It’s time once again for another Featured Participant.
This time I’m introducing you all to my best friend, Rose Marie.
She obviously had no choice but to join in the Quilt-Along!
I asked Rose Marie to tell us how she came to be a quilter . . .
“I was in my 40’s and I decided that I would quilt. I bought a cheater cloth and quilted it with puffy batting. It was less than wonderful. I decided to dig in and do better. So I appliqued some little dogs onto muslin and set those together with green print sashing. Better! But still a long way to go. Then I met my friend Shelly, and as they say, ‘the rest was history.’”
Rose Marie took to quilting like a fish to water, and I wondered where she considers herself in her quilting journey, given all the different things she’s tried just since I’ve known her.
“I would say I’m an intermediate quilter, but if anyone else who had had a quilt accepted to the AQS show said that, I would cry foul. Still, I don’t consider myself advanced because there is always so much more to learn. But I may have peaked and be on the downhill slide and don’t even know it!! Time will tell.”
I really don’t think Rose Marie is on the downhill side of anything. She DID have a quilt accepted into the AQS Show in Des Moines, and there was no foul about it. You can see that quilt HERE.
I know Rose Marie has done mystery quilts before, because I’ve been right there beside her doing them, too! She says: “I love a good mystery in both books and quilting.”
Then I asked her a trick question: “Why did you decide to join the Quilt-Along?” She gave a stellar answer: “Shelly is my best friend and my best quilting teacher. It was a no-brainer for me.”
She adds, “I’m glad I did because the quilt is wonderful, although I did have to go to the creator of the Quilt-along for help. But she can tell you that I often challenge the most able teachers.” That is true. In fact, we have an agreement that she is not allowed in any of my quilting classes!
When questioned about where she got the fabrics for her Quilt-Along quilt, she confesses, “I used what was in my stash and had to substitute about 1/4 yard into a few of the blocks because one piece I used was actually a little too small.” I would have been completely shocked if she had thought she needed to go shopping for this quilt. I’ve seen her stash! Aren’t her choices great?
I know she had one spot of trouble making the quilt, and I take the blame for it because others have said the same thing. It’s Setting Block 5. I drug it out entirely too long, and it caused folks to get a little lost. Rose Marie says of it: “One of the setting blocks could be labeled as the block from hell . . . or maybe I am just the participant from hell.” Haha! No . . .
I asked her if there was anything else she’d like everyone to know, and she ended with, “I think I have already told too much!! Let’s save something for the next mystery.”
Thanks, Rose Marie, for being a Featured Participant, altho, once again, you didn’t really have a choice!
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