This is just a day we spend blog hopping and learning and sharing things about our talents. I participated last year and had a blast, both in following and joining blogs as well as hosting my own blog with a giveaway. So...I am participating again this year! For the full list of bloggers participating in the hop....go to Vicki's blog.....2 Bags Full and join in with so many craft bloggers and all the inspiration you will find. I know I get great inspiration from other quilters to help keep me going with the craft... so many ideas and new techniques and so many friendly "cyber" quilting friends!
Now, on to the hop!
Welcome to my world of Fabric and Memories! Both have been a huge part of my life....all of my life! My grand mother taught me how to embroidery when I was 8. My mom taught me to sew and I made my first skirt when I was 10. Grandpa said it was to short and didn't think I should be allowed to wear it, but Mom said it was fine! So I wore it! It was a pretty green and blue large flowers on beige, but...it was upholstery fabric. Why Mom gave me that to make a skirt from, I have no idea, but I made it, loved it and wore it!
I have had a needle and thread (or yarn or embroidery floss!) in my hand ever since. I later learned to do needle point and crewel. I made my entire wardrobe of clothes from 7th grade through high school...and then my daughters clothes until she was in the 6th grade and respectfully asked for a "store bought dress". I knew then that my time had come to an end. It was time to stop making clothes! I went into home decor and crewel pictures for my walls. Throw pillows, a small quilt or two, and then eventually, stopped sewing because I was working full time, 2 kids and just didnt' have time for it anymore. For my first grand daughters second birthday, I made her 13 outfits..shorts/top and dresses. My daughter refused to let her wear "homemade" things (I think I might have scared her for life!) So, I stopped sewing. Later, I learned about scrapbooking. Memories all over the place! I made the most extravagant layouts you can imagine! Yes, I was proud of my work there. I opened a "dot com" online store and sold "punch art" items that I had made. Did okay, but then was diagnosed with a tumor in my head behind my eye and although surgery went fine, (not cancerous, thank God!) it was like they killed my "crafting" nerve, as I couldn't make myself even look at scrapbook things anymore. I eventually had to admit I wasn't going to scrapbook anymore and sold probably half (or more!) of my supplies. I did day care for my two grand daughters and always had some kind of craft for them to do, but it did nothing to induce my own crafty talents.
Then one day, my little 4 year old Grand daughter said to me... "Nanny, I need you to make me a princess dress". I asked her" why do you need a princess dress?" She said to me "Well, I am my Daddy's princess ain't I?" I said, "yes". She said, "well, how can I be his princess if I don't have a beautiful princess dress to wear?" That did it. I pulled out the old Singer and went and paid FULL PRICE for some sparkely, glittery fabric and made her a beautiful pink sparkle princess dress! She loved it...and that is how it all started again. And then she asked for a pilgrim dress for Thanksgiving...so I made her one!
new Singer sewing machine as the old Singer didn't FMQ very well!
Fast forward to 2015...I have made so many quilts and back packs and other things.. I have been told by my kids.."no more quilts, no more totes, no more...anything, Mom! We don't have room for any more!". So...I am working on shifting prospective on final "homes" for my creations! But everything I have made for them has a memory for them..whether it be a favorite character of their "childhood" or a special time with Nanny (Me!) or just a theme of something they liked "as a kid". There are memories in every stitch!
You can have 2 entries per person. First,tell me what project is first on your list this year or what you are planning to do with your chosen craft this year. Second entry... tell me how you follow my blog. If you are not currently following my blog, I'd love to have you join me. I don't Tweet, Facebook or Instagram, so follow via email or Goggle Friends or Blog Lovin'. Just tel me how you follow!
Drawing will be held on February 15, 2015.
You won't be innodated with posts to your inbox. I just share what I have done/learned in hopes of helping and encouraging and inspiring others to stay with their talent and hobby to help make their memories last "forever"....in a quilt, a dress, a pouch... whatever you create and make...make it with memories in every stitch.
My first project is...crazy quilts and crazy christmas stockings! I am researching techniques and procedures and will be making a post about them, so if you are interested..make sure you join my blog so you can follow what I've learned and do your own!
This is what I kind of threw together one night....the fabrics are all "imitation" satin and I also learned how to use the braiding foot to sew down the gold braid and the beads! I am looking forward to working more with it!
I have my Gallery (tab above) that shows alot of the things I have made in the past 3 years and I have been working this blog for 2 years now also. I love quilting, sewing and have a nice sewing room and just spend quality time making .....fabric memories