Michele and her Aunt Turtle (real name Doreen) have a warm and wonderful relationship and have certainly found quilting sisters in each others company.
Michele was on a six-week sabbatical from her job and this adventurous gal decided to drive down the Eastern coast of the United States collecting Row by Row kits and license plates. Loving the H2O theme, she started in Maine and, as you can see by her quilt, the trip was a huge success. Michele said, “It all started with an Amy Bradley design. The suitcase would represent my travel on the road and then I modified it for myself with a self-portrait”.
Michele and Doreen collected together from Virginia quilt shops, some Florida quilt shops, and from shops in Syracuse, New York where they both are from. Even Michele’s husband got into the act – collecting license plates for her. Time was spent at Doreen’s home creating the Diva on their quilts, and Doreen added pins and other Row by Row ‘goodies’ to her quilt.
Michele was 13 when her grandmother taught her how to sew. She said her senior project in high school was a quilt. Before her daughter left for college, she made her a t-shirt quilt with all the shirts she had collected during her time in high school. Now Michele focuses on pictures, creates a collage, and enjoys making personal quilts for weddings and anniversaries. Her latest is a patriotic quilt she made as a wedding present for a gal (who is in the Air Force) that was in her Girl Scout troop (Michele was the troop leader).
Michele likes to call this featured quilt her ‘Sabbatical Quilt’ as it represents “all the nice places I visited during my sabbatical summer of 2015”. It hangs in her home office and, as she works, she can look up at the quilt and enjoy all the fond memories.