How long have you been quilting? I date my official start to the early spring of 1992 and that means it has been 25 years!
I dabbled in quilting prior to 1992. I was in high school during the USA Bicentennial celebration, when traditional American crafts experienced a resurgence. I was an occasional garment maker so I used some leftover cotton (probably cotton poly blend) fabric to make a tote bag. I cut the squares and sewed them with a 5/8" seam because I did not know any better. That tote bag held up for a long time though.
An early project, my first Christmas quilt
But the local quilt shop still had my address and I'd occasionally take a look at the newsletter they sent me. In early '92, I noticed they were offering a "Log Cabin Quilt In A Day" class. I was extremely skeptical about making a quilt in a day but dropped into the store to find out more. The staff introduced me to rotary cutting and machine sewing. I had the machine, bought the other equipment, and took the class. I did not quite finish the quilt in a day but took it home and kept working on it. Just as I was finishing up the top, my sister announced her pregnancy, and that first quilt went to my nephew, Nicholas.
My sewing room, where it all happens.
Miss Main Street came along two years later and she needed some quilts. By then, I was hooked. And when we moved into our present house in 1997, I could have a dedicated space. No more picking up the supplies to make room for dinner on the dining room table; I had a room where I could leave everything ready for when I had a few minutes to sew. I've had a least one project in process ever since.
The collection grows.
Now, my collection of quilts is outgrowing my storage space. How did you get hooked?