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Feb 4, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Melissa of Happy Quilting

Feb 4, 2011
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Welcome Friday!  It's been a long winter weather week - glad to see the weekend!  Please welcome Melissa of Happy Quilting as our featured quilter today.  She is one super ambitious quilter....just go look at her long list of quilt finishes for 2010.  Amazing!  Melissa's happy is contagious as we read her enthusiasm for quilting.... and of course, that's why we all do this.  It makes us happy!  She's been featured several times on the Moda Bake Shop, now let's learn all about her...

Melissa of South Bend, IN
(At least for a few more months, we are moving home to Utah in June :)

This is me with my favorite people in the world! (although I had a fight with the stove just after this and it won with a 5 foot fire ball. As a result, my hair is shorter now :)
Occupation: Stay at home Mom, and I love it!!!

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband is Jacob. We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary :) We have 4 children and they keep us super busy!

# Years Quilting: I learned to quilt about 6 years ago, but have only been quilting as a true hobby (aka obsession) for about a year.

How you learned to quilt: Before we moved away from home for school, I decided that it would be helpful to have a hobby to keep me busy while my husband put in long hours studying. I asked my mother to teach me how to quilt. We had time to learn the basics and put together one block before I moved. Over the next 4 years, I put together a few quilts a year, making them as baby shower gifts, etc. It picked up pace (especially when I got a machine capable of free motion quilting ) and in 2010 I made over 25 quilts. :)

Favorite projects: (2 pics) Picking a Favorite Quilt is like picking a favorite child. Impossible. So how about I just show my first and my last (or at least my latest :) My first quilt I call Christmas Around the Year. That first "January" block was the one I made with my mother and began my love for quilting. Yes, my points have come a long way from this first quilt :)

My latest quilt (s) are called Hugs and Kisses from the Park and were made as a tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop. These quilts have a special place in my heart as they were designed for my Grandparents.

Other interests: When I am not quilting I am sleeping. Just Kidding, Kind of :) I also like to read, bake, and spend time with family.

Workstation setup: When we moved into this house, this room was called the spare bedroom. It quickly became the "sewing room" and a bed never made it in there. I am so happy to have a designated work space for my machine, this is a first, and I don't think I can ever go back to setting up on the dining room table every time. I look forward to moving where I am hoping to expand to have space for a cutting table as well :)

What machine(s) you sew on: I use a Bernina Burnette. Her name is Burnadette. I got her a year and a half ago, and while I love her, I also look forward to upgrading her in the future as well :)

Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room: I love my IPOD. It was a gift for Mother's Day last year and I have found it makes so I can enjoy my love for reading at the same time I am quilting. Thus creating more time for quilting as I don't have to stop to read :)

Thanks Anne Marie for having me over today. It has been super fun!!! Also, I am just starting a Quilt-A-Long on my blog. It's called the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long. (I know, super creative huh :) We would love to have anyone interested come join up and quilt along with us :)

To keep up with Melissa and all that she's up to, visit her blog Happy Quilting.

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!
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  1. Hello Melissa. Nice to see you spot lighted here. I loved reading about you here in this interview. I can't wait to start the quilt along.

  2. Hi Annemarie and Melissa! Two of my favs on one page :) Melissa I can't believe you've been going full force with quilts for just a year. Get out of town!!!I thought you were one of the lucky ones (sorry... not that you're not lucky) that learned to quilt in the womb. Seriously, I thought you had quilted for 25 years with all the great quilting that you do. Love the x's and o's quilt honoring your grandparents! Thanks for the highlight Annemarie! (Hang in there with all the winter gradue!)

  3. Congratulations! Also I have 4 children and a patchwork of love:)

  4. What kind of machine are you thinking about getting when you upgrade?

  5. I am a 66 year old great grandmother and have been a seamstress since the summer of 1956, and made my first solo quilt in 1975. I had helped on several church quilt projects prior to that. I have lost count of how many I have made at this point. It thrills me to see this art taken up by the younger generations. For the most part a sewing machine is a foreign object to most 20-30-40 somethings. Keep up the good work!

  6. Just to let you know, you aren't the only gen x quilter out there. I started about 13 years ago, but it finally became an obsession about two years ago. Yay gen x! Candy in Texas


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