My passion for quilting was fueled in 2007 when I saw my first long arm sewing machine.  I had been making quilts for family and friends for nearly 40 years by hand quilting them.  So, it wasn't hard to fall in love with the HQ Sixteen.   At first, I rented time on the machines in the Handi Quilter studio  where  I had all kinds of instruction, encouragement and advice from the studio educators. After 2 years and 25 quilts, I finally  got gently nudged out of the nest and bought my own machine. It seems I just  can't get enough  quilting.  I love the whole process from buying fabric to machine quilting and even  binding.  In fact, I have a hard time telling myself when to quit.  I pretty much quilt every quilt to death before it comes off  of the frames.  I love creating  my own patterns.  I love appliqué.  I love paper piecing.  I love learning anything quilt related.  I joined our local quilt guild and have learned so much  from the very talented ladies in my group. All quilters are good to  share what they know and are so kind and fun to be with. I've won awards for my quilts from the local and state quilt guilds, at the state fair and at HMQS.  I have a background in Graphic Design. I worked 5 years for a local quilt shop.  I've learned so much from the quilting community and  I am grateful to all who have helped me along the way.  I am  excited to join the Educators at the studio. I'm like a kid at Disneyland, everyday all things are quilt related and no two days are the same. I'm still waiting for it to be like work...but don't tell my boss.  How lucky can you be to have a job doing something you really love?