New to this forum, used to lurk around the "Rose" forum about 10 year ago. Then moved to the country, our soil is sandy and from a drought we had 4 years ago, most died. I went to a quilt show, through the urging of one of my 2 friends and found a quilt shop 20 miles away. I lived there practically for about 3 years and have met the most wonderful people now and have friends beyond what I could ever imagine.There are 8 of us that have 4 retreats a year with more joining. However I have tapered off the big quilts to other things like embroidery, hand and machine and making smaller quilts purses, etc. I still go back to the quilt shop where it all started from time to time or to take a class. My first quilt was"The Blooming Nine Patch" which after 5 years is finally on my longarm. I love reading your posts. If anyone is from around Terrell, Texas give me a shout.