Who am I?

(I wrote this description of myself so many years ago, and I find it hilarious. I'm leaving the original and any updates/new comments will be in parentheses.)

Thanks for being curious!

Hi!  I love quilting...I would do it 24 hours a day if I could.  When I am not quilting, I read (listen to Audible...actually quilt while listening), research (mostly hand applique now), think (harder and harder as I age), talk (mostly to myself...I live in the middle of nowhere), scheme (quilts, quilts, quilts...and how to not be in the middle of nowhere anymore), and dream about it (quilting...and getting murdered and/or eaten by wild animals...out in the middle of nowhere).

I have been quilting since 1983, when my Grandmother, who was dying from cancer, gave me the last quilt she made...a Grandmother's Flower Garden made from MY scraps leftover from making my clothes as a teenager.  She requested them and I had no idea what she was up to!  (You would not have believed the ugliness of some of that fabric...I am cringing!  The 70's and early 80's weren't the greatest, right?)  Then and there I swore I would learn how to do this and keep this tradition going in my family (currently the only quilter, surrounded by people DESPERATE to receive quilts).

I love hand applique, hand quilting, scrappy, quirky, and everything in between.  I am a stasher, but only as long as I can keep it organized so that I can find things.  If you want to see how I organize my "QUILT CAVE," check out "Stash Organization" on my top tool bar.  Yes...I have mild OCD (Mild?!?  Ivory Soap is mild!  I have full goose bozo OCD), but the organization serves me well.

In addition to being addicted to quilting, I am 51 (ahem...almost the big 6-0), married (Yay!  Steve bravely followed me to Alabama, in the back seat and only tied up and gagged for the first half of the trip), the mother of a 14-yr-old daughter (she will be 23 in June!), a musician (a lonely musician...sigh), a scrapbooker (meh...not so much anymore), and a quilt teacher (need to get back to that).  I love to cook and I used to do biomedical research in a previous life, before the birth of my daughter, Riley.

I like to change existing patterns, which I cannot stop doing, and design my own stuff.  Some day I would love to design patterns or come up with something original that would be publishing worthy (OMG!  This is still true!  How about that!).  I always thought I would love to own a shop (what the Hell was I thinking?), but after working at a shop I see that shop owners don't have time to quilt!  I would be happy doing anything that has something to do with quilting (Hmmm...).

I love hanging out with other quilters with similar likes and dislikes.  Quilters are the best!  I love going on road trips to shops (shops?  in Alabama?  Pshaw!) and shows, or just hanging out, working on projects.

I am relatively new to quilt blogging (still an ignorant newbie) and have so much to learn (but, as it turns out, dreadfully unteachable).  But until then, I am enjoying bumbling along, meeting great "cyber" quilting friends, and being inspired and awed by the quilt blog world.

(Yay quilters!)