Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?
I prefer to live in a hot climate. As long as there is air conditioning. I grew up in the North East part of the USA and the winters were brutal. Cold, damp and dark. I migrated to the Coastal Carolina’s where the winters are much milder. It gets below freezing at night, but by day break its much milder. It’s only May 1st, but it’s already been in the high 80’s.
Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?
I keep my hair short mostly. I had it long when I got married, once about 25 years later for a short time and just about 3 years ago. My husband liked it long, but I am too busy to keep it that way. So as far as I am concerned short is the way to go.
What is your favorite month of the year?
I love September for a few reasons. First, it’s the month I was born. Who doesn’t like their birth month? Second, it’s the month I married my wonderful husband. Third, the colors are amazing. Especially in the mountains. My favorite colors are reds, oranges, golds, etc.
What is the easiest way for your to learn something new? By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?
I learn best by a combination of the three. I always do better with a demonstration.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful for spending so much time with my daughter Kelly and her family. I got to see them three days last week. My grandchildren are the light of my life. This week I am looking forward to dog sitting my dear friend’s dog Digger. He is a beautiful old man of a dog who is gentle and loves my Gracie who is enamored with him. I am also looking forward to quilting a quilt for our next Habitat house which will be completed this month.
In February 2005 I joined a quilt guild. I had always wanted to learn how to quilt. I never had cared much for sewing, but making quilts really interested me. My mom was a wonderful seamstress but didn’t quilt. I was fortunate to meet two wonderful women at my first quilt meeting. They both took me under their wing and began teaching me the art of quilting. That is how I became a quilting apprentice.
I learned so much from these two ladies. Donna especially, and Anne was always there to support me in my quilting adventures. I attended classes with professional internationally known teachers like Pat Sloan, Cathy Wiggins, Bonnie Hunter, Becky Goldsmith, Joan Shay and many more. I was so amazed to see all the different ways of making quilts and how to embellish them. I thrived on learning new techniques.
I joined two more quilt guilds in the area. It kept me busy and I met such wonderful people. One thing about quilters, we are always ready and willing to share our knowledge and techniques with each other and especially someone new to the art of quilting.
I began making quilts for members of my family and friends. Then I began making table runners, placemats, wall hangings and purses. It became an all-encompassing hobby which I was sure I would never give up. I had a hard time remembering what I had done in my free time before quilting.
Then one day I realized I was teaching classes at my guild. How could this be? I was just a beginner. But, in just a couple of years my skill had advanced to that of a seasoned quilter. I wasn’t an apprentice any more.
The most rewarding aspect of belonging to my quilt guild is the outreach work we do. We support so many wonderful organizations with our quilting. We supply Habitat Homes with bed quilts. We supply the Veteran’s Hospital with lap quilts, the home for abused women and children with quilts, and many nursing homes receive quilts and walker bags from us.