This blog focuses is quilting and applique. Piecing by machine and applique by hand are my favorite techniques, but I am always open to trying a new way to accomplish these . Passing along these techniques through my blog and getting together quilting with friends once or twice a month have become my favorite pastimes.
I began to quilt in 2001 with a very basic quilting course taught at a local quilt shop, Patchwork Plus. Before that, I had talked about quilting, read about it, studied techniques and even bought some tools, but I was hesitant to get started. Patchwork Plus offered a quilting class that began with the basics of choosing fabrics and simple piecing to the more advanced techniques of hand applique and hand quilting the finished quilt. It continued over a 6 week period with the proper use of the tools: rotary cutter, cutting board, etc to binding the quilt. To say the least I was hooked!
I was hooked and I knew that I had to find a way to learn more about quilting – The obvious thing to do – Join a quilt guild. The staff at Patchwork directed me to Thumbstall. Most of the employees are also members of the guild. The rest is history – I have become very active in the guild serving as Charity Chairperson during my second year and Raffle Quilt Chair, VP and President, co-chair of the Community Outreach Program, specifically heading up our program of Quilts for Service Men and Women. In 2015 and 2016 Thumbstall was asked by the American Quilters Society (AQS) to be the host guild in Syracuse recruiting volunteers to help at the show. We organized the volunteers from various Central New York guilds to help with setup and tear down, serve as hosts and hostesses for displayed quilts, coordinator for presenters as well as the package check booth.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my time in retirement than quilting and participating in a guild.