Hi, my name is Jean Graham and I live in southwestern Michigan. I have been quilting since 1974 and would love to help make your quilt top into a beautiful finished quilt to be enjoyed for a lifetime and handed down to your children or grandchildren to love and cherish.
I have a Gammill quilting machine that is equipped with the Statler Stitcher, an add-on computer system which guides the quilting machine and allows it to stitch designs perfectly every time. I have hundreds of quilting designs to choose from and I am always acquiring more. If you want a certain design and I don’t have it, I am sure I can get it for you. All you have to do is ask.
The first quilt I made was for my son when he was a little boy.
My Aunt Thelma taught me how to quilt. She would set up a large quilting frame that took up the whole room, pushing all of the furniture back out of the way. It was suspended between four ladder-back kitchen chairs. (Just like I remembered Grandma doing, in fact that was Grandma's quilt frame!)
One day she invited me and some of the women from our church to come help her quilt. The Ladies Aid from church had each made several quilt blocks and Aunt Thelma had stitched the blocks together. Now she was calling on some of them to help her do the quilting. She would have three or four of us sit on one side of the quilt frame and three or four more would sit on the other side. When a side was completed, we would roll the quilt up almost to our stitching and sit down and stitch some more. We would spend the afternoon quilting and talking and laughing. Aunt Thelma had homemade cookies and lemonade when anyone needed to take a break.
That was when I got hooked on quilting. When I went home that afternoon I was already planning a quilt for my son. It turned out to be a full-size bedspread. When I finally had the top done and ready for quilting, Aunt Thelma brought Grandma's quilt frame over, helped me set it up, and attached the quilt to it. We spent several afternoons, just the two of us, stitching and talking.
Aunt Thelma is gone now but I will always be grateful that she taught me so many things-one of which was the love of quilting. I have come a long way from the young woman sitting at that big quilting frame. I eventually inherited Grandma's quilting frame and ladder-back chairs which I used for many years for my own personal quilting and for quilting for others. Now that I am quilting with my Gammill, my love of quilting has grown even more.