A little while ago RaeAnna invited us to take part in a series that poses the question “Why do you sew?”. What a great question! What a fun series! But I’m not sure I have a fun answer….
You’ve all heard my story about crying the Christmas my mom gave my first sewing machine (how could she give me something so blatantly domestic?!?)….and the time I got kicked out of my junior high Home Ec. class for messing with peoples foot pedals (hilarious!)….and that time I got a cat stuck on my head (wait….that doesn’t have anything to do with what we are talking about…..) but why do I sew now? What changed?
Well, it all started with this little beauty:
My first baby quilt. (And a really terrible photo of it to boot!)
I never finished that quilt….but believe it or not it was the making of that quilt that converted me to sewing (and in turn all things domestic). I put the quilt together in a class my mom literally dragged me to where we learned to make some staple quilt blocks.
I didn’t want to go….what the heck was I going to do in an old lady quilting class? But when I went into the fabric store I fell in love. All the colors, patterns, and textures! It was a little slice of heaven. And I was hooked.
I started off making a gajillion quilt blocks. Then I turned to bibs, bags, and baby blankets. And then with the birth of Grace I turned to little girls clothing and quickly became a sewing junkie.
There almost isn’t anything I can think of that I don’t enjoy sewing….tree skirts, table runners, dresses for myself, whatever! It’s like magic….and I think that maybe it’s just in my blood.
I come from a long line of handy, creative, and stubborn women. In fact, I am named after my great grandmother who set up her own sewing machine on her front porch and spent her days sewing away while her boys worked their farm. It’s tradition. It’s a craft. And I love it. As crazy as it sounds…it’s part of who I am. Even if it’s so blatantly domestic 🙂 .
Soooo….why do you sew? How did you start? What inspires you?
You can link up your stories to the link party below or leave a comment. I love this question and am looking forward to hearing all of your stories!