I'm married to my best friend. I have 3 children, 5 grands, 1 great and 1 great that is making his appearance in about a month.
I grew up in Southern Oregon until I was a teen, then moved to Northern Oregon where I lived all of my life, until recently when my Husband and I retired and moved to Arizona. So I have gone from being an Oregonian to a what our cousin called a "Zonie".
I love to do most anything crafty - however I'm focusing on quilting right now. I got my desires and talent from my Mom. She was extremely talented, she could draw, cook, paint, sew, carve and wood work, you name it she could do it. I am blessed to get most of that, except I struggle with the drawing part. So much of my childhood was watching and eventually helping her with whatever she was working on, and through it, I was learning. Even though I learned to sew clothing, it really was not a passion of mine. I originally got very interested in counted cross stitch. I don't know how many small, medium and very large cross stitch I did over the years and gave away pretty much all of them. So how did I get into quilting? When I was in 7th grade many many years ago in Home Ec class, we sewed some blocks together for a quilt, so I guess I always had a little bug in me to some day try one of my own. After my Mom passed away and I inherited her sewing machine (the one I grew up with) I started playing around with sewing some squares together. I looked on the Internet and found a pattern that seemed to be close to what I had already done and decided I was going to make this for my oldest Granddaughter. As a beginner quilter, I was pretty naive about the complexity of making a whole quilt, so i started with a queen size. :) And after talking with a couple other quilters I decided I needed to hand quilt it. That took me around 2 years to finish. :) No I didn't learn there, I made another queen size and hand quilted over 3/4 of it also. I ended up machine quilting the borders. Here is the center of my first quilt. Our Granddaughter is a book worm and this was one of my cross stitch patterns that I created myself.
Here is the second queen size quilt that I hand quilted. I originally started this quilt for my husband and I, however our oldest daughter fell in love with it and so a couple years later when I finally got it done, I caved in and gave to her.
From there I moved on to several projects, wall hangings, table runners, more quilts in all sizes, baby quilts given away to friends and members of our church, and I love it all.
I've been quilting for about 5 or 6 years now and I'm still learning tips, and tricks to make them easier and better. Some people are real focused into one type or style of quilting and for me I love learning it all. Folk Art quilts, Applique of all sorts, including wool applique, (one of several I have done - or started)
paper piecing, traditional piecing, you name it. I'm getting to experience a lot of new things and loving it.
Recently I have been working a little harder to practice my Free Motion Quilting skills including using my free motion foot to do some thread painting on some mug rugs. (zoom in to see)
I will also be doing a lot of thread painting on this wall quilt from a class I took.
And because the UFO's need to get finished some day I am hoping all this practicing will help me to tackle the big quilts with some Free Motion Quilting.
I could go on forever, and I wish I could post all my quilts and projects but there are many more people to visit. So go back to our host Vicki at 2 bags full and check out some other bloggers. Thank you Vicki.
If you have time scroll through some of my older posts and take a peek at some of my other quilty stuff.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
I'm giving away a pincushion OR a pair of mug rugs. (Sorry the mug rugs above are already taken) Leave a comment which you would like. I will pick a winner and announce who the winner is on February 15th.
Thanks for stopping by.
PS ... When you have a moment check out my other blog where I record revelations that God shares with me, where He leads and I work at following. Growing in His Love