Hello and welcome!
My Christmas present in 2003 was a sewing machine, and I took my first quilting class in early 2004 -- I lived near a lovely quilt shop (Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa). Apparently I decided, while writing my dissertation, that I needed a new hobby!
I've been an off-and-on quilter since then; in 2009 my father delivered my custom-built sewing cabinet and in summer 2010 I'm finally close to finishing the quilt I'm making him in (partial) payment. I'm also learning hand-piecing, and I've found the quilting blogs--talk about getting bitten by the quilting bug!
I'm not a fast quilter: I'm a university professor and a mom to a three-year-old, so my sewing time is limited. But I love it, and I'm looking forward to sharing and finding inspiration.