About Quilts for Sale*
The first spark of inspiration for Quilts for Sale actually had its origins years ago
when Maria was in first grade. Her teacher read stories of
the pioneers which told about the women who made quilts from
their fabric scraps. She was intrigued, her imagination was
kindled, and a lifelong interest and love of quilts was born.
Eventually, she became the first and only quilter in her family.
At 13 years of age, Maria started
working part time after school and on weekends as a cashier
at the local supermarket. Each week she'd buy a copy of either Woman's
Day Magazine or Family
Circle Magazine and bring it home to her mother. (Can
you believe that they only cost 5¢ each at the time?
It's true!) Maria was particularly interested in the articles
and pictures of quilts. Most often, the ones depicted were
Baltimore Album quilts. Maria had learned to sew at the age
of eleven in seventh grade and developed the incorrect thought
that that these lovely quilts would always be far beyond her
abilities and expertise.
TV, a PBS station from Buffalo, New York, begain airing quilting series starting with "Lap Quilting with Georgia
Bonesteel". Maria excitedly watched each segment and was thrilled
to discover that she, too, could actually learn to quilt! The only fabrics she had on hand were leftover pieces from
sewing clothes for herself and her children and from making
household items such as pillows, curtains, draperies, etc.
Anxious to start immediately, she used those to make every
block in the book and was thrilled and delighted with her
new skill. She has been quilting continually ever since.
Fast forward to the year 2000
when Maria found it challenging to choose a gift for her husband
Michael's birthday. She finally came up with the idea of taking
one of his water colours and reproducing it in needlepoint.
The painting and the needlepoint now hang side by side on
a wall. While looking through all of his art work to choose
a painting, she suddenly realized that much of his work could
become the basis of new quilt patterns, some just as they
were and others with some slight changes. The idea for Maria
Michaels Designs was born.
To create Maria Michaels Designs,
Maria first had to learn to develop websites, which she did
with the aid of several library books. Her website, Maria
Michaels Designs, was ready
and online in January of 2002. She went on to design websites for others, but has now retired from that endeavour.
Fast forward once more to 2005. Maria thought about all
of the wonderfully talented quilters spread across Canada
and the United States and the need for a place where quilt
lovers and quilters could come together, the quilters to sell
and the quilt lovers to delight in viewing over 1,000 quilts
and choosing the ones that warm their hearts. Quilts for
Sale was born.
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