since about age 26. I started with doilies. Wish I'd have kept them. Needed something to work on so i could stay home with my boys. I did free lance upholstery in the 1960's paid for my sewing machine. When we lived Ft Sill Ok, 1960 sewed on stripes for men in husbands unit; paid for my first sewing machine. After I got home I got into afghans and am an afghan addict today.