1. My husband purchased my first quilt class. (So, it's all his fault!) We were married in the Spring of 1992 and for Christmas that year, I was gifted a hand-piecing class at Temple University. When I asked him how he knew I would like to learn how to quilt, he replied he noticed I admired a quilt once. (That was when life was simpler and we were able to give each other our undivided attention--in other words, before children.) I gained two lifelong loves that year--my dear sweet husband and quilting!
|April 11, 1992--seems like yesterday!|
3. My husband build an addition onto our house to accommodate my longarm.
4. My sewing space is only big enough for one person. We finished half the basement and the kids got a majority of the space. The Container Store and I managed to squash a sizable stash, sewing table, build-in cutting surface/cabinets, two bookcases, design wall and ironing board into a ten foot by nearly twelve foot space. (Huh! I thought my little corner of the basement was quite small, but when looking at the numbers, it's not too bad! Wonder why it seems so very, very tiny......?)
|Looking in from the kids' area..|
|Looking at my cutting surface...|
|The stash and bookcases....|
|Batting and trims storage......|
6. I have no more room on the walls to hang quilts and am pretty sure my dear husband is unwilling to put a second addition on our house.
|With a bit of rearranging, am hoping to get "Sedona Delight" on a wall somewhere in here!|
7. Both of our daughters can sew and have made quilts. One would sew all the time and the other would rather not. In fact, the older non-sewer was heard to say as a six year old, "Why can't you be like other mothers and not sew?" On the other end of the spectrum, the younger loves to go to The Village Quilter to buy fat quarters. When I asked if she had a project in mind, she didn't hesitate in her response--"Do I need to have a project in mind in order to buy a fat quarter?" Hearing your own quilty words coming out of your daughter's mouth.....priceless!
8. My four year old nephew already has four quilts.
9. Every vacation includes a visit to a local quilt shop. There is only one quilt store in South America and I've been there.
|Santiago, Chile: These ladies are lovely!!|
10. There are quilt blocks on my mailbox because I put them there. Save yourself some time and don't paint your mailbox. Use the new duct tape sheets--they are far less work and don't fade.
|Sort of glows, doesn't it?|
To me, quilting does so much to benefit our psyche and to spread good will to those around us, all our quirks work together for the greater good--sort of like the patchwork we enjoy so much!