Quilting Anniversary

Today is my 8th anniversary as a quilter. Eight years ago today I walked into Island Quilter and said, “I want to learn to quilt.” I needed an artistic outlet and I’d been inspired by a quilt exhibit I’d seen at the library. The lady who ran the store, someone who has become one of my dearest friends, named Anja, told me that she was planning to offer a beginning class soon. But I said, in my usual way, that I wanted to learn right then and there.

Anja smiled and soon I’d been set up with a simple pattern along with some great fun fabric. Over the next few days, I completed the steps along the way, went back to the store for more advice from Anja and her partner, Paul, and finally had my first completed quilt.

Currently, I have now completed 338 quilts, most of which have been donated to islanders in need or Children’s Hospital in Seattle. I also give quilts to my students when they graduate. Quilting has brought me great joy, and it also introduced me to Anja and Paul. I can’t imagine what my life would have been without them. So I’m very happy to have discovered the love of quilting.

My photo shows the quilt I made for my bed, along with two of my cats, Emmett on the left and Calliope on the far right. And today I will spend time piecing the top to the graduation quilt I’m making this spring, thankful that this year only one of my students is graduating. Last year most of my students graduated, which is always bittersweet–happy for their achievement, but sad to see them go. This year, most of my students will be returning.

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