My New Obsession: Quilting

When I was a teenager I dreamed of moving to NYC and becoming a fashion designer. There was only one small problem, besides my Mom forbid me from moving to NYC, I couldn’t sew.

Anyone who has watched the Project Runway knows you have to be able to sew! I took home economics my Junior year and sewed a camp shirt that turned out slightly crooked. It wasn’t my thing and I said, “Auf Wiedersehen” to fashion.

I tried my hand at sewing again this summer with the girls. I made a skirt. Even though Sherri (our sewing instructor) swore to me that the bottom was straight, Alexandra swears it is a little bit crooked. Maybe I could start a fashion trend of crooked garments? Still, not my “thing”.

But Sherri got me thinking about quilting. You’re mostly sewing straight lines. I can sew a straight line. There is no elastic, zippers, or hems. Quilts don’t have to be straight, do they?

First quilt
Fabric Love

I took a trip to an amazing quilt store to purchase my first quilt fabric. It’s going to be a Christmas lap quilt. Sherri swears it will be easy…and straight. But I’ve heard that before.

Wednesday is the girls’ last sewing class of the summer. I made this wreath for Sherri to hang in her sewing room:

fabric rosette wreath
Rosette Wreath
fabric rosette wreath
Rosettes and pins
Inspiration for the wreath here and instructions for the fabric rosettes here.

Heroic black Lab outswims man to save drowning border collie…just a feel good dog story to warm your heart.


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