Elizabeth Sampson

 
 

It all started when…

Some girls grow up watching their mothers make cookies, throw elaborate birthday parties, or even spring clean their home. I had the crafty mom. She would sew for hours into the late evening. We would meet with other moms that also enjoyed cutting up fabric into tiny shapes to sew them back together again. I was 12 when I went from helper and watcher to creating my 1st quilt. I still have it! It’s so special, pieced by me, this time mom was my “helper”, and hand-quilted by my grandmother.

Fast forward many years later. I’m married, have 3 teenage sons, volunteer with Boy Scouts and church, and just learned how precious our time here really is. Mom has been nudging me for years to “get back at it” she was referring to quilting. Like many young moms, I really got into scrapbooking, photography, and knitting. I’m still an avid knitter, but when I took a class last fall on a longarm quilting machine, I was hooked!! I immediately went into research mode, aka, learn everything about longarm quilting machines, and opened Chicks Who Quilt. I have the blessing to be working side by side with her as my mentor. Together we have teamed up to bring the traditional methods of quilting and technology of longarm quilting automation to the next generation.

Judy Dunnigan

 
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It all started when…


When I saw the quilts folded on the farm wagons, before the auction started, I was immediately drawn to them. As I ran my fingers over the worn scraps of colorful fabrics and the fine quilting stitches, I knew this was something I had to do. 

Now this was during the mid 1970’s and there were very little quilting books available. I found what I could, and with the help of some local quilters I bought a pad of graph paper and started drafting quilt blocks and making templates. 

Soon I was teaching quilt classes in my living room. Next I was teaching for a local Quilt Shop. With my young daughter in tow, off we would go to class.  Quilting Groups evolved of wonderful talented women, many of whom I  am still close with today. 

Now I am embarking on a new and exciting adventure with my daughter, Elizabeth, machine quilting. 

It has been said, It’s not a quilt until its quilted. I am looking forward to a wonderful ride!

Judy Dunnigan