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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Evolution of a Quilter and a GIVEAWAY x 2

When does a person first catch the fever? 
Does it happen when you walk into your first quilt shop? 
Or do you inherit it from a relative or friend? 
 In my case, it was a little of both.  I’m Cheryl, from So Many Quilts, So Little Time!, and I’m back today to share a tale and a little trunk show. 
The way my family tells it is that I am a carbon copy of my paternal grandmother.  Ada was a fabulous cook…but I think my sister inherited that trait… and a skilled artisan with anything that involved needles and threads.  With the aid of my grandfather… yes, he was a hand quilter…she fashioned many utilitarian quilts; but the one that stands out in my mind is the Lone Star quilt that still adorns my mother’s guest bed today.  It was this quilt that started the fire burning deep within me.
So no wonder the first quilt I tried to make was a pre-cut Lone Star I ordered from the back of a craft magazine.  Silly me!  After all, I had made my own wedding dress.  This couldn’t be that hard!  Needless to say, the kit was sold at a garage sale and I returned to knitting and macramé.  Years later I met my dear friend Betty, an avid quilter with a wonderful sense of color, and she took me to my first quilt shop in Mt. Vernon, Washington.  She wisely counseled me that I needed to take a beginning quilting class because “quilt piecing is a totally different animal.” 
In the beginning, I made a few utilitarian quilts as baby shower and holiday gifts for family.  Then in 1999, I discovered Sally Collins and the world of miniature quilts.  My first miniature was from Sally’s Book, Small Scale Quiltmaking.  It was also my first experience with entering a juried quilt show. 
Beaded and hand quilted.

The following year I took a Baltimore Album techniques class from Irma Gail Hatcher.  The resultant quilt was called ‘A Tribute to Father and Mother.’  I had lost my father that autumn to lung cancer, and I hand quilted this quilt as my mother and I consoled each other on my back porch.  It hangs in the living room of the home my father built.
Having conquered hand applique, I quickly moved on to dabbling in art quilts.  This untitled quilt was made for my daughter.  She is an avid scuba diver and loves dolphins.

Detail of the dolphins and 3-D palm trees.

My husband’s job took us to Houston in 2004, the same year I became an ‘empty nester.’  To fill the void and make new friends, I entered the world of teaching new quilters to piece.  I found the new role both fulfilling and challenging.  It wasn’t until we moved to Arizona in 2008 that I expanded my quilting repertoire by taking a seminar with Ruth McDowell.  ‘Argentinian Giants Tossed with Swiss Chard’ was the result of three solid weeks in my sewing room…seriously, my husband fed me and supplied endless accolades.
All curved piecing from a sketch I drew.
The actual flower.

In 2010, I started dabbling in designing my own quilt patterns.  After years of teaching beginning piecing, I decided my graduates needed patterns suitable for their skill level with more detailed instructions.  I published ‘Ladder to Success’, but it was met with a lukewarm response. 
Last year a quilting colleague showed me a quilt pattern by Ann Seely called Fall Harvest that was published in QNM in October 2000.  With Ann’s gracious permission, I designed a small scale version inspired by her quilt, but with my own designs in the borders.  Autumn’s Bounty was awarded a blue ribbon at the Arizona Quilters Guild’s annual juried quilt show.  As a result of the interest expressed in the quilt, I have tried my hand again at publishing a pattern. 

I hope you have enjoyed my tale of the evolution of a quilter.  If you are interested in my work, stop by So Many Quilts, So Little Time and take a peek at the projects I am currently working on.  My current works reflect a passion for reproduction fabrics and small scale precision piecing.  I want to thank M. Samm for being so brave kind to ask me back for an encore.

Editors note....

Thank YOU Cheryl..for being our guest today...as an added bonus today..We will have a giveaway...

Judy @ Green Fairy Quilts.. they are having a 30% sale on bundles, charm packs a nice variety of fabric collections... When you are looking for anything and everything MODA you can count on her to bring it to you with that very special one of a kind service.

Today this white bella solid jelly roll  from Judy @ Green Fairy Quilts  and from Carrie Nelson at  Schnibbles ... she has 4 of her patterns for you to collect and perhaps make some day too.!

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Be a follower, leave a comment for Cheryl....
answer her questions...

When does a person first catch the fever? 
Does it happen when you walk into your first quilt shop? 
Or do you inherit it from a relative or friend? 
Winner announced tomorrow...

and our Winner is
Cathy from Westbrook
( been contacted)
( another new follower)  Yeah!
You won the jelly roll and patterns
and a few extra goodies...
4 Bliss charm packs
as well as some threads
to co-ordinate.

Congrats and thanks
for all who participated
and to Cheryl for such a great question
and post
enjoyed your inspiring answers..


140 comments:

  1. I'm a follower already of this blog. Enjoyed Cheryl's post, and I catch the fever when I see someone posting a quilt-along. I always feel that I just HAVE to join! (I already have the fever but it just gets hotter when I see quilty posts!)

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  2. I got it from a friend!

    I love the Baltimore Album and the Autums Bounty is beautiful. I am a huge fan of applique! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I got the fever after coming across one blog that featured other blogs and it really got me thinking, then feeling, then acting on that feeling of creating :-)

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  4. For me it was when my mom kept coming home with fabric and taunting me with it. So it was from a relative.

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  5. I always wanted to sew with my hands and at my first lesson I knew,THIS IS IT, since then I catched the fever, can't stop.
    Roos

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  6. It was when I realized that making quilts was much more enjoyable than making clothes!!

    Hate garments but I sure do love those quilts!!!


    glen : thNks Cheryl, for sharing your quilts with us

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  7. Wow! Those are some amazing quilts!! I could blame my fever on my relatives, but not the way you think ... I started quilting when I first became pregnant with my oldest (6 yr old Emily) ... now I "have" to make things whenever I think my daughters would love somenthing ... LOL Beautiful work and thank you for sharing!!

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  8. I loved reading the evolution of your quilting journey! The Autumn's Bounty quilt is simply stunning!! I think I was born with Fabric Fever and I got it from my mom. I have to treadle sewing machine that she used to sew my baby clothes. Her Aunt Bell who raised her made dresses for my mother on that machine. It was the mid 50's when she got her electric sewing machine and really began stitching up matching outfits for her, and for me and my sister. She still sews and Fabric Fever still gets to us today. I also inherited fabric genes from my Grandma and Great Grandma in my dad's family. Of all the things to inherit, I am glad it was fabric addiction.

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  9. It's a mystery to me how I first caught the fever!

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  10. I got the fever only last year when I started searching for blogs on how to make a diaper bag for my sister. That led to blogs on quilting, which led to blogs about fabric lines and that was all she wrote. I'm now a fabric addict. :)
    Thanks for sharing your history and thanks Green Fairy for the giveaway!

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  11. Great post and great question. For me, I started quilting before I ever found a quilt shop (probably before they were quilt shops). But I did have a grandmother that quilted, so I can say that I think I inherited the quilting gene. Still, I do find inspiration going into quilt stores.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  13. I got the fever when I was about seven years old.
    My father took me to cinema to watch western movies and when I saw quilts on the bed I was infected or to say better,in love.For the very long time it was unfullfiled wish because in my part of the world (Croatia, SE Europe) it is almost unknown art, but thanks to internet I could proudly and loudly say :YES, I'M A QUILTER!
    Yes, of course, I'm a follower

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  14. I am a follower - I inherited crafting of many sorts from my Greatgrandmother - who did it all! The quilting didn't catch the 'fever' until I found myself medically retired with lots of time to fill. I love the progress shown on your journey into and thru your quilting growth. Having only a few years in my quilting journey, I hope the ability to grow follows, too. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  15. I already follow this blog with my Google Reader. I too think that, for me at least, it was some of both. My grandmother was a quilter - all by hand, of course. She tried to teach me when I was young, but I didn't have the patience or desire then. Later I had a lady at a "New Comers Club" after I moved offer to teach any of us that wanted to learn and that's when I caught the bug. It's had some ups and downs and because my 'teacher' moved within a year I didn't really learn. Then last year I started toying with starting back up on my own. When we moved again this year I started back in earnest and really have the bug now. I can't see me being at a place again where I don't have an active quilting project in the works. I've even begun to plan an applique project, just so I can take it on vacation with me and work in the car. Oh and to improve those skills, of course - LOL

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  16. I caught it partly from My Grandmother, but really caught it when I saw a Block of the Month starting at my local fabric store. I am a follower and enjoy reading all the different posts by visiting quilt enthusiasts.

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  17. I'm already a follower. My great grandmother was a quilter but then it skipped a couple of generations.

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  18. I am a faithful follower! I think for me the fever is a slow burner type- dabbling in ideas and fabric until the flame ignites into a passion for pulling all nighters to get the idea into fruition! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. que voila de jolies choses !!!!!!!!!!
    félicitations c'est magnifique !!!!!
    amitiés de Régina

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  20. I got th bug when step-mum sent a yard sale quilt when our oldest was a baby (20 years ago). I looked at it and thought" that must be easy, I can do that! " Then spent 20 years proving it wasn't, and I couldn't!!

    Cheryl or Madame Samm: there is lovely scrap charity quilt posted yesterday or today on Cheryl's blog. Please can you tell me the block name. I found a really easy was to make it, but no idea what it's called! Thanks

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  21. My grandmother quilted and that was very unusual in Sri Lanka at the time. It skipped a generation and then came to me.

    I follow you on GFC

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  22. They are just fantastic. So beautiful.Im a follower with fever;-)

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  23. Cheryl your quilts are lovely I hope one day I will be able to quilt as beautiful as you do. I really can't tell you how I caught the quilting fever it just seemed to happen suddenly last year. I haven't been to a big quilt shop and don't have any family who quilt. I just looked on the internet one day and thought "I want to have a go at that" and as we all know once you start that's it!!!! :)

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  24. Hello! I'm a follower.
    I think a person is hooked up qith quilting the very first time they see a quilt, at home or in a shop... Those quilts are amazing! thanks

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  25. I think both can have a fever causing effect :D

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  26. i am a follower, i caught it from the internet just trolling through all the great blog and i thought i must try that ,just finishing up my second quilt.

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  27. Lovely quilts Cheryl.... fun to see how your quilting life evolved.... I think I caught 'the fever' after I made my first quilt... and I realised I could do it .... and there is so much more to try.... so much to learn and I am loving it....
    Hugz

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  28. Following your blog already, so next this is to answer the Big Question: What Made Me Quilt!
    First: I made a small wallhanging - hexagons - back in the 80ies, using leftovers from sewing summer clothes for the children 8^}
    Then: I admit.... some aversion struck as my mom started quilting in dusty pinks and greens, making patchwork to me old ladies' stuff. Yuk, I didn't want to enter that =^(
    Next: exhibition with quilts from 1600 - 1850, Dutch history made in Friesland and Zaandam. Lovely 8^} that's more like my cuppa tea!
    I dated my dh in 2001, and lo and behold: his Aunt Lucy made beautiful quilts, full of lively colors, as did his - then already deceased - mother. Temperatures rose, the virus struck me and I just dropped on the floor, never to be "cool" again.
    The best thing to make me feel happy is to shower me with fabric fabric fabric... (don't you worry, I'll survive).
    Love, Irene from Amsterdam

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  29. I'm sure I was born with it though I'm not sure who I inherited it from!

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  30. I am already a devoted follower! I caught a bit of the bug in collecting quilting and crafting magazines for years, but then one day I fell in love with a Designer and her fabric. In an effort to find that fabric I found a whole wide world of inspiration on line. (Consequently, all of that line of fabric was sold out everywhere I looked but I have hoarded quite a bit of other lines from that designer has released).

    My mother does not really sew that much, although she knows how, but about a year ago my mother sent me my great grandmother's Quilt (Her father's Mother) and also the other great Grandmother's (Her Mother's Mother) Box of sewing items (which turned out to be supplies, old patterns and outfits for Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls). I have always wondered where my deep love for sewing comes from; I would have said before that I was the only sewer in the family as far as I knew, but to know it really does run in the family really wows me!

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  31. Oh geez......I think it happened by wandering the web...I was looking for flannel for a rag quilt..and it just went from there. My Grandmother used to crochet and do hand embroidery and she taught me to do both. I stopped for a very long time till I had my son at 38 years old and haven't looked back since! Thanks!

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  32. Thank you for sharing your journey into quilting, Cheryl.

    For me it started in 3rd grade when we were taught to sew a log cabin block for a cushion. After that I spent lots of time stitching up little blankets and coverlets (hadn't grasped the concept of quilting, so even though there were three layers it was just a quick turn where the layers only were held together at the edges). I had a break for a few years, and then my Mum showed me a magazine with the pattern for an English paper pieced Dresden Plate quilt saying "this might be something for you". I cut out the pieces from fabrics I had bought for something else late at night before I went away to summer school in England, and coming back I had all nine plates pieced - after that I was hooked! So no shop involved, but an engaging school teacher and my Mum - and Mum doesn't quilt ;o)

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  33. I think the quilt fever hit me when I discovered that quilting could use up all my dress making scraps and within a very short time overtook dressmaking! LOL
    Please count me in :o)

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  34. Happened to me when my daughter made a Batik quilt out of fabric we made at a mini class at Rhode Island School of Design. The rest is history!

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  35. I'm thinking it is inherited. Both grandmothers were quilters. I fell in love with tumbling blocks when one of my grandmothers made it. But it skipped a generation. My mother calls it "making a mess"
    I love quilting

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  36. Wasn't inherited for me. Was visiting a craft store with lots of fabric for a long time before I even bought fabric. I guess it just hit me one time. I think after I bought a pattern book. Now I'm hooked.

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  37. Im a follower!

    For me it was when I saw a super cute quilt a friend just made and realized HEY I could do that too! I didn't know much about sewing but my mom is a crafting/sewing genius so I knew she could help if I got stuck. The moment those first pre-cuts came in the mail, I knew I was a goner! (Charm packs of love-u by Moda were my first fabric purchase... even before I had brought my sewing machine home I'd ordered them! :))

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  38. I'm a follower. I caught the fever just seeing all the beautiful quilts bloggers have posted! I see how pretty they are and want to do it too!

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  39. I am a follower! I got the fever from my grandmother. She made some beauties in her day (a traditional wedding ring quilt) but most were utility. I feel close to her with my quilting and usually make scrappy, traditional quilts.

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  40. I loved Seeing autumn bounty! So delightfully pretty! I'm a follower! I think that I'm a bit of a combo. My mother in general taught me a love of sewing at a young age. I loved going to fabric stores & I'd touch everything. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  41. On my daily morning run, I came across a full size hand pieced and hand quilted quilt, filthy dirty and wet, hanging out of a rolling trash cart two years ago. Goes without saying that that baby went home with me the rest of my run. Two weeks later I bought my first sewing machine - to take quilting lessons. The rest is history !

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  42. I got it from my mom. She was not a quilter, though she did sew for us my whole life. She sent a simple quilt to my first born and I adored it so much I wanted to make a quilt for my next child so I began quilting 28 years ago.

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  43. I am a follower already.
    I think you get the yearning to quilt from your family members who quilted before you and also when you visit your first quilt shop. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  44. What a beautiful tale. I really enjoyed it. I was taught by my mother so I suppose I inherited it. She quilts every once and a while but I have ran with it for sure and turned into one of those crazed quilters :) But it all started with her :)

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  45. Good Morning Cheryl...oh my you sew inspire me...by what inspires you...How I started...mmmm My Nanny quilted, but I did not get interested till last June. I moved to a small country town, whereby many women quilted...I thought why not, I will make 1...that one I entered into a contest...the rest is history...on my 6th now...I am inspired by all of you....

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  46. My interest in quilting evolved from general sewing and crafting. One day while looking through a craft catalog I saw a quilt pattern that I loved, so I bought it and figured out how to make it. Been learning ever since and now I'm totally addicted!

    blogger is still fighting with me so here's my contact info jklmengland(at)windstream(dot)net

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  47. Cheryl and Samm
    HELLO! I recall, many years ago when my children were very young, talking with a friend who was taking up quilting. She and I were college buddies, both of us sew-ers. I remember saying to her that, at that time, I wasn't interested in quilting, but I knew I would be someday. Well someday has come and I love quilting. When I had the time a couple years ago, I visited my LQS and got hooked. The fabrics! The patterns! Learning a new skill! It has been so much fun, and with blogs like these, I learn so much and continue to grow. So thank you both so much.
    Margaret mammich@comcast.net

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  48. I was born with the family MustCreate gene. Piecing became one of my many outlets early on due to a trip to a pioneer village, and then became a bigger compulsion when I got married.

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  49. For me, it was peer pressure! The ladies at my church talked me into coming to sew with them - I had a sewing machine but had never used it (that's another story!). I immediately fell in love with fabric and quilting, and it has all evolved from there.

    Love Cheryl's story and beautiful quilts.

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  50. I follow and my whole family are creators and I just get the urge to make something! thanks!

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  51. Cheryl- thanks for coming to post today. I really loved your picture of the swiss chard. Not sure if my quilting will ever get to that point. So I just appreachate those that can.

    On to your questions, I too got the quilting bug from my grandmother. Although she was not the one to teach me to quilt. It took many years later and a fellow 4-H leader to do that. As far as catching the fever in the quilt shop. I have to say it could have scared me away. My first real quilt shop experience I was blown away.

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  52. I am a follower and I caught the fever when I made my very first baby quilt for my niece, it was all over after that!

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  53. Both of my grandmothers were quilters, so I imagine that is where my love of quilting came from.

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  54. I am not sure when I caught the "fever". My mother has sewed since she was in high school. She made all of my clothes and her clothes. I was in 4-H and had to enter a sewing project in the county fair. I sewed a jumper which won top prizes (I was 11 years old). I sewed clothing for myself and children for years. I had all these scraps (I can't throw any fabric away!) so I cut squares and sewed them together and covered used blankets with these squares. Then tied with yarn so everything stayed together. After that I got more creative and this is where I am now. My families favorite quilts are still those first quilts that I made using plain squares. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.

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  55. I am a follower and love Cheryl's blog as well! I just love her style! I don't know that I ever went the direction of art quilts so I found that interesting.
    Catching the fever to quilt comes naturally when you grow up with a mom who sews...at least it did for me anyway. Mom taught me to make all my own clothing so I already had a love for fabric shopping at a young age. Though mom would keep me away from cottons for clothing citing that I would always have to iron them after washing and drying. But they called my name....so I found a use for them. Then working in a quilt shop just fed the addiction of hoarding and creating the stash. Mary @ www.quilthollow.com

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  56. I'm a follower. Cheryl, your quilts are beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I think people catch the fever from someone near and dear.

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  57. I retired and our church did charity quilts for LWR, Haiti's earthquake came along-church closet was full of fabric and I told myself I need to get to work. The best part of quilting is learning.

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  58. I inherits it from my grandma. Joined her in the winter months when I was about 111 by hand piecing 4 patches. She quilted it for me.

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  59. For me I had always been interested in quilting though no one in my family quilts. I just needed to find someone to teach me. I didn't care what the quilt pattern was.

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  60. I think I caught the fever when I saw what other people were doing and realized maybe I could do that too!!

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  61. I caught the bug 25 years ago when I use to babysit for a woman who was learning to quilt. I already knew how to knit, crochet, and crochet-stitch and quilting seemed fascinating. I have not looked back since.

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  62. It runs in the family - I watched my grandma sew everything from bedspreads to Barbie outfits for me. My mom made me clothes all the way through high school (my girls wore the smocked dresses she made me). And now one of my girls sews. It's in the blood! mangelnsm(at)aol(dot)com

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  63. I'm a follower. I think sewing is in my blood, my mom and grandmother are both wonderful at it. I was inspired to do my first quilt when I received a large stash of fabric from freecycle, I just couldn't let all of that beautiful fabric sit around!
    sarah.currence at gmail

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  64. Inherited from my great grandmother. Now I fall in love with any quilt store I step into!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  65. I am a follower!! Honestly I went into quilt shops beforehand to buy fabric to make clothes for my daughter. I looked at the quilts and said "nah." Then my neighbor, who is an avid quilter, said she would teach me how to quilt. After I completed the binding on my very own quilt....the bug bit me!!! Now I go into a quilt shop with a completely different attitude!!

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  66. for me i guess it was both...sitting at my moms feet as she sewed our clothing, or quilted bags for Vera Bradley (yes, she was one of the first home sewers!!) or while she made costumes for our school play...always fabric to play with and love in my house!

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  67. I caught the fever the first time I walked into a The Old Country Store in Lancaster PA -- I had never been in the store before and although I had made several quilts (poorly made) I did not have the fever until I saw so many quilts displayed and all that fabric, books and notions in their fabric room -- I was hooked - that was over 20 years ago and the fever is still going strong.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  68. I follow her! My first fever came after i bought a sewing machine and failed at making maternity clothes. I had all that fabric and wanted something creative from it. I then started my first quilt. The passion died a bit until i visited my husbands family in ohio, they are all quilters and it reignited! Now i get all silly when i see fabrics and new quilts made :)

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  69. I first "caught the fever" when I was flipping through the channels of my TV! I came across a Fons and Porter TV shower and they were showing how to quilt different squares! I had always love to see the lovely quilts at other peoples houses that people had made for them but I never thought I would be able to do it! But watching Fons and Porter really gave me some confidence! I got on line as found a paper piecing tutorial at Sew Many Ways... Then I was hooked! This is how I also started blogging! Every time I went into Joann fabrics I would drool over the fabric! I already had some fabric at home because I made pillows out of it So I practiced on that... then soon I found a fabric store called Fabric Faire It has been in Bay City, Mi for 50 years and I went in there and things became history!! I just finished my first blanket quilt top and just bought the stuff to finish the quilt... I haven't started yet because I am a little scared of the quilting ... but I will be starting soon... So my fever came from the beauty of quilting!!! YAY!!!! alannahmae at gmail dot com

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  70. It's funny, but I think I caught the fever when I made my first quilt in years - to give away! Making charity quilts has become my passion and I can't imagine not doing it - although I make quilts for family and friends too. But I've only got one handmade quilt in my house.... the cobbler's children, so to speak!! (And I'm already a follower.)

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  71. I got the fever when my oldest son paid for a quilting class for me. When I walked into the quilting store to take my first lesson, I was sold. I'm also a follower. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  72. P.S. I'm a follower!!!! YAY!!!!

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  73. I'm a follower. I caught the fever when i made one itty bitty baby quilt for a friend... it was so beautiful! now everything should be quilted....

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  74. I inherited my love of quilting from my Aunt. She has been my mentor in all things fiber. I am a regular follower of both this blog and Cheryl's. Thanks for the wonderful post, Cheryl. Your quilts are amazing!!!!!!

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  75. Started with the sewing of garments - evolved into my interest in quilting from observing the joy,happiness and spontaniety of the people when I attended my first quilt show. To think there were so many ways to make a quilt just blew me away. I decided I wanted to get on this band wagon. Everyone was so happy and I was coming out of a dark period of life and needed new energy, interests and validation. It worked - I am hooked. Judy C

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  76. I'm a happy follower, and I am so in love with your Autumn Bounty quilt - just lovely! I caught the fever when I quit sewing clothes for my kiddos (they got older) and realized how fun quilting was!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. I caught the fever when I started noticing pretty family quilts at my southern nursing school that other girls had on their beds, and wanted one. When I started seeing lovely antique or older classic quilts and could not afford them, I realized it was learn or do without. Luckily, I loved it!

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  78. I am a follower.
    I cought my "fever" while watching tv LOL!!!
    Guess most people will catch the fever when seeing another quilt at an display,from friend or inherit it from a family member.
    Elzaan
    (www.huisvlyt.blospot.com)

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  79. I have both this site and Chery's on my blog sidebar (which I prefer to following). I inherited the quilting bug from my maternal grandmother though it took till after her death to fully attach.

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  80. I am a follower. I believe most people catch the fever from someone that is already infected. They share their love of quilting and passion and you too want to experience this. The rest is history. After you are infected and have the fever it is a lifelong sickness. HA.

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  81. I caught the fever after inheriting a bright and beautiful tulip quilt my great grandmother made in the 30's.

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  82. Ah yes, (sigh)... QuiltPox, it deffinitely comes with a fever! Fabric and everything to do with quilting fever! I caught this fever annonymously. One day 11 years ago I decided to make a quilt, I bought the fabric, figured out the how-to business, and the rest is history - or an on-going infection, however you want to see it. :o) I now find that QuiltPox has become a part of my everyday life and it's about the only disease I am thankful for having!

    It was great to read more about your Cheryl! Thanks for taking the time to share.
    Heather

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  83. It was enjoyable reading the evolution of the quilter. Thanks for the post.

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  84. Having a mother that sewed all the time, I fell in love with the beauty and feel of new fabrics. She then started quilting and I saw it all in a new light. I took a few classes at our adult education and I am hooked. I re-energize when the new fabrics come out and they are sooooo beautiful. k.bugbee@att.net
    I'm a follower :)

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  85. I am a NEW follower but have been reading this blog for over a year. I had decided to start quilting about a year and a half ago but my "fever" really began with my favorite quilt shop and all the gorgeous displays (many of which Cheryl has created ;p). Blogs really just make me smile as well with all the creativity oozing out of my computer screen.
    Sheer Joy!

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  86. Beautiful quilts and wonderful interview. I love the art pieces, I have been dabbling in those lately. I got the bug from a friend who quilts, she sent me supplies and books to get started. I love the diversity with quilting, I can change styles and fabrics with my moods.

    Debbie

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  87. I went I answered I"m back I follow. lol

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  88. Thank you for sharing your story, Cheryl!

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  89. I'm a follower. My maternal grandma was always sewing something - or crocheting something - I think that I got my love of creating from her. I just hope I can pass that on to some of my children!

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  90. I am already a follower. I caught the fabric bug as a young child looking through the Sears and Roebuck catalog. It amazed me that you could just look at a picture of fabric and decide it could be yours. I used to make long lists of the fabric I would own one day. While Sears no longer has a catalog, I have more than enough to keep me going for a LONG time.

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  91. I'm a follower on google reader! I caught the quilting bug when I was little, and began to hand stitch together weird little blankets for my Barbies. It continued from there! =)

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  92. I am a follower, and love your Autumns Bounty - beautiful! I started with a quilt in a magazine that said I would be able to make it in a day - a trip around the world - 9 months later after hand quilting it, it was done. Then we got a quilt shop in town...omg. Dee-jessibir@hickorytech.net (google not working today)

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  93. Happily, I already am a follower. Heading over to Cheryl's place right now!!

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  94. Thanks for your post, Cheryl! I first caught the fever from a friend who was an amazing quilter. She wanted to teach me to sew/quilt because enjoyed going fabric shopping with her and picking out fabrics. I started with making tote bags and progressed from there to piecing, and I love it! I miss my friend, Jean, every day :( but sewing brings great memories of her.

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  95. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    BETWEEN GRANDMOTHER,MOTHER+AUNTS THAT QUILT,I LOVED FABRIC,STITCHING+QUILTING FROM THE START!
    THANKS FOR SHARING,LOVE,LINDA

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  96. I got from a friend who actually had stopped quilting because she didnt like it too much (?) and gave me a big pile of fabrics. And that pile became the first quilt I made. Its now my dogs quilt and she is really fond of it :o)

    Im a follower

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  97. When I first married, many years ago, my husband and I inherited an old quilt. It had been lovingly used and was coming to the end of it's life. I loved looking at all the fabrics, some of which were pieces of family clothing. At that time I wasn't passionate about quilting, but thought, one day, I'll make a quilt. And some 30 years later, I did. And I've never looked back. I love it, It truly is my passion.

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  98. forgot to say I'm a very happy follower.

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  99. I am not from a family of quilters, so I would have to say the moment you walk into a quilt store! I saw a neighbors quilt, decided I had to learn to make one, found a local quilt store, signed up for their beginning quilt class. Three classes later I was hooked and now almost 3 years later, I can't imagine life with quilting and sewing.

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  100. I'm a follower. Also, I'm the first in my family to quilt. Picked up a magazine in 1968 and made a Dresden Plate quilt. :-)

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  101. How does one catch the 'fever'? the same way you catch a cold virus. It could be from someone else in the family or it could be from a stranger who sneezes next to you in the grocery store or it could be from the 'virus' laden place like a doctor's office/quilt store. For me, the love of creating came from my mom's mom who liked to knit. I started there, caught the neddlepoint bug from a good friend and then fell into quilting when I wanted to make larger scale impact. Fun post, thanks.

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  102. A follower I am! I caught the fever probably first by just having a desire to quilt. It was on the back burner for a number of years, because it was something to do in the retired years. I've decided that I will never by retired, so I had best get with it. I do have a sister who has gotten into quilting and she is a big encouragement to me. Loved your post.

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  103. I want to become a follower, but I'm having trouble with it today. I don't know if its me or Blogger, but I'll try again later. I don't know if this entry will count, but anyway for me it was both! My great grandmother was a quilter. She made an amazing Cathedral Windows quilt, I know it's really not a quilt, that my sister ended up getting. Later I met a friend who quilted. She convinced me that even though I had never touched a sewing machine, she could teach me how to quilt. I haven't stopped since!! I enjoyed learning more about Cheryl.

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  104. I am a follower. I caught the quilt fever after completing my first quilt using the cardboard templates. I soon found a class using the rulers and cutter blades and I haven't stopped since.

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  105. a new follower...I got the bug of quilting from a girlfriend who had 5 boys which I looked after while she worked. We now belong to a quild and attend two other homes during the week all year round to quilt. Thank you for the chance to win...lindacrosby(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  106. I really enjoyed the post today! Thank you for sharing:)
    I think it's the quilt shops. You certainly can appreciate quilting if you know someone or a relitive that quilts... but it's such a tactical art... ya gotta love quilt shops!

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  107. I am already a follower... of your blog AND Cheryl's!

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  108. I sewed only garments and then a few years ago I went to work at a Viking Sewing Gallery where I was around quilters all the time. It wasn't long before I was making quilts and even teaching classes! delitfull@aol.com

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  109. I caught the fever when our family received several quilts as Christmas gifts one year. I was very hooked. I have so much that I want to learn though. I kind of was in a quilt rut for a while but now I am taking my time and learning, learning, learning.

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  110. I'm a follower. I learned to love quilts when as a small child my great-grandmother and grandmother would sit and stitch away.To keep me quite I was given scraps to sew mini quilts for my dolls.I love those memories and I still have 3 quilts they made together.yo2u@myway.com

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  111. I'm a somewhat new follower, about 1 1/2 mo., and I LOVE your blog. It is really neat to see how others became passionate about something that I love so much! I know for me, quilting is in my genes ... so many artists, a few that were in fabric, but none that actually had a direct influence on my. My mother taught me to sew at 5, for Barbie, because we could not afford the store bought clothes. By the time I got into High School, my lunches were spent sewing, I had gone through every garment that we were supposed to learn to construct ... what now? I needed to still be fed knowledge and my sewing instructor said, what about making a baby quilt. Well, I hand cut every square and I look at it now and laugh ... but that was the match that started the fire. It smoldered for a few years in collage, surfaced again as a new bride and came to a full roar when I became pregnant with our first child. I joined a guild and was made to believe I was "too young" to be a quilter and that I must not know anything. I was determined to prove them wrong and actually wound up teaching several of them classes at our LQS. It has never stopped since and it helps me define who I am. Thanks for letting me share my story.

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  112. My Mom's sewing machine was always out, there were 5 of us girls in a row and she and my aunt made us coordinating easter and christmas outfits. I remeber my 2 older sisters taking sewing lessons and I couldn't wait. Once I learned how to run the faithful old black Singer, I was absolutely hooked. I bought my first sewing machine in high school, hauled it off to college. I think of my poor long-suffering roommates and husband because the first things that went up and the last to be put away were my sewing supplies. Once we were finally settled in a home I had a dedicated sewing closet in the family room where I could be with the kids but shut the bifold doors when I was finished sewing so they would leave my stuff alone. Outgrowing that I moved upstairs and took over a bedroom, then 2. Remodeling took out the wall between the 2 bedrooms and I have quite a nice space now. I have been sewing with my pre teen granddaughter and I hope her excitment for what we are doing will continue.

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  113. I think each quilter "catches the fever" in a different way. For me, I quilted for 3 years before I found my first quilt store. And while my great grandmother quilted, I never knew her or her quilts. No. I fell in love with a book, specifically Roberta Horton's Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do. 12 years later, scrap quilts are still my very favorite ones to make.

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  114. I'm a follower and believe I must have inherited my fettish from my paternal grandmother as well. I get so overwhelmed walking into quilt shops that I'm paralyzed to do anything, so the fever doesn't come from there :) I think a love of nature and texture is a beginning sign that we have the bug though...

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  115. I'm not sure I caught the fever as much as I inherited the gene! :) Both grandmothers and my mother...I grew up watching quilts being birthed both on the machine and in the hand. What a wonderful legacy I got! blessings, marlene

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  116. i'm a follower and am qulting using jelly rolls; don't know if it's the *lazy woman* way to do it but it works for me right now in my life ... bring on the jellyrolls .... love em .... darlene

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  117. just a comments now: love all the quilts on your blog; not that i would do one of them, but the eye candy is delightful .... darlene

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  118. I'm a follower already. I think I was bitten when I first entered a quilt shop. Now to just finish all the projects I want to. :)

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  119. After school was out each day, I went to Grandma's until my folks picked me up. She machine pieced quilts on her treadle machine and I loved watching that treadle tip tip tip. I didn't start quilting until I had kids but always remembered the thrill of seeing a quilt come together under Gram's talented hands.

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  120. It started when I walked into the quilt store and it never left after I took a quilting class in the same store!

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  121. My mother was a quilter and so I grew up with quilts all around and made a few myself. I didn't catch the actual bug until I was about 18 and was helping my mom work at a quilt show. I had a sudden epiphany! I thought, I really like quilting! I joined the local guild and the addiction held to this day.

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  122. Years ago a friend introduced me to quilting, though I did only a small amount for years. I'm now passing on my experience to two woman-one is 18, so young women are certainly interested too.
    Thanks very much.
    I'm a follower.

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  123. I think it is a talent or gift hidden within a "quilter." Something will click to let the passion loose. I can't remember a time that I didn't love quilts. I don't know of any quilters in our family, but there were many garment sewers. They loved the transformation of cloth into something marvelous.

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  124. I'm a follower. I caught the quilting bug through a friend. She had quilts all over her house and so I asked if she could get me started. She was a lovely lady who took the time to select out a pattern for me (Turning Twenty), show me how to use a rotary cutter, piece and she even had me stay for dinner.

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  125. I follow the blog. I walked into my local Hobby Lobby to buy some fabric to make my own scrub caps, and my eyes were going nuts with all the pretty eye candy fabric! Quilting lets me play with that pretty fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  126. Well, I think we are born with the "fever" and it just comes out as we age! :) I know mine is "inherited." My paternal grandmother is a quilter and at 99, just now has stopped "messin'" with fabric. My mom was a sewer and embroiderer, so I got it from both sides of the family! I do know I have always loved messing with fabric!
    Sandy A

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  127. I viewed the Gee's Bend exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 2006 and to this day the images of those quilts come into my head. Quickly I found a beginning quilting class and, wonder of wonders, Cheryl was my teacher. To this day, hundreds of miles away, she is my resource, confidante, source of encouragement and dear friend.

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  128. I know that I had a relative who was a quilter - I found a box of pieces and thread but it was so damaged it couldn't be used. Wish I knew who she was. I did take a quilting class years and years ago and am now remaking those squares into other things. I don't really know what drew me. I've always done needlework and have sewn since I was very young.

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  129. I think it's a little bit of both. But for me, it's the feeling for the first time in my life that I can be creative and design something that is all me.

    Hugs - Marie

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  130. Hi Cheryl, Thankyou for sharing your beautiful quilts for us to see. They are gorgeous, especially the Baltimore, I have one that is a PHD- project half done- well, that sounds better than UFO-doesn't it? LOL
    I attended a night class to hand piece a sampler quilt about 20 years ago, just as something to do at night after work, well I was hooked from the very first night, still love handpiecing/handquilting, although I have just bought a book on Machine Quilting for Beginners.
    Sandy. :)

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  131. I'm a follower and I enjoyed Cheryl's post. I watched my grandmother quilt and thought that one day I would like to do that. When I became an empty nester I took a class at the local college and I was hooked. It has become an addiction now. :)

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  132. I caught the love and passion for quilting from my mother. Both sides of my family has quilters going back generations (at least to great great grandmothers because relatives have the quilts). Just seeing my mother's finished quilts and watching her make them inspired me to try. I did. It was fun. I did more. Love it! So, after age 50 I'm became a quilter. Maybe not a great quilter, but a happy one! Thanks for the lovely giveaway. I already follow stashmanicure (look for the butterfly avatar).

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  133. I think Quilt Fever sets in after feeling your first piece come to life during the quilting. As they say, it ain't a quilt until it's quilted.

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  134. For me it started with my great grandmother. Nana crocheted, embroidered and made quilts. My first love was embroidery, then I learned to sew and make my own clothes (that's what Grandma and Mom were into). This led to a love of (obsession with?) fabric. Seeing quilts made by others hanging in the fabric store---I'm hooked!

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  135. I'm a follower. I became interested in quilting when I was pretty young. A friend of my mother's sister and mother made beautiful quilts. I so wanted to quilt. I had to wait until I was an adult and when my children were older. I am hooked on quilting now!

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  136. I think you inherit the fever from a relative and in my case my grandmother!

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  137. I got it when I started looking at pieced quilts. I grew up with the store bought comforters. My love of fabrics and quilts grows as I seek a creative process that is not easily deconstructed.

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  138. Follower .... accidental quilter here .... started to hate clothing making when the patterns no longer fit me as I grew older and wider! Took a class on a whim, and here I am three years later LOVING it!!!

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  139. That Lone Star quilt is so beautiful! And art quilts are AMAZING!!!

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