Teal Dragon Quilts

A world of Quilts and Dragons!

About the Quilter

Through the Years

Early Years

Born in Shreveport, LA, we moved to Monroe, LA when I was 6.  Monroe was a beautiful place to grow.  I have many fond memories and joining Facebook, I’ve rediscovered friends from my past.

At 27 I married my husband.  I was raised Baptist, but became Catholic before we were married. We’ve been married since June, 1984 and we have moved around quite a bit.

We started off in Quitman, Mississippi.  I was happy to move to Lafayette, LA.  Up until I moved to Mississippi, I wanted OUT of Louisiana.  Quitman was NOT for me.  (I think I could like it now.) Then we moved to Lake Charles, LA.  Next stop was Natchitoches, where we had met in college.  I enjoyed it and was teaching in the Natchitoches Parish Schools as a “Talent” Teacher.

Mid-Life (no crisis)

We had our 2nd stay in Lafayette, where I was living my dream.  I was in 5 orchestras, starting to play in a Chamber group, teaching Orchestra in the schools, (5th grade thru 12th) and had a private studio of 30 students.  We were supposed to settle there, but my husband is in the oil industry and NO ONE stays in one place for long.  So we moved to Houston, Texas.  I hated it.  But we weren’t done.

Our biggest move was to Calgary, Alberta Canada.  It was wonderful.  I loved the four seasons and cooler weather.  Who knew spring and fall lasted longer than a day or two!  The snow was awesome!  I was amazed to discover there are different kinds of snow.  My favorite is the BIG, PUFFY flakes.  But of course paradise can’t last forever, so back to Houston we go.

More Recent

This time around I fell in love with Houston and that is where we are now.  My husband and I purchased a house on Tiki Island, a little community just north of Galveston, Texas.  We have discovered paradise, for the both of us.  If we can manage the stairs, that is where we want to retire.

I think I did a pretty good job of adjusting to all our “homes”.  The move when I was 6 was pretty traumatic for me.  I don’t remember much, but I did have a hard time adjusting.

What kept me sane was my violin.  I was able to play in the same community orchestras wherever we went in Louisiana and Texas.

I retired from the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra 2011. It was a tough decision. I have been a member since I was 19!  There were 3 years in that time I didn’t play.  Two years in Quitman and one in Calgary.  But now I have more time for Tiki and quilting.

In Quitman, I did play with the Merridian Orchestra.  In Calgary I did not play, but I discovered my passion…Quilting.  Yep, not by hand but using a home sewing machine, I piece tops, then baste and quilt by machine.  I make the quilt from start to finish and it has satisfied something in me that music was never able to do.

The Journey

Ultimately, my Quilt Journey is what this site is all about.  I would love it if you would follow my blog!  Please, check out my quilts and projects.  Or read a post.  This one is my best, IMHO.  My favorite is this one.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Looking forward to our journey!

Safe Travels!

12 responses to “About the Quilter

  1. What a great smile you have! Marvelous pictures. You kind of remind me of my mom….

    I wanted to let you know that my blog is private while I am working on it, but if you click on the link I will add you

  2. ivoryspring says:

    I am loving the new look on your blog – and it’s so wonderful to read your story! LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures. 🙂

  3. Rose Red says:

    Hi! I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award (which is

    kind of a pain to accept, actually, but a compliment, nonetheless). The

    rules are included in my post: http://geletilari.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/appreciation-the-one-lovely-blog-award/

  4. Hi 🙂
    I have nominated you for the ” One Lovely Blog” award. If you would like to participate and accept the award you can check it out here: http://angielizandre.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/one-lovely-blog-award/

  5. Wow, you are an amazing lady. Five orchestras eek 🙂
    I played the flute 20 years ago for a short time and started again in the beginning of this year. I love it and I wish I never gave it up. My goal is to play in a local community band…..someday 🙂

    • Teal Dragon says:

      Five orchestras was a BIT much. But I do love to play. Keep it up and you will be able to play in a community group. I love the flute. It was my favorite of the wind and brass instruments when I had to take them in school. Looking forward to seeing your journey to Community Band Member!

  6. Guila Greer says:

    I was happy to come across your blog while getting my wordpress site set up. (I just switched from Blogger).
    It is so heartening to know there are others “out there” on the same path – I also am trying to get my art related business established. I am mainly an art quilter – with a lot else tossed into the mix. I am also a realtor. (and I play the piano but am not a pianist, lol – strictly for self amusement)
    Good luck Mary Lou!! I’ll check back.

    Guila Greer
    Tarzana, CA


    • MaryV says:

      Thanks for stopping by Guila. I have not been very good about blogging, lately. Hope to get back on it very soon. I thought I was the only Realtor/Quilter/violinist/pianist….Sounds like we are a lot alike. I really like WordPress, but am working on getting a website that I can blog from. I look forward to reading your blog. Take care and best of luck to you!

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