I think we will plunge right in tonight and let Pat tell you about herself.
"I live in Northampton, which is right in the centre of England. I was born here, grew up here and I am still here! It has a lot of history - my local church was built in the 11th century. Northampton was well known for producing beautiful leather and hand made shoes - alas this industry is virtually non-existent now.
I have been married to Michael for 48 years so hopefully we shall reach our Golden Wedding and I shall need to make a special quilt to mark that occasion. We had 2 children but sadly our son, who was our youngest, died 6 years ago. He had no children but was engaged to be married. We also have a daughter, Sarah, who has just turned 47 and she is married and has given us 2 grandchildren, Erin is 12 and Cameron is 10. I did hope that maybe Erin would learn to quilt but no inclination yet - she would have to sit still to do it and that is not for her! Cameron is just interested in football.
We are both retired - Michael was a chef (and yes, he does still love to cook at home, aren't I the lucky one) and I used to work as a book-keeper cum secretary. These days I love to stitch. I both hand and machine sew, but much prefer hand sewing. I love applique, and also enjoy foundation piecing as it is so accurate.
I have been quilting for over 30 years on and off - more on now that I am retired. I also enjoy knitting, crochet and reading although the reading is limited at the moment as I have a cataract on one eye and hopefully this will soon be sorted so that I can tackle the stack of books I have waiting for me. I love quilting mystery novels and also Jennifer Chiaverini's books about the Elm Creek Quilters.
I belong to several quilting groups, some large and some small. I prefer the smaller groups, they are so friendly as are all you lovely ladies on this swap group. I also belong to a couple of other swap groups on the internet and have just finished a blue and cream 9 patch swap which was fun and I hope that I shall have a really nice quilt when I have the last couple of blocks which are due."
Pat, it is lovely to get to know you a bit. Persevere with your granddaughter and she will probably decide to try quilting at some point - even if it's not until she is in her teens or older. :)
Everyone, please stop in and say hello to Pat.