From: South Carolina
This has been so interesting! One twist from reading your posts is that I had forgotten so much of what I'd done all of these years. I am 71, and I think I've done it all except heirloom sewing. My mother was a seamstress, and at a young age I remember embroidering a pillow scarf. My mother made all of my clothes and could take a pattern and embellish it to whatever I wanted. I took Home Ec in high school, but I didn't have a very good teacher. When we were supposed to make an apron, I didn't have enough sense to make a regular apron. I remember choosing a red fabric and a red polka dot binding. There was even some boning in the top. I can't believe my mother let me choose that pattern. I didn't sew again for a long, long time!
I remember sewing on my grandmother's Singer treadle machine. I wonder where that machine is now. I would love to have it. I have some vague memories of making clothes for my dolls. My mother never let me have a "fashion" doll...she always bought me "baby" dolls, and I wanted a doll with an evening dress so bad. (Hadn't thought about that in years.)
After I married (48-1/2 years ago), we bought a Brother machine from a "smooth-talking" travelling salesman, and it was a lemon! Traded it on a Singer with cams when my daughter was two, and started sewing for her. Made us matching "antebellum" dresses during the bicentennial celebration in 1976. She liked for me to sew for her when she was growing up and once I made cheerleader uniforms for all the girls on her squad.
When she was twelve, she started counted cross-stitch, and then I got hooked on that for a number of years. I have a knee-high stack of books and patterns and every single DMC thread ever made in a trunk under my bed, but cannot bear to do that any more. It's so slow. But during my "interested" period, we did some beautiful things and have many framed and on display in my home.
My mother-in-law emigrated from Croatia in 1915, and we have some of the most awesome things she crocheted through the years. Bedspreads, afghans, doilies, edgings on pillow cases, etc. During WWII, the Red Cross brought her boxes of yard and she made helmet liners for the troops, and no baby was born in this town that didn't get one of her little layettes. I went through a crochet phase, but it never "took." Then I started knitting, and I think it suits me better. Right now I'm knitting caps for the International sailors who find themselves coming into the port in Charleston. Last year the Baptists in our state donated 8000 caps as a mission project.
One summer while she was in college, my daughter worked in an office where one of the ladies quilted during her lunch hour. She convinced DD that this is something she could do, so we ventured into quilting. Together we finished several quilt tops and found a lady in our town who quilted them for us, and I had found a new love.
I think it was right after that I fell into making "bunnies." (Do you see a pattern here?) I have had a lot of different passions through the years.
There was my smocking period after my granddaughters were born, and I really did beautiful work, but I found it too slow.
Then I discovered machine embroidery. I really can't remember what year I bought my first ME machine, but I know it was a Kenmore from Sears which was made by Janome. I had the Amazing Box with that one, and then one day found myself in a Baby Lock dealership in the city nearby, and walked out with an Esante, Imagine serger and Palette software. I fell into this like a duck into water. I started monograming everything in my house and found myself picking up some work for others. I passed the Esante & Imagine along to my DIL (my daughter has no interest) and purchased a BabyLock Ellageo Bll, and just this year I have updated the Ellageo with a quilting package. Four years ago, I joined Quilts of Valor, and since then I have been consumed with making quilts for our injured servicemen and women. I make diaper bags and purses, embroider logos on knit shirts, etc., and I have enough embroidery designs to keep me busy until I'm 276 years old!
Right now I have three personal quilts started and really hope I can get them made this winter. We have closed up our little place in the W.N.C. mountains for the season, and I need to get myself busy finishing projects. (Uh-oh, just remembered those Christmas projects I need to get to.....hmmm).
I can't remember when I discovered Martha's phorum, but that was one of the best days of my life. I have cherished the times and the friends I've found here. I know it's been at least 8 years. I have learned so much, and have some friends off the phorum that I've made right here.
My DH has no interest in any of my projects, and I had to chuckle when one of you said something about getting your husband to go shopping with you. My husband is the engineer, but he retired as VP of a power utility the day they put a computer on his desk. When he was in school they used a slide rule....then he had a calculator. He is technology challenged, and has no interest in learning. But he's a keeper, nevertheless. We have raised three boys and a daughter. I brought two sons into the marriage, and the oldest son is 51, daughter 44, youngest son is 42. Our second son died in an auto accident when he was 25. He would have been 50 last Sunday. We have one grandson and four granddaughters.
I'm a retired paralegal, and I still have a home-based business, which keeps me in spending money for my projects and fabric.
I know I am blessed in many, many ways...and being a part of this phorum is one! Every day I look forward to joining my friends and finding out what's going on with each of you. Thanks for all you've added to my life. (Thanks to V for her method...thanks to the one who introduced me to using the blue painter's tape on my hoops....thanks to Sparkle for her fudge recipe.....Thanks for the memories!).