Quirky question: childhood hobbies (that you still love)

Posted by on April 30, 2014, in quirky question

Martingale's Quirky Question

Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free!

Secret Garden quiltRight: “Secret Garden” by Mimi Dietrich and Sally Schneider, from Growing Up with Quilts. See a slideshow of projects from the book below.


The ways we chose to entertain ourselves as children most likely had an affect on how we spend our leisure time now that we’re all grown up. Some pastimes—playing in the mud, running outside in our undies, cutting our own hair—might not be hobbies we’ve carried on to adulthood, but we’ll bet there are some childhood activities you still enjoy. This week, tell us:

What did you love doing as a child that you still do today?

Post your answer in the comments before noon (PST) on Monday, May 5, for your chance to win. The carefully selected winning answer will be posted on Wednesday, May 7, along with the next question.

Last week’s Quirky Question was, “The quilting fairy has granted you one special wish. What will yours be?” We were floored by what happened with last week’s question; it inspired both generosity and action. This week, we have two winning comments. One from Dena:

“I wish that the quilting fairy would bring me a new sewing/embroidery and quilting machine. I’m a disabled vet and my Singer Futura is on its last leg. It’s 8 years old and has survived a house fire at my sister’s house several years ago and has been repaired. I’ve used it a lot and now it’s needing to retire but with 3 kids that’s not possible anytime soon.”

And one from Vicki, who emailed us privately:

“Dear Martingale staff, I just read the wish of Dena, a disabled vet with three children. She needs a sewing machine with embroidery and, she said, quilting machine. I have a Viking Rose with the complete embroidery attachment. I bought the machine used several years ago. I would be happy to ship the machine to her if this machine would fit her needs. Please contact her for me. My husband retired from the USN after 26 years.”

We helped Dena and Vicki get in contact with each other. After the two emailed back and forth several times, Vicki said in her most recent email to us, “I may have a new friend.”

Thank you and congratulations, Dena and Vicki—you can each look for an email about your free eBook.

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