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    This place is so inspiring

    I'm another "so new I haven't even started" quilter. Have always been interested in handwork. Cross stitch, canvas embroidery (aka needlepoint), lacemaking -- anything that doesn't require a sewing machine. I can make a computer jump through hoops but sewing machines? They skeered me! I have a long time collection of antique quilts and have always said "some day" I'll learn how.

    I have a Singer 15-88 treadle that I inherited from a favorite aunt when I was 15 years old. Have dragged it hither and yon over the years. Made curtains and baby things over 40 years ago but it was basically just a side table. Put it in the storage shed several years ago when I moved. Decided now is the time to do something and found a place for it in the house last summer. The dry Colorado climate had done a number on the finish and the legs so I took it apart and cleaned the head and refinished the cabinet and the steel straight legs. She's gorgeous again. Just need to get a new belt. In reading and starting to learn about my new interest, I decided I wanted a Singer 301A. Didn't expect to find one any time soon. So of course, last weekend we were at an auction and there it was. I've gone through and done a thorough COA. Now if I can just get the tension set correctly, I'll be all set. I fiddled with it a bit ago until the air turned blue so I decided to visit here to take a break LOL

    I thing what I want to learn first is hand quilting and applique. At least right now I'm also interested in crazy quilting. I had a CQ top from an estate sale that I had packed away many years ago. Got it out a while back and decided the fabrics were too fragile with age to work with. May frame some of the sturdier portions. We shall see.

    Okay, too long already but just wanted to say HI

    Dorothy in Denver
    Dorothy in Denver
    Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering.
    There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
    -Leonard Cohen

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    Hi Dorothy.... most of the stuff you refer to in your note are things I could only "dream of doing".. makes me smile to think your a little leary of "quilting"... you will love it and so enjoy the freedom of creativity it brings... as long as you don't get too anal over it... (that of course is just my opionion and many would tell you to strive for perfection)... reading all the things you've already accomplished,,, I welcome you to our forum of diverse and fun people... (me being one of the funky ones...LOL)... enjoy... hugs, GB
    "Each day well-lived and Happy;
    that's all there is to Life!"

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      Welcome from Missouri

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        Hi Dorothy! Welcome from WI!
        ~ Connie ~

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          Welcome from PA!!

          Robin :icon_hi:

          Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; It's about learning to dance in the rain!

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            Welcome and come in often , there is always something or someone on here of interest.
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            Hugs Ann

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              Welcome Welcome....your energy is infectious!

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                Hello, Dorothy from KC Metro Missouri (shouldn't be much longer, and I'll be welcoming the new members from Arkansas)! Start simple and there are lots of informative tutorials on youtube for hand quilting! you will learn more than you could ever imagine! I've attempted to be self-taught, but you are never too old to learn and it's always exciting to challenge yourself when you start feeling comfortable! Jump on into the forums and ask the questions you need answers for. I love scrappy blocks/quilts, I do hand-quilting and after 20 plus years, I am just now starting to learn applique! Good luck, sweetie!
                Sherri

                "Don't let someone else's ugly spoil your beautiful. " Thanks, Bubby!!!!!!

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                  Welcome from North Carolina.
                  ~ Tracy

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                    Dorothy, welcome from another Missourian.

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                      Welcome from Arizona
                      bjsmith57

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                        Welcome from Florida!

                        I have a 301A on my someday list, too. It is the model my Mom had when I was growing up and learning to sew. Sadly, she traded it for a Golden Touch n Sew in the seventies. Piece of *^@% machine! It's a wonder I kept any interest in sewing after having to deal with that one.
                        Donna

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                          Hi Dorothy, welcome to the forum. You will find lots of inspiration & ideas here!
                          "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

                          Leonard: For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
                          Sheldon (intrigued): You have a sarcasm sign?

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                            Hi Dorothy, welcome from NJ.
                            Barbara :icon_bigsmile:

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                              Hi dorothy and welcome from massachusetts.
                              :icon_wave:Joan

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