My Story – Chapter Two

I’ve sewn almost all my life.  My mom was a very busy seamstress, making all the clothes for her large brood.  She made curtains for the windows every time we moved, home decor items and sometimes sewed for other people too.  I loved sewing.  Using the scraps left over from mom’s projects, I made doll clothes, costumes, and decorated doll houses.  Sometimes she would give me a whole piece of yardage to make something out of.  When I was about 8 or 9 my mom said to me, if you want to wear it, you have to make it.  She was too busy with everything else and needed me to make my own clothes.  I distinctly remember the first dress I made completely by myself and wore to school.  It was a gold and burnt orange floral with set in sleeves, a gathered skirt and a zipper!  I wore it to school and loved it.  I was quite proud of myself and that dress, even though I’m sure it didn’t look the best.  Many, many, many more were to follow over the years, as well as every other thing there is to sew.

I learned to quilt from my paternal Grandma, Afton Johnson.  She was a master, award winning quilter and hand quilted beautiful designs.  She always made whole cloth or single fabric quilts.  The hand quilted design was the beauty of the quilt.  She taught me to make small, even stitches, how to stretch a quilt out on a frame and roll it as you quilt and how to bind them when you are finished.  I made a king size patchwork quilt for my parents for Christmas one year when I was in high school.  Here is a picture of a quilt grandma made for me when my first child was born.

Baby quilt for Brenda

Baby quilt for Brenda

My mom taught me to sew pieces of fabric together to create something wonderful and unique.  My grandma taught me to hand quilt beautiful art onto practical items.   I combined the two skills and developed my own style.  Today, I mostly use my faithful sewing machines to piece and construct and quilt my creations.  But I love to do hand work and sometimes hand quilt.

And my suddenly husband, remember him ?   Well, our first outing/day date together was to a sewing machine repair shop to get my sewing machine fixed, and then on to buy fabric.  He learned right then and there that sewing, of any kind, was my passion !

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