Hi! My name is Beth. Welcome to Cooking Up Quilts!

I live in wild, wonderful West Virginia with my husband of more than 30 years. He is my rock and such a great guy! We have two sons and are empty nesters now which gives me more room for all my quilting supplies!

I’ve loved doing crafty things for as long as I can remember. My Mom never did crafty types of things for fun; I realized later she did them out of necessity. She had six children and made most of our clothes when we were young – maybe that’s when the sewing bug hit me!

I love to cook, read, watch reality TV and do all sorts of crafty, DIY kind of things. I discovered DIY when my husband and I remodeled (read: gutted) our kitchen. Neither of us knew what we were doing but learned a lot through Google. Need to know something? Just Google it!

I first learned to quilt in 2004. A few of my coworkers and I spent the summer quilting and I made two quilts – a log cabin quilt for my oldest son and one for myself using a pattern called Winning Hand. I had the log cabin top quilted by a local longarmer and gifted to my son. I finished and quilted the Winning Hand quilt in 2016. I renamed it the Twelve Year Quilt. 🙂

At the end of that summer, I changed jobs and that was the end of my quilting until the end of 2013. My sister had joined a quilting group in her community (she lives in PA), and encouraged me to get my quilting tools out of storage and put them to use. I’m so glad she did! We spend so much time now talking about quilts, children, gardening, etc. It’s really brought us closer.

A few years ago I designed and wrote my first quilt pattern and have since written several more. It’s something I really love to do and I look forward to publishing more designs in the future.

I can be kind of OCD about things, so it’s hard for me to have more than one project going on at a time. But I find that with quilting, there are so many things I want to do that I’m always starting something new. This also helps when I get tired of working on one project because there’s always something else to turn to.

Thank you for visiting – I hope you’ll come back often. This blog has opened doors for me in ways i never could have anticipated, and has allowed me to meet so many wonderful quilters in real life. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your quilting journey!