I often think I was born with the quilting gene. I remember going to my Grandma’s quilting circle and setting under the frame watching the ladies stitch. I was born and raised in Flint, MI. My Mom was a garment sewer who never showed any interest in quilting. When I was young, I spent many Saturday nights in the Sears fabric department with Grandma and Mom, trying to pick out fabric. Grandma made aprons and used the scraps for quilts. I am lucky enough to be the only one in the family who showed any interest in her quilts, so I am the lucky one to have them today. The only sewing I did was what I had to do in home economics class.
My husband and I married and had our two boys. I remember making Barbie clothes for the neighborhood girls, since there weren’t really too many things to make for the boys. Once the boys were in school I decided it was time to do some Mom things. The classes began. Macramé, cross stitch, needlepoint, and on and on. Nothing really fit. One day I went shopping with a friend. We drove to a big pink house! The name on the door was Quilts, Kits and Kaboodles. The angels started singing. As I was peeking in at a class, the teacher asked if I would like to come in and see what they were doing. Well…….before I left I had signed up for a hand piecing, hand quilting class.
The project for the class was a Clam Shell block. The teacher informed us that she was on the committee for a local quilt show, and thought we should enter our blocks. I did, and won first place. The addiction had begun. I figured if I could make a block, I could make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Thinking back, that wasn’t real smart. I still remember searching out the fabric, and sewing and sewing and sewing. I finished binding it last year. The next project was a Lone Star. That was finished and used.
The boys grew, went to college, and I continued to quilt. No more hand piecing. I decided it was time to turn the old Viking in and buy my first Bernina.
By now I had gone to work and we had moved due to a job transfer for my husband. I met a new group of friends who were interested in quilting. Someone came up with the idea of taking a class being offered at 6:00 a.m. Saturday mornings. Since we were all working girls, we decided it would be a great idea. Which it was. I still remember the fun! It was at this time, that I started to work at a wonderful quilt shop in Sterling Heights, MI. This continued until my husband decided it was time to retire.
The plan was to spend summers in MI and rent a place in AZ for the winter. The plan went into effect and I worked and taught part time at the shop in the summer, and spent the winters taking classes and volunteering at the quilt show in AZ in the winter.
I have never liked the A word. I have taken numerous classes from all the top “A” teachers, but never could grasp what all the fuss about. I am lucky enough to have a great group of friends who like to travel to different quilt venues. It seems as though I always searched out Pearl Periera. She has a method of applique that I kept thinking maybe I could do. When I found her I would stand and listen to 6 to 8 of her demos. When I left I would go buy a few more patterns, go home and put them in the drawer.
In 2011 I found a Lori Smith pattern I had purchased. It had pieced block and applique blocks. It was time to put my demo watching into first gear. I started my project, finished my project, entered my project in the AQS show. No one was more shocked than I was. I won a ribbon and the Hall of Fame Award. The addiction went to a different level.
In 2012 I went to a 4 day workshop with Pearl to learn all of her tricks, and to top it all off, my finished workshop project won a blue ribbon in Applique, in the AQG 2013 show. The addiction continues!
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