Hi, I’m Ede. I’ve been a member of the guild since about 2012, and have served as the guild Secretary, and as the Education Coordinator. I’ve been married to the same great guy for almost 27 years and have two adult children.
I started quilting in about 1992. I’ve always done a lot of needlework, especially crewel embroidery (remember that?) and cross-stitch. One day, I was in a store and I saw a pattern for something called the “Country Bride Quilt” and I thought, “I’m going to make that for my friend Kennedy as a wedding present!” Ignorance being bliss in this case, I then proceeded to hand applique and hand quilt the queen-sized quilt you see below, which fortunately I finished one month before my first child was born because if I hadn’t it would still be in my UFO stash today. (Yes, this is a photo of a photo. This was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and digital cameras had yet to be invented.)
My first pieced project was a throw I made for my Dad. As you can see, I managed to chop the points off most of the triangles. I remember thinking then that was a problem, but just forged ahead anyway. Hey, at least I finished it!!
Then I went through a Debbie Mumm phase. These patterns are a bit dated now, but I have to say her books and patterns were really easy for a beginning quilter to figure out. Note that my triangles are now no longer point-less. (Sewing pun.)
And then I took a 15 year break from quilting. No particular reason—just busy with lots of other things. Also, my sewing space at the time was a tiny windowless grotto wedged in between the master bedroom closet and the master bath—can’t imagine why I didn’t want to spend any time THERE! When I joined the guild and started sewing again, it was as if I’d never quilted before. I was dazzled by the fabrics, the designers, the tools, etc. And I was a bit intimidated by the gorgeous work shown by the rest of the guild members, but my intimidation quickly turned into inspiration from all our warm and wonderful members.
Recently, I seem to have been on a bit of a baby quilt run:
I’ve also made a couple pillows:
Being in the guild has brought so much to my life—new friends, new knowledge, lots of laughs, and, of course, LOTS and LOTS of fabric!!