About Delaware Quilts

Delaware Quilts started as a fun web site for me to post information about a quilt retreat I was arranging for some internet friends. First it was where I posted information on when and where that retreat would be, and after the fact, I posted photos of all the fun we had. Since we had so much fun, we decided to do it again, and I posted information about the second one too.

Since it was the "cool" thing to do, I added a page about my family to the web site also. It was mostly photos of what my "boys" were doing. This got my son interested, and he was soon getting more hits than I did, due to the sports coverage he was doing on his web pages. (Now he has a business site at Terra Reef)

After the second retreat I added more photos from that second retreat and more information about the following year.

In July 1999 someone suggested I add a Block of the Month to my site. Sounded like a good idea to me, so I started what I then called my "Block of the (every other) Month (I hope)". At first I did all the "testing" myself, but since I knew what I was making and didn't need the directions and didn't look at them, (and because I kan't spel or tipe) I decided I needed someone else to check my work. I have a few friends who get the blocks ahead of time to check them for booboos. However I find that occasionally something will slip by all of us, so please let us know if you have a problem with any of the instructions.

The blocks are mostly public domain blocks, meaning I don't invent them. I only write my own directions and do my own graphics for making that block with the hopes that it will make your quilting easier and more enjoyable. Occasionally I do come up with what I think is an original block, and when that happens, I make sure that I properly document, record and copyright it.

The retreat became an annual event, and soon more people wanted to come than I had space for, so I added a second retreat. Ladies would go home and talk about all the fun they had, and soon the second retreat was over booked also. Someone suggested we have a retreat during the quilt show so we could enjoy the show more, and have time together to sew and shop, so I added the Spring Retreat. These retreats are open to anyone who would like to come and are only limited by the table space in the conference room. I try to limit them so everyone can have a full table to use for quilting. I also try to provide a full web page for each retreat so each group knows what they are doing when.

Delaware Quilts is owned and operated by me, myself and I. I get support from my family and friends, and a caring world wide quilting community. After losing several friends to cancer I decided I needed to start doing something about it. I had participated in Relay For Life for a few years, and my husband was involved in the local steering committee. He sort of volunteered me to be the On-Line Chair and from that day on I've shared my quilting time with Relay for Life. I brought my cause to the web site first in 2006, and was proud to raise over $4000. Delaware Quilts has had an official Relay For Life team for the last six years and two of those years we’ve had two teams. All together Delaware Quilts has raised over $80,000 towards the fight against cancer. Thanks to ALL of our supporters and donors.

I can not thank everyone enough for their support both to my fundraising efforts and to my web page. I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy doing it

Marge



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