We want to hear your quilting story

We want to hear your quilting story

Happy National Quilting Month! You know, the folks here at Missouri Star are blessed with the unique opportunity to meet quilters from across the globe. We love chatting with you about precuts, patterns, and notions, but what we REALLY LOVE are the stories you tell. Quilting touches so many of our hearts on a much deeper level than just pretty fabrics pieced together. For some, quilting is an artistic outlet. It is a medium to allow your creative talents to really shine. For others, quilting can be a sort of therapy. I know that as I measure, cut, and stitch, I feel a great sense of release and relaxation. It is very satisfying to create my own little piece of order and beauty even though the rest of the world may be spinning out of control!

We want to hear your story. Why do you quilt? How has quilting made your life better?  How has quilting changed you?  Tell us in 500 words or less and you could be one of three entries chosen to have your story featured on our Daily Deal page and Daily Deal email. And if that’s not cool enough, we will also award the three winners with $100 each in Quilter’s Cash (10,000 Quilter’s Cash points)! Woohoo, right?!! So start writing right away! We want to be inspired! We want to laugh! We want to cry! Just be sure to send your entry to stories@missouriquiltco.com by noon (CST) this Wednesday, March 12th. I’m so excited, I think I’m going to be checking the email every five minutes to see what comes in!

The entries we select to be featured will appear as our Daily Deal story this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (13th-15th), with Saturday being National Quilting Day!

A few details to remember:  If your entry is chosen, but you don’t want your name attached to it, please specify that you would like it to be anonymous, or use a fake name.  Otherwise, we will use whichever name appears in your e-mail.  Also, although we are selecting only three winners for this weeks contest, we may use some of the entries not chosen this week in future Daily Deal stories or on our blog or magazine, therefore, by willingly submitting your story, you acknowledge that Missouri Star may use it at some future date for commercial purposes.

We really can’t wait to hear about the impact quilting has made on your life!  Happy Quilting 🙂

 

  • Beverly

    I always sewed and did a lot of small wall hangings all by hand over the years. About 14 years ago I was very stressed out and had stomach problems due to being stressed. My friend from grade school who is a therapist on the other side of the country decided I should quilt.
    She was coming out for a visit and a few months before she gave me a list of what to buy. rotary cutter, mat etc. I bought them and they sat on the table. I didn’t have a clue what to do with them!! When she came out she showed me things and got me going. When I had a problem she was a phone call away. A lot of times I couldn’t understand what she was saying and she would send me a sample in steps of what I had to do!!
    Needless to say my sewing room is bulging at the seams, I pretty well have every tool there is and when I am not working I am sewing.
    No more stomach problems either. It really relaxes me. Since I don’t have the time to take classes too much I started watching your tutorials. I really think they are better than taking classes .
    We do have a fairly new quilt store close by and the owner and staff are wonderful also and taught me a lot.

  • Linda

    I have been quilting for many years. I enjoy it very much and it is relaxing for me. I look forward to the way fabric comes together to make such pretty quilts.
    For the past several years, I make a quilt or two every winter to give to a very good friend who has touched my life and means so much to me.
    Four years ago, I made new quilts for each of my four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren for Christmas.
    Just recently, my life-long girl friend, who married my cousin almost 50 years ago, lost her husband very unexpectedly in November.
    When going thru his clothes, she came up with the idea of using some of his dress shirts for a quilt to have to remember him by. She called me and asked me if I would make this quilt for her.
    I loved my cousin as well as my friend, so I gladly accepted the task. I didn’t realize just how hard it would be on me to start cutting his shirts apart as I could remember seeing him wear many of the shirts.
    Once the shirts were all cut apart and many tears later, the cutting of the quilt pieces got easier for me.
    I decided to use the big star quilt pattern after watching your tutorial. I used a light grey marble fabric for the sashing for this full size quilt. Once completed, I attached a label the read, “In loving memory of of my beloved husband” along with his name, year of birth and year of death.
    I had enough of the shirt fabric left over to make three nice size throw quilts for each of their three children. For these three quilts, I used your wedge star quilt pattern. I used a very light blue marble fabric for the sashing. I attached labels on each of these quilts that stated, “in memory of my beloved dad” along with his name and year of birth and year of death.
    These quilts will be a memory for all of them to cherish for many years to come.
    I took the finished quilts to our church, where I teach quilting classes, to show the gals. The one gal had recently lost her brother. She loved the idea of a memory quilt. She stated she was going home and call her sister-in-law and ask if she still had some of the brother’s shirts so she could make a memory quilt.
    Isn’t this a neat way to remember your loved one?

  • Marilyn

    In March 2012 (four months after retiring) I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Needless to say my family, friends and I were shocked. Things that used to make me happy no longer did. Due to my compromised immunity it was recommended to stay home as much as possible. My sister Ruby told me I needed a new hobby. So one day she and my niece Natalie showed up at my door with a sewing machine, notions, fabrics, books and a big smile on their faces. I was hooked! My husband got in on it by creating an area for me to sew. So now I have a private area, shelves and fabric stash. I cannot explain to you the pleasure that quilting has brought to me. Such a simple thing. The beautiful colors in the fabrics and planning a design. I have made quilts for my three granddaughters and in the process of finishing ones for my two grandsons. I am 61 and have a lot to learn–thank goodness I have a patient sister because I call Ruby all the time. My quilts are far from perfect but Ruby says perfection is over rated-haha-so that works for me! They are made with lots of love. I absolutely love modern quilts. The vibrant colors make me smile. Ruby has many that she has made and the thing I like is that she uses them-outside, on the floor for the baby or for the kids to play on. They are not sitting in a closet. My fabric stash is growing so I have to stay healthy to make all that I have planned. Thank you Ruby! And of course thank you Missouri Quilt Company for the tutorials and inspiration I get from your website!

  • valerie

    Valerie’s Quilting Story.

    Four years ago my son, Jason, was home on leave from the USAF. As always he had to stop into the local Harley Davidson shop to look for yet another t-shirt. When I ask him how many he had, his response was when I put one in the closet I have to take one out. I turned to him and said “Jason, why don’t you send me some and I’ll make you a quilt”. Then my head spun around like the exorcist, wondering where in the heck that came from, and how to take it back. I had seen an ad in the back of a magazine about T-shirt quilts and it must of gotten stuck in my head.

    OK, now you are saying that all sounds fine and dandy. Problem was I didn’t know how to sew. My comment always was I know how to darn socks, just hold them over the trash and say “Darn you”.

    So you can imagine the look on my face a couple weeks when he called and said he had sent a box of shirts so I could make him a quilt. But you might not imagine what I said after I got off the phone. &%*#……

    Got my self a beginner sewing machine and took a quilting class from Joanne’s. Notice I said quilting class and not sewing class. First mistake!!! When told to thread the machine and bobbin, my hand went up. I spent more time with my hand in the air than on the machine. It’s a good thing my teacher patience.

    I finished that first quilt and presented to my son next time he came home on deployment. I look back now and shake my head to think my first sewing project was a queen size T-shirt quilt.. call me just a little crazy..

    Since then I have taken more classes and thanks to MSQC every tutorial offered. Love Jenny…One day when watching Jenny she took a break in quilting to show me how to make an apron.

    I now make and sell aprons and quilts. Make quilts for charities and my favorite part.. give them away.

    I feel so blessed to have discoverd this wonderful craft and the amazing people that are all part of it.

  • Phyllis Bianchi

    Well I have to say that I did not start out quilting or loving quilting — sorry! But I was given Crown Royal bags from my cousin because her husband saved them. He wanted a vest out of them. So I cut the bags and designed a vest, I had the lining sewed and ready to put the vest and lining together when he died unexpectedly. I was devastated that I didn’t get the vest done and sent to him — I put it in a bag and put it away. I was cleaning my sewing room and found it and decided to take it apart and make a quilt for my cousin. When it was on the guest bed when she came into town and she saw it her eyes welled up with tears. That is why I quilt — and it was my first quilt. My 2nd quilt was made from my counsin’s husband’s shirts for his grandson. He missed getting hugs and giving hugs to Grandpa, there came my idea for the quilt. I chose to make the Xs and Os quilt from Jenny’s video!

  • Gabriella Pettit

    Just received my issue of MSQC’s Block magazine – wonderful! You folks have done it again! Best quilting mag on the market! LOVE the size, the layout, instructions – you all have hit it out of the ball park. I wish you folks only continued success – I love it when good things happen to good people and even more when I know I help make a very teeny, tiny contribution for being a loyal (and vocal) fan of MSQC! What will your next adventure be?

  • margie Brecik

    Trying to find the time and energy to quilt these days is a challenge for me. When I am up to heading to my sewing room I find a new kind of energy the second I step foot through the door. I am blessed to have what I have in that room and I am thankful for the many sewing machines, tools, gadgets and the fabric… THE FABRIC!! I am worse than some but not as bad as many. There are the 7ft shelves, 4 of them, FULL of neatly stacked fabric ( at least until the next creative spurt hits me). Then there are those tubs and under the bed boxes FULL of beautiful organized by design fabrics. Stored this way so I know what the heck is in there. I often ask myself why I have to have so much fabric. I actually answer that question with I have no idea, but the truth is the texture, the colors and the smell of newly purchased fabric are a high for me. I love it. I can’t help but feel giddy with excitement each time I buy a new piece or pieces. I suppose that is the sign of an addiction but I don’t care. Look at all the fabric friends and family will get when I am gone. 🙂 🙂
    Quilting relaxes me, and gives me a feeling of accomplishment like no other craft I attempt. I crochet well but my hands are getting old and don’t like holding the needle or the project anymore. I like to paint, but I can never quite get the same look the author of the pattern got. With quilting I am able to choose a pattern and fabric and actually get something in the end that looks pretty darn good and sometimes beautiful. I feel warmth and happiness in that room and while I am quilting. The world is a mess but while in my room I can forget all that for a while and just focus on ripping that last seam that I sewed on the wrong side.

  • Susan Timlin

    About 21 years ago, a friend of mine said “Hey, why don’t we take a quilting class” We did and I made my first quilt entirely by hand for my youngest son. He loved it and it was so totally rewarding to me. I made many quilts, nothing too complicated but I really loved to make them and to pick the colors and make my own design. Then my middle son died suddenly at the age of 24. I was so very depressed and gave away most of my fabric and just stopped doing everything. 13 years have passed and I now have 5 grandchildren. My one granddaughter asked me to teach her to sew. It gave me back my desire for sewing and before too long I was looking for some quilt projects. My skills were never that great. I could make a quilt but I struggled with the accuracy of my blocks. I somehow came across the Missouri Star Quilt site and fell in love with Jenny and all her wonderful tutorials. I have made several of the projects that I watched Jenny make and success has made me begin to love quilting once again. In about a month, I will be attending a seminar in Pittsburgh that Jenny will be hosting. I can’t wait. Thanks Jenny for all you do to bring the love of quilting to so many.

  • JoAnn Perkins

    Lights and Darks, highs and lows, tears and healing, my quilting passion began on National Quilt Day 2002. My friend, Valerie, hosted her first National Quilt Day sew-in and I was soon hooked. What did I know about quilting? Not much as I ran to the fabric store over lunchtime and said “I need 6 lights, 6 darks, and a border”. The clerk asked what I was making and I handed the pattern to her. Some 12 years later, I’ve gone from a hobby to a business, to what some friends have referred to as a ministry. I make bereavement/memory quilts. Designing, piecing, and quilting together pieces of cloth to make a quilt, I allow others to tell their story of a loved one who has passed away. Whether using articles of clothing or fabric that ties a story together, these treasured items bring tears, joy, hugs and healing. A quilt filled with love and memories.

  • Amy E. Bevilockway

    My mother is a wonderful seamstress. She tried to teach me. But alas, I was a poor student. Then I took a sewing class in High School & fell in love with machines & fabric. Well, Mom let me use her old black Singer sewing machine, didn’t even have reverse on it. I had so much fun making clothes and of course kept all of the scraps. Mom helped me make a string quilt with all of those scraps. It was pieced on newspaper. That quilt was loved and used into oblivion. How fortunate I am to be able to learn from so many other wonderful quilters. I can only hope that I can inspire others to trust in themselves and learn to sew or improve their skills. If each of us shared with someone who wants to learn to sew imagine how many more we could gather into our fold. So thank you. Thank you to all who shared their love of this wonderful craft. You inspire me.
    I was also fortunate enough to learn all about machines when my family owned a store in California. I became a sewing machine tech & sales person. With the skills I learned back then I have been able to get many machines up and running for myself & others. You know, I do believe that I have been blessed in so many ways through sewing & quilting. On to the next project 🙂

  • Sharon Hettinger

    Gee–I sent this first via email, in response to your ‘blast’…didn’t think about it being on the site! So…here it is, again:

    So…why do I quilt?

    I was first interested in my family’s quilts…but because my mother didn’t
    really sew, I didn’t either…except on a few small projects.

    When I moved to Lawrence, to work on my ‘terminal’ degree, I would practice
    the organ at the church, stop by to visit the quilters, and head on down the
    hill for class.

    I was finally convinced to pick up a needle and thread, and was instructed
    in the quilting process (we quilted tops for those who had them in their attics,
    and the money we ‘made’ was used for mission work). So, my first foray into
    quilting was to ‘slow down’ and relax!

    Later, I took a position in Kansas City…and it was there, shortly after I
    arrived, that Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. As I had once lived along the Gulf
    Coast in Mobile, AL, I knew first-hand what hurricanes could do. So…my first
    instinct—as a response—was to gather some folks together to create comfort
    quilts. We asked parish members to contribute any cotton, money for batting and
    backing, and especially for folks to help make quilts—either designing them,
    cutting squares, tie-ing the quilts, or even helping to transport them to the
    Coast. We named ourselves “Fabric of Life” – some even call us “Fabric FOR Life”
    – and to date nearly 500 quilts have been created and sent to areas in
    need—especially in the Missouri/Kansas area in response to tornado-ravaged
    communities. One of our quilters also had a son in Alabama—where a tornado
    hit—and we shipped more out that way. Although I recently retired, the group
    continues to provide comfort quilts – both within the church and in the broader
    community.

  • Lenora Hoover

    A few years ago, I said to my sister-in-law that I had not been into our local quilt shop and I would like to go. Michelle said ok, so we went the next day.
    When we walked in the quilt shop we were bitten by the quilting bug!!! We were in awe of all the beautiful quilts hanging up all over the shop, draped over chairs and quilt racks!
    A little history of our quilt shop…”Just Plain Annie’s” quilt shop was owned and opened by Annie 5 years before and she had sold it on contract because her husband had gotten ill with ALS. After her husband passed away Annie got her shop back.
    I want to do that I said! Annie came over and started helping us! She said you can make quilts just like this. I said oh my! They look so hard! That was the beginning of my quilting days!
    I was in love with the fabrics! I have seen lots and lots of quilts and I have yet to see an ugly one or an ugly fabric!!!
    The first quilts I made were for each of my 4 grandchildren. They love them!
    I have donated several to our local fire department because my youngest son is a volunteer Fireman and they always need new equipment! I have 4 quilt tops ready to be quilted for the Star City Fire Department’s annual fundraiser this July 2014!!! I told the firemen, do not forget where I live in case I have a fire! Save my sewing machine and fabric!!!
    Now I watch alot of tutorials on Missouri Star!!!! As I use the shortcuts and tools that are available today, I think of my ancestors and how they would cut each piece out and stitch them together by hand. I have a postage stamp 9 patch quilt made by my Great-Great Grandmother! I have always treasured it but I really appreciate it more since I have started quilting!
    Thank you! Thank you!!!

  • Teresa McCauley

    Many years ago my Mom asked me what color crochet afghan did I want as she just finished making my older sisters one. I told Mom I could make my own afghan, but would she make me a quilt. I remember as a child my Nannie (her Mom) making quilts for us girls, and mine was beautiful butterflies! Mom said she would try, and she set out making a pattern from cardboard and she decided to use the log cabin pattern! She never said what color material she was going to use, but she knew my favorite color back then was purple. So she bought a calico purple print for the center square and boarders. Other than that, I didn’t know what other material she was using. The day the quilt top was done I found my Mom had used left over scraps of material from clothes my sisters and I had made growing up. Back then we all took Home Ec. and had to make our own clothes. Well I have the most beautiful quilt and can name each piece of material and which girl wore what! Later years my Mom moved to Florida, i to Montana, and I went to take care of her. She said lets go to the quilt store and look at some material! I was hooked from then on! My Mom has since passed but I have all those wonderful memories and a quilt to cherish!

  • ellen bissonette

    My Story: Why I Quilt? It’s
    called a Birthday gift, named, I Love You More Quilt! My first Quilt, Ever!

    I discovered quilting in February
    after watching the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s version of I Love
    Notes Quilt. I was searching for inspiration to create a 91st
    birthday gift for my Mom; and this was it! You see, my Mom has written to me
    every week all my life. This is going to become the interpretation of my own
    Love Notes to her, which I have named, “ I Love You More Quilt”. Mom taught me
    how to sew when I was young; and 25 years later, I am back at; expanding into
    Quilting! This love notes quilt, aka a version
    of You’ve Got Mail has taken on new meaning to me. My Mom never used a
    computer, but wrote numerous hand written letters, notes and card to myself,
    and her many friends and family all her life. The art of writing letter was not
    lost in our house, utilizing lovely writing papers with creative stamps and
    stickers; including inspiring calendar quips, notes, prayers and daily
    inspirations. With this quilt, I will incorporate inspiring script material and
    words of love into the quilt Her
    writing have been replaced now with numerous phone calls with daily
    regularity. Each night, she says goodnight with “ I love You More, as
    only a mother can utter. My new Creation, uses subtle pastel old roses romantic
    rosebud materials with soft solids to offset each letter. The entire quilt
    speaks of a David Austen Rose Bouquet. So the real love letters that I am
    returning to her is incorporated with the adventures of this one of a
    kind “Learning to quilt” for me.
    The quilt incorporates special embroidery, tiny little hearts and love
    stampings throughout. What has quilting taught me? It is a lesson in
    creative expressiveness; incorporating as many varieties of glorious fabrics
    that speak to me. It’s my way of creating a zenful garden in a quilt creation.
    It has taught me the new meaning of perfect. Perfect, as is beauty, “Is in
    the eye of the Beholder”. Perfect is the “imperfectness” of quilting.
    Quilting sets you’re perfectionism state free. I plan to finish in time to fly in
    and hand deliver her quilt in person for springtime, in time for her 91st
    birthday. Just in time for spring, so she can wrap up with it with warm love
    and thoughts as she ushers springtime in on her New England porch.
    Jenny and Missouri Star Quilt
    Company, thank you for the inspiration to my foray into creating this most
    special quilt for my dearest best friend ever, my beloved Mother, Olivette
    Vitaline! Thanks for the considerations to win to help me start my quilting obsession ona Jelly roll! .

    Please
    only use my first name, Ellen. Thank you.

  • mamasan

    Guess my original post was lost in cyberspace.
    Truth be know I was probably an aspiring quilter at age 5. No, not at my mother’s knee,but Kindergarden. Oh, how I loved playing with those little brightly colored triangles,squares,and d

  • Marty’s Girl

    I love the feel of a quilt over me when I drift off to sleep. I always have. Someday, I thought, I’m going to learn to quilt. But life got busy.
    About 15 years ago, a dear friend called me at work one day. “I’m buying your Christmas present. Which night of the week do you want to take a quilting class with me?” My husband worked one night a week, so that was the perfect choice. I bought the basic tools, together with my Mom’s old featherweight, and off we went one night a week to a local quilt shop. It was so much fun.
    The teacher was so patient and informal. She led us through fabric grades, fabric selections, color values, block construction, and skills. Our four week class went on for three months!
    I have a beautiful sampler quilt that I love. My friend not only made that possible, she helped me to achieve a dream I had. She also gave me my “xanax”. At the end of a rough week at work, I can turn on the tv and lose myself in quilting for a few hours and feel the stress melt away. My husband often joins me in fabric selections and design issues.
    My Nanny was a quilter. I inherited two of her quilts, which I now appreciate even more than when they first came to me. I would hope she is looking down and smiling at my efforts.
    So the quilt that I now crawl under, as I drift off to sleep, is truly mine. We have four weights of quilts for our bed, one for every every season. I’m fortunate to have had an extraordinary friend.

  • deblaquinta

    I sent my letter to the email address but it looks like people are posting their’s here so I will also:

    My
    Quilting Story:
    All my life I have had a hobby of crewel hand embroidery, but never sewed. In 2007 I
    was diagnosed with a rare form of low blood sugar, the opposite of diabetes. My
    blood sugar drops several times a day, I feel weak and dizzy each time, making
    it unable for me to work or drive anymore. I was lonely and nothing to do during
    my days, for Christmas in 2010 my husband had a idea, he bought me a Bernina
    Sewing Machine. When I opened it I said “what is this for?”. He said “so you can
    sew”. I don’t know how to sew nor do I want to I told him, I only embroider. He
    asked me to just take a couple of lessons and if I didn’t like it then okay. He
    took time off work and took me to the classes. I only took classes for a short
    while and had to quit because of health issues and I needed to stay at home, BUT on those few lessons the
    Quilting Bug bit me hard. Now I began to quilt and couldn’t stop. I sewed
    all my family members quilts, probably about 35+. Now
    what?
    I began making lap – twin size quilts for all
    the kids at Loma Linda Hospital Cancer Ward. Last October the News Paper printed
    an article about me. I took about 75 quilts with me to the hospital and gave one
    away to each child which was 36 that day. I now have about another 75 quilts
    made to go back again. I try to take extra’s so the kids can pick one out that
    is special to them and they have a choice. I piece the quilts together and I
    also use a fabric panel and add borders that way I can provide to the
    kids theme’s like: batman, princess, care bears, Spiderman, strawberry
    shortcake, hello kitty, etc… I try to use only flannel on the backs so it is
    soft and warm for the kids. This will be an annual + event for me. I
    also am making 75 pillow cases to donate to the Women’s Shelter for the women
    and kids who are staying there. I love to sew now. I can’t put in words how it
    has changed my life, given me something to do during the day when I have to stay
    at home always. I watch all Jenny’s youtube video’s, that is how I learned to do
    all the tips, tricks, things, patterns, quilts that I have made. My husband pays
    for all my fabrics, I shop online since I don’t get out much. My life has
    changed a lot since I can no longer get out often, but I feel very blessed
    because my husband bought me the sewing machine, the Lord put quilting in my
    life and I can help others in return now. Thank you also to Jenny for your
    youtube video’s which helped me learn the trade.
    deblaquinta

  • mamasan

    Jenny,
    The first letter was very poignant. Maybe, you could incorporate some of the letters in your magazine or maybe a separate book. I would be great to read them all.

  • Marj Bryen

    I have always enjoyed doing crafts and have been working at learning to quilt for the last 15 years, always trying to improve my skills. PIecing and applique are my favoriites, hand quilting is on my list of things to learn. I enjoy watching MSQC videos!! I love fabric (with a stash that is too big) and all that involves quilting Currently I am on the board of our local quilt guild and chairperson (for the 2nd time) of an upcoming quilt show. Quilting has allowed me to keep busy and make many friends..quilters are such fun people. I retired from a position a pediatric physical therapist 3 years ago and now have more time to quilt and participate in activities. I have a son and daughter and 3 delightful young grandsons all who have quilts I have made, Our guild does charity quilts throughout the year and I make baby quilts for whoever needs one!! I love to travel and visit quilt shops along the way..have been to all 50 states and shopped in many of them. My next trip will be a road trip to California to visit my daughter and her family in July with a stop at MSQC on the way..I can’t wait!!

  • Debbie m

    These are some lovely stories. I’ve been quilting since 1973, but I still learn new things 🙂
    I do love watching the Missouri Star videos and I have learned a lot from them. xx debbie

  • Dana Raiford Comer

    About 12 years ago I decided to try my hand at making a quilt and did 4 inch squares on the diagonal in primary solids and coordinating prints. And that’s as far as I got. We used that quilt top for making forts in the living room and for covering up on the sofa when a light “blankie” was needed. And my youngest son, who is autistic (Asperger’s) claimed it because after so much use and so many washings, it was the perfect soft fabric he required, and it was his bed sheet for years. I never did quilt it. Then in 2011 my older son was going to be heading off to college and he asked if he could take the quilt from his bedroom to the dorm. It had been made by church families and given to my in-laws (the pastor and wife) when he retired. “Absolutely not” was the answer to my son for obvious reasons, and I set out to find a quilt to buy for him. I ended up buying a quilt top on EBay made with NFL logo fabric in a log cabin pattern and hand quilted it – stitch in the ditch. Then in 2012 I had an opportunity to participate in the creation of an AIDS memorial quilt at work. I made 2 blocks for that year’s quilt. During that time our company set out to have all the AIDS quilts displayed and we got a space at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I’ve lived in Houston all my life, and had never been, but since I was working our information booth at the Festival, I was there for 4 days. I have definitely caught the quilting bug. Since then I have done a King sized quilt for my daughter and am working on another king sized for the younger son, and my husband bought me a die cutter for Christmas this last December. I work full time, but I come home each evening and do a little bit, and some on the weekends. I’m still hand quilting, but hope to be able to get a sewing machine that I can really handle a large quilt on one day soon.

  • Diane Raines Boyd

    wish you would do a long tutorial on hand quilting. I am attempting to hand quilt a dresden plate quilt and my stitches are not so good. I did this quilt because of watching Jenny do the dresden plate. Yea

  • JenniferMSQC

    We hear ya, Diane! We’ve had a few requests and there is even a thread on the forum about wanting more hand quilting info. I’m sharing your request and we’ll see what we can do. You might also check with the forum for help and advice. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  • JenniferMSQC

    I am so inspired by all of your quilting stories. I read them sometimes when I’m feeling frustrated with my own projects. Thank you for sharing your heart and your talents with us. Truly grateful. xo

  • Utube

    Jenny,
    I’ve been a quilter for 36 years..My story began when I was 8 yrs. old. Mom & Daddy divorced and I spent the weekends with my grandmother…..Now, I’m 72 yrs young, so take your grandmother memories further back to an old aunt or could be a great-grandmother…..Well, there I am in south east Georgia. My grandmother used to sit in her kitchen with the old wood burning pot bellied stove burning red hot…..There we sat, my first needle in hand and her old arthritic hands guiding me, sewing some old material pieces together…..During this time, I learned a quarter inch, how to comb seeds from cotton that had been given to her from the farmer neighbor, and to sit still………Growing up I was told stories of how her mother had made quilts for the Southern Confederate soldiers and how precious quilts, that are to gifted to someone who appreciates the love and work quilters would rather give away than sell……..My story leads to now….My hands are now arthritic, my pieces of fabric have become a working studio, I no longer teach quilting, but I now refer people to the MSQC’s tutorials….I use them myself…..Finally, my quilts are made for dear babies, my grandchildren, great grandson, and my special Granddaughter Aspen, whose father is passing away with Huntington’s disease…He retired from the Army as a LT. Colonel and at the age of 52 he came down with the non-curable disease…..I took his uniforms and made this special quilt in honor of her wonderful daddy……A fine gentleman, a God loving man, great father/husband, and loved his Country……..I love quilting, and as long as I can sew on my machine, hold a needle in my hand I will hope to go to heaven with my quilting travel bag…..Merry Christmas to everyone at MSQC and your family’s…….The old quilting magazines used to have articles from readers, so Jenny; this gives us a chance to share with other quilters…..

    God Bless You,
    Janet Herre’ Batot

  • Mary Johnson

    I began quilting because I needed a new creative outlet and I’ve always been inspired by colors and ways to put them together. (My mind always tends to work faster than my hands.) Quilting has made my life better because it gives me something positive to do with a beautiful end result and there is no better feeling in the world than being able to say i made that. It has also given me and my grandmother an amazing connection I have someone i can call anytime to bounce ideas off of and I always get a wonderful story to go along with her advice. It has changed me by giving me more patients and focus. Its the breath of fresh air I needed and it allows me to be as creative as I possibly can be. It always brings me back to childhood since I was little we only had staples store in my town but it was my first real taste of colors and pencils and pens my grandma would take me all the time … That’s how I feel everytime I pick out fabric now its a happy feeling.

  • Debbie Z Kissinger

    Debbie Z Kissinger My mother has been after me for years to do a hobby, I quilted several years ago but it wasn’t the right timing….on my 55th birthday I decided that the time was never gonna be right so I bit the bullet and began to drive forward. Even though I am raising two of my four grandchildren ( one is Autistic) and completing my education in early childhood….I needed some me time. I found a local group that meets twice a month and we are working on a quilt block each month. But I found myself needing more. I started a patriotic quilt without any type of direction as to where I wanted to go with it. Picture below surprisingly enough I was pleased at how well it came out. Jenny I sit EVERY single night when my boys go to bed watching you awesome tutorials and look forward to Friday’s when the new quilt tutorial arrives in my inbox.

  • Anne Walford

    I would have to write a letter to my dear Grandmother. This would be a Thank You note to her for her knowledge of hand quilting. Many years have past and I still miss her very much. I still have a quilt she hand pieced and quilted. She past the art to my Mother and she past it on to me. I just love quilting and am so happy I still have Grandmother and Mother in spirit when I quilt. Thanks ladies. Oh by the way I was ten years old when I received the quilt and I am now in my sixties.

  • Elonda Sharp

    I started quilting 1 1/2 years ago ( baby) i am talking never even owned a sewing machine let alone thread a machine. I am getting older and decided I wanted to give my family something made by me for only them. I have quilts my grandma made years ago and they are treasures to me. A bit about me I am known to have very little patience nor a creative bone in my body, my sister has attempted to teach me to crochet decorate cakes ect: of course this was not for me . I have opened a new world ! I so enjoy my time, my thoughts and my creativity. I Did not know how to relax an just be, until quilting I find myself seeing quilt patters everywhere, I have even taken pictures in public bathrooms for the patterns on floors and walls yes I am hooked. My family has been amazed at what I am accomplishing with a sewing machine lol. I have a dear friend that was planning on retiring right before I started quilting I began talking about my plans and guess what happened yup you guessed it she is hooked she has since retired with her days filled with quilting, fabric shopping and planning the next quilt show and she has inspired her neighbor to do the same. You have thought me so many things with your tutorials I so appreciate your knowledge and wisdom. Thank you for helping start a new journey in my life and it is a journey that I am truly enjoying. My has been very patient with the growing of my stash lol.

  • Linda L. Taylor

    Why do I quilt?

    My sewing room is my sanctuary, art studio, creation lab,
    comfort inn, and memory maker. It is there that all things are possible and my
    creative juices come to the surface. Fabric is even purchased seemingly with
    the need to get one more color for that kaleidoscope of ideas. Making quilts is an
    addiction. The stacks of fabrics cry out to me in many forms challenging me to
    push the envelope of what ifs. One can take bits and portions of material with
    an idea and make a useful blanket that will comfort and constantly remind the
    recipient of much caring. The pleasure of taking those flat colorful scraps with
    numerous patterns and making beauty is waiting each time I enter the room. By
    the time one is completed I’ve already planned another quilt in my mind. It is
    a good thing I can give them to Project
    Linus so I can continue to discover the world of endless possibilities
    without running out of people to give them to.

    I come by quilting through generations of women who made do using
    what they had to create something of
    beauty. My earliest recollection of quilting was when my mother took us little
    girls to a quilting bee about 1949. We played under the frame as we heard the
    gentle voices, laughter, and watched busy hands working the threads into the
    material. It was there that my DNA must
    have done a jump start directing me to these twilight years of a plethora of
    creativity and making memories wrapped in love from bits and pieces of color
    and design.

  • Karen Desmond

    Growing up in a rural area near Salinas, California, in the ’60’s/’70’s I was all about self-sufficiency. We learned animal husbandry, gardening, preserving fresh vegetables and fruits. I enrolled in 4H to learn how to sew my own clothes. My Grandmother made quilts for all of us kids and I thought it was magic. Sleeping beneath her quilt was like having her arms wrapped around me telling me I was loved. When I was 18 I gathered my fabrics and asked her to teach me to quilt. It was a magical time indeed, I remember every second of that day. Now when I quilt, I pour my love, prayers and affection into each one as I envision the recipient using my quilt. I love to hand quilt as that serves as balm to my soul.

  • Yvonne Klatt

    I just read the latest # 3 entry winner story. It made me almost cry. My heart goes out to that brave young woman. I can see where your coming from with the relief and joy that your quilting gives you. I lost my son this past year and it has been a year of firsts for me too. Although I have been quilting now for a few years it was the only thing that keeps me going too. It gives me joy in a life that now seems so lost. I mourn him every day and cry just as much, but when I go into my sewing room and start working on my projects I feel happy if only for a little while.
    Jenny your videos are great and I enjoy your sense of joy and love for this passion you share with the rest of us. Thank you for doing what you do and sharing what you share. It helps heal hearts as well as put smiles on faces that need it most! Bless you all at the MSQC! Even when I order fabric a lovely note comes with the fabrics that make my day!

  • Marla Dahlenburg

    My girlfriend invited me to go to a quilting weekend with her and 100 other people. At that time, I was a seamstress with a lot of sewing projects to get done. I decided to go for the weekend and bring my stuff with me to do while I was there. It was a lot of fun looking at the amazing quilts that these talented people (women and men) were working on. I enjoyed it so much that when I was asked to go again the next year and the next, I did. Finally, I was told that this is a quilting weekend and that it was time I was taught how to quilt. Well, that was it for me. I was hooked!!!! That was several years ago and I’m still learning and having a great time. The tutorials I watch from Missouri Quilt Company are so helpful to me. Although I love my jellyrolls, I am planning on branching out to do other quilts. I’m so thankful to my friend Lucinda who is one of those amazing talented people I’m learning from.

  • Wendi

    Hi Marla, Thank you for sharing your story with us!! What a great friend. We would love for you and Lucinda to come to one of our quilting retreats!! They are so much fun!! Thanks again Marla.

  • Marla Dahlenburg

    I spoke to Lucinda last night and we are going to start saving our money so that we can attend a retreat soon.

  • Wendi

    That’s awesome!! Let me know if you have any questions or there is anything I can do for you!

  • Kim Williford

    that’s a lovely story. My mum passed away and I didn’t know it. She made me a skating dress, because I used to figure skate when I was a young teenager. I don’t have it anymore. I learned to quilt on my own using the internet and watching videos. That was 7 years ago and I still have a lot to learn.

  • Kim Williford

    Nicely done. Very cool quilt for your first one. Mine was a kit.

  • Terri Thomas

    This is a story of a quilt. I am not sure this fits your criteria. My mom wanted me to write this story and send to you!

    The ritual of the Tomato

    In Southeastern Idaho the growing season is very short. We grew the usual garden vegetables with
    success. But if you wanted to harvest
    tomatoes you would need to begin early and prolong the season with any means
    you had. For as long as I can recall my
    father would perform the ritual of the tomatoes. In the spring a little paper cap was used for
    each plant to protect it from freezing.
    Then as the plant would mature and after the danger of frost had passed
    a wire cage would help support the fruit on each plant.

    As summer turned into
    fall it was time again to keep an eye on the temperature. If it was going to be 32 degrees or lower it
    was time to cover the tomatoes to protect them from freezing. There would still be many slightly greenish
    orange tomatoes just waiting for a few more days to ripen, our mouths watering
    in anticipation.

    My father painted
    houses as a second job so we were the lucky owners of large canvas tarps. The tarps were used to protect our annual crop
    of tomatoes. Tarps were spread out over
    the garden covering each tomato cage and plant turning it into a field of paint-spotted-
    gray-snow-covered bushes.

    My in-laws also had the ritual of the tomatoes, nurturing
    them in the spring and then protecting them in the fall. I enjoyed very much going out to their garden. However one fall brought a startling
    revelation. Draped over tomato cages,
    tucked under tomato plants and laying in mud was not the usual paint splattered
    tarp but squares and triangles. I just
    stood there trying to comprehend what kind of a paint tarp would have squares
    and triangles all over it. Those
    squares and triangles were placed into a pattern! There spread before me wasn’t
    a canvas paint tarp but a hand pieced quilt!
    I didn’t know what to do! I ran
    into the house to ask someone where they had come from. It turns out they had been hand pieced in
    Iowa by my mother-in-law’s grandmother and they had been made just for
    her!

    Those quilts are no longer protecting tomatoes but are being
    protected themselves! What pieces we
    could salvage have been made into works of art enhancing the walls of their
    home. That was many years ago, but
    today my mother-in-law speaks fondly of those quilt blocks hanging on her wall
    and feels a strong connection with her grandmother. Never again will the ritual of the tomato be
    graced with a hand pieced quilt. At
    least not in our family!

  • KlayNorton0178

    My colleagues were requiring a form recently and found a document management site that hosts an online forms database . If others are searching for it too , here’s http://goo.gl/bq66mB

  • Jennifer Lynn Brown

    For as long as I can remember there has always been a sewing machine set up and ready to go. My Mother and Grandmothers were always working on the next birthday gift, baby quilt, Christmas gifts or just the daily repair of kids clothing. It wasn’t until I got married and moved away from home that I became interested in quilting. I lived a couple of hours away from my family so I didn’t have my mom to go to the fabric store with me to give me pointers on what I should purchase. I went to the nearest Cloth World and purchased some really random fabric. Colors and quality were not the best. I made a template of cardboard, 3×3 if I remember right. I remember setting on the floor of our small apartment and cutting one by one stacks of squares. I did start hand stitching those squares together and not getting very far. Those squares ended up in a box for years. Then after two children and getting a job with JoAnn’s the itch to create began again. I began collecting fabric because I was around quilters. I would cut fabric all day and accumulate a small stash for myself. It becomes very difficult to pass up the remnants and end of bolts when your not sure if you’ll ever see that fabric again. The sewing I was doing at the time was mainly clothes for my little ones and baby quilts for friends. I was also getting to know my Mother and Grandmothers in a whole new way. Discussing the newest techniques, which were nothing then compared to now, and bringing them things they needed every now and then. But even then I had no idea what they had actually accomplished in their lifetime. I had no appreciation for the passion they must have had to accomplish what they did. My Grandmothers made quilts for every grandchild and more. After retiring my maternal grandmother made over 300 quilts. She did her own quilting as well. She had a wooden frame with a standard machine mounted to it. I once helped her do some quilting on it and told my dad later that I didn’t know how she physically was working with the weight of the quilts and wrestling them around to get them quilted and bound. My paternal grandmother used her sewing machine to do her quilting. The quilts my grandmothers made were made to used and loved. They weren’t made to be judged or hung in museums. I mean that in the nicest way. My Grandmothers have been gone for over ten years and the quilts that I have from them are the most beautiful special quilts that I will ever have. A few years ago my aunt, my mom’s sister, called me and said she had a couple of quilts from Grandma that I might want to have. When she showed me the quilts I had to laugh/cry. It was two small lap quilts with the fabric that I had hand cut years earlier. I couldn’t believe. I didn’t remember giving them to my Grandmother. The colors are awful/beautiful. I cherish those quilts. I was looking for a specific quilt in my hope chest the other day and had forgotten about two quilts I had asked her to make for my daughter. A Sunbonnet Sue that had several fabrics I had collected over time and another nine patch made of thirties fabrics I had also collected. I had wondered where those thirties fabrics had gone for a while. Thought maybe I had lost them in one of our moves. A very exciting find. The quilts that I have from my fraternal Grandmother are also very special. A couple that I actually helped her with when I was in high school. One of them has sashing that I remember hand cutting from a floral striped fabric. Both quilts a very warn.I also have the baby blankets that she made for my children. I remember her feeling bad that she had made my daughter a much more elaborate quilt than my son. My sons is a simple nine patch made of pastel ginghams and my daughters is a hand tied sun with a rainbow. I love them both. My Mother also passed away about twelve years ago. It wasn’t until a year after she passed that my father asked me if I was interested in looking at some quilts that she had made. There were three quilts. I had no idea. No idea that she belonged to a guild until I saw the quilts. One of the quilts was from the guild. It has a block created by every member with their signature embroidered on their block. The quilt is hand quilted as well. Evidently each member made a block for each members quilt and each member ended up with a similar completed quilt. Sounds very time consuming. One of the other quilts was one that had been around for years. I remember it always being on my mothers bed when I was younger. It is partially tole painted and embroidered, It’s of the state birds. It has a white background with blue border. It is also very warn. For some reason I can’t remember what the third looked like. Like I said there were three quilts. There are unfortunately I have two sisters. I at first took all three quilts. I didn’t feel my sisters would appreciate them. Eventually they found out and I had to decide which one I wanted, first come first serve. I really wanted the guild one because it was the last one she had worked on. But I decided on the older tattered one. The one that had been around as long as I could remember. It makes me happy and sad when I look at and use these quilts. Happy that I have them to cherish and that my Mother and Grandmothers had the same passion and love for creating and sharing what they created. That’s a connection that I hang on to every day. It makes me sad that I didn’t have more time with them, to share our love for the craft of quilting. I’m the only one on my dads side that quilts. I’m one of three on my moms side that quilts. My aunt pieces and hand quilts all of her quilts and she has a grand-daughter that also quilts. I think it all started to keep me somehow connected to my family. I continue to keep myself connected.
    Thanks for reading
    Jennifer Brown