Hi everyone, for those who do not know me, I am Debra Jalbert’s older sister, but not by much! I have been quilting off and on for about 18 years. More off than on. I joined the OrlandoMQG four years ago and try to make at least one or two meetings a year. I live in New Hampshire so I try to time my visits around either a special event or a meeting at the OrlandoMQG. I get so inspired by both my sister’s work and everyone else’s’ that I see at the meetings, but when I get back home, life takes over and I don’t get too much done as far as quilting.
|At QuiltCon with my sisters and Victoria Findlay Wolfe|
I first learned to quilt when I took a class at Joann’s Fabrics. At that time, it was a hand quilting class. It was a wall hanging with four different blocks. I have it somewhere at home, but never took a picture. My second quilt was one I made for my newborn nephew Noah, who is now 17. It was a multi colored quilt that I tied. It took me about two years to get it done.
|First full size quilt made|
I currently have a Baby Loc Audrey which I received from my sister a few years ago. She was my one and only baby until November when she and my other sister Donna, gifted me for my birthday a Singer 301a that was purchased from Jeff. It was one of his babies. I was able to take it to the retreat and it has been my go to now. I love how straight and fast she sews. I am not a fast sewer, but boy she is. I have been toying with names, but have not yet settled on one. She is also my most treasured sewing possession because of who I received it from and how fast that baby is!!! I sew with my shoes on as I feel I have more control over the speed than going barefoot.
|Quilt from Victoria Findlay Wolfe class|
My sister Debra really inspires me with her quilting. I love everything she does. The colors she chooses, the patterns she designs and the speed at which she often gets them done. I am lucky if I get one done every couple years. I need to make more time for this craft that I love!!!
My favorite thing I have made to date, which is still in process, is a quilt I am making for my sister Donna. She doesn’t know it yet. I worked on it at the retreat and the top is completed, so now I need to make time to finish her up. Might not be until my next trip down so I can use Lucey-Lou (Deb’s longarm) to complete her. Maybe by next Christmas…… Once this project is complete, I have a few ideas but have not yet determied what I want to work on yet. Too much fabric and not enough time to work with it.
|Current quilt top finished at quilt retreat|
As to an unknown fact of myself, I like too many things. Photography, sewing, quilting, crocheting, spending time with friends that I never have enough time to do a lot of any of it. GRRRR, I need to try to make more time for each of these things, especially visiting Deb and using Lucey-Lou. Perfect happiness for me would be to have so much time that I can spend time on all of my likes and actually get something done. I start too many projects and never seem to be able to get them done, or at least timely. I need/want more time in my life.