Quirky question: no place like home

Posted by on May 14, 2014, in quirky question

Martingale's Quirky Question

Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free!

Colors of Love quiltRight: “Colors of Love” from Tea in the Garden by Cynthia Tomaszewski. See more from the book below.

Location, location, location—the places we call home can reveal so much about who we are. North, South, East, or West: tell us where you are (and where you’ve been) in this week’s question:

Where are you from…and where are you now?

Post your answer in the comments before noon (PST) on Monday, May 19, for your chance to win. The carefully selected winning answer will be posted on Wednesday, May 21.

Last week’s Quirky Question was, “The money’s there—and something in your sewing space is in need of repair. What one item do you buy?” Here’s the winning comment, from Carol:

"One item? That’s a tough one, because I am still waiting for a room of my own. But getting down to basics, I think it would have to be my 34-year-old Viking. I love the machine, and it still works well, believe it or not, but it’s had a hard life. It got me through a couple of years working for my sister and BIL’s business ironing and stitching the letters onto athletic jackets. Not exactly light work. And I would get the attachments that would give me a larger apron for the machine so I could lay out large pieces of fabric without wrestling so much, and that would make the free-motion quilting a little easier. Don’t think I would get rid of the machine, because it "ain’t broke," but would like something a little more geared toward the quilting efforts."

Congratulations, Carol—look for an email about your free eBook.

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234 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I’m from Minnesota and I live in Minnesota! There are many beautiful places in our country including some others where I’ve lived, but I’m happy to be back in my home state.

    —Karen Watkins on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from South Wales, but I’m currently living in England – South Oxfordshire. I’m working from home, but dreaming of a time when I don’t have to, so I can spend my days sewing, crafting, knitting and making bobbin lace. Only another 20-odd years until I retire. Oh poo.

    —Alison Gibbs on May 14, 2014
  • Raised in Clarksville, TN. In Knoxville, TN, the last 45 years.

    —Kathy Gant on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Missouri, moved with my family many times to Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and finally Iowa, which became home and still is my home. I’ve been at home for many years now and plan to be an Iowan for many years to come.

    —Nancy Beck on May 14, 2014
  • I am from northeast Ohio, and still live there. We are affectionately known as the "snow belt". There is nothing better than hiding out in my sewing room when the Lake Erie snow machine kicks in and we are snowed in!

    —Debby on May 14, 2014
  • Overland Park, Kansas ( suburb of the greater Kansas City area )

    —Sunshine on May 14, 2014
  • Hi – I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.
    I moved to Toronto, Canada when I was 19, leaving my family in Scotland. I lived in several homes in Toronto and not live north of Stouffville in the community of Ballantrae.

    —Sandra Millar on May 14, 2014
  • In born and raised in Northeast – except for 4 years in Florida during husband’s military service.

    —Dawn on May 14, 2014
  • I hail for 59 years on Long Island NY.. Retirement fast approaching will move us to the Blue Ridge Mtns in southwestern VA!

    Debbie D. on May 14, 2014
  • I’m not a military brat, so I haven’t lived around the world, but I’ve lived in a lot of the States. My dad was with the Park Service, and I was born in a National Park (Hot Springs, AK). We lived in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks for a while. I’ve lived in Michigan, Ohio, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington (I’m sensing a western theme here!) and now reside in Northern Virginia. But, I’m relocating to Seattle this summer to be close to my grandkids. I spent a lot of weeks of business travel in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa which probably doesn’t count as actually ‘living’ there, but I know the areas well enough to drive around like a native!

    —Karen on May 14, 2014
  • I am from or was born in New York and via the east coast travel agency (AKA my parents) lived up and down eastern seaboard. As an ex-Army brat and Navy wife, I moved all over the USA, finally settled in WA state just south of Olympia!

    Jean Kester on May 14, 2014
  • I come from Cape Town in South Africa. Over the years life, love, work have taken us around our beautiful country. Almost 10 years ago, we finally settled in East London (also in South Africa). The second of our two daughters is now in her final year of high school; so perhaps, once she has finished, the ‘wonder-lust’ will kick in, and I will take off to some of the places I have wanted to see, but not had the time to visit. But only for a while, because this is home – where my heart and my sewing machine are to be found.

    —Lesley Lancaster on May 14, 2014
  • Ft. Wayne Indiana is my birthplace, and reluctantly left all I knew due to Dad’s new job at age 9. I’ve been a Minnesotan ever since, living currently in the lovely city of Rochester, home to some of the greatest kids around. (I’m a second grade teacher!)

    —Kathy G on May 14, 2014
  • That’s a tricky question, I was born in a small town in Iowa called Mapleton but have lived longer on a farm in northwest Kansas. I always thought of myself as a city girl and never dreamt I would live on a farm but I love it. The closest neighbors live over a mile away so when things aren’t going the way I want I can go outside and yell at the top of my lungs and no one will call the cops on me. I have the best of both worlds and wouldn’t trade it for anything, but guess all in all you could say I’m from Mapleton, Iowa.

    —Myra Sattler on May 14, 2014
  • I am fron Chile and I am at home right now. Love your site.

    —Elena on May 14, 2014
  • I was raised in Chicago, learning to sew on my grandmother’s old treadle machine. Living in Vallejo, CA, my husband bought me my first Singer while I was in labor with our first child. That Christmas I sewed gifts for all the family back home in Chicago and Detroit. Two more babies,and not much time for sewing, we were back in Michigan. Now with 5 kids and 8 grandchildren and many little outfits and many, many blankets, bibs and burp cloths, I’m working on my first quilt. This is a combined effort with a group of great ladies to be given to a Veteran in the hospital, the first of several, we hope. My next project will be to get started on a blue and yellow quilt our younger daughter gave me quite a few years ago at home in Troy, Michigan.

    —Joan Sauger on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    —Ana on May 14, 2014
  • I originally from Pensacola FL (shrimper’s granddaughter). I have lived in Texas, Montana, Washington, Michigan, Maryland, Delaware, Georgia and now I reside in East Tennessee. I have traveled to Alaska and Canada which has helped me become interested in quilting.

    —Rose Pullen on May 14, 2014
  • While I was born in Biloxi, MS, I never knew the place as my father was in the Air Force during my growing up years and we moved frequently. I attended 10 different schools from kindergarten through college. From the Gulf Coast to the East Coast to Europe to the West to the Midwest. What a wealth of experiences!
    Now I’m back at the Gulf Coast in the Houston area. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here for over 30 years!
    One thing I’ve learned, "HOME" is not a place. "HOME" is wherever Family is, be they blood relatives, soul mates, or dear, dear friends.

    —Jetta Neely on May 14, 2014
  • I live in Lebanon, MO. I have a beautiful 4000 sq.ft. home and just
    as you go to my upstairs on the 2nd landing, I have a sewing room that
    is approx. 16 x16 with a huge walk in closet, a Pfaff creative vision
    sewing machine and Koala cabinets, laptop and a TV. I am in 7th heaven
    when I spend the day there. The landing outside my room is huge and
    you can lay a king size quilt there . Also have a design wall. Before,
    we left the farm and moved to town, I worked in my basement and felt like I was in a dungeon. I still own my own embroidery shop but getting close to retirement. At my shop I have a Singer machine and make quilts whle my embroidery machines sew. Lots of fun

    Sherrill Hardcastle on May 14, 2014
  • Iowa girl, born and raised — lived there for 25 years. Moved to Kentucky for hubby’s job for 2 years, then back to Iowa for 15 years. Moved to Texas with new hubby for 5 years, back to Iowa for 10 years, and now in East Texas for almost 5 years. Iowa will ALWAYS be home!

    Susan in TX on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from a city almost long gone yet it could never be forgotten for it’s many contributions to automative transportation and Motown music. Yes, Detroit is home sweet home. However I’m now living in the land of hospitality where golf is the rule of the day but only if you are on par with the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson! While our state slogan is, "Georgia on my mind" I seem to always have sewing on mine! However, I think I incorporate a little bit of Detroit and Augusta into the day by sipping iced tea and listening to music while I sew (Motown of course).

    —Cindy Elia on May 14, 2014
  • I come from and am still in rural Saskatchewan, in Canada’s beautiful prairies. Harsh winters, too short summers and vicious mosquitoes but I still love it and never want to leave!

    —Janine Hoey on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from Boulder Creek, California. I’m in Shelby, Montana (since 1980).

    Anne Wiens on May 14, 2014
  • I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on the bank of a National Wild and Scenic River. The St. Joe. My sewing room is set up so that I can sit and sew and occasionally look at the river rushing by. I am so fortunate to see all the animals that visit the river.

    I am fortunate to live in an area that is so beautiful day in and day out. I’ve taken a few vacations around the western US and I’m always excited to get back to the peace and serenity of my home.

    —Kayt on May 14, 2014
  • Home is Yucca Valley, California but this week has been spent at a resort in Cancun, Mexico. It is our favorite resort. We go home this afternoon where I look forward to sleeping in my own bed and seeing my children – both two and four legged. It has been relaxing but my sewing machine is calling to me and there is lots to do.

    —Denise Cohen on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Leicestershire, UK in the county town (Leicester).
    Lived in small village called Blaby until I married, then lived in Frolesworth, then Leire, still in Leicestershire.
    When husband got new job, we moved to Shropshire (beautiful county on the Welsh border) and now live in Telford.

    —Susan Brown on May 14, 2014
  • From Norfolk, Virginia originally, now living in Orland Park, Illinois. Quilting 20 yrs now:)

    —Julie Javorsky on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Crockett Texas, raised in Houston Texas. I married my high school sweetheart upon his obtaining his college degree from Texas A&M and left to follow him around the world via the air force for 26 years. We then returned to Friendswood Texas for retirement and I am loving it. We have been here 24 years which has allowed us to spend more time with our Moms in their golden years(Friendswood is just south of Houston). Although we moved all over the world, my trusty old Singer followed me everywhere, allowing me to sew for my family and my home. I have finally replaced it with a Viking and a Voyager mid-arm quilting machine and I am happily sewing away in my very own playroom. I have even been known to quilt for others occasionally. What a life!!

    —Linda Spurger on May 14, 2014
  • Right back where I started. I was born in a town 15 minutes from here. When I was 5 my family moved to a little town south with a population of 1000 now, but may have been much more then because of the logging industry. From here, Drain,Oregon, yes, thats right Drain. we moved to eastern Oregon, La Grande then to Burns, Oregon. Then to Mojave, CA for 9 months then to Lakeview,Oregon for 2 weeks then to John Day, Oregon. I finished high school there, got married to a man from Drain. And here I am. My dad was not military but sure had on the go in his toes. He was always on his way to Alaska but never made it. We have been married for 37 years. It has been nice to plant my feet!

    —Tammy L. on May 14, 2014
  • Not an easy question. Grew up in Ohio and graduated from high school with most of my 1st grade class. Moved here to Arizona in 2001. Between high school and becoming a "desert rat" I’ve lived in four different states and spent 15 years living overseas in both Europe and SE Asia. Those "between" years influenced my life as much and the solid grounding I received growing up in the Midwest.

    —Pam Green on May 14, 2014
  • Where am I from, well that’s easy, Cornwall land of myths and folklore; now, I am in the south of France, the land of rustic food and fine wine. However, life is never that simple, I know where I am from and that makes me Cornish and that stays with me wherever I am, it is something that I just can’t leave behind, so maybe for me where did I start and how far have I got, would be better. Also, what have we learnt on the way, for me I discovered that people are the same no matter where you are, some good, some bad, some outstanding and some not, just the languages used that changes. We’re all travelling on a journey of discovery and for now, I love the place that I am in, my children are nearly grown, family and friends nearby and the proposition of lots to look forward to on the next part of my adventure, where I go from here… now continuing my studies, because it is now my turn.

    —Janet on May 14, 2014
  • From…Avella, Pa
    Live now…Kingston, Wa

    —Pattymae fortune on May 14, 2014
  • Hello, I was born in California and now reside in Montana. But between then and now I lived in Alaska, Ohio and Utah..

    —Lori M. on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in the Bronx by the two most wonderful people in the world, who I later found out adopted me when I was 13 months old. I now live in West Palm Beach, FL where I followed those two wonderful people (one is now flying with angels) when they retired. Despite what people think about NYers, I’m not a rude New Yorker (my parents raised me the right way) and I’m a very good driver!

    Annette J. on May 14, 2014
  • There is an old saying " all Minnesota women return home". I am from a mid-sized town, Hutchinson, MN, steeped in good Midwestern values, low crime and small town activities. During my 50 year career, lived in Toronto, went to England, France, Portugal, Oklahoma, S. Dakota, California, where we had plants. Finally alit at the Minneapolis MN headquarters. Every place I kept sewing and collecting fabric. Oh the cottons in England, the silks in France, the hand-wovens in Portugal. We Took a look at our life and said enough of the hectic rat race. We are not getting to do the things we enjoy most. After analyzing retirement options, returned to Hutchinson, built our dream home on a lake, ( have to – remember 10,000 lakes ). Dream home means it has a huge sewing room and a 8’x 8′ closet with shelves for fabric. We are now busy with all that cozy that small town stuff: exercise classes, fairs & carnivals, local sports, music and art festivals, and of course the quilting clubs. Should have made this choice years before.

    —lavonne on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from King’s Lynn in the UK, and that’s where I am now too.

    —Jen B on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Belleville, Illinois, but grew up (from the age of 6) in Mesa, Arizona, which is in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. I have lived in the Reno, Nevada area (where my husband was born and raised) for the past 34 years (almost). I felt like the proverbial fish out of water here at first; it took about two decades to warm up to the area;) Now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!!

    —Vanessa on May 14, 2014
  • Hi….I am from Lansing, Michigan. I was born in Grand Ledge, Michigan, which is only 12 miles west of Lansing and my Mom still lives there in the same house I was raised in. Michigan is my home and I don’t imagine that will change with time. This last winter was pretty rough and I would have loved to have left until it was over but I know I still would have wanted to come ‘home’ when it was spring again! There are so many beautiful places right here in my state that you don’t have to go far to see something unique!

    —Kelli on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Derby Colorado and now live in Golden Colorado. I have never moved and never had any wish to move. I love my state, the mountains although I miss the little town feel Colorado used to have. I think my quilts definitely reflect my home state. I like the fall colors and scrappy quilts – great for cold weather and mountains and comfort.

    —Dana C on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Garden City Ks, and now I live in Deer Trail, CO!

    —Sunnie on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Troy, Ohio. At age 26 moved to southern California, mostly near San Diego. Now at age 65, I have moved back to Troy to be near my 85 year old mother. But home, well that where you are with people you love and who love you just as you are. If you are lucky enough to find home, it is special and like no other place.

    —Linda K Erwin on May 14, 2014
  • From Ct. and now live back in Maine where my folks moved us from over 50 years ago.

    —Denise Laverriere on May 14, 2014
  • I live in Picture Butte Alberta Canada. I travel to Arizonia for the winter months. Visit my daughter in Texas

    —Elsie Bulva on May 14, 2014
  • I am from a little town in southwest Michigan called Allegan. I still refer to it as home although I haven’t really lived there since 1967 when I left for college. My brother and 93 year old dad are still there so we do go "home" when we can. I miss the trees and the fruit farms that are there. Although, I have never wanted to go back to live there.
    Now I live in Minnesota. We have been here since 1976. We lived in northern Minnesota from 1976 to 2010. Then we retired and moved to the Minneapolis area. Love it here. All the cultural activities are wonderful. Lots and lots of quilt shops and activities!!!! A plus is being 18 miles from our granddaughter.

    —Karen on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and brought up in Maine. In my thirties I joined a computer company and lived in various areas of the United States – Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco. I semi-retired in the San Francisco and took up quilting at the urging of my daughter who was a quilter. For me it turned out to be just as they say “an addiction with no known cure”. On the west coast we experienced many well-known quilt instructors, as well as many new and interesting patterns and techniques. Four years ago my daughter and I moved back to Maine and brought with us patterns and techniques that we had learned. The quilters in this area (the coast of Maine) were more traditional quilters and became very interested in the quilts my daughter and I had made. We are now teaching these patterns and techniques to many quilters in this area. I started out in Maine and have come back to Maine where I enjoy quilting on a daily basis.

    —Jill Ames on May 14, 2014
  • I grew up in a very small farming town (population about 150) in California. It was very safe and we could go out and ride bikes or go to friends houses without our parents worrying. There was 7 in my eighth grade graduating class and 5 of us had started first grade (there was no kindergarten) together. I married my childhood boyfriend from the same town and we have been married 48 years. I think you really have stability and accountability in a small town because everyone knows your business. When we got married my husband told me that we would never be able to live there because there were no jobs there for him, but after he got out of the military we were able to get a great job there and we have lived there our whole marriage. We raised our boys there and we both had good jobs there and were able to take care of our aging parents at the end of there lives. The town has really changed though. We now have a population of 350!!!

    —Barbara on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in New York City. I now live in a small city in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. In between I lived all over the US, in Japan and in mid and western Canada.

    —Pat on May 14, 2014
  • Originally from Alden, NY and now live about three hours away in in New Haven,NY. Have lived in a total of five mailing areas, and a total of eight different addresses. They do not count college which would add two more addresses. My home in New Haven is by far my favorite home and address. We live rural, but only 20 minutes to Oswego, NY and one hour to Syracuse, NY.

    —Loisjean on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Hawaii but I now live in Kansas. Huge difference! When I first arrived, I was in culture shock. People stared at me because I wore flip-flops. My husband was stationed here in Kansas as a recruiter for the Marine Corps. Over time, I grew to love Kansas and prefer the cost of living here to my island home. I go back every now and then to visit friends and relatives.

    —vickie on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in the Detroit area in Michigan where I eventually met and married my husband. When our children were fairly young we moved to Louisville, Kentucky because my husband was hired by UPS in their aviation department. When our children were grown, my husband and I moved to Reno, Nevada to retire – him from flying, me from teaching kindergarten. We love Nevada. There are so many year-round outdoor activities to enjoy. I didn’t start quilting until I retired, but already have found a favorite quilt store near my home. I have made many quilts – most as gifts for family and friends.

    —Paulette Petro on May 14, 2014
  • Nanoose Bay, British Columbia – Canada
    "best kept secret" on Vancouver Island

    Brenda on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and still live in the same city in Australia. It may sound like I have not had an exciting life to people that have lived in many different cities and countries, but let me tell you, my life has been anything but boring! Like many I have had dreams of living in some exciting and exotic place. I have travelled extensively overseas and loved every minute of it, and I’m not finished travelling yet! I have to admit that I made a fool of myself on the streets of London, crying openly when I saw the Australian flag and I choke up everytime I see "that" kangaroo on the tail of a plane in some far off airport. My mother passed away yesterday, and without my family, extended family and many friends for support, I would not be able to cope. Like Dorothy, I have come to appreciate that "There is no place like home".

    —Eva Bologiannis on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and now live in a suburb of New Orleans, called Jefferson, LA. I went away to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for 4 years for college, but have never lived anywhere else. My husband is from New Orleans too.

    —beth daniels on May 14, 2014
  • I am proudly from Buffalo, NY – I love the snow and the long winters (aka – quilting season!) I loved growing up, counting on snow days to keep in side to quilt and sketch!!

    I now live in Boston, a tiny bit warmer with beaches more readily accessible, but the quilting here is amazing!! Modern and traditional guilds are every where! AND (!!) we still have long winters with blizzards to keep me in to quilt, as if I really needed an excuse… 🙂

    Maer Soukaros on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and my husband and I have now retired to Kelowna, British Columbia. In between, I have lived in Toronto, Calgary, Fort McLeod (southern Alberta), Toronto (again), Vancouver, Edmonton, and (yet again) Toronto. There are things to love about every place we have lived and I’m very happy that we decided to retire here in Kelowna.

    —LindaH on May 14, 2014
  • Started in Nashville, TN; to Tulsa, OK; to Alpharetta, GA; to Geneva, Switzerland; to London, England; to Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, Ireland; to Townshend, VT; to Lady Lake, FL. If my husband even thinks about moving again, he already knows my answer: NO MORE MOVING!!! I’m getting too old and I really want to settle down and do some serious quilting! I have way too many projects, both started and in my head, to waste more time packing and unpacking.

    —Patty Gal on May 14, 2014
  • I was born & raised on a farm in the middle of California. I met my husband there when I was in the 7th grade – 1st kiss; 1st date; then he went into the Navy & we wrote. We married the Sat after I graduated from HS on a Monday. NEVER regretted getting married young. We have two daughters, but he died 3 years ago – almost 49 years of a GREAT marriage. I now live in Idaho close to ALL of my kids, grands & greats. I miss the weather in CA, but it is okay – here we have 4 seasons. I don’t think it matters where you live as long as you have LOVE where you are. In the end, LOVE is all that matters! (Love & fabric to sew on!)

    —Alene Knox on May 14, 2014
  • "Where are you from" Grew up in country on small farm. My journey carried me from 4-H sewing, then layettes, clothing, home decor, wedding gown and quilting.
    "Where are you now" Much older, of course, and perhaps somewhat wiser. But, best of all still sewing and making many quilts.

    —Joan Horton on May 14, 2014
  • Have lived in 11 states and 21 houses….GA, CA, TX, CT to name a few….
    No I am not a gypsy or military…my dad worked for Woolworth…re dand white banner with gold lettered sign…
    .My quilting comes from my older relatives on both sides of my parents family….
    But it all comes from what I call is the Cradle of quilt civilization the Kansas City Star area….and its multitude of newspaper patterns and tips….All the girls exchanged fabric and patterns with one another and made many quilts…some of which I have….lucky me

    marty young on May 14, 2014
  • My family hails from the Aloha State.. Hawaii. My father was in the Army so we traveled quite a bit. I was born in Wurzburg, Germany while my father was stationed there. I call Sierra Vista, AZ the place that I grew up. I married my husband who was also in the Army. He is from Massena, NY. We are now living in Northern Virginia. Triangle, VA to be exact. It is right next to Quantico Marine Base. (FBI trains here) Home is where we are together as a family no matter where it is.

    —Maxine on May 14, 2014
  • Have lived in 11 states and 21 houses….GA, CA, TX, CT to name a few….
    No I am not a gypsy or military…my dad worked for Woolworth…red and white banner with gold lettered sign…
    My quilting comes from my older relatives on both sides of my parents family….
    But it all comes from what I call is the Cradle of quilt civilization the Kansas City Star area….and its multitude of newspaper patterns and tips….All the girls exchanged fabric and patterns with one another and made many quilts…some of which I have….lucky me

    marty young on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Munich, Germany & lived all over the US due to my Dad being in the Air Force. They retired to the middle of Nebraska, which is where my Mother was from. I have lived here in the middle of Nebraska, too for 41 years & it has been a great place to live & raise a family plus this wonderful "quilt country".

    —Kay McCaffery on May 14, 2014
  • From Cedar Grove WI Now living in Wisconsin Rapids WI

    —Connie Wood on May 14, 2014
  • Where am I from? The direct answer and truly the only one is that I’m a Southern-California girl–born, raised and still living in the too-many-peopled land of shake and bake (earthquakes and heat!). I can’t figure out how, with my upbringing, I feel as if I’m a country girl at heart. I have a garden; I can fruit and veggies, and I sew and quilt. I’d love to move somewhere with fewer people, less hustle-bustle, and more blue skies and green landscape all around me. I always joke with my family and say "in my past life I lived on a farm," but, of course, it is just my heart wishing I was there now. So, where am I now? Still in California, but my heart is on a few acres in Oregon. I close my eyes and see a meadow and trees when I look out the window of my quilting studio. There is a well-tended (and heavily producing, I might add) garden off to the side near my chicken coop. There is a river flowing in the distance. Aaaahhhh If "home is where the heart is," then I’m on a farm in Oregon rather than in busy California!

    —Teri Sinclair on May 14, 2014
  • I just returned from a wonderful quilting cruise in Tahiti and was able to see the beautiful Tahitian Quilts but when I got home, after kissing my husband and hugging my dog I had to go to my sewing room and just look around and touch some of my fabric. I am grateful to have a room with sewing machines and a space all my own. We have so much to offer here in America.

    —Sandra Sievers on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Utah and have lived from the top of the state to the bottom and several places in between. We love to vacation and see other great places,but it’s always nice to come home. We are also very fortunate as our 3 children and 5 grandchildren all live within 15 minutes from us so we get together often for family parties. Life is good.

    —Marsha Nelson on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from Charleston, SC, where I still have family. I now live in Frankfort, KY.

    —Debbie on May 14, 2014
  • I am HOME, the first time I flew into Regina, SK Canada, I had an overwhelming feeling that I had come home to were I belonged. I married a wonderful man and moved to Canada from the USA. I lived most of my life in New England; Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York states. I have traveled to Europe, Mexico, 38 states and 7 of the Providences in Canada. I am now a dual citizen of Canada and the USA, but have to say Canada is were my home and heart are. Home is what you make of the place you are living, we live in a very small town with a quilt shop and that is where you will usually find me hanging out if I am not home playing in my studio. The very best part of home is having my husband with me, who is my best friend, and extraordinaire husband.

    —Marian on May 14, 2014
  • Native to the Flint Hills of Kansas and still residing here, although currently in the process of moving out my childhood home. The move is bittersweet as it’s prompted by the recent passing of my beloved mother. Yet I’m looking forward to change and the new jounrney just beginning. Not moving far however, just up the road a bit. :o)

    —Cheryl on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in South Dakota where I lived in various places until I settled and married. We moved the family to Minnesota 16 years ago for my job. I travel out east quite often and have indicated that I wouldn’t mind living there. So the joke is that I am moving east 1 state at a time. There is no place like home and home is what you make of it. It was hard for my boys to relocate, but they now consider our current address as home.

    —Deb on May 14, 2014
  • from Illinois to Florida = no more snow!

    —Pat Joho on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Greenock, Scotland and immigrated with my family to Australia when I was 10 years old. I discovered quilting when I was in my twenties but quilting at that time in Australia wasn’t exactly booming. I had to haunt my local library for quilting books….an enjoyable experience for many other reasons too. Fifty years later, 2 passports and seventeen countries, and here I am, I’ve been living in beautiful Idaho for the past 10 years. I’m still a passionate quilter but for the first time, I have convenient acces to all my quilting needs. Well, not all my needs….hey !! it’s quilting….I’ll always need more.

    —INA ANDERSON on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Nova Scotia and now live in British Columbia in the summer and the southern USA in the winter. I live in our motor home full time with my husband and small dog. Craft room! What is that??? I have a cubby hole where the old TV was before flat screens and two plastic bins in the bottom of one of the clothes closets. My sewing machine is in the bottom of the other clothes closet. I don’t machine quilt which I guess is a blessing. I quilt by hand. Oh well Home is where the Heart is. My dream, a small house back in Nova Scotia with a craft room.

    —Susan Robinson on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Glorious San Francisco, but 1 week before my 16th birthday, my parents dognapped my best friend Sarge, and moved across the Golden Gate to Marin County. I went with them, for Sarge’s sake, but spent most of the next few years hitch-hiking back into The City. I moved back as soon as I was able, and haven’t ever felt even a twitch of desire to leave for more than a week or two of vacation.

    —KittenWithAWhiplash on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Pensacola Fla. After living in 6 different states and 16 school systems, raising children and retiring I am back in Crestview, Fla.

    sheila lewis on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised on Cape Breton Island which is famous for the Cabot Trail . I now live on the mainland of Nova Scotia , this province is small but has plenty to offer and I love it .

    Sheila on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Toronto, Canada and now live in Kirkland, WA. My family moved here in 1953 and I am still a citizen of Canada…I was always going to move back "home". I just found out that my Visa had expired in 2013 so I am in the process of renewing it but for the time being I guess I’m an Illegal:):) Seems kind of funny but the whole process is almost complete.

    —Barbara Dolan on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Northern California in a town across the bay from San Francisco called Albany. A few years ago I had to come up with a statement about myself (at work)that indicated something unusual about myself. I sat down and figured out that I had lived in 37 places in my life. Well I have moved quite a few times since then so I could add some to that. I now live in my motor home in a small town called Holden. Holden is in central Utah. I moved here because of my youngest son and his family. He married a local girl and their children are the youngest of the grandchildren. I love attending their sports events and being a part of their lives.

    Susan Paxton on May 14, 2014
  • Eu sou do Brasil. Moro em Porto Alegre, no estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Faço artesanato, trabalho com patchwork e amo muito o que faço.Amo muito o tabalho de vocês. Vivo nesta cidade há 37 anos e sou muito feliz aqui!

    Translation: I’m from Brazil. Live in Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul State. Do crafts, work with patchwork and love what I do.I love the work of you. Live in this town for 37 years and am very happy here!

    —Silvia Craide on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Mississippi. The only other state I’ve lived in was Oklahoma for a couple of months while my husband was in the Army. We moved back to Mississippi and love it here.

    —Nancy on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in a little town, just east of Pittsburgh,PA. As a child,we never moved, and I even went to college in my home town. Then , after marrying, at one point, we moved to four states (Pa to Texas to Kentucky to New Jersey to Pa) within 10 years. We ended up "boomerang-ing" back to a small town, between Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA, where we had rooted before moving all around.

    Susie on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and still live in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    —Paula on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Austin, Texas in 1959 (in 16 days I’ll be 55). My father was retired Navy and I’ve lived in Utica, NY., (after he got out of the Air Force), Oak Harbor, WA, twice, Virginia Beach, VA., Kingsville, TX. twice, and Corpus Christi, TX., and now I’m currently living in Decatur, IL. Where my husband took a job as an air traffic controller after he retired from the Navy.

    —Debbie Myers on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Hiwassee, Virginia, it is just a little mapdot near the New River and was a good place to grow up, I married my high school sweetheart and even lived in Hiwassee for a couple of years with him, before we bought our place in Barren Springs, VA…another little mapdot near the New River…just 10 miles from where I grew up…I love Virginia, because I love my mountains..this is home. I like to take little driving trips, but have never had a real desire to travel outside the US. I would like to travel out west and see some of the national parks and landmarks, but I am content, right here in these mountains, with some side trips thrown in to remind me of why I love them. I have only been as far away as Florida, and I have seen Lake Erie, but I’m happy with my family and friends right here in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia..

    —Rebecca Keith on May 14, 2014
  • Where am I from? Grew up in NJ where I learned to sew, cook, get married, get divorced & work 6-7 days a week to make it. Finally retired to AZ where I plan to stay – and where I learned to quilt. And made lots of friends who also quilt (or not) and still work 3 days a week to make it. Piecing is my passion, along with buying fabric, books, thread, etc – and am learning the final step – free motion quilting. The beautiful, wild, sunny southwest is where I will always be "from" until the fabric is used up – guess again!

    —Joy Bradley on May 14, 2014
  • I grew up in the Midwest, but also lived in North Carolina and now I live on the West Coast and love it. The Great Lakes will always be home, but I can honestly say that I don’t mind not having to drive on the ice and snow in winter. I feel fortunate to have traveled to 46 of our 50 states (my husband has been to all 50!) and hope to visit the last four in the future. I strongly feel that all Americans should have the opportunity to travel throughout our big country to really appreciate the great beauty and natural resources we have. (preferably by car, not by airplane.)

    —Carol C on May 14, 2014
  • I am from the Bay Area in California. I am now in Portland Oregon area. My family moved here when I finished High School. We have been here ever since. I love the area and am glad we moved.

    Laurie P on May 14, 2014
  • An original Washington residence. Born in Seattle lived in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Alaska and back to Darrington, Wa. 1 mile east of the 530 slide.

    Liz O'Neill on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Seattle, moved to NJ from ages 4-6. Then we lived in London for 2 years. Came back to NJ for 2 more years. Came back HOME to The Evergreen State (specifically Kenmore, WA) when I was 11 yrs. Since High School I have lived in Marblemount, Seattle-UW campus, Eatonville, Snoqualmie, Enumclaw, Buckley and (currently) Walla Walla, WA. I have also lived in Waldport, OR and Sitka, AK. So which town is HOME? The Seattle area always feels like home, even tho I have lived away longer than I lived there. There is a certain satisfaction with knowing the back roads and being able to recall "how it used to be". But I also feel that way about Waldport and Sitka. The fact that I can look on a real estate site and see what houses are for sale and I actually know which house that is and who lives there. And now I have lived in Walla Walla longer than anywhere in my life (14 yrs)! There is the old saying: "Home is where the heart is." That is probably the best way for me to answer this quirky question. I’ve been blessed to live in beautiful and lovely towns, and each one has a HOME in my HEART!

    —Su on May 14, 2014
  • I’m a born raised and bred Maine girl. I was born in Rumford Maine. Raised across the river in Mexico. I’ve lived in 13 different places thus far but always in Maine. My husband now own a acre plus of land in Norridgewock where we hope to replace our old home with something newer or brand new. Which will be large enough for me to sew and quilt my heart out. My sewing is a gift of love of creating something beautiful to share with friends and family.

    Debbie Sirois on May 14, 2014
  • From Hebron, Indiana, and now live in Williamsburg, Iowa, after attending the University of Iowa. Learned my crafts in one state, and made a career of them in the other.

    —Candra on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Dayton, Ohio and live just to the north of it now. I love Ohio!! Nice quilt shops around here, too. It’s fun to go to the shop hops, and the small & the larger quilt shows that are in Ohio. And I just joined a guild, so I will be making friends with other quilters that live in my area.

    —Debbie on May 14, 2014
  • We moved with our cat in February 2014 from Burbank, California, a cozy studio town in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains, to a home outside of Magnolia, Texas. Our new house is surrounded by trees and there is a lot of wildlife in our neighborhood. This is my first time living outside of California. Texas has been wonderful, a beautiful place with nice people!

    —Mary Longo on May 14, 2014
  • I am the results of what happens when a Colorado mountain girl met the son of deep southern sharecroppers after WWII. The two met when my father was stationed at Lowery AFB, CO. Following the wedding, my father drug my Mom out of the mountains to the flat cotton fields of the south.

    My oldest sister was born in England, then the next in Virginia, while me and my brothers were born in Colorado. Military life on the road!

    Because I was a sickly child, we could not accompany my father to Japan, (his location during the Vietnam War) so he deposited us in SC, where we remained.

    I joined the USAF at age 21, first living in Oklahoma, then Alaska (picked up my husband on this tour), then off to Georgia, England, and finally Nebraska, where my husband and I both retired.

    My husband is also a military brat, who also amassed many miles of traveling with his father and while on active duty.

    We were suppose to move to Kentucky so that both of us could reach "home" in a matter of hours — but alas we ended up in Kansas. My husband said that I should at least draw comfort from the fact that both started with a "K".

    We moved here absent of any of the children, but one by one, two of the five migrated closer to Mom and Dad. The remaining three migrated closer to each other over the years. Never expected that to happen!

    Anyway — where I’m from has never been as important than where I’m headed. Life and location is simple geography and state of mind.

    —cynthia daugherty on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, Met and married my husband who was born in Israel but raised in South Africa. His dream was to return to Israel when he retired. little did we know that he was going to sell his business and retired at 40. We have been in Israel now for 22 years. my children are here with us and both married and living nearby with 2 grandchildren and another about to arrive. I have found my niche here and enjoy a good and wonderful life. Quilting has become my passion and I have the only longarm machine in the country. making quilts for charity is my way of paying it forward.

    Terry on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. Was a tom boy most of the time to the dismay of my mother. When is junior high I failed sewing, but then took it again my senior year and passed. When I started quilting my aunts couldn’t believe I made them, when each one received one. Because of being such a tom boy. Met my husband and three days later asked me to marry him, and 6 weeks later married him, raised our four children, and helped with 11 grandchildren, and will be married for 43 yrs. We have stayed in Colorado. We have lived now in Durango, Colorado, in the mountains on three acres. Can’t seem to ever think about leaving my rockies. Started quilting , when children we young and still growing strong. My kids and grandchildren tease me about all the fabric, and say you will never use it all. I say, you never know,because you kids all fight over who’s quilt it is, and still don’t have one for us. But, I love my mountains and my quilting here in beautiful Colorado.

    —Diane Reddy on May 14, 2014
  • A large part of where I am from is my family- I am a descendant of my Great Great Grandmother who was an excellent and prolific quilter.Now I am still learning and polishing my quilting ability – through courses, Quiltmaker magazine and the Quilt Guild that I belong to, and was a charter member of. Martingale’s books are a wealth of information and ideas – I own a few and hope to acquire more.

    —Nancy on May 14, 2014
  • I am from central New York to me that says the Finger lakes.I lived in Boston for several years but was so happy to be home again after those 40yrs in Mass.NOTHING says LIVING LIKE THE FINGER LAKES ,CAYUGA LAKE especially!

    lynne mulcahey on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Shawnee, KS. I have lived in many places and a few countries. To name them I’ll start with Virginia (2 different times), Texas, Alabama, then Kansas while husband was in Vietnam then to Illinois, Germany, Kansas, for his 2nd tour in Vietnam, Ft Knox, KY, Korea, visited Hong Kong and Thailand, California, and settled back in Kansas about 5 miles from where I was born. I had moved at least a total of 16-18 years during my husbands 23 yrs of military service. With returning to Kansas a total of 3 times I can honestly say, "There’s no place like Home."

    —Kathleen on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Matteson Illinois and I am now in Bartlett Illinois! It may sound like I only moved 60 miles from where I started, but that is so untrue! After marrying an army man, he first dragged me to Fairbanks Alaska for 3 years. After that we lived in IL for a short time, then on to Tennessee for a another short time. Finally we did get back to IL, first living in Palatine, then Lisle, then Warrenville and finally Bartlett. The man has cragged me all over the place, but there is no one I’d rather see the sights with. He grew up moving almost every year since his dad was military also. I stayed in one place until he came along. An odd mix, but it really has been a blessing. And I’ve learned over the years, that home IS where the heart is. And my heart is with him.

    —Lynette on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in MI, lived there for 21 years, moved to CA so I could better care for my two little girls with no snow, Thank You. I lived in CA for 3 years. I moved because I met my present hubby of 35 years (plus two years of living together) he got out of the service and wanted to move back to his home in WA. Stayed in WA for 35 years minus 2 1/2years that we lived in Saudi Arabia. I’m now in AZ and have been for 7 months, I believe this is the last state I’ll be in but you can never say any thing is for sure.

    —Jami Price on May 14, 2014
  • Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. Couldn’t wait to move to California the day after I graduated from high school, leaving mom, dad and brother in Iowa. Many years in California, moving every 3 years working my way from Orange County to the northern border in Del Norte County. Jumped right over Oregon (no offense as I think Oregon is beautiful and I’ve been through Drain many times!) to outside Eatonville, WA (small town south of Tacoma; 30 miles from Mt. Rainier)where for the past 23 years I’ve been content to stay put on our ranch with a view of Mt. Rainier you would expect to see on a postcard. Someday maybe a smaller house once all the kids are gone, but it would be here. Washington is where I consider home.

    —Paula on May 14, 2014
  • Born in Virginia. Raised in Ohio. Currently living in Virginia. I have been to all 50 States in the USA, most of the Canadian provinces, a smidgen of Mexico, many islands of the Caribbean, and several countries in Europe. Husband and I love to travel and did this all on our own – we are not in the military. It took us 14 years of vacations to travel by vehicle, sleep, see, and do stuff in the 48 contiguous states and yes, we also drove from VA to Alaska. Since we couldn’t drive to Hawaii, we went by plane, boarded a cruise ship, and rented a car on every island that we visited. There is so much more to see and do and I can’t wait for our next adventure.

    —Linda on May 14, 2014
  • I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life. Chicago to Frankfort to New Lenox to Wilton Center. I was born in Chicago and we moved to Frankfort when I was 9, when there were only about 2000 people there (the population is about 18,000 now). After getting married, we moved two towns west to New Lenox. We became best friends with our neighbors there. About 5 years later, we moved to Wilton Center, which is not what most would consider a real town. It’s a group of houses, a school, a town hall, and a church built around a curve in the country highway. I love it there.

    Tammy from quilt-pictures.com on May 14, 2014
  • Hello! I am from Tampa, Florida and currently live in Tallahassee, Florida. Between Tampa, then, and Tallahassee, now, I have lived in: Tallahassee, FL for college; Newport, RI; Brunswick, GA; Waukegan, IL; back to Tampa; Chattanooga, TN; Pensacola, FL; Jackson, MS; St. Petersburg, FL; Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI; Titusville, Fl; Sunset Beach, FL; Burton, TX; Monticello, FL; and finally Tallahassee, FL. Whoa! Can’t believe I’ve packedand un-packed that many times. Every time was with at least one sewing machine. When I flew down to St. Thomas, my then 20 yr old Viking was my carry on luggage. I lived on a sailboat there. A solar panel and inverter kept me in stitches on the boat down there. Wherever I’ve hung my hat, sewing has been part of my life. It would now take a freight train to relocate me and my two Vikings, a Baby Lock surger (love the air threading), a vintage Singer in a desk, and oh, yes, there is the longarm machine with a 14 foot bed. I’m staying put for a long time sitting and stitching!

    —Barbara on May 14, 2014
  • From "the other TX" to TX – when we moved when I was young, I couldn’t believe we were in the same state! I told people I was from "the other TX".

    Sallie on May 14, 2014
  • I am a farm girl from eastern South Dakota. In the last 40 years I have lived in Colorado, Florida, Illinois (X2), Cuba, Minnesota (X2), Wisconsin and now southern California. And I agree Lynette – home is where the heart is – not the building but who surrounds you in love & friendship.

    —Marvel Simmons on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in New Haven, CN. Moved to Arizona where I lived until I was 13. We moved to San Diego, CA. I lived most of my life in Pensacola, FL (ex husband is from there.) When I retired, we moved to TN to be nearer my daughter.

    Karen McCormick on May 14, 2014
  • I started in Albany New York, but grew up in Syracuse. After high school, I joined the Air Force and did get to see Texas and Mass., then I married my husband and we were sent to Maine, before returning to New York, then the island of Guam for two years in support of the View Nam war. When we returned to the USA, we first went to Michigan then to our final place Knob Noster Missouri. While my husband was in the Air Force we were at 7 bases in 11 years. We have been here in Knob Noster for 37 years and we now call it home for the time being. Who knows, we might just end up someplace different yet. We have four children who live in different parts of the USA, and we might just decide to visit them, or maybe give New York a visit too. We just remember where you live is home and home is here for now.

    —Fran Gurka on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in TX courtesy of the USAFB and raised in southern CA. I have lived on both sides of MT, northern ID, VA near the Appalichans, Kansas, the bay area of CA, northern CA, AZ, southern NV, now in the Pacific Northwest of WA and planning to finish my life out in norther NV, maybe.
    I thing I have learned is that it does not matter where you live there is a fabric shop within driving distance so what if sometimes it is 60-70 miles away or just around the corner down the street you can find at least one fabric store. The colors for the quilts don’t change only because I love vibrant colors and batiks, that has not changed in over 40 years of sewing and decor. I married a man is also an Air Force Brat who has also been to the same states that I have and I will follow him where ever fabric and machines all.

    —Sandy H on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Rhode Island and I am now in Northwest Ohio.

    —Marjory W on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Shropshire. My father was in the Armed Services ans so I spent much of my childhood moving around the UK and also lived in the Far East in what was then Malaya. I’m now living in Telford in Shropshire having recently retiredfrom my role as a head teacher of a small rural school. I now teach Patchwork and Quilting in Telford as I need just a little something to do! I spend time in Normandy, France too at my holiday home near the D Day Landing beaches and World Heritage Site of Bayeux .
    I love to sew and enjoy various forms of patchwork and quilting. I have just read that having a purpose in life helps us to live longer…that’s me sorted then!

    Anne Garner on May 14, 2014
  • Born in Vallejo, CA. Moved to San Diego when I was 7, because that’s where the navy sent Daddy. I finished my schooling, got married and had 7 children in San Diego. My first two boys went to college in San Diego and stayed, got married and started their families. We moved to San Jacinto, CA to buy a house almost 13 years ago. We added a child after moving up here. So my grandchildren are close by, but my parents and sisters moved to Washington State.

    When asked where I am from? My answer first is from San Diego, because that is where I lived the longest and find most of my growing up. I lived there 1966-2001.

    —Mama2eight on May 14, 2014
  • right now I’m home in Pa, have been a snowbird in Florida for 4 months and than had to come home. and Now it’s all work and no play. I’m trying to get my work done after being gone for 4 months so I can get back into quilting and embrodiery all fun things, wish me luck.

    —judy on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and grew up in the NY metropolitan area but then went to college in PA.There I met the man of my dreams and we have been married 52 years next month! We have lived in OH, Maine, upstate NY, NJ, and Indiana for the last 34 years. I guess that makes me a Hoosier even if only by adoption.

    —Ellie on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Los Angeles area, I now live in the Great Central Valley of California, Modesto to be exact. I have always lived in California, even when husband was in the miltary, would be my luck he got stations in California only 🙁

    —Teri on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from California–born there but never really lived there until high school. As a child, we moved from San Diego, California; to Key West, Floridia; to Trenton, New Jersey; to North Kingston, Rhode Island; and to Annandale, Virginia before returning to California. After moving several times as a Navy "brat", and later as a wife at the mercy of the companies my husband worked for, I found myself first in Orion, Michigan and then in Maryville, Illinois (just outside St. Louis, Missouri) where we have lived for 20 years. I love road trips to see this country–there are still a few states that I haven’t seen yet. The only good thing about flying from one place to another is that from way up the land looks like a very large patchwork quilt!

    —Barb B on May 14, 2014
  • Born and raised in Kansas, now living in Ohio thanks to the US Air Force. DH was a career AF man and I’ve followed him all over the place. He retired at Wright-Patterson AFB outside of Dayton, Ohio. I truly hope not to have to ever move again .

    —Ruth Rocker on May 14, 2014
  • Home has been PA for the last 25 yrs. but, my husband and I have lived in VA, LA, AZ, MA, and MN. I was born in Newark, NJ and my husband was born in Portland OR. We met in VA. We moved due to graduate degrees and training. My children were born in 3 different states. Bottom line, we vowed that we would be happy wherever we moved to. Life is too short not to be happy NOW! I still like to say that I am a Jersey girl though!! Every now and then I just have to " get mt Jersey on….."

    —Anne on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Manhatten, NY, grew up in Wilmington, NC, moved to Jacksonville, FL at 16, married and moved to Waycross, GA, moved to Charlotte, NC, and finally stopped moving in Atlanta, GA. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in December, 2013. I am hoping to move to St. Simon’s Island, GA and live once more on the beach.

    —Jeanne J. on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Niceville/Fort Walton Beach, FL and now live in Troy, OH area. I would love to return to FL in the future when we retire as I really miss the beaches!!

    —Sandi Detrick on May 14, 2014
  • I grew up in western Pennsylvania in a small town north of Pittsburgh, PA. I lived in Ohio and south central Pennsylvania for the start of my career and moved to the San Francisco Bay area 25 years ago with my family. We love it here and will probably always call it home.

    —Joanne Lenigan on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Texas. I lived in 27 different states by the time I was 10–no, my dad wasn’t military. I now live in Washington, 5 years ago, my daughter and her family (also Texans) moved to Washington. About 1 & 1/2 years later, they "kidnapped" us and moved us up here! It’s been fun, but I still refer to Texas as "home". You know the saying: "You can take the girl outta Texas, but, you can’t take Texas outta the girl"!

    —jane d on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Melbourne, Australia. Because my dad was a policeman, we moved every time he had a promotion….so country, city, country, city, country……and I remain in the country in a town called Horsham, in Victoria, Australia…..My heart is where my family is…….I lost my mum 4 months ago and dad last week…..both are still here in Horsham, so here I shall remain……I love this country of mine, as all your other writers will love where they are….that’s what makes culturism special. And because sewing is multiculture……we all have something wonderful in common.

    —Shirl Hair on May 14, 2014
  • I live at Tura Beach on the far South Coast of NSW, where it is going to be a sunny 23 today.
    Where will I be?
    Inside finishing a Queen size quilt for my daughter in-law.
    Where have I been this past week? All over my house! I have not ventured outside the property as I am determined to finish this quilt in order to start a new project. What does, all over my house mean? It means I have spread my sewing activity onto our formal dining room table with my machine, into my little sewing room to cut out and measure fabric, into the kitchen to iron pieces, into our guest room where the queen size bed is covered with finished blocks spread in order, no guests allowed! I do have a small adequate sewing room, but if I stay there I simply don’t get up and move around enough. This way it means I have to sit, stand and walk to do each task. Today though, I must go for a walk on the beach as I need some vitamin B and time to think through a new design for a quilt wall hanging to remember a friend.

    —Carolyn Griffin on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in the Netherlands. When I was 15 our family moved to Canada.Huge move and a bit traumatic for a teenager but also exciting! In high school I met my future husband and in 1996 we moved to Montana with our 3 year old daughter. We lived in Montana for 15 wonderful years and added to our family three more times ( all boys this time). In 2011 we moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to our families who are still in Canada. I am very glad that I have been able to live in a variety of different places. We have always taken full advantage of exploring every unique area and our kids are so much richer for it. I come by the wanderlust honestly though: My grandparents were real globetrotters and lived in the Netherlands, Curacao, Australia, and Indonesia. Guess we still have some moving to do!

    —Monique on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio. Wooster is south and a little west of Cleveland. It was a small town in the Amish country of Ohio. Since I left it has grown quite a bit. I was exposed to Amish quilts at craft events but that was the extent of my quilting, at that time in my life. After 27 years I moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I met my wonderful husband. After six years of marriage in Phoenix he moved me to San Antonio, Texas. Although I had done some sewing before I did not start to quilt until I moved to San Antonio. Through our church I met a wonderful lady who introduced me to quilting. I was hooked. Six years later, when we fell on some hard times, we had to move to a small town in Oklahoma. I was not able to quilt for a long time due to our living arrangements. As you can guess these were truly some hard years. Not being able to quilt made life hard. We are now living just outside of the Oklahoma/ Texas boarder town of Cartwright, Oklahoma. I loved the big city life in Phoenix and San Antonio but here in Texoma life is lived at a slower pace and I am once again able to quilt. I guess I have found my happily ever after.

    —Tina on May 14, 2014
  • I live at Parafield Gardens .SA

    —Doreen Wardrope on May 14, 2014
  • Born in Texas, live in Texas and proud of it! …but I sure wouldn’t mind living in the mountains during the summer!

    —Robin M on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Mena, Arkansas and now live near Schweinfurt, Germany! I have lived many places over my 50+ years, starting with my first move with my parents at 11 months old to California. Then several moves later we returned to Arkansas in time for me to go to High School there, where I met my husband of 40 years! Then he took over where my parents left off and our first move was to Mannheim, Germany, where he was stationed with the Army. After the Army he went to Electronics school and went to work for a Railroad and so there have been many moves for us over the years. But, I have to say the most exciting move was 3 years ago when he finished his Masters in Computers and got a job with the Dept. Of Defense and got us back to Germany! We had always wanted to come back and be able to travel and finally were able to do that and now we are preparing for a move within Germany! Still exciting and so much left to see and experience. My quilting has gained volumes from being here and will continue to I am sure! My experiences in Germany, Ireland, France and Austria have only enriched my vision and passion to share the quilting bug every chance I get! Where will I be in a few years? Your guess is as good as mine! Lol!

    —Sharon on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from Pennsylvania and quilted up there and for past 27 years been in Florida–and still quilting. I’ve worked in New Hampshire, Colorado, and North Carolina and hope to retire in one of those states at some point.

    Carolyn White on May 14, 2014
  • Right back where I started. I was born in Florida, lived all over the US and now back in Florida.

    —Marianne on May 14, 2014
  • I am from Corsicana, Texas. Home of the famous Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake. I am now in Amarillo, Texas, clear across the state. My husband has always been in retail and that entails many transfers. We have lived in Corsicana, Dallas, Temple, Tx., Duncan, Okla., Houston, Sulphur, La., Burleson, Tx., Irving, Tx., Mesquite, Tx., Greenville, Tx., and finally Amarillo. Whew! All in 37 years of marriage. Our 3 sons were all born in different states. Believe or not we have been in Amarillo for 22 years. That means we moved 9 times in 15 years! I really hope my moving days are over, but never say never! lol

    mandy laseter on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from Australia. I grew up on a farm 12 miles from the nearest small town on the North Coast of New South Wales. At school I hated sewing because the machines kept breaking down. I moved to Wagga Wagga, NSW for college then to Sydney where I met my husband. We moved to Tamworth a country city in NSW. From there we moved to South Australia where I fell in love with quilting. We then moved to Melbourne, Victoria where we have lived for 15 years. There are lots of wonderful quilting and fabric shops around where we live. When we go on holidays I rate towns by whether I could retire there and if there is access to quilting classes 🙂

    —Wilma on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Burnham-on-Crouch, a little riverside town in Essex, England.

    When I was 19 I travelled to Australia to spend a few weeks with my Aunt and met my first husband who proposed to me 3 days before I was due to leave! I went back to England, turned 20, and emigrated to Australia permanently.

    In the last 30 years I’ve lived in several Australian states. Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland and, for a couple of years, I lived in Auckland, New Zealand.

    I now live in Brisbane, Queensland’s Capital City, and live a wonderful life. My children are grown, my house is my own and I get to do those things that make me happy.

    Every now and then life has thrown me major problems and at those times I felt like my world was crumbling; twice divorced and a breast cancer survivor, there were times when I wondered, why me? But here I am, stronger, and with a real understanding of ‘resiliance.’ I’m happy, healthy and free.

    —Kayt Deans on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Lima, Peru, and raised there and my husband too. But for work we move almost 5 years ago to Melbourne, Australia. I never thounght that I will fall in love with the country, and of course quilting! I am very happy here, I can dedicate time to work as a volunteer, make charity quilts and quilts and bags for family and friends. You never know where God will take you in life…

    —Gisella on May 14, 2014
  • I was born and raised in lima, Peru. But about 5 years ago my hubby, daughter and I move to Melbourne, for my husband’s work. It so nice here, sometimes I miss home, but I never knew I will fall in love with quilting! Living in Australia enabled me to dedicate my time to do things I love, like volunteering, cooking, making charity quilts, and more quilts for family and friends! I am so grateful for being here!

    —Gisella on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in New York, grew up in New Jersey, then moved to Maine, where I would have loved to stay… But college took me to Massachusetts, then to Maryland and England (twice!). I’m back in Maryland now, counting the days until I can finally retire and return to Maine and quilt full time!

    Linda H on May 14, 2014
  • My life began in a tiny southern town before my father left to fight in the world war. I remember an ideal childhood living in my grandmother’s home with my mom and two aunts. Granny had two geese in her yard named Glutton and Starvation. They ate all that stuff we put in the compost today. They also chased after me when I started walking and nipped at my diaper! The railroad track ran behind the house across from the alley. Often men would come to my grandmother’s back porch asking if she could give them something to eat. I’m sure the aromas from the kitchen were wafting right out that door! Granny always had enough to "make a plate" and some sweet iced tea. After the meal was finished, she was always thanked for her kindness. These were the days when doors were left unlocked and neighbors took care of neighbors. I had no idea of injustice in America but got my first inkling in grammar school. That when it was made clear to me that only white people were referred to as "ladies" and "gentlemen." Up to that point I was told that we all are equal in the eyes of God. How could that be true if it wasn’t always true? That little seed grew but I was conflicted. No one around me seemed to be bothered but I noticed separate waiting rooms in doctor offices, separate water fountains, separate restrooms, and no mixing in movie theatres, etc. That’s the way it was and had always been as far as I knew.
    Today I’m living in a different world! Not as changed as I would like but certainly changed. As parents and grandparents we have our greatest opportunity with our children. We can’t protect them from the injustice and prejudice, but we can be role models — even if those negative voices in your head from the past tell you it would be easier not to change. Each generation takes a step closer to their ideals. We will probably never reach the pinnacle because ideals have to change when the next step is reached. I love it that man will always be reaching higher. After world hunger is conquered, the Ozone layer is restored, and a cure for cancer is found, maybe we can start working on world peace!

    —VickiGene on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from a little community named Locke in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas. And I live in that same little community, about 1/2 mile from the house that I grew up in. In fact, I live in the house that my maternal grandparents built in 1939! It’s a special place for me, because I got married here, 37 years ago today, in the front yard under two huge sugar maple trees that have stood for at least 100 years. My parents still live down the road where I grew up, my brother and his wife live about 3/4 mile from us, I have cousins from both sides of the family all around (51 first cousins!), and this is Home. I have been abundantly blessed! (and apparently I don’t know how to spell my own name – It’s BRENDA!)

    —Brewnda Sanders on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Richmond, VA. I now reside in Denton, TX. Great city suburb of Dallas-Ft Worth. Home to University of North Texas & Texas Womans University. Great music here also. Denton Sewing Center is here, as so is P&Q Quilts. Quilt Country is down the road.

    —anna on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Avonlea, Saskatchewan, Canada. When I was 14, my parents moved the family to the Beautiful state of Oregon. We settled in the capital of Salem. I grew up, got married, and lived in the States of Californina, Utah, Colorado, Washington, and now back just one mile out of the little town of Aumsville,Oregon. My hubby and I our lovely stray cat "Tommy" make our home here and are close to our children, and grandkids and great grandkids…I love my sewing room, and sometimes seems like I am in there for days…We love calling the "Double J" Home, as we call our 3 acres…

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on May 14, 2014
  • Where am I from? I’m from a family of 8 kids whose life was pretty rough growing up. We never knew how each day would end or if life would throw us a curve. Mom took care of us the best she could and kept us safe. I’m now in the best part of my life with a loving, wonderful husband who gives me support and a consistent life, with only surprises that bring happiness. I don’t look back often, but I thank God for what I’ve been dealt because it has made me what I am today!

    —Kathy E. on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Roseburg Oregon and lived close to there for my first 2 years. Then my family moved to Dayton Washington where both of my parents grew up. Grew up there and then went back to Salem Oregon to go to college and stayed there got married and had my daughter and then got divorced in the mid 90’s. I met my current husband in 1995 online on one of the first online chat websites. He was in Massachusetts so I decided to up and move across country as I had never been off of the West Coast. Moved to Mass and have been here ever since. Now that it is time to retire it is time to figure out where the next stop will be. I have basically spent 20 years in each place so don’t want to break my record!!:) I have taken my sewing machine with me where ever I go and have now started quilting again a few years ago. Where ever I go I will always have my maching and my quilting!

    —Cyndi on May 14, 2014
  • I was raised in a beautiful home on the river just 5 miles from where I bought my own home in Northern IL.

    —VickiT on May 14, 2014
  • Took up quilting when I retired and moved from Seattle Washington to a beautiful rural island in Puget Sound. Winters I quilt and summers I garden. Very stress free life after working and living in a large city.

    —marie on May 14, 2014
  • I am on the central coast of California, less than 40 miles from where I grew up. My life has taken me from west coast to east coast and back. To me, my home is wherever my journal, current book, and current project is.

    —Ginger on May 14, 2014
  • Born and raised in Lewistown, MT, displaced to Dallas, TX for 6 yrs., then Moved to the Seattle area in 1974.

    —eve elliott on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Arkansas but raised in Oregon. Spent a few years in Oklahoma then back to Oregon for a few years. Finally I put down roots in the greatest state of all Alaska. This is where I started quilting. I had always sewn and admired my southern grandma’s quilting abilities and am now following in her footsteps, she used a treadle machine for piecing but hand quilted her quilts leaving enough for her 4 children and 10 grandkids.

    —Linda Yannikos on May 14, 2014
  • I’m from WV and still there. Although, I’ve come round robin after living in Alabama, Texas, and Ohio.

    —Jane on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in LA! grew up in San Bernardino, CA, and now live in Auburn, CA where my husband of 47 years and I raised 4 children. I learned to quilt in the 80’s and have found my "hobby". Not sure my kids understand my obsession with fabric, but my husband has learned to understand my needs. Life is good.

    —Sue Duisenberg on May 14, 2014
  • Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. My husband was in the Army for 23 years. We have lived in Arlington, Va, Honolulu, HI, Chicago, IL, Laurel, MD, Wheaton, MD, Damascus, MD, Camp Zama, Japan (just south of Tokyo), Hephzibah, GA, Martinez, GA, San Antonio, TX, Converse, TX, San Marcos, CA (2 places) Santa Fe, NM, (2 places), Midvale, UT, Woods Cross, UT, Fairfax, VA and now I am in Springfield,VA. We have moved a total of 27 times (including the moves before he joined the military) and we will be moving at least 2 more times. The last will be when we retire. When our daughter was asked "where are you from" she would ask "do you want to know where I was born or where I have lived the longest?" Surprisingly, I don’t mind moving and each time is a new adventure and another opportunity to make new friends.

    —Jan on May 14, 2014
  • Born in Fort Wayne, IN; moved to Pittsburgh, PA when I was 4; to Statesboro, GA when I was 6; to Muskegon, MI when I was 15; to Chula Vista, CA when I was 19; back to MI six months later; and to Greenville, NC, where I live now, and am extremely at home, when I was 56, seven years ago. I love it here and hope I don’t have to leave. I have a shirt that says, "I wasn’t born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could!" I learned to love the Southern way of life when I was growing up in Statesboro and I feel I was meant to be a Southerner.

    —Carol on May 14, 2014
  • Just a Virginia girl in a California world.

    —Linda Majer on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, moved to East London at 6 months,went to school in Queenstown (2 Hours drive) at age six, back to l at 13, back to Queenstown when parents decided to move there. After 7 years moved to Johannesburg for 16 months, back to Queenstown for 2months and finally, got married and settled in Port Elizabeth, to start married life and a journey of overseas travel. Places I’ve been to, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Vancouver,London,Amsterdam,Los Angeles, San Francisco Jose and surrounding areas of Palo Alto etc, Salt Lake, Victoria, Florida, namely Disneyland and surrounding areas, Maputo, Mbabane. I’ve travelled by car, plane, ship train and after all, I can truly day there no place I’d rather be than home. I’ve been in Port Elizabeth for almost 43 years and there is no place I’d rather be than home with my sewing machines.

    —Elizabeth on May 14, 2014
  • My motto " I’m a Georgia peach that has been misplaced in the Midwest." I was born and raised in Dalton Ga. I now live in Rockford, Il, the birthplace of my husband. I love it here and the more snow the better.

    —Alesha Klein on May 14, 2014
  • I’m originally from Georgia but now in Tennessee by way of South Carolina, Minnesota, and Alabama. After 35 years in TN, I’m hoping to end up at my cabin in the beautiful Shenandiah Valley in Virginia. I have wonderful memories in all tose places of my mother taking me wit her while she picked fabric for dresses she made for herself. I’ve been sewing home dec and clothes for the last 7 years and by some chance just wanted to make a quilt. I’m in the middle of piecing my first one and can so easily see why people love this art form.

    —GreggC on May 14, 2014
  • Tough question: I was born in a small town in Oklahoma but Dad was military so I’ve from a lot of places both here in the States and abroad. I joined the service myself and did a lot more traveling. I’ve settled in the Pacific NW for quite a few years but anywhere my family lives is home to me.

    —Vicky on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Germiston, South African and have been Living in the United Arab Emirates for 7 years, first two years in Abu Dhabi and 3rd year to present in Dubai.

    —Mechelle on May 14, 2014
  • I moved from my home town, seward, Alaska to Soldotna, on the other side of the kenai peninsula, to live in a senior apartment when I could no longer take care of my house and garden … miss the mountains and the bay there, but enjoy the three quilt stores close by, and, my craft is three times the size of my other craft room!

    ritainalaska on May 14, 2014
  • I was born in Walsall UK and travelled around the uk with my dads job – a prison officer. After meeting my husband in Leicestershire we moved to the smallest county in the uk – Rutland. Then 7 years ago hubby announced after Xmas dinner that the police in South Australia were recruiting & he was keen to give it a go! what a surprise! within the year we were in Adelaide, we now live in a small township 40km outside of Adelaide, in the Adelaide Hills called Macclesfield…. we love it here & can’t think of ever returning to the UK other than for holidays, my children love it too & have so many opportunities for a better life, oh & there’s the surf, sun, sea…..I literally followed my husband round the world!

    —Suzanne Keal on May 14, 2014
  • Born in Chicago, grew up in Northbrook, IL.
    College in Columbia, MO.
    Worked as a traveling consultant for my college fraternity,
    My career as a public library administrator took me to Brenham, TX; Pittsburg, KS; Portland and Auburn, ME; Fargo, ND; and Lindenhurst and Winthrop Harbor, IL.

    —Nann on May 15, 2014
  • I’m from a city across the river from Montreal, Its called Brossard and is next door to St. Lambert the city where I was born and grew up, These towns are on what is called the "South Shore". I will soon be moving across the .boarder into Ontario to be closer to my Grand children

    —Elizajane on May 15, 2014
  • Born in Great Falls, Montana; lived in Long Beach, CA; lived on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (loved it!); and Salt Lake City, UT and surrounding suburbs are home for the past 62 years.

    —Janet on May 15, 2014
  • Hi…I’m was raised in Gronlid, Saskatchewan, Canada….a place of about 200 people where wheat, barley, oats, and small town life are the spirit of the time…I now live in Victoria, BC , Canada on Vancouver Island…I moved here about 25 years ago….and still enjoy quilting…a lot.

    —Darlene Krystal on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in Beirut, Lebanon. My family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when I was nine. I have lived in northern New Jersey, New York City, Rochester, Ny where I learned to quilt,. I am now living in Tampa Bay Florida, where the quilting scene is amazing!

    —Lena on May 15, 2014
  • Ottawa, Canada is my birthplace; at 6 months old, my family moved to Trinidad, BWI. A few years later,we moved to New Orleans, then back to Canada. The place I call home is Antigonish, NS. I live in Maine now, but drive home to see my family every few weeks.

    —Margaret Shaw on May 15, 2014
  • I’m originally from Arkansas, but left when my husband joined the Army 30 years ago. I am proud to say we have lived in the great state of Virginia for the last 16 years!

    —Sonya on May 15, 2014
  • Western Kansas and now Eastern Kansas

    Janice Kleinschmidt on May 15, 2014
  • From the North, live farther North.

    —Quilting Tangent on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in central California and moved to Southern California in 1975 when I was 15
    I am a fith generation Californian and my kids are sixth generation. That is a huge deal in this state . So many here are transplants. As a realtor I benefit from all the new people moving here. Aside from yesterday’s bad fires here, this state has awesome weather

    Deanna Carpinelli on May 15, 2014
  • I spent the first 18 years of my life in a little town called Hudson Bay. It is in Saskatchewan, Canada, about 40 miles from the Manitoba border, and about as far north as you would want to get in SK!!

    I’ve lived in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, 100 Mile House and Lac La Hache (all in BC), but now, I live in Calgary, AB. We’ve moved a few times inside the city, but have finally put roots down in our community, having lived here for over 7 years and plans for another 70.

    —Susan Burney on May 15, 2014
  • I was born and raised in New York about 65 miles from New York City. When my husband retired we moved to North Carolina and now call it home.

    —Dianna Willstaedt on May 15, 2014
  • I was born and raised by my grandparents on a small farm in east central Ohio. My grandma made sure that I knew how to sew by hand and embroider but she had a friend of hers teach me how to sew with a machine. My first project was a skirt. I was 10 yrs. old and I was hooked. By the time I was in high school I was making all my clothes for school…even jeans! I made my prom dresses and later baby clothes for my 2 sons. In 2000 my youngest graduated high school and went directly into the Marine Corps. I moved to central Indiana and lived there until 2008 when I went to Jacksonville, NC to be closer to that son who had been in the Marines, and my grandson. I got a job at WalMart ( in the fabric dept) and learned how to quilt from my dept. mgr. I ended up moving back to central Indiana in 2010 and now I quilt and sew just about anything!

    Cynthia Benedum on May 15, 2014
  • Home is where my family is,currently that is in Central Point, Oregon, but I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. I left there and have lived in Utah, California,and St Thomas, USVI. Each place has stolen a part of my heart as I left, but new growth has come from new friends and new experiences.

    —Cheri Williams on May 15, 2014
  • I’m not sure where I’m from. I grew up in the (hopefully) future Jefferson state, live now in a town that was named, sort of as a joke, for another place people had never heard of in Georgia. (After all, who would build a railroad to Duluth, MN?) In between times I’ve lived in Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington. Where will I be from next? Nevada I think.

    —Laurel on May 15, 2014
  • I just read through comments, and will add a PS: Barbara and I were neighbors, since I moved out to Georgia from the Seattle area. Lived across the road from new city limits of Kirkland. We were one exit south of the Martingale offices. Considering moving to Reno or Bend–sunny places. No, not military, just itchy feet.

    —Laurel on May 15, 2014
  • I want free patterns in knitting or crochet thanks, Marjorie

    Marjorie, there are a couple of free knit and crochet patterns in our free pattern section. Just register on our website at shopmartingale.com and click on the "freebies" button. ~Cornelia

    —marjorie on May 15, 2014
  • I see what the question , I live in Canaan, Maine and been here for 53 years and have done a lot of different things. I knit, crochet, quilts, make aprons all sizes, cromics and many other things . I have lived in Rhode Island, Mass, New Hamsphise. and then back to Maine..

    —marjorie on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in Bratislava, Slovakia and I still live here 🙂

    —Lubka on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in Amarillo,Texas, moved to Kingston, NY when I was 4, Waltham, MA, Sprinfield, MA, on to Cape Girardeau, MO in 1980, and now in Pauls Valley, OK. I plan to move to Tampa, FL. Life is an adventure–why not try to enjoy as much as possible before reaching the final ultimate place 😉

    —Donna on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in a small Ventura County town about a hundred miles from where I live now in Los Angeles County, California. The city I live in has about twice the number of people as my hometown. People here are from all over the world and that make life very interesting, I’ve learned so much from them.

    Quilters in our area are very fortunate that there are at least twelve quilt fabric shops within a thirty mile radius of this city. Southern California has lots and lots of traffic but it also has several wonderful quilt shops! Life is good.

    —JoAnne T. on May 15, 2014
  • I come from where the Wind begins, and I am currently floating along on the River of Life.

    —Rise on May 15, 2014
  • Where am I from? I’ve never been able to answer that one without a lot of time and explanation but here goes. I was born in Wisconsin, after that (and in order) I’ve lived in: Minnesota, Connecticut, Minnesota, Maryland, Wisconsin, Upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and finally, where I am now – Indiana. I attended six different schools in grades 1-6 (a couple for only a few weeks) and three different schools from 7-12th grades. And no, not a military brat – my Dad stumbled into a new exotic career called computer programming after college. My older brother was born in Maryland, my younger born in Connecticut. The benefit to all this? Unlike many of my friends an hour drive isn’t a major outing for me, it takes 5 hours for me to think twice about visiting people or exploring a new quilt shop!

    I’m fortunate here in Indiana to have found a large quilting environment and friends who enjoy it as much as I do. It also turned out that 6 of my cousins are die hard quilters and we get together for a retreat every year and a few odd weekends in between.

    —Lynn on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in Wisconsin, the heart of Packerland! In 1954, the family was packed and moved to Minnesota – where dad had more work opportunities. Now I am in a state of confusion as I start over, in life.

    —Ann B on May 15, 2014
  • Born in Richmond, Virginia and after many stops along the way am now happily settled in Bend, Oregon–home to 3 quilt shops and just down the road from the Sisters Quilt Festival!

    —Robin Raiter on May 15, 2014
  • I guess you might say I have been in places that most people call "down home". Or perhaps other unflattering names. Not places like New york, Paris, or Las Angeles, but the good old Midwest. I was born in Des Moines Iowa and lived in Cedar Rapids until I was three. We moved to Glen Ellyn, a suburb of Chicago where I spent the rest of my single life.

    It was a wonderful place to live. I spent my winter skating on the lake and my summers swimming in the community pool. I had a short walk to the movie theater, down town, and the park.

    Marriage didn’t offer much change. We lived in several communities in Iowa, North Chicago, and back to the Chicago suburbs for a few years. Now I live along the Mighty Mississippi River on the Iowa side. I cross the bridge every morning. The river is so alive; home to Eagles, pelicans, ducks, geese, egrets, and gulls. The river seems to constantly change, if you watch it, one morning like glass and the next swirled with whirlpools.

    The Quad Cities and vicinity is home to some wonderful quilting shops and yarn shops.

    —Leslie on May 15, 2014
  • I was born and raised in Minnesota. There were 6 girls and 6 boys in my family. We learned to reuse, reuse, reuse. I love quilting because I can take the smallest scrap and make something good with it. I left home at 18 and got married at 21. I wanted to move away from my family, because everybody knew everybody. So I moved one hour away in another part of Minnesota. I had 3 children and 2 of them moved back to my old stomping grounds of Willmar, MN. I am a farm girl stuck in a small town. ~25 years later, the kids have left home so I have decided to go back to college and get my bachelors degree. I think I might have lost my mind but good things may come out of this. I may be able to move somewhere other than Minnesota? Who knows?

    —Jean from Minnesota on May 15, 2014
  • I was born and raised in a farm community outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I lived 25 years in Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada’s North. Now I am retired and live on the east coast of Canada in the beautiful town of Digby, Nova Scotia, home of World Famous Digby Scallops. In all of those places I have been a quilter, starting by hand with scissors and fabric and now with computerized machines and a cutting system.

    —Barb S. on May 15, 2014
  • Born in Cincinnati, OH, spent 1st 6 years in Liverpool, England, moved to Texas at 6 and grew up there – San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston. Moved to Tucson, AZ to be close to my son and family and lived there for 11 years, now retired and living by Lake Chapala in Jalisco State in Mexico. What a fabulous life I have had but I love living in the most beautiful climate in the world.

    There are no quilt shops around here but we have 3 quilting guilds in our area of which I am a member of two of them. We have to travel to Guadalajara for material or order it online (which is very expensive to have it shipped) from the US.

    —Lynda Nunez on May 15, 2014
  • Originally from Tampa, Florida. Now living in Kingsport, Tennessee. I love Appalachia and do not miss hurricanes in the least.

    Julie W on May 15, 2014
  • I grew up in Augusta, GA, and met my husband at UGA. We lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Illinois, South Carolina again, and moved back to Georgia almost 25 years ago. We now live on the family farm in Taylorsville, GA. It’s quite a change for this "city gal".

    Mary Beth McKelvey on May 15, 2014
  • All over the eastern half of the US. I came to Denver for college in 1984, and I haven’t left.

    —Karen Cohn on May 15, 2014
  • I was born in Seattle, raised in the state of Washington (west and east side). When I got married I was moved to East Tennesse for a few years. After my husband’s graduation from college we moved to the Seattle area…home for me. I did not begin quilting until my mom and sister introduced me to the art in the 1970’s. We have been in Woodinville, WA for 31 years now, but are contiplating another move…to Missoula, MT. I am nervous but really looking forward to the next phase of life, family and quilting.

    —Cindy French on May 15, 2014
  • I spent my entire youth just 20 miles south of Grand Forks, ND on a farm a couple of miles from the Red River of the North. After college I moved west in ND to different topography and warm, friendly people. We got married, raised our children in Minot and will probably retire here. It’s been a wonderful community and lots of opportunities for different stages of life.With our children in the Minneapolis, MN area I’ve had the opportunity to visit many quilt shops and enjoy those excursions to see the grandchildren even more with a quilt store stop here and there!!

    —Janet in ND on May 16, 2014
  • I was born in San Diego, CA. My E. Washington-born dad was a navy pilot and we moved about every 3 years. Spent first 8 years of life in So Cal, then Seattle,WA, Willow Grove, PA, Springfield, VA and Oak Harbor,WA. Met my husband in college in Bellingham, WA and we lived briefly in Boston,MA then Olympia, WA, Bellingham/Whatcom County, WA (25 yrs), Frederick, MD and now we live 8 miles south of Gettysburg, PA. Bloom where you’re planted…I try hard to do that and while I enjoy life,the friends I’ve made and our kids are all living relatively close, my heart is still in Bellingham and I harbor a dream that someday we’ll get back there!

    —Sharen N on May 16, 2014
  • Although I was born in Washington, D.C., I am from Tucson, Arizona, and am now living in Colorado.

    —Mary P on May 16, 2014
  • I was born in the Dallas area, moved to Las Cruces, NM, moved to Alamogordo, NM, moved Marysville, CA, back to Alamogorodo. We are in the early stages of a move to Ksnsas. I’m looking forward to possibly living on a small farm and have a new sewing studio.

    —Ocotilla on May 16, 2014
  • I grew up in northern New Jersey (and yes, I went to the Jersey "showah" continuously until I left for college). But when I went to college in Virginia, I never moved back. I have been living in Georgia for 35 years now, so I no longer have a Jersey accent, which may be kind of sad!

    —Sue Cleek on May 16, 2014
  • Geographically, I am only 30 miles away from where I grew up in San Diego County, but more importantly, I am a million miles away from my beginnings as an only child of a single parent who grew up in poverty, insecurity, and loneliness to a happily married mom of an adult son who was brilliant enough to marry the most awesome woman in the world who has given us two beautiful and loving granddaughters. Retirement has given me the time to pursue my love of design and color in the form of quilting on a full time basis. I have been fortunate enough to teach a few quilting classes as well. God is good:)

    Elaine on May 16, 2014
  • I grew up in Buffalo, now live in St. Louis, and will move to Dayton in the summer. I have lived in numerous places before my arrival in St. Louis, which is the longest place I’ve lived in since I entered the Brothers.

    —Bro AJK on May 16, 2014
  • I am from Northern CA. Think closer to the Oregon border for my NORTHERN. I currently live in Oregon but have lived in New mexico, Montana, Washington, Idaho and in Northern California from birth to around 25. Oregon is a little cooler than I like, but it is green pretty much all year and I do like that. I currently live in an underground house, which is different. I miss having a window in my sewing room though and sometimes need to take fabrics outside to get a real idea of how they look together.
    I don’t know what’s next but look forward to each adventure life brings. As long as I can sew!!! Good luck everyone.

    —CindyM on May 16, 2014
  • Born and raised in Idaho, joined the military and met my sweetheart a southern boy from Alabama in Baltimore, Maryland. We have traveled the county covering all but three states Maine, Vermont, and Alaska which are on our bucket list. Love the beauty that can be found in the variety of landscapes and the people. We continue to visit family and friends taking different routes as we travel to see our beautiful county.

    —Cathy on May 16, 2014
  • I was born in Portland, OR and lived at Nana’s house while my father fought in World War II. In my childhood we moved twice–out to a place where we could have chickens and a garden and again when I was 8 to be closer to Nana when my grandfather died. Being five was a big thing for me. Mom started me crocheting, embroidering, and helping with the canning. Nana started me sewing for my dolls. Sewing for my dolls led to sewing my clothes. (I remember how pleased Nana was when I made my first plaid skirt and matched the plaids perfectly.) I married my high school sweetheart. We moved to San Diego because he had gone into the Navy. When he got out the first time, we moved to Vancouver, WA. We also moved to Everett, WA where I took up quilting because my arthritis was so bad I couldn’t sew a button on my husband’s uniform. Our next move was to San Francisco. In between moves the kids and I lived in Portland where both my husband and I had family. Now in our retirement years, we divide our time between Seneca, a small city in Eastern Oregon, and Portland–because of necessary medical care. Since I learned to quilt, quilting has been a constant and important part of my life.

    —Jeannette Bessler on May 16, 2014
  • I was born in the great NW, Washington – My folks were itinerant fruit pickers so we traveled a lot, then when I was 4, we moved to Minnesota and grew up there. At age 20 the wanderlust but got me so I moved back to Washington on my own. Married a military man so I was on the move again, first to Japan, then to Montana, then Germany, then to Colorado and finally back to Washington. I love the Northwest and love my little home with it’s super sewing room. It close by to several quilt shops (this is important to me.

    —Connie B on May 16, 2014
  • Until a year ago I had lived all my life in Illinois — first in a coal mining town in southern IL, then in a northwestern suburb of Chicago, and finally a college town in the midst of cornfields in central IL. Actually, now that I think about it, those 3 areas are quite different from each other. Now we live in another college town in Alabama where we live near our oldest daughter.

    —Nancy Angerer on May 16, 2014
  • Like our song says "There is no place like Nebraska". Born and raised there and would have moved back in a heart beat had the opportunity presented itself. I was planted in Iowa because of husband’s job and met the nicest people and three have turned out to be my quilting buddies (but that came about later). You see we moved again after 10 years to Illinois, where I have lived for the the better part of 30 years. I’m now retired and loving every minute of it. We travel a lot, most of the USA, Caribbean, London, Australia, and Spain. The best room in my home is my "Quilting Cove". At any given moment you will find me at my Janome making a quilt for a fundraiser, for friends, or for the love’s of my life, my family. Yes, I was born and raised in Nebraska but my home is where my family flock.

    —Norma Hector on May 16, 2014
  • I spent my early years in Texas and Oklahoma where my parents were also raised. In the seventies I moved to NW Washington and found a home among the trees, mountains, and ocean! Whenever I travel, I look for patterns-patchwork or embroidery-to show the feel of the area, whether in Europe or throughout the States.

    —Judy on May 16, 2014
  • I was born & raised in Dallas, TX. I moved to Berkeley, CA when I was 21. Lived all over the Bay Area for the next 20 years. Then I moved to the Sacramento, CA area where I’ve lived for the last 20 years or so. Now that I’m retired, I’d like to do a little more exploring. So much I haven’t seen that I would like to see.

    —Susan Clarkson on May 16, 2014
  • I was born in Bandhagen, Stockholm Sweden 1954 and have spent my summers in the archipelagos of Sweden for almost all my life. These are small islands with bare smooth rock, shaped by the ice during the last ice age. The trees are not tall and the summers are light this far north. Although this is a maze of islands where you easily get lost, it always gives me a definite sense of freedom, and freedom of movement. An open field, a bigg wood or a mountain above the line where there are no trees makes me feel restricted, fenced in … How on earth will I get out of here where there is no water to sail on?

    I can appreciate the beauty of other types of natural svenery, but it never makes me feel at home. I still live in Stockholm, a city on islands, In an apartment, but I see water every day. I go out in the country horseback riding four or five days a week, keeping close to water

    —Annika Wahlström on May 16, 2014
  • I grew up on a farm in Maryland and I am still on that same farm. I never thought I would want to live here when I grew up but I do. I have the mountains and the valleys, the trees and the native flowers and more and more different types of wildlife all around. When you see a mother Bobwhite and her babies, watch a Red Hawk soar through the sky, laugh when the mother Fox plays tag with her babies, attend to the birth of a new calf, share the Lavender with the Honey Bees, or have that first Bear walk through your yard – then you can understand why I stay.

    —Charlotte on May 16, 2014
  • I’m hopelessly Midwestern! Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and have lived "up North" since my marriage 42 years ago. I now reside in rural Chippewa Falls, home of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery. Our nearby Lake Wissota also received a "mention" in the movie Titanic!

    —Diana Stenner on May 16, 2014
  • Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and still here with no intentions of leaving. Hop, skip and a jump into New York City where there are endless things to do.

    —Virginia Bronner on May 16, 2014
  • Grew up in Elm Store, Arkansas…moved to Eagle River, Alaska then to current home in Hot Springs, Arkansas

    —Lawana Whaley on May 16, 2014
  • I have lived in Iowa almost my whole life. I did live in the San Diego area when my husband was in the Navy but when he was discharged we moved right back to Iowa. I grew up in Northwest Iowa and now live in Southeast Iowa (about 20 miles from the Mississippi). Iowa is a beautiful state and has so many great things to offer!

    —Renea on May 16, 2014
  • I was born in Denver, CO and was adopted at 6 weeks old and moved to Paonia,CO. I graduated there and have left Colorado only twice to live. Currently in Grand Junction which has a curse – if you’ve ever lived here you will always return!!!

    —Nancy Eriksen on May 16, 2014
  • Born in New Jersey & lived in a small town until I turned 9. Moved to my Dad’s even smaller hometown in New Hampshire. I lived there until I married. I’m now at home in Maine’s newest city!

    —Elizabeth Tallau on May 16, 2014
  • I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, lived for a time in Forestville, a suburb of D. C., and have lived for the last 40 years in Grantsville, Maryland which is in Garrett county in the westernmost part of the state in the mountains. A mere 225 miles from my parents, it still takes 4 hours to go home and we are 2 climate zones colder which makes Spring so much later in coming!

    —Linda Towers on May 16, 2014
  • I am a native Southern Californian, growing up in Huntington Beach and then living in San Clemente as an adult. Ten years ago, at 40 years old, we moved to the Pacific Northwest. Life in rural Oregon is very different from living in a beach town, but the things that make me happy haven’t changed: big blue skies, reading in the sunshine, tending to roses, walking with our dogs. Those things are home.

    —Beth T. on May 17, 2014
  • I grew up in Iowa but have been living in Illinois for 40 years. I still love my Iowa homeland!

    Carol Kussart on May 17, 2014
  • I was born and reared in Biloxi, Mississippi, just a mile from the beach! Now I live in Metairie, Louisiana, 90 miles west of my home town. I really miss the beach sometimes, it’s such a soothing place.

    —TerriK on May 17, 2014
  • Born in Cleveland Ohio, raised in Mansfield Ohio, and an Ohio girl all my life. I now live in a small town in eastern Ohio called Thompson. It’s very rural, yet still close enough to Cleveland to enjoy the Browns (okay maybe "enjoy" isn’t the right word, but I can’t help myself, it’s my team!). I love our log cabin in our woods, and am currently working on my first log cabin quilt to grace our bed. I am lucky to have three quilt shops within a 30 mile radius, each of which has a different "flavor" in terms of fabric inventory. I can usually find whatever I am looking for in one of them.

    —Mary Riha on May 17, 2014
  • This week I traveled from Florida to Missouri and back again to see my oldest grandson graduate from high school. Where am I from? Location is Florida but as a person, from a single struggling mother not knowing how to pay for food to working any overtime for an extra paycheck. A tear here and there to marriage to a lovely man. A job where I traveled all over this country working for my dear family. Traveled each time my grandchildren were born and now the circle is rounding as my eldest in Missouri is beginning his adventure. I have been up and down, scare and confident, angry and elated. I am now satisfied seeing my daughter content and my grandchildren on positive pathways for their future. Yes, I have traveled a long and winding road but the sunset is bueatiful and I am smiling.

    —Marjorie on May 17, 2014
  • I never know how to answer this question. Where I am now is where I choose to be, Rhode Island, that’s the easy part. I was born in New York City, which is cool to tell people in RI, but I don’t consider it where I’m from because I only lived there a few months. The in between time was spent moving back and forth from upstate NY to RI, not of my choice, so insignificant to me, except that living different places allows you to make a better choice of where to stay.

    —Sue on May 17, 2014
  • My mother was born in Virgina, my dad in Maryland. My father was in the Army so I was born overseas, and we lived in a couple more places until I was 6 years old. We moved to Augusta, GA where I have lived ever since. Extended family meant yearly visits to Virginia/Maryland, but my parents like the climate in the south so they made every effort to keep us there. I can’t really relate to the other places I lived, so I’m a Georgia girl.
    And fortunately I was born in a family of women who sewed; I’m a 4th generation quilter and very glad I am.

    —Marie on May 17, 2014
  • Born in downtown Houston Texas, raised on the "now near north side" of Houston, currently living in Bellaire Texas; about 16 miles from where I grew up.

    —Debbie Williams on May 17, 2014
  • I was raised in rural Minnesota and recall being so proud of my first day of school dress out of flour sacks made by my mother. That was the "normal" of area and one was exposed to sewing bees, quilting bees, county extension agents and 4H clubs that just instilled so much knowledge and warmth from all of them. After h.s. I went to the west coast (Seattle) and learned the city living, married and lived in our first home for over 40 years. Yes, I carried out the hobbies (and necessity) of sewing all those years. We sold that house and moved to smaller quarters after our retirement but sewing was still a highlight in my life, even had the sewing machine in the RV when we toured all 48 states in it!! Now snowbird to AZ retirement community and very active in the Stitchery Club. So those values instilled in that rural community lives on no matter where you land! Betty

    —Betty Paschal on May 17, 2014
  • I was born in Thomasville, North Carolina . However I have lived most of my life in Western Ohio with 10 years in Eastern Ohio. Even though Ohio is home I still feel the love of family when we go to N.C. to visit. I guess you can’t get the south out of your system.

    —Louise Buker on May 17, 2014
  • I was born in Birmingham, Alabama; Mother was born in Alabama, father in Georgia. After WW2 we moved to Detroit, Michigan; moved to Cleveland, Georgia followed by Helen, Decatur, and Atlanta, GA. I moved to Tampa, FL, married and moved to Jeffersonville, Ohio; hubby and I moved to Tampa, FL, bought a home and moved to Lutz, FL, where I currently reside.

    On my own and riding with truck driving husband; I traveled and "lived" in 48 states, lacking North Dakota and Alaska. While I was in the military serving my country, I "lived" in 22 counties.

    Grass does NOT grow under my feet; nor does, my rolling stone gather any moss, where ever, I go, I call it: home.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on May 18, 2014
  • I was born and raised in ND except for 2 years when i was young in Branson MO. After high school i went to CA to IN then NC and south GA before coming back to ND because of exhusband was in the Marine Corp. I did leave for a year and lived in WI but came back home where i finally met my husband who was born and raised here also except for his time in the Navy where he went all over the world! We love it here because it is nice to live in a state with fewer people than a medium size city throughout the whole state! Plus no earthquakes or earthquakes LOL!

    —jody on May 18, 2014
  • I was born in St John’s, Newfoundland, and was raised in Quebec. Twenty years later, I find myself back in St John’s, meeting new family and new friends. I’ve come in a full circle, but at the same time I’m in a very different place. After a painful four years, I’m starting to come to a better place than I’ve been in a long time and I’m keeping optimistic about the future.

    —Sarah Jane on May 18, 2014
  • Originally from Evansville, Indiana and now residing in The Woodlands, TX.

    L Bippus on May 20, 2014
  • I am from Maine and live only 1 mile from where I grew up, so never spread my wings and flew too far lol.

    —Nancy on May 21, 2014

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