About Me

I am the wife of one and mother of two.  My mom taught me to sew at a very young age.  I made my own first dress in 4th grade.  My mom and I made a lot of my clothes as I was growing up.  I have continued sewing throughout my life.  I worked on a few different costume crews for plays in college.  I’ve made campus jackets for my husband, my dad, my brother, my brother-in-law, and myself.  I made maternity and nursing clothes for myself, and baby and children’s clothes for my kids.  I made matching outfits for my daughter and her American Girl doll for years.  Now that she’s older, I recently helped her make a Renaissance outfit to wear to a local fair.  (She made the adorable pencil scarf in the picture here.)  My husband and son have lots of my homemade button-up shirts and camp shirts hanging in their closets.

The librarian at my junior high school taught me to cross-stitch when I was in 7th grade.  It’s a hobby that I have enjoyed sporadically ever since.  I tend to cross-stitch in spurts.  2007 and 2011 were big cross-stitching years for me.  Don’t ask me why!  I have a Proverbs 31 sampler nearly complete.  My sister-in-law’s mom gave me the pattern in 1990, I started it in 2004 (I think), and I haven’t touched it since 2010.

Quilts are beautiful to me.  My maternal grandma was a quilter, and I guess that’s where it started.  I am what I call a practical quilter.  I don’t do designer quilts, with patterns and a perfect palette of coordinating fabrics.  I use what is available–scraps from other sewing projects, t-shirts, outgrown clothing, and the like.  I usually purchase a piece or two of fabric to finish a quilt top, but for the most part my quilts are made from what’s already around the house.  And sheets from the thrift store make great quilt backs!

5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Awesome! I love following crafty bloggers. Congrats Jori, I look forward to gazing upon your wonderful creations.

    Now how do link up together updates? I don’t see any info for that.

    • We’re still figuring out all the bells and whistles. As soon as I know how to give people the option to get updates, it will be done! (Don’t hold your breath…I’m not that savvy with non-sewing things!)

      • OK, I think we have something now. In the lowest box on the right side of the page, there is a little orange square icon. I think if you click on that, you can have updates sent to you–somehow–when something is added on my site.

        I think…

  2. Hi Jori! Great idea!! I remember well when you helped teach me to sew a matching mother daughter dress for my parents golden anniversary. It was so fun. (Thanks for taking over that project by the way so we could actually wear the dresses!) You are so creative and generous, I know this will be a neat site for many to enjoy. All the best, Rosanna

    • I just used the bodice piece from that dress pattern the other day to turn a crew-neck t-shirt into a v-neck. The instructions still had your notes and mine, since we altered it a bit to get it ‘just right’ for the special occasion. Ah, the memories…

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