I am Shannon Menninger and I have been quilting for about 6 years now. I am not a professional nor have I written any books on quilting. I have designed one quilt myself and completed it. I sent it to my husband while he was stationed in the Middle East.
I started quilting when my sister and I walked into a great shop in Chesapeake, VA called The Quilting Bee. All the quilters there were so helpful, whether they worked there or not. It is now the shop by which I judge all others. My first class was a rail fence quilt over the course of 6 weeks. Before the 6 weeks were up my sister and I had taken at least 3 other classes. After the first class I was hooked. My sister and I finished quilts for at least 5 people by the end of that first year of quilting.
Addiction is too kind of a word for the way I feel about fabric and quilting. I have fabric everywhere. I have so many UFOs that I don’t even know where to begin with them. I have projects that I never began, but I have organized in a ready to start kit. I have projects that are halfway done and quilt tops waiting to be basted and quilted. I have projects that are already cut, waiting to be sewn, and I have projects that other people gave me because they were never going to finish them. And I have 5 complete BOMs that I haven’t even done the first block yet! And I haven’t even mentioned patterns or books yet!
The highlight of my quilting experience so far has been to go to the Houston Quilt Show this past fall. I met Eleanor Burns! I used to watch Quilt In A Day with my grandmother when I was younger, she actually videotaped every episode. I think I still have them in my garage. I have a ton of her books, which are great for all levels of quilters. I made a Delectable Mountains quilt for my grandmother that turned out beautifully. I’ve also made a tulip wall hanging and a log cabin quilt from her books. She is so pleasant and willing to talk, she even introduced me to her son (she used to talk about him on her show).
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