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  #11  
Old August 18th 03, 02:14 AM
Dawn in Alberta
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You read it right the first time , I came here before I truly ever started.
I am not counting the helping the friend thing, cause she didnt like what
I did. I sewed the seems to big and the block turned out to small, she read
me the riot act. It was my first time ever working on a quilt top with no
instructions other then to sew the lines straight and make sure they match.

But here I am with one quilt top made from start to finish by me, (and I am
not counting the panels cause I just had to hand quilt those). And its All
your guy's fault I think you all need to owe me chocolate now ( second
thought its to hot for chocolate, FQ's will do nicely )

Dawn
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"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
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Does this mean you came here before you started ever quilting or am I
reading it bass ackwards?
This is a truly good story too. Thank you Dawn!
Diana, truly that bored.

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"Dawn in Alberta" wrote in message
. ca...
Oh boy this is going to be a good one Diana, are you sure your that

bored?

Anyways as to how I found this neat little section of the universe , I

was
checking out the rec newgroups one day back in 2001, and saw this group
decided to check out and some how got stuck here. Reading the post of
Backwage and Mister Bear, Kate, Butterfly, LN and the rest kicked up my
interest into quilting.
I helped in the making of a quilt a friend was making for her DIL. I

have
always liked sewing and wanted to see if I could do it. Plus I love

color
and what other way can you get to feel color and see it come alive other
then in quilting. Watching the blocks take on a life of their own its
amazing.

As to why I stay. Where else can you find other people that you can call
friends and not get judged as to what you look like, what your income

level
is, or why you arent married yet or why you live where you live. I like

the
people here, some I am finding are as strange as I am. If any one has a
question they get answers, if someone is hungry they get fed, and every

one
is there to lend a shoulder to cry on, to give out hugs and support no
matter what is happening.

To what I hope to discover in my quilting oddesy, I just want to be able

to
get the quilts out of my head and make them real. I want to find my own
limits. If the quilts make me happy and others happy, then I have done

what
I wanted to do.
But dont get me wrong , lol, I am my own worst critic so it takes alot

to
make me happy when it has to do with something I make.
Well thats my little story, So Diana get better soon as the blue Luna's
should only happen once in a blue moon ? Sorry I couldnt help myself lol
and yes this is coming from another Luna.

Dawn
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Old August 18th 03, 02:29 AM
Diana Curtis
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Thank you Judy, for a lovely tale. It has history and future.
Im going to have so much fun if all the storys are as interesting!
Diana

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"judy in fort worth" wrote in message
m...
I found RCTQ when I was new to the internet and trying to figure out the
attraction to chat rooms. This forum was more of what I was looking for

and
was not filled with people pretending to be in their 40's when they were
really only teenagers. I do not post often but do read the ng daily. I
have made a couple of good friends in my local area through this

ng---people
I would never have met any other place. I stay because the conversation

is
always interesting and because I have learned a thing or two here.
My grandmother was a quilter although I did not know that when I began
quilting. She had passed away before I began to quilt. My MIL and GMIL
were quilters and I guess I just wanted to be part of the

family---although
MIL and compete more than we collaborate! (odd family dynamics there!) I
took my first quilt class when my DS (now 23) was a baby---back in the

days
of templates! Yuck! It is amazing that I stayed with it. For many

years,
I was a purist and would only handquilt. Machine piecing was fine but it
wasn't a quilt unless it was handquilted. I am not sure what changed my
mind on that opinion but I think that it has something to do with wanting

to
finish more than one quilt a year. Plus the longarm quilters are so much
better now than they were 20 years ago---the ones that quilt for me are

true
artists.
What do I get from my quilting? The joy of creating something unique and

of
giving a gift of myself. I give away most of my quilts to family members
and friends. It was hard at first to give a quilt to a person who doesn't
"get it" but I have gotten over that and now give a quilt because I want

to
and because I think everyone in the world really needs a quilt.
I am always looking for a new challenge. I hope to leave a quilt legacy

to
my family and friends and to raise sons who value a gift from someone's
hands and heart. I also quilt for the distraction. When life is too much
for me and my worrying gene kicks in, sitting at my machine and piecing a
quilt can take my mind off my problems. In the future I hope to find lots
of new fabric and inspiration.

judy in fort worth
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Old August 18th 03, 02:33 AM
The Nielands
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Wow, it all seems like so long ago. I think we first connected to the
Internet in 1995 or 96, and I looked for anything and everything I could
find that related to quilting. This newsgroup was one of those things, and
reading it has become an important part of my day! I don't post often, but I
check in to read several times a day. Why do I stay? Sometimes I'm not sure,
because I do have other things I could (should?) be doing, but I have come
to feel like I know many of the people who post here. I've cried with their
losses and cheered and smiled with their successes and happy danced when it
was appropriate. I'm not much of a joiner -- I don't belong to a guild or
even a small group (although that's something I probably would consider) --
and RCTQ is something where you can come and go as you please. I read a
couple of other newsgroups, but this one is the one I stay with. Quilters
are a special group -- kind, warm, and caring -- and even when we have our
disagreements, we can generally come back to the board and still be friends.

When I was growing up, Grandma taught me how to crochet, knit, and
embroider, and I did all of them! The one thing she never taught me, though,
was how to quilt. When DH and I got married, he was still in the Army, and
the Officers Wives Club on post offered a variety of classes, including
quilting. So, off I went. There was a great little fabric shop (quilt shops
as we know them today just didn't exist) where I found the perfect fabric
for a Trip Around The World quilt -- which was hand pieced and hand quilted
and is still part of the family today. I quilted it on Grandma's floor
frame. That was back in 1980 and, as they say, the rest is history. I have
done some cross stitch periodically since then, but the crocheting,
knitting, and embroidering have gone by the wayside.

Hmmm, what's in my quilting future? Well, I'm still working on hand quilting
a Thimbleberries BOM that I started something like three years ago. Then, I
have a WIP that has a Mariner's Compass theme that needs to be taken to the
next step. I'm going to have to sharpen my machine quilting skills for that
one, though, because I used a white-on-white fabric where the design is kind
of stamped on, and it'll be awful to try to hand quilt it!

Diana, it's great you're feeling better. Hope our stories have helped pass
the time!

Louise
"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits

up,
thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy to

do
much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if

you
feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay,

and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

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Old August 18th 03, 02:37 AM
dogmom
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My DH helped me find RCTQ several years ago and I got hooked on it pretty
quickly. It took me a while to get my nerve up to post, but the more I do,
the more I do, and now I do not know how I could sew a quilt without this
group! Y'all are nearly as vital as my sewing machine! I made my first quilt
when I was in college, living in a room which had a door to an porch which
didn't shut quite tightly. BRRRR! Decided it was time to put together those
blocks my Mom had been saving for me. She wasn't a quilter, or hardly even a
sewer, but I guess we'd decided to save cloth from garments I'd learned to
make (with the help of a friend's mother) in case I ever wanted to make
one. So over Christmas vacation I cut 100 10-inch blocks, laid them in
rows, sewed the rows together. Put a rainbow-colored sheet on the back and
used some kind of polyester batting. Tied it. Decades later that worn and
torn quilt is in the archives but I'll never part with it--it is truly a
diary of my life, with blocks form my prom dress, my curtains when I was a
kid, and countless other threads of my past. Wish I'd saved more cloth--it
can spark memories nearly as vividly as long-forgotten aromas. As I write
this, I realize that my quiltmaking is yet another gift from my Mom ( who
died 4 years ago), who had the foresight to save those squares so many years
ago....

I continued to make quilts, tho' not at any great rate (or quality!) over
the next 20 years. Then when I quit my full-time job I got into it much
more and now I can't imagine not having some quilty project to work on.

Growth wise--I'd like to get better at everything that I like: patchwork,
colors, MQing. Some day I want to be brave enough to do a Drunkard's Path
and a Lone Star, and oh--about a dozen others, too! And what I hope to find?
That dadgum piece of dogbone cloth I misplaced a year ago! But thanks to the
generosity of someone on this NG (three cheers! You know who you are!)
substitutes are en route.

Thanks for asking! Hope your recovery continues nicely and quickly!

Dogmom
"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits

up,
thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy to

do
much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if

you
feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay,

and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44




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Old August 18th 03, 03:08 AM
Marijke
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great questions. ;-)

I came to rctq a few yrs ago after being on the 'net for quite a few years
before that. I mostly read parenting newsgroups but then branched out a bit.
I had to step away from the group for a while when I changed service
providers and then popped back in for a short while. I finally came back
again for a longer time a couple of years ago. It's much easier for me now
because I work full time on the computer and can check in whenever I want
during the day. I keep coming back to see what interests other quilters and,
sometimes I can even answer a question or two!

How did I become a quilter? I have no idea! I've tried just about every
craft there is and I always became very passionate about them, but... the
passion never lasted very long so when I initially became passionate about
quilting (when my now 14 yr old was a baby), no-one thought it would last.
Hah!! I sure fooled them! I've made way more quilts than I know (last
unofficial count was in the 60s but those are only the ones I remember). I
learned completely on my own, never knew another quilter until just a few
years ago.

What do I see for the future? I'd love to be more adventurous. I tend to
stick to patterns, colours that I know and like so I'd love to do something
totally out of the ordinary for me. Right now, I am collecting bright, very
bright, fabrics to see what I can do with them. I see myself quilting
forever though, it really has enveloped me and I enjoy it so very much.

Marijke, in Montreal
to see some quilts, check out http://photos.yahoo.com/sesesi and click on
"my quilts"

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits

up,
thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy to

do
much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if

you
feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay,

and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44





  #16  
Old August 18th 03, 03:14 AM
Diana Curtis
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Does this mean you came here before you started ever quilting or am I
reading it bass ackwards?
This is a truly good story too. Thank you Dawn!
Diana, truly that bored.

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44
"Dawn in Alberta" wrote in message
. ca...
Oh boy this is going to be a good one Diana, are you sure your that bored?

Anyways as to how I found this neat little section of the universe , I was
checking out the rec newgroups one day back in 2001, and saw this group
decided to check out and some how got stuck here. Reading the post of
Backwage and Mister Bear, Kate, Butterfly, LN and the rest kicked up my
interest into quilting.
I helped in the making of a quilt a friend was making for her DIL. I have
always liked sewing and wanted to see if I could do it. Plus I love color
and what other way can you get to feel color and see it come alive other
then in quilting. Watching the blocks take on a life of their own its
amazing.

As to why I stay. Where else can you find other people that you can call
friends and not get judged as to what you look like, what your income

level
is, or why you arent married yet or why you live where you live. I like

the
people here, some I am finding are as strange as I am. If any one has a
question they get answers, if someone is hungry they get fed, and every

one
is there to lend a shoulder to cry on, to give out hugs and support no
matter what is happening.

To what I hope to discover in my quilting oddesy, I just want to be able

to
get the quilts out of my head and make them real. I want to find my own
limits. If the quilts make me happy and others happy, then I have done

what
I wanted to do.
But dont get me wrong , lol, I am my own worst critic so it takes alot to
make me happy when it has to do with something I make.
Well thats my little story, So Diana get better soon as the blue Luna's
should only happen once in a blue moon ? Sorry I couldnt help myself lol
and yes this is coming from another Luna.

Dawn
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When life gets you down , Get up and Mambo
John Candy
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"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits

up,
thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy to

do
much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if

you
feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay,

and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44






  #17  
Old August 18th 03, 03:18 AM
Diana Curtis
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It started out innocently enough for you didnt it? And now..
bwuwahahahahaha... sucked you in deep didnt it! lol
Im glad you set your goals high. Why not. There doesnt seem much point
unless youre willing to try to do better than yourself.
Diana, thanking you for hte diversion


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"CNYstitcher" wrote in message
...
Well, Diana.........

I started with a quilt class in October of 2001. My teacher wasn't the
best, but at least I learned enough to make a quilt for a friend who was
expecting her second child. I did take another "class" with her, but it
was mainly to get 2 hours out of the house to myself.

She convinced me that, if I couls sew clothes, I could make a quilt, and
shockingly, she was right. By that, I mean that I had always seen
quilts as something WAY out of my league, having never met a quilter
before. Anyway, I was hooked and made quilted wall hangings for
everyone that Christmas!

Since I was soooooo hooked, so fast, I decided to see if there was a
group that I could bounce ideas off of and get ideas from, and that is
how I found RCTQ.

Through the short time that I have been reading/posting at RCTQ, I have
found great people and wonderful support. I"ve also gotten some new
ideas, including ones that NEVER would have crossed my mind (and gotten
introduced to new "gadgets", which is always a plus!!). What I am
hoping for, as far as my quilting future, is to be able to make a Queen
size quilt that actually looks as if a professional made it. No, not a
store-bought looking thing, but one that looks like it was done by a
person who had been quilting for more than 2 years or so.

In the immediate future, my quilting future will hopefully see the
completion of a corduroy scrappy quilt for myself, a scrappy quilt for
my daughter-to-be, and 3 quilts for donation to a church school auction.
After these, who knows where I'll go (though I do have the fabrics
waiting for my mom and dad's flamingos in the flowers quilt, and
Mother's turtle quilt).

Larisa, sorry if this is boring, but it's all I can truthfully say.



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Old August 18th 03, 03:34 AM
julia sidebottom
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Well I actually buzzed into RCTQ a couple of years ago for a short time.
Only a month or so. Some things changed with my health and I was not
able to keep up with just about anything. I came back on with a
vengeance here several months ago and am just loving it more and more
each day. So much to share and so much to learn from everyone here. The
most important thing is I am having soooo much fun.
juliasb

Diana Curtis wrote:
Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits up,
thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy to do
much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if you
feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay, and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these .. then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

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Old August 18th 03, 04:38 AM
Diana Curtis
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Bored is a good sign?? yay!
Diana

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"Butterfly" wrote in message
...
SHE's HEALING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Truly that bored" is the BESTESTESTEST thing I have read all day
Butterfly (letting my finners do a HAPPY HAPPY for you)


Diana Curtis wrote:

Does this mean you came here before you started ever quilting or am I
reading it bass ackwards?
This is a truly good story too. Thank you Dawn!
Diana, truly that bored.

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44
"Dawn in Alberta" wrote in message
. ca...

Oh boy this is going to be a good one Diana, are you sure your that

bored?

Anyways as to how I found this neat little section of the universe , I

was
checking out the rec newgroups one day back in 2001, and saw this group
decided to check out and some how got stuck here. Reading the post of
Backwage and Mister Bear, Kate, Butterfly, LN and the rest kicked up my
interest into quilting.
I helped in the making of a quilt a friend was making for her DIL. I

have
always liked sewing and wanted to see if I could do it. Plus I love

color
and what other way can you get to feel color and see it come alive other
then in quilting. Watching the blocks take on a life of their own its
amazing.

As to why I stay. Where else can you find other people that you can call
friends and not get judged as to what you look like, what your income


level

is, or why you arent married yet or why you live where you live. I like


the

people here, some I am finding are as strange as I am. If any one has a
question they get answers, if someone is hungry they get fed, and every


one

is there to lend a shoulder to cry on, to give out hugs and support no
matter what is happening.

To what I hope to discover in my quilting oddesy, I just want to be able


to

get the quilts out of my head and make them real. I want to find my own
limits. If the quilts make me happy and others happy, then I have done


what

I wanted to do.
But dont get me wrong , lol, I am my own worst critic so it takes alot

to
make me happy when it has to do with something I make.
Well thats my little story, So Diana get better soon as the blue Luna's
should only happen once in a blue moon ? Sorry I couldnt help myself lol
and yes this is coming from another Luna.

Dawn
--
When life gets you down , Get up and Mambo
John Candy
Remove the NOSpam to reply

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message

Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits

up,

thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy

to

do

much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if

you

feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you

stay,

and

how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then

I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44









  #20  
Old August 18th 03, 04:42 AM
Diana Curtis
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Love you too!!! and even tho I HATE how you were treated in that store, I am
so glad they behaved so badly and you ended up with us!
Diana

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"Sharon Harper" wrote in message
u...
I came to post on RCTQ because no-one I knew quilted and I refused to go
back to the shop where I purchased my first kit (yes I cheated!). On

threat
of a vile, horrible, nasty, painful death I will NEVER set foot in that

shop
again. So, when DH brought the internet home he suggested I look up and

see
if there were any newsgroups. Lo and behold, there were - ONE!

I have never looked back and indeed will never look anywhere else. This
group has become like family to me, I've met some of you, spoken to

others,
and emailed with even more. Gosh darn it...... I love you guys!

--
Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Qof DU)
http://www.geocities.com/shazrules/index.html
Member of the Houston 2004 Party Animals
"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Im recovering well... certain things coming in the mail keep my spirits

up,
thank you muchly! But the days linger long sometimes. I havent energy to

do
much yet, but you, yes YOU, have the power to entertain and amuse me if

you
feel like it, and I hope you do...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay,

and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance,
Diana the slightly bored

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44






 




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