Beginner's Quilt-Along

About Me

About Me
I am a born and raised South Dakota girl. My husband and I met in college and moved to the southeastern part of the state soon after graduation. We have been here for about 5 years now and love the area. We are still close enough to family that it doesn't require much driving and can also get to Minneapolis or Omaha without much hassle.

At this time, my husband and I have no children but we do have one rambunctious cat named Chief. His full name is actually Chief Paul Long-tail III if you want to get technical about it which we apparently do. Chief spends a lot of time in my sewing room usually playing with empty bobbins or getting fur all over fabric that I want to use.  

How I came to quilting
The day after our wedding my husband and I opened all of our wedding gifts. The most impressive one may not have been the most expensive(knowing how expensive fabric is this might actually be the most expensive) but it has been so inspirational to me that its priceless. My aunt is apparently a quilter - who knew! We received a cozy quilt from her in the colors of our living room. The quilt is made from a Cotton Theory Quilting pattern which is a kind of quilt-as-you-go method. To other people this may simply have been a blanket but for whatever reason that quilt spurred my latest hobby.

After quite a few months of saving up I went to Heirloom Creations and bought my first machine on September 3, 2010. Well, this is technically my second machine since my parents bought me one that I had never used but I digress. As a young person looking to get into quilting I had a few obstacles to tackle since the average quilters' age is not my age. I think that many people just dismiss the fact that I like to sew/quilt because I am younger but after a few times of show and tell people started realizing I was in this for the long haul. The staff at Heirloom however has really taken me under their wings and with their help I have been able to tackle many a project. The reason I purchased my machine there was due to the numerous classes that they offered for beginners and experts alike. I was still often the youngest in those classes but at least I knew we were all in it together!

Here are a few photos of projects that I have finished that I am most happy about.

Lazy Girl Designs Wonder Wallet - These were my first sewing project. They take very little fabric so I figured if I messed up it was no big loss!

Heirloom Creations Sampler - This was started in 3/11 and I finally got the courage to finish it up 3/12. I experimented with both stitching in the ditch and free motion quilting since I knew that this would spend most of its time hung in my sewing room.

Super Simple Mitered Placemat pattern from The Quilt Company - I love this fabric so don't be surprised if you see it again. I made a set of 8 of these for my mother-in-law's Christmas 2011 present.

Atkinson Designs Let's Do Lunch Ribbon Candy - I have begun messing around more with free motion quilting and have found it to actually be relaxing once you get into the groove. Started 4/12 finished 5/12. 

 So whether you are young or old - get out there and sew!


  1. Angela, you have become a wonderful quilter. We are so excited to have you be part of the Heirloom Creations' family!

    Sara Snuggerud

    1. Thank you so much Sara! The store is pretty much my second home and I wouldn't have it any other way :)

  2. I really admire that you just dove into quilting, including the actual quilting part! I am a great piecer, (great meaning I'll tackle anything) but am petrified by the quilting aspect. I have lots of tops that need to be finished.