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I’m Karla Borglum Santoro. I’ve been married to Mark for 37 years. We have two grown children and three grandgirls. So lucky am I two of the grands live close by. Our farmette includes 4 miniature horses, 10 chickens, a 12 year old sweet mutt, and a 2 year old Golden. Chores keep me busy.
I’m also a reader, writer, gardener, photographer, kayaker, AND quilter. A fun full plate.
In June 2020 (wasn’t that an interesting year!) I retired from teaching. After teaching adults, juniors, seniors, 6th, 5th, and lastly 1st graders, for 30 years, it was time to rearrange the things on that plate. My AIR (after I retire) list includes working on selling my quilted pieces. Craft shows were my plan, but that isn’t going to happen for awhile. So, developing a website is the next idea. And here it is.
Quilting started in 1996. Well, in 1978, a college roommate, introduced me to the whole idea with Churn blocks, but we were sewing by hand, and truthfully, my energy level doesn’t abide by sitting still. (If I have to hand sew a binding, I stand up when I do it.)
Why does this hobby bring so much joy, I have pondered. At the start, I believe it was the only place in my life where all the decisions were mine. Pattern, fabrics, quilting, and what happened to the piece. That’s big when one’s life phase includes raising kids, working, and keeping the house livable. A creative outlet is certainly a joyful experience. I stole moments to quilt.
My patterns and tastes are varied. Traditional to modern, pieced to applique, straight line quilting to wild free motion quilting, quilts to pillows, Talk-About Books to bookmarks. I love it all.
Some favorite old time patterns are Log Cabin, Triple Irish Chain, Bargello, and Jacob’s Ladder variations. But there are so many more.
My stash is bountiful. It’s so true, one can collect fabric quicker than one can sew quilts. A retirement goal is to use it all up. I have a ways to go, but I have just begun.
I am blessed to have a room for a quilting studio. It’s small, but has everything I need: one machine (Janome), a cutting table, a design wall, my stash, and bins of scraps under tables. My happy place.
I welcome your questions and comments.