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  #31  
Old August 18th 03, 01:13 PM
Pat in Virginia
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Hi Diana!
First, please e-mail me. My mail has bounced. Thanks.

Now to answer your questions ... I must be brief so as not to
aggravate the Tendonitis in wrist. (BTW: It is NOT Carpal Tunnel
.... Thank Heavens! ... but still needs some consideration.)

PART ONE, RCTQ:

I came to RCTQ because DH was tooling around and came across it
and enrolled me. I read a few times but didn't realize *I* could
answer, so forgot about it. I had NO idea about newsgroups,
lists, and so on. I probably never even introduced myself, as the
whole www subculture was a foreign place to me!! Came across RCTQ
again and someone mentioned answering, so I tried it and the rest
is history!! (I haven't shut up since LOL!!) That was in early to
mid 1999 ... I got into the Millennium Swap and collected my
2000+ squares. Haven't made the quilt yet though. I stayed around
because it is fun, entertaining, educational, and friendly.
Sometimes I get into swaps or do squishies. I've enjoyed
getting/giving advice on quilting techniques. Several have
mentioned these things already, but I don't think anyone has
mentioned the opportunity to 'meet' people with TOTALLY different
lifestyles, as well as people who may have similar families but
live in far continents. This place affords opportunities never
even dreamed by my fore parents! Oh, not only has it been fun to
visit on line, and in the real mail, but I've even met quite a
few of you at quilt shows and other activities. Yep, I like it
here.

Will talk about actual quilting next time. Gotta put this hand
through the Physical Therapy exercises now.

Take care of yourself too! PAT in VA/USA

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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  #32  
Old August 18th 03, 02:34 PM
Diana Curtis
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I LOVE your answer, and feel it could be my own. Where else would we go?
This is home, this is family.
Hugs,
Diana

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My geeky DS and DDIL forced a WebTV on me because I refused to learn to
"drive" a computer and they wanted to have me hooked up to email. The
first thing I tried was searching for the word "quilt"! Magically there
appeared rctq right on my tv screen..... been here almost 5 years now.
I quilt because I have to..... I stay with rctq because I need to. This
is my home..... where my friends and adopted family live. ;-)

Leslie

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RCTQ- Houston 2004..... A good friend will come and bail you out of
jail.... but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...
that was fun!"



  #33  
Old August 18th 03, 02:46 PM
Diana Curtis
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Thank you Dogmom, recovery seems to be going rapidly!
I love the story of your quilt of many memories. How true that the fabrics
of our lives can spark intense memories. Your mother truly gave you a gift
of her heart when she passed those squares on to you.
Im so glad you found your way here.
Diana

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"dogmom" wrote in message
...
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

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http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44






  #34  
Old August 18th 03, 02:49 PM
Diana Curtis
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This kind of tale delights me. When a quilter comes thinking that this might
just be another hobby and finds in it a passionate love affair. Its grand!
I hope you do follow your heart and stray away from the patterns. Patterns
are great to give a leaping off point but there comes a time when we need to
let go of the safety net. Good luck! Have fun!
Diana

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"Marijke" wrote in message
.. .
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

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http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44







  #35  
Old August 18th 03, 02:54 PM
Diana Curtis
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Darn straight J! lol
Diana

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"Jalynne" wrote in message
ink.net...
Man, Diana, you two really have something in common, don't you? It's a

shame that
even though so many advances have been made in medicine, our bodies have a

way of
throwing doctors a curve ball...hehe.

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"Mika" wrote in message
.net...
Hi Diana. Glad to know that you are now at the healing stage of being

bored.
I feel for you. I had my gb out in 1979 when they still did the old
fashioned incision. Laser surgery was...well a dream of the future at

that
time. Anyway...





  #36  
Old August 18th 03, 02:54 PM
Roberta Zollner
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Don't remember how long I've been on rctq, seems like forever, but can't be
more than 5 years maybe -that's how long we've had email! DH the
ever-helpful and enthusiastic computer geek (self-taught, it's scary)
discovered newsgroups and decided it would be a good way to "convert" me. It
worked!

I stay here because I can't imagine life without you!

Quilting -well, it all started back in the 70s with a pile of very random
fabric scraps from making clothes for my baby girls. A bit of
everything -all weights of cotton, some wool, synthetics, you name it. So
with the good intention of using up this stuff, and without benefit of any
advice, I cut them all into rectangles and sewed them together in rows until
I had a baby quilt. Covered all the seams with a backing (birthed) and felt
pleased with myself. Looked pretty good until the first wash. Then I had to
throw it out.

There had to be a better way... I found a book (something from Simplicity
patterns) and persevered. I still love scrappy quilts, and they don't fall
apart in the wash any more!
Roberta in D

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




  #37  
Old August 18th 03, 02:55 PM
Diana Curtis
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im so glad you can find a way to escape from your stresses in creating
beauty. It is so healing, and Im glad you come to share your time with us.
Thank you Mika!
Diana

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"Mika" wrote in message
.net...
Hi Diana. Glad to know that you are now at the healing stage of being

bored.
I feel for you. I had my gb out in 1979 when they still did the old
fashioned incision. Laser surgery was...well a dream of the future at that
time. Anyway...

How I came to RCTQ. My best friend got me interested in quilting again

last
winter. Being the internet and newsgroup junky that I am, I knew that

there
just HAD TO BE a quilting newsgroup. So I searched till I found you all.
Lurked for awhile then jumped in. This has been a wonderful experience and
knowledge builder for me. People here are always willing to help. I don't
post a lot but I try to read and catch up at least every couple of days or
so. I stay because I can learn so much, not only about quilting but about
life, other cultures and so much more.

I have been sewing since I was about 7 or 8 years old when I made my doll

a
dress. I progressed from that to making my own clothes. My mother and both
grandmothers were quilters. So in jr. high and high school I ventured into
quilting. I worked on several tops over the years but never finished a big
one. I did make a few baby quilts when my boys were born. Then this past
winter, my best friend started quilting so lo and behold I dug out my 30
year old unfinished quilt tops and them. I was hooked. Since then I have
made a top for my daughter, one for my hubby (which I should be getting

back
from the quilter this week and my SIL says it turned out just beautiful),
finished two very old from high school days tops and am currently working

on
a Log Cabin Baby quilt and a Tumbling Blocks quilt.

Quilting is therapeutic for me. DH and I have been through some extremely
stressful events this year between my health problems and the nasty
ex-wife/court situation. It takes me awhile to finish a quilt top because

I
can't sit for very long at a time at the sewing machine. Bad back
unfortunately. But when I get stressed out I can sit down and sew a few
strips or blocks and it takes my mind off the other stuff. I would much
rather be stressed out over a crooked seam than over court or having to
have heart surgery again. The added bonus to quilting is that I have

lovely
gifts to give people when I finish one. I guess the main thing I want in

my
quilting future is to be able to make some really nice quilts that have
seams all matched, are even and actually look nice rather than looking

like
a beginner. I don't plan to make them to sell or anything like that. Just

to
give as gifts and keep some for DH and myself.

Mika


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






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Old August 18th 03, 03:09 PM
taria
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It has been a good while but I would assume DH sat me down and
suggested it might be something I would enjoy. I remember many years
ago being on Prodigy (gosh I think that was one of the early ones)
and there was a quilting group. They changed over to charging by
the time you were on instead of a monthly charge and we dropped them.
Were any of you there in earlier years? I'll never forget a woman
posting
that a policeman had come to her door to tell her that her son had died.
It had just happened minutes before and she turned to the group to talk.
I can't remember her name or anything else but that will forever stick
in my mind. How we got here might be different for many of us but
why we stay is probably similar. The people here are a caring bunch.

You take care of yourself Diana. Bored means you are healing. WHen you
start getting crabby we'll know you are close to being well VBG
Taria




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, 03:33 PM
Diana Curtis
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You mean, aside from chocolate?? nothing. LOL yep.
Im so glad you found your way here, and found such a compelling obsession..
..because all that slacking off wasnt bound to be very good for you in the
long run. *BEG*
Diana

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And this is the best group on the planet for advice about anything from
quilting techniques to blocked drains and HRT! Who needs anything else?
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Old August 18th 03, 03:38 PM
Diana Curtis
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What do you hope to accomplish with quilting in the future, either near or
far future? Any techniques you want to learn?
Diana

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"melinda" wrote in message
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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


I wanted to do some hand work that was different to long-stitch (got

boring!)
but wasn't x-stitch (DSis is too good at it!), and in a way I fell into
patchwork to start off with to use up scraps from sewing clothes. That

was
back in '95. I completed a few hot-pot holders, but what I started

working
on initially is now finished! I'm basically self-taught from books.

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