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Thursday, April 12, 2007

My Quilting Beginnings.....

Suzette asked....How did you come to start quilting? Was it passed down in the family? What was your first project and is it finished? Where does it live now?

My very first post has a picture of my maternal Grandma and her quilt, one of my treasured possessions and something that is an inspiration for me to do some of those tedious quilts. It is a Grandmother's Flower Garden, all done by hand. As far as my sewing career, I don't remember not sewing or quilting in my 60+ years even though there were a few gaps when children took precedence. My earliest memory of sewing is playing with my paternal Grandma's basket of scraps, making things for my dolls. She lived with us, had a wonderful old hickory rocking chair that rocked me often, made pies while I sat on the counter watching her and made her clothes without using a pattern. She also wore those aprons that were soft and snuggly from so much wear and use. My Great Grandma made her clothes (she loved purple!) until her eyesight failed and she could no longer do it. Mom sewed as did my aunts and cousins - and a couple of great uncles who were tailors. It was just something that everyone did and I did as well. Grandma once told me that sewing and stitching went back several generations to a couple of tailors in Germany and it had not skipped anyone in between. My niece is a seamtress and her daughters are learning the skills as well. I think the younger ones are the 7th or 8th generation of stitchers. I would hate for it to become a lost art in the family! My first quilt was a log cabin, still my favorite pattern and it lives on the balcony of our foyer. My true love is applique and Mom says that came from Aunt Helen. Interesting isn't it how we mimic our ancestors?

So to answer her questions about sewing in my life..........it isn't in my life, it has become my life now that the boys are grown. It gives me peace of mind when things get tough, makes me feel good when I can make something for someone else and most of all, it satisfies that inner creative beast that has to be fed! So that's me and my quilting in a nutshell.

I have 7 quilts being returned from the quilter today! Yeah!! She has had them for a couple of months and I was getting antsy about them, but now I have plenty of handwork to do during those mindless TV shows!

7 comments:

Sweet P said...

How wonderful to be surrounded by seamstresses and tailors. When you get together as a family do you talk about the latest sewing tools and toys and your favorite fabrics?

Libby said...

What a wonderful legacy.

Kathy Wagner said...

I enjoyed reading about your family legacy...lucky you! Can't wait to see some of your quilts that are coming back from the quilter...7...wow!

Connie said...

Thank you for sharing your quilt story with us. What a lovely legacy.

teodo said...

Ciao, I enjoyed reading the story about your family.

I love very much these your words:IT GIVES ME PEACE OF MIND.........
Thanks.
ciao ciao

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Indeed, you're living the legacy. What a charming story of the quilters and seamstresses before you. Peace is generated directly to my soul through needle and thread, I understand that sentiment.

swooze said...

I would love to see your pic of grandma. Let us see your quilts once they get bound. You sure have lots of work ahead of you!