I don’t know if a sewing gene has been identified, but for many of us, we know we got it! As soon as I could manage a pair of scissors and needle/thread, I was going in my mother’s scrap (actually rag) bin, cutting and sewing doll clothes. Mom was an expert garment sewer, so inspiration and intimidation were both present.
Quilting came shortly after, my first quilt being used to line the trunk of the family car! The 1970’s were a low point in domestic sewing and availability of quality fabric, so I took a hiatus. As a young mom, I itched to get back into it, but four young ones didn’t leave much time.
Now I treasure the time to sew, although I’ll most likely never make a big quilt. I enjoy small projects that make good gifts for babies, kids, and as thank yous. I love paper piecing, English paper as well, especially hexagons. The 1/4” ones are sooo cute!
At QQ, I especially enjoy helping customers with color selection. I also enjoy my role as class coordinator. We have excellent teachers, and it's rewarding to schedule many exciting classes, and see quilters expand their skills and take pride in their new quilting accomplishments.
Have you heard of the slow sewing movement? I could be a member; I enjoy the process, the not-so-fast, steady sewing that is almost meditative. When the temp rises, though, and the sun shines, you’ll find me out on my bike; there’s nothing like a great spin.
I also enjoy baking, cooking and spending time with my three energetic grandchildren. When she was just 18 months, Lia’s eyes lit up when she sat at my Janome. I’m pretty sure she has the gene!