Monday, August 20, 2012

International Quilt Festival - Long Beach

Okay Ladies and Gents this is a new experience for me.  I've been published recently and I've had to make a decision whether I was going to jump into the quilting world with both feet or continue to sit on the sidelines. So with my daughter Tanna's help I will try out this blogging thing and see how it goes.  Her and I recently went to the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California.  Tanna is my photographer, and my helper in all my quilting endeavors, she gives me advice and she loves going to all my quilt meetings when she is not in school.  She is a senior in high school this year.   Tanna has been quilting for about 9 years.  I've been quilting for about 40 years (that's about how long ago my mother, Evelyn Chugg, taught me to hand quilt).  My mother-in-law, Sandy Riggs, taught quilting classes at adult education in California until she died of cancer 15 years ago.  My sister, Lynette Herlan, loves to quilt, she loves handwork and enjoys English paper piecing.  And my paternal Grandmother, Mary Ellen Barker Chugg, was very passionate about quilting, she died in 1958, she sewed with a treadle sewing machine and hand quilted all of her quilts.  So I guess you could say quilting is in my blood.  I am a very passionate and prolific quilter, someone asked me once what kind of quilts I like to make and I told him I make all sizes of quilts. I recently made a quilt for my sister that was 10" square, I make tablerunners, table toppers, wall hangings, baby quilts, and bed quilts up to King size, I also love to make aprons and bags.  We have never had a store bought blanket in our home.  I think thats enough about me for now.  I will post more pictures soon of some of the quilts I have recently made.  Please enjoy these pictures that Tanna took of the Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California.

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