture is on wheels and is repurposed from kitchen cabinets. I also built a drop-in sewing machine table with a large quilting area using a plastic folding table (adjustable legs), styrofoam insulation and a slick melamine surface. I pay close attention to ergonomic principles and try to have the best work habits in order to minimize muscle and joint pain (lots of arthritis).
I enjoy genealogy and our family also has stories of wagon trail journeys. I have been working on scanning all the family pictures that I have and getting them and my grandmother's stories together so it will all make sense to future generations. I have also digitized about thirty years of color slides this fall.
I am planning on attending the Houston Quilt Festival Nov. 1 with my daughter and her friend from SD. That always inspires me and gives me ideas for the future.
It sounds like we have a lot in common so I am excited to participate more frequently on this site. Creatively yours, Carol (venusgma)