Somehow I lost my first post, so I thought I would put together what I remember of the first post. I am a sixty-two year old grandmother and a retired registered nurse. I was forced into retirement due to osteoarthritis in my left knee. I had a knee replacement, but my pain was only worse, and very debilitating. So two years after the knee surgery it was determined I would not return to work of any kind.
I had always wanted to quilt but having four children under the age of five, I only managed to make each of my four babies a small baby quilt before they were born. They weren’t fantastic but my children loved them and still love them. I had crocheted around the edges of flannel receiving blankets but I could not see myself doing this the rest of my life. Now was the time for me to perfect the quilting which I loved, but had not the time to do while my children were young.
My good friend Patti helped me with the basics and then we took a couple of courses together. While doing the course, I started the second of my twelve grandchildren’s quilts. By the end of 2012, I had completed six of the twelve; and two more started.
I am now enrolled in two online classes of which I am enjoying very much. In one class, I am learning domestic machine quilting and in the other, I am doing a new pattern each month. Both classes have been very rewarding and have given me much satisfaction. I am now doing something that I love as much as I did my nursing. I felt that maybe I was too old to take on such a creative skill, but I have found my skills developing at a pace I am very happy with. So as I began, ‘if I can quilt, you can quilt.