Hi everyone - sorry I forgot to introduce myself earlier. I'm probably the granny of the group - 64 in years - but inside my head I'm still nineteen. I live alone (as a human) but with two cats who seem worryingly intensely interested in everything I do. I have recently developed the top floor of the house (large Leeds terrace) into studio space - think linen cupboard and storage on the landing, large sewing-room with everything the right height thanks to kitchen going cheap on ebay plus design/painting/printing room. Planning to downsize and move to Northumberland if I can a)stop what I'm doing long enough to decorate the house ready for sale (trouble about being retired is you can no longer afford to pay someone to do such things) and b) find a place with large studio space with attached living accommodation. So no need to hold your breath - though I am getting there a bit at a time.
Husband (died in 2000) was a painter (pictures not walls) and restorer of paintings and taught me a lot about art even if sometimes it nearly led to divorce (I did think that teaching someone about perspective by getting them to draw Whitby rooftops was somewhat unreasonable - for those who don't know Whitby, houses are higgledy-piggledy and all different sizes as well as being on hills and up steps and things...) I also did a second degree in Cultural History which opened my mind to all sorts of things way back at the end of the sixties.
After a long time teaching English I was finally invalided out with CFS/ME when I took up quilting as therapy in 1993. Later I tried to run a fabric-dyeing business (OK at dyeing, useless at business) during which I met Marion for the first time. Then a hiatus until sometime around 2006 or so when I discovered art quilting and later computers and blogging, not to mention the Contemporary Quilt group. As you can imagine I have no trouble filling my time, though I will admit I am by nature an arch-procrastinator.
Oh and I tend to talk too much. Sorry about that!