Thursday, October 2, 2008

And Away We Go

So, here I go, starting a blog. And why? Well, I have been reading other’s blogs, mostly about quilting, and I found I really wanted to join this community. I like reading about other’s adventures in quilting and would like the opportunity to share with likeminded people. So thus begins this new adventure.

I am a retired psychotherapist (married with 4 adult children). I used to knit, sew, and do other crafts but work took up too much of my time. Then in 1996 I got my first embroidery machine. That led to joining a small sewing/embroidery group and where I was eventually introduced to quilting. From then on quilting has become my avocation and passion.

At retirement, 2 years ago, I got a quilting studio and a HQ16 mid-arm quilting machine. It took me almost a year to get the courage to use the HQ16 on anything but muslin and so had built up a small stack of quilt tops. However, in the last 6 months I have been slowly gaining confidence and have quilted about half of my tops along with several charity quilts. I attended MQX in April and took three classes with Suzanne Earley where I learned about Meandering Magic and found that I really like free motion quilting. This week I tried my first panto, on a charity quilt. It was not as much fun as free motion and I will really have to work on placement: had to do free motion loops in between passes.

So, this is my first post. I figure I will be talking to myself for a while but soon hope to have others sharing my quilting life. GARI


Debi said...

Welcome to the world of blogging. It can become addicting...I am glad you were able to find my blog for the giveaways. Maybe I can persuade you to join the next blog giveaway in January 09.

Beth said...

Hi! Welcome to the Cyberworld! I've been doing it awhile, and it beats journaling anyday.

My best friend is an A & D counselor and started me in quilting!