|The view from the deck of Our Sunset Place Bed and Breakfast|
Several years ago I was vacationing at Our Sunset Place, a lovely bed and breakfast on Lake Erie. As I walked in I was struck by two things. The fabulous lake view, and quilts, quilts, quilts. It turns out the the owner is a quilter. She does the entire process from piecing to making the quilt sandwich to quilting Sandy is also a longarm quilter. I was fascinated by the entire process. I shared my desire to learn to quilt when I retired. She challenged me with a WHY wait. When I returned home I retired my old Dressmaker and got a new Janome. I took the challenge and when we return the following year I had my first quilt top ready for the longarm.. It was inspired by all the thing from the region: the lake, sunsets, fishing, vineyards, peaches, wetlands, and bird sanctuaries. I called the quilt Catawba Memories. The only thing I knew about quilting was you should use a quarter inch seam. Ignorance is bliss! With no preconceived ideas to get in my way I just picked fabrics that represented our favorite vacation place, Catawba Island, outside Port Clinton, Ohio. The first quilt is below.
I call this blog Quilting Together because whether it's sharing work on Quilter Club of American, problem solving with friends, doing Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt or having fun with my granddaughter, quilting is most certainly about giving, sharing, and being with others. Along the way I'll shared some about my process, trial and errors and the quilting fun I have with my granddaughter. I hope those checking in will share with us, especially those families who are quilting together.