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When I was 12 and my oldest sister 16, she had the unbelievable patience to teach me how to lay out a pattern. She explained all the symbols, terms, sewing order etc. Had it not been for her ...
When I was 12 and my oldest sister 16, she had the unbelievable patience to teach me how to lay out a pattern. She explained all the symbols, terms, sewing order etc. Had it not been for her inspiring me at that age to sew, I would never have enjoyed over 40 years of sewing as I have!
Throughout the years, I have sewn about every craft possible, made my children clothes until they reached the peer pressure middle school years, untold household projects. I've even created patterns for accessories that I sold through various means online and at shows. If it has to do with sewing, I'm interested! now, enjoying full immersion into quilting!
My latest love is quilting! I recently upgraded from a Sweet Sixteen mid arm quilting machine to a Gammill Charm Quilter and will enjoy practicing and learning the joys of free motion quilting. The possibilities are now truly endless!
In between making gift quilts for family and friends and special orders for customers, I make unique and fun quilts for Project Linus. Project Linus is a national program for people to make quilts and blankets for very sick children in hospitals. Since I began quilting in May 2012, I have donated 12 quilts as of December 2012. I will continue to donate to this very worthy and wonderful cause as long as I can sew!
Well, it's one year ago I began quilting, and I am more in love with this form of creativity than ever! I was talked into entering a quilt to be judged at the Annual North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Fayetteville NC and actually took 2nd place in my category! Needless to say I was shocked and pleased! Well, the pressure is on now to create and compete again and see if I can continue to improve!
Update November 2013: My sewing endeavors have taken on yet another turn! My dear Mom passionately served on the board of her local Meals On Wheels for the last 15 years of her life. She not only did that, but did multiple fundraisers, delivered meals, everything she did she loved being involved with Meals On Wheels.
So in honor of her memory and the fantastic job Meals On Wheels does every day with a predominately volunteer staff, I decided to make gifts for all the volunteers at that location (30 currently) and to make quilted placemats for all the current meal recipients, which I am told is 105.
My desire is to recognize this very worthwhile operation and I'm happy to be able to do that!
In addition to that, I've gotten back to the creative side of me as well and am designing a series of patterns I'm making available here on Craftsy as well as selling in quilt stores. I was inspired by the owner and staff of my favorite quilt shop to do so and am enjoying the process of creating and teaching classes once again! Not to mention it helps fund my charitable works of producing quilts and such for Project Linus, Veterans and Meals on Wheels!
Life is good.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO BUYING SUPPLIES TO MAKE QUILTS TO DONATE TO PROJECT LINUS! Project Linus is a national program to provide very sick children in hospitals with their own special blankets that they get to keep.
I was looking for a way to use up scraps of polar fleece from other projects and developed this reversible headband. As a result I was inspired to make almost 200 of these to donate to an annual church bazaar for them to sell to raise money as well as donate a copious amount to a local annual giveaway of coats, hats and mittens to children in need.
The headband incorporates a hair elastic making it fit a wide variety of head sizes comfortably!
The possibilities are endless since there are so many wonderful prints and matching solids available in polar fleece! From character prints to Mossy Oak for the hunters in your life, you'll find you want to make everyone a headband. Let's not even talk about all the great college and national sports team prints out there too! Something for everyone! It's hard to make just one, they are so quick, easy and fun to make.
They make wonderful gifts for people of all ages as they are lightweight, durable, long lasting and easy wash and dry! And they're small enough for people to stuff in a coat pocket and keep it handy.
I would love to see the finished ones you make!
WARNING: These are addictive to make because it's inexpensive and fun!