Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery

In my first year of Junior High School, I took the mandatory sewing class ... and was less than thrilled. However, being as poor as we were, I knew the only way I was going to get new clothes was to make my own, and took a second sewing class the following year. By the end of high school, I had decided I couldn't stand sewing. It was time consuming and tedious. That was 1973.

A few years ago (about 2000), my maternal grandmother decided to move to a retirement home, and gave me her sewing machine. I took it home, wondering whatever would I do with it, and put it in our storage shed in the side yard.

One day in February 2002, my husband and I were in our local Wal*Mart and saw some really nice Coca-Cola printed fabric. I thought to myself how nice it would be to cover those end tables in our family room so they would fit in better with the rest of the decor. Hmmm. I had granny's machine, and how hard could it be to sew covers for a box shape? So (or should I say, "sew") I bought the fabric. With little trouble I made the covers and was fairly pleased and surprised that it wasn't as bad as I remembered sewing to be. I went back, bought some more Coca-Cola fabric, and made covers for the computer sitting in that room as well. Wow, it looked great. I was even particularly pleased that the monitor and printer covers fit like gloves -- though a bit miffed I'd forgotten to pay attention to the print direction and the printer's cover was printed upside down! I then went on to make covers for my computer in my office, using a teddy-bear fabric to coordinate with that room. Wow, this was getting fun, and before I knew it, I was trying to sew all different kinds of things. Also, with two new grandchildren due that June, I thought it would be nice to make baby things.

And, of course, one thing led to another.

Sew, what really happened? I don't really know, except maybe now that I don't have to sew and it's no longer a matter of neccesity, I am actually enjoying it. I do know one thing though, I keep wanting to learn more and more. I learned to use an embroidery machine (Brother PE150v, which was upgraded to a Brother PC8500D) and have acquired a Brother 1034D Serger. I'm also taking quilting classes ... and who knows what's next.

On the following pages, you will find pictures of most of my work to date. Unfortunately, not everything had a picture taken, or it has been lost ....

I'm always open to new ideas, so please feel free to share your comments and suggestions.

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