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!