Seriously. I never thought such words would be uttered (typed) by me.
In April of 2013, I took a class at Stitch Lab – a local fabric shop. My daughter was a year old, and I basically needed to get out of the house and be around adults. The other motivating factor was my daughter’s birthday. I went to buy some very simple banners for her 1st birthday and spent a ton of money on Etsy. When I got them, while beautiful, I was just stunned at how simple they looked. My first thought was “I could do that!” So I went out and tried to learn how to do that.
Once I took that first series of beginner classes, I was hooked. So hooked. The first class we made a drawstring bag. The 2nd class was a pillow with piping, and the 3rd class was a choice of bags. I made one called a “Trapeze Bag”. The pillow and the purse are still some of my favorite things I’ve done. I picked some awesome fabric, no doubt.
I proceeded to take a ton more classes. I think I even signed up for my 2nd class before I was even done with the beginner’s class. Which was kind of a no-no, because I was going to learn something I needed to know in the last class for the 2nd class. Oh well, I jumped the gun. It ended up working out in the end. I just never wanted to stop sewing!
We shall fast forward to June of 2013. I took a class at Remnants:fiber[culture] for an Amy Butler Spice Market Tote. I met a lovely gal there named Emily. We seemed to be at similar points in our sewing journey and hit it off immediately. She told me that I MUST take a quilting class. I told her… and I remember very clearly… “No freakin’ way”. The only thing I knew about quilting was that everything had to be so precise and accurate and points matching and perfection and old ladies and NO. I might not officially be diagnosed with OCD, but I just knew that if I started down a quilting hole, I could get too caught up in the precision of it all. She tried to assure me that it would all be ok. I told her she was cray-cray.
Fast forward again… November 2013. For some unknown reason — or maybe because I liked the thought of being able to use even more fabric! — I took a quilting class at Stitch Lab. And since I was still a class-taking hussie, I took a T-shirt quilt class right after that too. I’m not sure if it was the first quilt or the 2nd, but somewhere in there I realized — “Crap, I’m going to be a quilter.”
Now here we are in the start of 2015, and I created a freakin’ URL, slapped it on a quilt label I created on Spoonflower and felt the need to actually have something on said URL. If you ever find a quilt of mine that has my label and it points you here… Well here you are. Welcome. I’m reign, and I quilt. Let’s see what else I’ll make.