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Hi from Webster NY

by Susan
(Webster NY)

Hi New to this forum. I'm a retired Special Ed teacher (11 yrs retired) and started quilting a little before I retired.

My adult daughter taught herself to quilt so I asked her to get me started. I've sewn clothes for most of my adult life so thought it would be easy to learn.

Well, since I was still working and didn't have a lot of time, it wasn't so easy.

I discovered I was too impatient and not exact enough - I made a couple of "seat of my pants" quilts for my toddler grandson.

Fast forward to retirement - now I have time, but I still like to make it up as I go along.

I get bored easily and find that following a repetitive pattern is not for me.

I make my 2 grandsons quilts every Christmas and have so many projects in mind it's mind boggling!

My quilts are FAR from perfect but they always contain a lot of love (and often a few not so good words!).

Am looking forward to seeing other's work and tips.

On the personal side, I am married for 50+ years, have a daughter, SIL, and 2 outstanding grandsons.

Our son recently passed away and I have one of my very 1st quilts I made ( a gift to him) on my bed.

I love big dogs - am on my 3rd St. Bernard (all rescues) and we have a camp in the Adirondacks in NYS where I grew up (a really tiny town).

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Dec 03, 2018
back at ya
by: Pegi

Hi Sue,
Actually, I haven't lived in NY since 1981, I graduated RL Thomas 1967 so I'm a lot older than you, but that doesn't bother me. Been living in Mobile, AL since 2009. Yes, I'm what the southerners call a damned Yankee because I stayed! LOL
The DWR was a challenge but one that I learned how to be patient with precision and correcting mistakes. It is all curved piecing but that seems to be something that I'm okay with doing. I need to FMQ it but that will be in 2019 as my schedule is quite full with holidays and daughter's wedding in March.
If I have the opportunity to be in Upstate NY I certainly will try to meet up with you, it would be a pleasure. Merry Christmas!

Nov 30, 2018
To Pegi
by: Sue

Hi Pegi
Glad to hear that there is another quilter in Webster. My kids went to Webster schools - graduated in 1990 and 1993, now my grandsons go to Schlegel and Willink. When were you there? A double wedding ring quilt would test my patience - I admire you. I recently started fooling around with FMQ - took some classes at Sew Creative a couple of years ago and have been following Angela Walters. Also have been doing some ruler quilting. If you would ever like to get together I'm all for meeting new people and exchanging "war stories"! Just let me know and we can go from there. If life is too busy to do that I fully understand. Happy quilting! (Not entirely sure I'm responding to you in the right way - hopefully you see this)

Nov 17, 2018
Hometown is Webster!
by: Pegi

Hi, I went to Webster schools and when I saw that you live there it intrigued me to read on. I understand what you mean by repetitive things and getting bored, probably why I have UFO's! (Unfinished projects). I have found that if I put them away for a while, I can finish them when I feel the inspiration to do so, no guilt at all for the wait.
I think it's wonderful that you laid your ambition to learn to quilt aside until you actually had the time to work on it. I hope you find that the process can be enjoyable as well as rewarding when finished. I just finished my own quilt top but haven't quilted it yet, probably next year too much on calendar. It is a double wedding ring and believe me it was a challenge but I'm so happy that I persevered, seam ripping and all! LOL
I have found many YouTube videos helpful plus online classes.
Hope you continue to learn and enjoy.
God bless you

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