About Me

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Hi!

My name is Beth – welcome to my blog!

I live in West Virginia with my husband of 31 years. He is such a great guy! We have two sons and are empty nesters now. Even our doggies are gone – we had three beautiful German Shepherds that grew old and eventually passed away. But, we have a wonderful daughter-in-law and grandson who live close enough that we get to see them and our sons often.

I’ve loved doing crafty things for as long as I can remember. My Mom never did crafty types of things for fun; I realized later she did them out of necessity. She had six children and made a lot of our clothes when we were young – maybe that’s when the sewing bug hit me!

I love to cook, read, watch reality TV and do all sorts of crafty, DIY kind of things. I discovered DIY when my husband and I remodeled (read: gutted) our kitchen. Neither of us knew what we were doing but learned a lot through Google. Need to know something? Just Google it! 🙂

I first learned to quilt in 2004. A few of my coworkers and I spent the summer quilting and I made two quilts – a log cabin quilt for my oldest son and one for myself using a pattern called Winning Hand. I had the log cabin top professionally quilted and gifted to my son; the Winning Hand top is still waiting to be finished.

At the end of that summer, I changed jobs and that was the end of my quilting until the end of 2013. My sister had joined a quilting group in her community (she lives in PA), and encouraged me to get my quilting tools out of storage and put them to use. I’m so glad she did! We spend so much time now talking about quilts, children, gardening, etc. It’s really brought us closer.

I made my first quilts before the explosion of social media and relied on the knowledge of some trusted coworkers and a couple of quilt books. Now that I’ve started sewing again, I’m amazed at all the information that is available and I’ve been soaking it in!

Besides my sister, none of my other siblings or friends quilt so I’m excited about joining the blogging community. It’s nice to be able to get excited about a piece of fabric and be connected to others who share my excitement. (Cause my family and friends just think I’m nuts when I talk about fabric being so yummy I could lick it!!)

I can be kinda OCD about things, so it’s hard for me to have more than one project going on at a time. But I find that with quilting, there are so many things I want to do that I’m always starting something new. This also helps when I get tired of working on one project because there’s always something else to turn to.

My 2014 goals are simple:

– build a fabric stash (don’t know why, but I have this overwhelming urge to gather beautiful pieces of fabric, fold them neatly and stack them so I can drink in their beauty any time I feel like it)

– learn new techniques and share lessons learned along the way

I hope you follow along, share your stories and enjoy the journey!

 

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5 Responses to About Me

  1. Debi Bly says:

    Hi my name is Debi and I live in Ohio and was traveling through West Virginia when I purchased your spinning pattern number 105 . I have a great interest in making this with the Ombre Fabrics however, I’m confused as to how to get my fabric one and fabric two correct so that everything lines up in order according to color. If you could give me some insight on that I’d greatly appreciate it ,thank you . And your sample in the stores beautiful!!!

  2. Kathy Cummings says:

    i won 2 patterns in the blog hop last month. i ordered 2 on craftsy if you can ok and send them to me…would email work?
    Thank you.
    i chose Spinning and Snap, crackle, pop .

  3. Mari Gossett says:

    Hello. I sent you a comment about your patchwork tote with a zipper. I thought I’d try once again since I didn’t see any reply. I sewed the outer bag and it turned out great. But when I went to try to pin the lining as you stated in your instructions, I became confused as to how to pin & sew it. I’ve made numerous totes with linings, but yours is a bit different. I’m hoping you can help give me some more detail about sewing the two together. The zipper is recessed, so i’m not sure where or how to to pin so it will turn out right? If that makes sense. There are no pictures that really show this step, The lining for the tote I normally make has the straps sewn on prior to trying to pin it to the outer bag. Also, the opening is at the bottom of te lining. I wasn’t sure why you would want it on the top where it is more visible? Thanks for any help you can give. Perhaps I can take pic’s of my lining and send to you via your e-mail listed. I kept looking for a way to attach a picture on this form, but that is not an option.
    Thank you & God Bless.
    Mari Gossett

  4. Melissa says:

    Oh my what a joy it was to see this site! Someone else to chat with about my machine misshaps and laugh about later. Here’s to your quilting journey and here’s to that awesome new used machine! Can’t wait to see what other projects you have. And btw, IT IS ALL about the STASH!

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