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So what is Quilty Stuff?

Quilty Stuff is a different approach to quilting.

We all love quilting, but we just don’t have time to spend 6 months to a year making a huge quilt. We want to make something we can enjoy now! So let’s make some Quilty Stuff!

You know what I mean, small gifts, pot-holders, pincushions, place mats, wall hangings, table runners. They still count and we get to finish them a lot quicker. (I still have a few big quilts in the background, but I want some satisfaction NOW!)

I’m a busy quilter like you. I have children and work. I still want to create. I think you do too. So join me as I share quick projects and time-saving tips to help us make the most of our precious resources.

You will find

  • Easy to Follow Patterns
  • Tips and Tutorials
  • Words of Encouragement
  • I’ll Share my Mistakes with You
  • Classes to help you do the things you want to do
  • We’ll explore areas to save you time like….Free Motion Quilting
  • Lots of Other Great Stuff!!!

Who is Quilty Stuff?

Michelle is the owner and designer of all the Quilty Stuff you will find here.

How did Michelle get started?

Michelle says….

Growing up, my mom’s sewing machine was like the family cat. It was always around. Sometimes in my mom’s bedroom, in the hallway, in a corner of the living room, but most often, it was right on the kitchen table.

I did not even know what store-bought clothes were until I grew “too cool” to wear my mom’s creations. I was chief dart maker. I remember it vividly. I would run the needle and thread through the layers of the pattern and cut off just the right length for the dart.

Later, when my mom wasn’t sewing for me and my two brothers she made all forms of stuffed animals. There were Raggedy Ann’s and Andy’s, dogs, Pooh bears, elephants, and even cuddly jointed teddy bears.

When I got in high school I decided I wanted to make a quilt. My tools were a square of cardboard, a pen, a pair of scissors and a scrap bag of fabric and clothes.   I didn’t know about ¼” seams or any of that stuff. The results were less than stunning and I felt that sewing just wasn’t my thing.

A few years later I was looking for Sesame Street on PBS for my 3 young daughters when I happened upon a Fons and Porter quilting show. They were using a rotary cutter and ruler and a light bulb went off in my head. That was the way to go!

I bought discount fabric and a book on baby quilts, my mom bought me a little mat, rotary cutter and a ruler, and I proceeded to make a full size log cabin from the directions given in that book. I guess I was never one to follow a pattern.  That was it! I was bitten by the quilting bug. I have made soooo many quilts since then.

I am always up for trying a new technique.  I want to share my quilting adventures with you and hope you will share your adventures with me.   Happy Quilting!

 

2 comments

  1. Jenny Benton says:

    Hi there, just found your blog on Quilting Bloggers. So, hi from me, down here in New Zealand, half a world away!

    Love the woolly sheep on your blog. New Zealand has millions of sheep, more sheep than people. Our economy is based on farming, sheep, cattle, milk, fruit, wine etc.

    We live in suburbia, recently retired, and enjoy exploring the country in our caravan. You perhaps know them as trailer homes? And of course I love quilting!!

    • Jenny,
      I love your blog. Sheep are one of the animals that we don’t have on our little farm. I keep trying to convince my husband that we need them, but no luck so far. At one time Vermont had soooo many sheep they actually cut down almost all the trees in the state. This was a long time ago. Have fun caravanning and quilting!
      Michelle

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