The second week of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop started today. You can visit these members of my Happy Stitching Team.
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting Sherry and I “met” last year on the New Quilt Bloggers hop and I got to know her better when we co-hosted the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long last year (We are preparing for a big announcement about another QAL soon) . Read Sherry’s delightful post where she tells us why we are never too old to need our mothers.
Stephanie @ Lowcountry Quilts and Embroidery Stephanie lives in the low country between Myrtle Beach and Charleston in South Carolina. She could run circles around me. You’ll just have to go visit her blog to find out why.
We are mentored/hosted by Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’ve met Tish in person and she is as delightful as her blog. Her husband, David, also is a quilter.
Then pop on over to our other Co-Hosts as they each introduce two more new quilt bloggers. You can enter the giveaway on any of the Co-Host blogs as it is the same.
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts I’ve met Beth in person, too, Beth has a sunny disposition which fits perfect with her hive’s hop button. I’ll guess you’ll just have to go visit her to see it.
Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom who started quilting when she had a toddler so that she had at least one thing that she could control. Sounds like a good reason to me.
Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon-mmmQuilts Sandra and I have many things in common besides the love of fabric and family. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her better through the last several years and following her journey on her blog. She loves to photograph her finished quilts in trees.
What I Learned Today:
- People begin piecing and quilting for many different reasons.
- Walking around the Desert Botanical Gardens in 98° heat for 5 hours is exhausting.
Question: Why did you take up piecing/quilting? I never was good at painting, drawing, or singing. I express my creative side through quilting….and writing.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
I’m glad you enjoyed my story on how I learned how to machine sew 🙂
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I tried to take up quilting when I was first married. My first little quilt failed miserably. I called my mom and told her I apparently wasn’t old enough to quilt yet. Haha. Then my kids were born and I tried it again, and it worked. So I began piecing and quilting back in the early 90s, but I’ve been sewing and creating ever since I was young.
I started quilting when my mother and I took a class together years ago! We had a lot of fun picking out fabric and deciding what blocks to make.
I started sewing when I was eight. When I started sewing my clothing in jr. high, my father told me he would never say no to fabric as long as I was using it and not just storing it. BIG INCENTIVE! Then I had 3 girls, and I made almost all our clothes plus some for my husband. Next I had 10 grandchildren and I made everything from pjs, to costumes, to smocked heirloom dresses. I made my 1 quilt when my oldest child was born, and I made one for each of the other girls. I have made several baby quilts for gifts as well as for each of my grandchildren. I have also made twin sized quilts for each of the grandchildren. At age 70 I decided I was no longer sewing for myself, and I am not making dresses for the granddaughters, so I am into quilts full time now. I love the creativity of sewing!
I started sewing at a very young age… using my mother’s sewing scraps to make doll clothes.
By middle school, I was sewing my own clothes (self taught pattern reading)…
Made all my prom and special occasion dresses.
As a mother, I sewed clothes and items for my children and family,… and made my first quilts at this time.
Then, as a young widow, had little time for much sewing until my children were off to college.
(*Except* that from early on I was determined to teach my children to design and sew!!! I didn’t want to leave that to chance! I’m so happy that all are capable and enjoy it!… my daughter still designs and sews a lot!)
With an empty nest, I turned towards sewing more… and SO enjoy the delights of quilt design and creation! (Love the math and planning!)
All through my life, there had never been a fiber art that I didn’t love… so quilting was only natural for me!
I started sewing young – by hand – and bought my first machine when I was 13. I paid half with my babysitting money and my parents paid half. I first quilted in the late 80’s, interrupted with marriage and child, but became more steady around 1999.
I’m glad you found you talent voice in quilting and writing, as I sure do enjoy your blog!
Thanks Karen for being our hive leader! I really appreciate the time and effort you have devoted to this!
I started quilting as a pre-teen when we made a quilt for the annual holiday bazaar. I continued on and off through motherhood but got serious when my younger sister was getting married in her 40s and when that quilt was finished I found I really enjoyed the creative process. It was therapy for the rest of my working career and remains a source of delight for me.
Aww, thank you for those kind words. Meeting you last year was one of my highlights. I always love when blog life meets my actual in real life. I believe I took up quilting when I quilt shop lady cast a quilting spell on me 🙂
I had done lots of different fiber crafts over the years. When I was young, I did hand embroidery and made my Barbie clothes by hand. Later, as a young mother, I looked for something to occupy my hands and found counted cross stitch. After several years, I made display samples for a cross stitch shop in St. Paul. When the owners decided to retire and close the shop, I needed something else. I had been watching “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson, never intending to take up quilting. But I finally took the plunge and have been spending our retirement funds on quilting supplies ever since!
I had to step in to help quilt for our group, World of Charity Stitching.