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Posted by Shari on May 29th, 2017

One of our biggest GIVE-AWAYS ever - thank you to all our sponsors!

We are back from 2017 Spring Quilt Market!  St. Louis treated us well (oh the yummy BBQ and sweet treats!) and so did our vendors.  Good thing we took an extra empty suitcase to bring back some "pretty stuff".

St Louis Missouri
A little background, Quilt Market is a closed trade show (not open to the public) for quilt shops owners, designers, pattern writers and vendors. 

Quilt Market is held twice a year, Spring and Fall.  Spring Market rotates around the US.  We have been to Portland OR, Pittsburgh PA, Salt Lake City UT, Minneapolis MN, and now St. Louis MO.  Fall Market is always held in Houston TX, where it all began nearly 40 years ago. 

Gathering all in one place allows us to visit with each of our vendors over a course of 3 days; previewing and ordering new inventory for the upcoming seasons.  (Did you know most of our fabric collections are ordered 6-10 months in advance?)

2017 Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis Missouri
We are very proud to partner with reputable fabric manufacturers and notions vendors to bring you only the best quality cotton fabrics and supplies.

2017 Spring Quilt Market Goodies Give-Away
Ok, so enough about them, let's get on to the goodie table display.

Here is a list of prize goodies up for grabs:
Benartex Gradations Pinwheel (1 to give-away)
Benartex Irresistible Iris Layer Cake (1 to give-away)
Benartex Masterpiece Mixers Pinwheel (1 to give-away)
Blank Quilting/Studio E Fabrics/Henry Glass & Co., Inc. extra large tote bag (2 to give-away)
Blank Quilting American Honor Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
Blank Quilting Stoney Point Batik Strip Roll (1 to give-away)
Blank Quilting Sumatra Batiks II Charm Packs (1 set to give-away)
Henry Glass Ric Rac Paddywack Flannel Strip Roll (1 to give-away)
Hoffman Fabrics Journal (6 to give-away)
Lecien Cosmos new Embroidery Floss Kit (1 to give-away)
Maywood Studio (win it before you can but it) Aged to Perfection Charm Pack and Mini Charm Pack (1 set to give-away)
Maywood Studio (win it before you can buy it) Heather Charm Pack and Roses on the Vine Charm Pack (1 set to give-away)
Maywood Studio Woolies Flannel Charm Pack (1 set of 2 to give-away)
Moda (win it before you can buy it) Farmer's Daughter Charm Pack (1 to give-away)
Moda (win it before you can buy it) Designer Quilt Labels Panel (1 to give-away)
Moda Garden Notes Charm Packs (1 set of 2 to give-away)
Moda Post-It Notes pack (1 to give-away)
P&B Textiles 1930's Feedsack Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
P&B Textiles Eden Road Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
P&B Textiles Texture Solids Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
Red Rooster Fabrics Botanicals Pastel Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
Red Rooster Fabrics Cottage Whites Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
Red Rooster Fabrics Lucy's Collection Fat Quarter Bundle (1 to give-away)
Red Rooster Fabrics Mrs. Miniver Fat Quarter Bundle (2 to give-away)
Timeless Treasures Pinwheel Tonga Treat Charm Pack (1 to give-away)
Timeless Treasures True Love Tonga Treat Charm Pack (1 to give-away)
Timeless Treasures Studio Charm Pack (1 set of 2 to give-away)
Wilmington Prints Tumbler Batik Mug Rug Kit (4 to give-away)
How to enter the 2017 Spring Quilt Market Goodies Give-Away:  Give-Away is Closed

1. Sign up for our newsletter HERE  (Must be a current registered email subscriber to be eligible to win.)

2. Leave a comment below telling us who inspired you to start sewing/quilting.

Give-Away Details:
  • Give-Away starts today (Monday, May 29th, 2017) and will run until Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at midnight (Pacific).
  • Winners will be randomly selected and announced in our newsletter on Thursday June 15th, 2017.
    • Winners are posted HERE.
  • Give-Away is open to all Domestic US and International Customers.
  • Only comments posted in this blog are eligible to win.  (Facebook comments are not eligible.)
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.  Only one entry per person, please.  (Duplicate entries will be screened and removed at the time of drawing.)
Good luck and thank you for participating!

The BCQC Team





Category: Give-Aways!

Comments

  • 1. Posted by Melissa Fletcher on June 11th, 2017 at 10:53 p.m.
    My mother inspired me and helped with all my sewing and quilting when I was young.
  • 2. Posted by Susan Gouge on June 11th, 2017 at 8:29 p.m.
    My Grandmother and my Granny! They have been my biggest source of fun and help and love of quilts! My Grandmother was my biggest cheerleader until she died at 102 and now my Granny is my biggest cheerleader at age 100! I love every quilt they have given me, all made by hand, and they have been very nice about the small quilts I have given to them! :)
  • 3. Posted by Ruthie on June 11th, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.
    my wonderful chrisitan mother in law.
  • 4. Posted by Karen G on June 11th, 2017 at 7:21 p.m.
    Began sewing briefly as a teenager after taking a sewing class. It wasn't until my first grand baby was on the way that the quilting bug settled in. Boy, did it settle in big. Made my first 3 quilts within 4 months.
  • 5. Posted by Julia Lee on June 11th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
    My mother initially taught me and I continued sewing my own clothes, my wedding gown and now learning how to Quilt and sewing totes and purses.
  • 6. Posted by Patricia Sonoff on June 11th, 2017 at 4:06 p.m.
    As a child I spent every summer with my grandmother. What an awesome talented lady. She shared with me her love of quilting through her quilting bee stories. Little did she know years later I would love quilting as much as she did! Thank you Nanny for your colorful quilting stories!
  • 7. Posted by Kathy Limanen on June 11th, 2017 at 3:11 p.m.
    There were 13 children in our family. My mother sewed all of our clothes and taught all 7 of her daughters to sew. Quilting was something I taught myself and it has become a passion of mine. Love to come in to the store. Beautiful fabrics and ideas abound. Definitely one of my happy places.
  • 8. Posted by Teresa Gray on June 11th, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.
    My mom taught me how to sew and the piecing of quilts seemed to come from that love of creating with fabric. It was a very good feeling to present my parents with each of their own quilts, knowing I was giving back the gift in a way.
  • 9. Posted by Bea Eaton on June 11th, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.
    My grandmother started me sew quilt blocks when I was about 5. Just a basic 4-patch. But that was the start. Also, my mom always made quilts.
  • 10. Posted by KD on June 11th, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.
    I wanted to learn to sew so I could make a quilt for my grandson, who was to be born December 2016. My sweet friend, Christy Williams began teaching me in November 2016. It was slow going but she was so patient and an awesome teacher. We finished in January and I was proud to give my grandson something I made. Now, it's my goal/desire to make a quilt for every member of my family and QOV for donations as well as donating baby quilts. Christy gave me a gift that will last lifetime and I'm so grateful that I want to give back.
  • 11. Posted by Nijola Schwader on June 11th, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.
    I think I was born with a love for sewing. I was sewing doll clothes by hand when I was young . I used my aunts treadle machine as we didn't have a sewing machine. My first purchase when I got my first job in high school was a Singer sewing machine. I was in sewing heaven. I've just lately begun quilting. It's one of my passions. Sewing makes me happy.
  • 12. Posted by Evelyn Wonner on June 11th, 2017 at 10:26 a.m.
    My Aunt and Mother gave me the inspiration but I did not start quilting on a regular basis until I retired a few years ago and my daughter said it would be nice if I were to give my grandchildren quilts like her grandmother (my mother) did. So have been quilting since.
  • 13. Posted by Susan on June 11th, 2017 at 8:42 a.m.
    I was inspired to quilt after finding a quilt top for $2.00 at a garage sale in Hawaii while on vacation there. That was over 20 years ago. I've now completed over 150 quilts, and couldn't be happier with the decision.
  • 14. Posted by Cristina on June 11th, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.
    My mom-in-law. <3
  • 15. Posted by Diane Martin on June 11th, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.
    I never liked to make clothes but found that I loved fabric...the colors, the feel, the possibilities. Then my co-worker started talking to me about quilting. I took my first class over 20 years ago and have been hooked ever since.
  • 16. Posted by Sandi Hagge on June 11th, 2017 at 8:22 a.m.
    I was inspired to quilt by a friend from Tennessee, since deceased. We had a summer Bible club in her backyard for children, and she brought out a stack of beautiful handmade quilts to throw on the ground for them to sit on.
  • 17. Posted by Kat on June 11th, 2017 at 7:41 a.m.
    Learned to appreciate quilting under my grandmothers quilting frame
  • 18. Posted by Pat on June 11th, 2017 at 6:53 a.m.
    Learned to sew on a treadle machine at my grandmother's knee. Then went on to learn how to quilt by watching my aunt and a group of ladies at my church. I now have a long arm and at retirement age, will have more time to enjoy the craft.
  • 19. Posted by Karen Johnson on June 11th, 2017 at 5:26 a.m.
    I started quilting with my mom, we quilted for bed blankets, and gifts. I sewed more clothes than quilts, when my daughter got out of school, I was able to move from prom dresses and skating costumes to quilting as my "happy place" hobby. Started my oldest grandson when he was 1 1/2 took him until 4 to finish his first quilt. The second one is 4 and he just got started. The new machines are so kid friendly!! They both love it.
  • 20. Posted by Donna Berry on June 11th, 2017 at 4:53 a.m.
    Both grandmothers, my mother and my sister were quilters before I caught the bug. I've been a confirmed quilter for 30 years now.
  • 21. Posted by Laurie Devers on June 10th, 2017 at 11:38 p.m.
    My Mother inspired me to quilt. I have been sewing since I was a little girl, but have only recently become interested in sewing quilts. My Mother handmade me a beautiful quilt that I count as one of my most prized possessions.
  • 22. Posted by Louann Mefford on June 10th, 2017 at 11:13 p.m.
    I love quilting. I'm still learning. I've learned on my own. I'm 72 yrs. old. I love fabric.
  • 23. Posted by carol shannon on June 10th, 2017 at 9:39 p.m.
    My mother sewed all our school clothes As she sewed I would stand next to her watching everything she did.By the time I was 5,I would stand at the machine and sew my doll clothes and play clothes. My mother taught me how to piece quilts at the age of 4.
  • 24. Posted by Kimberly Olind on June 10th, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was little for 4-H. I never started quilts until a few years ago. I make them for my grandbabies and for friends. One of my close friends encouraged me to start sewing again!
  • 25. Posted by Elizabeth Samlow on June 10th, 2017 at 8:48 p.m.
    A neighbor started a very small fabric shop only a few blocks from our house when I was about 9. I started sewing clothing and eventually made crib items when I had my first baby! I think I didn't start quilting until my late 20s.
  • 26. Posted by Lisa Boles on June 10th, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.
    My mom and aunt got me interested in quilting. We all sewed clothes and turned to quilting in the 1970s.
  • 27. Posted by Marie Eddins on June 10th, 2017 at 6:44 p.m.
    AKZLMy mother taught me to sew as a young girl. I made mostly doll clothes and all sorts of things by hand. Later when I was older she taught me on her sewing machine and I made much of my own clothes and my children's. As my kids grew into adults, I was no longer sewing garments but longed to sew with a purpose again. I heard about a quilting class and I dragged a non-sewing friend along, and we both attended. She and I have both been quilting ever since!
  • 28. Posted by Donna Beeckman on June 10th, 2017 at 6:33 p.m.
    My friend, Connie, who has since passed away, dragged me into quilting kicking and screaming, because: 1 I didn't want another hobby and 2 I didn't like to sew. I have been quilting every since! I loved sewing with her and visiting quilt shops. I think of her often as I sew and I am glad she got me into quilting.
  • 29. Posted by Debbie H on June 10th, 2017 at 4:06 p.m.
    My grandmother inspired me when I was young to do quilting and other types of handwork.
  • 30. Posted by Linda Cox on June 10th, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew garments when I was 10-12. I loved garment making until I was in my 40's. Then I went to the Houston International Quilt Festival while there visiting family. I was so intrigued. I have been hooked since.
  • 31. Posted by Jan Ward on June 10th, 2017 at 3:45 p.m.
    My Sweetest Grandma Mable Orr taught me to sew, piecing small blocks fogerher, embroidering, and then by quilting the layers together. She was the light of my life, and was always thrilled when I went on to accomplish things from the stuff she taught me... she also taught me to crochet. If it involved the hands she was in it, & she got involved in it with me! We both cherished our time together. She made my wedding Quilt & each of my kids a pillow or Quilt.. just cherished memories now, plus an art that was heavily a heritage to my family & way of life
  • 32. Posted by Becky Cull on June 10th, 2017 at 3:29 p.m.
    My mom. She made everything without all the tools I have. I am so lucky to have some of her work.
  • 33. Posted by Linda E Atkins on June 10th, 2017 at 1:31 p.m.
    I come from a long line of seamstresses and have been piecing and quilting for over 30 year and sewing for 40.
  • 34. Posted by Barbara Crites on June 10th, 2017 at 1:16 p.m.
    I didn't grow up in a family of do-it-yourselfers, but married into one. My husband bought me a sewing machine when our adult children were little and I started out garment sewing. With the purchase of a new state-of-the-art sewing machine, I taught myself to quilt. The rest is history (as is my fabric stash).
  • 35. Posted by Belinda Evans on June 10th, 2017 at 1:11 p.m.
    My mother-in-law inspired me to explore my interest in quilting. I love getting together with her for sewing sessions.
  • 36. Posted by Teresa C. on June 10th, 2017 at 12:49 p.m.
    My mom always was sewing. She made clothes for my sisters and me, and began her first quilt for the Bicentenial, having been inspired by her grandmother. Lovely give away items! Thanks for a chance to win
  • 37. Posted by Wanda Barth-Lindblom on June 10th, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.
    My mom always sewed or worked on craft projects ... my grandmother and great grandmother were Store seamstresses....how could I not be inspired. So now too I am collecting fabrics patterns for my own "work"
  • 38. Posted by LINDA BOOTS on June 10th, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
    My high school home Ec teacher got me interested in sewing. The quilting came after I retired. Inspired by the beautiful things others had made.
  • 39. Posted by Leah David on June 10th, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.
    My wonderful sister in law taught me to sew during the summers when she helped raise me.
  • 40. Posted by Linda Jo Miller on June 10th, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.
    My Mom taught me how to sew, but my dear friend Kathy Hilton took me to the"dark side", and I just love quilting.
  • 41. Posted by Joan Brown on June 10th, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.
    My grandmother and my mother both quilted. I came from a small rural town in Kansas and there were several monthly clubs that would meet and work on the hostess's project. Often it was a quilt.
  • 42. Posted by Rachel Brandon on June 10th, 2017 at 10:44 a.m.
    My good friend, Jo Alice Tucker, was helping me recover from some health issues at her home in Montana. She introduced my to quilting and I have been hooked ever since.
  • 43. Posted by Susan Case on June 10th, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was around 9, and I have sewn clothing all my life. In the last 4 years I have started quilting, and it has turned into almost an obsession!
  • 44. Posted by Lorraine Deckert on June 10th, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.
    I took a class on quilting & from that time forward I have been quilting. This is over 30 years ago. I enjoy making quilt things for my family. I love to try new things that will challenge me. It is a very enjoyable craft to do.
  • 45. Posted by Candace Weiss on June 10th, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.
    My Mom was a seamstress and when she got married, she continued to sew clothes for my sister and I. I was inspired to finally learn how to sew at age 49, when I wanted to surprise my Mom with a quilt made by her impatient daughter, me! (I was too impatient to learn when I was growing up), it took me a few months and a lot of uTube classes and finally finding a quilt store to work on my Mom's quilt to present her with a quilt. I have not stopped sewing since!
  • 46. Posted by gayle asebedo on June 10th, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.
    My life was going into a spiral watching my mother and father pass away . A neighbor noticed my struggle and suggested I go with her to a quilt guild meeting and that was the beginning of my quilting. It was the heart warming hobby that I needed.
  • 47. Posted by Diane Schwarz on June 10th, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.
    My mom always was sewing. She made most of my summer clothes. Not a lot of choices for fabric then, but she did a great job. I was a dancer, and every recital was a big deal in costumes. She also sewed costumes for others, charging $5 each!! Hours of work, lots of details. She was a true inspiration, especially when sewing on a machine that my father "electrified " for her.
  • 48. Posted by Susan Kennedy on June 10th, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.
    I did some quilting many years ago. I just recently started to get into quilting again. My 90 year old Uncle does amazing quilting and I thought if he can do it then I certainly could. I would love to win this to build my supplys. Thank you!
  • 49. Posted by Linda Rogers on June 10th, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.
    I have been surrounded by quilters my whole life. Both grandmothers gave me a quilt which I cherish. My aunts and mother were quilters. Some loved crazy quilting, some pieced with new fabrics and my favorites are the ones made of left over fabrics from the garments they sewed and later I added my leftovers to the stashes. My first experiences were with hand quilting both with family and the church ladies group. Quilting took a backseat to other activities until last year when I joined a quilting group attended with two of my sisters. Four out of five sisters now are quilting. Lots of sharing both in making the quilts and giving to others to have a little bit of of us as part of their lives. Quilts to me are memories of family, fun and sharing.
  • 50. Posted by Tina Howell on June 10th, 2017 at 8:45 a.m.
    I began to embroidery when I was 9. I fell in love with all the colors of the thread and the fabric, I loved that I could recreate a picture on fabric from my mind. But alas sewing clothes I could not do. Then about 28 years ago I found out I was to be an aunt, so I made a embroidered baby quilt. 26 years I found out I was to be a mother and from that point on I have been teaching myself new things everytime I pick up fabric and thread.
  • 51. Posted by Grace on June 10th, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.
    Your patterns are absolutely stunning. I saw you at your booth in St. Louis. Thank you or your inspiritation.
  • 52. Posted by Bonnie Wells on June 10th, 2017 at 8:26 a.m.
    I made my first quilt when my daughter was an infant. It was sewn by hand and my last one for many years. I started quilting again about 3 years ago, and love it.
  • 53. Posted by Mary Catherine Monahan on June 10th, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.
    I moved to Pendleton Oregon in the December 2010. It was an adventure but I was lonely I met a young woman at church. She knew I'd always wanted to learn to quilt but due to circumstances in my marriage I wasn't permitted to do that. So on Sunday afternoons after Church I started to go to a little quilt shop in Athena Oregon called Highland quilts. After about two weeks of me sitting stitching or knitting and just talking with the ladies. I decided it was time to take up quilting. I have since enjoyed the process I think I have grown into your average quilter. I've even tried my hand at long arming. This is truly been a blessing for me in my new Journey and 7 years later I can honestly say I enjoy the process. I've met some wonderful ladies and enjoy the process of picking out fabric to create something.
  • 54. Posted by Rhonda Lundberg on June 10th, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired and taught me how to sew and quilt. My fondest memories are the time I spent with her. She made all her great grandchildren a quilt. I want to continue this tradition when I start having grandchildren.
  • 55. Posted by Tammy Duncan on June 10th, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.
    My sweet Aunt Barbara. She was a hand quilter and had a quilt on a frame suspended from her ceiling in the living room! When she was working on a quilt, everyone that came through her house had tonputvavfew stitches in! Such good memories!
  • 56. Posted by Linda Stone on June 10th, 2017 at 7:46 a.m.
    As a young girl I longed to be able to sew something. My mother was my inspiration. She could sew anything, often making her own patterns. She taught me to embrodery when I was 6 and I would spend hot summer days doing just that. I finally got to use Mothers sewing machine when I was 12.
  • 57. Posted by Ann on June 10th, 2017 at 7:28 a.m.
    I always wanted to learn to quilt in order to make my children quilts. Once I started I couldn't stop. Now I own a quilt shop.
  • 58. Posted by Alma Dirpaul on June 10th, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    My friend and co-worker, Bernie, inspired me to start quilting. I have begun making blocks for my first quilt. I have made one denim quilt.
  • 59. Posted by Karrie Pennington on June 10th, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    My mother was my inspiration. I needed a way to communicate with mom that was relaxed,nonjudgmental, and sewing together provided that opportunity.
  • 60. Posted by Carol Small on June 10th, 2017 at 7:17 a.m.
    I went to stay with my grandparents when I was 9 years old. My Nan always sewed and I used to stand there and just watched her. One day she had some pretty blue fabric with cherries on a table. She asked if I wanted to learn how to sew a dress for myself. OH BOY!! She taught me everything. I made to cutest little shift. I have been sewing ever since. I see fabric selections now through her eyes. I love it. I miss my Nan.
  • 61. Posted by Annette Ackley on June 10th, 2017 at 7:04 a.m.
    My Mother was and still is my inspiration for sewing and quilting. If it wasn't for her, I would have never gotten into sewing. I started at the age of 12. I wanted a sewing machine, and she got me one. We did a lot of sewing our own clothes. Now we just make Quilts. She gives me ideas and advice when I need it. She is the best Mom a Daughter could have. So happy she is still here with me.
  • 62. Posted by Becky on June 10th, 2017 at 5:55 a.m.
    My granddaugter and daughter inspired me to make a tee shirt quilt out of band tees.
  • 63. Posted by Karen Bailey on June 10th, 2017 at 5:21 a.m.
    I was always interested in sewing and quilting, I am pretty much self taught, until a friend invited me to join her quilt group. The ladies were very welcoming and shared their knowledge with me.
  • 64. Posted by Beverly Burton on June 10th, 2017 at 5:01 a.m.
    My grandmother was a quilter and no one else quilted. I loved her quilts and I had her to teach me. I wanted to pass the craft on to future generations.
  • 65. Posted by Norma Scott on June 10th, 2017 at 3:31 a.m.
    Awesome Give away, thanks for the chance, I inspired myself to start quilting just out of the Blue, my mom and sister always sewed and I did just crafty stuff and simple baby blankets, I just love quilting and im only about 1 year into it.. Love Fabric though been hoarding it for awhile..LOL
  • 66. Posted by Kimberly Rose on June 10th, 2017 at 1:11 a.m.
    My husband bought me a machine for Christmas, and I have been going non-stop ever since.
  • 67. Posted by Monica Richmond on June 10th, 2017 at 12:36 a.m.
    Looks like i am late. I jave chronic pain, so that is why I am always behind.. I lived with grandma in the summers and it was boring, I watched her sew clothes day after day, but i was never allowed to touch her machine. I wanted a sewing machine so bad. I live in Ohio, i took a trip to Amish towns and fell in love weth the beauty of quilts. When i deal with pain, i try to read in bed studying how to quilt. On days i can get up, i put to practice what I learned. Your site was one of the first i signed up w/ when i decided to sew.Your free patterns are a blessing since i cant work, $$ is tight. My sister bought me a sewing machine and i cant stop thinking about it. I love quilting, it helps me so much yo try in managing pain. I will be getting 2 more surgeries soon, but i will be gone for awhile. Dont get rid of me if i am not active for awhile ♡ If i dont win, i understand, i am late Monica
  • 68. Posted by Cheryl on June 10th, 2017 at 12:33 a.m.
    I have just always liked quilts and wanted to make one.
  • 69. Posted by Donna Lindner on June 10th, 2017 at 12:29 a.m.
    I am a self-taught seamstress. My mother-in-law is the quilter and what a quilter she is! I can only hope that one of my quilts comes out as beautiful as hers.
  • 70. Posted by Sandra DeMers on June 9th, 2017 at 9:22 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew a nine patch about fifty years ago, but I only began piecing my own quilts about two years ago. I am loving it!
  • 71. Posted by Suzanne Anderson on June 9th, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.
    My mother inspired me to learn to sew when I was very young. She made dresses, shorts, pants, curtains, drapes and slipcovers. And she had many quilts that my grandmother made. This all inspired me to make my own clothes and quilts.
  • 72. Posted by Nancy Heinrich on June 9th, 2017 at 7:33 p.m.
    I just found this website and love it! and by the way in your header, St Louis that you are referring to is in Missouri (MO) not MI (Michigan) although there is a one there, it is way too small of a town to host a big event
  • 73. Posted by Rhonda Best on June 9th, 2017 at 6:57 p.m.
    I loved my Grandma's quilts as a child but my daughter is the one that truly inspired me to start sewing/quilting. She has made so many beautiful, and amazing quilts and is a patient teacher.
  • 74. Posted by Judy O on June 9th, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
    I have sewn all my life, thanks to my mom and 4-H. This led to 12 plus years of costuming for my 2 talented daughter's high school musicals. When they graduated, it was finally time for "me"! I started quilting 1 1/2 years a ago, joined my local quilt guild and have not looked back since!! Now, if I could just stop looking at patterns and collecting beautiful material, I might just produce a quilt for myself!!
  • 75. Posted by LEORA B on June 9th, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.
    My mother taught me and i also sewed in my local 4-h club.
  • 76. Posted by LEORA B on June 9th, 2017 at 6:32 p.m.
    MY MOTHER, and our local 4-h club when i was in grade school
  • 77. Posted by Roxann Kendall on June 9th, 2017 at 6:18 p.m.
    My grandmother was my inspiration to learn quilting. She hand quilted everything nothing was sewn on a machine. I'm sure she would love sewing on a machine it's much faster!
  • 78. Posted by Sue Stanley on June 9th, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.
    Watching my aunts and grandmother sitting around a quilting frame inspired me to try my own hand at the art of quilting.PZUK
  • 79. Posted by Sabrina Denton on June 9th, 2017 at 5:41 p.m.
    I watched my mom and grand mom quilt when I was a little girl. It wasn't until about three year ago that I decided to take a class at my local quilt shop. I've been hooked ever since.
  • 80. Posted by Becky G on June 9th, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.
    I was inspired by the Amish quilts I saw for sale in the rural country near where I attended college. A decade later, I decided to try to make one myself. And that was the beginning of a long love affair!
  • 81. Posted by Elena Gonzalez on June 9th, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.
    I cross with beautiful quilts online few years ago and took me few years to be brave enough to try to make a simple block. In the beginning instructions were confused because my ignorance about the terms but I start washing online free lessons on "how to" and finally after so many horrible squares, and persistence I started to see good results. Still making mistakes but I keep going and learning in each step of the process.
  • 82. Posted by Katherine Warner on June 9th, 2017 at 2:40 p.m.
    Originally my Mother encouraged me to learn as a child. Then, when I retired @ 71 my Daughter was my support system when I decided to take up quilting. She always found a way to point out my progress and offer positive feedback when I needed it.
  • 83. Posted by nita on June 9th, 2017 at 2:31 p.m.
    My friend inspiring me to learn quilting 6 years ago. I never sew anything before. I really surprised when I realized that I could make bedcover. Now I am addicting to make quilts
  • 84. Posted by Audrey on June 9th, 2017 at 2:13 p.m.
    My Mama and Grandmama inspired me to sew. My Grandmama made and hand beaded my aunts wedding gown and my Mama used to make my Daddy's business suits
  • 85. Posted by Elise on June 9th, 2017 at 2 p.m.
    I have sewn dresses for years for my daughters but recently, my friend Carol got me interested in quilting. I have started with a few small projects and I am particularly attracted to pieced, not appliqued, quilts.
  • 86. Posted by Claudia on June 9th, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.
    Fin da piccola ho amato ago, filo e tessuti, di tutti i tipi. Ho iniziato col collezionare e cucire i ritagli di stoffa che trovavo per casa e che a mia madre non servivano piu', i nasti e il tulle delle bomboniere... creavo abiti per le bambole e mi divertivo a travestire me e mia sorella. Durante le vacanze estive mia madre mi mandava i pomeriggi a scuola di ricamo dalle suore: eravamo un centinaio di ragazzine impegnate con ago e filo ... tra un punto e l 'altro ho conosciuto belle amiche e imparato tanto.... da grande poi ho acquistato la mia prima macchina da cucire, tra un lavoro di sartoria e l 'altro mi sono avvicinata al patchwork ed è stato subito amore. Grazie a quest'arte vi ho conosciuti !!!
  • 87. Posted by Sy on June 9th, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.
    My mom had 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. I was the middle child. When my sister and I were little my mom would make us (and herself) matching dresses. I always felt so special when we'd all wear the same dress for an outing. I myself had 3 sons, so no dresses, but I did learn to love sewing through my mom.
  • 88. Posted by Janet Crossman on June 9th, 2017 at 1:35 p.m.
    My Mom was my first inspiration to start quilting, she helped me make my first quilt at 12 years of age all by hand.
  • 89. Posted by Lisa on June 9th, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.
    While my Mom was crafty, I taught myself to sew & quilt.
  • 90. Posted by Barb Pintus on June 9th, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me how to sew on a Singer Treadle machine. A friend introduced me to quilting and I love it!
  • 91. Posted by Becky Reeve on June 9th, 2017 at 12:56 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew but my aunt inspired me to start quilting.
  • 92. Posted by Lawanda Platero on June 9th, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was 12 but I didn't get into it till my first child. I wanted to make cloths for him. Now, I sew whenever I can get free time!
  • 93. Posted by carol on June 9th, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.
    My grandmother was trained in Paris. She made dresses and doll dresses. She died before I learned to sew. I always missed not learning from her
  • 94. Posted by Debby Deskin on June 9th, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.
    My sister came out from Colorado to visit and we had some time on our hands. She helped me shop for the fabric and we decided to use the Eleanor Burns quilt in a day log cabin instructions. I did get the top done in a day, and I have to say I was hooked from that time on!
  • 95. Posted by Brenda Williams on June 9th, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.
    Wow, can you even imagine winning all that stuff?! I learned sewing from my wonderful Home-Ec teacher, Mrs. Marilyn Newsham, sadly, she's passed away. She was a great teacher. My Mom also helped.
  • 96. Posted by Chiska on June 9th, 2017 at 10:55 a.m.
    My Aunt LeAnn came and visted and taught me how to sew a bag. It took me a long time after that--but she was my first inspiration.
  • 97. Posted by Marny on June 9th, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.
    Even as a young girl I wanted to be like my wonderful mother. Among her talents, she sewed our clothes and our doll clothes. She let me help her with projects and by middle school I was sewing by own clothes. Quilting came after I retired and now is my favorite way to spend the day.
  • 98. Posted by Phyllis Carlton on June 9th, 2017 at 10:41 a.m.
    My mom inspired me to learn how to sew and Eleanor Burns to quilt. Every Christmas my dolls were lined up near the fireplace with brand new clothes. Since she made our dresses the dolls usually had clothes that matched my sisters and mine. I made my first log cabin quilt after watching Eleanor Burns ripping her fabric lengths. She made everything seem easy.
  • 99. Posted by Rommy on June 9th, 2017 at 10:38 a.m.
    I Saw a lady on the market and she was a quiltersteacher. I Fell in love and I am still in love for quilting , almost 12 years.
  • 100. Posted by Patty on June 9th, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.
    My grandmother started teaching me to piece a quilt when I was 7 years old on a Singer treadle machine. What a quilt.top that was!
  • 101. Posted by Rae on June 9th, 2017 at 10:33 a.m.
    Every quilt has a story. Great-aunt Grace and I shared the same birthday. When I was 10 (2 digits, so I was a young lady!), she gave me a crazy quilt she had made the year her only child, a 5-year old daughter, died from diphtheria. For years, it was her embroidery on the quilt that inspired me to become a needle work designer. For the past several years, it is the quilt itself, her play of texture and color, the quiet comfort that brought her through a tragedy, that has turned me into a quilter. She knew the language of fabric and needle work, and I am lucky to have that legacy.
  • 102. Posted by Deb Rath on June 9th, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.
    My Aunt got me started on a quilt about 15 years ago. I started to put it together and the next step was to cut it up. I couldn't do it. I bought a new sewing machine last year and decided to take some classes thinking it would help me get past the thought of cutting up the quilt I started so long ago and maybe I could finally get it finished.
  • 103. Posted by Pam Heady on June 9th, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.
    I have spent most of my adult life raising five children, working outside the home & keeping the homefront running smoothly. I now have thirteen grandchildren & one great-granddaughter. Now, at the age of 70, I finally have some time to do what I love - quilting!! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these lovely prizes.
  • 104. Posted by Flossi e Lesnock on June 9th, 2017 at 9:55 a.m.
    I had been sewing for pretty much my whole life, making clothing and home decor things. My daughter got into some quilting and then I started doing with her and the rest is history. I very much enjoy quilting and have made many things. I wish I would have taken up quilting a long time ago when I was much younger !!!
  • 105. Posted by Connie Kline on June 9th, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.
    I started sewing when I got my first sewing machine in 1974, my Mom use to make my clothes. So that's what I started sewing. Made my first quilt in 1985ish. It was a wallhanging for my Mom. Then nothing until 2001 I registered for Basic Quilting class and I was hooked. My teacher told me find what interests you and I found that I love applique and paper piecing. I sew usually when I go on retreat as my quilt room is not unpacked since I moved in 2015. I would love to win some of the goodies from Market.
  • 106. Posted by Lily Foss on June 9th, 2017 at 9:34 a.m.
    I started sewing on my mothers sewing machine when I was just a little girl. Sewing now is just a part of my everyday life. I love all the new ideas bear creek quilting company comes out with and look forward to seeing more new things every week. Thank you
  • 107. Posted by Diane Rochette on June 9th, 2017 at 9:28 a.m.
    My Mother 1st started to teach me to use a sewing machine. A singers from the early 50's i think. With I had it now. Long story. My Step Mother Irene was the biggest inspiration. She was very precise with her methods. She was always taking lessons. She should have been teaching them. Thought me to make a gown for my cousins wedding. I made my grandmother flannel nightgowns, Aunt a blouse. than some of my clothes, my children, curtains. 1st communion dress for my daughter. now quilting. I have adapted all the techniques she taught me to my needs, Miss sewing with her. To this day if i want to do a short cut I think to myself what would Irene say to you . :)
  • 108. Posted by Donna Avila on June 9th, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.
    I have sewn most my life, and have been around quilters, but never quilted. Than in my 50's one of my good friends introduced me back into quilting. I should have learned from my auntie years ago. I have been loivng the quilting process and have been learning more and more things. In the last 2 or 3 years now, I have attempted a few quilts, nothing fancy, but have been braver and attempting simple free motion or just lines. I am thrilled to keep going at my age and would love to pass this new love I have for quilting on to my daughter and grand-daughters.
  • 109. Posted by Nancy Pleimann on June 9th, 2017 at 7:29 a.m.
    My Mother gave me a quilting class for my Birthday in my 30's. I thought I was to busy to start another hobby. It was the best thing I ever did. Love quilting. I love to cut the fabric and put it back together.
  • 110. Posted by Janetta Dobler on June 9th, 2017 at 7:27 a.m.
    When I turned 40, I decided to learn something new, and I took a quilting class at our local quilt shop. I was instantly addicted and proceeded to make tons of quilt tops, until I lost my job and finances got tight. I took a hiatus for a few years and have started back up over the last 2 years, teaching myself, doing challenges and mystery quilt-alongs. I would consider myself an advanced beginner/ intermediate quilter, who makes quilts to give to sick or newly married friends and church members. Unfortunately, my sewing machine head broke, and I do all my piecing on my Featherweight, which is too fragile to handle sandwiching and quilting of large quilts. I hope to buy a professional grade machine someday, so that I can free motion and finish all these quilt tops!! J_dobler@msn.com
  • 111. Posted by Julie Sheed on June 9th, 2017 at 7:23 a.m.
    My mother and aunts had to sew clothes for kids, to save money. My sister and I sewed to create individual items. I saw a beautiful Lone Star quilt in magazine and was hooked. Though I have made over 40 quilts of various sizes, only now trying to get fabrics for my Star quilt. Then I want to make a Bargello, also King-size for me.
  • 112. Posted by Julie Sheed on June 9th, 2017 at 7:10 a.m.
    My Bnanna knitted and Mum sewed clothes for my older sisters but stopped when she started work. I sewed (hems mainly) from high school but decided to try quilting in 1997 when local fabric shop had classes. Was hooked straight away and have made over 40 quilts, various sizes. BUT still working towards my goal of King-size Bargello and Lone Star quilts for me.
  • 113. Posted by Kathie Cross on June 9th, 2017 at 7 a.m.
    A friend who was so into quilting just got me inspired. We went to Alaska together and went into a quilt shoppe in Juneau and I saw a pattern there that I purchased so that I could make my first quilt for our RV bed.
  • 114. Posted by Vic on June 9th, 2017 at 6:57 a.m.
    My friend invited me on a quilt run
  • 115. Posted by Roxie Sperry on June 9th, 2017 at 6:56 a.m.
    A group of friends were sewing every Tuesday and Sheila Yardley asked me to join and I was welcomed with open arms. Thank you Sheila Yardley, Carolyn Snyder, Marie Osterbur and Barbara caskey. It's been a great ride.
  • 116. Posted by Paula Pelletier on June 9th, 2017 at 6:40 a.m.
    My mom taught was a wonderful teacher. She taught myself and my siblings all how to sew,quilt.knit,crochet as well as many other crafts you can make. We all learned how to sew at a very young age. She starting teaching her grandchildren as soon as they could sit up to the sewing machine. She continued to teach quilting to anyone that wanted to learn right up until her time with us was up. She was an inspiration and was loved by many people .
  • 117. Posted by Rosalie Babcock on June 9th, 2017 at 5:53 a.m.
    With my moms help, I started for 4-H when I was 10.
  • 118. Posted by Bertie Louise Martin on June 9th, 2017 at 5:05 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew, we made all my clothes for school. I took sewing in school as well. Made quite a bit of clothes for my boys. My sweet mom has passed now. I have always wanted to quilt. Sew....2 yrs ago my girlfriend envited me to a class. I now have made several quilts and I love it.
  • 119. Posted by Patricia Gallo on June 9th, 2017 at 12:58 a.m.
    My Grandmother taught me how to sew and quilt using her treadle machine.
  • 120. Posted by Tess Miller on June 9th, 2017 at 12:42 a.m.
    My mom was an amazing artist/crafter and late in life joined a quilt guild with her two sisters and started making some modern stuff but didn't actually make a whole quilt.
  • 121. Posted by Betty Hancock on June 8th, 2017 at 11:45 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew when I was a child. She has a Kenmore sewing machine she bought in the 1940s. I still have the first thing I ever made on it. It's a potholder made if cotton fabric. The "batting" is layers and layers of old cotton army sheets. I don't use it any more but it holds lots of great memories. My quilting is inspired by the quilts my Aunt Nancy and Grandmother made that I slept under. I one from each in my cedar chest. The one from Aunt Nancy is a baby quilt in the Dresden plate pattern. It's been my favorite pattern as long as I can remember. Grandmother's quilt is just a scrap quilt that was quilted following quarter circle lines from the corners. I cherish both of them.
  • 122. Posted by Lonna Schuurman on June 8th, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
    I was inspired by one of my church friends that turned into a bestie. She has always had a crafty touch to things. Made things beautiful and shabby chic. She loves to hand quilt, but I dont have the patience for that. BUT she has inspired me to bigger and better things with my crafting skills. Thank you Laurie Smith!
  • 123. Posted by Lynn Ahacic on June 8th, 2017 at 9:46 p.m.
    My mom. She gave me my sewing machine when I was first married. I enjoy quilting with it now.
  • 124. Posted by Laura B. on June 8th, 2017 at 9:40 p.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew on her old New Home machine in a cabinet that only did a straight stitch. Later my Grandmom helped me design and sew my first quilt; I still have it and cherish it.
  • 125. Posted by Patricia Jones on June 8th, 2017 at 9:31 p.m.
    Not having much money in our family when I grew up, it became necessary to learn to sew and make our own school clothes, bathing suit, prom dresses, etc. My dear grandmother was one of the people who taught my sister and I our sewing skills. Along with geneology records/pictures and letters, she passed down old family quilt tops and unfinished blocks and the tales of their history. I am now retired after a work life in nursing, and finally have the time and inclination to explore this facinating art. Like everyone else, I love buying beautiful fabrics, and have a stash that will live long beyond my life span. I love it all.
  • 126. Posted by Sue on June 8th, 2017 at 8:38 p.m.
    When I was a kid, my Mom learned to piece blocks by hand to make pillows. She always wanted to make a quilt by hand and never did. I always admired quilts and wanted to learn but I thought it would be too hard, even though my Mom taught me to sew garments. One of my friends told me about an Open House at our local quilt shop. I attended a demo, asked about taking classes and got hooked right away!!
  • 127. Posted by Nancy on June 8th, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.
    My grandma quilted and my mom had me sew in 4-H until I'd made a dress. After that I didn't do much because I didn't like modeling. I started sewing again after I had my kids, it got busy and stopped again, now retired I've taken up quilting!!
  • 128. Posted by Sara Ruiz on June 8th, 2017 at 8:16 p.m.
    Hello! I started in the quilt to want to do something more since I am an embroiderer since I was 4 years old. Now I make patch, embroidery and quilting combinations all the time!
  • 129. Posted by Sonya on June 8th, 2017 at 8:11 p.m.
    My wonderful mom (#8 of 15) and her older sister. I've been quilting since I was 8 (45 years). It is wonderful to give someone a quilt, a blessing for them and you! I finally bought a small sewing machine about 8 years ago. ..wow, so much faster than hand piecing ;).
  • 130. Posted by cyndi murphy on June 8th, 2017 at 8:01 p.m.
    My mom and aunts sewed dresses for my sisters, cousins, and I when we were kids. Mom then went into doing upholstery. Approximately 9 years ago she wanted to take a quilting class and for me to take one with her however I had never turned on a sewing machine and wasn't interested in learning. Mom persistently kept on me and we took our first quilting class and I've been hooked ever since
  • 131. Posted by Peggy Sayers on June 8th, 2017 at 7:43 p.m.
    My grandmother's treadle sewing machine sat in our kitchen when I was a young child. My curiosity got the best of me when I was about 12 years old, and I decided to try it out. I made a yellow tent dress for my first project. We didn't have much money, and I realized then that I could sew the same dresses that I saw in the store windows. I learned more about sewing when I was in the 9th grade and my home economics, teacher taught me more techniques. I have loved sewing since my childhood and I think it was that old treadle machine that sparked my desire to sew.
  • 132. Posted by Lorea B on June 8th, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.
    Quilting has been in my family.. forever! I was fortunate as a little girl to sleep under a 'Sunbonnet Sue' quilt. But what really got me involved with doing quilting was joining a Victoria's Quilts Branch in Woodstock, Ontario. While we make lap quilts to give to Cancer patients, we get to try new patterns, learn from each other, and have fun! It is a privilege to volunteer alongside some amazing quilters and be of some comfort to many battling cancer. Maybe if I 'win' some fabric, I can make a quilt for myself!
  • 133. Posted by Linda Rockwell on June 8th, 2017 at 7:11 p.m.
    My grandmother always was sewing. She made a lot of my clothes when I was growing up. I remember going fabric shopping with her. So I guess I got the sewing gene from my grandmother. I didn't start quilting until I retired.
  • 134. Posted by Judy Warpinski on June 8th, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.
    I was in the 4th grade in 1976. Each class made a different quilt for a fundraiser. My class made a red, white, and blue nine patch. Over twenty years later I would make my first quilt!
  • 135. Posted by Nancy Show on June 8th, 2017 at 6:18 p.m.
    My mother was my inspiration. I started sewing doll calls at she 4 on a Singer treadle. I had to stand on the treadle to work it
  • 136. Posted by Pat Blanchard on June 8th, 2017 at 6:03 p.m.
    My grandmother on my moms side was always making and sewing things including quilts. She taught me to crochet and sparked my interest in all sorts of fiber arts. Thanks Mom!
  • 137. Posted by JANICE PARK on June 8th, 2017 at 5:47 p.m.
    My home Economics teacher, Miss Mozena inspired me so much when she spent quality time with me after school and told me she had sewn almost all of her clothes.
  • 138. Posted by Jill on June 8th, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.
    I recently retired and have always wanted to make a quilt. I started watching Youtube videos and now I want to make many quilts and other sewing projects.
  • 139. Posted by Deborah on June 8th, 2017 at 5:29 p.m.
    My sister and Mother in law both piece quilts and I thought if they can do it so can I. I bought a pattern and fabric and away I went. I have been piecing quilt tops for about 5 years. I love it.
  • 140. Posted by Kathie Curley on June 8th, 2017 at 5:01 p.m.
    Like so many others, my mom taught me. Now I am obsessed!!
  • 141. Posted by Kathie Curley on June 8th, 2017 at 4:58 p.m.
    My mom was an avid quilter...mostly appliqué with hand quilting. It always looked more challenging than what I wanted to take on. Then, about 15 years ago, she made a "Round the World" lap quilt. That's when I said, "I can do that!". I made several and discovered my love for quilting. Piecing - combing fabrics & playing with color - is still my favorite way to create quilts.
  • 142. Posted by Sherry Mitchell on June 8th, 2017 at 4:55 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to embroider and my mother taught me to hand sew clothing. 7th grade home-ec introduced me to sewing machines and I was off.
  • 143. Posted by Kathy Bate on June 8th, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.
    A Friend asked if I would like to quilt with her and a small group in our town, we started with a take 5. About a week later she said I have signed us up for a star quilt class, you need 7 fabrics. i have been hooked since then. My Grandmother made quilts for my babies, but nothing like this. So glad there is so much inspiration !
  • 144. Posted by Dorothy Reitsma on June 8th, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew. I started quilting when my sister inlaw had twins and I wanted to make her something special. I made a quilt for each of them and have been hooked ever since . This was about 30 years ago.
  • 145. Posted by Amanda Best on June 8th, 2017 at 4:40 p.m.
    No one in my family quilted, except for a great grandmother I never had the chance to meet. My mom would tell me how much she loved the quilts she made and wished she still had one, but unfortunately they had been stolen long ago, so I wanted to make my mom a quilt for a gift. This was before rotary cutters were so popular and there were no classes in my area so I taught myself with library books. My first quilt is hilarious and so heavy you can barely lift it. All these years later I still love quilting!
  • 146. Posted by Vicki Sromovski on June 8th, 2017 at 4:11 p.m.
    My grandmother had a simple patchwork quilt on a day bed where Grampa took a nap after lunch. When it was well worn she said how much she would like a new one. I made a really awful looking quilt out of scraps from sewing my kids clothes.
  • 147. Posted by debbie ryniewski on June 8th, 2017 at 3:59 p.m.
    I was inspired by my Team Leader to quilt. My team leader made a quilt each year to auction off during our xmas fair. The proceeds of the auction went to the Greater Food Depository of Chicago to help feed the hungry. I was inspired to quilt to donate quilts to those less fortunate. Still in the learning phase but hope before the winter begins to have some done.
  • 148. Posted by Heather Norris on June 8th, 2017 at 3:45 p.m.
    My aunt taught me how to quilt when I was in High School and I fell in love! I try to spend as much time as I can. Love it so much.
  • 149. Posted by Maureen on June 8th, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was 12, and I was inspired to make a quilt for my eldest son in honor and f the bicentennial..
  • 150. Posted by Donna on June 8th, 2017 at 3:31 p.m.
    9/11/2001 was my inspiration to begin quilting as a memory quilt.WHAQ
  • 151. Posted by Donna Valenti on June 8th, 2017 at 3:29 p.m.
    My friend asked me to go to a quilting class with her. She picked me up on 9/11/2001 just as the news of the second attack on NYC came on the radio. The beautiful prayers for our country, leaders, victims and their families, prayed by the quilting ladies convinced me I was in the right group. They were my inspiration to make my first quilt.
  • 152. Posted by Julie Davenport on June 8th, 2017 at 3:24 p.m.
    My Grandmother taught me to sew when I was 12 years old. I picked raspberries at a farm in the country across from her home. With the money I earned plus my bonus for the season I purchased all my fabric and made 35 outfits from straight, box pleated, a-line skirts, jumpers and blouses to start junior high. I have sewen for 58 years including upholstery and currently my passion is quilting. I have made every member of my family a quilt and won 1st place blue ribbon and best of show at our state fair. I charish the memories that my Grandmother and I shared.
  • 153. Posted by Pamela Davis on June 8th, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.
    Couldn't find a new bed set in the colors I wanted, so I bought a sewing machine instead.....been addicted since
  • 154. Posted by Pamela Davis on June 8th, 2017 at 2:56 p.m.
    Couldn't find a new bed set in the colors I wanted, so I bought a sewing machine instead.....been addicted since
  • 155. Posted by Pamela Davis on June 8th, 2017 at 2:54 p.m.
    I was inspired to start quilting when I could find a new bed set in the style/colors I wanted. So I bought a sewing machine instead, and I have been addicted since. Currently very happy that I am using my empty nester time to do some quilting for Quilts For Kids. Its a great way to get to do small scale projects with different colors and patterns. Totally addicted to Jenny Done tutorials.
  • 156. Posted by Susan Rogers on June 8th, 2017 at 2:32 p.m.
    My Grandmother ,who came from Russia to the U.S. alone when she was just 13yo. She sewed everything by hand. I learned to sew from her. I remember watching her and her best friend make fabric yo-yos when I was very young, she taught me to make them too. When my Grandkids get a little older,I'll teach them to sew as well.
  • 157. Posted by Jane Congleton on June 8th, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
    My mom sewed but I don't remember her teaching me. I took 4H & made my clothes & doll clothes for my younger sisters. I didn't get into quilting until I was 40 when I actively sought out a quilt store for lessons. My husband commented--well this will probably last a few years. I said a I don't think so. 30 years later I'm still going strong quilting & loving it as well as the companionship of quilters!
  • 158. Posted by Cindy Whitsett on June 8th, 2017 at 2:24 p.m.
    My grandmother is my inspiration, though she passed long before she could see the seeds of quilting she planted in me bloom. She would call me long distance (back when that was an expensive and rare thing) to help me as a youth with sewing patterns. I have always aspired to be like her and create beautiful things.
  • 159. Posted by Susan Forsberg on June 8th, 2017 at 2:13 p.m.
    My mom inspired me to get involved in quilting because she loved it so much. Of course all the TLC I received growing up and doing 4-H sewing helps guide me also.
  • 160. Posted by Susan Forsberg on June 8th, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.
    My mom inspired me to get involved in quilting because she loved it so much. Of course all the TLC I received growing up and doing 4-H sewing helps guide me also.
  • 161. Posted by Susan Forsberg on June 8th, 2017 at 2:10 p.m.
    My mom inspired me to get involved in quilting because she loved it so much.
  • 162. Posted by Diana Yerian on June 8th, 2017 at 2:06 p.m.
    My mother forced me to take sewing lessons every Saturday when I was about 8. Oh, how that was a dreadful day. My sister was also taking lessons and was way a head of me (we started at the same time). Now mom is gone and my sister just doesn't enjoy sewing any more but me it's a fun life with my machine and needles.
  • 163. Posted by Victoria on June 8th, 2017 at 2:02 p.m.
    I had a desire to learn how to sew when I was 12 yrs old. The neighbor lady, Alice taught me to sew a apron. Hooked ever since. I actually inspired my Mother to start sewing, although she never did quilt. I did make her a quilt as you go quilt in 1983 in which she press most of the fabric. Now, I want to make sure all my Granddaughters know how to sew!
  • 164. Posted by Nancy A on June 8th, 2017 at 1:56 p.m.
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  • 165. Posted by Nancy A on June 8th, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.
    My grandmother and great grandmother were the ones to inspire me because it was their quilts that I slept under as I was growing up.
  • 166. Posted by Dian Hoffman on June 8th, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.
    As a young child, I was fascinated by the mechanics of my Mom's singer treadle that she used to mend the many pairs of overalls from workers on the farm. I started sewing doll clothes and learned about dressmaking in school. My love of dancing lead me to sewing. As a teen, I wanted new outfits to wear to the dances where the boys were! Soon i was making clothing for my 5 sisters, all their wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, MIL and MOB dresses etc . Earned money to pay college tuition by doing alterations for faculty etc. I have since designed and sewn my 3 daughters formal gowns, bridal gowns and outfitted the entire bridal parties including the Men's wear. Now at 70, I am embracing the creativity that comes with quilting . Designing and sewing the tops are my passion along with sharing my love of all things "quilty" with my 5, 7 and 9 year old grandchildren. It's the best sewing gig I have ever had!
  • 167. Posted by LucyMae Evans on June 8th, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.
    Bear Creek has the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen! It amazes me how new designs and patterns keep appearing with each posting. Thank you for allowing us to share your fabric and the blog!
  • 168. Posted by connie strauss on June 8th, 2017 at 1:38 p.m.
    I have been sewing for years, but not quilting.Now that cancer has ruled my life for the past 6 years, I find my cognitive skills are lacking. So I signed for a class at That's So Debbie in Groton, Ct. I love quilting and It has helped my brain power a lot.
  • 169. Posted by Robin Frankie on June 8th, 2017 at 1:31 p.m.
    My grandmother made quilts for all of her grandchildren. Now I sew with my sister.
  • 170. Posted by Karen on June 8th, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.
    Sleeping under my grandmother's quilts in her home and in mine is what inspired me to begin quilting. Sewing, quilting, embroidery, and X-stitch have been a part of my life for a long time. Thanks for such a great give away!
  • 171. Posted by Jackie L on June 8th, 2017 at 1:20 p.m.
    My mom encouraged me to sew but my grandmother inspired me to quilt. She made many many quilts out scraps and old clothes.
  • 172. Posted by Nancy J Egnew on June 8th, 2017 at 1:09 p.m.
    My grandmother instilled the desire to create with the sewing machine, with all the clothes she sent and made while I watched. when I started sewing it was a natural switch from clothes to quilts.
  • 173. Posted by Kathy Delgado on June 8th, 2017 at 12:59 p.m.
    As a teenager, I would buy quilt magazines and tell myself someday I would learn to quilt. When I turned 30, I said, "What am I waiting for?" I've been quilting ever since. That was 35 years ago. Loved every minute.
  • 174. Posted by Ginny Perryman on June 8th, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.
    My mother-in-law taught me to quilt about 40 years ago. I have been thankful ever since.
  • 175. Posted by Janet Rice on June 8th, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.
    My friends got me into quilt piecing about 6 years ago. I wasn't a sew-er and didn't want to be. But the social aspect of quilting events appealed to me. Since then, I've made several quilts and strive to get better.
  • 176. Posted by Ginny Perryman on June 8th, 2017 at 12:54 p.m.
    My mother-in-law taught me to quilt about 40 years ago. I have been thankful ever since.
  • 177. Posted by Ginny Perryman on June 8th, 2017 at 12:52 p.m.
    My mother-in-law taught me to quilt about 40 years ago. I have been thankful ever since.
  • 178. Posted by Melanie Tucker on June 8th, 2017 at 12:49 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me th hand piece and hand quilt
  • 179. Posted by Sandy on June 8th, 2017 at 12:46 p.m.
    I started quilting when my daughter announced her engagement. I wanted to do something special for their wedding gift and had a friend help me make their quilt. Since then I have made quilts for each of my kids as they have married and for their little ones as they have come along. I have found that I enjoy quilting so much that I hope to continue for many years.
  • 180. Posted by Sandy Miller on June 8th, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.
    I started quilting when my daughter announced her engagement and I wanted to do something special for her wedding gift. Since that first quilt, I have found that I really enjoy quilting and have made quilts as each of my children have gotten married and have had their children. I enjoy learning new things with quilting and hope to continue this for many years.
  • 181. Posted by Linda Bowers on June 8th, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.
    I learned to quilt when I took a basic quilting class at my local quilt shop, and that was 20 years ago!
  • 182. Posted by Barbara Delarwelle on June 8th, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.
    My mom and my dad's mother. My mother was an excellent seamstress. She had a White sewing machine, a Pfaff embroidery machine, and a serger. She kept them humming, sewing anything from doll clothes to theater costumes. I learned to sew from my mother. My grandmother lived in a different state but whenever we went to visit I would spend hours admiring the quilts she made. Grandma always had a quilt in progress so lucky me I got to watch her while she explained what she was doing. I don't enjoy sewing clothes but I Love quilting.
  • 183. Posted by Cathy Wilson on June 8th, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.
    I remember being fascinated by all the fabrics in my great grandmother's Quilts. I learned to sew from a neighbor as my mom didn't.
  • 184. Posted by Linda Bowers on June 8th, 2017 at 12:39 p.m.
    I learned to quilt when I took a basic quilting class at my local quilt shop. That was about 20 years ago!
  • 185. Posted by Pat on June 8th, 2017 at 12:31 p.m.
    My mother and grandmother inspired me to sew. My mother made our clothes and my grandmother made quilts from the leftover fabrics.
  • 186. Posted by Bonnie Calentine on June 8th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
    I got inspired all by myself. I had seen some quilts at a sale and loved them, thinking to myself what if I could make one, well I went to my home town Walmart and there I saw a note pinned to the post , anyone interested in sewing sign up. Soooo I did and they gave classes on hand sewing, we ended up with 12 of us ladies, great group and fun. We did a raffle quilt and raffled it off at Walmart and gave them the money for the room we used. We did this for two years, then I got the itch for faster product, so went to machine piecing. I have made several quilt tops and table runners. LOVE it! Still inspired to this day.
  • 187. Posted by Dawn Jones on June 8th, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.
    I started quilting a little over 2 years ago. I needed a release for all that was going on in life. I had reflected on how much my Mom had enjoyed sewing while I was growing up. Once I started quilting I quickly learned the peace one can gain and commodery that the quilting community can bring to one's life.
  • 188. Posted by Diane McBride on June 8th, 2017 at 12:21 p.m.
    My mother inspired me to sew. She made matching dresses for my sister and I when we were small, which were beautiful. So I had a head start on sewing by the time I got to Home Economics in high school. Years later, she started quilting with my sister, but I was busy with my family and 1500 miles from them. I finally started quilting after I retired, and have made several quilts in the past year. My mother passed away 18 months ago, but she is always in my heart when I sit at my sewing machine.
  • 189. Posted by Jean on June 8th, 2017 at 12:05 p.m.
    My aunt helped me begin sewing when I was very young, and when I was old enough I joined 4-H. I started out making garments, went on to home dec, and then into quilting.
  • 190. Posted by Dana on June 8th, 2017 at 11:55 a.m.
    Both Grandmothers & my Mom. I have had the privilege of completing quilt tops started by both of my Grandmothers.
  • 191. Posted by Megan Doyle on June 8th, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was about 12. Then in high school, I took home ec. Over the years I learned to do embroidery and crochet. Then 2 years ago I wanted to learn to quilt, as there was a grandchild coming. I went to a local quilt shop and took lessons. I completed my first quilt , including the quilting, in time to welcome my granddaughter. I really love quilting, it is my "me" time.
  • 192. Posted by Cheryl on June 8th, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.
    I meant smocking, not smoking!
  • 193. Posted by Cheryl Greenawalt on June 8th, 2017 at 11:44 a.m.
    My mama helped me learn to sew when I was a young teen when I couldn't find clothes that were 'in style' but inexpensive too. I fell in love with sewing and have been for more than 50 years, sewing, smoking and quilting.
  • 194. Posted by Kathie on June 8th, 2017 at 11:18 a.m.
    Honestly, I started sewing in high school when we were required to sew a blouse in Home Ec, and wear the finished product. I, of course, sewed my sleeves on upside down.... sigh. But that gave me the push to learn & experiment in more areas of sewing
  • 195. Posted by Patricia Davis on June 8th, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.
    My great aunt inspired me. She sewed quilts on a singer machine with a pedal foot. her bedroom was full of fabric, quilt tops and scraps and her bed always had pins in it and on it.
  • 196. Posted by Paula B. on June 8th, 2017 at 11:05 a.m.
    My Grandmother did a lot of sewing. She was left handed so I learned to crochet left handed until i figured out how to change hands. I was sick a lot when i was in grade school. Sewing was good entertainment for me. I still love to sew.
  • 197. Posted by Cindi Lambert on June 8th, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.
    Not one single person inspired me. I knew no one who quilted but wanted to learn so in 1971 I bought a book and slowly taught myself. I did ask and older lady who did hand quilting to show me how to do that, which she did, briefly. I went home and practiced until I got very good at it.
  • 198. Posted by Ellen Vandruff on June 8th, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.
    I remember cutting and seeing b 4 patch blocks together with my grandmother when I've was about 10. I brought the blocks home to my mom, and she pointed out all my mistakes. We took the blocks apart, added some new fabrics, and ended up with enough blocks to make two twin size quilts. One was mine and one was my older sisters. I'm grateful for my grandma who tried, and my mom who taught me it's alright to use a seam ripper.
  • 199. Posted by Cindy on June 8th, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.
    I've been a sewer since I was 9 years old but focused on making clothes. Once my daughters were grown the need for sewing clothes greatly diminished. I have neighbors who created a quilt group and invited me to join.Although I am not as proficient as they are I truly enjoy creating quilts and best of all shopping for fabric. It's my joy!
  • 200. Posted by Jennifer Swenson on June 8th, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.
    My maternal grandmother was a fantastic seamstress-she inspired me so much. But she wouldn't teach me to sew since it was being taught in the schools. I wish she had taught me some of her magic!
  • 201. Posted by Pam on June 8th, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
    My grandmother and my mom had inspired me and I believe I started in grade 3 sewing. The school was incorporating it into classes as a learning tool . And I have continued since from making clothes, grad dress, to flower girls dress and then now quilting. I just love it!
  • 202. Posted by Teri I on June 8th, 2017 at 10:08 a.m.
    My mom inspired me to sew & quilt when I was a young girl.
  • 203. Posted by Teri I on June 8th, 2017 at 10:08 a.m.
    My mom inspired me to see & quilt when I was a young girl.
  • 204. Posted by Penny King on June 8th, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.
    My gram is my quilting inspiration. She has made so many quilts for family and I am lucky to have several of them. She used whatever she had and wasn't always the best at coordinating fabrics, but she made them all with love. Gram is now 89 years old and has Alzheimer's. I sew with her often in my heart, on a little Featherweight that is named after her, Dorie.
  • 205. Posted by Margaret Jacolik on June 8th, 2017 at 10:05 a.m.
    I was taught to sew by hand by my mom and machine in school. Growing up, money was tight so making things not only provided something to wear, but a bit of pride that I made that!
  • 206. Posted by Darla J Zimmer on June 8th, 2017 at 10:04 a.m.
    Both my grandmothers were quilters, among many other things. As kids we were encouraged to participate in small ways and when I finally retired I dove into quilting full gear. Love it. Especially love making special quilts, my favorite being Quilts of Valor.
  • 207. Posted by JoAn GODFREY on June 8th, 2017 at 9:55 a.m.
    i am at least a 4th generation quilter. i grew up with quilts but didn't make my first quilt until 1999 when mom couldn't make them anymore.
  • 208. Posted by margie Murphy on June 8th, 2017 at 9:55 a.m.
    I was in a very bad car accident Having a brain injury meant I had to relearn Everything My family and friends were great support. When I was ready to use a scissors my friends started me with cutting and tying flannel blankets. My quilting friends are the best.
  • 209. Posted by Abbie Simons on June 8th, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
    My grand mother sewed men's work shirts for a living. She made quilts out of the scraps. She inspired me to start sewing and quilting.
  • 210. Posted by Bethany on June 8th, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    When my daughters were little I made them dresses and enjoyed counted cross stitch. My mom tried to get me interested in quilting. I said I was too busy. A few years later a very dear and very shy friend wanted to learn to take a quilt class but she didn't want to go alone. So I went with her. So who inspired me...my mom for sure and dear Evie.
  • 211. Posted by Florence Kauma on June 8th, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.
    I have been sewing for a long time making clothes for my girls and myself and was not interested in quilting. I went through a tough period and needed a creative outlet since my girls were grown and did not want my homemade clothes anymore, a friend convinced me to try quilting. The styles of quilting patterns and fabrics at that time were depressing to me until I saw Edyta Sitar's applique quilts and I was hooked.I really love the Moda designers with their fun and colorful quilts. I have since made 10 quilts and I have plenty of projects waiting to be made.
  • 212. Posted by Carrol Betts on June 8th, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.
    My best girlfriend Gwen was and is my inspiration.I have only been quilting for a year but Gwen taught me the basics. Gwen had made me 4 peacock themed quilts and I was in loved with the quilts,she told me she could teach me.So that began a new venture. We hit every quilt shop from Florida to NC. and I between. We decided to fly to the International Quilt shop in Nov. we had a blast,we even brought and empty suit case so we could make sure we had plenty of room for everything we bought. We still were over the 50lb luggage weight limit but I said I am not leaving anything behind,so I started stuffing fabric down my sweat pants,once I got 14 pounds down my sweat pants the luggage was the proper weight but I felt like a stuffed cow. Anyway we made our way back to NC, we dumped all of our treasures in the middle of the floor and just stared at it, we laughed and giggled like little kids. We couldn't wait start to get to sewing. We got back to NC on a Sunday night, during the week we had nerve to hit several more quilt shops. On Saturday we were just sitting and talking trying to figure out when we would head back to Florida, I got up and get something to drink and came back to the living room and I thought Gwen had fallen asleep on me, so I started telling her she better wake up. After a few minutes I realized that something was wrong. She wasn't breathing so I called 911, my best friend/sister that I have known for over 30 years had quietly passed away. She was so young and full of life. I will always be so greatful to her for showing me the basics of quilting. I still quilt everyday and every time I pick up fabric I always think of her. Mind you if I ever think about taking a short cut, I look at her picture and I can hear her telling me, "rip it apart and do it again". Gwen is always with me whenever I make a quilt, I have good and funny memories of quilting my best friend.
  • 213. Posted by Barbara Daniel on June 8th, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.
    I got interested in actually starting to quilt watching the Georgia Bonsteel lap quilting show on PBS. I had always liked quilts and had always sewn. This was in the early 1970s.
  • 214. Posted by Jane on June 8th, 2017 at 9:03 a.m.
    Over the years I have been drawn to quilts, but friends who encourage me to TRY and who stood beside me - asking me to sign up for a quilting class as I worked through a time of mourning are the key for me!
  • 215. Posted by Susana on June 8th, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.
    I have always been afraid of needles. I didnt sew till i was in my mid 40s, and married, 7 years ago. My Mum-in-law just dropped my house before thanksgiving and said "get into the car. We are going to get you a sewing machine, girl!!" I had been sewing and long arm quilting since, as that is my happy thing to do and my sewing room, with my fabrics is my happy place to be
  • 216. Posted by Jean Krause on June 8th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    My grandmother and mother taught me to sew. I started sewing clothes at 9 years old and never stopped. I gradually started sewing quilts. They don't have to perfectly fit someone's body. I sew everyday now that I'm retired.LWDT
  • 217. Posted by Karen on June 8th, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.
    My mother was my inspiration in quilting. Over the years making prayers the receivers have been my inspiration. Seeing their faces as they receive a prayer quilt for hugs and comfort it so worthwhile.
  • 218. Posted by Shauna Clausen on June 8th, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.
    I have always been a crafter. My grandmother taught me to crotchet when I was eight years old.When I was in elementary school I helped my mother hand quilt a butterfly quilt. I had always wanted to try quilting again but didn't start until 2014, with a beginner class at a local quilt store. Now I am completely hooked and can't wait for retirement so I have more time!
  • 219. Posted by Nora Brofford on June 8th, 2017 at 8:25 a.m.
    A new friend,Tammy ,in a park in Florida taught me step by step to make my first quilt I was 66 years old.
  • 220. Posted by Nora Brofford on June 8th, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.
    I joined a new quilting group in a Fla. park to meet people .I had never sewn before. A very dear Tammy took me under her wing guided me step by step to make my first quilt. Love you , Tammy ! I was 64 years old.
  • 221. Posted by Janet T on June 8th, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.
    I started watching sewing and quilting shows on TV in the 80's and 90's. It wasn't until the mid 90's that I decided to make a quilt. It just so happened to be during the OJ trial. I still have my OJ quilt, and the pattern and color are back in style.
  • 222. Posted by Cathie Vaughn on June 8th, 2017 at 8:08 a.m.
    A dear friend convinced me to take a beginner quilting course with her back in 1986. I don't come from a sewing family. I don't think my mom ever even sewed so much as a button, at least til I taught her, years after my first little quilting class! BTW, my friend Hated quilting and dropped out after the first week!! Me, I was totally hooked!
  • 223. Posted by Jodie McClellan on June 8th, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    I never mentioned who inspired me...it was my best friends grandmother. She used to make jean quilts for all her grandkids. She would painstakingly cut out each square from a paper template and then hand sew everything together. I used to sit and watch her, fascinated, but also thought there has to be a better way. I didn't start quilting until I was an adult. I always remember Grandma Millie and think how things could have been easier for her now.
  • 224. Posted by Michelle Vetzel on June 8th, 2017 at 7:54 a.m.
    I watched my mother sew all of my clothes from babyhood to high school (we were poor! Fabric was cheap!), but I was not interested in clothing. I wanted to learn to quilt! I taught myself by watching YouTube videos... and messing up - a lot!
  • 225. Posted by Gina Decker on June 8th, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to learn how to quilt. My grandmother made utility quilts -all tied. Made from whatever she had. All quilts are beautiful made from caring hands.
  • 226. Posted by Ellen on June 8th, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.
    My best friend got me started quilting when she convinced me to take a Stack-n-Slash class with her. This was 20+ years ago, and we still quilt together! Quilting makes me happy!
  • 227. Posted by vickie on June 8th, 2017 at 7:33 a.m.
    just found this site , joy in progress!!!!
  • 228. Posted by Jan Hughes on June 8th, 2017 at 7:29 a.m.
    Started a quilt 30 years ago that I never finished after life started getting in my way. Then I retired last year and looking for a hobby or project I came across my old unfinished quilt and also 5 quilt tops that my grandmother had pieced years and years ago. So here I am at 68 trying to re-learn quilting skills.
  • 229. Posted by Helene Gatto on June 8th, 2017 at 7:26 a.m.
    Unlike most of the ladies no one in my family quilted. My grandmother crocheted and knitted. When I was young I had absolutely no interest in home economics and just wanted to be outdoors. It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I found a craft called punch needle embroidery. I started making pillows and loved working with my hands. I had always admired quilts that I had seen at various craft shows and when I went to PA I bought a quilted apron. I knew that one day I would learn to quilt. When I retired in 2010 I took classes and learned many techniques and am now totally hooked.
  • 230. Posted by Sue on June 8th, 2017 at 7:21 a.m.
    Learned how to sew in 4-H. My mother was the sewing teacher at the time. I love watching how fabric comes together in so many beautiful ways. First quilt was made for my youngest from jeans he had worn out growing up. I've been hooked ever since.
  • 231. Posted by Sue on June 8th, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    Learned how to sew in 4-H. My mother was the sewing teacher at the time. I love watching how fabric comes together in so many beautiful ways. First quilt was made for my youngest from jeans he had worn out growing up. I've been hooked ever since.
  • 232. Posted by Kim Leachman on June 8th, 2017 at 7:19 a.m.
    I have always enjoyed sewing but I was inspired to quilt by a friend when I was expecting my first child so I could give them a special quilt.
  • 233. Posted by Kim Berget on June 8th, 2017 at 7:19 a.m.
    My good fiend Nancye nspired me. I've loved quilts all my life and she helped me get started. Because of certain life events over the past few years I began to have panic attacks and quilting has become my therapy. Thank you Nancye!
  • 234. Posted by Rina Mason on June 8th, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.
    I was inspired by my own body. I was born with a rare birth defect that caused one leg to be larger than the other. I had to learn to sew to adjust the legs on pants. Barbie was also a reason. She needed new clothes! I taught myself to quilt when I was 16 and haven't stopped since.
  • 235. Posted by Marti Dietrich on June 8th, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
    After my mother passed away, I found 2 old quilts in a cedar chest. It turned out that they were made by my great-grandmother whom I never knew. Holding those quilts made me feel an incredible bond with the women of my family. I took a beginner's quilting class, and the rest is history!
  • 236. Posted by Marti Dietrich on June 8th, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
    After my mother passed away, I found 2 old quilts in a cedar chest. It turned out that they were made by my great-grandmother whom I never knew. Holding those quilts made me feel an incredible bond with the women of my family. I took a beginner's quilting class, and the rest is history!
  • 237. Posted by Sandy on June 8th, 2017 at 7:03 a.m.
    What started me quilting was seeing the beautiful applique by Ellie Sienkewitz. I joined a local guild and off i went into the wonderful quilty world.
  • 238. Posted by Charlotte Keene on June 8th, 2017 at 7:01 a.m.
    When I was young I used to see my own clothes. When I was about 30 I got a job in a fabric store and the ladies that worked there all quilted. So that's how I got the quilt bug.
  • 239. Posted by Barbara Nichols on June 8th, 2017 at 6:55 a.m.
    My grandmother was visiting us in Indiana from West Virginia when I was 11 years old. She taught me the Double Wedding Ring that summer and I still have it. I've been quilting ever since and I'm now almost 80. Lots of great memories.
  • 240. Posted by Kris Warren on June 8th, 2017 at 6:53 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew when I was 7. I have always loved making clothes. And then I discovered quilting and I was hooked. I love the creativity and color and working with fabric thanks to my mother's passing on her love of sewing.
  • 241. Posted by Donna on June 8th, 2017 at 6:38 a.m.
    sometimes the sewing gene skips a generation. My grandmother was a wonderful seamstress and crafter. She taught me how to to many crafts and taught me how to sew. Starting at around age six. Some of these skills I have used all my life. I've been sewing for as long as I can remember. Though I didn't start quilting til I retired. I now use all my skills that have helped me thru the years to good use with my quilting.
  • 242. Posted by Dawn Goodspeed on June 8th, 2017 at 6:34 a.m.
    I would only sew then and now. Then my oldest brother & wife Nancy became snow birds to my area in Florida. She took me to my first sewing expo. She bought me goodies including a embroidery design set. She graciously invited me to use any of her sewing supplies and offered knowledge of sewing she had. If not for all of her sharing I would not be enjoying the therapy of sewing.
  • 243. Posted by Connie Mitchell on June 8th, 2017 at 6:33 a.m.
    One Christmas (mid 1990's) my cousin gave me a rotary cutter, ruler and June Taylor pressing/cutting board. She told me quilting was the new hot craft. I have been hooked every since.
  • 244. Posted by Joyce Calhoun on June 8th, 2017 at 6:24 a.m.
    My mother sewed my clothes and so she inspired me to want to learn. Between her, a home economics teacher and Girl Scout troop leaders I learned to make my own clothes. I quit doing that but took up the hobby of making quilts and love it!
  • 245. Posted by Karen Wang on June 8th, 2017 at 6:20 a.m.
    I love fabric and sewing since I only a young girl, once I learned how to sew a cube beanbag, I couldn't stop. One day I found a nice piece of fabric in Mom's box and used it to make a beanbag, it turned out to be an important part of my brother pants that Mom planned to sew. Mom just laughed and encouraged my sewing, but I knew it took her a hard time to find another piece. That was almost 40 years ago. I am with tears now since Mom went to heaven 2 years ago, miss her so much!
  • 246. Posted by Vickie Mazurek on June 8th, 2017 at 6:19 a.m.
    My home economics teacher was my inspiration. I made a purple jumper in her class, she said Vickie, you'll make beautiful wedding dresses some day.....that was 46 years ago. No wedding dresses, but I did make most of my clothes and my daughters clothes for years. Now it's quilts....they only have to fit a bed ! Thanks !
  • 247. Posted by Susan Simpson on June 8th, 2017 at 6:04 a.m.
    I have seen so many beautiful quilt made by my mother and sister in law that I decided to try some quilting myself.
  • 248. Posted by R.Smith on June 8th, 2017 at 6 a.m.
    My aunt had a huge box full of fabric scraps from her square dance dresses. She would let me sew doll clothes with the scraps and then later on I discovered quilting...oh the quilts that could have been made with those little bits of calico and ginham!
  • 249. Posted by Cheryl Howard on June 8th, 2017 at 5:50 a.m.
    My sisters have been making incredible quilts for several years. I didn't get interested in trying it myself until I retired a few years ago. I am now "hooked" and only wish I had started sooner.
  • 250. Posted by Paula Coleman on June 8th, 2017 at 5:37 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew bell bottom pants in the 70's and I can only thank her because no one else in my family is crafty or sews/quilts. I made a few memory quilts my way early one, the got the quilting bug in 2005, which lead to a long arm and I am one happy person!
  • 251. Posted by Lisa Latiff on June 8th, 2017 at 5:16 a.m.
    I learned how to sew buttons when I was 4 years old. Then I made a halter top on a sewing machine at 6 years old with my mom. I loved to sew clothes and stuff. Plus cross stitch! Then when I was 12 years old and the ladies of our church were around a quilt loom and hand sewing the most beautiful quilt. I sat down with them and l feel in love. Started hand quilting and finished my first quilt before 13 years old. Learned how to quilt on a machine in my late twenties at a local quilt store. I quilt like there is no tomorrow.
  • 252. Posted by Char Thomas on June 8th, 2017 at 5:11 a.m.
    My mother was the biggest inspiration to me and she was an excellent seamstress. I got interested in making quilts because they are so inspiring and full of love.
  • 253. Posted by Marie Huyge on June 8th, 2017 at 4:52 a.m.
    My Mom taught me how to sew. She used to make our clothes when we were little.
  • 254. Posted by Kera on June 8th, 2017 at 4:48 a.m.
    I grew up with my granny and mamow both being sewers and quilters. I was never interested in it until just this year. I've bought a sewing/quilting machine in hopes of learning how to machine quilt.
  • 255. Posted by Mary Bradley on June 8th, 2017 at 4:46 a.m.
    My maternal grandmother taught me how to quilt by hand over 30 years ago on a quilt top pieced by my paternal great grandmother. The aunt I am named after also quilted. It's in my genes!
  • 256. Posted by Rita Schiavone on June 8th, 2017 at 3:54 a.m.
    My mother was definitely my inspiration. She made all my clothes till I was about 15. I now have the sewing machine (Kenmore) that she used ... that machine is a workhorse!! Thanks for the chance to win!!
  • 257. Posted by Linda C on June 8th, 2017 at 1:42 a.m.
    My mother sewed all our clothes. She could look at a picture and make a dress just like it without a pattern. I can't do that for clothes but I have done it many times for quilt blocks.
  • 258. Posted by Kathy Slaughter Cummings on June 7th, 2017 at 11:53 p.m.
    My mother made our clothes, everything!! She taught me to embroider when I was 6! I learned pattern use by watching her!!! Thank you.
  • 259. Posted by Carla on June 7th, 2017 at 10:23 p.m.
    My Mother always sewed for me and she did it all on a Singer Featherweight. I love to sew and quilt as well as knit.
  • 260. Posted by Katie Cope on June 7th, 2017 at 9:43 p.m.
    I came for a large family. Had to sew to have clothes to wear. So I started sewing all my clothes and sibs when I was 14. Learned to sew from 4H. Like Cross Stitch, Quilting has seen me through rough times.
  • 261. Posted by Shelley Needham on June 7th, 2017 at 8:09 p.m.
    My mother and grandmother sewed, so I was exposed to it at a young age. The person who really started me sewing though was Miss Gilbert, my third grade teacher. She saw that I was creative and gave me a HUGE cardboard box of her fabric scraps. I made Barbie clothes and all kinds of things out of that wonderful box of fabric. One of the best gifts ever!
  • 262. Posted by Shelley Needham on June 7th, 2017 at 8:09 p.m.
    My mother and grandmother sewed, so I was exposed to it at a young age. The person who really started me sewing though was Miss Gilbert, my third grade teacher. She saw that I was creative and gave me a HUGE cardboard box of her fabric scraps. I made Barbie clothes and all kinds of things out of that wonderful box of fabric. One of the best gifts ever!
  • 263. Posted by Shelley Needham on June 7th, 2017 at 8:08 p.m.
    My mother and grandmother sewed, so I was exposed to it at a young age. The person who really started me sewing though was Miss Gilbert, my third grade teacher. She saw that I was creative and gave me a HUGE cardboard box of her fabric scraps. I made Barbie clothes and all kinds of things out of that wonderful box of fabric. One of the best gifts ever!
  • 264. Posted by Barb Walton on June 7th, 2017 at 7:22 p.m.
    I started designing quilts when I realized that fashion design is based on planned obsolescence, and quilts are made to be passed down generations, like the one from my father's great aunt. I'm the only one in my family, but I do feel there is a connection.
  • 265. Posted by Marilyn on June 7th, 2017 at 7:21 p.m.
    My mother and mother-in-law made quilts after I talked about wanting to make one but I did not until a friend accidently invited me to her club (it was someone else who had inquired) but I went and was hooked. Thanks Darcy!
  • 266. Posted by Wanda walker on June 7th, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.
    I have seen a little since high school but when I retired I started quilting and I have to say I am in love. So much fun and I can't wait to learn more.
  • 267. Posted by Susan on June 7th, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.
    When my aunt passed away, her sister made tied quilts from my aunts blouses. My aunt was a very large woman so there was enough fabric for her sister to make quilts for all her children and grandchildren. My Mom passed away awhile later and I wanted to make quilts for my siblings and all our kids. Sewing was never my forte. I crocheted and crafted. I went looking for someone to teach me how to make a quilt. A well known woman in town gave classes from her home. They weren't the usual classes. You just jumped in wherever they were and was taught buy total emersion. From there on I was hooked like an addict. That was 15 years ago and I'm still hooked. I have gone to this womans classes ever since. I made the quilts from my Moms blouses and we have something to wrap up in and feel My Mom. My father since passed and I did the same his shirts. Sometimes I feel my parents whenever I'm under those 2 quilts.
  • 268. Posted by Debra White on June 7th, 2017 at 5:49 p.m.
    I was inspired by my grandmother who made all her quilts by hand and my mother who made a lot of my clothes when I was young.
  • 269. Posted by Cathy Przeklasa on June 7th, 2017 at 5:26 p.m.
    My mother didn't sew, she was a knitter. So I was greatly influenced by my Middle School Home Economics teacher. She demonstrated to us the proper way to cut out the tissue paper patterns ,turn those pesky corners, and coordinate fabrics. She never tried to hamper my creativity or experimentation with different patterns or fabrics. I feel it is a shame that this no longer being taught in our schools.
  • 270. Posted by Robbin smith on June 7th, 2017 at 5:17 p.m.
    I have sewed a few things over the years but the birth of granddaughters got me quitting
  • 271. Posted by Tanya Emery-Denman on June 7th, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.
    Been quilting for about 7 months now...my new addictive hobby! I love quilting!!
  • 272. Posted by Sally on June 7th, 2017 at 4:47 p.m.
    My nana taught me to quilt, sew, crochet, knot and other " nessesary " homemaker skills. Biggest argument between my mom and nana.Nana MAE always said I would need these skills....... if she only knew what she started...
  • 273. Posted by Susan Mann on June 7th, 2017 at 4:39 p.m.
    My mother was my big inspiration, she was always sewing, knitting and doing embroidery. I was drawn into quilting when I attended a quilt show - such talent out there!
  • 274. Posted by Sylvia Ward on June 7th, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.
    I watched my grandmother as a child and was always fascinated . But didn't get into it until recently a friend was doing a quilt along and got me started.
  • 275. Posted by Cheryl Knudson on June 7th, 2017 at 3:55 p.m.
    My grandmother made school clothes for us. I took sewing in 7th grade then was boy crazy for several years. I bought a Husqvarna sewing machine when I was 24 and have sewn ever since. I am at peace when I sew. Started quilting 10 years ago. Total years sewing since I bought my first machine - 46.
  • 276. Posted by Cheryl Knudson on June 7th, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.
    My grandmother made school clothes for us. I took sewing in 7th grade then was boy crazy for several years. I bought a Husqvarna sewing machine when I was 24 and have sewn ever since. I am at peace when I sew. Started quilting 10 years ago. Total years sewing since I bought my first machine - 46.
  • 277. Posted by Traci Blalock on June 7th, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.
    When I started having children I wanted to make them stuff. I didn't really start sewing until my 4th boy was born. I am pretty much self taught. He is almost 15 and I still love creating for my family.
  • 278. Posted by Marcia Gaffney on June 7th, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.
    My mother who sewed clothing for my sister and I. She made clothes from her Navy uniform from WWII. Our grade school did an experiment by sending 599th graders to a high school to expose us early to Home Economics. That was the first time I used a treadle machine.
  • 279. Posted by Marcia Gaffney on June 7th, 2017 at 3:33 p.m.
    My mother who sewed clothing for my sister and I. She made clothes from her Navy uniform from WWII. Our grade school did an experiment by sending 599th graders to a high school to expose us early to Home Economics. That was the first time I used a treadle machine.
  • 280. Posted by Dottie Alexander on June 7th, 2017 at 3 p.m.
    My best friend from 2nd grade until she passed away from ALS at the age of 58 inspired me to learn to quilt. At the time of her death, I received the majority of her stash, machines, notions, etc. I would talk to them as if I was talking to her because she was always my go to when starting a new project and trying to match fabrics. Thank you, Linda, for your inspiration and encouragement to an art I continue to love and enjoy to this day!
  • 281. Posted by Joan Moriarty on June 7th, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.
    I would have to say that attending many antique auctions where often than not you would see some beautiful old quilts. They were my inspiration to learn how to duplicate them. Since my mother did not sew at all and the one Grandmother I did have in my life only came a few times a year to visit, would do all the mending my mother saved up for her! Therefore I was a self taught, by the seat of my pants sewer. I did not start making quilts until later in life, although I always admired them! I attended a six , one hour introductory class in the back room of a local quilt shop. Managed to get some of the basics as well as learn more about my sewing machine! I then joined a local Quilt Guild where I was able and still do learn new techniques and have formed some wonderful friendships. Although I am very forgiving of my quilting skills, I can honestly say that I like them all--Good, Bad or Indifferent! I am grateful that Quilting is part of my life!!!
  • 282. Posted by Gena on June 7th, 2017 at 2:47 p.m.
    Gosh I think ultimately my Granny inspired me. I remember having a "garden flower" quilt made of little hexagon that she made. It was all hand quilted and the fabrics were obviously little scraps of bygone clothes she had saved for quite awhile. Forty years later I got a very part time job at JoAnn's and hadn't done much sewing but my manager Pat whom I call my quilt guru really impressed me with her gorgeous quilts she made for different charities. She walk me around the store and helped me pick out my rotary cutter and cutting mat and first of many rulers. She point me to a few great websites with free tutorials and boom a quilter was born. I have enjoyed attending the Sister's Quilt show quite a few times. I started small with baby quilts graduated to picnic and lap quilts....and they just seem to be getting bigger and bigger from there. I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the "Moda Blockhead" sew along. And that is how I happened upon your website. Thanks for making this all so easy for me.
  • 283. Posted by Joan Moriarty on June 7th, 2017 at 2:46 p.m.
    I would have to say that attending many antique auctions where often than not you would see some beautiful old quilts. They were my inspiration to learn how to duplicate them. Since my mother did not sew at all and the one Grandmother I did have in my life only came a few times a year to visit, would do all the mending my mother saved up for her! Therefore I was a self taught, by the seat of my pants sewer. I did not start making quilts until later in life, although I always admired them! I attended a six , one hour introductory class in the back room of a local quilt shop. Managed to get some of the basics as well as learn more about my sewing machine! I then joined a local Quilt Guild where I was able and still do learn new techniques and have formed some wonderful friendships. Although I am very forgiving of my quilting skills, I can honestly say that I like them all--Good, Bad or Indifferent! I am grateful that Quilting is part of my life!!!
  • 284. Posted by Dottie Alexander on June 7th, 2017 at 2:31 p.m.
    My best friend from 2nd grade until she died of ALS at the age of 58 inspired me to start quilting. At her death, I received most of her quilting stash, machine, notions, patterns, etc. I would talk to all of it because I always depended on her opinion when I would start a new project. Thank you, dear, sweet Linda, for your inspiration into an art I love to this day!
  • 285. Posted by Sherry on June 7th, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.
    My Nana taught me to sew as when I was a young child. I always wanted to quilt but didn't start until much later in life. I went to a local guild meeting and saw a wonderful teacher, Mary Whitehead, and her collection of "It's sew easy!" quilts. I was hooked! All of my tons of fabric collection and unfinished tops are now in storage but I hope to get to them before I die.
  • 286. Posted by Johnnie K Sciortino on June 7th, 2017 at 2 p.m.
    My grandmother always sewed our dresses and shorts as a young girl in the 1950's. In 1994, my mother showed me 2 of my grandmother's quilts....I was so taken by the sheer simplicity and effort to put together and hand-sew these quilts that I began teaching myself to quilt....seems a long time ago now...still one of my most valued crafts! Thanks Mawmaw!!!
  • 287. Posted by Marlys on June 7th, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.
    When I was a little girl, I watch my mother sew and couldn't wait until I was old enough to use the sewing machine. I started making clothes when I was about 13 and loved it. The fabrics were what I enjoyed the most. When I discovered that quilting allowed me to use as many different fabrics as I wanted, I was hooked.
  • 288. Posted by Pam on June 7th, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew when I was about 8 years old. Mom passed 42 years ago but I always think of her when I'm sewing. Wish we could sew together again!
  • 289. Posted by Linda in Maryville on June 7th, 2017 at 11:40 a.m.
    My mother taught me sewing and then the public school Home Economics class taught me the rest. My first quilt was for a baby in the 80's.
  • 290. Posted by Tina Mitchell on June 7th, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.
    My mother inspired me to want to try to make a quilt. I am new to sewing and quilting. I am tired of looking at everyone else's pretty quilts. I want to make my own.
  • 291. Posted by Mary Lou Pemberton on June 7th, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.
    When I was little , my Aunt Mary had handmade quilts all over her house. Once I got a house of my ouw, I saw a pic. of a doulble wedding ring quilt and decided to make it. I did the quilting by hand.
  • 292. Posted by Andrea Rock on June 7th, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.
    I started quilting in 1995 and the age of 19... I've been sewing for what feels like my entire life. My Great Grammie Brooks thought I was a fidgety child and would give me her mason jar of buttons, a large piece of fabric, and needle with a spool of thread. She would have me sew every button on that piece of fabric and then remove them once I was finished... She and my Great grandmother Smith were both quilters. I remember sleeping under their beautiful creations and marveling at the craftsmanship. My Momma started quilting in 1994 and I loved watching her piece together every block as she worked away on her first quilt... She and I now share a sewing room and tag team many quilt projects. We quilt to honor our family and friends and are inspired by the world around us.
  • 293. Posted by Cathy Cooper on June 7th, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.
    I learned how to sew in high school in the 70's and decided to take a basic quilting class in 2010 and have been hooked ever since. After that class I have been self taught as far as trying different type of quilts
  • 294. Posted by Mary Slade on June 7th, 2017 at 9:58 a.m.
    hi. I started quilting in 1972 because I loved the Little House on the Prairie books and Laura's detailed descriptions inspired me. it was not much known in the UK then. I built piecing and quilting into my textile art degree in the 70's.My oldest daughter is called Laura and I am still quilting.
  • 295. Posted by Sue G. on June 7th, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
    My inspiration for quilting started from quilts given to my Mom years ago from our neighbor Nina Levingood. We moved away years ago, but her quilts were a wonderful keepsake from my childhood. I now have the quilts and cherish them.
  • 296. Posted by Inga Weiss on June 7th, 2017 at 9:38 a.m.
    My Grandmother LaVerne quilted for many years. My cousin got a beautiful quilt, red feather applique, when she got married. I was envious! Unfortunately grandma wasn't quilting any more by the time I got married. Her skin was too thin.
  • 297. Posted by Maxine on June 7th, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.
    My mom sewed clothing and quilts as did my Grandma, both were inspirations.
  • 298. Posted by Anne Garnett on June 7th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    I started quilting after I saw the beauty captured in quilts done by three ladies in my life - Lana Turnbull, JoAnne Turnbull and Tish Yates. I am hoping to one day match the beauty that they create every time they quilt.
  • 299. Posted by Susan on June 7th, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.
    My mom encouraged me to sew, she made all my clothes from the time I was very little, I am 60 yrs.old now, but my friend Eunice got me excited about quilting about 6 yrs ago and I love it. I wish I could quilt everyday, but family responsibilities keep me busy.
  • 300. Posted by Jan on June 7th, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.
    I enrolled in a quilt class back in 1978 and enjoyed it so much that I got my mother interested in quilting. She took off with it and made quilts until her 80's. I am 73 semi retired , working part time in a fabric and craft store., the only problem is buying too much fabric to go into my stash. LOL
  • 301. Posted by Dyan Rosario on June 7th, 2017 at 8:10 a.m.
    I started quilting with my mom and learning when I was in high school. I'm now a mother of two college-age sons. Two years ago I got back into quilting when I became an empty-nester and I'm enjoying every minute.
  • 302. Posted by JoAnn Harvey on June 7th, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
    When I was a little girl my mother would make me clothes for my barbie dolls, she would create small works of art. As I got older I would alter, and make changes clothes to wear to school. Now I make a little bit of everything, but my true love has become quilting. I have such a wonderful feeling when I give someone something I created. My mothers love of sewing definitely rubbed off on me.
  • 303. Posted by Linda Edwards on June 7th, 2017 at 7:05 a.m.
    My Mom and Mamaw taught me how to sew and quilt when I was very small. I started hand-piecing quilt blocks and made my first set of nine-patch blocks for a quilt top. Mom sewed the blocks together with sashing, and Mom and Mamaw quilted the quilt for me.
  • 304. Posted by Cyndee Kirwan on June 7th, 2017 at 6:42 a.m.
    My mother instilled in me my love for sewing. She was an excellent seamstress. She sewed clothing along with home dec things. She taught me a lot of what I know about sewing today. My father was and is also a big supporter of our sewing "addiction".
  • 305. Posted by Lori Chrismon on June 7th, 2017 at 6:35 a.m.
    My mother made all of our clothing and taught me to sew on her featherweight that was bought the year I was born. I started sewing at 10 years old and made my first quilt when I was 15. Wish I still had it.
  • 306. Posted by Jacqueline on June 7th, 2017 at 4:27 a.m.
    My mother-in-law taught me how to quilt. We had wonderful memories of days spent at the quilting frames hand quilting.
  • 307. Posted by Norma Jean Wood on June 6th, 2017 at 11:32 p.m.
    I began sewing when I was around 8 years old. There was a group of ladies that made quilts in our church. I used to watch them and wanted to learn how to sew because of them.
  • 308. Posted by Vivian Hance on June 6th, 2017 at 10:28 p.m.
    My grandma taught me to see on her treadle machine. Love to make things for my granddaughter and new babies of family and friends.
  • 309. Posted by Cheryl on June 6th, 2017 at 10:24 p.m.
    My mom was my original inspiration for sewing. I watched and learned from her. I've had only 1 semester of sewing all those years ago in 7th grade. I've done all sorts of garment sewing. I currently spend my 'free time' quilting for family and friends.
  • 310. Posted by mara johns on June 6th, 2017 at 9:43 p.m.
    My Mom got me started with needle and thread by teaching me to embroider. I had two baby sisters by 5 yrs old and Mom needed a way to keep me busy. In Jr High I started sewing clothes. I loved it until around 20, the quilting bug bit me. We had no quilt shops, or even fabric shops (Mom had a huge stash). My first trial was terrible. The pattern was from a magazine (not quilt) it was awful. A Grandmothers Fan, I embroidered all my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins names in the bldes. Gramma loved it, even tho some of it was glued down. That was 37 years ago!!
  • 311. Posted by Pennie Bickerstaff on June 6th, 2017 at 9:38 p.m.
    My mother wanted me to learn how to quilt when I was younger. I was too busy growing flowers and vegetables. Last fall I was walking through Joann in Chattanooga when to my surprise I seen a display of sewing machines on sale. I bought my first ever Viking sewing machine. I brought my Topaz machine home and watched you tube videos on quilting. I made a queen size fall quilt. I am proud to say I have made five King and Queen size quilts since last October. I am hooked on quilting. My mom would be very proud of me.
  • 312. Posted by Cyndy Holford on June 6th, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.
    I have always had a great appreciation for handmade items. I love the colors, designs and details that go into a quilt. I decided to search You-Tube videos to see if I could find a tutorial on quilting. I was amazed at all the videos that are out there. I have made several quilts with the help of You-Tube, Pinterest and stumbling upon quilt shops online with quilting blogs. I'm definitely hooked and find quilting to be very relaxing.
  • 313. Posted by Linda K Eggleston on June 6th, 2017 at 8:29 p.m.
    I stayed on a farm in the summer time with an older lady who had no children and she taught me how to sew and I made a blouse that I had my school picture taken in. I fell in love with sewing and now I am learning how to quilt. Just love fabrics.
  • 314. Posted by Ardith Nierling on June 6th, 2017 at 8:13 p.m.
    I have been sewing since I was 8 or 9, learning from my mother & 4 older sisters. I made most of my clothes as a teen, including prom dresses & my wedding dress. Quilting came later, maybe 25 yrs. ago, after taking classes at our local community ed. programs & from our local quilt shops. Quilting has become my way to relax & de-stress (most of the time) after working as a long term care nurse. Now retired it is a hobby I continue to enjoy even more.
  • 315. Posted by Bonnie on June 6th, 2017 at 8:05 p.m.
    My mother and aunt inspired me to sew when I was young. After attending my first quilt show, I fell in love with the many types of quilts on display and have been quilting ever since. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
  • 316. Posted by Donna Hunt on June 6th, 2017 at 8:02 p.m.
    Linda Sullivan from Colourwerx taught me after I saw her bright and colorful quilts
  • 317. Posted by Carolyn Lee on June 6th, 2017 at 7:19 p.m.
    Oh my goodness. I am currently retired and I'm fairly new to quilting. I am taking classes and keep hearing all these ladies that have been quilting for years and their "stash". I am trying to build a stash of my own and this would greatly increase my so needed stash goodies. I would like to get to an advanced stage so I can teach my grandkids, both the girls and boys.
  • 318. Posted by Cathleen J Cryer on June 6th, 2017 at 6:43 p.m.
    Leaving a Legacy like my mother of sewing for her children has led me to taking up quilting three years ago when the first grandchild since her death was getting married
  • 319. Posted by Leanne Newman on June 6th, 2017 at 6:42 p.m.
    My great grandmother was my inspiration to become a quilter. I have so many memories of her 'giant' quilt frame, that my great grandpa made for her, set up in the living room with whichever quilt she was working on. She later lost her eyesight and had to give up quilting. When she died (at 99!) my grandmother made sure we had several of of her quilts. When my grandmother's eyesight began to fail she gave me her Singer sewing machine. I had never sewed before, but had a love of fabric and quilts. So, I bough a pattern called Beginers Luck and some fat quarters and I was HOOKED!!! I've been quilting ever since.
  • 320. Posted by Wendy on June 6th, 2017 at 6:40 p.m.
    My Mom was my inspiration for quilting. She was such a generous & giving individual. Love & miss you Mom !
  • 321. Posted by Louisa Halmi on June 6th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
    My mom was the major influence in my becoming a sewer. I was so taken by the craft that when asked what I wanted as a graduation gift I requested a sewing machine. Through clothing for my self, outfits for my children, various items to decorate my house, sewing has been my salvation. I didn't make a quilt until just this year and now I regret not starting quilting years ago. I love all the steps involved and found a passion in free motion quilting. What a joy reading all the comments. Thank you.
  • 322. Posted by Nancy W on June 6th, 2017 at 6:20 p.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew at a very young age. I've been sewing for 50 yrs & quilting for 20 yrs
  • 323. Posted by Jo Ann Painter on June 6th, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.
    When I was growing up my mom made most of our clothes and made the quilts we slept under. As a young adult with children of my own I never really found time or had a passion for sewing/quilting (who has time with three kids and a full time job?) At least that's what I told myself. It wasn't until my mom passed away and went home to be with Jesus that I discovered I shared the same talent and passion as her. I took a beninners quilting class and have been hooked for over eight years now. I know my mom is looking down from Heaven smiling and laughing because I probably am the last one of her four daughters that she would have expected to take up quilting. I now understand how she felt when she saw beautiful fabric and just had to feel it and eventually take it home. there is nothing like bringing home a fabulous piece of fabric(s) and creating another treasure.
  • 324. Posted by Wanda on June 6th, 2017 at 6:07 p.m.
    My Grandmother and her mother . Found 2 quilt tops put together in 1933 and signed by my grandmother's and other ladies of the church. Hope that I can be all they were. Love your Name and products.
  • 325. Posted by Diane johns on June 6th, 2017 at 5:34 p.m.
    When I retired from work,I participated in a quilting class, fell in love with the abi.ity to create quilts ,to be able to share these quilts with family and friends, Quilting has produce many hours of pleasure. Thank you for having this wonderful giveaway.
  • 326. Posted by Marty Artz on June 6th, 2017 at 5:32 p.m.
    My mom was a quilter. She did piecing by hand and then get her quilting frame out and set it up in our living room. It would stay up until she finished the quilt. I learned to sew in high school and then when my daughter was born I sewed for her. Now being retired I am quilting. Love bear creek fabric and patterns
  • 327. Posted by Marty on June 6th, 2017 at 5:28 p.m.
    My mom was a quilter. She used to set her quilt frame in our living room and quilt by hand. I took sewing in high school and then when I had my daughter I made her school clothes. I retired and started quilting again. I love the bear creek web sight. Like all you creative ideas and their fabrics.
  • 328. Posted by Marty Artz on June 6th, 2017 at 5:20 p.m.
    My mom did a lot of quilting b.y hand. She put the quilting frame in the living room and would quilt. I sewed while I was in school and after I had a daughter I sewed all of her school clothes. I retired and have starting quilting myself. Bear Creek is so inspiring and love all their patterns and fabric.
  • 329. Posted by Carol Cowan on June 6th, 2017 at 5:19 p.m.
    It's a family thing. Don't throw away scraps. Didn't really start quilting until close to retirement. Now I can't stop. Love to quilt and the friends you make along the way.
  • 330. Posted by Marty Artz on June 6th, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.
    My mom was a quilter and quilted everything by hand. I took clothes construction in high school and after having a child made her school clothes. I retired from working and have started quilting and I am having fun. Love all the ideas from Bear creek quilting. They are very inspiring.
  • 331. Posted by Merlene Teresky on June 6th, 2017 at 4:57 p.m.
    I am #7 of nine children and my mother was a quilter and left each of her children a quilt top made from scraps of clothing fabric and I started quilting by finishing her top for me. It took two years to complete and then could not stop quilting.
  • 332. Posted by Tamara on June 6th, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.
    I learned to sew as a young girl by my grandma.
  • 333. Posted by Ruth Vogt on June 6th, 2017 at 4:32 p.m.
    My dear dear sister-in-law. I made my first quilt with her help. She only put a few hand quilting stitches in my quilt before she passed away from ALS. Very very sad disease
  • 334. Posted by Marilyn Gittinger on June 6th, 2017 at 4:19 p.m.
    My mother-in-law taught me to quilt and now she has dementia and is unable to quilt herself. I taught my daughter to quilt and so another generation will know how to quilt.
  • 335. Posted by Diane Marton on June 6th, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.
    My sister taught me how to sew when I was 10 yrs old. I love sewing and quilting. I love how speaking in quilting terms seems to be a foreign language to some but to quilters we all know exactly what we're saying.
  • 336. Posted by Rosemary Bolton on June 6th, 2017 at 4:04 p.m.
    My mom. I love her. I miss her. She was amazing. Really. She was born in Holland in 1923, the first child of her middle class parents in Rotterdam. She was born with only a left hand!! On the right, her arm ends just a little past the wrist, so the carpal bones are there. Anyway, this was a time when disfigured people were hidden away. Her parents had good sense to let her thrive and do what ever she wanted. She could ride a bike, swim, sew cook, and she lived through the WW2 She was my mommy, my daddy is a prince too. She had 4 kids and we all learned how to sew on her Singer 316G she got in 1955. My mom died last year in October after a short illness. She was 93. I miss her. I am still taking care of my dad and I love him
  • 337. Posted by Helen Barnhart on June 6th, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.
    I was inspired by my grandmother...she had no tools like we do....no patterns...but she was a quilter and I treasure a quilt made by her. Since I am 83 you can imagine how long ago she quilted and with what!
  • 338. Posted by Shari Thomas on June 6th, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.
    A teacher taught me to sew when I was in high school. That was 39 years ago. After my first class I was hooked. My mother bought me a used sewing machine for my birthday that year. I have made curtains, Halloween costumes for our son, gifts for others, etc. over the years. Recently, I retired from 30 years of teaching. Now I am quilting and have fallen in love with sewing and my machine all over again!
  • 339. Posted by Ellen Callo on June 6th, 2017 at 3:38 p.m.
    I was fascinated watching my mom sewing my [rice bag] dresses on the treadle machine. She had me embroidering [rice bag] dish towels before I even started going to school! Must've been 3 or 4 yrs old. (Rice was the only grain that came in cloth bags--chicken feed came in burlaps.) Been playing with needles and thread for more than a century ever since.
  • 340. Posted by Angela Pannell on June 6th, 2017 at 3:22 p.m.
    Some of my favorite memories are of sewing with my Mamaw (my great-grandmother) in her sun room where she kept her machine set up all the time. I can still hear her soft 'whistle breaths" as she sewed. We made doll clothes and aprons. I also sewed a lot with my Mom (a home ec teacher!) but sewing with Mamaw was a different experience....that is where I remember first using a machine! Fond memories, indeed.
  • 341. Posted by Becki Pope on June 6th, 2017 at 3:14 p.m.
    My mom got me into sewing. We used to sew all kinds of things. I would always make my nieces outfits until they got too big ;p But them mom and me got into quilting. We try to do projects together even though we live 8 hours apart. We are finishing up one quilt now that we have worked on only when we have been together. It helps us feel closer :) She is my inspiration for all my creativity!
  • 342. Posted by Lisa Barlow on June 6th, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.
    I have wanted to quilt as long as I can remember . My grandmother had several quilts that always fascinated me. Once my children were all out of the house I confiscated a bedroom for my sewing place. My wonderful husband let me purschase a new sewing machine and I found YouTube tutorials....the journey begins!
  • 343. Posted by Judy Sanders on June 6th, 2017 at 2:52 p.m.
    My mother was my inspiration. Started sewing first. Watched Quilt in a day for a long time. My Husband and children were gone for weekend so decided to make a quilt in a day. I did make the top in a day it was her log cabin queen size.
  • 344. Posted by Barbara Hughes on June 6th, 2017 at 2:29 p.m.
    I was inspired by an add in my email from Craftsy to take a class. My first class was only 14.99 with Ann Peterson and I loved it. Who new that retirement could be so much fun.
  • 345. Posted by Barbara Hughes on June 6th, 2017 at 2:24 p.m.
    Who new retirement could be so much fun. I love to quilt.
  • 346. Posted by Janice Lawrence on June 6th, 2017 at 2:17 p.m.
    I really love to quilt, and this would help a lot.
  • 347. Posted by Anne Beck on June 6th, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.
    I started quilting in 1992. I loved the quilts my great grandmother and my husband's grandmother had left me through our families, and I wanted to learn to follow their gifts.
  • 348. Posted by Dena Shaffer on June 6th, 2017 at 2:14 p.m.
    My sister, she was pregnant with her first child and a single mom working 3 jobs and going to school so she could provide for her daughter that was on the way. I decided to hand stitch a quilt for the first time. I didn't get it finished because I got orders to move to a new base in Biloxi, MS and it got packed then it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. We lost everything but I'm slowly replacing my quilting stash.
  • 349. Posted by Vicki H on June 6th, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.
    My grandma was my inspiration to quilt, although I didn't make my first quilt until well after she had passed.
  • 350. Posted by Beverley Jamieson on June 6th, 2017 at 1:53 p.m.
    My Mum inspired to sew when I was rather small she used to make Childrens cloths and sell them to make ends meet as I was 1 of 9 children so one wage did not do much to raise us all.so this is when it all started I used to sit on the table and watch her from behind the machine and try pulling the work from behind and she would go crook at me I then made my first dress for myself at 10 then when I retired I then got into quilting and love it and quilt nearly every day.
  • 351. Posted by Lana Nebeker on June 6th, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.
    I became interested in quilting when I moved to Wyoming. A friend and I happened on a quilt shop and took a few classes. Needless to say I was hooked. I couldn't think of a better craft to spend my time on. I love to see others designs. They inspire me.
  • 352. Posted by carol on June 6th, 2017 at 1:24 p.m.
    I learned to sew through home ec classes; then took an extension course to do a log cabin block. My mother made several log cabin quilts. My mother in law made beautiful hand pieced and hand quilted quilts. I admire and love all her quilts. I have much to learn.
  • 353. Posted by Peggy Sego on June 6th, 2017 at 1:18 p.m.
    My mother inspire me to sew as she made all my dresses in early grade school. Years later she began quilting and then my mother-in-law began quilting also. When she passed away I really became inspired as she had 5 quilts started for grandchildren. I finished piecing them and had them quilted.
  • 354. Posted by carol on June 6th, 2017 at 1:18 p.m.
    I had never used a needle and thread or sewing machine until I was in high school and took home economics. When I married, I took a extension one day course to learn how to do a log cabin block. My mother n law made beautiful hand pieced and hand quilts full size quilts. I learned to love quilts and to recognize the various quilt patterns by studying and admiring her quilts.
  • 355. Posted by Nancy Campbell on June 6th, 2017 at 1:10 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew and crochet, which I have done off and on for many years. After the kids were gone and I no longer was working, I started quilting. My husband made me a quilting frame, helped me put a quilt on and to turn the quilt as I hand quilted. My friends are also an inspiration.
  • 356. Posted by kristine on June 6th, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.
    My grandmother and my mother got me into sewing and quilting
  • 357. Posted by Cathy on June 6th, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.
    I entered my first clothing project in the 4th of July celebration in my small town, and I won in my age category! Yum--I can still taste the Baskin and Robbins' Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream which was my prize. Fifty years later, I taught myself to quilt in honor of my first grandchild.
  • 358. Posted by Carolyn Wood on June 6th, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.
    My niece's mother inspired me to begin quilting. She made some of the most amazing quilts I have ever seen. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago and when she decided she had to give up quilting she took me into her quilt room and gave me a ton of her stash. I made two quilts so far with that fabric, one for her daughter and the other for her grandson's wedding. It was such a privilege to make those quilts providing them with special memories of mom / grandmother..
  • 359. Posted by Linda Heckathorn on June 6th, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my mother and my grandmother taught me to quilt.Once my daughters no longer wanted to wear home-made clothes, I starter making quilts about 1976. Making more quilts than ever now.
  • 360. Posted by Paula on June 6th, 2017 at 12:21 p.m.
    Watched my mother quilting as a child growing up and loved each quilt she made and wanted to learn quilting while she was able to teach me I've being quilting for about 5 yrs now and would love this giveaway to add to my supplies. Thank you
  • 361. Posted by Jodie McClellan on June 6th, 2017 at 12:19 p.m.
    We had a local quilt shop and after seeing all the beautiful things, I thought I could do that. I started out as a kit collector and the owner of the shop refused to sell me anything else until I could show her I completed one thing. So I took a class and the rest as they say is history! Quilting is definitely an addiction!
  • 362. Posted by Sue Goodin on June 6th, 2017 at 12:15 p.m.
    My grandmother Ida. She was the most wonderful people you could ever have met.
  • 363. Posted by Evie H on June 6th, 2017 at 12:14 p.m.
    My mother and grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 7 or 8, and then taught me embroidery and crochet a couple of years later. It's been a life-long hobby and now quilting is my passion.
  • 364. Posted by Mary Rogers on June 6th, 2017 at 12:13 p.m.
    I wanted a quilt and I decided that the only way I was going to get one was to make one. Itried to teach myself to quilt but that didn't work so I signed up for a class. I have been quilting now for about 8 years. I love to quilt and I no longer have to wish for a quilt.
  • 365. Posted by Elaine on June 6th, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.
    I started sewing as an 11 year old in 4-H. I think my first completed project was a teal blue corduroy jumper. I was sure proud of it. After I married I took several quilting classes in the early 1980's with Blanche Young in Garden Grove, CA. She started me on the path to quilting. 35 years later, I'm still at it!
  • 366. Posted by Marilyn on June 6th, 2017 at noon
    I have been sewing since I was 6 yrs old sewing for my Barbie dolls. What inspired me to start quilting was MODA Seaside Rose by 3 Sisters, have already made one quilt and am collecting more fabric to do another. Love the colors.
  • 367. Posted by Sheri on June 6th, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.
    I started quilting 5 years ago when my church formed a quilter's group to sew prayer blankets to give to our church members who were in need of prayer due to an illness or overnight stay in the hospital. We named our group, "Cross+Road Comforters." I make an average of one prayer blanket a week.
  • 368. Posted by Toni on June 6th, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.
    I first learned to sew from my mom. We were a vertically challenged family, lol, so she needed to hem everything for the 5 children in the family. As a new bride it just seemed a given that a sewing machine was just as much a household necessity as dishes and silverware. Thus I bought my own first sewing machine with my final paycheck when I left my job to join my new husband in the military. That was 49 years ago and I have sewed clothes, home decor, crafts, purses, and quilts. Over the years. Lots of happy memories.
  • 369. Posted by Elizabeth Smith on June 6th, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.
    I starting sewing at an early age. My sisters sewed and loved the homemade idea. I had a grandmother who made quilts but sadly didn't live close enough to learn from here. I finally picked up a magazine and decided to give it a try. I loved tit. So did my kids because they were ones who received them. Then I found videos and really learned how to quilt.
  • 370. Posted by Mel J. on June 6th, 2017 at 11:43 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew clothing at a young age, I've since taking up quilting when I can find time - usually after the kids are in bed :) I also enjoy hand sewing when we are on the go, it's quite amazing what we can create with just our hands, a needle, and some thread. Thanks for the great give away!
  • 371. Posted by Rae on June 6th, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.
    My granddaughter inspired me to start quilting. I wanted to make a baby quilt for her and now I am hooked. Love quilting and love my new granddaughter.
  • 372. Posted by Marilyn Rich on June 6th, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.
    I started sewing my own clothes when I was 12. My incentive was from my father who would buy me a pair of matching shoes for every two outfits I made. When I was in my 30's I started quilting purely for the pleasure of creating something pretty and useful....still at it 30 years later!
  • 373. Posted by Susan Gillentine on June 6th, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.
    My Grandmother inspired me. She was a young wife of a farmer/laborer in the 30's and 40's. She had a family of seven to take care of and they had to 'make do'. This included quilts made from outgrown and worn out clothing. I have fond memories of snuggling up with those same quilts as a little girl in the 60's. All I felt was the love she put into, not only her quilts but, her family. I have been quilting since 2006 and I feel the love! I want to give that love to my children and grandchildren.
  • 374. Posted by Georgia J on June 6th, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.
    I used to stay with this older couple when I was a child. I had a stuffed rabbit, she "helped" me make a blanket for it. I have been sewing ever since, She gave me a sewing machine for graduation.
  • 375. Posted by Sue on June 6th, 2017 at 11:10 a.m.
    Actually, the birth of my first granddaughter was my inspiration to begin quilting!
  • 376. Posted by Christy on June 6th, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.
    My mom taught and encouraged me to quilt. She began a Grandmas Flower Garden for me when I was a kid, but never finished it. When I graduated from college I decided to learn how to hand sew & quilt so I could finish it myself. I haven't stopped since.
  • 377. Posted by Kim Hamand on June 6th, 2017 at 10:58 a.m.
    My mom's neighbor Carol.
  • 378. Posted by Julie Dunn on June 6th, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.
    Laying on the bed during nap time when I was 3 years old, on the Grandmother's Fan quilt my grandmother made for me, looking for two patches the same fabric. Sweet, sweet memory. Who wouldn't want to make a quilt????
  • 379. Posted by Mary on June 6th, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.
    A neighbor who had no children had a few of the girls in the neighborhood come over for sewing lessons. It is a very fond memory.
  • 380. Posted by Liatris Hornby on June 6th, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew. I thought it was an inherited trait until I made gosh awful stuff in junior high home ec classes! I didn't give up, and eventually won prizes for my sewing. With eight kids and a tight budget, sewing was essential (and fun)....I did make a few quilts, but clothes were more important. When I retired from teaching, I rewarded myself with new sewing machines, and now I am just having fun...
  • 381. Posted by Dorothy Harrison on June 6th, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.
    My friend Charon Mohr convinced me to take a block of the month class in 1987...and the fun began!
  • 382. Posted by Linda Hardy on June 6th, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.
    I had a friend who was going to start going to classes and said I signed you up this is right up your alley. That was 20 years ago, and she was right!
  • 383. Posted by Kimberly G Adkins on June 6th, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.
    My husband's Aunt always had such beautiful quilts and from then on I wanted to quilt,so after retirement I decided to take a crack at it,now I am hooked !!!!!
  • 384. Posted by Cheryl Matthews on June 6th, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.
    I would set and watch my mam-maw sew these tiny square quilt pieces by hand. She never used the sewing machine to do this. And her machine was an old trindle machine. She also would cut pattern templates out of cereal boxes and use them to cut her fabric pieces. And back then this was done by using scissors, no rotary knives. We are so spoiled. Once she had a stack of square pieces cut she would start piecing them together. I would get bored and she would have me to count each one. Back then I probably couldn't count to one hundred. I enjoyed my mammaw so much. Thanks for your giveaway.
  • 385. Posted by Jane Ricardi on June 6th, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.
    I took my first Quilt in a Day with Helen Weinman back in 1991. I was completely hooked and have continued to learn and grow with new projects.
  • 386. Posted by Tammy Clark on June 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
    My mom and grandmother taught me how to sew and as I got older inspired me to quilt.
  • 387. Posted by Susan Lewis on June 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew when I was young, so have been sewing all my life. I picked up quilting on the internet!!! Thanks for the giveaway. As a new quilter, I can always use more fabric & items.
  • 388. Posted by Deb Wilson on June 6th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
    My great grandmother inspired me. I had quilts that she made on my bed and she would point out the fabrics to me and tell me where she got them such as "This block was made from your moms Easter Sunday dress when she was a child", etc. Then she started teaching me how to sew little items for my dolls.
  • 389. Posted by Luwana James on June 6th, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.
    My mother used to make party dresses for Birthdays and Christmas stockings-I was very interested to learn. One of my most favorite memories was playing with her button tin. I got instruction in my Home Education class at school and learned how to construct clothing. My Mom started Quilting around 2000 and then I was hooked. I love to sew.
  • 390. Posted by Sharon McCleary on June 6th, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
    My mom made clothes when I was growing up and I became intrigued at that time. For quilting, I learned to do this on my own and from looking at the works of others. Absolutely love it!
  • 391. Posted by Donna Bohon on June 6th, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew and quilt but as a young person I was not interested in quilting. She had many friends who would get together and sit around the quilt frame and work and talk. I would love to hear about their lives but not interested in the hand sewing. I loved the quilts she did and I loved the quilts grandmother sent me thru the years. It wasn't until I retired that I became interested in machine quilting. Now I love making quilts for my 11 grandchildren. I do all my piecing and quilting on my home machine. I am excited to try my hand on ruler quilting in a class that I have signed up to take this month. Two of my children have taking up quilting and we swap patterns and share ideas. I love fabric and enjoy seeing it come together in a quilt.
  • 392. Posted by Jane on June 6th, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.
    Although i learned to sew as a child, I wasn't officially introduced to quilting until I moved to Montana. That is when one of my neighbors took me to hand quilting at our local historical village. So I first learned hand quilting then another new friend took me to the local quilt guild to check it out. Although intimidated at first, I eventually gave it a try, and have been hooked ever since!
  • 393. Posted by Nancy McFall on June 6th, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.
    My mother and great-grandmother inspired me. They were always sewing or crocheting.
  • 394. Posted by Delaine on June 6th, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.
    I guess I inspired myself to start quilting. I have sewn clothing and toys for myself and my children for many years. Then one day I wanted to learn to do something different, so I started to explore quilting blogs, etc. Now I have been quilting for about 10 years. Thanks!
  • 395. Posted by Dino Candelaria on June 6th, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.
    My mom. She sewed many of our clothes as kids and even for my dolls. Mom, myself and my favorite doll at the time all had matching dresses-it was so wonderful. Then she taught me and helped me sew clothes for my doll. And it just went from their to my own clothes and eventually quilts. She made some nice scrappy quilts for all of us too
  • 396. Posted by Robin on June 6th, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
    My mom is the one who created the love of quilting in me. After cleaning up the dishes from our evening meal she would quilt every night until it was time to go to bed (she hand quilted using a big frame that was set up downstairs)
  • 397. Posted by Donna Miller on June 6th, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew and she made a lot of my clothes growing up. My Grandma Martha was the quilter. I have wonderful memories of my cousins and I sitting under her sewing machine pushing the treddle with our hands to make it go!
  • 398. Posted by Patsy Downer on June 6th, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    My grandmother is my inspiration! Her dedication to the church where they gathered to quilt each week! They were able to make money quilting. Those funds were used to make improvements to the church! I only wish I would have started sooner!
  • 399. Posted by Cecilia Young on June 6th, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    My grandmother gave me a quilt a few years before she died and it was then that I knew I wanted to learn to quilt one day. It wasn't until my children were adults before I started quilting.
  • 400. Posted by Catriona on June 6th, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    Tula Pink inspired me to quilt! I saw one of her quilts on Pinterest and decided I wanted to do that!
  • 401. Posted by Lou Collins on June 6th, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.
    My mother-in-law always made quilts the original frugal way and I always admired them. When I retired and my husband and I were traveling I had my trusty little featherweight in the motorhome and was inspired to begin quilting with a group of snowbirders in Parker AZ. Glad I did.
  • 402. Posted by Maryam Hassan on June 6th, 2017 at 9:11 a.m.
    My grandmother always had quilts in her chest...and one fantastic silk and velvet crazy quilt on the back of her sofa! When she passed, all those quilts were fought over, and I have no idea where they went except for one....that crazy quilt! My dad got it, but I hate to even tell where it ended up....I found it one day in his tool box....wrapped around his wrenches!!!! I almost died inside....but what could I do....by then it was falling apart. I hope to one day make one of those crazy quilts....with beautiful ribbon embroidery! My sweet mother taught me how to sew at age 5. We used to make dresses etc. but I didn't take up quilting until I was almost 40. So many projects.....so little time!!!
  • 403. Posted by Kathy Russell on June 6th, 2017 at 9:06 a.m.
    My Grandma taught my Mama to quilt and Mama taught my Sister to quilt; 3 years ago, Mama and Sis convinced me to give it a go; I fell in love with designing and piecing and then with FMQ. My Mama is now 94 and still quilting. I just hope to carry on, along with my Sis. And I am so happy that I found your website to add to my motivation.
  • 404. Posted by Sara Mitkowski on June 6th, 2017 at 9 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew when I was young, I don't remember the age. I started by cutting out patterns, then graduated to stitching potholders for her to sell at craft fairs. I always loved that she trusted me to help with her fair items. Although she passed away a couple of years ago, I think of her often when I sew. She used to sew a baby quilt for each great-grandchild when they were born, items we will treasure forever. For my Moda Blockheads blocks, I have been using scraps of fabric from her stash, including one that I always thought was ugly but she loved and is working out well for the blocks! Although I have been sewing for years and have made baby quilts here and there, it wasn't until I got sick a couple of months ago and watched endless YouTube quilting videos - including Angela Walters and Leah Day - that I started up again and found that I am much, MUCH faster at piecing these days. I am having lots of fun practicing machine quilting and am working on learning FMQ but my thread keeps shredding so I have to figure that out!
  • 405. Posted by Carlene J on June 6th, 2017 at 8:59 a.m.
    My mother and her sisters and church friends would hand quilt on a large frame that my dad made for her that hung from hooks in our living room. I was just a kid back then but I still have some of those quilts. I never liked seamstressing but have grown to love quilting. I find beauty in them.
  • 406. Posted by Trish on June 6th, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.
    This is something that I had been wanting to learn to do for awhile,then there was a new quilt shop that opened in our town.They started having sewing classes, I really enjoy it.
  • 407. Posted by Debra Reber on June 6th, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.
    When I was pregnant with my first child my mother-in-law inspired me to make a quilt.
  • 408. Posted by Aldean Tendick on June 6th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    I started sewing when I was 5. My grandma taught me how to make a dress for my baby dolly. It had smocked sleeves and bound buttonholes. I have been sewing ever since. I started quilting in 2006ish. I worked for a wholesale distributor and the book purchaser did a mystery quilt with a group of ladies and invited me to join. I have been hooked ever since.
  • 409. Posted by Carol Fraley on June 6th, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.
    My grandmother would layout quilts on the floor and tie them. They were usually made of my grandfather's jean and work shirts.
  • 410. Posted by Nancy Ballard on June 6th, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.
    My grandmother quilted and I loved to look at them. When I was suppose to be taking a nap I would make up stories using them. I started quilting in my 40's and have greatly enjoyed it. I love to make quilts and give them away. It makes me feel close to my grandmother.
  • 411. Posted by Sharon Davidson on June 6th, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.
    I first learned to quilt by taking a class with my sister. She invited me so that we could do something together. Soon, we were attending retreats along with her daughters. She is busy with grandkids now and hasn't as much time to sew, but I am a fully addicted fabric collector and sew a bit most days.
  • 412. Posted by Patricia Evans on June 6th, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.
    I wish I could say my mom - but she did not sew. It was my mother in law who inspired me. She was a fabulous seamstress and started quilting herself in the 80's using her leftover polyester material. It was seeing what she was coming up with - I, too, wanted to do that. So, many years later - I am fulfilling that dream.
  • 413. Posted by Annette Moore on June 6th, 2017 at 8:42 a.m.
    I first learned to sew from my Grammy she was always making doll clothes . So she taught me how to make things for Barbie. Then in my twenties I got a mailer for a book on quilting . There was no going back! I was hooked for life!
  • 414. Posted by Fran Russell on June 6th, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
    I started sewing when I was 9. My cousin and I wanted to make doll clothes and her mother helped us cut out pieces and sew them together. She taught us how to gather and our dolls had the fullest skirts ever! Later, in my teens, I wanted to make some clothes for myself and my grandmother helped with that. I've been sewing ever since.
  • 415. Posted by Kim LeMere on June 6th, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
    My mom taught me sew when I was about 10, we did a pillow case, and apron and finally a skirt with elastic waist. I went on to take sewing classes all threw high school and have taken some quilting classes at technical schools. It just make me happy to hear a machine whirling along.
  • 416. Posted by Kathy DePauw on June 6th, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.
    I started doing embroidery when I was about 5. My mom taught me. Both my grandmothers made quilts, but my mom never did. Mom did however make my embroidered blocks into a quilt that she machine quilted. When I became a mom I decided I wanted to make quilts for my kids like grandma did. That was over 35 years ago and I haven't stopped buying fabric and trying my hand at any new technique that comes along.
  • 417. Posted by Sue Mettler on June 6th, 2017 at 8:23 a.m.
    My grandmother was my biggest inspiration for sewing. She was a school teacher so I would spend the summers with her. I remember her laying gingham out on top of her big freezer and cutting dresses out for me without a pattern. She also taught me how to knit and crochet. I used to get jealous of my siblings who spent the whole summer swimming and getting tan. Their tans have faded my my knowledge of sewing is still with me!!!!!
  • 418. Posted by Anita Frederick on June 6th, 2017 at 8:12 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew on her old treadle machine. I was so young that she was afraid I would sew my fingers on her electric machine. I loved making doll clothes and had the best dressed Barbie in the community. She also let me help her hand quilt her numerous quilts. I'm sure my stitches were awful but she left them in her quilts. When I was old enough I joined 4-H. I loved making the sewing projects and competing at Rally Day then on to the State Fair. My mother helped mewith these. She wasn't a quilter but she was a beautiful seamstress.
  • 419. Posted by Cindy Graves-Hines on June 6th, 2017 at 8:09 a.m.
    I started sewing in 7th grade in home economics class. I didn't really get into sewing til much later when I retired from working and joined a quilting group. I am now addicted to sewing.
  • 420. Posted by Kathy Matchett on June 6th, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
    I took a class from a local instructor to make a log cabin and I was hooked.
  • 421. Posted by Lynn Ellis on June 6th, 2017 at 8:04 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew doll clothes on a treadle sewing machine when I was 6. She grew up on a farm and quilted out of necessity. So I grew up with quilts she had made. After my daughters grew up my friends Ann & Donna convinced me to go to a quilt retreat in 2003 and my quilting life began!
  • 422. Posted by Barbara Theriault on June 6th, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    I took my first sewing lessons at the Singer Company in my home town in New York at the age of 12. I made a shirt-waist dress and took 1st place in my age group.
  • 423. Posted by Pamela Freese on June 6th, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.
    My Grandmother inspired my love of sewing. She was a professional drapery seamstress and made all of her own clothing. Miss her....
  • 424. Posted by Barbara Sheffield on June 6th, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.
    My Granny taught me to sew, sitting on her lap, on her treadle, when I was 5. That was almost 59 years ago. Love all things sewing!
  • 425. Posted by Tammy Adams on June 6th, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    I learned to sew when I was in the third grade. My mother had purchased an antique treadle machine and I was fascinated by it. The rest is history. :)
  • 426. Posted by Barbara Sheffield on June 6th, 2017 at 7:41 a.m.
    My Granny was the one who sat me on her lap to sew on her treadle. Every since then I have been hooked on all things sewing. Love to quilt the most! I have been sewing since I was 5, almost 64 now, and do not plan to stop!
  • 427. Posted by Anne CraneSmith on June 6th, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew when I was very young. I did't get into quilting until my 20s where I was inspired by a pattern in a magazine. Then Georgia Bonesteel got the passion going and I haven't stopped since.
  • 428. Posted by Tamie z on June 6th, 2017 at 7:35 a.m.
    My grandmother and great grandmother taught/inspired me and my love of sewing. Im obsessed with fabric and all the beautiful colors and patterns. If only my grandmother's could see all the beautiful fabrics and projects being done today.
  • 429. Posted by Amy Deen on June 6th, 2017 at 7:24 a.m.
    My mom taught me the basics of hand sewing when I was a little girl. I loved to make things for my doll. They were probably pretty unsightly, but I was praised and encouraged. As I grew, she taught me how to lay out a pattern, put in a zipper, etc. In the books I read, it wasn't uncommon for them to make their own clothes and household items. I wanted to do that, so I did. I made my own wedding dress. I was married less than a month after I turned 19. Doing so gave me the confidence to try just about anything after that. As I've gotten older, My mother in law has taught me how to quilt and embroider and perfect my skills. I am so thankful for all the help I've had along the way.
  • 430. Posted by Amy Gallant on June 6th, 2017 at 7:11 a.m.
    I started sewing in the 7th grade. I've been sewing ever since. Made my 1st quilt when I was pregnant. It was a crazy quilt made from all my scraps.
  • 431. Posted by Donna Johnson on June 6th, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.
    I remember sitting under my grandmother's quilting frame that was always up in the living room. I did not start quilting until the 80s.
  • 432. Posted by Karen Hougen on June 6th, 2017 at 7:04 a.m.
    I started sewing back in my middle school days some 40+ years ago. Quilting became my passion about 20 years ago when my sister, who is a hand quilter, asked me to help her with a project she was working on.
  • 433. Posted by Sheri Cates on June 6th, 2017 at 7:03 a.m.
    The ladies at the Ceres Missionary Baptist Church met every Tuesday at 5 AM in the church basement for quilting and lunch. They allowed me (I was in my 20s.) to join them before going to work. They taught me to hand quilt, recognize blocks, and the sweet fellowship that comes with quilting. They also gave me a sack lunch to take to work each Tuesday.
  • 434. Posted by Bobbi Ratzlaff on June 6th, 2017 at 6:58 a.m.
    I was inspired to start quilting by my newborn son. When he was born, he stopped breathing. They rushed him upstairs to the NICU were we spent the first 5 days of his life on respirators and such until he could breathe properly on his own. After I took him home, I was on strict instructions to stay at home ( it was late December... high point of flu and RSV season) and only take him to his doctor appoints for the first couple of months. I am not a stay at home and hang out kinda person. I have always been very active outdoors and very much a goer and doer. I was about to go crazy. So my mother-in-law bought me a quilt kit to mess around with. I had done a little clothing sewing off and on through high school and in my 20s. With a sleeping newborn and my mom's old sewing machine, I self taught myself how to quilt with that first kit. Needless to say it has turned into a huge passion and a nice part-time business for myself 4 years later. I couldn't imagine not quilting now!
  • 435. Posted by Slim Pickins on June 6th, 2017 at 6:55 a.m.
    My grandmother gave me the desire to sew although it was the ladies I work with that encouraged me to try quilting. I can't remember anyone in my family line that quilted nor do we have any heirloom quilts to treasure. So my thanks goes to my two besties that have helped to nurture this wonderful craft
  • 436. Posted by karen s bristol on June 6th, 2017 at 6:55 a.m.
    my mother taught me to sew and then i got to where i had to see if i could make things i still see if i can do it when i pick what quilts i want to make i take pride in myself when i finish a project knowing i did it.
  • 437. Posted by Joan on June 6th, 2017 at 6:54 a.m.
    Over 30 years ago I took a beginner quilting class from a women 40 years my senior. I fell in love with quilting and the teacher and I became great friends.
  • 438. Posted by Kathy Hill on June 6th, 2017 at 6:52 a.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew, but a photo of my Grandfather standing in front of a crazy quilt my Great Grandmother made brought me into the quilting world. It was beautiful and I wanted to create as she had, it made me feel in touch with my rich family history.
  • 439. Posted by Tilda Hawthorne on June 6th, 2017 at 6:50 a.m.
    My maternal Grandmother always told us if you know how to sew you can always put food on the table because even in tough times people will have clothes mended instead of buying new and in good times they will pay for custom made clothes. So at age 6 she put a needle and thread in my hand and taught me to sew. An invaluable skill. And many times it put food on the table. I hope this tradition remains strong for generations to come.
  • 440. Posted by sue hammons on June 6th, 2017 at 6:35 a.m.
    It's amazing how our many people have said that their mothers have inspired them to learn to sew. I, too was taught by my mom. I started making doll clothes when I was little...they weren't very pretty, but it was a start that sewing has always been a big part of my life.
  • 441. Posted by Sue Parks on June 6th, 2017 at 6:32 a.m.
    I was inspired by my maternal grandfather who was a master tailor,also my grandmothers and mother all sewed wonderfully. Smiles, Sue
  • 442. Posted by Lee Ann Gross on June 6th, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.
    I wandered into a quilt store and saw all of the different fabrics and colors and I knew I wanted to create something with them. I have been making quilts for 15 years now.
  • 443. Posted by Tamma Melton on June 6th, 2017 at 6:28 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me how to sew on her old treadle machine. Not only was I taken by the action of her nimble fingers, but also the rhythm of the machine as she allowed her feet to dance on the peddle. She was a true inspiration to me!
  • 444. Posted by Bonnie Mitchell on June 6th, 2017 at 6:24 a.m.
    I started helping my Mom hand quilt a quilt for me - didn't really want to piece quilts, just wanted my own - loved hand quilting - had to learn to piece to have something to quilt. I would have loved to sew with my Mom and my two sisters, who I also taught to quilt because I couldn't keep up with what they wanted. I know my Mom would have loved to quilt with all of us.
  • 445. Posted by Patti Morena on June 6th, 2017 at 6:05 a.m.
    I was exposed to it all growing up. It wasn't unusual for mom to make curtains, bed spreads clothes.... I thought nothing of it when she would reupholster our couches and chairs- every mom did that, right? I started sewing in 8th grade, then quilting in high school. I took a break from the quilting raising my family and working full time... and now, with the empty nest and the easy access to tutorials, blogs and supplies online I am back at the drafts and quilts. I am still learning- so yes, you can teach an old dog nnew tricks.
  • 446. Posted by Jeanne Nordquist on June 6th, 2017 at 5:33 a.m.
    Though my grandmother was a beautiful seamstress, I only learned to do hand crafts like sewing, crochet and embroidery. About a year ago I began going shopping with my girlfriend to places like Shipshawanna. I loved looking around the many gifts shops there. But most often we'd spend, what I thought was, an inordinate time wandering my friends quilt shops. I would wonder to myself "what is it that so draws her (my friend) to these places? ". My friend kept encouraging me to begin sewing so finally one I finally decided to give it a try. My girlfriend taught me to sew a pillowcase and my husband bought me a sewing machine. This began my obsession with quilting! Now I go to places like shipshawanna and find myself spending an inordinate time wandering the quilt shops! I'm so glad that my girlfriend taught me this fun hobby!
  • 447. Posted by Barbara on June 6th, 2017 at 5:31 a.m.
    My mother-in- law inspired me to start making quilts.
  • 448. Posted by Kalli Inman on June 6th, 2017 at 5:24 a.m.
    I have to blame my Gram! She taught me to embroider when I was just 6 years old. I spent every summer at her home for many, many years and learned many things but our time learning how to embroider is my favorite.
  • 449. Posted by Jeanne McDonald on June 6th, 2017 at 5:21 a.m.
    It was my home ec teachers, Mrs Miller and Mrs Fitz planted the seed. That seed has grown over the years from making costume to quilting. Love to create through sewing.
  • 450. Posted by Carla on June 6th, 2017 at 5:19 a.m.
    My mom taught me how to embroider, and do a bit of hand sewing. Home Ec in Jr. high started me on using a machine and making clothing. Hand work and sewing led to my first quilting class in 1988.
  • 451. Posted by edith csokmay on June 6th, 2017 at 5:13 a.m.
    While o was growing up my mom made all of my clothes so I naturally had the desire to sew. That desire turned to the desire to learn quilting by hand, then machine and I've been sewing ever since.
  • 452. Posted by Eunice Grell on June 6th, 2017 at 5:12 a.m.
    As a child we slept under quilts made by my grandmother, simple utilitarian quilts. It wasn't until I had a young family of my own that I started to quilt. I had embroidered some blocks and put them together and hand quilted the quilt in a big frame in my living room. It was a start. When my four children were small I would piece after they went to bed until 1 am and I was hooked. I never looked back. Over the years as they grew, I stepped away for lots of years, but after they were grown went back to it and love it even more. 30 years later, I am still piecing and quilting with my longarm.
  • 453. Posted by Barb Johnson on June 6th, 2017 at 4:39 a.m.
    Twenty odd years ago I took a Quilt in a Day workshop at my local sewing store and I was hooked. I made a log cabin quilt that day. Joined the Dufferin Piecemakers Quilt Guild and now I have a whole sewing room dedicated to quilting.
  • 454. Posted by shoshana vogel on June 6th, 2017 at 4:34 a.m.
    a close friend who was an avid seamstress, taught me to sew, another close friend taught me the basics of pattern design which i loved for years, and recently, i taught myself to quilt [or am still teaching myself to quilt!] and am totally hooked!!
  • 455. Posted by Donna Rawlins on June 6th, 2017 at 4:32 a.m.
    My mother-in law would try to get me to learn to quilt, didn't have the patience or time to try. After she passed away, my father-in law passed her machine on to me, that's what made me decide to learn. Pretty much self-taught, went and got a book from the library...love it. Just wish I'd taken the time to let her teach me.
  • 456. Posted by Bethni Lee on June 5th, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.
    Some ladies at church inspired me to sew. I always wanted to learn, but had no one to teach me. These ladies formed "Prayers and Squares", a group that makes lap quilts for those in need of prayers. The quilts are tied together, and each Sunday, the congregation is given the recipient's name and what they need prayers for. The entire congregation then goes up the aisle and ties a knot on the quilts, one for each prayer said for the recipient. It's such a moving experience. This ministry has reached people all over the world! These lovely ladies taught me how to sew, how to make quilts, and how to give part of myself to those who needed it. I am forever in debt...
  • 457. Posted by Cynthia McPeek on June 5th, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to see during a summer vacation when I was eleven. Grandma was an avid quilter and she would have these awesome quilt frames having from the ceiling with whatever New quilt she was working on at the time. Imagine as a child sleeping under a cool quilt canopy. It wasn't until having my own children that I took up the quilting bug and have been inspired evermore.
  • 458. Posted by Rosanne Little on June 5th, 2017 at 7:27 p.m.
    My mother sewed and I took sewing class when I was junior high. I continued to sew clothes for myself, then for my daughter. I started quilting a couple years ago when I saw a Dresden Plate table topper and then did my first quilt queen size quilt in 2015 using "Row by Row" kits. I have done baby quilts also.
  • 459. Posted by Susan M Proulx on June 5th, 2017 at 7:18 p.m.
    I have been sewing since I was 8 years old. Quilting since 2000 when a friend convinced me to try. Fell in love with it. I am finished working for health reasons @ 63. Quilting is my salvation & life line. I worked for the public all my life. I was a shampoo girls at the age of 12. When you work with the public & then are all of a sudden home alone. Its pretty intimidating Never thought I would miss it so much. Love to see all the beautiful work everyone does. We have several quilt shows in our area annually. Keep up the good work..
  • 460. Posted by Donna Cooper on June 5th, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.
    M y mother(90) taught me to sew by hand when I was 5, by 7, I was using her sewing machine. I usually made clothes for my daughter and myself. In the 90's, I became interested in quilting through different quilting sites and donate all to different charities.
  • 461. Posted by Ann Barlament on June 5th, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.
    My great grandmother, Hannah, was the family seamstress. From sturdy coats to pin-tucked dresses. I was 10 when I learned to coordinate the foot pedal on Hannah's treadle and have been making quilts for 50 plus years.
  • 462. Posted by Ann Stangl on June 5th, 2017 at 12:56 p.m.
    My grandmother ( currently age 104!!) use to make me special doll clothes. One a year I got a matching outfit for both my doll and myself. I thought "if my grandmother can sew like this, what can I do when I am big and grownup? " As a mother, I have made many fabric blankets for my daughter. What a joy!
  • 463. Posted by Melody Colecchi on June 5th, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.
    When I was 7, an elderly lady by the name of Gracie Pryor came to live in my parents "retirement home" as they were called in the 60's. She taught me the hand crafts of quilt piecing, embroidery, crocheting, knitting & tatting.
  • 464. Posted by Lorraine Berglund on June 5th, 2017 at 9:43 a.m.
    I became interested in sewing while taking sewing in school, back in the late 60's but my friend Vi got me interested in quilting. I was in my late 40's. The first quilt I made was for my granddaughter and it was a quilt as you go project.
  • 465. Posted by Kathy Luehrs on June 5th, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.
    my grandmother - she was a farmer's wife and made clothes for her 7 children and over 50 grandkids
  • 466. Posted by Margaret Craft on June 5th, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.
    I'm 72 and just started quilting 3 yrs ago. My husband and i travel to AZ in the winter and the ladies in the park we stay in have a quilt club that meets each Friday. Each year they make a quilt to raffle off at the end of the season. After 5 years of trying to win the raffle one of the ladies talked me into just coming to try it. I hadn't sewn since junior high sewing class! One of ladies , Jeanette, had an extra machine and lent it to me to use. The rest,as they say, is history. I've made quilts for each of my six grandchildren and i am half way through kids and their spouses. I love quilting!!
  • 467. Posted by Janice Regier on June 5th, 2017 at 8:08 a.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew . I sewed many of my school clothes . She also quilted later on and I caught the quilting bug from her . So glad I did . I made my first quilt while I was in junior high.
  • 468. Posted by Kimberly Bishop on June 5th, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    My grandmother was a quilter ,Everytime I would visit her I would help her quilt or pick out fabrics and cut for her next quilt. It was always very special to spend time with her. My grandfather would always joke with her and ask why would she cut up fabric just to sew it back together. My passion for quilting continues.
  • 469. Posted by Kelly Bowman on June 5th, 2017 at 6:53 a.m.
    I love all things handmade. But more than that, I loved the creativity and peace that comes with sewing. Self taught.
  • 470. Posted by jane mattern on June 5th, 2017 at 6:10 a.m.
    I find so much joy in quilting. It brings me back in time, I remember my grandmother who thought me to sew.
  • 471. Posted by Sherry Patterson-Jarrett on June 4th, 2017 at 11:52 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew myself clothes when I was growing up as we were very poor. She died suddenly in 2001. I was in a deep depression until one day in 2003 I decided I needed to get back into sewing. I took s quilting class. It brought me out of my depression. I have now taken a quilting teacher class and am using simple sewing technique morphed into quilting, and I teach others how to sew and quilt. Thank you? Mom. I love and miss you. ❤️
  • 472. Posted by Carole Anderson on June 4th, 2017 at 10:58 p.m.
    I started sewing in Home Ec in junior high and have been sewing ever since. I started quilting and haven't stopped. I love the freedom to express myself.
  • 473. Posted by Carole on June 4th, 2017 at 9:44 p.m.
    I started sewing in 4H when I was 14 years old, I made a blue and white gingham dress. My aunt was so patient with me, I think if she wasn't I would never have enjoyed it. God bless her.
  • 474. Posted by Kayla Jones on June 4th, 2017 at 9:03 p.m.
    My grandma Helen inspired me to sew. She makes some of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen. She still hand sews almost all of her quilts. So 4 years ago I got my first sewing machine. I will be giving her a Giant Dahlia quilt as a gift that I completed earlier this year. She always gives quilts but never receives any.
  • 475. Posted by Loretta Dhinoy on June 4th, 2017 at 8:59 p.m.
    I watched my grandmother and great aunt when I was a child. They taught me that taking fabric, out grown clothes, and whatever was left from making dresses would make something beautiful that we could use.
  • 476. Posted by Jackie Trembley on June 4th, 2017 at 7:12 p.m.
    Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day show on PBS inspired me to start quilting.
  • 477. Posted by Linda on June 4th, 2017 at 7:08 p.m.
    I was visiting my Mom (living along the CA Coast at the time. I saw some of the amazing quilts she created and my heart and head were wanting to learn. She taught me all she could in that one week trip and I have been hooked ever since. I am grateful for my Mom!
  • 478. Posted by sandra broeren on June 4th, 2017 at 6:49 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to hand quilt when I was in grade school. While quilting has changed a lot over the years, it still reminds me of time spent with her
  • 479. Posted by Margret Lewis on June 4th, 2017 at 6:36 p.m.
    I've always wanted to quilt. Most recently an old high school friends posts on Facebook helped to spur me on.
  • 480. Posted by Marilyn Anderson on June 4th, 2017 at 6:14 p.m.
    I saw a pack of precuts in a fabric store, with a finished quilt next to it. I really wanted to learn how to turn a stack of fabric squares into a beautiful creation. I was hooked! I love to quilt!
  • 481. Posted by Kathy Whetstine on June 4th, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.
    I joined a quilting guild and just loved it. Then work got in the way for awhile but I'm back to quilting again!
  • 482. Posted by Susie Galasso on June 4th, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.
    My Mom-I remember her sewing all my dresses (I wore uniforms to school, so a,pretty dress was really special!). I did the same with my 2 girls, and started quilting when they were teenagers.
  • 483. Posted by sheila connelly on June 4th, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.
    My mother always sewed. She made my clothes and my dolls clothes. I have her machine. She didn't quilt but my grandmother owned quilts and they were interesting.
  • 484. Posted by Theresa Kern on June 4th, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.
    As a little girl I watch my Mother sew my school clothes. She was my inspiration.
  • 485. Posted by Cindy Pannemann on June 4th, 2017 at 1:39 p.m.
    I went just to look around in a quilt shop near my home. I had made my own cloths before but this was a whole new world to me. The shop was Patchworks and the owner was Trudie Hughes. Some of you may know of her and her books , patterns and rules. After taking a class, she took me under her wing a tought me sooo much. She tought me to open my creative juices and let them go. When it came to color, but you always make sure on your measuring before you cut. I was thought by one of the best at the time. And am so thankful.
  • 486. Posted by Sharon Baughman on June 4th, 2017 at 1:02 p.m.
    At a young age, I remember being very impressed by the "covers" at my great-grandmother's and great-aunt's farmhouse - so many prints and colors! Then, when our children were still very young, my mother-in-law introduced me to quilting as she took me shopping to her local quilt shop. I was hooked! Our styles and selections of fabrics and color choices were very different but we always had great mutual appreciation of each other's quilting. I now have a granddaughter, age 7, who shows an interest! And who know exactly where her sense of design and style will lead her!
  • 487. Posted by Reece Wade on June 4th, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.
    As a young girl my Aunt Winnie made nine patch quilts for my dolls. I cherished those hand sewn quilts. After becoming a mother I remembered those quilts and started making them full size for my children and family. My love of quilting has continued to grow from there.
  • 488. Posted by Ita on June 4th, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.
    I used to think patchwork quilting was all about cardboard cut-out hexagons and hand-sewing - BUT 4 years ago a friend took me to a class where ladies were using blade cutters, rulers, mats, sewing machines (old & new) and I knew it was for me! It has been such a wonderful discovery and joy in my life! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win some fabric.
  • 489. Posted by Katy on June 4th, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.
    My love for quilting was inspired by a wonderful lady named Mary Ann. She became a wonderful friend and mentor.
  • 490. Posted by Dyan on June 4th, 2017 at 9:21 a.m.
    My bousum buddy who moved away 20 years ago was so talented! I love her & her creativity.
  • 491. Posted by Donna Schott on June 4th, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.
    Learned to quilt from on my sister and online videos and tutorials
  • 492. Posted by Leslie Wittenberg on June 4th, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.
    I have my father's baby quilt from 1929 and that inspired me to become a quilter.
  • 493. Posted by Amy Young on June 4th, 2017 at 7:21 a.m.
    My Great-Grandmother Gladys is the one that inspired me! I have so many of her quilts and quilt tops,most of which were hand pieced and hand quilted. She was 95 when she died and was my best friend! I can't wait to see what quilts you've made in Heaven Maw!!!
  • 494. Posted by Carole Ballman on June 4th, 2017 at 7:11 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew at young age and so I became a seamstress. My Great grand mother had always made quilt and I was fortunate to remember her and receive a quilt. I was intrigued watching her put small pieces of fabric together. So as an adult I knew I wanted to quilt and started quilting as a young mother.
  • 495. Posted by Teresa Berry on June 4th, 2017 at 7:10 a.m.
    My mother-in-law was my inspiration to start quilting. We went to Indiana to visit her, and I would see all her quilts and watch her quilt. So, I asked her if she would teach me to quilt. You should have seen her eyes light up when she said "she would love to." Our relationship grew to a whole new level. I sure miss her!
  • 496. Posted by Debra Doerfler on June 4th, 2017 at 6:28 a.m.
    As a little girl I would stay with my grandmother in northern Minnesota. It was a very rural area. Grandma taught me to embroider and sew at a very young age. I remember her sitting right next to me by her machine. It is one of my dearest childhood memories. My love of sewing and embroidery became a big part of my life to this day.
  • 497. Posted by Tina Cernugel on June 4th, 2017 at 5:52 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew. She, my aunt and my grandmother were all lovers of sewing.
  • 498. Posted by Marjean Norder on June 4th, 2017 at 5:29 a.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew when I was 7. What a great gift. Thanks Mom.
  • 499. Posted by Marjean Norder on June 4th, 2017 at 5:28 a.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew when I was 7. Thank you Mom. This is a wonderful gift.
  • 500. Posted by marilyn mattfeld on June 4th, 2017 at 5 a.m.
    I taught myself. My Mom would not let me sew on her machine, so when she was out of the house. I did use it..
  • 501. Posted by Debbie Chenoweth on June 4th, 2017 at 4:53 a.m.
    My mother was my inspiration.
  • 502. Posted by Dixie K. on June 4th, 2017 at 2:01 a.m.
    In 2000 we moved to CO, had to venture out to make new friends. My mom inspired me to take quilting lessons and told me I would meet the nicest people ever- she was absolutely right!
  • 503. Posted by Theresa Mirci Smith on June 4th, 2017 at 12:31 a.m.
    After taking an early retirement due to health problems, I was depressed and listless. I had never a sewn before, but my very dear friend, Carm, gave me a lollipop pack of fabric and suggested I give quilting a try. After further encouragement from my cousin, Pat, and friend, Glenda, I bought a sewing machine. I taught myself at first, and then joined a quilting guild. I was hooked! I am thankful to these three ladies for helping me find a renewed sense of purpose In the form of quilting! I have since encouraged another dear friend to begin quilting. Evelyn and I are quilting "besties" who enjoy working on projects together.
  • 504. Posted by Judy W on June 4th, 2017 at 12:23 a.m.
    My Mom taught me how to sew when I was 6. I used to "design" and sew Barbie clothes. A few years after that I started cutting double knit squares with a plastic template cut from a plastic cover. I never did sew them all together but made 2 log cabin quilts before I graduated from high school.
  • 505. Posted by Mary on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
    When I was around 10 or 11 years old I read the Little House books and was impressed with the reference to Laura and Mary sewing their quilt blocks. I thought if they could do it at that age, then I could too. My mom helped me trace out nine-patch blocks and showed me how to sew them together. It took me awhile, but I eventually made enough of them for a quilt. My mom sewed them into a top and me Carribbean sandwich and tie it. Even though it is full of imperfections, I treasure the memories of picking the fabrics, making the blocks and admiring it hanging on the clothesline when it was done.
  • 506. Posted by Marie on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:25 p.m.
    About 15 years ago I was in a bad relationship. I left him and ended up in a shelter for a bit. While I was there I was given a lap quilt that some one had donated. I thought it was so pretty and it really meant a lot to me. It was a simple pattern but so well done. I loved it. Years later when I got back up n my feet I decided that I wanted to learn to quilt. I wanted to try to bring some joy to others. I thought since it was a simple pattern that I might be able to actually do it. I took my first class shortly after and have been quilting since then. I have always wished I knew who made it I would love to thank them and let them know how much it meant to me. I still have that quilt. It's getting a little raggedy now. I want to put a sleeve on it and hang it. But until then I still pull it out and use it
  • 507. Posted by Tamara Trock on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:59 p.m.
    My mother had an old treadle singer that I started playing around with when I was in grade school. My sister and I made clown costumes out of some really ugly striped skirts our aunt gave us. Boy were they unique. Most of my time now is spent piecing together quilts. Best therapy out there.
  • 508. Posted by Linda Rouse on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.
    I was introduced to sewing clothes when I was 8, by my mother and I made my first handstitched quilt at 16 due to my grandmother, who lived to be 101. I learned a lot of different needle art from her. I am 60 now and have made lots of quilts from my early introductions.
  • 509. Posted by Lori Morton on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:05 p.m.
    I didn't learn to quilt, until I met my first "BESTEST FRIEND" ever!!! We learned together.. just easy basic stuff... Then busy Life stuff happened,,& no time. Few years ago..my Daughter started quilting..asked me to join in learning fun stuff!! Now we are on a roll..quilting together tho long distance..she lives 8 hours away. :D Thanks for chance to win..promise to share the goodies with her too :D
  • 510. Posted by Jeannie on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:53 p.m.
    There was not a person that inspired me to quilting, but a event. My daughter left home to attend college. In less than 2 months she became extremely ill, she contacted mold and mildew poison. We almost lost her during that time, I begged her to come home to get well , she told me she wasn't a quitter. As I worried about her and stayed up at night when she came home on the week-ends to make sure she was breathing. I started making quilt tops and then decided I needed to quilt all those tops and fell in love with this process. So my love for quilting was developed from love for my child. Also, I had made one top when I was 16 and use my old poly dresses . We have been married for 37 years and have used that old quilt every night. What more can anyone say other that it quickly becomes a passion.
  • 511. Posted by Emily on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:39 p.m.
    I started quilting when I was about 10 after watching quilting shows on diy tv channel. I recently started quilting again as a creative stress relief outlet. I sell some of the quilts and auction the others off for a few charities.
  • 512. Posted by Max Bowers on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:27 p.m.
    When my 4H years were over I continued into quilting
  • 513. Posted by Tammy Newman on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:55 p.m.
    I learned to quilt when I was 19. I was just married to my husband and his mom totally inspired me. She makes the most beautiful quilts and I wanted to make some too. My first one was very simple but so pretty and we used it to pieces. I am now 44 so it is now replaced with a prettier one. But I will always love my first one!
  • 514. Posted by Lisa Centurelli on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:20 p.m.
    I started quilting after a tragedy - my husband of five months died from heart failure and we really had no idea. I needed to bring myself out of the darkness and meet some people, since I had only been in the area about a year. The kindness and compassion of quilters is a life saver.
  • 515. Posted by nancy Mott on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:16 p.m.
    Necessity was the prime encourager to learn to sew. I wanted clothes in colors and fabrics that I was not able to purchase in a store so I started to sew with my Mother. After my first daughter was 3 I wanted to make her a bed covering with her favorite doll Raggedy Ann as the decoration so I attended a program by the local Extension Service --- and I have never stopped since.
  • 516. Posted by SHARON FRANCIS on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:04 p.m.
    My friend, Connie Farland, started my love for quilting. She and her husband, Joseph, were great friends to a lonely Navy girl many years ago. I've quilted on and off over the years and I hope to one day be as good a quilter as she is.
  • 517. Posted by Margaret Wertman on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:54 p.m.
    My love of quilting came from my neighbor Mrs Kruger. She allowed me to stand at her side and watch her quilt for hours. Both of my grandmother's were quilters and my mom sewed for all 10 of her children.
  • 518. Posted by joan on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:52 p.m.
    my mother taught me to sew early in my life. she would make clothes for me after I picked a style from pictures in the catalogs and I wanted to do that too. I began quilting much later and it has become the primary focus of my sewing.
  • 519. Posted by Peggy Carstens on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:44 p.m.
    My sister taught me how to quilt a few years ago and I really enjoy it.
  • 520. Posted by Bobbie on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.
    I started quilting when I was 28 after having my second child and learning to be a stay at home mom. While on a grocery trip I spotted a quilt shop, stopped in and got hooked. Twenty seven years later, now with 2 grandchildren I am happy to say I am still quilting. I am now teaching my 6 yr old granddaughter how to quilt as well.
  • 521. Posted by Julie Westin on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:57 p.m.
    I started sewing in high school when I took home ec. I was hooked immediately! I never knew any quilters, but became interested on my own. After I took a class for beginners at my local quilt shop, a whole new door opened for me, and I've never stopped!
  • 522. Posted by Diana on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:35 p.m.
    I started watching Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts on HGTV many moons ago. Haha. I watched every morning while I drank my coffee and just enjoyed everything about that show. I've always been crafty but never sewed, nor did anyone in my family. I went to the library and borrowed a book with instructions and simple patterns and started quilting! I love it, the colors, textures, patterns and zen space I fall into whenever I'm creating. It's just all good.
  • 523. Posted by Laurie Hopper on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:31 p.m.
    I've been delievering meals on wheels for years and watching the ladies at the senior center hand quilt while waiting for my meals to get ready , and after years of watching and talking to the ladies I decided to give it a try and now I'm hooked, I'm still very new but, I love it more every day.
  • 524. Posted by Lena Madrid on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.
    I was born during the depression era, when there was a shortage of almost everything. My mother and grandmother salvaged every little piece of fabric to make quilts - sheer necessity, not artsy-craftsy items. It's been a lifelong pursuit for me.
  • 525. Posted by Lena Madrid on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:38 p.m.
    I was born during the depression era, when there was a shortage of almost everything. My mother and grandmother salvaged every little piece of fabric to make quilts - sheer necessity, not artsy-craftsy items. It's been a lifelong pursuit for me.
  • 526. Posted by Patti Serenko on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:35 p.m.
    I was amazed by my grandmother with her treacle machine. I started quilting 3 years ago and am inspired by a fellow quilter, Donna Sheri.
  • 527. Posted by Patricia Gallo on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 p.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to quilt. She taught me how to sew at the age of 7 using her Treddle Sewing machine..i have that machine in my home now.
  • 528. Posted by gleichauf sheri on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:11 p.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to sew when I was quite young. my mom sewed most of our clothes, and was a great teacher.
  • 529. Posted by Teresa Knittingdancer on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.
    My mother and granny. I can remember going to my granny's house in the winter and my mother would help her quilt. She had the frames set up close to the coal heater.
  • 530. Posted by Judy Forrest on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:42 p.m.
    Your emails are one of my favorites
  • 531. Posted by Linda Schoiber on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:40 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 7 (a long time ago). She was a tailor. But my dear bowling friends always get together once a week to quilt. I started to join but would take my knitting. Then they finally "conned" me into quilting about 3 years ago. Never enough time for both my crafts!!
  • 532. Posted by Rebecca on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.
    I learned to sew in 4-H, but really became interested in quilting when my grandmother died my senior year of high school. She had 40 grandchildren and had made a quilt for each of them as they grew up. However, there were about 20 of us left in school when she died. We were blessed that she left quilt tops, quilt blocks and cut out quilt blocks for each of us! My aunts finished the quilts and one even quilted them on her longarm quilter. This act of love encouraged me to try quilting and leave my own heirlooms for my children and grandchildren now that I've retired.
  • 533. Posted by Sarah on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:36 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew. Then I learned more in High School. I was never very good at sewing clothing, but I love to piece quilts. I've been piecing a quilt for about the several months in my little bits of free time and I'm almost finished. Searching for my next project!
  • 534. Posted by Joann on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
    My sister got me into quilting a few years ago. She took me to a class and once I started I was hooked! I've been quilting ever since.
  • 535. Posted by Jennie Stewart on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:13 p.m.
    I learned to sew in high school and just got back into it about a year ago with my mother in law and am loving quilting
  • 536. Posted by Geri Holmes on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:08 p.m.
    My mother got me started quilting in the 70's. I love quilting and making quilts and throws for friends and family. It is so relaxing to me. I love all the pretty fabric and especially the bundles and patterns from Bear Creek!
  • 537. Posted by Julie Donald on June 3rd, 2017 at 2:05 p.m.
    i have always loved needle work (sewing, knitting, cross stitch, needlepoint) but when my daughter started quilting at age 8 with one of her best friends I switched my passion to quilting!
  • 538. Posted by Myrtle Wright on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:56 p.m.
    My mother mad my clothes (wedding dress included) as I was growing up. She taught me to sew at an early age and built my love for all things fabric. After I retired, I taught myself quilting. Saddest part was not being able to share it with Mom.
  • 539. Posted by Theresa M Bush on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:53 p.m.
    My Great Grandmother started me sewing when I was 6 years old. She had me making Barbie clothes with French seams and embroidering simple designs. She insisted that the back be as neat as the front! To this day, and I am going to be 61 soon, I still have to have the back as neatly done as the front of my work. I am now starting my 4 year old granddaughter, Piper, on sewing...we just got my Grand Mother's treadle machine, the same one I started on so Piper will have an easy machine to work with. Hopefully, in years to come she will enjoy sewing as much as I do.
  • 540. Posted by Patti Serenko on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.
    My grandmother first amazed me with her treacle sewing machine. I dabbled through the years on my own doing small projects and basic simple sewing . I took my first quilting class three years ago and have been obsessed ever since. I am especially inspired by Donna Sheri, a fellow quilter who has helped me so much.
  • 541. Posted by Janice Regier on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew . I sewed many of my school clothes . She quilted late on and my interest came from her .I first quilted in junior high school and love it still. Thank You
  • 542. Posted by Janice Regier on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:31 p.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew . I sewed many of my school clothes . She quilted late on and my interest came from her .I first quilted in junior high school and love it still. Thank You
  • 543. Posted by Janice Regier on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew . I sewed many of my school clothes . She quilted late on and my interest came from her .I first quilted in junior high school and love it still. Thank You
  • 544. Posted by Janice Regier on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew . I sewed many of my school clothes . She quilted late on and my interest came from her .I first quilted in junior high school and love it still. Thank You
  • 545. Posted by Kathy Marks on June 3rd, 2017 at 12:51 p.m.
    My home ec teacher Mrs. Foote encouraged me to sew in 6th grade. I was hooked. Sewed my doll clothes, then my clothes and my son's clothes. I started quilting in 1979 by making a quilt for my dad from a pattern in a Georgia Bonesteel book. Have been quilting ever since. Love it!
  • 546. Posted by MJBurns on June 3rd, 2017 at 12:49 p.m.
    My mother inspired me to sew as a young teen and I went on the do many garments. Later I started quilting and 'inspired' her to start quilting. We now do similar projects and BOMs. She still does a lot of garments from "quilt" blocks.
  • 547. Posted by Connie Bogner on June 3rd, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.
    I have taught myself, I watch any tutorial that I find and I aways learn something new. Now I am in to more advanced quilting and I love it, there is hardly a day that goes by that I don't spend some time in my sewing room. I like your site and enjoy your patterns that you share. Thank You.
  • 548. Posted by Diane Arcouette on June 3rd, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.
    I got interested in quilting when I inherited a quilt that belonged to my great-grandmother. It dates back to the 1900s. I talked my sister to take a quilting class with me and we have been making quilts ever since.
  • 549. Posted by Suzanne Eddleman on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.
    I learned to be crafty from my mother. We made all sorts of projects together when I was a kid including hand sewing. I didn't start quilting until a year ago after watching Jenny Doan. She makes it look easy!
  • 550. Posted by Ilene Schur on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:39 a.m.
    I had always liked sewing, but my mother was a knitter, so that's what I did. However, after both my daughters were at college, I saw a quilting class at my local senior center. And I have been happily quilting ever after.
  • 551. Posted by Ilene Schur on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.
    I had always liked sewing, but my mother was a knitter, so that's what I did. However, after both my daughters were at college, I saw a quilting class at my local senior center. And I have been happily quilting ever after.
  • 552. Posted by Ilene Schur on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.
    I had always liked sewing, but my mother was a knitter, so that's what I did. However, after both my daughters were at college, I saw a quilting class at my local senior center. And I have been happily quilting ever after.
  • 553. Posted by Lindsay Rodems on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.
    My Aunt inspired me to quilt after she started and quickly made beautiful quilts and gifts. My first baby was the perfect inspiration for my first quilt.
  • 554. Posted by Ilene Schur on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.
    I had always liked sewing, but my mother was a knitter, so that's what I did. However, after both my daughters were at college, I saw a quilting class at my local senior center. And I have been happily quilting ever after.
  • 555. Posted by Wendy Forland on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.
    My mother and sisters helped me learn to sew garments when I was young. I made my own gown for my senior prom. I learned to love quilting because of my husband's aunt. She was a sweet, happy lady who taught me to quilt, beginning with hand quilting.
  • 556. Posted by Pam Armstrong on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
    My inspiration came from a long standing family tradition.
  • 557. Posted by Linda Smiley on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.
    I was inspired to start sewing because my grandmother would make me drawstring bags from her scraps for my jacks. Then she would play jacks with me!
  • 558. Posted by Carol on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.
    My interest in sewing was first encouraged by my Mom when I was 8 or 9 years old. I joined 4H a few years later, which further fueled my passion, and taught me more techniques. Even though I began with garments, quilting was inevitable. By the time I was 30, crafty friends and co-workers had prompted me to focus on quilts as much as clothing.
  • 559. Posted by Melba Beisley on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.
    I learned how to quilt 5 years ago. A group of girls from high school got together to learn to quilt. Our main objective was to make a quilt for a fellow classmate (class if 1978) who was diagnosed with cancer. Some of this group were friendly in school and some of us hardly knew each other. Since then we have made two additional quilts (a woman's and a men's) that are traveling all over the country to all our classmates along with journals to document our lives. It seems our graduating class is closer now then in 1978. I personally have not stopped quilting since.
  • 560. Posted by KT on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:13 a.m.
    When I was young I found a sunbonnet sue quilt in the closet and insisted on putting it on my bed--turns out my grandmother had made it for my mom. I used that until my mother took a quilting class and made me my own quilt.
  • 561. Posted by Debra P Dingler on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.
    I remember when I was young Mom always had a quilt hanging from the ceiling. There would be quilting parties and my Aunts and mom's friends would quilt. The toddlers would play under the suspended quilt frame. Miss those days.
  • 562. Posted by Barbara Cook on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:59 a.m.
    As far back as I can remember I have been sewing. I spent a lot of time with my grandmothers learning how to sew and bake. When I was 7 or 8 I got my first sewing machine and I still have it. I made my first quilt after high school and made changes to the pattern to make it my own. About 10 years ago met Janet who became a very close friend. I was ready to start another quilt at that time and she took me under her wing and pushed me to get another quilt made. It didn't take long to finish that quilt or to become hooked on quilting; it seemed like overnight I had a new sewing machine, a stash of fabric, patterns and lots of tools. Quilting is now my therapy, whether I am creating a new quilt project or taking stock of my supplies, I am able to unwind and relax .
  • 563. Posted by Doris Pelkey on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:55 a.m.
    My mother wanted to learn to quilt, her favorite pattern was the Log Cabin. She never learned. In her memory I learned and my first quilt was a wallhanging Log Cabin. I wish she'd known how easily her dream could have become reality.
  • 564. Posted by Kathleen Smith on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.
    My Grandmother from Loup City Nebraska always quilted beautifully and all by hand, my mom now quilts using all the latest techniques and dyes her own fabric. Im just beginning but already find it so pleasurable to work with such beautiful fabrics and patterns and learn new and fascinating art techniques from all the quilt artists out there. I love the fact that there is always going to be new things to learn in this field, just as in Science there is infinite variety in the search for beauty and wellness. Kathy Smith, Clinical Scientist.
  • 565. Posted by Cheryl Payne on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.
    My love of quilting started with my grandmother! I still have the quilt she made me when I was a young child. I found a strip pieced quilt pattern in a magazine and it just called to me to make it! It was my first and I am still going strong!
  • 566. Posted by Roberta on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.
    I come from several generations of quilters and my mother taught all her 3 daughters to sew at a young age. I probably made my first wearable at age 12.
  • 567. Posted by Kathy Howard on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.
    I started quilting when we found quilt blocks that my great grandmother started. I wanted to finish them.
  • 568. Posted by Kathy Howard on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.
    I started when I was 55. I always wanted to try. I never was a sewer. But when we found some stated quilt bolts, I took it as a sign. So off I went and it has been great fun.
  • 569. Posted by LINDA FICKLING on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:41 a.m.
    MY MOTHER...
  • 570. Posted by Diann Jones on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:37 a.m.
    My Mother and Grandmother taught me to sew, using a Singer treadle machine. I have that machine in my home today. Every time I walk past it, it makes me think of them and how grateful I am that I learned such a wonderful skill.
  • 571. Posted by Linda Grell on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.
    My daughter in law is wo got me back to sewing. I sewed for years but had never tried to quilt, my dad was sick and I wanted to make him a quilt, I asked her to do it and she said no you can with my help. I did it and he loved it, to this day when I want to be by my dad I just wrap up in it. It took me a year to wash it because I didn't want to lose his sent. I love quilting very much.
  • 572. Posted by Cindy Bacon on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.
    My Grandmother was my quilting inspiration. With a discovered box full of bow tie blocks. 96 to be exact. the push to get it completed before she passed away was the push for my love of quilting.
  • 573. Posted by Carol Carlson on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.
    Unlike many quilters, it is my daughter who is teaching me how to quilt! I taught her basic sewing when she was in high school and college. Now it is her turn to tutor her mother. My daughter is amazing and patient. She also is a problem - because she encourages me to buy more beautiful fabric. I am enjoying your new fall lines. Our sewing times together are a blessing.
  • 574. Posted by Catherine Jones on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:23 a.m.
    Although I always made garments for the family, as I had more birthdays, it was increasingly harder to fit my body. I started working at a fabric store and decided it was easier to sew for a bed than for the body-so the journey began
  • 575. Posted by Christine on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:19 a.m.
    My Aunt Evabell made a simple quilt for my daughter that I loved. I figured I could do that and made many baby quilts. I picked up quilting again about five years ago and love to make special quilts for family and friends.
  • 576. Posted by Rae Whitehead on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:16 a.m.
    Like so many others, my mother taught me to sew when I was very young. I 'caught' the quilting bug when I went to a craft show and saw the most wonderful quilts displayed. I wish I had started decades ago but love making special quilts for special people, family and friends.
  • 577. Posted by Robin on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
    My grandma taught me to sew when I was in elementary school. By third grade I was making my own gathered skirts. As far as quilting, I remember her quilting from a very early age and she would let me stitch too.....hand-stitched quilts. I still finish my quilts by hand-quilting.
  • 578. Posted by Robin on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.
    My grandma taught me to sew when I was in elementary school. By third grade I was making my own gathered skirts. As far as quilting, I remember her quilting from a very early age and she would let me stitch too.....hand-stitched quilts. I still finish my quilts by hand-quilting.
  • 579. Posted by Deanna Small on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.
    My Grandmother inspired me to learn to quilt but a good friend later taught me how. I have never looked back! It's in my blood and I don't know where I would be if I didn't have quilting in my life.
  • 580. Posted by Renee g on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.
    Have always been happy with everthing i have ordered . My grandmother was my inspiration
  • 581. Posted by Cindy Beam on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:05 a.m.
    My sister visited me when I lived in Salt Lake City, in 2013 . She just had to visit a quilt store in Sandy while she was with me. It was so much fun helping her find fabrics I signed up for classes, bought a sewing machine and have been quilting ever since.
  • 582. Posted by Jan Kreger on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.
    I bought my own sewing machine when I was 15. ( still have it) and planned on making quilts from the start. As you can imagine at 15, life happened and I did not make my first quilt until I was 50. A late bloomer but I enjoy the peacefulness of a running sewing machine.
  • 583. Posted by Sue Pilutti on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.
    My mother showed me how to use a treadle machine and later how to sew clothing. I self-taught myself to quilt using patterns and magazines.
  • 584. Posted by spatch on June 3rd, 2017 at 10:02 a.m.
    I was a teenager who loved clothes and loved looking at the pattern books at our five-and-dime. I took my first sewing class at a Singer store and loved it!!
  • 585. Posted by Lynda Hermann on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.
    My grandmother was a fabulous sewist - but didn't work on quilts. My best friend of 40+ years is a quilter and I got the bug from her - we seem to enable each other into buying fabric and patterns - or should I say support? (smile)
  • 586. Posted by Jean Weness on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.
    My great grandmother was a quilter in England. Although I never met her, I have the whole cloth quilt she made for my grandmother's wedding in Wisconsin in 1912 along with the paper patterns she used for the designs. Quilting is definitely part of my heritage and I'm passing it on!
  • 587. Posted by Elaine on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:51 a.m.
    My mom, both gramas, and 2 older sisters all sewed. My paternal gramas was a quilter. Natural progression, and I received a beautiful grandmothers flower garden for my wedding, totally done by hand!
  • 588. Posted by Tara A on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.
    My great-grandmothers inspired me to sew. I have lovely quilts made by three of the four. I learned as an adult at the local quilt shop. I had always wanted to learn, so once I was out on my own, I set out to do it. Now I display my quilts with my great-grandmothers'.
  • 589. Posted by Tonya Morton on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
    My friend Paula talked me into joining her in a double Irish chain class. I didn't even own a machine, but she loaned me her Janome. We quilt together every Friday in her wonderful sewing room with 3 others. We have a good time and call ourselves the Sew Sews.
  • 590. Posted by Carol E Cowan on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.
    My husbands battery commander welcomed me to the unit as a new bride with an intro to quilt book and my first invite to a quilt guild. This same year her first quilt entry at the Houston International Quilt Show - hand stitch/hand quilted, dedicated in receiving her American citizenship from France won a ribbon. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed my life with quilting and the guilds wherever my husbands duty station takes us! Est.1985.
  • 591. Posted by Gail K on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    My grandmother was the seamstress in our family. Though my mom could sew she did it mostly from necessity. I suppose I was inspired by both of these lovely ladies. My first project was sewn on my grandmother's treadle but I soon graduated to my mom's electric kenmore.
  • 592. Posted by Martha on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    I have to say it was my first born child. I was so excited to finally become pregnant that I wanted to do everything for this child. I had walked into a craft store and they were going to have a baby quilt class. After that I was hooked. My son now lives in Paris but he took a quilt with him. I told him when he wrapped himself in the quilt it was me giving him a hug.
  • 593. Posted by Cynthia Lanahan on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    I began sewing with my mother and my grandmother when I was about 4. I sewed garments and home decor. Then, in 1985, I took my first quilting class.
  • 594. Posted by Kathy Climer on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.
    I was taught to sew by my great-grandmother to make doll clothes. Later in school I made my clothes. After I married I moved overseas 3 times and had to teach myself to quilt. I now make quilts for babies and wedding presents.
  • 595. Posted by Laurie Smith on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:21 a.m.
    I taught myself how to sew when I first got married. I made clothes, dolls, and Halloween costumes for the children, and items for my home. I made time for sewing when I could and continued working on projects when time allowed. I also taught my daughters how to sew so they could work on projects themselves. Now that they are grown I have time to work on my quilting.
  • 596. Posted by janet on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:19 a.m.
    i learned to sew on an old treadle machine that my mom picked up on the curb on "junk" day. i made clothes for my barbies. back in the day we had home ec in middle school after that there was no stopping me...clothes for work, outfits for my boys, and quilting...it has always been a part of my life...and by the way...i still have that treadle machine...i am looking at it now :). thanks for the generous give-a-way
  • 597. Posted by Carole on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:19 a.m.
    Both my grandma and my mom were wonderful seamstresses. I was too 'cool' to sit and learn from them. Now years later how I regret those choices. I'm mostly a self-taught quilter fueled by the desire to be proficient at the sewing machine like the wonderful women of my past!
  • 598. Posted by Carol on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.
    I must thank a woman who's name is Shirley for introducing me to quilting. We started working together in 1985 and the rest is history. She was so inspirational and encouraging. I can't thank her enough.
  • 599. Posted by Gloria Galiana on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.
    I started sewing as a child making doll clothes on a toy sewing machine. I took home ec in high school and started making clothes for myself and continued that through most of my adult life. I started quilting in 2009 and haven't looked back. I'm retired now and quilting even more.
  • 600. Posted by Arlene S on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.
    My husbands grandmother taught he how to sew when I was pregnant with our first child. She taught he how to sew cloth diapers. My love of sewing has blossomed from there and now I sew clothes and quilt! It's wonderful to see a finished project and know it's one of a kind!
  • 601. Posted by Lori h on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:13 a.m.
    My grandma taught me the basics, and got the love for quilting started. She took her grandkids in 2s each summer for 2 week visits. She taught my cousin aND I something new each summer. Big needle crafts never stuck with me like knitting and cro het. However, quilting, cross stitch and embroidery did--especially the quilting, which consumes my time now.
  • 602. Posted by Judy Strong on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:10 a.m.
    My mother inspired me to sew. She stitched most of my clothing, along with my sister's, when we were growing up. Her creative talent rubbed off on me!
  • 603. Posted by Duane Wiley on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:03 a.m.
    Even as a very small child I remember my Great Grandmother's triddel sewing machine that made little dresses for me. My grandmother too was a sewer and I spent lots of time with her. (The sewing gene must have skipped my mom because I never remember her sewing anything.) I sewed clothes for myself growing up, for my children, and now I mostly sew quilts with other little things I like. I just love it!
  • 604. Posted by Lorri on June 3rd, 2017 at 9:01 a.m.
    I wanted doll clothes for my one arm doll. My brother broke it off right when I got the doll. I was 5 years old and did alot of sewing by hand then. Mom did let me start on a treadle machine shortly after that, now there is nothing I will not make- that list is long and very extensive.
  • 605. Posted by Linda Doerfler on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.
    Like most people my age, I was inspired by my Mother to sew, but by my Grandmother to quilt. Over the years I made lots of quilts but until I retired and joined the guild, I really was not aware of all the finer techniques and tricks.
  • 606. Posted by Mildred Yost on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.
    My mother took meals to an elderly neighbor, this woman could,t walk but she did quilt and sew. Mrs Wilkinson got me interested in sewing and quilting. After that I was in a 4H sewing club. Haven't stopped sewing since. That was 56 years ago.
  • 607. Posted by Rachel on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
    My mom started quilting because she wanted to do something with the leftovers from a pattern that called for way too much fabric. She later taught me (and all of my high school friends ^_~ ) to quilt - on her machine and from her stash. Now I have my own machine and a stash that is at least twice as big. ;P
  • 608. Posted by Chris Johnson on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:46 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew, and, even though she didn't quilt, she passed family quilts down to my mom who passed them to me. They are mostly from the 1930s (I especially love my mom's doll quilt made by an aunt!), and, consequently, I LOVE the '30's reproduction fabric and enjoy making quilts from my sizeable stash!
  • 609. Posted by Karen Oetken on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.
    After retirement, I had time to learn stain glass but didn't know anyone to teach me. My sisters encouraged me to take up quilting instead. The fabrics are my stained glass colors.
  • 610. Posted by Linda Parillo on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.
    My Mom taught me the basics of sewing but that was clothing I always wanted more that that and I took a quilting class as a twenty something year old and was hooked ever since. It is my favorite hobby by far!
  • 611. Posted by Christine spencer on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.
    I love to sew, did sewing in factories, and have been hooked since, have grown children and grandchildren, I work full time, so limited on sewing time, love the artistry of it and the finished work.
  • 612. Posted by Karen on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:38 a.m.
    My grandmother was a seamstress when I grew up around her. Even though she did not have the luxury of sewing Quilts, she somehow "gifted" me with a love of handwork and fabric. She showed me by example how rewarding it is to do a good job. She would say "the back should always look as good as the front", and I have never forgotten that!
  • 613. Posted by Janice Grandle on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.
    Knowing that I did not quilt, my mother left me a box of 26 hand pieced squares and the fabric for sashing and cornerstones, along with a note of instruction ending in the final instruction to "Have fun!" I am now retired and have started to follow all if her quilting advice!
  • 614. Posted by JoAnn West on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.
    I started sewing my own Barbie clothes when I was 9 or 10. By age 14,I was sewing all my own clothes. I had a great home ec teacher who taught me to sew in the 7th grade. By age 21, I was sewing clothes for others, including a tuxedo for a little boy who was a ring bearer in a friend's wedding. I burned out on garment sewing and didn't sew for 20 years. I then discovered quilting. I've been quilting for several years now and just love it.
  • 615. Posted by Lucile Padgett on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.
    I have sewn all my life, but never quilted. Thirteen years ago my daughter gave me, and herself, a quilt class at our local community college. I was hooked. She went on to have babies, my precious grandchildren, and I continued to quilt! I will be forever grateful to her for giving me that class.
  • 616. Posted by Marie Chesney on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.
    My mom inspired me to start sewing. She could make anything from clothing to quilts to curtains. She is also awesome at furniture rehab. She taught me not to be afraid of fabric or the sewing machine. Thanks Mom!
  • 617. Posted by Jeanne Antha on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.
    My best friend in grade school had a grandmother who loved to stitch. She taught us to embroider, and we hand sewed an apron. It sparked an interest in creating things with fabric, and I made my first quilt for my daughter when she graduated from high school.
  • 618. Posted by Kelly Wicklund on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.
    I fell in love with a quilt I found in a magazine. That got me started on my way.
  • 619. Posted by Sherri Wright on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:13 a.m.
    I got into quilting when I was about 12 years old. My mother sewed all my clothes and hers and some of my dad's shirts. So sewing was part of my life. I started with a 9-patch (which I'm finally getting put together in a quilt. Had a huge stack of 9-patches but never did anything till now. I'm 70 and still quilting.
  • 620. Posted by Patricia Vastine on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:10 a.m.
    all the women in my family sewed but I don't think any of them actually taught me to sew, it was just absorbed. My Mother had an old treadle machine and I used that to sew on before I even got out of grade school. I have a great love of fabric and the magic it can do.
  • 621. Posted by Sandra Melton on June 3rd, 2017 at 8:03 a.m.
    My grandmother took us to work on occasion as she worked in a sewing factory in San Francisco Chinatown. We got to ride in canvas cloth bins filled with fabric . They had wheels and were lined up in a roomy basement so we made our own fun. At night we would help her turn and iron the collars of the Hawaiian shirts she would make and get a penny for each one we completed. The place was always filled with the hum of sewing machines and all the ladies chatting away while working. Think of her fondly as I complete a quilt and wonder if she would be proud of my sewing abilities!
  • 622. Posted by Barabara Sikich on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:59 a.m.
    My mom, Jessie Paeth, let me start sewing barbie clothes when I was six. I think back and appreciate the time she took to help me learn to love sewing. I started quilting when I had children. I have a love affair with fabric!
  • 623. Posted by Sheri Bisbee on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:59 a.m.
    Started sewing in high school in the 1970's. Did not start to quilt until 2013 at 57 years old.
  • 624. Posted by Samra Chavez on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    My Great grandmother was a hand quilter! I always loved seeing all the quilts she made. My Mother was my inspiration for sewing though.
  • 625. Posted by betty Drake on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.
    My Grandmother inspired me to start sewing at age 4 or 5. I got to use her scraps to make doll clothes. By High School I was making all my clothes, including hats, suits, coats and bathing suits. Over the years I continued to sew my clothes, children clothes and costumes. I love to make Heirloom Christening Dresses. I started quilting when I retired and wanted to make my grandchildren quilts. My friends in Undercover Quilters Quilt Guild have inspired me to try lots of new thing.
  • 626. Posted by Karen Maloley on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.
    My mother and grandmother inspired me to learn to sew. I remember at a very young age sitting with my grandmother as she showed me how to hand sew four-patch blocks. My mother sewed most of my clothes and she taught me to do so as soon as I was old enough to use the sewing machine.
  • 627. Posted by Linda Ray on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:33 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to quilt. She made quilts from scraps in a box that someone had given her. I always wanted to make quilts, and saved scraps from clothing I made. I didn't realize you couldn't use polyester. I never started making quilts until in my 40's. I am now addicted.
  • 628. Posted by Jodi Renwick on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
    First starting sewing because my mother sewed/made our clothes. I didn't really enjoy making clothes but started to make quilts instead. Haven't stopped since.
  • 629. Posted by Cindy M on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:26 a.m.
    I began sewing when I was a child, making dresses for my Barbie dolls. Over the years I was forever making things and gifting them to friends and family. I began quilting in earnest when my 28yr old son passed, making quilts/throws and donating in his memory. He was always making sure other less fortunate were cared for, this is my way of keeping his memory alive and carrying on his loving traditions.
  • 630. Posted by Amy Rothrock on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:24 a.m.
    My maternal grandmother was a seamstress with her own dress shop during the Depression. She supported her family during those trying times, as my grandfather couldn't find work. She coached me with my sewing, starting when I was in junior high school. She always there to answer questions or show me how to do things, but let me explore and learn from my mistakes. I didn't start quilting until after she died. I wish I could show her some of my creations. I think she would be impressed!
  • 631. Posted by Linda Brooks on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:22 a.m.
    After I retired from my REAL job, I worked at a retail craft/quilting store for fun. We had a fantastic beginning quilting teacher named Louise who was patient, creative, thorough and encouraging who taught me the tools, tricks, and techniques of quilt making....and I haven't stopped since!!!
  • 632. Posted by Christine Hubert on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    My inspiration and love for sewing is because of my Grandmother. I learned to sew by sitting on her lap when I was about 4. She would work the treadle machine while I pushed the fabric through. She was an amazing person. My love of sewing has only grown stronger the older I get. I am now teaching my granddaughters how to sew. I also was in 4H where I learned the fine art of making clothes. Today I am a part of a group of ladies who do lots of charity work like the Quilts of Valor and Days for Girls International Feminine Hygiene Program.
  • 633. Posted by Nancy Jo Marsden on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:18 a.m.
    I remember playing with cardboard stencils, as a child, when visiting an aunt. There were 3 generations of quilters in my father's family. I took my first class when I moved to a new location & wanted to meet new friends. 30 years later, I'm more productive than ever, making quilts for family & charity.
  • 634. Posted by Cindy Brunson on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:18 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to quilt. She was always making beautiful hand quilted quilts for all the kids and grandkids for special occasions. When I graduated from college with my teaching degree she had hand appliquéd a green quilt with bright red apples for me. 18 years later I still sleep under that quilt nightly. One summer I decided it was time to learn to pass on her legacy. She is still with us, but due to age, she isn't able to quilt any longer. She handed me down all of her quilting books and supplies and I just finished a baby quilt for my second grandchild using some of her tools and a lot of her advice.
  • 635. Posted by Nancy Jo Marsden on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:18 a.m.
    I remember playing with cardboard stencils, as a child, when visiting an aunt. There were 3 generations of quilters in my father's family. I took my first class when I moved to a new location & wanted to meet new friends. 30 years later, I'm more productive than ever, making quilts for family & charity.
  • 636. Posted by Nancy Jo Marsden on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:16 a.m.
    I remember playing with cardboard stencils, as a child, when visiting an aunt. There were 3 generations of quilters in my father's family. I took my first class when I moved to a new location & wanted to meet new friends. 30 years later, I'm more productive than ever, making quilts for family & charity.
  • 637. Posted by Kristina Heili on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:15 a.m.
    High school home economics is where I started sewing and loved every aspect of it. I sewed clothing and home deco projects over the next 25 years. My demanding career then took over, allowing no time for sewing until I fully retired 4 years ago. Then my sewing enthusiasm started sprouting again, but I didn't want to go back into sewing clothing, so looked elsewhere. I discovered beautiful vintage quilts at antique shows, began buying them and burned with desire to create them myself. So, I started quilting about 2 years ago, learning the tricks of the trade through books, magazines, online tutorials and local classes. I may be a newbie; but I dove in deep!
  • 638. Posted by Myrna on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.
    A neighbor taught me to sew 60 years ago. I made many clothes for me and my sister with a machine from my grandmother.
  • 639. Posted by Martha Plante on June 3rd, 2017 at 7:02 a.m.
    My Aunt Stella came from PA to visit, with an extra suitcase with a quilt in it. She had mailed my Dad instructions on building sawhorses to hold the quilt frame, and we quilted the quilt while she was in WI. She left it for me.
  • 640. Posted by Kathie Weatherford on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.
    My mother and grandmother were always quilting. I started when i moved away from home.
  • 641. Posted by Mary Jo Spellerberg on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:39 a.m.
    I took sewing in high school. My grandmother was always sewing and quilting so she was my influence. My sister started quilting a couple years ago and got me interested. I still only do pretty simple patterns, but I love the creating and knowing that the quilts I donate to veterans and soldiers makes a difference. My goal is for all my kids and grands to have their own special quilt made by me.
  • 642. Posted by Deb ollanketo on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:32 a.m.
    My mom is my inspiration. I remember her sewing as long as I can recall.
  • 643. Posted by Jo on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:31 a.m.
    I started sewing in 7th grade but did not start quilting until my best friend introduced me to it years later!
  • 644. Posted by Rita Radil on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.
    My mother always made the dresses my sister and I wore. It marveled me how she could take material, cut it up and make beautiful dresses. When I became a teenager she made me take Home Economics throughout high school and she also would sit and teach me sewing techniques. My mother was killed in a car accident when I was 19 years old. I now have her 1955 Singer Sewing machine. I made many clothes for my children and now my grandchildren. I am also a quilter and I owe it all to my mother.
  • 645. Posted by suzanne coyner on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:28 a.m.
    How wonderful that you would do this giveaway! Thanks and if I'm selected I hope to share my goodies with a few of my friends who are newer to quilting, to help them build their stash and collection!
  • 646. Posted by Barbara Smith on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:09 a.m.
    My mom was a quilter and I wanted to be able to make quilts as she had done. My most treasured quilt is one she made that included a dress I wore in 2nd grade. I am 72 now! Love it.
  • 647. Posted by Katy Bradley on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:05 a.m.
    My aunt made quilts for years. They were so beautiful. I I knew that some day I would love making some like hers. She passed away and I "took up the mantle." It brings me such joy to work on each one of them.
  • 648. Posted by Joanne Larson on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:03 a.m.
    I learned to sew in High School Home Ec...took classes all the way thru tailoring. Started quilting when I turned 60 and first pattern was Turning Twenty. I was scared to dearh because it seemed so complicated and I didn't quite know how to cut the fabric requirements!
  • 649. Posted by A Clark on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:49 a.m.
    I started quilting when my second son was born 24 years ago so I have to say he and his older brother were my inspirations for starting quilting. I wanted to make a "real" quilt for my babies. It continues to be a great quilting journey!
  • 650. Posted by Jane Handy on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:49 a.m.
    I learnes to sew in Home Economics class in High School! Thank you Mrs.Cunningham!
  • 651. Posted by S. Brewer on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:42 a.m.
    I had seen quilts, once at a museum showing, in my grandmother's drawers, etc but never knew how to start. I told my friend Cathy that when I retire I'm going to take lessons. Well, she said why wait? She had a friend who was helping her and she would help me, too! And so she did and I'm hooked!
  • 652. Posted by Laurie Rainford on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:02 a.m.
    My mother and grandmother were my inspiration to initially start sewing when I was probably 10 years old. Started with 4-H and home ec classes in junior high school. I made all my dance and prom dresses, also my wedding dress. My mom wanted me to learn to quilt when my 2 children were still at home but I felt I had no time. Years later a coworker and friend took me to her church group where I learned to make a rag quilt. Been quilting ever since. It's my stress reliever and creative outlet. Love every minute of it! I've never met so many wonderful people as quilters!
  • 653. Posted by Perri Ann Kaufman on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:01 a.m.
    My grandmother and my favorite aunt quilted and I loved the things they created and so wanted to be able to create beautiful things to give to those I loved like them. Quilting brings me great joy and peace.
  • 654. Posted by Sheilah on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:57 a.m.
    Sewing must be in my dna...I remember as a small child, sitting on a blanket in the front yard, hand-stitching clothes for my Barbie doll. My aunt came to stay with me for a summer and she started me on hand embroidery. I love to learn new techniques.
  • 655. Posted by Lu Rae Smith on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:47 a.m.
    My Mother was my inspiration to learn how to quilt. She has taught me so many things over the years.
  • 656. Posted by Lu Rae Smith on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:46 a.m.
    My Mother was my inspiration to learn how to quilt. She has taught me so many things over the years.
  • 657. Posted by Cheryl McGovern on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:32 a.m.
    My beginning is pretty interesting! I grew up watching my mom sew. She always loved it and always had a sewing room. I was avid about never sewing. When I was in my early 40's, a friend wanted to learn to sew....I told her my mom taught at the local quilt shop. She said she really wanted to go, but wanted me to take the class with her. I did, and was hooked! My entire house is now a sewing room, and my mom and I spend all the time we can quilting together! What a blessing!
  • 658. Posted by Meredith Brooks on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:10 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew on her Singer treadle machine, and to stitch by hand when I was around 10 I think. She was a really talented lady, who made me the most beautiful Christmas ornaments each year, which I treasure greatly. She started me quilting, and making my own Christmas decorations around 30 years ago.
  • 659. Posted by Judith Campo on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:01 p.m.
    My Mom inspired me to sew. She used to make most all of my clothes when I was a little girl. She was making clothes for Barbie type dolls when I was in grammar school for our school bazaar. I eventually convinced her when I was in high school to let me start learning how by making my own hair bands that tied (back in the late 60's) as long as I sewed straight lines. I eventually progressed on my own to other things. We both took a paper piecing class (which neither of us had done before) at our local quilt store for several months almost two years ago. We also knit, crochet and sew for our local Project Linus chapter.
  • 660. Posted by Pam Dixon on June 2nd, 2017 at 10:20 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to quilt when I was seven years old! It seems like I have always quilted! I am already signed up for your newsletter! Thank you for the chance to win!
  • 661. Posted by Arlene Bergstrom on June 2nd, 2017 at 9:52 p.m.
    My Mother always quilted but I had little interest. When she passed away, I decided to carry on her tradition of presenting a quilt for each grandchild that graduated from high school.. In my case, I made quilts for my nieces and nephews. It is a great family tradition, and keeps their Grandmother alive in their hearts
  • 662. Posted by Arlene Bergstrom on June 2nd, 2017 at 9:50 p.m.
    My Mother always quilted but I had little interest. When she passed away, I decided to carry on her tradition of presenting a quilt for each grandchild that graduated from high school.. In my case, I made quilts for my nieces and nephews. It is a great family tradition, and keeps their Grandmother alive in their hearts
  • 663. Posted by Amanda on June 2nd, 2017 at 9:03 p.m.
    When I was 12 I decided I could not wait for my mother to start a new outfit. While she was at work, I read the pattern and figured it all out on my own. I wish I had kept that orange shortall! A year later I was sewing clothing for friends and constructing lined garments. Inspiration? Probably my impatience!
  • 664. Posted by Lisa Jo VonAllmen on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:37 p.m.
    I've been inspired to quilt from so many talented quilters out there in magazines and on the internet. I am always looking for simple stunning quilt ideas.
  • 665. Posted by Angie on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew and gave me her scraps to piece together--there are no words to describe a quilt made of double knot polyester!
  • 666. Posted by Tamara on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:01 p.m.
    My mom was definitely my crafty inspiration. She was a very talented sewist, making many of my clothes, but she never quilted. Unfortunately, she never got to teach me to sew but when I turned 40 I took a learn to quilt class to honour her and her crafty influence on my life.
  • 667. Posted by Nancy on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my mom when I was about 5, beginning with buttons and embroidery, then moving to doll clothes and eventually to clothes for me. My mom was not a quilter but she made quilts. I remember her and my grandmother hand quilting Dresden Plate quilts for my sister and me.
  • 668. Posted by Sandy Brown on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:46 p.m.
    My mother-in-law helped me quilt my first quilt. (I saw the pattern grandmother's flower garden in a magazine) and she helped me make it!
  • 669. Posted by Sandy Brown on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:43 p.m.
    My mother-in-law helped me quilt my first quilt. (I saw the pattern grandmother's flower garden in a magazine) and she helped me make it!
  • 670. Posted by Sandy Brown on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:42 p.m.
    My mother-in-law helped me quilt my first quilt. (I saw the pattern grandmother's flower garden in a magazine) and she helped me make it!
  • 671. Posted by Sandy Brown on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:41 p.m.
    My mother-in-law helped me quilt my first quilt. (I saw the pattern grandmother's flower garden in a magazine) and she helped me make it!
  • 672. Posted by Judith King on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:39 p.m.
    My mother inspired me. She sewed for her six children trying to make the dollar go farther. I sew for enjoyment and joy of making something for others.
  • 673. Posted by Joy Meetis on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:33 p.m.
    I have a few family members that quilt and sew and I always admired them for that. I am very happy to join them by quilting and sharing with my kids and nieces to keep the tradition going.
  • 674. Posted by Lynette Wilson on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    My mother taught and inspired my love for sewing.
  • 675. Posted by Patricia Swanson on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:29 p.m.
    My mother was very talented and loved to do many crafts - she loved to sew and taught all 4 of her daughters to enjoy making things by sewing. We sewed clothes for our dolls, for ourselves and as gifts. No material went to waste at our house. We all have continued that love.
  • 676. Posted by Patricia Swanson on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:28 p.m.
    My mother was very talented and loved to do many crafts - she loved to sew and taught all 4 of her daughters to enjoy making things by sewing. We sewed clothes for our dolls, for ourselves and as gifts. No material went to waste at our house. We all have continued that love.
  • 677. Posted by Brenda Pedersen on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:10 p.m.
    My great - grandmother inspired (and taught) me tho sew when I was only 4. Sewing is my therapy!
  • 678. Posted by Jamie McDole on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:53 p.m.
    My mother inspired me. She was always in her sewing room b
  • 679. Posted by Holly on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:52 p.m.
    My younger sister always gave me such lovely quilted gifts that I decided I had to try. I am still a beginner, but love to try different projects.
  • 680. Posted by Jamie McDole on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:51 p.m.
    My mother inspired me. She was always in her sewing room working on one project or another.
  • 681. Posted by Linda Gidden on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:40 p.m.
    When I was first married, we didn't have much money. My husband bought me a sewing machine so I could make my clothes and clothes for our children. I mostly taught myself. Back then there was no UTube, etc.. I didn't start quilting until I was 62 and I love it.
  • 682. Posted by Sally on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:27 p.m.
    My Mom started me as she made beautiful quilts for a lot of the relatives and their children.
  • 683. Posted by Mary Carstensen on June 2nd, 2017 at 5:25 p.m.
    I was inspired to begin sewing by my Mom. When I was young she sewed all my clothes until I was able to sew. I got into quilting because I was fascinated by the quilts that we had in our home. Some were made by my Grandmother, Aunt, and by my Mom.
  • 684. Posted by Kim on June 2nd, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.
    My Grama inspired. To quilt.
  • 685. Posted by Denise Stewart on June 2nd, 2017 at 4:31 p.m.
    My husband's grandmother inspired me to quilt. In those days she was a member of a quilting bee at the senior center and they hand quilted quilts for people. She and her group hand quilted my first bed sized quilt over 30 years ago.
  • 686. Posted by Denise Stewart on June 2nd, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.
    My husband's grandmother inspired me to quilt. In those days she was a member of a quilting bee at the senior center and they hand quilted quilts for people. She and her group hand quilted my first bed sized quilt over 30 years ago.
  • 687. Posted by Brenda Capps on June 2nd, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.
    My grandmother was a seamstress at FormFit, a bra manufacturer here in Nebraska. She made me beautiful lace bonnets from bra cups. She was always mending, or making clothes for us and my dolls. My great grandmother was a quilter. Ive done many crafts, beading, leather carving, water color painting, but quilting has become my passion and joy.
  • 688. Posted by Brenda Capps on June 2nd, 2017 at 3:58 p.m.
    My grandmother was a seamstress at FormFit, a bra manufacturer here in Nebraska. She made me beautiful lace bonnets from bra cups. She was always mending, or making clothes for us and my dolls. My great grandmother was a quilter. Ive done many crafts, beading, leather carving, water color painting, but quilting has become my passion and joy.
  • 689. Posted by Shirene Niese on June 2nd, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
    I was inspired to learn to quilt by my Grandmother Mary. She, and my gr-Aunt Anna, created many works of art, all by hand. I do not quilt by hand, although I remember fondly, peeking up over the top of their Quilting frame, and watching them stitch each tiny little stitch. I, luckily, have one of those quilts. A gift from them for my high school graduation. I cherish it and the memories attached to my quilt.
  • 690. Posted by Brenda Capps on June 2nd, 2017 at 3:56 p.m.
    My grandmother was a seamstress at FormFit, a bra manufacturer here in Nebraska. She made me beautiful lace bonnets from bra cups. She was always mending, or making clothes for us and my dolls. My great grandmother was a quilter. Ive done many crafts, beading, leather carving, water color painting, but quilting has become my passion and joy.
  • 691. Posted by Sharon K Gaddy on June 2nd, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.
    I was child #4 of 6 and learned to sew when I was 11 years old. By the time the hand-me-downs got to me they were well worn. Retirement in 2009 to me to the quilting realm
  • 692. Posted by Susan Perry on June 2nd, 2017 at 3:41 p.m.
    I sewed as a kid, but never quilted. My dear friend Carol got me quilting, a few years ago. I'm hooked!!
  • 693. Posted by Sylvia Smith on June 2nd, 2017 at 3:09 p.m.
    My grandmother first inspired me, but she passed before she could teach me. Then I moved to Texas and my neighbor across the street and I became friends and she taught me! Now we teach each other new and better ways of doing things. Thank you Dottie!
  • 694. Posted by Debi Hoover on June 2nd, 2017 at 2:29 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was a kid. But I did not start quilting until 2007. My sisters, mom and dad kept trying to get me come and sewing with them. When I finally did my sister gave me some squares and my first quilt was a trip around the world. Not very good as I had an old machine without a quarter foot. After that my mom gave me her machine with a quarter foot and now I am hooked. We still get together once a month and sew together after mom passed. It feels like she is still with us when we are together.
  • 695. Posted by Debby Klatt on June 2nd, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.
    My best friend's mother taught me to sew. I started to quilt at the age of 62 when I was stuck in our fifth wheel while my husband consulted and I was bored to death. I walked into Jackman's near St. Louis and thought I can do this and the rest is history.
  • 696. Posted by Sandy Rizzo on June 2nd, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.
    My family has multiple generations of quilters. My sister, who made me my first quilt, 30 years back, and is an active quilter today, continues to be my constant inspiration.
  • 697. Posted by Colette LeFever on June 2nd, 2017 at 2:10 p.m.
    My great grandmother taught me to sew, what inspired me was a crazy quilt that someone had made of her husband's ties when he had passed away 40+ years earlier.
  • 698. Posted by Susan Genther on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:25 p.m.
    My mother tried to teach me to sew when I was a child but I was very, very impatient. And, there was no way, ever, that I would take HomeEc in high school (a choice I have regretted for years). But, once out of high school, my mother and I got back together in front of a sewing machine and I became hooked. Now hitting my later years in life, but still an avid sewer / quilter. And, I wish my mother were still here with me to enjoy the world of fabrics the Internet has opened up. There seem to be almost no limits.
  • 699. Posted by Kath Shively on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:25 p.m.
    One summer when I was a young girl we stayed with my grandma. During that time, she hosted the quilting bee's frame and the ladies would come over once a week to work on the quilt in the frame. I was fascinated, immediately hooked, and had to 'helped' the bee ladies get it done. I took up quilting several times as an adult but didn't get serious about it until recently.
  • 700. Posted by Judy McCourry on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:25 p.m.
    I was taught sewing and hand work from my Mom and grandmothers from an early age. I used to make all my clothes. when I gave birth to my twins-my desire to quilt became intense and has not let up since. I now have 5 grandchildren and cannot find enough time to do all the quilts and projects I have planned In my brain. my best friend planted the quilting bug and it took hold!
  • 701. Posted by Marvnell Williams on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.
    Although my mother was a professional seamstress I had no interest in sewing until I was expecting my first child. I taught myself to sew and have sewn for myself and my children for over 40 years. I have dabbled in quilting since my firstborn but didn't become really interested until about 2008 when I bought a quilting machine, I have been hooked since.
  • 702. Posted by Marjorie Levitt on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:09 p.m.
    I learned to sew in highschool, and have enjoyed it ever since. Now that I've retired I have taught myself how to quilt and have been busy making quilts for children and grandchildren.
  • 703. Posted by Margie on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.
    I learned to sew in highschool, and have enjoyed it ever since. Now that I've retired I have taught myself how to quilt and have been busy making quilts for children and grandchildren.
  • 704. Posted by Beth B on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.
    My grandmother was my inspiration to sew. I enjoyed going to visit her and make small projects with her.
  • 705. Posted by Marjorie Levitt on June 2nd, 2017 at 1:03 p.m.
    I learned to sew in highschool, and have enjoyed it ever since. Now that I've retired I have taught myself how to quilt and have been busy making quilts for children and grandchildren.
  • 706. Posted by Amy MacDonald on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:54 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew, but a friend, Christine inspired me to quilt. It is her fault I have an entire back bedroom full of material and sewing stuff!!
  • 707. Posted by Amy MacDonald on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew, but a friend, Christine inspired me to quilt. It is her fault I have an entire back bedroom full of material and sewing stuff!!
  • 708. Posted by Diane Finn on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:18 p.m.
    My sister in law got me started with making quilts for charity. I love the possibilities
  • 709. Posted by Patty Sahli on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:18 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my Memere and my Girl Scout leader...they forever changed my life...so thankful for them!
  • 710. Posted by Patty Sahli on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:16 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my Memere and my Girl Scout leader...they forever changed my life...so thankful for them!
  • 711. Posted by Loree Camden on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:13 p.m.
    My Nana taught me to quilt. It was a way for us to spend time together. She would tell me family stories while she guided my fingers. Upon her death, we found a large box under her bed. I'm it was a hand-pieced flower garden quilt and a letter to me (I was her only granddaughter...all the rest were boys...haha). It was the quilt that we'd started almost 40yrs prior! Today, I swear I feel her presence when I see quilts for my own grandchildren.
  • 712. Posted by Kellie O Orlosky on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:09 p.m.
    After my Mom passed I decided I wanted to make a quilt from some of her clothes. I had sewn previously but never quilted. I started teaching myself to quilt so I could make that special Mom quilt.
  • 713. Posted by Debbie Morton on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:08 p.m.
    I learned to sew when I was in Jr High and took a Home Ec sewing course. My mom and my aunt both sewed. I have done some sewing over the years but never really stuck to it. My grandmother quilted and did quilts for all the girls in the family. My most prized possession is the one she made when I turned 13. It is ugly as sin but it is loved by all. Think 60's blues, orange, red, yellow and polyester. My grandchildren love to be under it in the winter. My aunt is also a quilter and has truly inspired me with her beautiful pieces that she has done.
  • 714. Posted by Laura Carter on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:06 p.m.
    My grandmother created quilts as graduation gifts for her 9 granddaughters - all pieced by hand , cut with scissors, around sandpaper templates.
  • 715. Posted by Sherry B on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.
    I've sewn pillows, doll dresses, etc. since I was a teenager in 4-H. But once after I was a new mom, I was in a JoAnn's in town looking for curtain fabric when two quilter friends were showing the employee their current quilting project. I listened and asked questions, and they invited me to our local quilt guild. That was what started my obsession with quilting!
  • 716. Posted by Janie on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.
    I grew up surrounded by fabric and love. My mother is a beautiful seamstress and we were the best dressed girls for miles around. Naturally I gravitated to sewing and lived quilts because they did not require fitting different body sizes. I find the touch of fabric soothing and the joy of a finished project rewarding
  • 717. Posted by Heather Scalf on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.
    I was captivated by a fabric line I saw on FB and followed the link to MSQC about a year ago and the rest is history! I have sewn a little bit in my life and I am not afraid to try new things. I love the creative aspect of quilting and it allows me to gift others with the products. A win win for me!
  • 718. Posted by Dot Bradham on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.
    Both of my Grandmothers inspired and taught me how to sew and quilt. I started learning at the age of 5 and have done sewing and quilting since then. I learned on a treadle machine.
  • 719. Posted by JoAnn on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.
    My sisters and mom
  • 720. Posted by Karen Harris on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.
    My grandma inspired me to learn how to sew. She was a 4-H leader for many, many years. I won numerous ribbons. What great memories! Thank you for making me remember :-)
  • 721. Posted by Ellen Reibling on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.
    I learned to sew at boys and girls club and then in home economics. I finally got a machine in high school. I loved to make clothes but got into quilting later.
  • 722. Posted by Pat Schoeppach on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:01 a.m.
    I began sewing when my mother inherited her grandmother's treadle sewing machine. My mother didn't sew, so I taught myself by buying a pattern and some fabric and just following the instructions in the pattern. Before I could start sewing, I had to take apart that old treadle machine, clean and oil it, and figure out how to thread it. So began a serious fabric addiction. I began quilting about 20 years ago, and now I have a room full of fabric and sewing machines and quilting gear!
  • 723. Posted by Diane Wantaja on June 2nd, 2017 at 11:01 a.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew. And let me take a beginners class. I was 8 years old when I took the class. My mother is a perfectioniat and taught me to not be scared of a ripper. And rip it out if its not right. Ive sewn just about everything.
  • 724. Posted by Susie Anderson on June 2nd, 2017 at 10:58 a.m.
    My sister Kim inspired me. About 22 years ago, and I started making clothes for my children, now that they are adults I have moved on to quilting, and still sewing clothes for myself.
  • 725. Posted by Beth R on June 2nd, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.
    My Mom inspired me to get back into sewing - I had done some quilting by hand as a kid, but now want to do more using the machine.
  • 726. Posted by Linda E on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.
    My beautiful mom loved sewing. she mostly sewed cause she was raising 10 kids, and made clothes and blankets mostly, but loved it anyways.
  • 727. Posted by Marilynn Kleinknight on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
    My mother was a beautiful seamstress & I didn't have the patience to learn to sew when she was alive. One of my best friends took up quilting , became an excellent quilter & has taught me to quilt. No stopping me now!
  • 728. Posted by Terry Kolander on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:06 a.m.
    My Gram inspired my sewing...she was always making purses, doll clothes, sock monkeys...Then my mom sponsored any sewing I wanted to do!
  • 729. Posted by Cyndy Cagle on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.
    My Mother, Aunt, and both Grandmothers loved to sew. I enjoy sewing but sometimes it is hard work it into my schedule. Enjoy your newsletter and free patterns.
  • 730. Posted by Jeanette Sanner on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:15 a.m.
    My mother was my greatest influence on me sewing.
  • 731. Posted by LuAnn Jackman on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:13 a.m.
    My mother also inspired me to sew. She enjoyed sewing and encouraged me to sew. I always felt so honored to sew on her Necci machine.
  • 732. Posted by Julie Higgins on June 2nd, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.
    I had the BEST home economics teacher in 7th and 8th grade. Picky and strict, I learned to sew garments the correct way and we had to make our 8th grade graduation dresses (and wear them!)
  • 733. Posted by Vicky on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:58 a.m.
    My grandmother was my greatest inspiration. I wasn't to big into quilting until after she was gone. How I wish I could ask her some quilting questions now.
  • 734. Posted by Melinda on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:57 a.m.
    My grandmother turned my fear of sewing (that I learned in Home Ec class) into fun with fabrics.
  • 735. Posted by Jill Clear on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:42 a.m.
    My Mema made beautiful quilts. All hand quilted. I have blocks with newspAper backing from 1942 that she did. She left me a beautiful legacy and remembrance of her in my love for quilting.
  • 736. Posted by christi on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:15 a.m.
    my grandma inspired me to quilt it is like a tradition and so fun to make something that is unique and part of you
  • 737. Posted by J Elsey on June 2nd, 2017 at 5:52 a.m.
    My mother, who inspired me in so many ways, also taught me to hand sew and to use a sewing machine. Thanks, Mom!
  • 738. Posted by Sharon Arms on June 2nd, 2017 at 5:40 a.m.
    I was invited by a new friend to her quilt group about four years ago and I have been hooked since then. We make quilts for a nearby kids cancer camp. Quilting is my "happy place".
  • 739. Posted by Larry stowers on June 2nd, 2017 at 5:34 a.m.
    I am 75 year old man and started to quilt 2 years ago and have done at least 30 quilts .gave to my children so they will have a keepsake.
  • 740. Posted by Nancy E Johnson on June 2nd, 2017 at 5:32 a.m.
    My mother sewed all my clothes and I started sewing for my dolls when I was around 8. No one quilted that I know of in my family.
  • 741. Posted by Jackie Stevens on June 2nd, 2017 at 4:57 a.m.
    My mother was a home economics teacher and taught me to sew . I tried my hand at a few quilt blocks in the early eighties, but after I retired from teaching I joined a quilt guild and love all aspects of quilting.
  • 742. Posted by Sharon Sabatine on June 2nd, 2017 at 4:23 a.m.
    My mom taught me the love of sewing at an early age. I started quilting after taking a class with a good friend and was hooked!
  • 743. Posted by Pam Tremelling on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:41 a.m.
    I learned how to sew in high school. But, I learned how to quilt from a good friend of mine Mary Rose when I retired 8 years ago. I love to see and touch all of the beautiful fabrics especially batiks!
  • 744. Posted by Debbie J Coleman on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:39 a.m.
    I was given some old family quilts from my Grandmother. I spent the day with her and she showed me one of the quilts and talked about where the scraps came from that were used to make it.Her and her sisters summer dresses, their PJ's, her mother's maternity tops. It was a special afternoon. I decided I had to try. I have been working at it for a year and I am hooked. I just wish my Grandma was here to share it with.
  • 745. Posted by Amy Patterson on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:16 a.m.
    I walked into a quilt store in Skagway, AK saw this beautiful quilt, asked the price - and a very nice person said you have to make it....I bought the kit, got home to Seattle, started taking classes - still a beginner - have made several tops and even quilted a few my self...still too chicken to make that Alaska quilt...maybe this summer...my grandma tatted and crocheted - I'm the first quilter.
  • 746. Posted by Theresa Govette on June 2nd, 2017 at 12:01 a.m.
    My grandmother was a quilter and though she died when i was 3 and i didn't get a chance to know her, I did grow up with her quilts around. Finally, as my SIL was having her 4th boy, I made my first quilt. I figured he'd have a life of hand-me-downs and sure deserved his own special blankie.
  • 747. Posted by Frances Bodle on June 1st, 2017 at 11:23 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew at around age 10. I sewed most of my clothes in high school. When I had my daughter I sewed all her clothes until High School. Did not start quilting until after retiring. Took one class and was hooked that was 13 years ago. After more than a hundred quilts still quilting!
  • 748. Posted by Lillie Sadler on June 1st, 2017 at 11:10 p.m.
    My grandmother and my mom inspired me to quilt! When I was a little girl I use to watch my grandmother sit and quilt! She made such beautiful quilts and I wanted to be just like her! So she gave me some fabric,thread and a needle and I would sew little blocks together! I use to carry all my sewing supplies around in a big purse! Then my mom use to make all the new babies in the family a quilt! My mom passed away this past November and I feel like I should keep her tradition going! I love you Mom and Granny!
  • 749. Posted by Leta Seacat on June 1st, 2017 at 10:59 p.m.
    Always wanted to learn as long as I can remember. My husbands grandmother quilted and I was so glad she made us a quilt for our wedding. It still hands on my quilt rack now for 43 years of marriage. I did not get to start quilting till 3 years ago so I have years of dreams to fulfill. I want to make a quilt like our grandmother made us so we can hang them side by side.
  • 750. Posted by Uarda James on June 1st, 2017 at 10:44 p.m.
    I was finishing an embroidered "crazy quilt" design and looked up some embroidery stitches in a book on crazy quilting. I was intrigued. I had to try actual quilting. I bought a quilt in a day book by Eleanor Burns. That was twelve years ago. I'm still quilting and I love it!!
  • 751. Posted by Jo Ann Neely on June 1st, 2017 at 10:32 p.m.
    My grandmother, Dora Ray, inspired me to quilt. I remember her teaching me a basic 9 patch and I sewed it on her machine. That would have been about 60 years ago. She quilted by hand. I remember her sitting at her quilt frame set up in her living room. She enjoyed her work. She also hand quilted others quilts. She was paid $20 to hand quilt a twin size quilt.
  • 752. Posted by Angelia L. on June 1st, 2017 at 10 p.m.
    For many years I had wanted to try quilting. A few years ago I saw a YouTube video by Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Company. She made it look so easy and I fell in love with quilting.
  • 753. Posted by Kellie on June 1st, 2017 at 9:17 p.m.
    Honestly, it all started in Home Economics. Remember that class. We made an a-line skirt and a blouse. I wasn't thrilled but the class was "required". I've always been a sewer to include making my own blouses - they just fit better. Mom made me one of her first quilts in 1983. I was intrigued with the process. I started quilting about 6 years ago when I retired. So, it's all Mom's fault. Hahaha!
  • 754. Posted by EllenB on June 1st, 2017 at 9:06 p.m.
    I've sewn garments and crafts since I was about 6. We got married in 1970 and collected hand-me-down furniture until 1997, when we bought our first brand new bedroom set. I thought the Shaker-style maple needed a quilt, bought fabrics and a book, and made my first log cabin quilt. I've been hooked ever since and still have the bedroom set and quilt!
  • 755. Posted by Marsha Blackmore on June 1st, 2017 at 9:03 p.m.
    Well, I took a sewing class in high school and that was the start of my knowledge. But I would have to say the teacher I had later on was really the person who kept telling me I could do anything and gave me the passion for it. She has continued to be my great friend and teacher for 36 years.
  • 756. Posted by Kassie Collins on June 1st, 2017 at 8:19 p.m.
    My older sister was a quilter for several years and kept telling me I should try it. I finally did and the rest is history! I have learned a lot from her. She is the most generous person I know -with her knowledge and fabrics. I wish I had started quilting sooner! It is fun to be a part of the quilting community!!
  • 757. Posted by Carol Murnan on June 1st, 2017 at 8:16 p.m.
    My Mom and Grandmother taught me to sew. My first project was when I was 10 Years old - I made a sleeveless dress , brown with sunflowers all over it. i was so proud! Sewing has been a big part of my life ever since. I started quilting because I was seeing all these gorgeous fabrics that I just had to do something with! I can't imagine a time when I won't want to be sewing. And happily, my daughter and daughter in law also caught the bug!
  • 758. Posted by Chana on June 1st, 2017 at 8:16 p.m.
    I learned to sew in home ec. My cousin has quilted for years & I've always admired them. It wasn't until my kids were graduated that I decided to try it. I tried to ask questions over text, which probably drove her crazy. She said I should take a class & join a guild. So, I did & have met a wonderful quilter that used to be a teacher so she's been oh so helpful. Always telling me I can do it when I'm in doubt. I'm so greatful I found this hobby because I don't know what I'd be doing without it!!
  • 759. Posted by DAISIE RIDDLE on June 1st, 2017 at 8:14 p.m.
    Grew up playing under the quilting frames while Mama and Granny sewed away......
  • 760. Posted by Stephanie Woodward on June 1st, 2017 at 8:13 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my mother. She was a professional seamstress and alterations person. I also had many 4-H projects, and took lessons at the local sewing machine shop. I came to quilting later, after about 40 years. I'm hooked badly now and enjoy bringing new people into the fold.
  • 761. Posted by Sharon Hakes on June 1st, 2017 at 8:08 p.m.
    I was inspired to sew by my mother at a very younge age. I first sewed on my grandmothers treddle sewing machine. My mother sewed many of my clothes when i was little. I wish she was here today to quilt along with me.
  • 762. Posted by Zana Ruby on June 1st, 2017 at 7:52 p.m.
    My good friend invited me to join her quilting group, The Quilt Chicks. My mother had taught me to sew in 4-H and I made clothes for my family as an adult. But hadn't sewn much after the kids left. So quilting has filled a void and brought much joy! Thanks to my dear friend.
  • 763. Posted by Laurie Tully on June 1st, 2017 at 7:51 p.m.
    I have a friend who worked at a quilt shop and she knew I was kicking around the idea of learning to quilt so she got the ball rolling by having me come to the shop and test drive the demo Baby Locks they were selling. I bought one, and another friend of mine and I signed up for a beginner class and we've been hooked ever since.
  • 764. Posted by Peggy Rauch on June 1st, 2017 at 7:20 p.m.
    I grew up in Amish county and always admired their beautiful quilts. So in 1979 I started learning to quilt, prior to rotary cutters and rulers.
  • 765. Posted by Linda S on June 1st, 2017 at 6:50 p.m.
    My older sister is a quilter and I waited and waited for her to make me a quilt. Well, I finally got tired of waiting and learned how to make a quilt and have been addicted ever since. lol
  • 766. Posted by Sandy on June 1st, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.
    my Grandmother taught me and my sister to sew. She had a black iron sewing pump machine. My sister and I started on Barbie cloths. We had 2 dolls but no extra cloths. And we still sew and quilt today at 67 and 65 years old.
  • 767. Posted by Nancy Lewis on June 1st, 2017 at 6:09 p.m.
    My mother and a favorite aunt. I started sewing when I was eight years old. My mother hand quilted, and I loved watching the quilt be built. My aunt could sew anything and I always wanted to be as good as her.
  • 768. Posted by Martha Buchanan on June 1st, 2017 at 6:03 p.m.
    Had a good friend who had started quilting when she retired. She enjoyed it so much, I had to try it. Now I'm an addicted quilter!!!!
  • 769. Posted by Sharon Sizemore on June 1st, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.
    My best friend taught me to sew when I was 13. I am now 61, and she has pulled me into the world of quilting and machine embroidery in recent years, though we now live four hours apart. I can't thank her enough for giving me my beloved hobbies.
  • 770. Posted by Judy Faulkner on June 1st, 2017 at 5:11 p.m.
    My first real exposure to quilting was at my children's school. Each grade creates a "class quilt" for the school's fund raiser auction. I got to help sew my son's class quilt! I was hooked- that was 15 years ago.
  • 771. Posted by Donna Pfost on June 1st, 2017 at 5:10 p.m.
    Yikes! have been sewing for 58 years!! I started when I was 7 years old, doing embroidery under the supervision of my grandmother and mother. Around 9 years, I was making doll clothes and using the sewing machine for simple projects like a square pincushion. I loved it!! I had a great grandmother whom I never met who did beautiful quilting all by hand. I had one of her quilts on my bed. I always wanted to make one. I joined a 4H club and sewed and sewed. I saved all the scraps from all the projects I made and I still have them!! I had made a simple quilt with them, and, now, after the kids are all grown with kids of their own, and now that I am retired (was home ec teacher - teaching kids to sew!!), I am quilting a lot. I made my Mom a quilt for her 90th birthday, and I made a small wall hanging quilt for my first-born grandson for his nursery wall!! My home will not hold another piece of fabric!! LOL I need to sew and sew and sew some more so that I can buy more fun fabrics!! Sewing is and always has been in my blood!! :) <3
  • 772. Posted by Marti Morgan on June 1st, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.
    My mother was a fantastic seamstress and made many of my childhood clothes, but I could never reach that level. I love to sew and so was encouraged to quilt instead and it works for me.
  • 773. Posted by C. Kay Bergren on June 1st, 2017 at 4:56 p.m.
    Have been sewing for over 60 years, first out of necessity for my children's clothes, then for my personal clothing and home decorating items. A friend opened a quilt shop, and I got interested in quilting and it kind of turned into an obsession. Also love machine embroidery, which I incorporate at times.
  • 774. Posted by Jan on June 1st, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.
    I worked with a woman who kept leaving quilt pattern catalogs in our break room. All those pretty fabrics and patterns ... !!!
  • 775. Posted by Diane Badtke on June 1st, 2017 at 4:44 p.m.
    I got hooked on sewing after a home every class in jr. High. I sewed alot of my children's dress clothes. I've been quilting for 30 plus years and love it. Love the inspiration shops provide.
  • 776. Posted by Barb on June 1st, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.
    My sister created such lovely quilts. When I told her I was going to start quilting , she went out and bought me my first mat and rotary cutter. Sisters are awesome!
  • 777. Posted by Cris Funkhouser on June 1st, 2017 at 3:54 p.m.
    I started back in sewing when my 1st grandchild had a baby girl 5 years ago and it's been non-stop since with children's clothes then last year my oldest daughter decided I needed to quilt. And as the saying goes "the rest is history"
  • 778. Posted by Bonnie Malcolm on June 1st, 2017 at 3:41 p.m.
    I started to watch Eleanor Burns on PBS decades ago and my first quilt was one of her patterns.
  • 779. Posted by Dakota Rose on June 1st, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
    I learned to sew on my mother's treddle machine until we got an electric one when I was in high school. Then I took Home Ec and began making all my clothes. On our first Christmas my spouse bought me a top of the line Singer because I really missed sewing. Stopped sewing for a few years after children were grown and I started traveling for work. Now I am back and I will need to live to 150 to use up my stash (which just keeps growing).
  • 780. Posted by Linda Cejnar on June 1st, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.
    My great grandmothers inspired me to quilt, and also my aunt. When I was little, I had a quilt that one of my great grandmothers pieced and the other great-grandmother quilted. I dragged that quilt everywhere and used it all up! When I was in my 50's I had the bug to quilt myself and bought a sewing machine and haven't looked back!
  • 781. Posted by Maxine Burns on June 1st, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.
    My adopted Mom taught me to sew & quilt. She taught me so much more by my learning that one little step or piece of fabric can explode into a glorious thing. I have now passed that down to my daughter & granddaughter! Now my family & quilting are my greatest treasures!
  • 782. Posted by Cindy on June 1st, 2017 at 3:28 p.m.
    My Mom got me started when I was old enough to join 4H. That first project was a challenge but I've never given up!
  • 783. Posted by Ms Sam Nicholson on June 1st, 2017 at 3:25 p.m.
    My Mom is my inspiration. When she passed all quilting supplies were given to me, books, fabric, everything. So, I sat down with a book and taught myself. Now, I do my own designs and it keeps me busy!! I absolutely love designing and sewing my quilts. Love adding seed beads, buttons, all different things to quilts!!
  • 784. Posted by Nancy George on June 1st, 2017 at 3:16 p.m.
    I learned to sew in 4-H several years ago and made all of my clothes for school. I stopped sewing when we were raising our 4 children. In 2004, a quilt shop opened in our hometown and I was hooked. I have been quilting since then. As a retirement present to me, I just purchased a new embroidery machine today. I am so excited!!!
  • 785. Posted by Lisa LaMie on June 1st, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.
    I started sewing doll clothes on a little hand turned wheel at 5 years of age. When I was almost 7 our house burned down. People gave us clothes, but I was real skinny, so I cut the clothes smaller for my size and I've been sewing, designing, selling, and quilting ever since. Now teaching granddaughters.
  • 786. Posted by Sharon Wilson on June 1st, 2017 at 2:59 p.m.
    For me it was a little me and a little elderly lady name Mabel Byers. She was the first person to ever take me under her wings and made sure I learned the correct way to quilt. The importance if a 1/4 seam the importance of having your points match. At the time I meet Mable I was in my 20's and Mable was in her late 70's or early 80's I truly loved her she a a pure heart of gold.
  • 787. Posted by Sue Githens on June 1st, 2017 at 2:53 p.m.
    My mother made our clothes growing up. The value of sewing came young. The people in my life that have inspired me in quilting was a older lady who sold eggs. loved going and getting eggs to see what she had finished. wishing you all well on your sewing.. Happy Sewing
  • 788. Posted by Linda Taylor on June 1st, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.
    My mother always sewed and I learned to sew from her. I did not start quilting until I retired a few years ago. Now I quilt weekly with our church quilting group, all for charity.
  • 789. Posted by Shirley Holmes on June 1st, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.
    I was inspired by my Mother and my Grandmother who both were seamstresses. My Grandmother made all of her grandchildren quilts and sewed clothing making her own patterns.
  • 790. Posted by Carolyn Mulder on June 1st, 2017 at 1:56 p.m.
    My mother sewed our clothes when I was young an I made m.y childrens clothes through grade school. My Sister in law started me quilting and cannot let a shop go by without checking their inventory. She also introduced me to Bear Creek
  • 791. Posted by Beth Shafer on June 1st, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.
    I learned to sew in the third grade and made clothes for my sister and then my children. In 1990 I watched Eleanor Burns work magic with fabrics. My husband gave me quilt lessons for Christmas that year..I've been quilting ever since. Now my daiughter and I quilt together.
  • 792. Posted by Joan Varonka on June 1st, 2017 at 1:49 p.m.
    My mother and aunt sewed clothes for me. My paternal grandmother and aunts quilted; I can remember as a child sitting under the quilting frame as they tied heavy woolen quilts above me. Then I joined 4-H and had a leader who was a perfectionist--loved her a bunch. I made many of my own clothes in Jr. High and High School. Recently I started quilting on my own.
  • 793. Posted by Mary Chasey on June 1st, 2017 at 1:46 p.m.
    I used to sew with my mother and grandmother when I was very small, and we used a treadle machine. As a single mother of 2 (and out of work for a while), I taught myself to make all their clothing. Went on from there to making women's and men's clothing, and the money I made from doing it saved us. Began quilting when I was in my mid-50s and haven't stopped since! Quilting/sewing is good for the soul and the mind! It takes one to another place that is quite serene.
  • 794. Posted by Judy Hensley on June 1st, 2017 at 1:36 p.m.
    My Grandma was my first influence. She had an upstairs room with 3 windows providing light and beautiful scenery. She had a little rocking chair (which I now have) and we would be there for long periods of time visiting and sewing. I was one of 12 children so to have that one-on-one was worth so much. My mom also taught me and I joined 4H which really got me going. I now quilt and love every minute of it. I always say "my day is not complete unless I sew or read something about it," Love, love, Love to sew and quilt! I also work with 4H kids sharing the learning and skills!
  • 795. Posted by Brenda Wiseman on June 1st, 2017 at 1:27 p.m.
    I learned primarily by watching my mother, who sewed all of the school clothes for her three (at the time) daughters.
  • 796. Posted by Diane Schwarz on June 1st, 2017 at 1:21 p.m.
    My Mom sewed all the time. I learned in school, and even made a wool suit!! Wish I had saved it. The fabrics we have now are totally delicious!!! Too many to choose from. Mom and I sewed on an old Ruby sewing machine---everything was great. It was a treadle one, and my Dad put a motor on it!! She was a master!!!!
  • 797. Posted by Jaye Gause on June 1st, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was young. One year for Christmas I received a toy Singer machine, so wish I still had it, made lots of doll clothes with it. Been sewing ever since and the last few years included piecing and quilting.
  • 798. Posted by Patricia D. Roberts on June 1st, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.
    A dear elderly lady inspired me to start quilt making in the early 1970's. She was a great teacher to me.
  • 799. Posted by Ann Parazin on June 1st, 2017 at 12:59 p.m.
    My mother could sew anything. She sewed most of our clothes(4 girls and one boy) until we hit upper highschool grades. I did not sew and had no reason to. After i started painting and then discovered the beautil materials available today I began learning to quilt. Humm about the age of 70. I have much to learn.
  • 800. Posted by D. Athey on June 1st, 2017 at 12:59 p.m.
    Mama let me pump her foot pedal sewing machine when I was about 4 years. I loved the rhythm and the hum. I was making doll clothes soon and by 10 or 11 began making my own things. Now I quilt and have passed on my love of fabric to my daughter. She makes outfits for three Fashion Dolls, and competes in contests. Thanks, Mama! Dee
  • 801. Posted by Roxann on June 1st, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.
    My aunt included me in her 4-H sewing group when I was only 6...too young to join, but not too young to fall in love with her sewing machine.
  • 802. Posted by Nancy Johnson on June 1st, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.
    MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME TO SEW. JUST STARTED QUILTING AFTER RETIREMENT.
  • 803. Posted by Billie Carter on June 1st, 2017 at 12:46 p.m.
    My grandmother's friend could do almost any needlecraft. I learned to tat from her and she was the inspiration that drove my desire to sew. When my Mom was loaned a treadle sewing machine I began sewing. I sewed a gingham apron with embroidered cross stitch on the pockets and doll clothes. Then I expanded to sewing dresses to wear to school. My Aunt and Uncle and my Mom and Dad went together to purchase a used, electric sewing machine for me for Christmas. I took a class at the Singer store downtown and made a complete suit with bound buttonholes. Singer concluded the class with a fashion show and I won the prize! I went on to take tailoring in high school and I made drapes for a local business to earn money for college. Since I've been retired, I've been pursuing quilting on my little Featherweight which was a Christmas gift from my husband. Sewing has been both a practical and creative pursuit in my life!
  • 804. Posted by Ben on June 1st, 2017 at 12:32 p.m.
    I grew up watching my mother and aunt sew. I always loved making things with bright colors and patterns. My niece and I started by sewing two bandanas together at the shoulders and sides 60 years ago.
  • 805. Posted by Terry Hauge on June 1st, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew at a very young age (like 7) and my grandmother taught me to sew mittens (and my finger) on a singer treadle machine. I have sewed since I can remember but didn't start quilting until about 5 years ago. My mother, aunt and two sisters make quilts so I always said I would just have them make the quilts I wanted, but my granddaughter was graduating from high school so the quilting began, been quilting everyday since.
  • 806. Posted by Shirley Beckmeyer on June 1st, 2017 at 12:27 p.m.
    The very first time I tried sewing I was nine years old and learned on my grandmothers machine in Norway. You had to crank to go. It went really slow.z
  • 807. Posted by Mary Wright on June 1st, 2017 at 12:24 p.m.
    Many quilters in my family- mother, grandmothers, aunts. I started off embroidering pillowcases then on to baby quilts. Currently am designing my own quilts. If I am not working, I am quilting.
  • 808. Posted by Sharon Neal on June 1st, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.
    My mom made my clothes growing up and a lot of her clothes. I started sewing in Home ED in middle school. I didn't start quilting until 2002 when my daughter had to undergo scoliosis surgery. I made her a signature quilt that I had all of her doctors, nurses and visitors to the hospital sign a square! That's when I got the bug!
  • 809. Posted by Nancy A on June 1st, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew starting when I was 8 (I am 74 now). I made clothes and costumes for our family and then our grandchildren. I made my 1st quilt when our oldest was born. I think my quilt making was influenced by my great grandmother and my grandmother because I grew up sleeping under their quilts.
  • 810. Posted by Patricia Hale on June 1st, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
    Jinny Beyer quilt project on Craftsy - still a huge fan!
  • 811. Posted by Cheryl Turner on June 1st, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.
    I didn't grow up in a quilting environment, but my mom did sew a lot of our clothes. I've always loved sewing and when I grew older, just seeing beautiful quilts in magazines made me want to go that route. I took a class in my 30's and have been quilting ever since! And I'm loving it!!
  • 812. Posted by Patricia Hale on June 1st, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.
    I started quilting when I saw a Jinny Beyer sew along on Craftsy and I made that quilt Plus one more Of her designs for my two sons. They love their quilts and I love quilting!
  • 813. Posted by Tonna Solomon on June 1st, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.
    My grandmother, she was the most amazing woman. She had 9 children and so many grandchildren, and would make a quilt for each one graduating high school. She would get all us involved in the hand quilting at a young age and then I grew up and had six girls of my own and in my mind quilts couldn't be bought at a store they were made. Now I have a daughter who can piece anything together with perfect perfection!!
  • 814. Posted by Marcy on June 1st, 2017 at 11:51 a.m.
    I learned to sew about age 9. Grandma was a seamstress. My parents were divorced and my Dad was a salesman. He bartered for payment a gorgeous lone star quilt...hand quilted with a pink flannel backing for my bed in my bedroom at his apartment. I loved that quilt! ( I think his ex-wife took it). I finally made my first quilt about 15 years later, the lone star quilt in honor of that first quilt is on my to do list!
  • 815. Posted by Carolyn Layton on June 1st, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.
    I'm 62 years old and a member of prayer quilts at First Baptist Church in Vancleave, MS.. My love for sewing start almost 60 years ago watching my mom making our clothes. I remember at the age of 8 watching my grandmother, mom, and aunts lowering a quilt down from the ceiling in the living room and all participated in quilting. I have a MS degree in clothing and textile, taught home economics. After teaching 35 years, I retired to quilt. I'm most happy when my friends sew with me in my shop (the shop was my retirement gift to myself.).
  • 816. Posted by Bonita Machemer on June 1st, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.
    I have always sewn clothing, as my Mother always made our dresses for school, etc. She would take us to large dress shops, go in the dressing rooms with us and pull out her sketch pad, draw what we liked; and then off to the fabric store to "buy our school clothes". She never used a pattern....that still fascinates me to this day! I could never sew like she did, but I did make doll clothes and quilting became my interest as I turned 65. I'm learning each day as I read on line, watch tutorials and fabshophop each month!
  • 817. Posted by Diana McGuire on June 1st, 2017 at 11:44 a.m.
    The first time I even tried to sew was in 5th grade,didn't think much of it at the time of course later in life I fell in love with my now husband and his quilt that was made by his stepfather and for 20 plus years now I haven't looked back and I can't seem to learn enough or see enough fabrics and notions,and thanks to YouTube and the web information is plentiful.
  • 818. Posted by Chrystal eckman on June 1st, 2017 at 11:41 a.m.
    Such a generous prize. Thank you so much. My grandmother was my inspiration. She made beautiful quilts out of her old dresses. And grandpa would tie the tops. It was so nice that they worked together from what they had. Thank you
  • 819. Posted by Susan Stein on June 1st, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.
    Eleanor Burns inspired me to be a better quilter!
  • 820. Posted by Suzanne Atkins on June 1st, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.
    I learned to sew in home ec class in high school, many years ago! I started to quilt a few years ago, while I was recovering from a brain injury. I donate the small quilts, and have gained some new skills along the way!
  • 821. Posted by Barb Skinner on June 1st, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.
    Wanting to be part of a sisterhood that inspired, encouraged, and comforted me was my main influence to join quilting. My quilt group is family to me, there is no judgement, no rivalry, only love and support!
  • 822. Posted by Janie M on June 1st, 2017 at 11:21 a.m.
    Seeing beautiful quilts inspired my passion for quilting. I have been quilting for more than 25 years. I learn something new about quilting by following lovely Blogs, people in this community offer so much inspiration. Thank you for a generous giveaway.
  • 823. Posted by Karen L Tsylor on June 1st, 2017 at 11:19 a.m.
    My husbands' mother and aunt got me interested in quilting. Unfortunately I never got to spend the time with them that I would have liked before they passed away. It wasn't until I found my second home at Quilting Essentials in Salem, VA that I was so inspired by quilting. I took my first class and was hooked. The owners Pat and Bernie are like family and are always there to share their knowledge and expirrence. Our two teachers Gail and Gayle are always available and freely give their time to assist you and share little secrets. What a wonderful hideaway to escape to and sew!
  • 824. Posted by Diana west on June 1st, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.
    Played in Grandmothers button box, mother taught me to sew and began making my own clothes in high school.
  • 825. Posted by Jan Mills on June 1st, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.
    I remember watching my sister Tina sewing on her mom's old Singer featherweight. She and my mom taught me how to sew, first making costumes and then onto clothing. Then in my early 20's I saw an Eleanor Burns Quilt show on PBS and I was HOOKED!
  • 826. Posted by Patricia A Chlebowski on June 1st, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.
    In 1991 my best friend was moving to another state. I took up quilting to ease because I missed her. It was the best thing I ever did. 26 years later I am still quilting, attending 2 bees and belong to a guild. I have since moved to Texas and no matter where you go there's a quilters to greet you.
  • 827. Posted by Carleen Malinowski on June 1st, 2017 at 11:05 a.m.
    My Mom inspired me to sew and quilt. with barely any money to spend she would sew dresses for me and my sister. I her 50's when she taught herself how to quilt. Amazing woman!!
  • 828. Posted by Kim Hickey on June 1st, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.
    My grandmother started me sewing 40 years ago. I didn't have time for it but now I do and love it.
  • 829. Posted by Kim Taylor on June 1st, 2017 at 11:02 a.m.
    May mom inspired me. Not because she sews but because she loves quilts. Also as an artist I really want to make stuff will all the beautiful fabrics.
  • 830. Posted by Jenny Putnam on June 1st, 2017 at 10:53 a.m.
    Watching my mother sew and my grandmother quilt I was making my own clothes by the age of 12 , started my first quilt when I was pregnant with my first child.
  • 831. Posted by Chris Anton on June 1st, 2017 at 10:52 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew on an old treadle machine. I have been sewing for 60 years and never tire of it.
  • 832. Posted by Jenelle Boxberger on June 1st, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.
    I did some sewing of clothes in high school. Then stopped sewing for many years until I found out my only child a daughter was going to have her first baby. So I got some fabrics and borrowed a sewing machine from my sister and made a baby quilt. With sadness in my heart that baby only lived for a few minutes. I haven't stopped making quilts and quilting since. She now has given me two wonderful grandchildren.
  • 833. Posted by Judy Repp on June 1st, 2017 at 10:37 a.m.
    I started sewing in 4-H and when my girls out grew my sewing I started quilting and have a huge stash to use, but there is always room for more.
  • 834. Posted by Lisa Q on June 1st, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew, I sewed most of my clothes as a teenager. About a year ago I met a quilter and she is teaching me how to quilt. She is my BFF !!! We have set up a sewing/quilt "get together" in our nieghborhood and we enjoy making new quilts.
  • 835. Posted by Barbara Ouellette on June 1st, 2017 at 10:23 a.m.
    Living in Northern Maine for ten years, a good friend of mine, taught me how to quilt and I haven't stopped. Love new patterns, fabric colors and new ideas. Living back inCt. now I miss my friend and the help she gave me.
  • 836. Posted by Sandra Cowart on June 1st, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew many years ago. After I retired she would tell me repeatedly I think you would enjoy quilting. So I finally took a class and I was hooked! I have made over 100 quilts over the past 15 years. I hope I can continue for many more years. I just love it, and it is a hobby I can do alone, I treasure my privacy.
  • 837. Posted by Joyce Hennessey on June 1st, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.
    When I was forced to retire about 4 years ago, I needed something to fill my long, lonely days. That voice in my head said to learn to quilt. The rest is history. Quilt on !!!!!!!
  • 838. Posted by Marg Willard on June 1st, 2017 at 10:18 a.m.
    My mother always had a flare for sewing; also sewing in school. Not sure how I got really started on quilting. I know I tried my hand at it by visual. I did start to learn taking a few classes & loved the result of all those pieces of fabric turning into something beautiful. My sewing inspiration would be my mother, an aunt ~ & a little help from my sister. I've learned much from others in groups ~ so helpful. I'm still challenging myself & also enjoy it.
  • 839. Posted by Marit Johanne Mathisen on June 1st, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.
    I have always liked to sew, but my sister in law inspired me to start quilting.
  • 840. Posted by Judy Curry on June 1st, 2017 at 10:10 a.m.
    My aunt loved to sew. She made doll clothes, clothing and quilt tops. After she passed away, my mom asked me to mark up a quilt top my aunt made so she could quilt it. So I bought a couple of books to figure out what to do and bought fabric for the backing. I wound up making a nine patch for the back and took it to a long armer. But somewhere along the way, I got hooked. Now I have more fabric and patterns than I could make in a lifetime and unfortunately still see more I want.
  • 841. Posted by Cyndi Pape on June 1st, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.
    My mother God Bless her soul ..What a wonderful mother she was..She show me how to sew at age 5 ...Love her very much....I soon will be 60 so she has done good...!!!!!
  • 842. Posted by Mary Perez on June 1st, 2017 at 9:59 a.m.
    My grandmother and her sisters were quilters. Grandma inspired me to learn to quilt after admiring many of her quilts she made out of flour sacks and old clothes she recycled. I have several old quilt tops she made along with the help of my mother back in the 30's. I've only made 2 quilts so far but I'm hooked and have many more planned.
  • 843. Posted by Gail Elliott on June 1st, 2017 at 9:57 a.m.
    I more or less taught myself to sew, much to the delight of my Mum who was did not sew herself but wanted me to learn. Friends Nancy and Karen got me back in to sewing after a long absence from it!
  • 844. Posted by Sandra Rosier on June 1st, 2017 at 9:55 a.m.
    My grandmother was a great knitter. My mother sewed everything. My sister renewed my interest in both. Now we live together, have a sewing room, and quilt to our hearts content.
  • 845. Posted by Carol B. on June 1st, 2017 at 9:50 a.m.
    My grandmother was an expert seamstress and my mother tried to get me interested in making a quilt when I was a pre-teen. I was in my late 50's when I really got interested in quilting when I bought a new sewing machine.
  • 846. Posted by S. Rutledge on June 1st, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
    My mom began teaching me to sew when I was eight. I was hooked!!! By 5th grade, all the skirts and dresses I wore to school, I had made. Now I spend my time making 'Little Dresses for Guatemala' and quilting.
  • 847. Posted by Linda Bachman on June 1st, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.
    My Grandma did all sorts of sewing and quilting. She made a crazy quilt for each of her grandchildren. I was fascinated by all the embroidery she added.
  • 848. Posted by Pam Anslem on June 1st, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    My Mother was my inspiration for sewing. She sewed all our clothes. Quilting was a short leap from sewing clothes for me. I first started quilting in the late 80's after seeing an antique quilt hanging on a restaurant wall. I wanted one for my wall and thus the quilting bug has been with me since that first wall hanging! I sooths my soul
  • 849. Posted by Donna W on June 1st, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.
    My junior high home-ec teacher inspired me to sew. But, I have to admit, she did not inspire me to cook.
  • 850. Posted by Gill on June 1st, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.
    No sewers in my family - I was inspired by my teacher, Mrs Ellis when I was about 8!
  • 851. Posted by Diana Vukonich on June 1st, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.
    I wanted to have a quilt on my bed just like I saw in magazines & took a class at the park district. I talked a friend into taking it, top.
  • 852. Posted by Stephanie B on June 1st, 2017 at 9:12 a.m.
    My mother was a wonderful seamstress and her talent inspired me to take up quilting. My first quilt was for my nieces wedding.
  • 853. Posted by Becky Couture on June 1st, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.
    My sister inspired me to sew, & Eleanor Burns inspired me to quilt. I've been quilting since 2010 & loving it!!
  • 854. Posted by Rhonda Norman on June 1st, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.
    My Mother and my Aunt Katy.
  • 855. Posted by Janis Taylor on June 1st, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
    My mother got me interested in sewing. When I was in school I took every sewing class they gave and enjoyed every aspect of sewing. I started quilting in the late 80's when my sister and I took a beginners quilting class and have been quilting ever since.
  • 856. Posted by Carol on June 1st, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
    My grandma was an excellent seamstress and even made hats -- she taught me to sew at a young age.
  • 857. Posted by Lynn Swegle on June 1st, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.
    My grandma "Granny" made quilts all the time. She is the person that inspired me in so many ways.
  • 858. Posted by Betty oliver on June 1st, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.
    Quilting has been a part of my family for generations.i remember playing underneath my Great grandmother's quilting frame when I was a child.
  • 859. Posted by Louise Dugas on June 1st, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.
    My great grandma made all of us grand kids a quilt for our beds. We all helped quilt by using thread to tye the three layers together. We did this in our living room as it was the largest room, so much fun and loved our quilts too!
  • 860. Posted by Enid Chapman on June 1st, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.
    I've been sewing since elementary school, sewing buttons on scraps as my mom darned socks and hemmed pants. I learned the sewing machine on a 1914 Singer treadle, which I still have. I learned to quilt 35 years ago when I was pregnant and so sick with morning sickness. It's a wonder I I fell in love with the craft. Quilting now enhances my life and others lives.
  • 861. Posted by Robin on June 1st, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.
    I have loved quilts since I was a child. Nobody I knew quilted. Once I retired I was determined to learn this art form. I'm having fun practicing!
  • 862. Posted by Laurie Pillers on June 1st, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew at a young age, but it was quilts made by my great grandmother that inspired me to start quilting.
  • 863. Posted by Patricia Rudolph on June 1st, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew clothing. My interest in quilting started in Lancaster County PA. I fell in love with the quilts and decided that I too could make them. Started with a small wallhanging and was hooked ever since. Many quilts later I love the art as much. Thanks Mom my heavenly angel for planting the seed.
  • 864. Posted by Thelma Emory on June 1st, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.
    I got started in sewing when I got married. My husband told me that he would buy me a sewing machine if I learned to sew. I received 10 free lessons with the purchase of a Singer Sewing Machine back in 1973. From making many garments, sweatshirts/pants, etc. I also made heirloom dresses and knickers/shirt from Martha Pullen's book. Then, I got into making quilts and I am hooked on piecing quilts for everyone. So the story goes......
  • 865. Posted by Ann Dillree on June 1st, 2017 at 8:24 a.m.
    I had a lot of people in my life who would be considered quilters., but as for myself learning to quilt, I have learned by following directions from quilt books and watching you tube videos.
  • 866. Posted by Brenda Ming on June 1st, 2017 at 8:24 a.m.
    I have been sewing almost as long as I can remember. I made clothes for many years and started quilting when I retired ten years ago.
  • 867. Posted by Kathy Luehrs on June 1st, 2017 at 8:23 a.m.
    My Grandma Coop - she was a farmers wife and made quilts with leftover scraps from clothes that she had made to her 7 children.
  • 868. Posted by linda on June 1st, 2017 at 8:23 a.m.
    I went with my sister-in-law to a local quilt store. I was so impressed with the quilts that was on display that I just knew I had to learn to quilt. That evening I went home and told my husband about my experience and about wanting to learn how to quilt. We went to the quilt store and my husband purchased me a Janome sewing machine and material. I did take a few sewing classes from the quilt store to learn how to use the sewing machine and beginning class on how to quilt. My first quilt was basic square pattern. I bought several different types of material with wolves and trees in order to make my husband a quilt for a gesture of being grateful since he purchased the sewing machine for me and sent me on my way to learn how to quilt. Although it turned out to be a nightmare. It wasn't a surprise because I couldn't figure out how to place the different blocks to make the quilt look right. My sweet husband spent one afternoon helping me arrange the blocks and picking out boarders, backing, and binding for my first quilt. I have been making quilts for the last six years and still my husband will accompany me with shopping of buying material and he is very supportive in my new found love of quilting.
  • 869. Posted by Marcie on June 1st, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to learn to sew. Every year when school started we would get a package in the mail with clothes she had made for us. It was so exciting to get those packages! I wanted to learn to sew, so I took a "home economics " class in seventh grade and that began my sewing adventures. Have been sewing ever since!
  • 870. Posted by Carol Bailey on June 1st, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.
    My grandmother could take stuff out of the trash and create. She inspired me to create. She also gave me my first sewing machine that I am sad to say got destroyed my some foolish kids. Anyway, I often hope she is looking down and enjoying my creations.
  • 871. Posted by Mavis Puchlik on June 1st, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.
    I have always been inspired by all the beautiful quilts I saw at shows. Now in retirement I have the time. A friend and I get together once or twice a week to do our "projects".
  • 872. Posted by Pam Mildren on June 1st, 2017 at 8:09 a.m.
    Quilting was in my DNA!
  • 873. Posted by Deb Casey on June 1st, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.
    My Grandmother taught me to sew on an old Singer that I still have!
  • 874. Posted by Debbie Osborne on June 1st, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew at a very early age. She had a beautiful treadle machine. My dad bought her a new fancy sewing machine from Sears, turned a spare bedroom into her sewing room where he built her all sorts of cabinetry to store her sewing notions, fabric, etc. We made a lot of doll clothes, and clothes for myself. Eventually in the 70s I started making crafts for gifts. I started making quilts in the late 70s. The "tied" quilts. My first one was a tumbling blocks quilt. My Mom and her friend started sewing up a storm of crafts including quilts to sell at the craft fairs for extra money. It was always fun to help out, and see the great items they would come up with.
  • 875. Posted by Debbie Reid on June 1st, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    Both my grandmothers were quilters. One worked completely by hand and the other machine pieced and hand quilted. I only hope to do as well as they did someday.
  • 876. Posted by Pat Madras on June 1st, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.
    My Grandma and great aunts were quilters and met for "club" each month. I remember I would go to "club" when I visited during the summers. They would love all the convenience tools available now! (Think rotorary cutters and pre-cuts!). When I retired my sister-in-law got me started quilting and I channel these ladies each time I sew and wish I would have paid better attention back then!
  • 877. Posted by Janis Taylor on June 1st, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.
    My mother. She sew clothes for us until we hit are teens. She encouraged me to learn to sew. I took my first class in the eight grade and she help me to make a waisted dress with a zipper and sleeves. It was pretty good for the thing I ever made. My sister and I took a quilting class together in the 80's,quilting ever since.
  • 878. Posted by Bernie on June 1st, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.
    My mom started me sewing. She made all our clothes as we were growing up. After I moved out of the house I got a sewing machine and have been sewing ever since. When my girl friends turn 60, I make each one of them a special quilt to reflect their personality. I love sewing....
  • 879. Posted by Deborah Cade on June 1st, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    My Mother sewed and made our matching outfits. When I was 6 years old she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she decided to take up quilting to make me and her six sisters memory quilts. I still have her paper patterns made from newspapers and magazines and full of pin holes. My Mother and her creativity inspire and influence me today.
  • 880. Posted by Brenda Williams on June 1st, 2017 at 7:39 a.m.
    I always admired my Aunt Betty Lou's sewing abilities, my Mom was a great seamstress, too. I didn't start quilting til I was 50, I still work full time so I have very little time to work at my hobby, but, I love it. I also remember my Home-Ec teacher, Mrs. Newsham teaching us sewing. :)
  • 881. Posted by Tracey Levandoski on June 1st, 2017 at 7:36 a.m.
    Both of my grandmas were quilters and taught me hand piecing and hand quilting when I was very young - probably 8 or 9. I just recently learned English Paper Piecing, and now I'm hooked on the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses block!
  • 882. Posted by Connie on June 1st, 2017 at 7:33 a.m.
    My home Economics' teacher taught me to sew, but I really didn't take too much interest until my mid 40s when I saw a quilted pocket book that I thought I could make and I did with a lot of seam ripping and then I ventured into quilt making and love it.
  • 883. Posted by Susan Lira on June 1st, 2017 at 7:31 a.m.
    I learned to sew in home economic class at school. I used to do a lot of garments, crafts, mending and alterations. Now I pretty much only do quilts. I piece and free motion on my domestic machine.
  • 884. Posted by Leanne on June 1st, 2017 at 7:28 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was 5... on her Singer featherweight. So wish we still had that machine!
  • 885. Posted by Vicki Fox on June 1st, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew, but she was not a quilter. However, I did learn that her mother and grandmother had been quilters. So I taught myself to quilt. My first quilting project was a dress I made in my teens. It had a crazy quilt yoke, front panel, and hem....all inspired by my grandmother Peters. I had been told she had made herself a "Joseph's Coat", beautiful lined crazy quilt coat. I never saw the coat until many years after her death, when the cousin who inherited it showed it to me.
  • 886. Posted by Debbie on June 1st, 2017 at 7:18 a.m.
    I have had a love for quilts all my life, but lets say I was "sewing challenged" when I was younger. I have taken up quilting (and completed my first quilt now) as a form of therapy as I recover from a brain injury and stroke. As a nurse I have done a lot of reading around recovery and found that quilting is actually therpeutic for the mind, body and soul. Knitting, gardening and preserving also help in rebuilding neuro pathways thus I have started down the road of quilting as a means of rewiring my brain, calming my body and soothing the soul. .
  • 887. Posted by Barb Dinger on June 1st, 2017 at 7:16 a.m.
    I needed something to do after I retired. So I thought I would give quilting a try. I took several classes and the rest is history!
  • 888. Posted by Donnamarie on June 1st, 2017 at 7:09 a.m.
    I was inspired to begin quilting while I was caring for my brother during his terminal illness. So much love, grace and peace was found in this artistic medium. That was 10 years ago. I have since quilted continuously making many new friends and spent many a blissful hour.
  • 889. Posted by Tammy on June 1st, 2017 at 7:04 a.m.
    My grandmother is my inspiration. I used to sit and watch her quilt for hours and hours. I love various crafts but quilting is my favorite!!!!!! Still have a lot to learn but each quilt adds to my skillls
  • 890. Posted by KayB on June 1st, 2017 at 7:01 a.m.
    My mother wasn't a quilter, but she was an accomplished garment seamstress, and her prized possession was her Bernina. Her love of sewing was the inspiration that led to my getting the quilting bug. (I also got the Bernina!)
  • 891. Posted by Suzanne Frost on June 1st, 2017 at 6:58 a.m.
    I was inspired by looking at clothing for my Barbie dolls and wanting to change the colors of the dresses.
  • 892. Posted by Sherry Neff on June 1st, 2017 at 6:55 a.m.
    I have always been drawn to quilts. I have several that were made by my grandmother, even the baby quilt she made for me. My mother was a beautiful seamstress but never quilted and my grandma had passed away, so I kept looking at the quilts and decided I could figure it out myself (which I did), then I joined a local quilt club a few years ago and have learned much from my friends there. Quilting has become my quiet inspiration.
  • 893. Posted by lizvc on June 1st, 2017 at 6:52 a.m.
    My mother was good at a lot of crafts, and taught me as I was growing up. She was an excellent quilter, but didn't start to seriously quilt until after I had left home. She's been gone over 10 years and I'm about to retire, so now I'm getting serious about quilting. I have the stash to prove it!
  • 894. Posted by Pam Straub on June 1st, 2017 at 6:52 a.m.
    I started quilting because of my grandmother who made each of her grandkids a quilt of their choice. Mine is the sunbonnet girl made with fabric from my dresses. As the second daughter in my family, I decided to pass the quilt along to my granddaughter who is also the second daughter. It has become the Second Daughter Quilt in our family to continue to pass on.
  • 895. Posted by Jeanette Martin on June 1st, 2017 at 6:51 a.m.
    My mother's next-door neighbor taught me to sew boxer shorts for my little brother when I was about 12 years old. I learned on my grandmother's old treddle machine that was in our garage. They even fit him. I was so proud!
  • 896. Posted by Pam Straub on June 1st, 2017 at 6:49 a.m.
    I started quilting because of my grandmother who made each of her grandkids a quilt of their choice. Mine is the sunbonnet girl made with fabric from my dresses. As the second daughter in my family, I decided to pass the quilt along to my granddaughter who is also the second daughter. It has become the Second Daughter Quilt in our family to continue to pass on.
  • 897. Posted by Mary Reinhardt on June 1st, 2017 at 6:45 a.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew when I was 8 years old. I received a Shirley Temple doll for Christmas and became interested in making clothes for her. I love making quilts now and have several cut out to sew.
  • 898. Posted by Sonia Hanson on June 1st, 2017 at 6:29 a.m.
    My mother was always sewing as my 2 sisters and I were growing up. She introduced all three of us to sewing. When I moved from Boston to Georgia to live with one of my sisters, we needed something to fill the time we had on our hands and some how we started quilting. My other sister is also in Georgia and she has also started quilting. We have enjoyed it ever since.
  • 899. Posted by Pam Lane on June 1st, 2017 at 6:28 a.m.
    One of my earliest memories is of playing under the quilt fram at my great aunt's house. My dad would leave me with her when he went hunting and I would happily play as her hand guided the needle that quilted the 'roof' of my 'playhouse'. I knew safety and warmth there in that special place
  • 900. Posted by Donna Russell on June 1st, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.
    I wanted to learn to quilt because no one in my family did. My grandmother was a knitter extraordinaire, and my mom was a fantastic seamstress, making tailored clothes with ease. I needed something to do, that I didn't feel like I was competing against them. I took my first class in 1979, and have been quilting ever since. I am still 'obsessed' after all these years.
  • 901. Posted by Krystal Soyalp on June 1st, 2017 at 6:25 a.m.
    I went to my first quilting class about two years ago with a friend to do a jelly roll race quilt. Before that class I had never even touched a sewing machine. By the end of the class, I bought the sewing machine I had used in the class and I was hooked. Quilting to me has become my stress reliever and allows me to go to retreats with friends and meet so many friendly people.
  • 902. Posted by Lisa on June 1st, 2017 at 6:20 a.m.
    I decided I wanted to make a quilt when I was 12 but had no one to teach me so I bought a readers digest craft book. Made the quilt, still have the book.
  • 903. Posted by Becky on June 1st, 2017 at 6:18 a.m.
    My Granddaughter and Daughter. My Daughter gave me several band tees from my granddaughter's "career" in high school band and asked me to make a quilt. After 2 years, a broken leg and much collaboration she got her quilt and I was hooked!
  • 904. Posted by Julie Olson on June 1st, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew when I was around the age of 12. I made a lot of my clothes and swim suits while in Middle/High School. As my life got busy sewing was put on the side. It wasn't till I was 57 when I started my first quilt. I was visiting my life long friend,Judy Young, and she wanted me to go along with her to her quilting group. She took me to fabric shops, got me set up on one of her machines and I got hooked. I am visiting her again this summer for a month so I am sure the sewing machines will be humming along again.
  • 905. Posted by Debra Camp on June 1st, 2017 at 6:12 a.m.
    I was inspired to learn to sew by a heritage of women-mother, two grandmothers , a great, great grandmother.
  • 906. Posted by Susan Jendry on June 1st, 2017 at 6:08 a.m.
    Nobody in my family sewed, except for sewing on a button. I almost flunked out of home ec because I did such a bad job at making a dress. Then in my 20s I met a wonderful lady named Betty. She made the most beautiful quilts and agreed to teach me. It took a very long time for me to learn and create anything very nice but I kept trying. Now I quilt almost everyday. It is my passion, therapy, and my obsession!
  • 907. Posted by Erika Nickens on June 1st, 2017 at 6:05 a.m.
    No surprises here. My Gram inspired me to quilt. She did lots of beautiful handwork.
  • 908. Posted by Susan B. on June 1st, 2017 at 6:04 a.m.
    My first introduction to sewing was from my mother who sewed my clothes, followed by a grandmother who sewed doll clothing, and an aunt who made gorgeous quilts for charity. I thank them dearly for the influence of their talents and dedication.
  • 909. Posted by Diane R. on June 1st, 2017 at 5:36 a.m.
    I've been sewing for a lot of years. My Mom taught me the finer details of clothing sewing & embroidery. Quilting is something I've learned through trial & error, classes & the help of loved ones. The journey continues. Paper piecing is another skill I wish to add to my repertoire. It would be wonderful to win all these lovely supplies.
  • 910. Posted by Twyla Johnson on June 1st, 2017 at 5:33 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew. She taught 4H sewing group that my older sister was in. Made my own clothes. Made my daughters clothes and taught her to sew. My mother began taking quilting classes and did a beautiful hand work cathedral window quilt. Then my daughter took a quilting class and I loved seeing the things she made. She inspired me to start up quilting. We went to a retreat together and made a strip quilt and I have been hooked ever since.
  • 911. Posted by Vicki Adkins on June 1st, 2017 at 5:33 a.m.
    My great-grandmother, who was an Oklahoma pioneer, sewed on a treadle Singer and quilted by hand. At an early age, I was fascinated watching her; however, I did not start quilting until my 50's. Wishing she was still here to show me the way!
  • 912. Posted by Jan on June 1st, 2017 at 5:16 a.m.
    When my friend and I retired from fulfilling careers as teachers she was looking for a creative outlet and quilting was her choice. She encouraged me to join her and be a part of this wonderful art and after a year of her gentle persuasion we signed up to take a course together and as the saying goes we've never looked back. Thank you Mary .
  • 913. Posted by Germaine Robison on June 1st, 2017 at 5:03 a.m.
    When my kids grew up I had time and room to create. I did when they were babies but then life just got too busy. I love to sew and quilt and do every day. Since I am unable to work it gives my life a purpose and beauty.
  • 914. Posted by Bobbi Jackson on May 31st, 2017 at 9:19 p.m.
    I have a group of girlfriends we do everything together and we go all in! I met them in the scrapbooking phase they had already been through the Quilting phase and needed a break. When they got back into Quilting I swore I wouldn't join them in that endeavor however they sucked me in and I've been in love with it ever since!
  • 915. Posted by Susan on May 31st, 2017 at 9:03 p.m.
    Hi, my mother inspired me to start sewing. Had class in 7th grade, made curtains and put the machine away while raising my children. It's bern back out for almost 2 years. My mom and i took an online quilting class together, making all sorts of fun blocks. I have always loved receiving handmade gifts, better than anything bought in the store because they are all made with love. Trying to pasd this along to my daughter. I hope our sewing legacy continues for many generations yet to come!
  • 916. Posted by Anita Brandau on May 31st, 2017 at 8:38 p.m.
    I learned to sew when I was in Junior High and High School. I made a few items of clothing for my daughter when she was young but would get frustrated because I didn't have the time. I put my sewing machine up and didn't think about it until many years later after my daughter went off to college. I had lots of free time on my hands and a friend of mine had recently learned to Quilt and invited me to her quilt group at Church. I bought a simple quilt kit online and my friend let me use her sewing machine that day and that was the first of many days spent quilting!
  • 917. Posted by Kathy Slaughter Cummings on May 31st, 2017 at 8:32 p.m.
    I admired quilts in magazines and libraries from an early age!! After I retired from a career as an RN, I taught myself! Thank you!
  • 918. Posted by Cris Salazar-Zamora on May 31st, 2017 at 7:52 p.m.
    I started quilting when I was not feeling the best about myself. I taught myself to quilt. I watched videos asked questions at the quilt shop and picked out mistakes A LOT!! I thought I can at least make pretty things even if I do not feel so great about myself. And soon the sad days were less and my "beautiful " days were more and more. I met several ladies that were willing to teach me as long as I wanted to learn. I can say that quilting has brought me a lot of happiness! As I am sure it has to so many!
  • 919. Posted by Barb K. on May 31st, 2017 at 7:04 p.m.
    My mom sewed for me and my two sisters and little brother when we were growing up--then she taught us to sew for 4-H projects. About the time I was married, she began quilting and made many quilts. She was my inspiration for quilting!
  • 920. Posted by Claudia Enberg on May 31st, 2017 at 6:04 p.m.
    My mom was my inspiration to sew. She was a wonderful seamstress and sewed all my clothes while I was growing up. From dresses, skirts, shorts, robes, jackets, prom dresses, doll clothes, stuffed animals to pillows, curtains, and purses. The doll clothes were for Chatty Cathy and Besty Wetsy. My dad still has the doll clothes and stuffed animals. The grand kids and great grand kids have all played with them.
  • 921. Posted by Sandy Nolan on May 31st, 2017 at 5:22 p.m.
    I started sewing to expand my wardrobe in Junior High, but didn't start quilting until 2010, when I took a beginning quilting class.
  • 922. Posted by Mary Ann Wittwer on May 31st, 2017 at 4:14 p.m.
    I learned to sew in FH. My mother taught me how to use a sewing machine. I started to quilt when my first great grandchild was born. I now have 12 and made a quilt for all of them.
  • 923. Posted by Sue McLeod on May 31st, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.
    My Mother was the only girl (of 5 sisters) who loved sewing, both machine as well as hand work. She ALWAYS had something she was working on, so I knew only that. It was PBS and Georgia Bonesteel who got me onto quilting way back in the early '70"s!
  • 924. Posted by Christy Jutila on May 31st, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.
    My best friend, Keelyn Fawcett, took me fabric shopping and that was pretty much all it took! She helped me design my first quilt. The first year quilting I did 8 that were Christmas presents. My second year I completed 10, and so far this year I did a queen size for my bed and one throw. Quilting is so much fun!
  • 925. Posted by Linda Jo Miller on May 31st, 2017 at 3:31 p.m.
    My good friend Kathy Hilton took me to the "dark side" three years ago, and I LOVE IT!!!
  • 926. Posted by Cynthia Wilbanks on May 31st, 2017 at 3:16 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew at an early age, but my sister is the one who really got me into quilting.
  • 927. Posted by Joyce Carter on May 31st, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I am already subscribed to your newsletter. My Mother made all of my dresses when I was growing up. She also made a lot of quilts. So I wanted to learn how to sew at an early age. I loved it! As I got older, making quilts became mt passion.. I was very much inspired by my Mother.
  • 928. Posted by Sam VanSant on May 31st, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.
    I won a lovely quilt at a museum function many years ago. I got the "bug" from winning that quilt!!
  • 929. Posted by LindaMae on May 31st, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.
    My grandmother pieced quilts on her treadle sewing machine and later my mother embroidered and pieced blocks.
  • 930. Posted by Rebecca Haggard on May 31st, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.
    Originally my mom. She helped me learn to use a sewing machine. She made most of my clothes. When learning she would rip out my mistakes so I wouldn't get discouraged. Then my mom's mom she was the quilter. Funny thing is ... I don't remember her having a sewing machine. I have a couple of her wedding ring quilts, and she hand quilted, but I also do remember a quilting frame. So now that I quilt and am a grandma, I wonder how she so many quilts.
  • 931. Posted by Becky Haggard on May 31st, 2017 at 10:41 a.m.
    Originally my mom. She helped me learn to use a sewing machine. She made most of my clothes. When learning she would rip out my mistakes so I wouldn't get discouraged. Then my mom's mom she was the quilter. Funny thing is ... I don't remember her having a sewing machine. I have a couple of her wedding ring quilts, and she hand quilted, but I also do remember a quilting frame. So now that I quilt and am a grandma, I wonder how she so many quilts.
  • 932. Posted by Ann Ernst on May 31st, 2017 at 10:31 a.m.
    I learned to sew in 4H while very young. My mother was a great help. I started to quilt in my 20s after taking a class.
  • 933. Posted by Beth North on May 31st, 2017 at 10:23 a.m.
    I was inspired to quilt by my grandmother. She gave me a fan quilt for a wedding gift. I always wanted to quilt, but never got the chance till then. I am self-taught. I think she would be proud of me on my accomplishments as a quilter.
  • 934. Posted by Louise Wozniak on May 31st, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.
    When my grandmother's eyesight left her unable to thread her needle, I started sewing! I decided that if I could thread her needles for her, I could sew. My Mom would give me scraps of fabric and I would make tiny quilts for her. As I got older, I started to make clothing. I took sewing lessons at Singer and entered the 4H sewing competition. I made most of my cloths in high school, then started making drapes for my first home. I moved on to baby quilts and it has never stopped! I love to see fabric combinations and enjoy the process of creating. Sewing has been a big part of my life for more than 50 years!
  • 935. Posted by sheryl bailey on May 31st, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.
    Of course, my Mom sewed and I followed her into doing some projects but my junior high home economics teacher inspired me to push myself to sew creative projects. I ended up making my western shirts, tip stitching, metallic threads, all the details. I started hand quilting in the Army to have something to do in my free time. Now I am a quilter and seems to be that I must do a good job, I just had 4 people approach me to make quilts for them!
  • 936. Posted by Barbara Machuga on May 31st, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.
    I learned to sew in Junior High sewing class. Made a lot of clothes, then preceded to make curtains for our first home. Later I moved to making quilts and that id my passion these days.
  • 937. Posted by Dee on May 31st, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.
    Saw a quilt class at local Bernina. Wow my grandson would love this. Took a class and I'm quilting for grandchildren and children and sister and beyond.
  • 938. Posted by Faye Tamm LaMere on May 31st, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.
    I learned to sew in 4-H and have been sewing ever since. Started quilting baby quilts after college when friends started having babies and quilting ever since.
  • 939. Posted by Penny on May 31st, 2017 at 8:18 a.m.
    A day or two before I was ready to retire a woman was in the office where I worked. I happened to be in the front office when she was scheduling her next appointment. I complimented her on the great quilted bag she had. She told me that she had made it. It turned out that she was a quilting teacher. She had a class starting the very next week! The rest is history! I now have several sewing machines and a long arm machine as well!
  • 940. Posted by Sue Webb on May 31st, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.
    It started as a girl being facinated by stories about pioneers traveling across the country by covered wagons. Then I discovered that my maternal grandmother and all of her sisters quilted. They all married in the 20's and 30's, so the quilts I remember are all pastels.
  • 941. Posted by Christine Prager on May 31st, 2017 at 8:02 a.m.
    My maternal grandmother quilted when I was young. I was fascinated with the huge quilting frame and her tiny stitches. I personally did not get into quilting until much later after getting a new sewing machine and taking classes at the shop where I purchased it. I still have not tackled hand quilting though.
  • 942. Posted by mary wenszell on May 31st, 2017 at 7:51 a.m.
    To give me something to do in the summers my mom signed me up for sewing classes in summer school after 7th grade. I sewed a lot of clothes especially my maternity clothes and clothes for my two children. I always wanted to learn how to quilt and finally took my first class in January, 2012. The best part of the quilting process is deciding what pattern to make and hunting for fabric!
  • 943. Posted by Brenda Moore on May 31st, 2017 at 7:32 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew but not to quilt. My grandmother quilted and I played under her quilt frame as a little girl. I always loved fabrics but didn't start quilting until I retired and took a class at a local quilt shop. I've been doing it ever since and I love it!
  • 944. Posted by Vicki Fox on May 31st, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    I did not grow up around quilting. My mother was an excellent seamstress and taught me to sew. I did learn that my maternal grandmother and great-grandmother quilted. I think that's who inspired me. Even though I did not actually see it till many years later, I was told my grandmother had made herself a beautiful "Joseph's Coat". My first quilting project was a dress with crazy quilt yoke and panels that I made in my teens and inspired by my grandmother Peters.
  • 945. Posted by Jan Schell on May 31st, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
    My mother sewed everything from clothes for 5 daughters to custom draperies for a furniture store. She did not have the time to teach us to sew. She bugged me to try quilting in my later years. When she got lung cancer, I thought it would be a good way to spend some time with her. I definitely got "bit". I quilt every day since I have retired!
  • 946. Posted by Vicki Fox on May 31st, 2017 at 7:18 a.m.
    I did not grow up around quilting. My mother was an excellent seamstress and taught me to sew. I did learn that my maternal grandmother and great-grandmother quilted. I think that's who inspired me. Even though I did not actually see it till many years later, I was told my grandmother had made herself a beautiful "Joseph's Coat". My first quilting project was a dress with crazy quilt yoke and panels that I made in my teens and inspired by my grandmother Peters.
  • 947. Posted by Sandy Adams on May 31st, 2017 at 7:12 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew & then I self taught myself to piece & quilt, by far my favorite hobby!
  • 948. Posted by Charley Miller on May 31st, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.
    My grandmother she used to make handstitched quilts and taught my sister and I to sew and make our own patterns . She bought us our own sewing machine when I was nine. My sister is a master quilter and I'm just okay. Quilting is great therapy.
  • 949. Posted by Cheryl on May 31st, 2017 at 6:32 a.m.
    My sister-in-law
  • 950. Posted by Lavonne Gribben on May 31st, 2017 at 6:21 a.m.
    My mother-in-law showed me how to shadow quilt when I was pregnant with our 2nd child. That was 1974 & I have been quilting ever since.
  • 951. Posted by Leona Weaver on May 31st, 2017 at 6:21 a.m.
    My mother inspired me to sew. She taught me when I was 6 years old,from there I made most of my clothes in high school. I made my childrens clothes when they were small,then I got into custom sewing and alterations. I decided to try quilting and found it to be very relaxing and fun, it is now the only thing I sew.
  • 952. Posted by lgribben@bellsouth.net on May 31st, 2017 at 6:17 a.m.
    When I was pregnant with our 2nd child my mother-in-law showed me how to shadow quilt. That was in 1974 & I have been quilting ever since.
  • 953. Posted by Rilla Burnham on May 31st, 2017 at 6:04 a.m.
    My grandmother was a quilter. I grew up sleeping on pallets made with quilts and having them piled on top of us in the winter. I loved looking at the variety of fabrics in them. I started sewing in high school but didn't start quilting until my late 20s and now it is a passion of mine. Just wish my grandmother was still around to share it with. I have a new granddaughter and looking forward to introducing her to quilting someday!
  • 954. Posted by Dorian on May 31st, 2017 at 5:52 a.m.
    I've been a newsletter subscriber for a long while now! Although I am a self taught quilter, my Grandma was my inspiration. She quilted till she was well into her 80s :) as did her mom before her. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
  • 955. Posted by arlene on May 31st, 2017 at 5:48 a.m.
    I grew up with a grandmother who sewed our clothes the whole time we were growing up. Home Ec was taught in school then and you had to sew a item of clothing. Once I finished that dress, I sewed my own clothing from then on. I branched out into quilting about 15 years ago and have never looked back. I now machine embroider and love art quilts.
  • 956. Posted by Jackie Considine on May 31st, 2017 at 5:35 a.m.
    My mom did hand sewing and I loved watching her. She bought me a child size machine to make doll clothes on. Been hooked every since.
  • 957. Posted by Paul on May 31st, 2017 at 4:47 a.m.
    My mother did quilts while watching her soap operas during the day and when I was not in school I would help her cut the blocks for her. I still have the quilts she made for me from back then, and I started quilting about 3 years ago and it is a family thing to keep it going through out the ages. My mother has passed and I know that she is proud of what me and my family are still doing to keep the traditions going.
  • 958. Posted by Brenda Peplinskie on May 31st, 2017 at 4:31 a.m.
    I have been quilting for over 20 years! I used to make clothing, even a wedding dress, and would attend the Creative Sewing Festival in Toronto every year, where I soon found I was more interested in the quilting fabrics than the fashion fabrics. Once I started quilting, I never looked back! It's my passion and I quilt almost every day!!
  • 959. Posted by Sherri Kyte on May 31st, 2017 at 4:10 a.m.
    I am a self taught quilter, my mother sewed our clothes but never quilted. I LOVE all aspects of the industry from fabric to wool to rug hooking. I would love to learn how to knit and crochet also.
  • 960. Posted by Mary Ann M. on May 31st, 2017 at 2:19 a.m.
    I am totaly self taught. I started with my clothes then doll clothes then best of all quilting!
  • 961. Posted by Rita Corral Estevez on May 31st, 2017 at 1:50 a.m.
    Since many year ago,I simply need it.New fabrics,new ideas.....Quilting and crafts make my life better.Rita.
  • 962. Posted by Debra Holstine on May 31st, 2017 at 1:07 a.m.
    My Mother made all of our clothes and taught me how to sew. Mom made her first quilt after I had shown her the quilts I made. I am teaching my grand-daughters how to sew and they are loving it. Two of them have made baby quilts and they youngest has made several bags.
  • 963. Posted by Ann Jones on May 31st, 2017 at 12:57 a.m.
    I started patchworking when I was about 9 years old. My Dad brought home a bag of fabric to be used for polishing cloths. They never made it. I made a multi-coloured waistcoat. The quilting came many years later. I juust love fabric and have saved all my scraps for years. My dream is to one day make a crazy quilt for our king sized bed !!!!!
  • 964. Posted by Chris on May 31st, 2017 at 12:10 a.m.
    My Grandmother taught me to quilt almost 60 years ago. She was a tough Kansas farmer. I miss her everyday. She would love all the gizmos we have now.
  • 965. Posted by Patty on May 30th, 2017 at 10:54 p.m.
    My 2 grandmothers taught me to sew when I was young and then when I started high school I loved sewing in Home Ec. I have now moved on to quilting and I love it.
  • 966. Posted by Robin Klein on May 30th, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.
    I started quilting in my late 20's when I was home with babies. There were several people who introduced me. They were presenters oon Public TV that I watched early mornings. I knew how to embroider but that was not popular and I was bored with ceramics. So I started anew craft in the 80's!
  • 967. Posted by Mary Woodriff on May 30th, 2017 at 10:33 p.m.
    I remember threading needles for Mother & Grandmother while they quilted. As I moved away from home I started quilting and joined a group and started attending retreats. I must say I have met a lot of wonderful ladies who inspired me to continue me. Have made a lot of wonderful friends.
  • 968. Posted by carol j olszewski on May 30th, 2017 at 10:11 p.m.
    My mother made clothes for me and my sisters, and I started sewing for myself in high school. I made my dress for my senior banquet and several suits which I wore.
  • 969. Posted by Cheryl Hackmann on May 30th, 2017 at 10:03 p.m.
    My grandmother pieced quilt tops and made clothes. My mom taught me to sew. I taught middle school FACS (Home Ec) for 30+ years.
  • 970. Posted by Eva Reimer on May 30th, 2017 at 10:01 p.m.
    I learn from books when my husband was stationed in Germany. One of my favorite memories of my maternal great grandmother is that I would hide under her push pedal sewing in the sitting room. Later after my husband and I return from overseas my mother gifted a quilt that my great grandmother had pieced on that very machine.
  • 971. Posted by Rebecca Kolc on May 30th, 2017 at 9:49 p.m.
    My grandmother was an expert seamstress who made clothes for me, my siblings, and many other clients. My mother also helped me to learn sewing.
  • 972. Posted by Sheila Oxley on May 30th, 2017 at 9:13 p.m.
    My mom taught me crochet, needlepoint and sewing. As I grew up I loved crafts and I was always interested in quilting. I would by quilting magazines, but never took the time to really try. Last October I wanted to make a new cover for my sons body pillow and ended up by fabric to make him a quilt! I just finished it, but have finished a lap quilt and have another I'm ready to quilt...needles to say, I'm hooked!
  • 973. Posted by Lynda Gustavus on May 30th, 2017 at 9:11 p.m.
    In 1976, I was working on earning a bicentennial badge for Girl Scouts. We had to do activities that women did in 1776. I made my first quilt - I cut two inch by two inch squares using scissors. I hand pieced and hand quilted it and was so happy to get it completed to put on my doll bed. From there, I decided that piecing on the sewing machine worked much better. It is a fond memory I have. Many years later I've so enjoyed making quilts for family and friends as well as for raffles to raise funds for a variety of causes.
  • 974. Posted by Debbie on May 30th, 2017 at 9:11 p.m.
    Mrs. Harris, my 7th grade Home Ec. teacher EVER so patiently taught beginner sewing skills to very immature girls...God bless her!
  • 975. Posted by Jill Meador on May 30th, 2017 at 9:01 p.m.
    I had been my fathers caregiver 24/7 and when I told him a quilt shop had opened in a nearby town, he told me his mother had been a quilter and encouraged me to start. Later on I had been working on a flannel rag quilt for him but he passed away before I could finish. I finished it and it stillremains my favorite couch cuddle quilt.
  • 976. Posted by Elizabeth Lacumsky on May 30th, 2017 at 8:58 p.m.
    My Grandmother taught me to sew, was sewing for 10 in 4-H program made all my clothes and now I am into quilting and I owe all my thanks to my grandmother for my love now in quilting
  • 977. Posted by Linda Diehl on May 30th, 2017 at 8:51 p.m.
    My Grandmother tought me to sew. And it was my joy to teach my daughter and my grandkids to sew at a very young age.
  • 978. Posted by Kathy Hartwell on May 30th, 2017 at 8:42 p.m.
    My mother started teaching me to sew when I was about 5 years old. I made most of my own clothes for many many years and did sewing for family and friends. It just seemed natural to try my hand at quilting and then I was hooked.
  • 979. Posted by Jill Meador on May 30th, 2017 at 8:35 p.m.
    I was my 80 yr old fathers caregiver 24/7 and when I told him a quilt shop opened in neighboring town, he said his mother used to quilt. That was when he encouraged me to start quilting. In the past he had made beautiufl stained glass windows-sort of hand in hand artwork. I was in the process of making him a flannel rag quilt when he passed away-I did finish it and to this day it is one of my favorite couch cuddle quilts.
  • 980. Posted by Sharon Conner on May 30th, 2017 at 8:29 p.m.
    My mom taught me needlework as a kid and then my previous boss got me into quilting!
  • 981. Posted by Diane Trei on May 30th, 2017 at 8:16 p.m.
    My maternal Grandmother has always been my inspiration for sewing and quilting. Her quilts so inspired me to follow in her footsteps to begin making quilts to give away to family and friends. It was one of her quilts that offered me my greatest comfort when I was sick as a child.
  • 982. Posted by Cathy Sanborn on May 30th, 2017 at 8:16 p.m.
    My mother always sewed for us, so it was a natural thing to do. A friend was a quilter, and I was intrigued by the patterns made from fabric. I've been hooked ever since.
  • 983. Posted by Misty Smith on May 30th, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.
    My grandmother was the first to inspire me to sew. I actually started out on my great grandmother's old treadle singer sewing machine.
  • 984. Posted by Diane Graham on May 30th, 2017 at 8:01 p.m.
    My friend, Sandra, is the one who got me interested in learning to quilt. She was always working on something. She invited me to come to a quilt guild meeting, and I was hooked. Seeing all the beautiful quilts that ladies there had made. When they ask how long I had been quilting and I said I had never done any quilting. So many took me under their wing and started to help me got organized by telling me the first "must haves" I would need to get started. It was such a blast, finding the tools friends said were what I would have to have to get started. It's been such a great learning experience to learn something from the past so that the skills can continue to be passed down through generations and not become a lost art.
  • 985. Posted by Denise Campbell on May 30th, 2017 at 7:56 p.m.
    My mom is the one who influenced my sister and I to sew/quilt
  • 986. Posted by Jan Turnley on May 30th, 2017 at 7:55 p.m.
    My Mom and my Aunt made me a Mary Poppins Halloween costume out of dotted Swiss curtains when I was in grade school. I got to help and was hooked on sewing from then on. My next project was a wrap around reversible skirt with a matching purse.
  • 987. Posted by Shirley Osewalt on May 30th, 2017 at 7:55 p.m.
    I love making quilts to give away to family and friends. Hope to join Quilts of Valor soon, a few more family projects to finish first.
  • 988. Posted by Penny Dominici on May 30th, 2017 at 7:52 p.m.
    My sister started quilting long before I did. She had inspired me to try to learn step-by-step. Now we spend time together at fabric stores.
  • 989. Posted by Cathleen Colson on May 30th, 2017 at 7:49 p.m.
    My mom made all my sister's and my clothes and matching clothes for herself. She started me on doll clothes when I was 7, I made my own wool dress with satin and lace cummerbund when I was 13, lined wool suit when I was 16.
  • 990. Posted by Karen on May 30th, 2017 at 7:48 p.m.
    I started quilting when I was over 40. The fabric selection and quilt ideas have exploded since then and I always tell young people interested in quilting not to wait to start. Too many projects to try and not enough years!
  • 991. Posted by Jean Cate on May 30th, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
    I learned to sew in Home Ec in High School. Started quilting when we lived in Indonesia and haven't looked back.
  • 992. Posted by Barb Nielson on May 30th, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew. She made clothes for me and my two siblings. I "played" with pieces of a Double Wedding Ring Quilt when I was very young that my gradmother started cutting pieces for before she passed away at the age of 35 - thus began the quilting bug.
  • 993. Posted by Cheryl Russell on May 30th, 2017 at 7:45 p.m.
    I was never aware of any relatives who quilted, but always loved quilts. As a young girl, I was in awe of quilts. In my 30s, I was given a small wall quilt for Mothers Day. My daughters had seen me admire it. I hung the small quilt on a wall, but decided there should be others with it. I began making small quilts, and loved it. I didn't think I was capable of making a bed quilt, but realized that if you put all my small quilts together, I had made several large quilts. Now I make quilts of all sizes. My favorite quilts to make now are I Spy baby quilts.
  • 994. Posted by Marilyn Warren on May 30th, 2017 at 7:44 p.m.
    I was very interested in sewing as a young girl in the late 40's by watching my mother make our clothes and fabulous quilts. She made me a poodle skirt when they were the rage in the 50's. My own "firsts" were making an apron and then a skirt in our Home Ec class. I was hooked! I minored in Home Ec in college (business ed was my major). After a career in teaching and then in corporate training and development, I retired and went back to my love of sewing--now making my own quilts and fun projects like doll clothes and stuffies. Such fun!!!!
  • 995. Posted by Celeste Hauser on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 p.m.
    My mom taught me how to sew. Once my sister and I were grown and she was no longer making dresses for us she learned to quilt and asked me if I wanted to take a class with here. The rest is history. And even though she passed away 10 years ago I think of her every time I sit down at my machine.
  • 996. Posted by Sue Nugent on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 p.m.
    I learned to sew in Jr. High Home Ec class. I didn't start to uilt until I retired
  • 997. Posted by Therese on May 30th, 2017 at 7:41 p.m.
    Both of my grandmothers quilted, but I learned to sew in high school home economic classes. I loved sewing and spent the following years making clothes for myself, my sisters and my mom. I didn't learn to quilt until about 10 years ago when I saw a quilt class by Shirley Stutz offered in our local quilt shop. I ended up taking a beginner class instead, but will finally get to take Shirley's class this fall as she is teaching her class to my guild. I can't wait!
  • 998. Posted by Nancy Johnson on May 30th, 2017 at 7:39 p.m.
    My mother was an excellent seamstress. She made all of her own clothing and all of mine. Silly me, I thought it was a treat to get a store-bought item! She inspired me to sew and now to quilt.
  • 999. Posted by Pam Hunt on May 30th, 2017 at 7:37 p.m.
    I started sewing at age 6yrs. with my Grandmother and her treadle machine. Soon thereafter she helped me make my doll a quilt.
  • 1000. Posted by Susan Milani on May 30th, 2017 at 7:35 p.m.
    My Mom taught my sister & me when we were 6 or 7. Mom made all our clothes and getting to shop for fabric was always a treat. Here I am many years later and going to a fabric store to choose fabric for a quilt is still one of my favorite trips to make!
  • 1001. Posted by paulette whitfield on May 30th, 2017 at 7:17 p.m.
    I was sewing as a young girl with my mom. In my 20s I started hand crafts such as macrame, decoupage, furniture stripping & did some cross stitching. Then in 30s & 40s did counted cross stitch, and other things such as crewel, etc. Started with quilting & top making along with other sewing things about 8 years ago. This recent phase started out with classes on my new machine & evolved over time
  • 1002. Posted by Diane Oubre on May 30th, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.
    my mom made our clothes when i was small but no one in the family quilted. I taught myself to quilt because I wanted to make my family each a quilt holding memories for them. I pour alot of love and prayers into their quilts.
  • 1003. Posted by Jessie Faber on May 30th, 2017 at 7:09 p.m.
    My Aunts sewed when I was young. We didn't spend a lot of time around to learn, but I always remembered. Didn't start quilting till after I had my first child. Made a few, then dormant for about 8 years. Now I have been on a roll.
  • 1004. Posted by Francis Connor on May 30th, 2017 at 6:50 p.m.
    My mother! Watching her passion grow as an adult has been very inspiring to me and my enjoyment in sewing!
  • 1005. Posted by Helen Lord on May 30th, 2017 at 6:50 p.m.
    My mother and my Nana both taught me the basics of hand and machine sewing. However, neither of them really did much more than mending and simple sewing projects. I'm not sure where I picked up the desire to do more--maybe from the mother of one of my friends who used to make the most amazing doll clothes!
  • 1006. Posted by Janine on May 30th, 2017 at 6:48 p.m.
    My sister caught the quilting bug and passed it on to me.
  • 1007. Posted by Denise Cabral on May 30th, 2017 at 6:39 p.m.
    A friend who I got reacquainted with invited me to go to a quilting clas and I was hooked"
  • 1008. Posted by Caren M on May 30th, 2017 at 6:33 p.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew a button on 4 different ways when I was 4. Between Mom, Grandma, and 4-H I have a great base to build upon.
  • 1009. Posted by Teresa Joan on May 30th, 2017 at 6:33 p.m.
    My grandmother got me started quilting when I was very young. She kept every piece of worn out clothing and used all fabrics in her beautiful quilts. I still have the quilt that we made more than 60 years ago!
  • 1010. Posted by Marilyn Robinson on May 30th, 2017 at 6:26 p.m.
    I had been a garment sewer in the past but it was actually a woman I met at jury duty who inspired me to try quilting!
  • 1011. Posted by Caren Miller on May 30th, 2017 at 6:25 p.m.
    My mother showed me how to sew on a button 4 different ways when I was 4. Mom, Grandma and 4-H combined to give me a base.
  • 1012. Posted by Pam Petersen on May 30th, 2017 at 6:22 p.m.
    My Mom made all our clothes and I was fascinated watching her. One summer I designed my wardrobe for the next school year. She helped me sew those outfits just like my drawings. I was hooked. I don't sew clothing as much as I used to before I found quilting.
  • 1013. Posted by Jeri L on May 30th, 2017 at 6:14 p.m.
    I am a self-taught quilter, my mother used to sew all of our clothes when we were kids. I also learned that my great-grandmother made quilts but I never knew that growing up I only knew her till I was about seven years old.
  • 1014. Posted by Janet S on May 30th, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.
    I first saw my husband's grandmother sewing quilts by hand and was so amazed at her little pieces sewn together by her tiny arthritic hands. Beautiful double wedding ring quilts and quilts for all the grandchildren. It was surely a gift of love.
  • 1015. Posted by Kareemah Hamdan on May 30th, 2017 at 6:12 p.m.
    I suppose you could attribute my wanting to know how to sew to my mother and grandmother, both of whom knew how to sew and spent considerable amounts of time trying to do so to save or make money. Unfortunately by the time I was old enough to want o learn, my mother's passion for it had been poisoned by family and strangers always wanting stuff from her for free. I grew up far away from my grandmother but I knew she made money (and supported her hobby lets face it:) ) by sewing square dance skirts--golly I loved those ruffled underskirts! I had to go to college for fashion design to learn to sew :). I currently enjoy quilting because I get to play with color, texture and surface design without worrying whether or not it will fit since the last time anyone tried it on :)
  • 1016. Posted by Janice Todd on May 30th, 2017 at 6:06 p.m.
    My grandmother taught me how to sew on an old Singer treadle machine. Then when I was in Junior High I ordered an electric machine with a zigzag stitch from a catalog. I sewed most of my clothes in high school. I made my first quilt top at 14. It was a machine applique Sun Bonnet Sue.
  • 1017. Posted by Karen S on May 30th, 2017 at 6:01 p.m.
    My grandmothers and my mother taught me how to sew. Quilting was a natural follow-on to lots of clothing sewing.
  • 1018. Posted by Margie Coesens on May 30th, 2017 at 5:59 p.m.
    I learned to sew in 4H. My mom. grandma and aunts all sewed and would get together once a month,
  • 1019. Posted by Sandy P. on May 30th, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.
    I saw an ad in the paper for quilting classes. That was 10 years ago and the quilt bug has bitten me bad. Love it.
  • 1020. Posted by Julia Sandefur on May 30th, 2017 at 5:41 p.m.
    I started sewing when I was 3. I was pretty much self taught. My mom says I would take the threaded needle she left in the curtain for sewing emergencies and sew my dress to my cousin's pants. That's when she started providing me with lacing cards which kept me occupied for hours. I loved threading colored shoelaces through the holes as I "sewed" the pictures. As I got older I would trace my Barbie doll and make her clothes. Mom could sew but didn't have much patience for teaching, so her best friend Eleanor took me under her wings when I was about 10 and helped to improve my skills. I mostly made clothing and home decor, but always saved the scraps. My first scrap patch quilt was made while in my 20's, but didn't make anymore until the grandkids came along. Then I worked at a fabric store and learned about block of the month and made several quilt tops that way. Now I design my own quilts and can't stop long enough to make myself a dress.
  • 1021. Posted by (Ms.) Leo G Schaad on May 30th, 2017 at 5:40 p.m.
    I learned how NOT to sew from my mother. We spent most of our time taking out stitches because she never read the instructions. When I made my first dress after leaving home, I read the instructions all the way before taking my first stitch.. The dress was finished in one day without taking out one stitch. Needless to say, I was hooked. I've been sewing for 60 years and only recently started quilting. Love it.
  • 1022. Posted by Mary Drabik on May 30th, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.
    There was an antique quilt in our family that had roots back to the War. The crazy quilt pattern and the beautiful embroidery inspired me to try my hand at quilting
  • 1023. Posted by Karen Seitz on May 30th, 2017 at 5:16 p.m.
    My best friend talked me into making a quilt from a simple tutorial online about 6 years ago. I have made more than 50 quilt tops since then. She has made just the one. :-)
  • 1024. Posted by Colleen Harveland on May 30th, 2017 at 5:13 p.m.
    The 2000th Birthday of the United States inspired me - Said I was going to learn two things before I died - quilt and bake bread - am working on learning to quilt, new techniques all the time - have given up on the bread baking
  • 1025. Posted by Dorothy Caswell on May 30th, 2017 at 4:53 p.m.
    My Mom taught me to sew.She was so special as she could look at a dress at a store & come home & make it.
  • 1026. Posted by Renea Yarolim on May 30th, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.
    I signed up to receive the newsletter. I learned to sew from my mother. She made all my clothes until I started to make my own. I made clothing for my four children and now I am a quilter. Thanks for the amazing giveaway.
  • 1027. Posted by Rommy on May 30th, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.
    My mother was always sewing, knitting and busy with embrodery. She teached my the love for quilting
  • 1028. Posted by Charlie DiSante on May 30th, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.
    This is a fabulous prize. Thanks for the oppoetunity
  • 1029. Posted by Von Bullard on May 30th, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.
    My mother-in-law was a beautiful hand quilter. I loved her creativity. Everything she made was so lovely. Once I retired and had extra time - which was just a few months ago- I've been determined to learn to quilt.
  • 1030. Posted by Ida Tendam on May 30th, 2017 at 4:13 p.m.
    I love quilting and all the gadgets that go with it. I have been on a quilting budget (self imposed) so would love to get some free stuff.
  • 1031. Posted by Marietta Gruesbeck on May 30th, 2017 at 4:09 p.m.
    I started sewing as a small child watching mom sew on a treadle machine. I sewed clothes by hand and on a small chain stitch machine. Later I fixed the treadle when it needed the belt shortened. Love sewing!
  • 1032. Posted by Tricia Roszkowski on May 30th, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.
    I have been sewing since I was 3. I am mostly self taught. I just wanted to do it, it has always been my happy place. I even served in the Navy and always had a sewing kit or machine with me. I remember when stationed on a ship, my boss found my machine in the forward storage. He called me into his office and when I saw it sitting there, I thought I was in trouble! He asked if I could fix one of his uniforms and suggested for me to stow it in the storage inside medical. I do not remember a time that I did not sew. I started sewing my own clothes when I was around 11 years old. My new passion is quilting, which I started about 22 years ago. Sewing continues to bring me joy, even when I'm having a bad day.... there is always the hum of my machine and the feel of my latest fabric purchase to bring me inner peace. Good luck everyone and thanks for the opportunity to share!
  • 1033. Posted by Eileen Buel on May 30th, 2017 at 3:58 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew, first making clothes for my Ginny Doll, then clothing for myself. Quilting came much later, inspired by friends. It has become a passion.
  • 1034. Posted by Alissa Dedmon on May 30th, 2017 at 3:56 p.m.
    My grandmother made clothes for me when I was little but she died when I was only six years old. I always wanted to learn to sew but my mother had no interest in it. I took a class in high school on clothing construction. I loved making clothes but never thought I would quilt. Now that I am 51 I have learned to quilt and have quickly become a fanatic!
  • 1035. Posted by Glenna Dameron on May 30th, 2017 at 3:38 p.m.
    I started sewing at 12 so I could have more choice in my clothes. My first grandson inspired me to start quilting.
  • 1036. Posted by Margareth Read on May 30th, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
    My mother wanted to make the angel quilt but didn't want to do it alone, so we started together. At the same time I made a new friend that also quilted, so she encouraged me to join a quilting group. My friend has passed on now but I am still attending the quilt group and enjoying all the benifits of friendship and generosity. So is my mum .
  • 1037. Posted by Susan Powers on May 30th, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my mother and grandmother. Both were very skilled sewers and crafters. They gave me the basics so I could start quilting years later as an adult.
  • 1038. Posted by Debbie Sheldon on May 30th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
    My dad made it possible for us to sew. He bought us a sewing machine and would show my sister and I how to sew on buttons and mend things.
  • 1039. Posted by Bonnie Miller on May 30th, 2017 at 3:20 p.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew when I was very young. She sewed all of my clothes and I would watch her make them. Instead of buying my clothes when we shopped, we would look at current trends then she went how and made them. She inspired me to make my own designs.
  • 1040. Posted by Ginny Andersen on May 30th, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.
    From the time I was little. we attended the family reunion in WV and one of my favorite parts was getting to go up to the guest room in the "big house" and look at all of my Great Aunt Pauline's quilts, which filled a floor to ceiling cupboard at the foot of the bed. Quilt after quilt was taken out and spread on the bed. Such wonders and colors! I was totally captivated! A lot of the family women gathered to quilt, especially in the winter months, but my aunt was the one who inspired me to learn. Living in the West meant a lot of my learning was self taught from books and TV programs. I have quilted now for over 30 years and have never tired of it.
  • 1041. Posted by Dorothy on May 30th, 2017 at 3:09 p.m.
    I am 91 and I still quilt I have 9 greatgrandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren so you know I am a busy quilter I think I better go faster ha ha ha
  • 1042. Posted by Mary Turner on May 30th, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
    Both of my grandmothers were my inspiration. They had large families and made their quilts with outgrown clothing or flour sacks. They were very beautiful! I still have my doll blanket grandma made for me when I was little.
  • 1043. Posted by Elizabeth Withnell on May 30th, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.
    I took a Quilt in a Day class years ago and it was a Eureka! moment. I just loved piecing fabrics and must have been a sweatshop sewer in a previous life because I loved the machine stitching as well. Now that I have more time to quilt I have been focusing on perfecting machine quilting. I have tried many crafts, but I love the craft of quilting best.XAGD
  • 1044. Posted by Renae keys on May 30th, 2017 at 2:58 p.m.
    My inspiration was my grandmother she taught me to sew using her treadle sewing machine.i wish she was still with us.
  • 1045. Posted by Betsy Reiter on May 30th, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.
    I wanted to make a quilt since I was a teenager because my grandmother made them. I never learned until three years ago (when I was 53). I remember watching her use her treadle sewing machine and hand quilting on a frame that came down from the ceiling. I'm not that good and use a newer machine, but I plan to try her old machine one day (it stays at my daddy's house).
  • 1046. Posted by Terri Bennett on May 30th, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I took my first quilting class when I was 26 with my friend.
  • 1047. Posted by Deborah Siddall on May 30th, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.
    My mother first taught me how to sew and then I took classes in school. I became interested in quilting when my mom gave me a box on Dresden plate blocks that were started by my grandmother and finished by my mom. She ask me to finish the quilt. Unfortunately, I didn't get the top done before she passed away. I will give this special quilt to my granddaughter along with the story.
  • 1048. Posted by Billie Tordt on May 30th, 2017 at 2:56 p.m.
    I learned from Harriet Hargrave and she taught from Mary Ellen Hopkins book "Its okay to sit on my quilt" and I was totally hooked.
  • 1049. Posted by Victoria on May 30th, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.
    I was inspired by my Mother when I was very young. Love the fabrics, color and different textures.
  • 1050. Posted by Barb Poposky on May 30th, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.
    What a wonderful giveaway! I started sewing in 4-H when I was 11 or 12. My aunt & uncle bought me his aunt's machine for my 13th birthday. I did more sewing in high school home ec classes, & off & on through the years as an adult. Last year, I got my machine out & set it up in its own space. I've been busy on mini quilts & throw quilts, table runners, kitchen curtains, chair pads & placemats, pot holders & hot pads, mug rugs & wall hangings --- for our home, family, & friends. Right now I'm working on "pretties" for my granddaughters 3rd birthday
  • 1051. Posted by Victoria on May 30th, 2017 at 2:44 p.m.
    539 Highland St Morgantown, In 46160 My inspiration was my mother. I enjoyed the colors of material and the color cordinated fabrics that go with it. G
  • 1052. Posted by Nancy Carpenter on May 30th, 2017 at 2:28 p.m.
    Like so many others, my mother and grandmother were the ones who inspired me to quilt. Every time my grandmother came to stay with us for a while, there was always a quilt on the frame to be quilted, and of course, I "helped!" Finally, after retiring I have been able to make my own quilts and, for the most part, hand quilt them like they did. Treasures!
  • 1053. Posted by Kathy Jacobson on May 30th, 2017 at 2:26 p.m.
    I was inspired to sew when I was a young teenager in 4-H and loved to sew ever since. Years later, I was inspired to begin quilting by my oldest granddaughter, Christin.
  • 1054. Posted by Angelia Barger on May 30th, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.
    My grandma inspired and taught me quilt piecing and hand quilting. My sister keeps me motivated, as we quilt together
  • 1055. Posted by Sherry Barger on May 30th, 2017 at 2:18 p.m.
    My grandmother inspires me with my quilting.
  • 1056. Posted by Barbara Brainard on May 30th, 2017 at 2:09 p.m.
    I was inspired to learn quilting by the Quilts of Valor Foundation. I come from a military family and this seemed a fitting way to honor and say thanks to our men & women of the Armed Forces. Thank you for the opportunity to share your goodies from Market.
  • 1057. Posted by Tjitske de Vries on May 30th, 2017 at 2 p.m.
    I love quilting. Started when i was 18 years, project for school. I like to enter for This give away. To everyone have fun with quilting
  • 1058. Posted by Cathy Hughes on May 30th, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.
    My Aunt Mary got me started.
  • 1059. Posted by Michele Scott on May 30th, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.
    My grandmother tried to get me interested in quilting when I was a child. She patiently went over the steps, and gave me easy blocks to make. Unfortunately, I just didn't catch the fever back then. Many years later, and after she had passed, I got a whim to try it and with the help of a very dear friend I started small (9-patch blocks). Now I'm obsessed, and I think of my grandmother with each quilt I make, and each step along the way.
  • 1060. Posted by Cathy Hughes on May 30th, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.
    My Aunt Mary taught me to tie a quilt for my family after a fire at our home. She got me hooked! I can thank her for the stash i have today.
  • 1061. Posted by Susan Yates on May 30th, 2017 at 1:43 p.m.
    Oh what wonderful goodies! My grandma was my inspiration. She quilted and I loved going to visit in the winter to see the quilt frame up and a quilt being quilted.
  • 1062. Posted by Pam Palmer on May 30th, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.
    Like most country raised girls, we learned to sew in order to have clothes. I loved making clothes, pouring over patterns and picking out fabrics from the time I was about 11 years old. As my body changed, I found I could not alter the patterns to fit well but still wanted to sew. I remembered my Mom, aunt, grandma and ladies from the church sitting around Mom's quilting frame and hand quilting beautiful quilts. I bought some pre-stamped embroidery blocks and while recovering from surgery, my Mom and I embroidered the blocks. I then put on sashings and had some church ladies hand quilt it. I discovered quilting patterns and started learning how very important 1/4" seams were - They are not just a suggestion! Now I quilt every minute that I can and love organizing quilt shows and being a part of my guild.
  • 1063. Posted by Sandy Kovach on May 30th, 2017 at 1:27 p.m.
    Started for my dolls in the 1950's because my Mom was a seamtress. She made such beautiful items, all my clothes, curtains, upholstered furniture, and her clothes. Myself, just a sewer of accesories, crafts and quilts. Love all colors, designs and prints.
  • 1064. Posted by Kristen L on May 30th, 2017 at 1:26 p.m.
    I learned to sew at the YMCA in summer lessons when I was in middle school. I became interested in quilting while expecting our first child 25 yrs ago, joining a neighborhood quilt bee. Best thing I ever joined!
  • 1065. Posted by Maryellen McAuliffe on May 30th, 2017 at 1:20 p.m.
    Mom sewed when I was little, so I remember trying to play with fabric when I was 3, and started doing embroidery and hand sewing at 4, got my first little Singer at 6, and a full size at 7, when Mom got a new machine. I can't remember not loving to sew, and now I'm designing quilts, too.
  • 1066. Posted by Donna LeBlanc on May 30th, 2017 at 1:12 p.m.
    My wonderful mom taught me how to sew, letting me use her Singer Featherweight to sew a small apron and some hot pads. I still have the apron today! I was inspired to learn to quilt in my 20's, after receiving a beautiful quilt my grandmother and great-grandmother made about 1920 or so.
  • 1067. Posted by Donna Kaisner on May 30th, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.
    My Grandmother was an avid hand quilter, she made many beautiful quilts, I have just a few remaining quilts of hers left. I would have LOVED to have hand quilted side by side with her! Somehow I believe she knows one of her Granddaughters has taken up her passion
  • 1068. Posted by Pat Brooks on May 30th, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.
    My grandmother made quilts for all of her grandchildren and I'm enjoying the experience. So much fun to share it all with those you love!
  • 1069. Posted by Elizabeth Anne Sparrow on May 30th, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.
    My local quilt store inspired me. I had sewn clothing for years and the challenge of putting all these little pieces together into amazing quilts was the challenge I needed. Sadly to say we are losing a lot of our shops and have to rely on the internet for new inspiration.
  • 1070. Posted by Nancy OConnell on May 30th, 2017 at 12:52 p.m.
    I learned to sew from my mom and made most of my clothes for years I started quilting maybe 10 years ago. Got hooked quite easily and now in addition to making quilts for myself, both my mom who is almost 97, and I make Quilts of Valor.
  • 1071. Posted by Margaret Shatford on May 30th, 2017 at 12:51 p.m.
    My Mother made all of my clothes and also sewed for the public making formal wear as well as everyday clothes, including shirts for men. As I became older and learned to sew in Home Ec., I made all my clothes as well clear up through college. She quilted as well out of necessity rather than for the pleasure. She preferred to make something out of something else than from new fabric. She recycled grown out clothes into quilts. I got my love of sewing from her and learned to recycle clothing as well.
  • 1072. Posted by Judy A. Reeves on May 30th, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.
    My grandmother was a quilter, but we moved far away when I was young and I didn't learn from her on our yearly visits. When I retired, that was my goal--to learn to quilt. Eight years later, I'm still learning, but I'm even more excited about it than when I began.
  • 1073. Posted by Teresa on May 30th, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.
    My co-worker, Lori Schram, inspired me to begin quilting. I've sewn garments for decades but enjoy the beautiful designs that are created using colors and patterns.
  • 1074. Posted by Diane Wankowski on May 30th, 2017 at 12:43 p.m.
    I began sewing my own clothes at 14 and was completely self-taught. It wasn't until my husband and I were living in Saudi Arabia in 2004 that I began quilting. I almost gave it up after my third lesson since my teacher would have me pull out stitches if I was 2 threads off the 1/4 allowance. I'm glad I stayed with it.
  • 1075. Posted by Tracy Forrester on May 30th, 2017 at 12:43 p.m.
    I've dabbled in sewing through the years but in the last 10 years have gotten interested in quilting. I can't really say at any one point the "bug" bit! Unfortunately I didn't realize that some of my grandmothers and great aunts were quilters/sewers until it was too late. I mourn for the knowledge I've missed!
  • 1076. Posted by Joan Baysinger on May 30th, 2017 at 12:43 p.m.
    I grew up watching my Grannie Hawkins quilt every day on her hugh wooden frame..Made my first quilt at 15 and have been quilting ever since. I love to give my quilts to family and friends and donate a lot of them to charity auctions..It give me such joy to share with others! Hopefully when I retire I will have more time for sewing!
  • 1077. Posted by Pat V. on May 30th, 2017 at 12:43 p.m.
    No one in my family quilted. I always loved looking at quilts but didn't think I could ever make one (my 8th grade home ec teacher said I couldn't sew). At age 55 I finally decided to take a class and realized, Hey, I can do this! Haven't looked back since.
  • 1078. Posted by Janet Martin on May 30th, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.
    Eleanor Burns inspired me to quilt. I walked into a quilt shop in Denver one day. They had a large selection of her books. I chose "A Star for All Seasons" and I was off and running. I had learned the basics of sewing in Home Economics class, but quilting came much later. Now I am an avid quilter and machine embroiderer. Thank you Eleanor!
  • 1079. Posted by Victoria Miner on May 30th, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.
    My mother sewed when I was little so I'm sure I got the sewing bug from her. She didn't quilt, but I was inspired to start quilting when my 1st son was 3 and needed a quilt for his big boy bed.
  • 1080. Posted by Jan Thomas on May 30th, 2017 at 12:39 p.m.
    I learned to sew in school, in home economics. I learned to quilt from my best friends mom, she could sew everything from Barbie doll clothes to over hundreds of quilts.
  • 1081. Posted by Linda Yale on May 30th, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.
    My Aunt Mary inspired me! She made quilts from scraps relatives would give her, and sewed them on an old Singer treadle machine. She hand quilted every one! They were beautiful! I only wish I had gotten involved in quilting when I was much younger, and she was around to teach me!
  • 1082. Posted by Ellen Dietsch on May 30th, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.
    My friend Marty Coppes was so desperate to have me as a sewing buddy, she bought me a machine and all the notions I'll ever need along with an iron, storage tubs, thread, mats, lights, and three SUVs full of fabric transported to my neighboring state. Six years later in my retirement I can now say I'm obsessed.
  • 1083. Posted by Judy DeGraff on May 30th, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.
    WOW! I wish I could go to Market with a FREE pass! Thanks for offering these goodies.
  • 1084. Posted by Kristine Day on May 30th, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.
    I started hand quilting on my mother's whole cloth quilts when I was a teenager. My mother and grandmother never pieced. They just loved hand quilting. I developed a love for piecing and designing, so I have my pieced quilts machine quilted.
  • 1085. Posted by Sara on May 30th, 2017 at 12:25 p.m.
    My mom inspired me to sew. she created clothes, curtains, tote bags and quilts until her eyesight failed her.
  • 1086. Posted by Carolyn Butterfield on May 30th, 2017 at 12:24 p.m.
    My mom was the one that taught me to sew. But my inspiration for quilting came from my grandmother. I've recently been finishing up some projects that she left unfinished. My mom has been able to identify some of the pieces as scraps from dresses she wore as a child.
  • 1087. Posted by kathy on May 30th, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.
    My grandmother. She used to make really nice jean quilts. She also made alto of clothes for my sister and I.
  • 1088. Posted by Robin Koenig on May 30th, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.
    My mom got me started n sewing. And m grandmother sparked my interest in quilting. I can still see her sitting at her kitchen table tracing and cutting out her favorite patterns. Either a hexagon or a flower petal. She used sandpaper glued to cardboard as her template and sewed each piece together by hand. Don't ever remember her using a sewing machine. I am blessed to have a few of her tops that I finished and now use.
  • 1089. Posted by Susan F on May 30th, 2017 at 12:21 p.m.
    My Mother and Grandmother, I started by making doll clothes, then home dec projects and now enjoy quilting and making wall hangings as well as Quilts of Valor.
  • 1090. Posted by Deborah on May 30th, 2017 at 12:20 p.m.
    My Grandma, Mom and Mother-in-Law all sewed. Mom sewed matching outfits for all of her 5 daughters until we thought we were too old for that. She taught every one of us how to sew for each of our 10 years in 4-H, over 20 combined years, from beginning needle books to two-piece outfits as teenagers. Mom is now helping her 3 Great-Granddaughters, all age 10, sew skirts for 4-H this year. My Grandmother sewed clothes for her family. She made a lot of quilts out of clothing scraps to keep her family warm. She also sewed pillows and aprons, crocheted and embroidered for her daughters and granddaughters. My Mother-in-Law also sewed clothes for her family as they were growing up but her big love was quilting. She loved to embroider, crochet and tat also. I have wonderful memories of each of these patient, creative women who taught many little girls and have influenced my own sewing, quilting and creativity.
  • 1091. Posted by cathy conner on May 30th, 2017 at 12:16 p.m.
    my Mom who was so good at everything - cooking, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, oil painting was my inspiration. . she made my clothes and because of that my love affair with fabric colors and textures started at the age of 8 yrs. I quilt now and everytime I pick up a needle or a piece of fabric I immediately think of her and the legacy she was giving me. I now am teaching my 7 yr old granddaughter who is experiencing the same love and I always think thank you so much, Mom!
  • 1092. Posted by NANCY on May 30th, 2017 at 12:15 p.m.
    Well I keep wondering the same thing! lol Nobody in my family quilted that I know of but I have always been drawn to antique quilts! And now quilting and any thing to do with quilting! My grandmother crocheted doilies and I loved that too! Maybe somewhere in my family tree there is a prolific quilter! Ha Ha! Nancy eddnancy@msn.com
  • 1093. Posted by Mary Van Kleeck on May 30th, 2017 at 12:14 p.m.
    I started sewing with my grandma when I was young. Then I joined 4-H and took sewing. From there I took all 4 years of Home Ec in high school. I made clothes for myself and my children when I was young. When I was older I really missed sewing and decided that quilting would be perfect way for me to get back into my favorite hobby of sewing, and it has been.
  • 1094. Posted by Esther on May 30th, 2017 at 12:12 p.m.
    When I was a child, I watched my Mother sew on her Singer Treadle. There was no money for fabric but she was very clever and made all sorts of clothes and blankets from old clothes and hand-me-downs. That started my love of sewing and eventual love affair with fabric and quilting. Mom has been gone a long time but she is remembered every time I stitch, just wish I had her treadle machine!
  • 1095. Posted by Julieta Moreno on May 30th, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.
    When I came to this country, I stopped by a fabric store and hanging were a lot of quilts. Since then I was fascinated and wanted to learn. In that time I didn't know any English, and I saw people were taking a quilt class but I didn't understand. I began to watch quilt programs on television with Eleanor Burns. That is when I began to learn and understand how to quilt because she was so clear and her way of teaching was terrific. At this moment with only seeing pictures of quilts I am able to make them. I have made more than 30 quilts for gifts to my family and friends. I also have donated quilts. Quilts are my passion!
  • 1096. Posted by Jodi Kitchen on May 30th, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.
    My sister started quilting and she got me started! Now I can't stop!
  • 1097. Posted by Linda Degenstein on May 30th, 2017 at 12:06 p.m.
    I saw a seal life quilt hanging at the Monterey Aquarium and fell in love with it. Many years later I started quilting.
  • 1098. Posted by Marilynn Hagan on May 30th, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.
    1997 the flood that hit Grand Forks ND and so many people lost so much. I wanted to do something that would be around, long after I am gone. Most therapeutic hobby I could have ever found!
  • 1099. Posted by Judy Tope on May 30th, 2017 at 12:03 p.m.
    My mother inspired me in quilting and sewing. I used to watch my mother hand piece and quilt. I loved her quilts.
  • 1100. Posted by Sarah Byrd on May 30th, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.
    My mom made numerous quilts for me over the years and as I watched her age, I was thinking ahead to the day when she wouldn't be there any more. I bought a little tiny sewing machine and started calling her with quilting questions. Now I do most of her machine quilting and we have our own family BOM club!
  • 1101. Posted by Anna on May 30th, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.
    Who inspires me? It is more a selection of colours that inspire me or a pattern/design. Mu taught me how to sew. And I just leap frogged from there. Thank you.
  • 1102. Posted by Andrea Clemmer on May 30th, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.
    I always thought quilts were beautiful but didn't think I could do that! After my kids grew up, I decided to give it a try. I've been working on quilts ever since!
  • 1103. Posted by Janet Wade on May 30th, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.
    My mother and my sister taught me how to sew clothing. Mostly my sister, even how to put in a zipper fly! I must have put that in half a dozen times before it was right. But I was in my 40's when my friend, Mary Shamblin, took me under her wing and got me interested in quilting. She has been a great teacher and a wonderful encourager!
  • 1104. Posted by Susan Roe on May 30th, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.
    My Grandmother "Nana" was always crocheting​ and cross stitching. But she did make quilts at some point because she made a quilt using wool from pants and then embroidered ranch brands from Wyoming to on each block. I also took a class in the early 70's and we made six different blocks. Mostly by hand. It was a great class.
  • 1105. Posted by Estie on May 30th, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.
    When I was very little, probably about 4 years old, I realized all the nice things that my aunt was sewing for me. She let me sew little things by hand and as I grew older showed me how to use the sewing machine. Her patchwork quilts were treasured by her family. As a young adult I started making quilts as gifts.
  • 1106. Posted by Sandi Morris on May 30th, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
    We had just moved and were in a new house. I just had a major surgery. I knew no one in the area and saw a local church had a mystery quilt class in progress. I asked if I could join in the middle of it. At the time I had no machine but the church had a someone had donated that they let me borrow. I quickly fell in love with quilting and the group of ladies. It was a great of making new friends and feeling a part of something. I have been quilting since and will continue till I can not longer see the thread I hope!
  • 1107. Posted by Caryn S on May 30th, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.
    I actually started quilting as an alternate to going to school. I was working fulltime, but I was also trying to go to school for pre-reqs for professional school. However, it wasn't working out. So, I was walking down the street with my DH and we were walking by a quilt shop. I said I can do that and signed up for classes. That was about 14 years ago and I have been quilting ever since.
  • 1108. Posted by Phyllis Nelson on May 30th, 2017 at 11:55 a.m.
    My grandmother, Emma she made me and my sister's the most beautiful dresses every was, all on a Singer foot paddle machine. I never got to meet my other grandmother Ida she pasted away when my father was small, but she hand quilted and my father had a few blocks that she was working on when she pasted. I took them a few years ago and made a throw for him. I have been hooked every since.
  • 1109. Posted by sheri on May 30th, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.
    My Great Grandmother ( Alice) wanted each of us to learn a skill. My older sister was drawn to yarn and quickly learned to crochet. I was lost with that and only ended up with a tangled mesh of knots and frustration. So Gramma thought I would do better with a needle and thread and I loved sewing and creating. My quilts are usually gifted or donated to raise money for non profits and cancer patients. I love to quilt. I hope that it is a skill i will be able to continue on for the rest of my days
  • 1110. Posted by Debra on May 30th, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.
    One of my friends grandmothers inspired me to sew when I was 12, she used to let me sew on her treadle machine, but I didn't really start sewing until about 10 yrs ago. when I bought an old singer model 648 to make blue jean purses, then I took a class at ft. smith sewing center, to make a mini wall quilt and I fell in love with quilting and that was the end I was hooked, now I cant pass fabric without looking or more like buying.
  • 1111. Posted by Susan Nixon on May 30th, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.
    I must already be signed up for the newsletter because I had an e-mail telling me about new stuff and this giveaway. =) My aunt made me take 4 years of home ec in high school, but it wasn't a person who made me love quilting when I hated clothing construction. Not that it didn't come in handy when I was poor and had two children. It was a basket block I saw someone hand piecing that sealed quilting in my heart forever! Still love those basket blacks, too.
  • 1112. Posted by Donna Endresen on May 30th, 2017 at 11:44 a.m.
    My Grandmother started me sewing patchwork squares on her treadle machine when I was 8, the same time I started embroidering. I graduated to my Mother's electric machine when I was 10, making my own clothes, mostly blouses from feed sacks to start with. I have never looked back, been sewing ever since, and got back into quilting in 2004 when I started looking at retirement.
  • 1113. Posted by Kay DeFord on May 30th, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.
    I watched my grandmother sew quilt by hand and crochet. I crocheted during my work carreer and as soon as I retired started quilting. I do some machine embroidery now but piecing a quilt is my great love.
  • 1114. Posted by Elizabeth Carter on May 30th, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.
    My aunt made lots of clothes for me as I grew up. I become interested in sewing around age 10 and began with simple things. I was fortunate to take sewing in home-ec in junior high, which helped me along, and I continued making garments for myself through high school. I made a gown for my graduation retcital from music school and continued learning and sewing as I made garments for our children. I made a top coat for my husband and play clothes and other suits and garments for myself and the children. When our daughter was married, I made her gown and my dress and jacket. Sewing for a granddaughter was lots of fund and she became interested around aged 7, when I gifted her with a sewing machine of her own. I have continued to increase my range of interests, which now include quilting. I have made several purses and other quilted items and enjoy the challenge of crafting each item for gifts. There is always something new to learn and some luscious new fabric to see. My husband believes the saying is true, and that I am well on my way to "Dying with the most fabric, therefore winning!"
  • 1115. Posted by Nonni Daly on May 30th, 2017 at 11:41 a.m.
    At the tender age of 53, I realizd that it was time for me to learn why I hadn't ever learned to use a sewing machine. From that purchase, to simple clothing construction classes to quilting was a six-month whirlwind and I have been tryng to perfect the art of quilting for over 26 years now. It is always a good reason to get up in the morning and look forward to the day. And, it is ALWAYS something new to learn! :-)
  • 1116. Posted by Debbie Meijer on May 30th, 2017 at 11:40 a.m.
    I really feel that sewing is in my blood. My great grandfather had a blouse factory in the early 1900's. My grandfather was a fabric cutter for a design house and as a child I played with fabric scraps and the button box. How lucky was I? Started with doll clothes, then my clothes and i have been quilting since the early 70's.
  • 1117. Posted by kathy kurtis on May 30th, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.
    My sisters, our daughters and daughters in law have a quilt group so are learning from eah other.
  • 1118. Posted by Etta Strong on May 30th, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.
    I started sewing with my Mother and Aunt, who were both seamstresses.
  • 1119. Posted by Susan Koscielak on May 30th, 2017 at 11:33 a.m.
    My Mother used to make our clothes. She taught me how to sew. In the beginning, we just made clothes. Later on, I became interested in quilting. My Mom had made some quilt blocks as a young girl. Her Great-Aunt Mattie had taught her. Mattie was a quilter in the early 1900's.
  • 1120. Posted by Nina Keester on May 30th, 2017 at 11:33 a.m.
    I grew up sewing, I don't know how old I was when my mother started me cutting fabric scraps for her. But, after several years of running the old Singer Treadle machine, Mom decided I should start making my clothes. I was 7 when I made my first skirt, a dirndl, out of chicken fee sacks. That was 67 years ago. I wish I had that machine, it was a dandy.
  • 1121. Posted by valma honeyfield on May 30th, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
    When a small child I saw my Grandmother piecing quilts, then saw my Mother sewing clothes for me, dresses and aprons for herself. Watching her take the pieces of fabric and make a cute little dress for me, was amazing in my eyes. And the leftover scraps of the fabric went to my Grandmother for her quilts.
  • 1122. Posted by Nina on May 30th, 2017 at 11:28 a.m.
    I had been sewing clothing for myself and my girls for about 38 years when I went to work in a local fabric store. One of my co-worker friends was an very accomplished quilter and she tried to encourage me to try quilting since my daughters were now adults and I no longer sewed for them. I resisted for a while as I felt some inadequacy in my talents for the ability to applique, which was what I most admired in quilts. After quite a bit of encouraging and nagging by my friend, I gave in and, fearfully, selected a quilt pattern that encompassed both piecing and applique techniques. After reading the directions I finally convinced myself I could "do this"! It was just another way of putting together a pattern. It wasn't at all the chore I had expected but, I must admit, I have never finished that quilt as I started seeing more quilt patterns I "had to get to now" and put that one aside, almost finished. I am 17 years retired now and my main pastime is still quilting. My goal this summer is to finish that first quilt which has been lingering at the back of my sewing room closet for these many years! It is still one of my favorites! I thank my friend, who has since passed away, for continuing to "bug" me to start on this road.
  • 1123. Posted by Mary Welman on May 30th, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.
    Started sewing in 8th grade which was a few years back. Several years ago I saw a quilt show on PBS that was AQOV and since my dad was a marine, I wanted to make one to honor him. Instantly was hooked and I have been quilting ever since. Still learning and still loving every minute of it.
  • 1124. Posted by Dee on May 30th, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.
    Sewing was a required class in junior high and I just kept on with it from there. I remember a few garments my mom made me, one my great-grandmother made me (it was very old-fashioned fabric). I love sewing! In the back of my mind I have always known I would at some point take up quilting--I haven't toppled over the top yet, though! Thanks for goodie opportunities.
  • 1125. Posted by Deb on May 30th, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.
    I have always just wanted to sew and no one would teach me. Eleanor Burns got me started in quilting when I left home to go to college.
  • 1126. Posted by Carlotta on May 30th, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew, but my sister is the quilt nut that got me inspired.
  • 1127. Posted by Cindy from Oak Park on May 30th, 2017 at 11:17 a.m.
    I always wanted to quilt but did not start until I found a shop where you could borrow a machine so I would not have to drag mine back and forth.
  • 1128. Posted by Karin Baliani on May 30th, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.
    I'd be at work and I see these ladies get together at the coffe store next do with hand work. One day I went to the owner and asked what they were doing. I had no idea what hand work was. She asked if I'd like to learn so I meet at her house one day and she should me what tools I needed and how to use it and I was hooked. This was 20 years ago.
  • 1129. Posted by Sheryl on May 30th, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.
    My friend Sheryl got me started. She wanted to learn and asked me to teach her. So I had to learn how! I checked out most of the books that the library had on quilting and taught myself to quilt. Here it is 23 years later and we are both at it!!
  • 1130. Posted by Neena Kirsch on May 30th, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.
    Years ago Jean Wells was teaching quilting classes at night in Portland OR. I attended one and was hooked.
  • 1131. Posted by Carrie Kaup on May 30th, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.
    My heritage of sewers and quilters includes my great-grandmother, grandmother (both sides), mother, and older sister. I love sewing and quilting. Even my daughter and son have both made a quilt. It's in the genes.
  • 1132. Posted by Brenda Ackerman on May 30th, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.
    My Father is the one who inspired me to start quilting. He had to retire after a serious health problem and got very bored. His Mother had taught him to sew and quilt at a very young age, so he decided to make all of the family members a quilt. By the time it was done, he had been asked to make more than 150 quilts and he made each and every one of them! I remember that every time I sit down to sew a quilt!
  • 1133. Posted by Bonnie brown on May 30th, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.
    I learned to see in seventh grade from a wonderful seamstress Miss MaryBoxley. I put those skills into piecing in the mid-80's. Life got busy and quilting went on the backburner. I picked it up again by taking classes at my local quilt shop.Those ladies are so talented and eager to share knowledge. I recently joined a local guild and look forward to learning new techniques.
  • 1134. Posted by Mary T Salmon on May 30th, 2017 at 11:02 a.m.
    A dear friend had been bugging me for years. She was a quilter and she wanted to teach me. One evening she suddenly died from an anurism. I registered for a class in her honor.
  • 1135. Posted by Gayle M. Mercer on May 30th, 2017 at 10:56 a.m.
    My mother is a quilter and sewed for me, making many of my clothes when I was a child on through adulthood. She stills clothing items for me (I refuse to learn how to do zippers!), but while she is also a quilter, I didn't get inspired to try quilting until she was making a calico Bethlehem Star way back in the 1970s! Now we're both addicted!
  • 1136. Posted by cindy oneal on May 30th, 2017 at 10:55 a.m.
    Early memories of sitting on the floor sorting thru the button box while mom sat at the sewing machine sewing clothes for us and taught me about sewing.
  • 1137. Posted by Carol Inman on May 30th, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.
    Both of my grandmothers sewed and quilted. I learned lots from them, also 4-H and Home Ec in high school. After retiring from teaching 25 years, I watched lots of PBS shows and learned some of the finer points to quilting.
  • 1138. Posted by Carol C. on May 30th, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to quilt. She created her own patterns and made her templates from thin cardboard boxes with fine sandpaper glued onto it. She was a wonderful seamstress and made many of my mother's dresses from a picture my mother found.
  • 1139. Posted by Elena Gonzalez on May 30th, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.
    I am learning to quilt by myself for the last 5 years, I'm learning slowly but steady. I keep improving and love to get new fabrics to new projects.
  • 1140. Posted by Mary Brock on May 30th, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.
    My mother and maternal grandmother taught me about sewing. My grandmother taught me hand sewing and embroidery while my mother taught me how to use a sewing machine. Between the two they made almost all my clothes except for undertakings. I mother was a great seamstress and tailor, she even made the dress suits my father wore to work.
  • 1141. Posted by Virginia in AK on May 30th, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me to quilt. I can remember my grandmother letting me "play" with her quilt blocks (all hand sewn) when I was about four. I spent my time arranging and rearranging the blocks. Her sisters also quilted and when all of them passed, their quilts and quilt tops went to my mother and eventually to my sister and me. I have carried on the tradition (although by machine) and have made many quilts for family, friends, and charity. Quilting has been a blessing for me.
  • 1142. Posted by Becky S on May 30th, 2017 at 10:39 a.m.
    I was inspired by my grandmother and great grandmother who were both quilters.
  • 1143. Posted by Gloria Schryver on May 30th, 2017 at 10:39 a.m.
    I learned to make quilts from. Becky Pitre while she was in OKC waiting with her daughter for the daughter's first liver transplant. Our group at church has continued on making prayer quilts for friends and parishioners. I keep challenging myself to learn new skills.
  • 1144. Posted by Sharon Weibler on May 30th, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.
    I found a box of pink/white drunkards path pieces in mom's basement and was fascinated with all the ways they could be arranged. It was my muse and a stream of endless possibilities passed before my eyes.
  • 1145. Posted by Pam McDonald on May 30th, 2017 at 10:35 a.m.
    My Mom inspired me. She did her quilting and piecing by hand. I remember her making a wedding ring quilt and all those little squares. I began sewing in school, when they had that sort of thing and made the ugliest dress in stretchy material of blue and pink.:)
  • 1146. Posted by Jacqui Santangelo on May 30th, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.
    I always had a fabric obsession. My mother, Pat Murray, taught me how to sew. She made beautiful clothes for her self and my sister, Mary Ann in the 50's and early 60's. Then she more children, eight of us total. But I loved making my own clothes on her Singer Touch & Sew. Bit by the quilting bug in 1979. My brother in law built us a wooden platform storage bed that just called me to make a Log Cabin Quilt for it.
  • 1147. Posted by Barb Dwyer on May 30th, 2017 at 10:31 a.m.
    My daughter inspired me to start quilting. 22 years ago. I couldn't find a bed cover any where that I liked for her room and someone said "why don't you make a quilt" I taught myself the basics and I still have that first quilt I made for her. She is now 30 years old and married. I made her a quilt for her wedding this year and it appraised at $12.870. Thank you Tahlia for starting me on the road to an obsession!!!!!!
  • 1148. Posted by LaDawn Dalley on May 30th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
    My Great Aunt inspired me. When I was 13 we visited her and she showed us all these gorgeous quilts she had made over the years. I'd been sewing since I could hold a needle, but quilting was what I really wanted to do. Even at 13 I didn't like sewing clothing much.
  • 1149. Posted by Sue Blazevski on May 30th, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.
    My Grandmother, Aunt, and my Mom all contributed to my love of sewing. I used to make my own clothing and then dresses for my 3 daughters. Now I have narrowed it down to quilting and love it. Sue
  • 1150. Posted by Cheri Church on May 30th, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.
    My quilting and sewing inspiration was my grandmother and my great aunt. I remember sitting in the floor playing as they sewed. My great aunt loved sewing on a treadle machine, which was such a neat experience for a child to see. My grandmother made all of my clothes and lots of crafts for the home. While she never quilted, she was an awesome seamstress. My aunt on the other side of the family was the quilter - she is simply amazing!
  • 1151. Posted by Theresa Taylor on May 30th, 2017 at 10:23 a.m.
    My husbands aunt who took up quilting at the age of 65 after she had taught school all her life. I thought if she could do it I can learn to quilt . I started fifteen years ago and I am still very much into quilting.
  • 1152. Posted by Serena Henderson on May 30th, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.
    I met my Godfather's Mom, Mrs. Pearl Butler, who was also the mother of 20 children. She promised me a quilt when I got married, as this was the gift for all the grand kids. She passed away before I married and I decided that I wanted to follow her footsteps and make quilts as gifts.
  • 1153. Posted by Jane Towsley on May 30th, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.
    I learned to sew from my Mom who had taught herself how to sew. She sewed all our clothes growing up(5 girls) and sewed all my Dads shirts. I've been sewing since I was 8 and really got into quilting after my kids grew up and moved away. I enjoy sewing clothes and quilting.
  • 1154. Posted by Shelly Kiker on May 30th, 2017 at 10:18 a.m.
    My Aunt Lynn took me to a quilt show three years ago. I was hooked! It is nice to have a hobby since the kids are grown!
  • 1155. Posted by Connie Berner on May 30th, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
    My mom inspired me to learn to sew. She made clothes for me and I wanted to learn how to do the same. She taught my friends and me for gen years in a 4H class during the summer. It was awesome!
  • 1156. Posted by Peggy Hendrickson on May 30th, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew when I was 10. I now teach beginner classes at a local sewing shop. I just started sewing quilts about 8 years ago.
  • 1157. Posted by DeAnn Nichelson on May 30th, 2017 at 10:16 a.m.
    The women in my family. My Grandma made the Sun Bonnet and Wedding Ring quilts. All that hand embroidery. My Mom was a talented seamstress and selected numerous fabrics for quilts. The other Grandma inspired the fabric choices that are in many of my own creations.
  • 1158. Posted by JanetD on May 30th, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
    My mother was my inspiration, first in garment sewing and later in life when we both took to quilting.
  • 1159. Posted by Starr DeJesus on May 30th, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.
    Both grandmother and great-grandmother were quilters. Unfortunately, they had passed by the time I caught the quilting "bug". I completed my first quilt for my newborn son in 1978 and have been quilting ever since.
  • 1160. Posted by Patricia on May 30th, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.
    My mother inspired me to begin quilting.She has made some beautiful quilts. My grandmother provided the inspiration to my mother; they made quilts to keep warm in the wintertime. I am happy to continue this tradition.
  • 1161. Posted by Beth K on May 30th, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew and embroider when I was young. I did not pick up quilting until a long time ago. I am still a beginner, but determined.
  • 1162. Posted by Shannon on May 30th, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.
    I was in 4-H when I was younger, that is where I learned to sew. But it was about 15 years ago, living in Northern Minnesota that Mother Nature decided I needed to do something in the cold winter months. So I took a class at a local quilt shop and I have been quilting ever since.
  • 1163. Posted by Beth Klawin on May 30th, 2017 at 10:11 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew when I was young, 10 or 11. I used to sew clothing. I did not begin quilting until much later.
  • 1164. Posted by Glenda on May 30th, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.
    My mother taught me to quilt when I was 10 years old, have loved it ever since, I'm now 77, but always feel young when I am quilting.
  • 1165. Posted by Sandra Austill on May 30th, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.
    My grandmother was an excellent seamstress. She made all her children's clothes including the boy's boxer shorts. She hand pieced and hand quilted all her quilts. She would let me cut her quilt pieces for her Grandmother's Garden quilts that she made for each of her children and grandchildren as a wedding gift. I still have mine and love looking at the fabrics and remembering where each one of them was used.
  • 1166. Posted by Sharon Logan on May 30th, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.
    There are multiple reasons why I started quilting. I took a quilting class when I lived in Missouri, back in the 80's, it was all done by hand. I moved back to New York after a cancer diagnosis and didn't quilt for quit a few years, was busy working and raising my son. My sister recently inspired me to start quilting again. I watch many quilting videos on U Tube and this has really inspired me to get more involved in quilting. I have discovered Deb Tucker's videos and her tools, which has given me the support I need to continue on. I am currently working on a quilt for my Granddaughter. Thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes.
  • 1167. Posted by Starr DeJesus on May 30th, 2017 at 10:05 a.m.
    Both my grandmother and great-grandmother were quilters. Unfortunately, they passed before I caught the quilting "bug." Made a quilt for my baby son in 1978 and have been quilting ever since.
  • 1168. Posted by Donna Wingo on May 30th, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.
    My grandmother inspired me in my quilting adventures. She was a special little lady and loved to quilt. I have and treasure her quilting frames made by my grandfather for her.
  • 1169. Posted by Nancy Trumble on May 30th, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.
    I learned to sew as a very young girl on a treadle sewing machine with my mother helping me. It is a wonderful memory. As I aged I continued sewing a lot of my own clothes and then decided I wanted to quilt. Quilting now is the passion of my life!
  • 1170. Posted by Sue Foster on May 30th, 2017 at 10:02 a.m.
    My first exposure to sewing was 4-H. It gave me inspiration to create what I call art made with fabric. Sewing continued through college and then in the 70's quilting became a new passion. I have bought 3 grandchildren vintage sewing machines and passing on my love of sewing and creating works of art with fabric.
  • 1171. Posted by Peggy Johnson on May 30th, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.
    The person who inspired me to begin my journey in the quilt world is my sister, Pat Osmond.
  • 1172. Posted by Nancy G on May 30th, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.
    I got my first taste of sewing in 9th grade Home Ec. We made an apron. Teacher said my stitches were too tight and I was uptight. I persevered and kept at it - 50 + years later I'm still at it and love my sewing/quilting hobby!
  • 1173. Posted by Theresa Litz on May 30th, 2017 at 9:59 a.m.
    I owe my love for sewing and quilting to my mom. She taught me to use her sewing machine when I was a young child. Her first love is sewing wedding and pageant gowns. I could never compete with her talent in that field so I ventured off and chose quilting as my first love. As she ages and her eyesight isn't what it used to be, she now has started making quilt tops with all her scraps and I quilt and finish them for her.
  • 1174. Posted by Ivy on May 30th, 2017 at 9:59 a.m.
    I do not come from a family that quilts. However so many books and magazines inspire me! Starting to quilt only 6 years ago I have been able to make and give away over 50 quilts. And now I am inspired by the many quilting friends that I have!!
  • 1175. Posted by Pat Anderson on May 30th, 2017 at 9:57 a.m.
    My husband was in the Air Force so we have lived many places. When we came home from The Netherlands in 1978, I found Georgia Bonesteel on PBS. She inspired me to start quilting and I suspect there are many of us. Thanks for the giveaway!
  • 1176. Posted by Denise Rohwer on May 30th, 2017 at 9:57 a.m.
    I have enjoyed learning to quilt. I had tried years ago but didn't feel I was good enough, but then I meet & married my husband. He took me to quilt shops and was showing the samples on the walls. He started to show me where there were mistakes & helped me to understand I didn't have to be perfect to enjoy learning how to quilt. I'm much better now but still learning more every time I sit down at my machine.
  • 1177. Posted by Carol Gearey on May 30th, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.
    I just always wanted to sew. When my older sister was taking a Home Ec sewing class in junior high, she showed me how (on an old Singer treadle machine) & the rest was history as they say. When I retired in 2010, I took my first quilting class & was hooked!
  • 1178. Posted by Crici baker on May 30th, 2017 at 9:52 a.m.
    My grandma!! I started making simple blankets when I was 13.
  • 1179. Posted by Cinda Thompson on May 30th, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.
    I have always been crafty and done most every thing. Had always sewn and had a machine. I went to sign up for a class at the community college and it was full. So I figured I'd take something else, which was a quilting class. I have been quilting ever since, over 26 years and love it.
  • 1180. Posted by LINDA on May 30th, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.
    HI, all of my relatives hand sew,quilt,embroider,weave and spin, I could not do otherwise! Love quilting most! Thank You for a great+generous giveaway!!!
  • 1181. Posted by Christine on May 30th, 2017 at 9:46 a.m.
    I never even knew of quilts until I retired and moved to a new over 55 community. My neighbor, Kitty, took me under her wing and introduced me to her quilt guild and the annual quilt luncheon. She taught me how to make placemats using strings and showed me how to quilt them. That was 17 years ago and I'm still in love with quilting
  • 1182. Posted by Jean D on May 30th, 2017 at 9:44 a.m.
    originally my Mom but hadn't sewn for years and a friend who does quilts encouraged me to join in the fun so I did and it is great fun
  • 1183. Posted by Patricia on May 30th, 2017 at 9:44 a.m.
    My grandma started to teach me when I was 9 years old. Primarily garment. I am 61 and still sewing, especially since retirement. Only now, no garments. I am loving accessories, totes, and have begun quilting!
  • 1184. Posted by Rosemary K. on May 30th, 2017 at 9:43 a.m.
    I can remember sitting next to my Mom at her treadle machine when I was about 4. She made most of my clothes and my doll's clothes when I was little. Although we lived in the city, we had rabbits. The fabric from their feedbags she used to make things. We were required to take Home Ec. in jr. high school for 3 yrs. That's when I first started sewing. By the time I was in 10th grade, I made most of my clothes; and, after getting out of high school I made clothes for my mother and myself. Have continued sewing over the years and started quilting off and on for the last 25 yrs.
  • 1185. Posted by Cheryl L Buchanan on May 30th, 2017 at 9:41 a.m.
    I met a lady from Washington State when I was living in Bahrain. She was American married to a man from the United Arab Emirates. A group of ladies would meet once a month at a home and bring along whatever craft they were working on. Cindi was quilting and taught me how to quilt. I stay in touch with her and think of her every time I quilt.
  • 1186. Posted by Karen D Martin on May 30th, 2017 at 9:39 a.m.
    I don't think I was inspired by any one person. I made my first quilt in 1976 when we celebrated the anniversary of our country--it was a patriotic quilt BTW!
  • 1187. Posted by Gwen Wehner on May 30th, 2017 at 9:38 a.m.
    My grandmother was a quilter. She passed away when I was eleven years old, so I never really got a chance to learn from her. I taught myself to quilt after my first child was born.
  • 1188. Posted by Debbie Bristow on May 30th, 2017 at 9:38 a.m.
    My sister in law started me quilting when she saw me looking at her pattern books. We used to get together weekly before they moved and quilt for hours!Hard to believe that was over 10 years ago! Ever since I'm proud to say I have a quilting obsession!
  • 1189. Posted by Leann Williams on May 30th, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.
    MY mother and grandma were quilters but I was never interested. A group of ladies I worked with decided to start a quilt group so I joined. Now I am hooked!!
  • 1190. Posted by Jeannine Albers on May 30th, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.
    My Mom made a lot of my clothes growing up & in high school I began sewing for myself. I sewed some for my daughters as well. It was my friend Ann who quilted & piqued my interest in quilting. When I retired 3 years ago I began quilting & I love it! Can't get enough of it!
  • 1191. Posted by Jeannine Albers on May 30th, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.
    My Mom made a lot of my clothes growing up & in high school I began sewing for myself. I sewed some for my daughters as well. It was my friend Ann who quilted & piqued my interest in quilting. When I retired 3 years ago I began quilting & I love it! Can't get enough of it!
  • 1192. Posted by Barbara Rodin on May 30th, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.
    I learned to sew from my Mother on a old Singer treadle sewing machine . I used that machine for many years.
  • 1193. Posted by Jeannine Albers on May 30th, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.
    My Mom made a lot of my clothes growing up & in high school I began sewing for myself. I sewed some for my daughters as well. It was my friend Ann who quilted & piqued my interest in quilting. When I retired 3 years ago I began quilting & I love it! Can't get enough of it!
  • 1194. Posted by Becky on May 30th, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    Mom, thank you for the inspiration to sew. I always had home made dresses made by you until I learned to sew for myself and then made our 3 daughters' clothes. Fast forward 24 years to an invite from our daughter's college room mate to take a quilting class with her. Thank you Jenny for that inspiration.
  • 1195. Posted by Jeannine Albers on May 30th, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    My Mom made a lot of my clothes growing up & in high school I began sewing for myself. I sewed some for my daughters as well. It was my friend Ann who quilted & piqued my interest in quilting. When I retired 3 years ago I began quilting & I love it! Can't get enough of it!
  • 1196. Posted by Diann on May 30th, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
    My parents were my biggest inspiration! My father worked in a steel mill and my mom worked at the school cafeteria. We were poor but us kids didn't know it. We each learned to sew as soon as we could hold a needle and thread/yarn! We knew we were "grown up" when we could sit on the chair piled high with Sears and Montgomery Wards catalogs to reach the top of the sewing machine cabinet! The pedal was stacked on boxes so we could reach it. We made all our own school clothes and gifts. My first quilt-which I still have- is a hexagon design made from all the scraps of my clothes. The batting was made up of my Dad's old army blanket and another old blanket that was torn and wore out. I still love to quilt and will quilt until I can no longer do it. It's sad that none of my nieces or nephews have gotten the quilting bug, but I have inspired a couple people I know to start quilting. As it is relaxing and is my therapy!
  • 1197. Posted by Jeannine Albers on May 30th, 2017 at 9:34 a.m.
    My Mom made a lot of my clothes growing up & in high school I began sewing for myself. I sewed some for my daughters as well. It was my friend Ann who quilted & piqued my interest in quilting. When I retired 3 years ago I began quilting & I love it! Can't get enough of it!
  • 1198. Posted by Emily on May 30th, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    I started learning to sew at school in home economics classes. After retiring, I took an adult ed class that started me quilting ..... and I haven't stopped!
  • 1199. Posted by Jeannine Albers on May 30th, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    My Mom made a lot of my clothes growing up & in high school I began sewing for myself. I sewed some for my daughters as well. It was my friend Ann who quilted & piqued my interest in quilting. When I retired 3 years ago I began quilting & I love it! Can't get enough of it!
  • 1200. Posted by Cheryl M on May 30th, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
    My father. He was an antique auto upolster. On of the best craftsmen of the trade. He recently retired at the age of 80. Right after dinner, after working all day at his job sewing, he would go down in our basement were he had his own workroom for his side jobs. Caring for a family of 5 the extra money helped. I would follow him down there to watch him sew. On occasion he would let me sit on his lap and show me how to sew. That is were my love of sewing began. Till this day the smell of leather brings back all this memories of sewing with my dad.
  • 1201. Posted by Barbara Henkle on May 30th, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.
    I learned to sew from my mother and also took Home Ec classes--but after years of garment sewing found that I still loved fabric, but didn't want to make something to wear--instead I loved putting fabrics together In quilts, bags and crafting towels.
  • 1202. Posted by Lynda Sherman on May 30th, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.
    My mom, a professional seamstress, taught us to sew at a very young age. In 1998 (at 72) she decided to try quilting. I took her to a quilt shop to purchase some fabric to make quilted pillows for me and got the bug too. I took a 6 week quilting class at a local High School. The quilt we made was all hand pieced with cardboard templates; just like in the good old days. Mom is gone now and I treasure those pillows and thank her for getting me into quilting.
  • 1203. Posted by Marilyn K Menzies on May 30th, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.
    My great-grandmother made fantastic quilts. When I retired several years ago, I decided to learn how to quilt.
  • 1204. Posted by KATHLEEN BOSTON on May 30th, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.
    My mother use to make us beautiful clothes when I was a child and she made my daughter beautiful dresses. She taught me how to sew and I picked up quilting after I became ill it was something I could sit with in my lap. Sewing is very relaxing to me.
  • 1205. Posted by Micki Lewis on May 30th, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.
    What a precious memory of my mom making all our clothes, even for my dolls. The inside of her creations were as pretty as the outside. I learned to sew on a Singer sewing machine making a pillowcase. And now I love the challenge of learning to quilt! Thanks for offering this giveaway!!!
  • 1206. Posted by Debbie Bryant on May 30th, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew on her old Singer when I was a child. As for quilting, that would have to come from my mamaw. She didn't teach me as she has been gone for many years now and I just recently started quilting. I love it!... it is therapy for me. I have a sewing room that has become my happy place.
  • 1207. Posted by Suznne on May 30th, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.
    My mother was the force behind starting my quilting journey, but her mother was the one who made the quilt I slept under.
  • 1208. Posted by Sheryl on May 30th, 2017 at 9:19 a.m.
    My mother was an excellent seamstress in HS, making outfits out of sheets if necessary for the current dance, event. Unfortunately, my mother never taught me to sew, yet inspired me! Then, my grandmother had 2 quilt pamphlets in her house that I inherited; neither my mom nor my aunt knew of my grandmother having a desire to learn to quilt. However, with her name in pencil on those 2 pamphlets, I decided to learn myself just in case it was a desire grandma had that I could fulfill - for her!!
  • 1209. Posted by Sheila Gooden on May 30th, 2017 at 9:19 a.m.
    Although my grandmother taught sewing we lived at opposite ends of the U.S. My handicapped girlfriend from 3rd grade and I were taught to sew by her mom so we could have something more to do together. I took to it quickly and began making my own clothes, took more sewing classes in high school and continued sewing through my adult life. I taught sewing at the local adult school and am now retired. Living in a rural area, I would be lost filling my days if it weren't for my love of creating and sewing quilts, bags, aprons and the like. I owe my lifetime friend, Patty and her mom, now 92, a huge debt of gratitude!!!
  • 1210. Posted by Sanday on May 30th, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.
    Learn to sew in Home Ec. in school and was inspired by my mother-in-law. She encouraged me in all of my mistakes.
  • 1211. Posted by Jeanne on May 30th, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.
    My mother led me to sewing, but my great grandmother inspired my love of quilting.
  • 1212. Posted by Regina on May 30th, 2017 at 9:14 a.m.
    I have always been crafty and wanted to try my hand at quilting. Once I learned, I taught my grandmother and mother.
  • 1213. Posted by Kathy Burda on May 30th, 2017 at 9:13 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew at a very young age. For many years I made most of my own clothes. Now that I'm retired I'm no longer interested in garment sewing but still love working with fabrics. Quilting is the perfect choice. I've only been quilting for a year but I love it!
  • 1214. Posted by Maureen on May 30th, 2017 at 9:12 a.m.
    I started sewing with my paternal grandmother. She made quilts by hand, cutting squares with cardboard shapes. I started sewing on a machine with my maternal grandmother, and then in school. I started quilting in my 50's, but sewed clothing for my entire family for years
  • 1215. Posted by Donna Hill on May 30th, 2017 at 9:10 a.m.
    My dear mom inspired me to love sewing. She was a dust bowl child and saved each scrap to use later. Scrappy quilts are still a favorite of mine.
  • 1216. Posted by L Murray on May 30th, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.
    My mother and her mother sewed. Together they made most of my school clothes and doll clothes. I learned to sew sitting in my grandmother's lap.
  • 1217. Posted by Sherry Bower on May 30th, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.
    My Grandmother made quilts for all of us from all the scraps she used to sew our clothes. Everything from pj's to prom dresses. She tried to teach me but I was just not getting it. I can quilt now and I love making things for my grandchildren. I'm sure she's looking down on me and thinking - "FINALLY!" :)
  • 1218. Posted by Patti M Marraro on May 30th, 2017 at 9:06 a.m.
    I learned to sew in high school and grew up with my grandmother's quilts on my bed. Later, 2 lovely ladies, Lillian and Roo, taught me to quilt. I love working with color and developing the wonderful patterns and quilts.
  • 1219. Posted by Cindy Fowle on May 30th, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.
    I was inspired by grandmother, who was born in 1900. She had a pile of old 9-patch blocks that she and her sister sewed by hand. She used them, plus scraps from clothing she made us, to make a quilt for each grandchild (and several doll quilts). The quilts were "tied" - I remember the quilting bee to tie them. The batt was an old wool blanket. They turned out beautiful and I still have mine. I took a log cabin class in the early '90's and fell in love with it and still love making scrappy quilts.
  • 1220. Posted by Joyce Finch on May 30th, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.
    My mom was my inspiration, she made most of my clothes til middle school. Sorry to say she didn't share my quilting passion, but then she didn't have access to all the cool tools we have today.
  • 1221. Posted by Bonnie Wells on May 30th, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.
    I made my first quilt when my daughter was a baby, completely by hand, My hand got sore from cutting little triangles with my scissors. So my daughter inspired me to quilt.
  • 1222. Posted by Carolee on May 30th, 2017 at 9:03 a.m.
    Mom taught my sisters and I to apparel sew starting at a young age. Almost all our clothes were hand made. Throughout my years, I stayed with apparel sewing. One of my sisters started quilting many years ago and when I visited a LQS with her and saw all the samples hanging - my interested was peaked. It wasn't until my husband passed a few years ago and I needed something to occupy my hands, that I started taking classes - started with paper piecing. I'm now hooked - the shapes/textures/colors - I've always loved putting a puzzle together and quilts are like that.
  • 1223. Posted by Susan on May 30th, 2017 at 9:03 a.m.
    I learned to sew at age 6 on my great grandmas treadle machine. Mom made all our clothing so it wasn't long before I was doing that. I did not start quilting until I retired. I made twelve quilts in three months. I've slowed down now but still enjoy the process.
  • 1224. Posted by Joyce T on May 30th, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.
    My inspiration comes from watching my mom make and fix our clothing. She was very gifted with color and technique. I received my first machine at 7 and from then I was hooked. I sewed off and on until I retired last year and now have lots of time to sew. I picked up quilting to fill in the gaps between other projects and have recently finished my first quilt for my daughters wedding (it is today). I have gifted most of the items I have made. I am now sewing pillowcases for charity. thanks so much for passing along your ideas
  • 1225. Posted by Pam Uhan on May 30th, 2017 at 9 a.m.
    I started sewing at the tender age of 7 across from the table of my mother who was making doll clothes for me and my sister. I started with hand sewing Barbie clothes and now 50+ years later I am now sewing for my grandchild. My quilting started out of wanting to make my son a new blanket for his bed when he was 4 years old. I love the creative process of both sewing and quilting. It is my escape from the rest of the world!
  • 1226. Posted by Kathie L on May 30th, 2017 at 8:58 a.m.
    My mum and her sister, Aunt Louise, always had a project underway. My mum taught me to sew, along with my 4-H instructor.
  • 1227. Posted by Nancee on May 30th, 2017 at 8:55 a.m.
    My great aunt did all types of sewing and related crafts. When I retired and didn't need to sew clothes I began making quilts and love every minute I'm at my machine or working with fabrics or selecting a pattern for my next project.
  • 1228. Posted by Barb Crane on May 30th, 2017 at 8:55 a.m.
    I started quilting about 20 years ago when we bought a home that was on the historic registry. I made lots of wall hangings and one full size quilt for that home. Life intervened and I had no time to quilt for about 15 years. Now the kids are grown and gone and I am disabled. It brings me great peace and fulfills my creative side to be able to indulge in quilting.
  • 1229. Posted by Judith Hogan on May 30th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    I learned to sew in Home Ec class at school. My mom also helped me, but my inspiration to start quilting was the three ladies from Little Quilts. Their small quilts were simple to make for a beginner, and they also had a fabric recipe to help you put different fabrics and colours together. Eventually, I joined a local quilt guild and have been quilting ever since.
  • 1230. Posted by judi duncan on May 30th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    My Grandma started me sewing and when each of her grandaughters turned 16 she bought us each a singer sewing machine. I started quilting in my 50's inspired by my older sister who is amazing...
  • 1231. Posted by Janet T on May 30th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    My Mother and home ec taught me to sew. We sewed all our clothes. Every Monday I would have something new to wear to school!
  • 1232. Posted by An Cooper on May 30th, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.
    I am a self-taught quilter, I am greatly inspired by all those who have gone on before. Especially those who spent hours making quilts and embroidery for their families before sewing machines were invented and they had to do everything by hand
  • 1233. Posted by Karen Schapp on May 30th, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.
    My mother passed away when I was 10 years old but she taught me to sew before she became ill. Afterwards my grandmother continued the tradition until she was no longer able. Sewing remains a part of our family legacy and connects me to my roots. I'm 65 years young and still love creating things!
  • 1234. Posted by Cindy Logan on May 30th, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew when I was young. Then I learned more in Home Ec in school. Not sure what inspired me to start quilting.
  • 1235. Posted by Quilting Tangent on May 30th, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
    Both my parents.
  • 1236. Posted by Karen Sippel on May 30th, 2017 at 8:45 a.m.
    My mother taught all five of us girls to sew at a very young age. We made most all of our own clothes, and every scrap was cut into squares for quilts. Lots of nine patch and random quilts were made for our family of nine. I remember my grandparents quilting together making beautiful quilts with a variety of patterns but my favorite was "Grandpa's" flower garden. I didn't quilt for a while, but picked it up again about fifteen years ago quilting with a good friend. I love how quilting has come full circle for me!
  • 1237. Posted by April C Olive on May 30th, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.
    When my baby sister (17 years younger) was about to turn 16, I wanted to do something special for her birthday. I saw a pattern in a craft book for a quilt and thought it couldn't be that hard to make. Who was I kidding? I had no sewing experience other than cross stitching. I ended up packing it up and forgetting about it. Fast forward 12 years and a few moves later, I was unpacking from a recent move and found all the cutout pieces and pattern and decided I was going to finish it! Finish it I did! That year I not only finished my sisters quilt, I also made one for my mother, middle sister and our 2 oldest children! I guess the timing was not right when I first tried to learn but it not only was right the next time, it instilled the quilting bug in me. I have been learning and quilting ever since!
  • 1238. Posted by Leslie Nofsinger on May 30th, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.
    I watched my Mom make clothing for her 5 little girls and begged her to show me how to sew! I took Home Ec in high school and finally was off sewing everything! Quilting is my newest passion. I love fabric and look forward to your newsletter every week!
  • 1239. Posted by Maria M Call on May 30th, 2017 at 8:40 a.m.
    My grandmother gave me her 1957 Featherweight in 1960, before she died. I have had it and used it ever since. Finally brought to the glories and wonders of quilting about ten years ago by a dear young woman, 40+ years my junior, who was creating magical quilts. What took me so long? GAH!
  • 1240. Posted by Beverly on May 30th, 2017 at 8:39 a.m.
    I learned to sew on a treadle machine at the age of 9. For years I made only clothing and home décor items, but always admired quilts. A trip to Sisters, Oregon for the annual quilt show with my own sister and 2 cousins made it obvious to me that I must quilt. Retirement gave me the time to pursue this.
  • 1241. Posted by Laura_H on May 30th, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
    Several on my dad's side of the family quilt. But dad was the one to teach me how to use the sewing machine and the difference between ironing and pressing. Home Ec class and family taught me the basics. Thanks for the great opportunity! I'm looking forward to all the new designs!
  • 1242. Posted by Shirley Peterson on May 30th, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.
    I went to a craft show where I found a homemade purse that I loved. I got chatting with the creator of that purse and she invited me to the sewing group that met in our retirement park. I had done some sewing 20 years or so ago, so decided to check it out. I met the most wonderful gals and made my first purse and some doll clothes to start. They all encouraged me to try a Quilt and I even went to a weekend Quilt retreat with them where I made a back pack! They had a "jelly roll race" at the retreat and everyone insisted I try it! I did, and the rest is history...I'm hooked on sewing/quilting and those gals have become dear dear friends (pseudo sisters)! I've told my kids that when I'm gone, if they want to know where their inheritance is...check with my favorite local Quilt shop
  • 1243. Posted by Gloria Davis on May 30th, 2017 at 8:35 a.m.
    I taught myself to quilt after reading a couple of books on quilting, then took a couple of classes in 1978 fkex
  • 1244. Posted by Shelby Brown on May 30th, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.
    I learned to quilt at age 5. My greatest inspiration was my Aunt Willie. I have so many memories sitting around her Pot Belly wood stove learning to quilt buy oil lantern light. All of our quilting was by hand. My Mother on weekends when she wasn't working, taught me to quilt on an old treadle Singer machine. It was owned by My Momma's Mother which she traded to my Aunt Willie for a cow (so my Momma would have milk when she was little) and then It was given back to my Momma. So my memories are numerous of learning to sew.
  • 1245. Posted by Terri Tresise on May 30th, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.
    My grandmother shared her love of sewing with me when I was 8 years old. I sewed in Home Ec in high school, sewed my own pants (since they didn't sell "tall") and got my first sewing machine as a gift when my daughter was a year old. My passion is sewing/quilting and now teaching others!
  • 1246. Posted by Jo Collins on May 30th, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.
    My grandmother was a professional seamstress and taught me to sew at an early age. My mother also taught me to sew and made all of my clothes until I started to take over that job.
  • 1247. Posted by Judy Fox Gibbons on May 30th, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.
    Actually, it wasn't a who but a what. Hurricane Katrina took my home and everything in it including quilts made by my great grandparents, great aunt, and my husband's grandmother. I tried looking for replacements to purchase to no avail. At some point I decided I would learn how to do it myself. I began picking up the occasional magazine then ventured into a quilt shop. The owner had decided to close, so I chose a pattern and changed the palette and picked out fabric. I haven't made that quilt yet; however, I have made a few others! Someday I will be brave enough to attempt the double wedding ring quilts that were lost to a lady named Katrina!
  • 1248. Posted by Robyn Fletcher on May 30th, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.
    My grandmother was my inspiration for sure. She made quilts out of necessity for her family during the depression. I just found some quilt blocks that she never put together when my Mom passed. I now have another project to finish!
  • 1249. Posted by Shelby Brown on May 30th, 2017 at 8:31 a.m.
    I learned to quilt at age 5. My greatest inspiration was my Aunt Willie. I have so many memories sitting around her Pot Belly wood stove learning to quilt buy oil lantern light. All of our quilting was by hand. My Mother on weekends when she wasn't working, taught me to quilt on an old treadle Singer machine. It was owned by My Momma's Mother which she traded to my Aunt Willie for a cow (so my Momma would have milk when she was little) and then It was given back to my Momma. So my memories are numerous of learning to sew.
  • 1250. Posted by Doris on May 30th, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.
    I learned to sew from my grandma with a treadle sewing machine.
  • 1251. Posted by Nancy Brown on May 30th, 2017 at 8:22 a.m.
    My inspiration came from all of the pictures of quilts I've seen. I've always wanted to have one that I could say " I did this myself". I'm new to quilting so I guess all of you quilters are my inspiration! Thank you
  • 1252. Posted by Carol Lofquist on May 30th, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.
    Two friends started me on the quilting journey about 15 years ago. Before owning a machine I was buying fabric to start my fabric collection. It's been a wonderful creative journey creating quilts for family and friends, plus a few for me along the way!
  • 1253. Posted by Jacki Crafton on May 30th, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.
    I was inspired to begin quilting when I took a beginner quilting class when I retired and needed to find a new hobby to fill my days. After my first class project, a rail fence quilt, I was hooked! It's been a year and I have made 5 quilts, 1 table runner, and 2 pot holders! I love it!!!
  • 1254. Posted by Tracine Charest on May 30th, 2017 at 8:18 a.m.
    I started watching YouTube videos. I found them very inspiring and "You can do it" encouragement. The visual examples were great and I still am an avid YouTube follower.
  • 1255. Posted by JoAnn Hayward on May 30th, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.
    My mother sewed & I watched her. I started sewing when I was about 11 years old. I did lots of sewing while raising five children. I quit making clothes over twenty years ago & turned to making dolls, teddy bears, and an occassional costume. I started quilting about ten years ago. At 73, I now entertain myself with sewing & quilting. I own a long arm, embroidery machine & serger. I love to try new things.
  • 1256. Posted by Debbie Stoehr on May 30th, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew as a child and I sewed throughout 4-H. I made clothes for myself and my children as they were growing up. When I retired, I took a stack and whack class at a machine embroidery conference and was hooked forever.
  • 1257. Posted by Leslie Popiel on May 30th, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.
    I first learned how to sew in Home Ec during my junior high A good friend got me started on quilting when I was about 50. I had to take a break from sewing to take care of my husband. I lost him a year ago and have since gotten back into quilting. It is great therapy!
  • 1258. Posted by Olivia Root on May 30th, 2017 at 8:13 a.m.
    My mother gave me the passion for quilting. Love her and miss her. She passed away October 2016.
  • 1259. Posted by Sue Mangus on May 30th, 2017 at 8:12 a.m.
    My mom is my inspiration for quilting. She is now 88 years old and still quilting. I have only been doing it for 2 years, so a relative newbie, but I thoroughly enjoy it.
  • 1260. Posted by Denise Gerdon on May 30th, 2017 at 8:11 a.m.
    Love to quilt! I find inspiration everywhere...
  • 1261. Posted by Linda Brodt on May 30th, 2017 at 8:11 a.m.
    My grandmother was a hand quilter and my mother is a hand quilter. They both taught me to sew at a very early age. They inspired me then and still do. I treaure those memories, along with their very precious quilts I have.
  • 1262. Posted by Carolyn Rucker on May 30th, 2017 at 8:09 a.m.
    I got interested in quilting when my daughter started attending a Christian school in Plumstead, PA. They had a fundraising quilt auction every year. I bought one and then wanted to learn how to quilt. Twenty years later this beautiful quilt still hangs in my house. I've since made several for my daughter so she will always be wrapped in love when I'm no longer here.
  • 1263. Posted by Laurie Fortier on May 30th, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
    Believe it or not, I learned to sew and hand quilt in home ec. Those were the days! Sewing has been a part of my life ever since.
  • 1264. Posted by CyndiJo Harmon on May 30th, 2017 at 8:06 a.m.
    I never remember not knowing how to sew. My parents bought me my first sewing machine when I was eight years old for my birthday. However, I did not start quilting until last year, I'm already on my third quilt, and I am so hooked :-).
  • 1265. Posted by Donna Klakoski on May 30th, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.
    My grandmother showed me a quilt my great grandmother made,.
  • 1266. Posted by Jeanne Kelly on May 30th, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.
    My Mum taught me to sew. She was a stay at home Mother looking after 5 children and she made draperies for a local design center. She's the strongest, most amazing, and Resilient person I will ever know. I'm so proud to call her my Mum!!
  • 1267. Posted by Lynn Richardson on May 30th, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.
    I think my mother's family has a quilting gene that gets passed on to the next generation. I am a fourth generation quilter, but my grandfather was the one who first taught me hand work -- how to embroider. He learned with his 5 sisters, and they learned wookworking skills. Later, my grandmother taught me to sew and I started quilting with an international group of girlfriends in San Francisco 35 years go.
  • 1268. Posted by Kathy Dudek on May 30th, 2017 at 8:02 a.m.
    My friend Wanda taught me to quilt when there were no classes around our area
  • 1269. Posted by Kathy Dudek on May 30th, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.
    My friend Wanda taught me to quilt when there were no classes around our area
  • 1270. Posted by Karin on May 30th, 2017 at 8 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew and I sewed through 4-H. My grandmother made scrap quilts for all the grandchildren which are treasured memories.
  • 1271. Posted by Diane Emanuelson on May 30th, 2017 at 7:59 a.m.
    My sista came over 35 years ago with the Woman's Day magazine and said we need to make this quilt. It was a trip around the world with 6" blocks. I was hooked right away and have been quilting for 35 years. Thanks Denise Leach!
  • 1272. Posted by Janet Leigh North on May 30th, 2017 at 7:59 a.m.
    While the older siblings were in school, I was privileged to stay with my great-grandmother. At 4 years old I got to sew and drink coffee. We called her MOM, she was my inspiration for all things sewing!
  • 1273. Posted by Theresa Rodrigues on May 30th, 2017 at 7:56 a.m.
    Joann's mailer with sales and classes is what sparked my interest. I took two quilt classes but found it difficult while working. After retiring in 2013 I found a local fabric shop with classes. I was fortunate to find a wonderful teacher and it has been on ever since. Every class I take I learn something new. Best thing I ever did!
  • 1274. Posted by Debbie Miller on May 30th, 2017 at 7:56 a.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew by hand pretty much as soon as I could hold a needle and when I was five years old on a treadle sewing machine. I sewed squares together for her to make a simple four patch quilt.
  • 1275. Posted by Marcia Gilbreath on May 30th, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    My mother sewed all my clothes throughout high school. But what really has inspired me were all the quilts she made. She pieced them on her Pfaff 230, and hand-quilted them on a huge frame set up in our living room. I whiled away many hours keeping her company while she patiently quilted. I wish she was still around to see all the innovations we sometimes take for granted!
  • 1276. Posted by Denise Wargo on May 30th, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    My mother made Bridal Gowns throughout my childhood and I was always mezmerized by the gowns....though I do not make clothing, Mom taught me to sew and she and I have continued to quilt to this day.
  • 1277. Posted by Shelly Elaine on May 30th, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.
    No one in my family sews. I wanted some throws for our place in the mountains, and was unable to find what I wanted, I decided that I should learn to make them myself. A quick online search lead me to Jenny Doan. She inspired me!
  • 1278. Posted by Regina on May 30th, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.
    A local church was having a yard sale, I bought 10 quilting magazines for $1.00. That was over twenty years ago. Been quilting ever sense.
  • 1279. Posted by Ashley on May 30th, 2017 at 7:52 a.m.
    My grandmother is my inspiration!
  • 1280. Posted by Jean Gray on May 30th, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.
    My grandma, Daphne, NEVER threw any scrap of fabric away. She would babysit me in the mornings before school, and she always had a sewing project for me. Grandma had a trundle machine, which I have now, boy, she could make that machine fly! I miss her!
  • 1281. Posted by Loretta Neighbors on May 30th, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.
    When you walked into the front room or parlor of our home, the first sight was my mother's Necchi sewing machine. By age 5 the temptation was too much. Armed with scraps from an uncle's garment factory, my mother sat me down and taught me to use her precious machine. At first it was doll clothes, but by 11-12 I was making some of the garments I wore to school.
  • 1282. Posted by susan on May 30th, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.
    It was a group of ladies that gathered to quilt. They looked like they were having way too much fun!
  • 1283. Posted by Susan Larman on May 30th, 2017 at 7:46 a.m.
    I come from a long line of quilters. I recently found signature blocks for both grandmothers and an aunt as well as many others from their community. I pieced them together and did my first long arm project with this quilt. This quilt is a reminder of the strong, creative women who gave me the gift of quilting.
  • 1284. Posted by Robyn Bradley on May 30th, 2017 at 7:46 a.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew. My first project was an apron which I made for my Mom. I then made flannel nightgowns, Barbie clothes, stuffed animals and a lot of my clothes and gifts in the 70's and 80's. I switched over to quilts after taking a wonderful year long beginning quilt class at Wayzata Quilting Emporium (which is sadly now closed like too many other great quilt shops)
  • 1285. Posted by Patti Levine on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew at the age of 11 and from then on I made my own clothes...but it wasn't what made me happy. When I became very ill and could no longer work as a nurse I needed something to make me feel "productive".....along came QUILTING! My life saver!
  • 1286. Posted by Susan Doe on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    What a wonderful give away table! My mother inspired me to start sewing. Although she knew how to sew, she preferred other creative outlets. She did let me use her Featherweight. Friend's mother's, junior high home ec, and 4H leaders all helped me learn as a kid.
  • 1287. Posted by Bonnie C on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    A handmade quilt is like being wrapped in the warmth of love; not until I saw the tedious work that goes into a quilt did I want to learn myself. I may not be as good as some, but giving a quilt is saying "I love you."
  • 1288. Posted by Susan Doe on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    What a wonderful give away table! My mother inspired me to start sewing. Although she knew how to sew, she preferred other creative outlets. She did let me use her Featherweight. Friend's mother's, junior high home ec, and 4H leaders all helped me learn as a kid.
  • 1289. Posted by Patti Levine on May 30th, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew at the age of 11 and from then on I made my own clothes...but it wasn't what made me happy. When I became very ill and could no longer work as a nurse I needed something to make me feel "productive".....along came QUILTING! My life saver!
  • 1290. Posted by Debbie on May 30th, 2017 at 7:41 a.m.
    Quilting is a way to express my creativity and flair for color. Additionally, it is very relaxing.
  • 1291. Posted by Peggy Arbuckle on May 30th, 2017 at 7:40 a.m.
    As a child went to sewing bees with my mother who taught me how to cut with cardboard templates and scissors and sew by hand. Quilt with a group of ladies and we now use all the modern sewing tools available. Not only do we work on our own projects we make quilts for hospice. All my children, grandchildren and great grand children have be given quilts over the years. Started hand applique at 70 years of age and love it!!!
  • 1292. Posted by Connie on May 30th, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
    After retiring from a 24 year Air Force career, I was looking for something relaxing. With over 100? plus quilts I am still looking. But until then I will keep on quilting.
  • 1293. Posted by Denise S on May 30th, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
    I quilt because it makes me happy, not necessarily because I was inspired by a specific individual. I choose to credit Eleanor Burns of Quilt In A Day as my inspiration.
  • 1294. Posted by amy on May 30th, 2017 at 7:33 a.m.
    I started because I wanted to learn to make a memory quilt from a loved one's clothes.
  • 1295. Posted by LeAnne Law on May 30th, 2017 at 7:29 a.m.
    I remember sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was really small. My mom taught me to sew in grade school. I didn't sew anything for about 15 years after high school, but when I walked by a quilt shop, I went in and immediately signed up for a class.
  • 1296. Posted by Vicki Glover on May 30th, 2017 at 7:28 a.m.
    When I walked into our den and my two young daughters were cutting up the PJs I had just completed. My thought was, "Maybe I should stop construction sewing before they cut up their entire wardrobe and move in a new direction. So I took a quilting class. My daughters now have daughters of their own and I love making quilts for my granddaughters!
  • 1297. Posted by Gretchen Biery on May 30th, 2017 at 7:27 a.m.
    My great grandmother cross stitched a quilt for me (full size) when I was 7 and then hand quilted it. It was put away until I could appreciate it and I do! I heard stories of relatives sewing on the frame in the living room next to the radio. I wanted to be quilter too!
  • 1298. Posted by Sheila on May 30th, 2017 at 7:27 a.m.
    My Mother taught me to sew but it was many years later I learned to quilt... she was always very supportive of all my sewing and quilting projects...
  • 1299. Posted by Deborah Sitter on May 30th, 2017 at 7:24 a.m.
    A very nice elderly lady in my home town inspired me to start my quilting journey. I'm a self taught quilter now
  • 1300. Posted by Donna J Landon on May 30th, 2017 at 7:23 a.m.
    I started sewing for my sister , to make quilts for Keepsakes, because she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Diane wanted something to give to people to remember her!!
  • 1301. Posted by Donna Johnson on May 30th, 2017 at 7:23 a.m.
    My mother was a wonderful seamstress and taught me to sew. I began quilting in the 70's and then took a break while working. I am now retired and back to quilting.
  • 1302. Posted by Karen M on May 30th, 2017 at 7:22 a.m.
    My Grandma taught me to make potholders on her treadle machine maaaaany years ago!! Best memories ever.
  • 1303. Posted by Caryn on May 30th, 2017 at 7:17 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew but it was as an adult that I learned to quilt. I was newly married living in a new town so I took a course at the local high school. I made a lot of new friends and learned to do something I love!
  • 1304. Posted by Nancy on May 30th, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.
    My grandmother was the inspiration and I mad my first quilt in college back in the early 70's.
  • 1305. Posted by Mary foley on May 30th, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.
    My mom could sew anything but worked nights and couldn't teach me - I wasn't ready to learn when she was ready to teach me. Ten years ago I went to quilt 'mud' sales in Lancaster co. , PA, and I wanted to learn how to sew and make quilts right now. Been working on Balt. Quilt I was told I could finish in 1 yr. - 10 squares later and several years later...I am now learning to quilt on a sewing machine instead. Much faster!
  • 1306. Posted by Lee Ann Abrams on May 30th, 2017 at 7:13 a.m.
    Linda, a talented, hand quilter, inspired me to take up quilting.
  • 1307. Posted by AS on May 30th, 2017 at 7:11 a.m.
    My Mother
  • 1308. Posted by Christie Dwyer on May 30th, 2017 at 7:03 a.m.
    My son needed a new blanket and I wanted to start sewing again. Quilting filled both needs.
  • 1309. Posted by Christie Dwyer on May 30th, 2017 at 7:01 a.m.
    My son needed a new blanket and I wanted to start sewing again. Quilting filled both needs.
  • 1310. Posted by Jan on May 30th, 2017 at 7:01 a.m.
    Running my own business for 25 years gave me no time to sew, except for under duress. Once I retired, I've found joy in learning to quilt and I'm now addicted to expanding my knowledge of my new hobby.
  • 1311. Posted by Peg Dunayer on May 30th, 2017 at 6:59 a.m.
    A flight home and the view of patch-work fields, as we flew over the Midwest, was the inspiration for quilting for me. Pattern and color can excite and/or calm. What versatility!
  • 1312. Posted by Michele Turner on May 30th, 2017 at 6:58 a.m.
    My mother, grandmother and great grandmother were all dress makers from New Orleans. It took me a long time to catch on but I started quilting at age 27. I still have the scrap baby quilt my grandmother made for me! Now I make baby/kids quilts for charity.
  • 1313. Posted by Mona Phelps on May 30th, 2017 at 6:58 a.m.
    Who inspired me... I would have to say my grandmother. When I was little (40 years ago), my Nanny would make clothes for my Barbie dolls. She was the best dressed doll around!
  • 1314. Posted by Lanetta Oxford on May 30th, 2017 at 6:49 a.m.
    My sister taught me to hand quilt then my love of quilting took off from there.
  • 1315. Posted by Cindy Wagner on May 30th, 2017 at 6:46 a.m.
    I took a long break from sewing. I always thought sewing was making garments or mending when I was young. No thanks. I began watching tutorials online about 5 years ago and was hooked immediately. Most of the instructors I watched made it look like anyone could do this, I took the plunge and have so enjoyed every project I have worked on. I enjoy creating home décor and kitchen projects as well as small quilt projects. LOVE it all. Thank you.
  • 1316. Posted by Doris on May 30th, 2017 at 6:45 a.m.
    My mom taught me to sew went I was about 6, I made doll clothes for years and then started on clothing. I won awards in 5-6th grade home-ec as I had already been making clothes with zippers etc before then. I continue to sew clothes for my extended family and became a prolific quilter about 5 years ago.
  • 1317. Posted by Deb Snyder on May 30th, 2017 at 6:43 a.m.
    I had a friend from church who encouraged me to start Quilting. I love seeing a quilt pattern come together. It excites me every time I make one!
  • 1318. Posted by Judy Snider on May 30th, 2017 at 6:41 a.m.
    I have always loved the look and feel of fabric. Fabric is a way of dreaming about possibilities. Quilting gave me the ability to use that fabric that I loved so much!!
  • 1319. Posted by Sandy Curtis on May 30th, 2017 at 6:40 a.m.
    My grandmother taught me to sew starting when I was about 8. She had been a dressmaker, supporting 2 children in the late 1930's and early 1940's.
  • 1320. Posted by ann mitcham on May 30th, 2017 at 6:31 a.m.
    Mother and grandmother here quilters I can remember as a young girl setting a the sewing machine helping mother piece the blocks together , she would cut and I would go to town working that treadle back and forth .You see I was the older of 7 children and she always had a baby in her arms ,so it took both of us to get a quilt to gather for the quilting frames. O the fun we would have when all the Aunts and cousins would come for a day if quilting .So I guess you can say my Mother was the reason for my love of quilting . Today 4 of my sisters still have sister day for our quilting .At 71 years old my style of quilting has changed to using a quilt frame and a mid arm ,but my love of quilting has never changed I still am in love with it and like learning new ways to quilt Thanks for a chance to win so many pretty thing t o sew with.
  • 1321. Posted by Barb Reiter on May 30th, 2017 at 6:29 a.m.
    My sister and I were only a year apart in age. When she joined 4-H and started to learn to sew my mother said she was only doing this once, so I learned at the same time, starting at age 8. I did not enjoy sewing as a little girl but had learned my lessons well & returned to love it as an adult.
  • 1322. Posted by Claudia Sweger on May 30th, 2017 at 6:29 a.m.
    My Mom started me sewing when I was a little girl and received a Barbie doll for Christmas. She showed me how to make clothes for her. I've been addicted every since.
  • 1323. Posted by Betsy on May 30th, 2017 at 6:29 a.m.
    The parent of one of my students inspired me. She donated squares to my class when I asked for 1 yard prices so my stu7could make ponchos. I called her requesting she come pick up the squares since I had no idea what to do with them.she said I could keep them if she showed me how to use them. 12 years later, I'm still quilting!
  • 1324. Posted by Jane Spence on May 30th, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew when I was younger but then she and I took a quilting class when I was in my 20's. We both enjoyed it immensely. She praised my talent as I progressed and it made me strive to continue to improve my skills.
  • 1325. Posted by Carol Bair on May 30th, 2017 at 6:26 a.m.
    My mother taught me how to sew when I was six. I sewed many of my clothes through to high school. My quilting influence came from my husband's grandmother who lived close to Lancaster PA. She and her quilting friends would hand sew everything, rotating houses and all working on each other's quilts. I was captivated by the beauty of their work, and the way they helped each other finish their quilts. I would like to think that she would be proud of me if she was able to see what I have been able to quilt; although I know she would try to teach me how to hand sew everything instead of machine quilting.
  • 1326. Posted by Laura Bostick on May 30th, 2017 at 6:26 a.m.
    I had a quilt that my grandmother made me on my bed when I was growing up. I always loved it. So I would say she was my inspiration to quilt. My mom just gave me another one that my grandmother never finished since she passed in 1974. I can't wait to get to finish it for her.
  • 1327. Posted by Lois Noyes on May 30th, 2017 at 6:25 a.m.
    My mom inspired me to sew back when I was a pre-teen. Have made clothes, quilts, table runners, wall hangings, etc., ever since. Thanks for the chance to win.
  • 1328. Posted by Debi Hoover on May 30th, 2017 at 6:24 a.m.
    MY mother and sisters. I did not start quilting until 2007. They have been trying to get to come and sew with them for a few years . Finally I did. My oldest sister even gave me some squares to get started. My very first quilt was a trip around the world. It was not very good. I had a very old sewing machine with no quarter inch foot. After that my mom gave me a different machine with a quarter inch foot and I was hooked. It is a stress reliever for me. My mom and husband both passed away last year.
  • 1329. Posted by Abby Lehman on May 30th, 2017 at 6:22 a.m.
    When I was little I would watch my mother and grandmother lay out patterns, cut fabric, sew, and recover worn comforters. It was fascinating to me. So when I was about 9 years old I decided that I would join in. I got out the scraps of fabric and a doll dress pattern and went to town. I set up moms sewing machine and have been at it ever since. I'm almost 58 now.
  • 1330. Posted by Moira on May 30th, 2017 at 6:22 a.m.
    I learned to sew in order to make my own school clothes in late elementary/junior high after learning that I'd get a lot more for the money if I made them. I started quilting in high school when I needed to make a cover for a pillow. That has been almost 45 yrs ago now and I'm not planning on quitting anytime soon.
  • 1331. Posted by ginny oakley on May 30th, 2017 at 6:20 a.m.
    My mother and her best friend taught me to sew around age 6.Fifty years later I took a quilting class through continuing ed.
  • 1332. Posted by Tosha on May 30th, 2017 at 6:15 a.m.
    I'm not sure who inspired me to sew and quilt seems I was just born to do it. I started sewing by hand in the 2nd grade. Much to my surprise I have found that I am very much like my Grandmother who had to be using her hands and turning junk and scraps into useful things all the time...must be DNA. She been gone for sometime now but everyday I see her in the things I do. So glad ya'll enjoyed St. Louis, MO!
  • 1333. Posted by Sandra Laws on May 30th, 2017 at 6:15 a.m.
    I hardly sewed anything but hemming pants throughout my life,, but I needed a hobby when I retired. My grandmother made all of the girls a quilt before she died. I literally wore that quilt out washing it over the years. I knew I wanted to preserve it, so I took a quilt class three years ago at my local quilt shop. I was HOOKED and spend many hours per week making quilts for my family so they will have something to remember me with.
  • 1334. Posted by Toni Anne Potter on May 30th, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.
    Growing up (younger than 10) my mother made a lot of our clothes. Especially for the holidays, my mother, sister and I always had matching outfits even spring and winter coats. My mothers mother lived down stairs and because of her small size, she made all her own clothes. My mothers father and my fathers mother also sewed for work at times and also at home. It must be in my blood! I really enjoy sewing but, just the sound of the machine stitching brings me pleasure.
  • 1335. Posted by Jessica V. on May 30th, 2017 at 6:12 a.m.
    My aunt taught me when I was in middle school.
  • 1336. Posted by Julia West on May 30th, 2017 at 6:08 a.m.
    I would say my Oma (German Grandmother) inspired me. She had this one cloth blanket we used to cuddle. It wasn't quilted like we do now. It was black with tiny roosters. Heavy, and I loved the weight of it on me as she would read sort after story. I wish I would said how much those times meant.
  • 1337. Posted by Therese on May 30th, 2017 at 6:01 a.m.
    My mother and grandmother sewed, I was always fascinated. They didn't make quilts, but quilts were around the house. As mom got busier with her growing family, she just began letting me use fabric and material to learn myself. When I would show something I had made to my grandmother, she always looked on the inside first. She would tell me, if the inside looks good the outside will too. I began sewing the little scraps together so no fabric was wasted. That is how my love for quilts began.
  • 1338. Posted by Joyce Holt on May 30th, 2017 at 5:59 a.m.
    My mother inspired me to quilt. She made all our clothes and our quilts were tied.
  • 1339. Posted by Jeannine on May 30th, 2017 at 5:58 a.m.
    My mother taught me to sew clothes. When I married, I sewed my family's clothes. Almost 30 years ago, I started quilting and love it.
  • 1340. Posted by Opal Rupp on May 30th, 2017 at 5:58 a.m.
    I started quilting on my own. Fell in love with all the beautiful patterns and inspirations that were available. A group of church ladies took me under their wing and taught me to hand quilt after I was married. My love grew from there. I joined a quilting guild and have learned and been inspired by each of them.
  • 1341. Posted by Sue Parks on May 30th, 2017 at 5:56 a.m.
    My inspiration came from my maternal grandfather who was a master tailor and my grandmother was an expert seamstress they owned a Tailor and Furrier shop in the early 1920's and went on to develop a cleaning business. My mother taught us as well.
  • 1342. Posted by Brenda Graff on May 30th, 2017 at 5:52 a.m.
    My mom would sew when I was younger but I picked it up on my own. I wanted to make my brother a quilt for Christmas and it started from there:)
  • 1343. Posted by robin s marlow on May 30th, 2017 at 5:51 a.m.
    My mother and my 4-H leader taught me to sew and quilt at a very early age, a treasured memory
  • 1344. Posted by robin s marlow on May 30th, 2017 at 5:49 a.m.
    My mother and my 4-H leader taught me to sew and quilt at a very early age, a treasured memory
  • 1345. Posted by Mary Hughes on May 30th, 2017 at 5:42 a.m.
    My mother helped me to get started and learn how to hand quilt
  • 1346. Posted by Deborah lachmiller on May 30th, 2017 at 5:41 a.m.
    My Grandmother was a Mennonite lady that had quilting bees at her home. Great memories from childhood.
  • 1347. Posted by Edie Parker on May 30th, 2017 at 5:41 a.m.
    My great-grandmother whom I knew for a very short time made quilts from leftover cloth with cotton backing and most times had no batting of any kind. They were our summer blankets and I have two that I cherish. They are over 100 yrs old and worn but so beautiful. She loved to sit and piece by hand. Her fingers were crooked with arthritis but she persisted. I love to look at the two quilts remaining and admire them and the love she put in them.
  • 1348. Posted by Rita Ansley on May 30th, 2017 at 5:40 a.m.
    My mother, she was almost blind and still had to make my wedding dress. She was a great lady and loved to sew.
  • 1349. Posted by EYONNE SANDERS on May 30th, 2017 at 5:34 a.m.
    BY WACTHING QUILTING SHOWS ON TV, ALL THE DIFFERENCE FABRICA AND PATTERNS.
  • 1350. Posted by Susie on May 30th, 2017 at 5:33 a.m.
    I was inspired by my two aunts... who began sewing tote bags ! I couldn't resist mixing and matching fabrics.
  • 1351. Posted by Rebecca Marzano on May 30th, 2017 at 5:33 a.m.
    I learned to sew in my 9th grade home economics class. My high school graduation gift was a Singer sewing machine. I feel so fortunate to be part of such a talented and friendly community. Thanks for sharing your market goodies with us.
  • 1352. Posted by Ellen P. on May 30th, 2017 at 5:32 a.m.
    My grandma and one of my aunts were quilters. My mother didn't quilt, but she made a lot of clothes for me and my sister when we were growing up. I have a double wedding ring quilt that grandma and my aunt made for me out of scraps of fabric from clothing my mother made. Lots of memories in that quilt!
  • 1353. Posted by Ellen P. on May 30th, 2017 at 5:31 a.m.
    My grandma and one of my aunts were quilters. My mother didn't quilt, but she made a lot of clothes for me and my sister when we were growing up. I have a double wedding ring quilt that grandma and my aunt made for me out of scraps of fabric from clothing my mother made. Lots of memories in that quilt!
  • 1354. Posted by Amy Cofer on May 30th, 2017 at 5:28 a.m.
    I was inspired to learn to sew by my grandmother. She sewed everything ... even all my playclothes which were made from feed sacks. Yes I'm that old! I was so tall & skinny as a child that no store-bought clothes fit properly so I learned to sew so I'd have nice, well- fitting clothes.
  • 1355. Posted by Marilyn Penrod on May 30th, 2017 at 5:27 a.m.
    A lady on one of the quilting threads on facebook, inspired me to start quilting 2 years ago. I still have that poorly sewn and quilted first quilt. I keep it for a reminder of far I've come with my quilting. I thank her every day for helping me with her hints and patience. Thank you Tina Dailey for being so patient.
  • 1356. Posted by Diana Gates on May 30th, 2017 at 5:24 a.m.
    Wow..the auto correct is not very correct...Genny Doan to above comment...ha
  • 1357. Posted by Rosa on May 30th, 2017 at 5:23 a.m.
    My friend,Concha,did the miracle for me to be interested in quilting.We tood classes together and went to shows. My dear grand inspired me to sew by machine and play with fabrics,she made us clothes.
  • 1358. Posted by Diana Gates on May 30th, 2017 at 5:22 a.m.
    My mother sewed garments...I took home D.C. In school...all 4 years...I was president if the future homemakers of America Two years...but I have to say, Jenna Foan got me interested In quilting..now I can't stop
  • 1359. Posted by Susan L. on May 30th, 2017 at 5:09 a.m.
    I would say my mother inspired me to start sewing. But, I started quilting because I always loved quilts. No one in my family made quilts before me. I am hoping one of my daughters, or granddaughters, will want to carry on the tradition.
  • 1360. Posted by Wanda Barrow on May 30th, 2017 at 4:40 a.m.
    First my mom has always machine quilteted. She turns 88 June 2nd and is working on a Sue Bonnet Queen quilt now. She has never been a quitter, she is the wind beneath my wings. First ever quilting was on a large drop down quilting frame. That peace is when I fell in love with quilting.
  • 1361. Posted by Diane Dick on May 30th, 2017 at 4:36 a.m.
    My mother started my love of sewing ,starting with dolls clothes , which then progressed to my clothes . Time and life slowed my love of quilting but now there's not enough hours in the day for my affair with my sewing machine and fabric ✂️
  • 1362. Posted by Cindy Forrest on May 30th, 2017 at 4:25 a.m.
    I remember playing under my great grandmother' s quilting frame as a little girl while my mom and aunts helped her quilt . Later my mom taught me to sew. From that point quitting was inevitable!!!
  • 1363. Posted by Helen LeBrett on May 30th, 2017 at 12:20 a.m.
    I've sewn since I was 12 and started sewing clothes for myself, but I guess I started myself sewing quilts when I started some placemats for our table, but didn't like them when I put them on the table: I played around with them and discovered I liked them together in a "Trip Around the World" pattern, and that slowly morphed into a quilt for my husband. And then my sister, who lived in San Jose , Ca at the time, took me to the San Jose Quilt Museum, and then later to PIQF. That's all she wrote!! I've been obsessed with quilting for many years now! :-)
  • 1364. Posted by Jean Miller on May 30th, 2017 at 12:08 a.m.
    Came across Bear Creek Quilting Co last night while searching for fabric online. Was excited to find that you are in an area where I used to live and return to occasionally to visit. Am sure I will be checking out your fabric frequently and am sure there will be pieces I won't be able to resist.
  • 1365. Posted by Carol Denson on May 29th, 2017 at 9:29 p.m.
    My great grandmother and grandmother quilted and were my inspiration to learn to quilt. I have quilts they made and cherish them.
  • 1366. Posted by Lisa Bierman on May 29th, 2017 at 9:25 p.m.
    My mother taught me to sew & quilt when I was in grade school. I continued quilting today, & we still collaborate with each other making quilts.
  • 1367. Posted by Dian Davis on May 29th, 2017 at 9:18 p.m.
    My mom taught me how to sew and she is my inspiration to this day.
  • 1368. Posted by Paula C on May 29th, 2017 at 8:50 p.m.
    I'm really not sure who influenced my interest in sewing but I bought my first sewing machine at age 12. I paid for it on time with my babysitting money and then went on to take sewing lessons. Later in life I've come back to sewing and have learned to quilt which I am loving!
  • 1369. Posted by Paula C on May 29th, 2017 at 8:49 p.m.
    I'm really not sure who influenced my interest in sewing but I bought my first sewing machine at age 12. I paid for it on time with my babysitting money and then went on to take sewing lessons. Later in life I've come back to sewing and have learned to quilt which I am loving!
  • 1370. Posted by Bridget Anderson on May 29th, 2017 at 8:29 p.m.
    My good friend Priscilla Pride. She has a long arm and even let me use her long arm. She makes sure I don't mess my quilts up, She is a fabulous teacher.
  • 1371. Posted by LeAnn Anderson on May 29th, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.
    My friend, Bobbi, got me interested in quilting. I took a class for beginners and I am still learning new things all the time. Quilting is relaxing for me.
  • 1372. Posted by Anna Zimmerman on May 29th, 2017 at 7:32 p.m.
    I am still learning to quilt form my friend Tammy Green. She has been a long time quilter and I have always wanted to learn so she graciously offered to teach me.
  • 1373. Posted by Susan on May 29th, 2017 at 6:59 p.m.
    My great grandmother made tied quilts and crocheted. Her daughter was a great quilter but boy, she certainly had no color sense. Her quilts were sewn beautifully but they were loud! I learned to quilt by watching quilting shows on tv. They sure made it look easy!
  • 1374. Posted by Dorinda Williams on May 29th, 2017 at 6:37 p.m.
    I started sewing when I was in junior high school, 1977-1978, but it was my great aunt who got me interested in quilts. I remember going to Lufkin, TX during the summer and she would be making quilts by hand. I never thought I could do the hand quilting but machine quilting would be fine. I made my first quilt for my first grandson in 2006 and have enjoyed it every since.
  • 1375. Posted by Cheryl on May 29th, 2017 at 5:31 p.m.
    I have been down with back issues Over the last three years. A friend of mine suggested I learn to sew and quilt because I could stand or sit as much or as little as I needed. It has been my mental savior! I am still learning and love to search all places for the things that help build my stash.
  • 1376. Posted by Anne Mixer on May 29th, 2017 at 5:19 p.m.
    My mom, aunt, and grandma first made me aware of quilting before my wedding. My grandmother had made several Dresden plates out of old clothes (some I recognize!). My job was to pick out the sashing color. I will never forget that first time in a fabric store with all 4 of us! My grandma died of cancer 3 months before my wedding.
  • 1377. Posted by Toni on May 29th, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.
    My mom gave me a sewing machine when I took home economics in school. I was in love with sewing! I wish kids today had the opportunity to take home economics!
  • 1378. Posted by Jan Ward on May 29th, 2017 at 4:09 p.m.
    My Grandma, who passed away about 10 years ago, at 102 years old taught me to quilt and sew many years ago! She was a true pioneer in many ways! She was also the family "Rock". And my dearest person in the world! She and I were able to piece several Quilts together & hand Quilt them on her cherry wood hanging frame! Such cherished memories!
  • 1379. Posted by Martha on May 29th, 2017 at 3:59 p.m.
    My mother inspired me to sew. She made all the clothes my sisters & I wore growing up. She taught me to sew & by the time I was 15, I was making my own clothes. She began quilting later in life & made many quilts. One of her original designs won first prize at the county fair. I'm quilting now too, inspired by her.
  • 1380. Posted by Cecilia on May 29th, 2017 at 3:41 p.m.
    My late grandmother inspired me even though she died in 1959 when I was four. She used leftover material from my my little dresses to make a quilt. And my wise mother saved it for me. I look at it every day!!!
  • 1381. Posted by Pamala Fenner on May 29th, 2017 at 3:10 p.m.
    I didn't start quilting until my grandmother passed away. She had a quilt I wanted, but my aunt took it. So I went to a quilt shop and bought a book with the pattern in it. The book didn't have pictures in it so I had to guess what they were talking about. Cut it all out by hand. After I finally had them all made, I didn't know how to put it together, so I went to the local quilt guild and asked for help. Apparently Grandmothers Flower Garden is not a beginner pattern. Well I got it done and have been on a roll ever since.
  • 1382. Posted by Chris Newlands@xtra.co.nz on May 29th, 2017 at 2:47 p.m.
    My Mother had T B and was in a Sanatorium. She had no contact with me from 6weeks old until I was 3 years old. She said her hand sewing was what kept her focused as she knew she had to come home. She is still with us today and I have learnt a great lesson from her. My Sewing and Quilting have seen me through some rough spots.
  • 1383. Posted by Mary Thomas on May 29th, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.
    My mother was a seamstress and taught me to sew when I was 6. I didn't start to quilt until I was 55 and retired!