I took a quilting class about 30 years ago (boy has it really been that long), with my mom and sister. At that time, hand work was in vogue, so we learned to hand cut each piece, then hand sew and finally hand quilt. While I really enjoyed it, it just took sooo long to create a nice quilt. About that time, my son came along, so quilting got shoved in the closet and was soon forgotten. Then 2 years ago, after many years of moaning that I wanted to learn to machine quilt, my lovely husband bought me a new sewing machine (my old one had gotten lost somewhere along the line). I took a few classes, and have now found a new love. With "modern" techniques, like using rotary cutters to quickly cut multiple pieces, and machine piecing, it makes quick work of putting together a beautiful quilt. And the fabrics they have nowadays - absolutely stunning and quite a variety of colors, patterns and styles. I still hand quilt, because I enjoy handwork, and also I haven't gotten the hang of machine quilting yet! Any other quilters on board?? I'd love to discuss and share patterns, fabrics, techniques, and such.