Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting to Know You

Hello to all of you!

I'm Gayle Schipper from Redding, California, USA. Redding is a small city of about 100,000 in the upper end of the Sacramento Valley. While it's mighty hot here in the summer, it is a beautiful place to live. We are surrounded by mountains on 3 sides, and are in driving distance for lake activities in the summer, skiing (not me!) in the winter, and a still active volcano (last erupted in 1919) with geothermal areas to hike around.

I am a newly retired (big grin)elementary school teacher, most recent and favorite grade level was fourth. I still miss the kids, and am working on a deal to do some tutoring. I'm keeping quite busy with this and that and am playing more music than I had time for while I was working. I play flute and piano, mainly in the church setting, although I have played in community orchestras in the past. My DH and I have 4 children, 7 grands and 2 great-grandchildren between the 2 of us. They are a total joy.

About 13 years ago a friend asked if I wanted to go to a silk ribbon class. I asked, "What's that?" and she said, "I have no idea." That was the beginning of my fabric addiction. I am mainly a crazy quilter, learning different techniques for embellishment. "Musings", the result of SharonB's Take It Further Challenge was my first fabric book.

One of the things I am looking forward to in this swap is branching out into some new areas of fiber art. As I look at the blogs of the others members, I can see how different we all are in our approaches. Do whatever you want with my theme "All Creatures Great and Small." Anything goes - land, sky or sea critters - from Ants to Zebras.

BTW, my Flickr name is Stitchintime www.flickr.com/photos/stitchintime



  1. Gayle - Congrats on your retirement! I wish... I think we'll all learn so much from each other on this swap. It's going to be fun.

  2. Hello Gayle a fellow Take it Further participant who converted her pieces into a book - isn't that a coincidence and here we are working together on the Story of the Traveling Pages. I'm looking forward to the creation of this book.


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