My stitching story
My first stitching experience was with needlepoint. Here is my very first project, which is now proudly displayed in my sewing room:
My mom tells me I was about 4 years old when I made this. I know it sounds unbelievable but it must be true since I have no recollection whatsoever of actually making this. I just remember having made it.
My needlepoint career only lasted two more projects. Then came crochet, but that didn't last too long either. I am sure somewhere out there is a doily I made... There was also a short-lived attempt at knitting, which is documented in a picture:
I'm the one on the right, with my sister on the left. Don't you just love the lamp and the wallpaper on the ceiling? I still own those chairs, by the way.
From neddlepoint to sewing
The one thing that did take off was sewing. My mom taught me how to sew when I was 13. My first project was a shapeless, sleeveless fleece top that was nothing to brag about, but by the time I was 14, I was sewing pants. Lots of pants. Plaid pants. Cargo pants. Sweat pants. Pyjama pants. Shorts. Boxer shorts. Bermudas... I am not exaggerating when I say I have made at least one hundred pairs of pants. Here is my very first pair. I can't believe I am wearing a tie. Weren't the 80s great for fashion?
From sewing to quilting
When family and friends started having babies, I slowed down the pants production and started making tied blankets. Even when I moved out on my own with no access to a sewing machine, I would slap two pieces of cotton together with batting in the middle, and hand stitch the edges.
It was a happy day when I bought my first sewing machine! I started cutting up 4" squares using scissors and a cardboard template - I had never heard of a rotary cutter - with great intentions to make a quilt for my bed - a queen size no less! Well, I gave up after 5 rows and it became my very first UFO!
Years later, I dug it out of a bin, made a vertical cut in the 5 rows, sewed them back together, added a couple borders, tied it and made this for a dear friend's daughter:
It's not a great picture, but I am just glad I thought of taking it... I wish I had a picture of all the quilts I made and gave away...
My First Quilt
But I am getting ahead of myself... What I consider to be my first quilt was also a work in progress for many, many years. I started making blocks for a baby quilt for my first child long before the said first child was born. Or conceived. And for that matter, well before I met his father. By the time I got pregnant, I had most of the blocks made, and when baby came along, I had my first "real quilt" made with love for him:
All the fabrics are flannel and most are scraps from pyjamas I made for my nieces and nephews, friends, and other family members. I still love to look at it and remember the other projects that I made.
Eventually, I took a hand quilting workshop, learned to do a proper binding, realized that I could actually buy fabric without having an immediate project in mind (uh-oh...), and the rest is history.
Add blogging to the mix...
So, why this blog? As a working mom of three who likes to quilt and keep in shape, I figured I wasn't quite busy enough, so I thought, "what the heck, I'll just start blogging in my spare time".
I blog to document my quilting projects and adventures, to keep myself accountable, and to be part of a community that never ceases to inspire me. It's a learning experience for sure, but I am enjoying it.
I would love to hear from you. Please drop me a line to introduce yourself and tell me you were here!