I came to this board looking for answers by going to the Simply Quilts TV show site. I was working on a T shirt quilt and my thread kept breaking. Who knew that 6 years later I would be able to harrass Nicki cause she wont post!!!!!!!!
What about you guys? What brought you here?
Simply Quilts led me here too! I've learned a lot more here than I did watching Simply Quilts.
I still miss the show, it used to come on at 5:30 Am. That and a cup of coffee got me going in the morning, now many years later, I don't get up til 6 or 7.
It was 2002, I had started a new job and didn't keep me busy, so I surfed the "interwebs". I also watched Simply Quilts, would record it at 5:30 am; (I'm in WA too Joyce). Soon joined swaps and such. I have many treasured friendships. I am on facebook more than here, but still do the scraps-to-treasure challenge. Have done several of Thearica's challenges.
This is a great question and discussion starter.
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l got my first computer right after our cable company started airing HGTV. On HGTV they mentioned the message boards (something l don't think they ever do now?) Back then all Crafts were on one board. That was before you had to register. Been here ever since. First with all crafts then this board with crocheting and stayed even after crocheting was moved. Sewn most of my life then inspired to start quilting by my Grandma Bessie who quilted all her life.
l would be unstopable IF l could get started!!!
City Sandie sent me here. I needed an outlet for quilting and she told me this was the best group of quilter's I could be with. She was right!!!
I too found my way here because of Simply Quilts. I did some lurking before I joined in the fun.
I guess I got here by surfing the web, looking for something quilty. I was just beginning. I tried several others but always came back here. It's the best.
And I'm still just beginning.
I had seen this board thanks to HGTV and Simply Quilts, too. But it wasn't until I needed a pattern for a unicorn for a quilt I was planning to make that I joined the board.
Since then I've learned so much, made so many good friends... and still have not made the unicorn quilt. Maybe someday......
Sometimes I laugh so hard tears run down my leg! Lois
I stumbled in here looking to find the name of some quilt blocks I inherited, and hopefully be inspired so I wouldn't be so homesick for the states after I had been in Australia for over a year, got an answer and have since made friends whom I love dearly and have been inspired and learned so much...Quilters are the BEST!
" Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.. "
When working full time in CA, I would watch Simply Quilts... just cause I liked it and thought one day I might retire. When we moved here in 2005, I knew no one and had no neighbors... while trying to figure out what the heck I was gonna do with my time, I thought of Simply Quilts so checked out the website. One trail led to another, and here I am ... and I too was a lurker before joining, cause I couldn't understand a THING y'all were saying Especially the DH, DS, HST ...
2013 ... it's MY YEAR for sewing!
I hadn't done a lot of quilting, but had been in a swap a few years earlier someplace else. I did a search for swapping 6" squares, and it led me here. Been here ever since
I was taking a class at the LQS and met NickiLee who put me in this direction of HGTV..I havent been on here as much as I was in the beginning but love to see what others are doing...
Thanks Nicki !!! (please post soon)
I came around because of HGTV & Simply Quilts. When SQ went off the air I still needed my quilting "fix" so I started coming on a regular basis....lurking for quite a while before actually posting.
We live in the home of the free...because of the brave.
After retiring needed something to occupy myself during the colder month when I become a 'hermit'. So won a class to learn to quilt at the LQS, got the bug and started looking for more info. Like most of you, because of HGTV and Simply Quilts - found my way here.
Have learned so much and enjoy the banter between those that have met.
In 2001 I opened a spam email that was titled "Message In A Bottle".... It was one of those emails that you click on a bottle and a scroll pops out with a message in it... (yes I was a new pc user and didn't know not to open spam) hehe
The scroll asked " I am a quilter, are you?"
So I thought what the heck and I answered it and said something like, "Yes, I am.. I am from Alabama, where are you from"
They answered back and we struck up an email penpal friendship...
Fast forward 2 years later and I move to North Carolina.... Me and this friend are still emailing back and forth...
I find that I get lonely here in NC because I know noone so my email friend tells me about an awesome quilting forum known as the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum...So I come check it out!
I joined on October 21, 2003 and hosted my very first round robin that November!!! 24217 posts, and I am still going strong! ha!
All this thanks to our very own TerryOH!!
YEP... TerryOH was the owner of that piece of spam email that just happened to drop off in my inbox! And I am so glad that I opened it!
She and her family came to NC for vacation a couple of years ago and we finally got to meet face to face!!
I was watching Simply Quilts when Alex interviewed the designer of the "Strolling the Block" quilt. (It is a calendar quilt with a different house each month.) I was making the quilt from the HGTV web site when I saw a message board related to the BOM quilt. I lurked for a little while and then took the plunge and joined and here I/we are today chatting, posting and meeting each other next summer in Harrisburg. Great Experience and a great group.
I originally joined the decorating board because of Room by Room. Had been quilting for some time, but didn't know about Simply Quilts because it was on when I worked. When a quilt I made for my mom got legs and walked away from her hospital room one day, I set about duplicating it (it was a block of the month from Joann's). Got the blocks to replace it from eBay, but needed additional fabric for sashings and borders and found Joann's didn't have it anymore. So saw that HGTV had a quilting board and came here looking for help. Several ladies sent me pieces of that fabric from their stash without wanting anything in return. I've stayed ever since and consider you my "on line" quilt guild and cherished friends!
I was an avid watcher of Simply Quilts and got here that way. I didn't lurk; I just jumped right in and started "chatting." Still going strong...........
"Laughter is timeless; imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." Walt Disney
I had learned a few things about quilting from magazines. When I finally got cable, I started watching Simply Quilts, and heard that they had a website. I looked it up and saw a few things - like the Stroll around the Block patterns - but didn't find the message board at first. Then on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, I found the message board. I had to go to work the next day, and I was worried that I'd never find my way back here again - I was really totally new to computers.
I had heard scare stories about the internet, so I thought I would just read along - didn't know the word "lurking" then - and not Sign In. Well, first, I really wanted to see the pictures. Then, after 2 weeks, CBQ started a CW Fat Quarter swap that was calling my name.
I took a leap of faith and signed up. CBQ took a leap of faith and let a newbie into her swap. I've been here ever since.
Oh, by the way, what they say about the dangers of the internet is all true. This board has inspired me to buy a new sewing machine, loads more fabric that I ever imagined owning (my stash used to consist of one grocery bag), and almost every quilting gadget ever invented.
I got here via Simply Quilts too. I was such a new computer user (despite the fact that DH works with/programs computers) and quilter I didn't even know enough to ask a proper question. But everyone on here seemed so nice and I wanted see what all the oohhing and ahhhing was all about, so I signed up using my MIL's nickname for me. I haven't regretted anything I've done or tried with this board. I'm so grateful for all of your help. Thanks Pat
I don't really remember how I got here but have been here before you had to register. Probably stumbled on this site because I watched Simply Quilts. Enjoy my time here but it takes away from sewing time, cooking, AND cleaning house. Since my daughters are grown and living somewhere else I get my sewing and quilting fix here.
And I am glad I steered Quiltaholic here.
I used to be able to listen to HGTV while getting ready for work.(Now the channel starts too late.) I checked out the boards when it was mentioned and started looking for knitting, redwork, and general crafting. I was here several years before registration and enjoyed the evening live chats when they were happening.
Summers are just this side of hell, but you don't have to shovel sunshine...
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I really don't remember what prompted me to look. I do know that I was a member for a long time before I actually started posting. I was so intimidated, if you can believe that. My day just is not complete without several visits here to see what's going on. Even though I grew up in a household where Mama quilted and I could sew, I had never done any quilting until about 10 years ago when a local guild was forming. Now, I can't imagine being without it.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
it's been so many years i can't remember. i think i was searching for groups online and found it that way. I never looked back!!!
I am thinking that it was thru HGTV. Use to go to the craft site and then started coming to this thread. You guys are a great bunch of people!!!!
I was searching for something quilt related on ask.com, my search led me here. I lurked for a while, then got involved in swaps and secret sister exchange. I had a period of inactivity mostly because I had computer issues and it wasn't easy to log in. Even during that time I found a way to at least check in periodically. This board has always feld like home, a place you can always return to and be welcomed with open arms. I have yet to phisically meet anyone, but I'm looking forward to an Oregon get together and then my first COF retreat.
I was on another general craft site but the majority of the other posters on that site were much younger than I was. When one of the posters found some 45 records at a garage sale and posted a picture asking what they were I knew it was time for me to go find a group closer to my own age! LOL I searched the internet, found this group and have been here ever since.
I found out about this board through my daughter, gonesewin. They were here visiting and she shared it with me. Thank you DD.
Sew, sew, and sew some more that's my motto!
Looks like many of us started out with Simply Quilts. I hadn't been quilting very long at that point and was caretaker to DMIL-Alz and this was a great connection to share knowledge. The COF is a great gathering and I have had some wonderful times with many here and look forward to many more.
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I don't really remember, but I don't think it had anything to do with quilting. Seems as if I was just on the hgtv site and saw "forums" at the bottom of the page. Clicked on that...lurked for awhile...then had a question...the rest is history!
Does this hat make my butt look big?
I wanted some quilting friends so for my birthday I was searching the 'net for local guilds & found the boards. Now I have 'invisible' friends AND my local guild buddies. My local ladies love to see & hear what I learn from y'all here
Believe it or not, I was looking for a place to swap fabric! Be careful what you look for, lol!
For donated quilts for the kids, check out the photos at
Been here for a while mostly lurking,but admiring all the beautiful work you share. Bozie's mini's blow me away.1/4 inch blocks,I tried and the sewing machine ate it.Will continue to visit.Wishing you all a good "new year",Charlotte.
I found it because I used to come to hgtv for info when I watched Alex Anderson, then found the quilting forum. I was a lurker for awhile but signed up so I could see the photos. Then I broke an ankle and couldn't do very much and it was winter and I was stuck in the house and the forum became my second home. I guess this place became the rainbow for me during a stormy time.
I learned a lot here, found many friends, attended the COF's and our friendships have been a blessing!!
So wishing everyone a very safe end of the year and a very blessed and healthy, happy new year.
Got here by being on the dream home thread and we where doing a guilt for dream home winner and when dream home thread closed down for the summer we movie our thread to this quilting board and I have been here ever since..so glad of that occurring, meet some extra fine quilters.
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Got here when I learned of the upcoming first COF retreat (I think it was Sewlove2quilt) that would be within driving distance of my home and I wanted to go....been here since. I must admit though that Simply Quilts really drove my interest in quilting shortly before that - I was very sorry when it went off the air.
My mother made me do it...
...but it turned out to be great advice! ;-)
This has been a forum of full of creativity, helpful hints, and wonderful friendships!
I don't remember how I found the board. First swap was JudyTx 126 rail fence siggy blocks. DH thought I was nuts, but I took the leap of faith and it's been an awesome journey ever since. My guild members are amazed when I tell them about retreats, swaps, and projects I've done with my internet friends. But I can't convince any of them to join us!
"Wishing you sunshine and blessings"
I too watched SQ.
What drove me here was a question about an antique block I inherited. I wanted to know the name and to replicate it to make a quilt using the old and new blocks. I remember LadyTX was the one who found the name and pattern for me. She sent it to me from her EQ not sure of the number then. The rest is history I have joined swaps, hosted swaps and met many friends from around the world.
Now I am in the process of taking all those swaps and making the quilts with them. I have 2 done and many WIP's, but better to be a WIP than still sitting in the closet waiting to get started, I have a bunch of those too!
I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do; together we can do great things.— Mother Teresa
Well you know who talked me into coming on the board. Ms. Marlene aka EBGQ she can talk you into anything. You've seen the video.LoL! I'm hooked. I haven't seen hide nor hair of those other Maryland girls on this board. What's up with that.
I became a fan of the Simply Quilts show around a year before it ended... I didn't know it was on!
The 5:30am show was perfect, I could enjoy it before going to work. When we finally got a computer for the family, I went on to the website and found all the lovely episode links. I saw the "Chat With Alex" button and found this forum.
We finally got internet in our area of the dingles. so I was just messing around seeing what was there. I also was more directly sent here from checking out HGTV quilts shown on Simply Quilts. My local library ladies had fun seeing me come in before to get directions for the quilts after I had seen them on the show. That's what can happen when you no longer need to leave the home to go to another job! (I had started to work at home with our business, but it left a lot of learn the internet time!)
J lu, Angela C is here from Maryland, as well as Owie.
I was slinking around, looking for quilty stuff after taping Alex Anderson & found you.
I lurked awhile, & was so impressed with the pincushion swap that summer.
The organization, the trust, talent, & imagination are so amazing. I appreciate this group so very much.
I vaguely remember a magazine article about "free stuff for quilters on the internet"...I think the message board was one of those things!
Because of Simply Quilts as well
A very good friend, Helen gave me the address and told me to try it... She'd been involved in the sunshine quilts. I was recovering from a surgery and had a lot of down time. I finally got on and have loved it ever since.This message has been edited. Last edited by: lakequilter,
When we moved to Florida in June of '99, I had cable for the first time and could get HGTV when it was good-Quilting, sewing, craft, gardening shows. Didn't know how good we had it!
Lurked, because I wasn't doing any actual quilting (just stashing everything quilt related) so didn't sign on, as I thought I didn't have the expertise to post anything. Think it was when you had to join to see the pictures, that I signed on and have enjoyed every minute since... Chris
Boy , Kids,
Always saying their Mother made me do it. But Angelinamor is right, I wanted to go to the first COF and thought it might be a wild crazy bunch and thought there was safety in numbers - haha. L
But it turned out great! That is what ususally happens when you listen to your Mom - smiley face. (don't know why I can get the emotioncons to work).
Looking for the out of print pattern for the HGTV quilt pattern Tom Russell.
Didn't get it, but found a great group of people and some of them I call good friends~
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