Welcome!!!

It’s Been A Long Journey.

First I would like to welcome you to my blog and tell you a little about me and my journey, to here and now. I am what most would call middle-aged and in the happiest part of my life. I have a wonderful husband (James), a spunky, smart and beautiful daughter (Aubrey Ruth). I also have “my little man”, Tank. Tank is my dog/sidekick. He is always by my side or under/on my feet and will be along with me while I grow my love of quilting and quilt some quilts.

I say this has been a long journey because it took me 43 years to find what I was meant to do and find a passion. I was always a person that never knew what I wanted to be now what I was passionate about. Then one day it happened. My husband and I were cleaning out an old garage, when we found several quilts his grandmother, Grace, had made. One was his baby blanket and the other was a pink quilt that had butterflies appliqued on it. The quilts were saturated with mice urine and poo and if that wasn’t bad enough, hornets had built a nest in and around them. Thank goodness the nests weren’t alive and swarming. I checked google for remedies and I found that corn starch and vinegar was my answer. They turned out and I thought, “I want to try and quilt.” I took a class. I love the women and the conversation. It felt like a cozy niche to be in. I felt like I had found my love until I took a long arm quilting class. I had never thought about finishing your quilt any other way, but either by hand or on your own machine. Then I heard this woman talk about quilting with your credit card. I thought, “What in the world?” So off I went to try this long arm. As soon as I grabbed ahold of the handle… I knew I had found my home and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was literally like a sponge, soaking up everything written or any video shot about the subject. I will tell you, I will still watch YouTube every night and follow a ton of quilters and quilt designers, just so I can know what is going on in the industry. I would love to say that it was smooth sailing from there, but that would not be the truth. I have had several obstacles. But I never changed my mind, nor did I ever want to stop learning.

That was 3 years ago and I love it more today, then I did back then. Along with the love of long arm, I have also found a love for fabric, artists that create fabric, quilters that love to share and the grand family of people that make up this quilting community.

This leads me to this website and to this blog. I have done a lot of research, learning and paid for a lot of directions to start my business and to become a bigger part in the community that I love. I am starting this blog for people like me, that want to see what I encounter along the way and learn with me. We will go to quilting adventures, like Paducah Quilt Shop in Sept. 2018, meeting Tula Pik in a couple weeds June 2018 at The Missouri Star and a couple quilting retreats. I am also a serial BOM (Block of Month) quilter. I think I was crazy on sugar in January when I signed up for them. I am easily talked into starting a quilt or taking a class for the mere fact of socializing.

As you can tell, I am not a professional writer and I talk in long sentences. As soon as I figure out how to talk in emoji on this program, it’s all over. I love the quirky faces, so you can tell my sarcasm.

I have exciting adventures ahead and I want to take you along. You are welcome to join me and bring your friends with us.

Gerrilyn