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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