Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mary Jo tried commenting below, it didn't it is in this form (Rosey)

From Mary Jo via Rosey's posting service (note from Rosey:  I keep getting a "Whoops, there is a mistake on this page" which I just delete and I can then post onto the chat board.  I don't know why it's so difficult to do this...b*gger the internet, it's great when it works, aggravating when it doesn't.  Here is MaryJo's response to her posting below.............................................................
Rosey, I answered the Google comment and that surely should have posted as I use Google.  Do not see it or the answer to Sara's post.  Will repeat...
I go upstairs to work in my pajamas 3 - 4 mornings a week and usually stay until 10:00 or noon.  This began when ten years ago.   I was asked to speak on story quilts to the Tucson Guild, an hour long presentation.  I only had 25 quilts and wanted 50.  It took a whole winter, but the second 25 were finished.  I've not kept count of the # of quilts made since I began in 1993 but it is somewhere between 125 - 150. About half are story quilts.   I rarely repeat a pattern; the exception being New York Beauties.  (Most quilts are a variation of a pattern or original.) This is # 7.  Sherbet was the first.  A black, white and red one became a fan pattern with a sunburst in the center. The Dahlia was my only experience with hand dying.  Not for me, too many chemicals.  It is a free form.  One is fall colors, another is giant sunflowers.  One is Cinco de Mayo with many other appliqued flowers.  Each is very different.  The next will be free form.
Most quilts are lap sized or wall quilts.  I do make two king sized quilts each year.  Six are in the que for college graduations of grandkids.  Two are working on their Masters degrees, so I am a bit behind.  One large quilt goes out to the long arm quilter.  The other is made in quarters and quilted on my machine.  Love to quilt but it is too hard on my shoulders to quilt the big ones.  Arthritis stopped the hand quilting.  Ownership makes me want to do it all from designing the pattern through the quilting.  Age makes it difficult...



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