I’m absolutely thrilled to have you here! It seems like you share my passion for fabrics, quilts, and unique bags.
I’m on a mission to help you spread love and joy by creating beautiful quilts and bags for your loved ones.
You might be wondering, what makes a successful quilter? To me, it’s someone who finds pure joy in creating quilts and shares that passion with their loved ones. That’s the essence of quilting, isn’t it?
Who is Geta Grama?
I’m a passionate quilter living in Romania. I’m not only a quilter but also a designer of quilt and bag patterns. I’m dedicated to encouraging fellow quilters to explore new techniques and enhance their quilting skills while having a blast along the way.
My journey into quilting began unexpectedly in 2001 when I stumbled upon it on the internet. At the age of 33, I decided to leave my engineering profession behind and dive into the world of fabric, patterns, and colors.
The beginning of my quilting journey: EVERYTHING is possible! I am the proof!
My journey wasn’t easy. In a country where quilting was unfamiliar, every small achievement felt like a huge victory:
– the first quilting book I bought; I studied it with a magnifying glass and an English-Romanian dictionary; the day I understood what is the difference between “batting-backing-binding-basting” was a big day!
– the day I bought the sewing machine with free motion quilting foot
– the day I managed to free motion quilt
– the first fabric order in a quilt shop in USA.
The biggest challenges?
– stitching in a ditch – I had a hard time understanding this technique only from a few pictures in a book
– free motion quilting – it wasn’t unusual for me to spend even 2 hours trying to achieve a decent stitching on my machine!
With no one near my shoulder to give me even the smallest advice and no blogs with tutorials or videos, everything I had to learn required a HUGE effort and a lot of time! But eventually, I managed to make quilts!
The turning point…
… in my quilting journey came when I fell in love with shadow trapunto, a technique I’m deeply passionate about. I started writing patterns and transformed my hobby into a small business. I even wrote a book!
A little story about my biggest dream!
I had a dream, and it came true; I had two quilts in the 2008 Houston judged show; you have no idea how much this meant to me.
Try to imagine this: a beautifully decorated Christmas shop, loaded with the most magnificent toys (this is the Houston Quilt Festival). And a poor child (that’s me, very poor due to my country’s lack of quilting culture) who has been looking through the windows at all the treasures in the shop. But in 2008, the child was able to visit the shop and enjoy all of the wonders…
Fast forward a few years later: two award-winning quilts
My quilt “A World of Many Colors” won an Honorable Mention at the Houston Judged Show of the International Quilt Association, “A World of Beauty”.
The friendship quilt I made with my Romanian quilting friends won 3rd place at the same competition above.
Curious to know more?
I thought you might 🙂
Here are a few random things you might want to know about me.
– the first quilting website I visited on Internet was Jinny Beyer’s website. Her logo quilt amazed me: it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! The colors and shapes showed me a world I had never dreamt existed. In that moment I fell in love with quilting. 10 years later I bought a kit from her and I made a quilt in the pattern of her logo.
– I owe my quilting journey to my wonderful family, especially my sister Oana, who introduced me to quilting. My family has always been my biggest support and inspiration.
– I have three sisters who aren’t quilters, but we’ve collaborated on a wonderful project for our mother. Together we stitched this wonderful quilt. If I need a helping hand, they are always here for me! Our favorite way to spend time together is to sew.
– I love Mylene Farmer’s music as much as I love quilting! I’ve traveled to Paris four times to attend her concerts. I made even a quilt for her– it is one of the most exciting projects!
– The color green holds a special place in my heart, and I dream of sewing a long green lace dress for my upcoming 30th wedding anniversary.
I am so glad you are here!
Your next step?
As a thank you for stopping by, I’d like to offer you a free copy of my Free Motion Quilting eBook. It’s my way of passing on my love of quilting to you.
To your quilting success,
PS. I’m afraid my sewing will always be better than my English! But I’m hoping that the universal language of quilts will help me express my love of quilting!