Once upon a time, there was a young woman married to a super hero. They had four small children. This little family moved to Ketchikan, Alaska and began a fascinating life on the island.
Whoa, that is a great story, but I can’t possibly write it awesomely. I’ll just give you the highlights.
Before we moved to Alaska, we lived in California. It was there that I first walked through the doors of a quilt shop. The first person I met was a friendly shop worker named Karen. I liked her immediately. I signed up for my first quilt class and Karen showed me how to pick fabric for my project. I still have this quilt and love it.
When we arrived in Ketchikan, I was talking with a new friend at church, Lyn. She told me about a quilt guild that I should check out. I was a little nervous, you know, because I didn’t know very much, I had only been quilting for 1 1/2 years and these ladies were going to be amazing.
The Rainy Day Quilt Guild was an awesome find. Those women showed me most of what I know today. I will always remember how they let me join in their reindeer games.
Every year the Rainy Day Quilt Guild hosts a quilt show called Quilting in the Rain. I entered my first quilt as a first entry and received a blue ribbon. I was so happy, don’t I look happy?
The next time I entered a quilt in the Quilting in the Rain quilt show, I had to place my quilt in a different category. Now I had to face some real competition.
This quilt was called Pine Burr. I took a class at the Silver Thimble, a local quilt shop in Ketchikan. Actually, I had taken the class on my birthday and it was a great day. I have never made anything so challenging. I probably never will again.
That year I also had the great honor to enter a piece of wearable art made by Clyde, my dear father-in-law. He made it for me and I really thought it would be neat for him to show it at the quilt show. He received a second place ribbon, which I shipped to him.
The year before, Clyde came to stay with us for a couple months and while he was there I taught him how to quilt. He went home to Iowa, found a quilt shop and off he went! Quilt shops are great partners in crime.
Today I live in Texas. I haven’t entered any quilts in any quilt shows since leaving Alaska. I still learn, sew, practice and share my experiences, but in a different way. Once Sewn is my new meeting place to share.
This is a common scene here at our house. I love seeing the kids reading in strange places, but nearby me. I’m often found at the computer working on the blog, photography and keeping up with school paperwork.
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