I LOVE QUILTING!
I'm a fairly late convert to the sewing arts and really have only been quilting for about 3 years. It was the fabric that first pulled me in - I needed to figure out a way to justify the fabrics that I wanted to buy. I received a quick tutorial from a dear friend and then off I went - anything I needed to know how to do I either learned on line or made it up as I went along.
When I joined a bee, I came to realize that there are a lot of quilting rules and ways of doing things that I just was not aware of, but since there are many advantages of doing things my own way, I decided to forge ahead on my own unique learning experience. I learn what I'm interested in, I make some things up as I go along, and I always chase the colors and patterns that speak to me - even if I can't explain why I like them.
I love to experiment - and not all of my ideas work out. Sometimes there really are good reasons to follow the rules (bias binding, anyone?). I prefer saturated colors and I'll use them in any type of quilts. I've done applique, English paper piecing, traditional piecing, and my favorite is foundation paper piecing. Early on, I was drawn to the precision that can be achieved by a novice who can sew on paper!
In addition to quilting, I have a part time job, three boys, a husband, two dogs, and a rotating collection of foster dogs. It's a crazy life, but a fun one.