I've been quilting for about 30 years,I caught the quilting bug during the bi-centenial like lots of us, and haven't stopped since.
I've been quilting so long that I remember when I used cardboard templates and a pencil to mark my squares and triangles before grabbing the sciccors to cut them out! It would take weeks to cut out a quilt. Now I can cut out a whole king size quilt in a few hours with the rotary cutter.
Believe it or not I was one of those people who thought the rotary cutter was a waste of money!! I just didn't get it until I saw one demonstrated at a quilt show. I've been a fan ever since.
I hope to post often and fill this site with lots of pictures of my quilting projects. I know that's what you want, pictures of quilts, not my ramblings. Let me know if you like what you see, and if you don't let me know what you'd like to see.
Thanks for visiting.
I decided I have the time to start swapping again. I was very pleased to find that the caliber of swaps has been very much improved since the last time I've done any swapping. One of the reasons I stopped swapping quilt blocks is because the only block people seemed to be swapping was large nine patches with muslin. BORING!!!
I posted a message to stashbusters asking for help finding block swaps. Here are the sites that were suggested: Quilting Around the World Blockswappers Mailblocks About.com Quilting Forum The Ohio star blocks in the picture are the blocks I made for a swap on QATW. I love the civil war fabrics and have a nice collection of them. I'll take a picture of the blocks I received and post them soon. They're all beautiful. I can't wait to make a quilt with them. I have another swap from QATW ready to mail. Another picture I will have to take and post later. I forgot to take a photo before I packaged them.
I really love the challenge of block swapping. I always do my best work for swaps and it carries over to my personal projects. Sometimes I get a little sloppy and say about mismatched seams and missing points, "That's good enough". I don't do that for swaps so I get into a better habit of being precise in my piecing.
I find that having a due date makes me more productive. And I love using new color schemes, other people think of color combinations that I wouldn't and I learn a lot that way. I highly recommend getting involved in quilt block swaps, you'll learn something and have fun doing it.