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    Hi from Oxford, England!

    Hi y'all!
    I'm Michelle, expat wife of a Brit who dragged me, kicking and screaming from the warmth of central Texas, all the way to England.

    We have two girls, almost 4 and 8. I used to work as a pedi nurse in Texas. I now work part time for a small charity here. When there's spare time, I enjoy being busy at home. I love to bake and sew things for the girls. I am in the habit of getting excited about a new hobby and then diving in headfirst - meaning lots of learning-as-I-go! I almost always have some cute bunting in progress (because it's England! And we love bunting!!) I have even been lucky enough to sell some!

    I first got excited about quilting when one of my patients was a 12 year old girl who lived in a self-contained community (similar to Mennonites, I'd guess). She was a quilter, and at night during her treatments, she would show me how she did it. (I went to their annual exhibition weekend. She sold a king-size double wedding ring, hand quilted, for $1500. Yeah, 12 years old. !!)

    When I had my girls, I spent my pregnancy downtime hand-quilting around the pictures on baby panels for each of them. Again, I just jumped in, no classes or instruction. Probably not the easiest way to learn, but I am happy with how they turned out. I am great at burying knots! A few months ago, a friend asked me to do the binding on a pre-quilted baby panel. I found a group of ladies who meet once a month at a cafe nearby, and took the whole thing in to them for advice. I was totally expecting a bunch of little old ladies full of all sorts of experience to share. And that's how I found M* - they ALL pointed my to Jenny's binding tutorial!!

    Now I am starting to really get excited about creating something a bit more involved. I have been reading like a crazy person, including these forums. My girls have both asked for JRR throws as their next quilts. And as I posted earlier, another friend has given me a challenge that I am determined to figure out. Since the hand-quilting projects, I have developed arthritis in my thumbs, so I am planning on doing most work on the machine.

    Whew - ok, and now y'all know how chatty I am!! Anyway, I am so glad I have found this forum; I have learned so much already just from reading. Hopefully I won't drive anyone nuts with endless questions! Nice to meet you! Michelle

    #2
    Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

    Welcome Michelle from Tennessee

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      #3
      Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

      Now I understand your screen name lol Welcome from Kauai!
      🌺 Lorie

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        #4
        Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

        Welcome from Missouri!
        sigpicwww.whisperofrose.blogspot.com


        Scottie Mom Barb

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          #5
          Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

          Welcome from West Yorkshire. You live in a lovely part of the country, have you done the history stuff yet?

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            #6
            Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

            Hello and Welcome from California


            Jeannette

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              #7
              Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

              Hi Michelle and welcome to the forum from Idaho!
              Rescued is my favorite breed.

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                #8
                Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

                hello and welcome to the forum

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                  #9
                  Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

                  Hi Michelle! Welcome from Minnesota. I have another quilty friend in the UK. She says cotton prices are awful there.

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                    #10
                    Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

                    Originally posted by MNnancy View Post
                    Hi Michelle! Welcome from Minnesota. I have another quilty friend in the UK. She says cotton prices are awful there.
                    Your friend is right - they're terrible and getting worse.

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                      Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

                      Hello and welcome from a West Virginia transplant!
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                        #12
                        Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

                        Dear Michelle you sound a lot like me When I find something I'm passionate I devote myself to it!
                        Welcome to this lovely forum! Looking forward to read your posts
                        My blog (when I will be able to keep it updated): http://juliasdreamabout.blogspot.it/

                        Queen of Quiltgard

                        Lover of Scraps

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                          #13
                          Re: Hi from Oxford, England!

                          Hello and welcome from New Jersey!
                          I am Sew Blessed!
                          Alina

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