Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Giveaway Winners and Giveaway Question for September!

We at Shabby Fabrics have really enjoyed reading all of your comments about your sewing machines!  Because we had such a good response, I have decided to have 3 gift certificate winners instead of just one.  The winners are....

-Donna K.
-Goosegirl
-Ledamewood

Congratulations!  You should have each received an email with your gift certificate information.


Now on to our question for September:

How did you learn to quilt?  What was your first project?  Have you taught anyone else how to quilt? 

Here are a few stories from the Shabby Fabrics staff:

Julie:  My mom taught me to quilt one summer when I was 8 or 9 and my first project was making a doll quilt out of charm squares.  I was so proud of it I entered it in the county fair, but didn't notice until weeks after the fair that I had forgotton to finish tying it - which may explain the third premium ribbon!  My next quilting project came a few years later when I found an Around the World pattern that I wanted to try.  I was rather ambitious and decided to make it full-size and in a different colorway.  As my second-ever quilting project it took me ten years to finish, but I had that quilt on my bed for years afterward!

Lynn:  I learned to quilt from a roommate when I was in my early twenties.  I didn't have a sewing machine, so I sewed and quilted by hand.  My first project was a baby quilt for my nephew, and it took me nine months of sewing several hours each night.  My nephew still has that quilt.

Ashleigh:  When I was 15 or 16, my grandma handed me a quilt and said "Bind this."  All I knew about sewing at that point was a slip-stitch which I had learned at school.  With Jennifer's help I have learned more about sewing and quilting through the years - although part of that education included her giving me a Quilting for Dummies book!

Jennifer: I have always loved making things, crafts of all kinds..scrap booking, cross stitch, tole painting and more. When I was in my early twenties, I would go into the quilt shops and just look around loving all the fabrics and patterns, samples on the wall, etc. I was newly married and struggling financially so I knew I didn't dare take up the quilting hobby as much as I wanted to. But I kept dreaming of it until one day at my local library I found one of Debbie Mumm's earliest quilting books. I read through the instructions included in the back of the book and started with a very small wall hanging which I still have. That day at the library and that book was all I needed to get started. After all, the desire to take up quilting had been on heart for years. So basically I'm self taught and LOVE quilting. I've learned so much from friends at quilting retreats and of course, through trial and error. I've taught friends how to quilt and continue to share tips with anyone whenever I'm asked. Quilters are wonderful  people the world around! It seems this common interest we share makes us instant friends! I would love to host a global retreat. What great fun that would be!


36 comments:

  1. I took a class with a friend to make a colorsplash trip around the world (ok-it was 1995). Still haven't finished it! I won't say I have taught someone else to quilt but at our quilt group we share ideas, tips, etc. It makes me happy to make a quilt and to be able to share it with someone....

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  2. I took a class at a nearby quilt shop just after I started grad school in 1996. I made a lap quilt for my mom for her birthday. Since then, I've taught two friends how to quilt. It is such a fun craft to share, I wish I had more friends who want to learn. :)

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  3. My co-worker taught me to quilt when I had my first born. I wanted to make something special and since she quilted, she offered to teach me. I made a door-hanging name banner for my daughters door and have gratefully not looked back. Don't know where I would be without my quilting nor my quilting friends and community now, six years later.

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  4. My mom and I always wanted to quilt so we both enrolled in a quilting class at the local junior college. The first class we were told we would be making a small quilt of 6 blocks. So we needed to bring all the fabric the next week. That week I found out that I was pregnant with my first baby so I decided to make the quilt pale green and lavender (Winnie the Poo colors). This class was in 1983 and we made templates and cut everything by hand. Once we sewed together the blocks we then quilted by hand. I did 6 different blocks and the small quilts turned out fabulous. My son, now 27, is planning on having his first child next year and has his baby quilt all ready and waiting for when his first baby arrives.

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  5. I am really still just learning to quilt. I started making quilted Charlie Brown stockings for my boys last winter (picked up the material on sale after Christmas) and now am making a third one for our third son due in December. I love the homemade quilts and my next project is to finish a quilt that my great grandmother made and then my Mother-in-Law wants me to help her make one for her mother next summer! I will get to teach her.

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  6. Congratulations to the winners! I taught myself to quilt watching various quilting shows on PBS on Saturday's about 15 years ago in my forties! I had always sewn, but seeing a friends first quilt got me instantly interested! My first project was the pumpkin quilt on my blog header - learned to piece and applique at the same time! I have taught several friends some techniques and hope to one day teach quilting at my LQS!
    Cheers!

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  7. For me, learning to quilt was a retirement dream. In the days when I was in high school, sewing classes were required. So, I sewed what I had to, and many years later, when I was pregnant with my son, tent dresses were in style so I made a couple of those. Never really enjoyed sewing very much so wasn't sure quilting would be for me. For a few years I collected quilting books and fabric. By the time I retired, I had a pretty good stash. Then I had to learn to sew all over again. I bought a used sewing machine and spent a while learning to use a machine again. Finally, I felt ready to take a beginning quilting class. Our class project was the Yellow Brick Road quilt by Terry Atkinson. Took a few more classes. And that led to becoming part of a group of 8 wonderful ladies; we call ourselves the Quirky Quilters. I've never really shown anyone else how to quilt, but we Quirkies all help each other and cheer each other on. My sister also quilts and we sew and help each other too. In fact, she's coming over this weekend and we're having a mini quilting retreat right here at home. So, quilting for me, has become a retirement dream realized and so much more thru the friendships I've made.

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  8. Well, it seems like I've always sewn, doll-clothes, clothes for me, and even cute rompers and such for my son back in the 70's. So I wanted to make a quilt for him, of course had NO idea the "correct" way, but he loved it to death. Sort of pieced/quilted by-the-seat-of-my-pants, until I took a class about 15 yrs ago. I still sort of "wing-it", but still LOVE LOVE LOVE the adventure and mystery of what these pieces of fabric will be. Sadly haven't taught any-one else to quilt, but...who knows...maybe someday!! Thanks for the opportunity to share~deb~overtheroadquilter

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  9. I was working at a law firm in South Africa when a colleague came in and said "look what I made last weekend". It was a trip around the world cot quilt, it was 1988 and I was 23 years old. She and her SIL were running a day workshop to teach the same technique, so I signed up there and then and made myself a king sized trip around the world duvet cover in one day. I learnt a lot from that project and got some good years use out of it - I may even quilt it one day :o). I have taught a few people to quilt, and it is such a pleasure to see them gain in confidence and head off on their own creative journey.

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  10. How did I learn to quilt. Well.... I have always enjoyed sewing, but working full time, didnt have time for lessons. Instead, I thought I would pay someone" to make a quilt for me and perhaps I could learn from there. What I didnt expect was for her to move out of town and take my quilt with here, which I had been paying off. Anyway - I managed to get it back - still in pieces, so with determination from there and lots of money invested in books etc, I began to do my own and have continued from there. That was about 12 years ago, and I am as addicted as ever.

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  11. I was 24 and I made a Christmas tree skirt. I did not start quilting again until recently(13 years later!). Now that I am a more expierenced sewer, I love to create my own quilt designs. I run a small instuctional business and many women ask for sewing and quilting instuction. Quilting is not a one day class... however many women are interested & just do not seem to have the time. I would love to begin a "quitling bee" of sorts.
    Brandi Noffsinger

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  12. My first quilt was a rail fence doll quilt. I had a sewing book and followed the directions. My early quilting was frustrating to me because I really didn't have the time to do it. I stopped for many years until I retired and my niece inspired me again. I have been quilting non stop now for about 3 years and now I love it.

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  13. When I was 13 I found an amazing book where they had instruction on how to make a log cabin quilt. That was the first time I saw a quilt because we did not have quilt tradition in Italy. So I found all the pieces around the house and I made a quilt for my bed in my parents garage. Than later I moved to the states witch I consider quilt heaven, and I try to make at least two quilt every year.

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  14. I have sewn all my life- made my own clothes, knitted 1st sweater in 5th grade, done all kinds of crafts. In 1980, an aunt got me started quilting using a pre-printed panel (duck w/cattails) that you just layer, quilt, and "frame" in a large embroidery hoop. That's all it took to get me addicted. No more clothes making, no more junky crafts stuff- just quilting from then on. I'm self taught, had already "done it" by the time classes started being held but took classes anyway just to be around other quilters and I'll always love doing that, sharing the quilting experience with others who love it too!

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  15. A little over a year ago I took a trip to Oklahoma to see my sister Ranette. She has been quilting for 23 years. She put me through a three day quilt camp at her house. I also received a very nice sewing machine from her and my Mom for my birthday while I was there. I came home and taught my oldest daughter who is in her mid-twenties. I went again this year and did the same thing and loved it even more. I am hooked on quilting and so is my daughter. Quilting is a wonderful bonding experience between people and generations.

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  16. I learned to sew on my Grandma's knee. However, I taught myself how to quilt. My first attempt was a complete disaster; cardboard templates, poor quality fabric, messy hand stitching. After three years, I threw it all out and bought a book! Now I am teaching my three granddaughters. Terri

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  17. My Mom taught me to sew a couple of years ago so I could make a Halloween costume for my son. I have just started quilting and I am reading online tutorials and teaching myself, so far I love it!! I am so excited to see how many people quilt and how much info there is online.

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  18. I started sewing in grade school, but it wasn't until the mid 1990's that I started quilting. I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was not able to continue with most of the activities I had been doing, but sewing was something I could do. I met a new friend (also a fibro person) who was a quilter and that was my inspiration to start. My first quilt was one that was not for a first time quilter, but what did I know? I found a Christmas Tree Skirt quilt pattern and just jumped in and went for it. It has trees all around and lots of points that needed to be matched. It actually turned out quite nicely and I still use it. I 99% do machine quilting. Quilting has been such a stress reliever for me. I have taught others how to quilt, both individually and a group. For the group I had a quilts and tea party where I displayed a variety of quilts, had lessons in how to piece, layer and quilt - using a friendship star as the block to learn, then gave a tea party. A really fun, relaxing way to learn.

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  19. My Grandmother taught me how to quilt when I was a teenager.My first project was a blanket with just squares that wasn't very good. The seams didn't line up at all. I never finished it. A few years later I made a Bethlehem Star quilt for a friend that was gorgeous. That was the first project that I finished.

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  20. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!
    THANKS FOR SUCH A NEAT BLOG+SHOP!
    My mother,grandmother,aunts all quilted by hand, I learned at the knee of each.I might have been in lower grade school when starting.Then as a teen Mom started using the machine and teaching me too. First project was a little doll quilt of squares. I did show my younger sister some quilting hints. Quilting is such a delight for me! At times it has been quilting that has helped me through the tough times.Attached to Quilting! Blessings,Linda

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  21. I had always wanted to learn to quilt. When I got a new job years ago I found myself surrounded by quilters. I took a really simple baby quilt class at a local shop and the rest, as they say, is history! I've been quilting for nearly 20 years now and not only do I enjoy the craft, I enjoy the quilting community.

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  22. I learned to quilt from watching Alex Anderson on HGTV. I saw the program one day and just had to have a sewing machine!I have the sweetest hubby in the world who promptly went out and bought me one.My first project was a blue and yellow quilt from Quick Quilts that I made for my best friend (since grade school) who had joined the Air Force and was moving away.I've been doing it for about 15 years now and love it.

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  23. My quilting adventure began about 20 years ago. My first quilt was a log cabin. After many classes and projects, applique has become my favorite - though every aspect of quilting is pure pleasure! I only hope I live to be 100 so I can complete all the quilts on my list! Over ten years ago I taught a friend to use a rotary cutter and within a few years she had made over 200 quilts. That was very gratifying.

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  24. Hi,
    I first got the 'quilt bug' when as a teenager I was lucky enough to live next door to Sue Garman (super fantastic, awesome quilter) and babysit for her girls. I took my first class in 1993 at Painted Pony n' Quilts in La Porte Texas and made a sampler quilt. I have been hooked ever since, taking a hiatus only when my twin boys were little. Now they are in middle school it has picked up. I love fabric and the peace of mind quilting offers me! Lisa in Texas

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  25. My first encounter with quilting happened when I was 18 (some 22 years ago :-)) when a neighbor came back from the States and showed me two quilt books she bought.
    I fell in love immediately.
    I started with 2 projects from these books sewing and quilting by hand as I had no sewing machine.
    I continued with this big passion for several more years by hand until I graduated, started working and with my first salary bought a sewing machine. (same machines serves me terrifically today).

    Thank you for the terrific opportunity to share and read others' start stories.
    Sharon Rotem
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharon_rotem

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  26. I took a class at a local quilt shop on hand piecing. I had watched my grandma quilt and my mom sew all my life, and I have a Home Ec degree, so I knew how to run a machine. The rest was just making everything fit together correctly! :) My first project was a sampler from the first class, but unfortunately, the teacher didn't tell us to save some fabric for the borders, so mine still isn't quilted. :(

    Sandy A

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  27. I learned to quilt quite by accident !!! I wanted to make a personal-size blanket, about 42" X 42" for a simple Christmas gift. I started thinking about a black and white combination - favorite colors of the recipient-to-be. Then, while paging through a quilt book, I saw a four-square pillow cover with kitties. Aha...one square could be enlarged to make a nice-size center piece, a kitty about 24 inches tall would be perfect. Sashing and framing could be added to make a wonderful, personal-size quilt. I decided on the perfect fabrics, and plunged in with all my heart and soul. My daughter, an experienced quilter, came to visit. She tutored me in preparing the parts for applique - I was off and running. Nothing could stop me now. The Christmas kitty quilt was a huge success - last year it kept my son-in-law warm while he endured many sessions of chemotherapy. He oten tells me how much he appreciates having that quilt. I've made only two other quilts, and have one on my flannel board now. Some day I will finish it. I have lotsa plans and lotsa fabric and lotsa good intentions.....

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  28. I learned a lot by watching Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson. I had no intention of doing any quilting, because I've never had a good relationship with machinery. I took clothing construction in high school, but I always felt I was more adept with hand work. But Alex was so encouraging and gave people such a broad insight into quilting that I finally took the plunge. The first quilt I started (although not the first one finished!) was a fusible applique with southwestern Native American symbols for my husband. I had visions of myself becoming a hand quilter (again Alex's influence) but I only accomplished a little. That was 12 years ago.
    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante[at]comcast[dot]net

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  29. I learned to quilt in about 1986. My girlfriend's mom taught me. I made a long cabin quilt queen size and hand-quilted it. I have been hooked ever since. I still have the quilt but it has been love to death.

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  30. I taught myself to quilt in 1989 by scouring through books and continue learning through books and magazines. There is quite a collection in my home and gifted to family and friends to show my love of quilting. There's always 3, at least, in planning for every one quilt being made!

    I've had the great pleasure of teaching one of my sons to quilt as well as a class of Grade 1 students. In a twist of tradition, I am currently teaching my mother to quilt. This year I am looking forward to teaching a group of home schooled children how to sew & quilt and volunteering in the home economics classes at my sons school.

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  31. I learned about quilting by watching (and helping Mom) my mother, grandmother, greataunts, aunts, Alex Anderson on Simply Quilts, and reading magazines. I learned to quilt for real a few years ago with lots of help from my mother. The first quilt was a sad looking wall hanging. The second was made of lots of squares -called seasick because it made my father seasick to look at the wavy rows. I have greatly improved though not to the level that would attempt to teach anyone. Though, I do hold my grandniece on my lap at the machine so she can SAFELY watch. And, I have let her lay blocks out on the floor and play with material. Thanks.

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  32. Well I learned to quilt after watching Simply Quilts for several years and purchasing quilt books and magazine. It took some courage but I decided to try to make a quilt for my queen size bed. Needless to say, it's still not quite finished, but close. That was probable 7 years ago. I learned so much by reading and watching the quilt show that I understood a lot about piecing. I still am afraid to quilt but promised myself this is the year to break out. I have made quite a few tops. I took a weekly class from a fabulous teacher that really made the difference for me. Thank you Kathy, I know you're in good hands now. I am an intermediate quiter or should I say piecer and a beginner quilter. I've done flying geese, goose in the pond, a sampler with honey bee, card trick, Dutchman's puzzle and more. It's been wonderful meeting so many great people.

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  33. I learned to quilt TWICE! The first time my mom and I signed up for a Quilt In A Day class with the great Eleanor Burns! I was smitten and did a few log cabin quilts, but the fabrics and tool that excite me now had not yet been invented. Then, 10 years ago, I visited my aunt Sharon, who was quilting with a passion. She let me drive her Bernina and showed me paper piecing and miniature quilting. I took off from there. When I'm not quilting I'm doing quilt "research" or designing in my head!

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  34. I began quilting five years ago when my mom could no longer care for herself in her home and we moved her in with us. It became necessary for me to be at home for her, so I took a beginning quilt class at our local quilt shop, joined our local quilt guild, and I was off! Quilting has become my passion and although my mom was not able to participate with me, she enjoyed watching my projects unfold. Mom is now in a nursing home, but I will be forever grateful for this wonderful pasttime -- it has truly been an answer to prayer for me!

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  35. I came to quilting "late in life" after indulging hobbies like sewing childrens, clothes, Halloween costumes, cake decorating, tole painting, and doll making. Being involved in so many hobbies, I had firmly resisted the scrapbooking craze and while making sure no one tempted me with their die cuts and cardstock, someone snuck up on me with a handmade quilt - dastardly bugger! I was hooked and decided to make a pieced, appliqued, queen-sized quilt for my very first project! Haha - that hideously ugly thing is still waiting for the binding fairy to come and finish it. I wouldn't dare try and teach anyone as I am still learning by trial and error (with an emphasis on the error!) But for now, I am enjoying my walk on the wild side!

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  36. WHAT A NEAT IDEA FOR A GIVEAWAY THEME!
    I taught myself to quilt once I had retired from a Nursing career.It is so fun!I think my very first project was a 12" Log Cabin Christmas wall hanging of reds+greens.That's all it took, I was smitten with Quilting! Since then I have hand quilted,paper-pieced and machine quilted.I still love doing small projects, mostly baby quilts and wall hangings. I hope to teach my granddaughters to quilt in the future. Thanks for sharing! Blessings,Linda

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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