Thursday, June 7, 2007

A life-long passion

I have been sewing by machine since I was 11 years old. I started by making clothing for myself, and was thrilled with the idea of having clothes that were different from everyone else's. It soon became clear to me that I could not get enough time in front of a sewing machine. If there was fabric and free time available, I was sitting at my mother's machine stitching away. When I went off to college I tried several different majors on for size, but finally realized that I needed to be true to my bliss, and ended up pursuing the clothing and textiles major.
It probably comes as no surprise then when I say that I made a good percentage of my children's clothes when they were small. And I do not believe my kids ever wore store bought Halloween costumes either. They had some of the cutest outfits and I loved that they wore one-of-a-kinds. And I also loved the savings I was able to attain by making their clothes myself.
It was around the time my oldest was 7 that I found the quilt shows being broadcast by my local PBS station. After a week or two of Eleanor Burns and Georgia Bonesteel I was drawn in completely. I was certain that quilting was something I could and should do. And I have been quilting ever since.
I have taught all three of my kids to sew and given them the basics on quilting. But they have not been bitten by the bug as I am. And that is ok with me. They should each find their own passions to pursue. After all, it is the differences of others from ourselves that makes them interesting to us.

3 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

Cool blog, i just randomly surfed in, but it sure was worth my time, will be back

Deep Regards from the other side of the Moon

Biby Cletus

Rose said...

I too have loved sewing all my life it seems...and I even loved quilting from an early age. Not saying that I did any--but I played in my mom's quilt pieces. I am going to have fun reading some of your blog...

Kathleen said...

Oh yes, I can't remember a time in my life when you weren't doing your magic on the sewing machine. I remember that you even made me doll clothes! Gosh, we won't say how many years ago that must have been! I think I may be the only one of your sisters who doesn't have a sewing machine.