Sunday, May 29, 2016

Meet Paul Newest Team Member of The Quilting Room

The Quilting Room is getting a little bigger.  In the coming months my husband Paul is going to be moving from behind the scenes support to actually writing content for the blog.  He is a people powered machine quilter.  The vast majority of his projects are done on either treadle sewing machines or hand crank sewing machines.  I'm excited to have him start writing for the blog.  He brings a different perspective to quilt projects, as seen in the bowl cozies, and he has a much broader knowledge of vintage sewing machines than I do.  Many of the most popular small projects on the blog have been his ideas, I just wrote them up.  He's hoping to start this Thursday with his first post.

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Paul is a fairly new quilter.  He started a few years ago with a self designed denim quilt.  I had bought a discarded quilt project at a garage sale.  It sat for awhile and he finally asked me if I cared if he tried to finish it.  Since I bought it as a rescue mission more than a future project I didn't care at all.  He looked at the pieces that were done, figured out where they goofed, drew out a new pattern, and he was off.  He sewed the whole thing on his Grand Rotary treadle sewing machine.  He hasn't looked back since.

He's also my sewing machine mechanic.  His ability to fix sewing machines has brought many back from the trash heap including my Singer Merritt.  He has reconditioned all the machines in our home with the exception of my Necchi BU.  I did that one myself under his watchful eye.


Now let's hear from Paul himself:

Hello everyone, Melissa has done a pretty fair job in describing the circumstances of which has brought us to this place in time. Now I will go a little more in-depth about me and we can get this adventure started.   I have always been mechanically inclined person and I enjoy working with my hands but sewing machines were  magical mystery machines that I didn't  understand and never dreamed of ever working on one. But if it  is already broken then it can't be hurt by taking it apart and seeing what went wrong.  After fixing the first one it was a steady diet of broken machines,lots of research, patience and luck.

Sewing had always fascinated me and now with machines that were fixed and needed to be tested it only seemed natural that I learn to use each one and finish a project with it. I am not an expert nor do I ever want to be. I like to learn and share the knowledge that others have passed on to me. I want to share the passion I feel with a whole new generation who are too quickly being taught that we are a disposable world.

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Melissa Shields
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2 comments:

  1. Hi, Paul--I look forward to your posts!

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  2. Paul, a very different perspective than being behind a camera.. you go, Paul !
    Peggy C
    North Carolina

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