From Moda to Martingale: a family sews up success (+ fabric giveaway!)

Big Bang QuiltWhat can be accomplished by a mother-and-two-daughters team that loves to sew? How about five fabric lines for Moda, a popular pattern line, and now a book featuring their easy, cute sewing projects? Cheers to the family that plays together!

In Sweet and Simple Sewing, Jessi Jung, Carrie Jung, and Lauren Jung offer a mix of beautiful quilts and practical designs that make it fun to toggle between your quilting and sewing personalities. Plus, many of the small sewing projects require less than a yard of fabric and can be made in just a few hours. Choose a bigger project or select something short and sweet—with so many charming designs, you can start with whatever fits your time-to-sew schedule.

Today, Carrie Jung is here to dish about the family business—and how their close personal and professional partnership led to their first book. Welcome, Carrie!


FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Moda have generously provided three charm-square packs from Lauren Jung and Jessi Jung’s “Chantilly” fabric line to give away to you! Learn at the bottom of this post how you can win one, plus a copy of Sweet and Simple Sewing.

Chantilly fabrics


Jessi, Carrie, and Lauren JungPhoto, from left: Jessi, Carrie, and Lauren

It’s been a busy year for us Jung girls, but we can finally say that after a good bit of blood, sweat, and tears, our first book, Sweet and Simple Sewing, can now be found on the shelves of your local quilt store! I look back now and I can’t believe that it’s been just over a year that we signed our contract and started this process.

Writing a book had always been something that everyone at Lauren + Jessi Jung Designs had wanted to do. Each time we’d create a pattern that we were particularly proud of, we would file it away in our when-we-write-a-book stash. After a while we’d amassed quite the collection of patterns but we had no idea how to get started, which is where Karen Burns, Martingale’s acquisitions editor, comes in. After visiting with us at Quilt Market and exchanging quite a few emails, she convinced us to write a book proposal…and, well, the rest is history.

Sweet and Simple Sewing is a compilation of sewing patterns that my mom, Jessi Jung, and I have been sewing over the years. Many of these projects can be found in our own homes or the homes of our friends, as many of them make for great gifts.

Detail of Berry Pillow and Pincushions
Detail of “Berry Pillow and Pincushions”

We’re fabric designers, so it’s not too much of a stretch to know that beautiful fabric is one of our favorite things. My mom and I are alike in that we share a passion for cutting up said fabric and sewing it back together (which is something that we hope is apparent in our book!), although we do take slightly different approaches.

I learned to sew in college, thanks to my tight student budget. Typically, whenever I needed something like a makeup bag or even a daily planner, I’d make one myself. My patterns for these projects have evolved since then, but they still prove useful and fun, which is why they’ve secured a spot in our book.

Makeup Bag and Hand-Bound Journals
“Makeup Bag” and “Hand-Bound Journals”

I also like to think outside the box when it comes to fabric use. Patterns like the “Pleats-a-Plenty Clutch” have a way of transforming your fabrics into something entirely new. It’s an exciting process, and the result is pretty stunning as well.


“Pleats-a-Plenty” clutch

My mom, Jessi, is the quilter of the family. She’s been crazy about the craft for as long as I can remember. Designing quilt patterns is what she does to relax, and her house has the graph-paper sketchbooks to prove it.

Jessi's sketchbook
Inside one of Jessi’s sketchbooks

All of the quilts in this book have been pulled from those pages. Mom’s style is very patchworky and lends itself well to precuts, something you’ll find often in her pattern supply lists.

The “Gypsy Moth” quilt uses 10″ Layer Cake squares.


“Gypsy Moth”

And one of our favorite patterns, the “Pencil Box” quilt, uses 2½" Jelly Roll strips.


“Pencil Box”

I hope this book shows you that you don’t need to be a master quilter or sewist to create some great things. We’ve included projects that will suit all skill levels, but the truth is, most anyone can complete them all. If you like a project but feel your skill may not be up to snuff yet, I say try it! Remember, your seam ripper is your friend. Learn to love it.


Sweet and Simple SewingThanks for sharing the story behind your family’s success, Carrie—we wish you more of the same with your new book!

See all 13 projects from Sweet and Simple Sewing.

Which came first for you: quilting or sewing? Share your stitching history in the comments and you could win a copy of Sweet and Simple Sewing plus the beautiful fabric pack from Moda! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! We’ve chosen three random winners.

Marti says: “I learned to sew about 20 years ago, but I have been teaching myself how to quilt recently.”

Claire says: “Started sewing at 6 but love quilting now. My husband has even started to make his own shirts!”

Mitzie says: “I have been around sewing and quilting my entire life. My grandmother and mother both sewed and quilted. I don’t exactly remember the age, but I have some star blocks I made as a kid that have absolutely NO points in their centers. My more successful first attempts were helping my mother tie corduroy and flannel quilts. I loved cutting the threads between quilt pieces my mother chain pieced, too.”

We’ll email you about your prizes. Congratulations!


1,185 Comments

  • I had been sewing for many years before I discovered quilting.

    Anita on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting a little over a year ago. My husband, the consummate procrastinator, decided to buy me a sewing machine two days before Christmas. I had mentioned that I would like to TRY quilting. Well once I had the sewing machine I felt obliged to at least try quilting. So I bought an Alex Anderson how to quilt video and was hooked. I’ve made lap quilts, tote bags, zipper pouches, and many purses as gifts. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Their book is definitely on my wish list.

    —Jodi on March 18, 2014
  • sewing–learned that when I was 10 years old but discovered quilting in my 20s and haven’t looked back.

    —Nancy R on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I started when I was in grade school and 4-H required we make a fabric box and an apron….I was hooked from there. Made my clothes through high school and even made a wedding dress…yikes!!! Just one…never again, though. I started watching Simply Quilts and Quilt in a Day in 2007. Made a flying geese quilt and got hooked…now I just love, love, love to make quilts.

    —Connie on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing garments for myself when I was in high school. My friends used to joke that whenever I was "sick at home" for a day, I came back to school with a new dress! Now I rarely sew garments, but I sew 52 quilts each year!

    Aunt Marti on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, in the 8th grade home ec class, came first. I started quilting 23 years later and haven’t stopped since then. Quilting has made me a better sewist too and I am getting ready to start making some of my own clothes (being very tired of what is available at the stores).

    —Cynthia on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first. I made clothing for a long time but gave that up as soon as I learned to quilt.

    —DebrafromMD on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, repairing clothes. Tnen decades later quilting.

    —Quilting Tangent on March 18, 2014
  • I remember falling asleep as a child listening to the hum of my Mom ‘s sewing machine. She made everything from furnishings for a doll house to clothing. Since then I have loved sewing, quilting, and hand apique

    —Saundra on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing simple little jumpers for my daughter when she was little. I stopped when she got bigger and things needed zippers. Years passed and I finally fulfilled my wish to learn to quilt!

    Miss Jean on March 18, 2014
  • I have always loved sewing from a young age. However, when I discovered quilting I was in heaven!

    —Delinda on March 18, 2014
  • First let me say, your book and it’s contents look like something I might like to try….I have never "sewn" anything other than a skirt I made while in Jr. High School…(many, many, many years ago) and I can remember it to this day, it was a horrible dark green, and from having to take out the zipper so many times, there was a big hole on the side of the skirt, needless to say, it was never worn…..so now, here I am all these years later and find myself bitten by the quilting bug…and absolutely love "fondling" fabric….your small projects make me want to attempt the "zipper monster again"….

    Margo Reilly on March 18, 2014
  • I would see my mom sewing on her machine as I was growing up and I learned by observing her.

    melissa miller on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother had me at her trestle Singer when I was about six years old, making dolls’ clothes. So I guess I was a sewer before I was a quilter. Now I drift between the two – mostly a quilter but sidetracked by different sewing projects that catch my eye.

    —Sue Sharp on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first–for my dolls. Mom was always busy so I had no choice but to learn if I didn’t want nekkid dolls ;)High school had home ec courses, which taught me I *really* love fabric/threads/anything to do with fibers and making things. Quilting came later when I had kids/dayhome, scrap quilts and a few bought-on-purpose-fabric quilts..

    —Carol on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve sewed since I was a young girl. My mother made alot of our clothes. I started quilting about 10 years ago. We have some great shops locally. I took a beginner quilting class and just moved on from there. Love your fabrics!

    —Carol Wilkie on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at age 9 and made my first quilt later that year.

    —Martha on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting when I got hired in a quilt shop. thank goodness. I found a lifelong hobby and my best friends.

    —Joan Stoltz on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing. I used to sew on my grandma’s sewing machine every time we went to visit.

    Sallie on March 18, 2014
  • I got my first sewing machine at age 12 and made doll clothes, then clothing for myself. I didn’t begin quilting until 1999.

    Ruthie on March 18, 2014
  • Although my mom was a sewer, I didn’t learn to sew very well. She did teach me how to sew a straight line. It wasn’t until my 30’s that a good friend started teaching me to quilt. Now 15 years later, I’m a hard core fabricaholic! And I do love to quilt too.

    —Patricia Runge on March 18, 2014
  • I have been around sewing & quilting my entire life. My grandmother & mother both sewed & quilted. I don’t exactly remember the age, but I have some star blocks I made as a kid that have absolutely NO points in their centers. My more successful first attempts were helping my mother tie corduroy & flannel quilts. I loved cutting the threads between quilt pieces my mother chain pieced, too.

    —Mitzie on March 18, 2014
  • Hi
    I received a sewing machine as a wedding gift.
    I made countless costumes and home decor items.
    Then retirement brought a fancy fancy new machine and quilting has become my new life
    cheers
    Cathy

    —Cathy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in elementary school and continued to make almost all of my clothing and a lot of things for my family well into adulthood. I always wanted to quilt but didn’t really get into it very much until I retired at 53. Now that is all I do.

    —Gale in the Desert on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first, at school. As a hobby, They started at about the same time. You didn’t say if the giveaway is open internationally or not – I’m in the UK.

    —Jen B on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, I began making doll clothes and small purses when I wasn’t yet a teen! I started quilting as an adult, many years after that!

    —Sharon on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first (remember Home Ec in school?). But I found quilting to be my passion.

    —valerie csmith on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothing at a young age, 12, I think. My aunt was ill & Mother had to be with her 6 children for months before and after her death. I was left "in charge". I made all of mine & my two little sisters school clothes that year. Very simple Aline skirts and keyhole back button blouses. My grandma and aunt helped to teach me. I stated quilting years later. I go back and forth on what I’m in the mood to sew.

    —Brenda Buck on March 18, 2014
  • I used to make yo-yos when I was about 6, then Mom taught me to sew simple things. I still sew and quilt. Quilting started 10 years ago, love it.

    —Kathy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when i was young. My Mom made all our clothes from fabrics purchased in outlet shops in the textile mills in my home town, or by remaking clothing hand-me-downs from my older cousins. I made some of my own clothing as well until I was in my early 20s when I moved away and buying fabric to makes clothes became too expensive. (Outlet stores and textile mills are all long gone now.) Fast forward 35+ years and i stumbled across quilting on PBS. My Mom did needle-turn applique quilt tops, but i had done only one tedious scrap quilt top (still in that box from 40 years ago with Mom’s quilt tops.) My first quilting tutorial, Eleanor Burns Quick Trip Quilts on PBS mesmerized me! No tedious square cutting with a cardboard pattern!!!! I started quilting in Dec 2013 and have 2 table toppers and 4 baby quilts done, and i am just getting started, LOVE IT! I watched videos for three years and had my sewing room all set up before i ever made my first quilt due to my 60 hour work weeks, planning for the day when i could start. When my skill level is improved (soon) I will finish Mom’s quilts and my own as well.

    —Elaine Judd on March 18, 2014
  • I sat at my grandmother’s knee and watched her piece together swatches of her old house dresses to make quilts for those cold Appalachian winters. It was there that I learned to love sewing. Today, there’s still nothing quite as comforting as feeling fabric in my hands and dreaming up my next project.

    —Delinda Lea on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first and a long time ago … I sewed with my Mother and then Jr High home economics, that ugly yellow gingham skirt! Quilting came by accident while taking a college course in the 80’s. Began seriously quilting in 2000 and have enjoyed it ever since..

    kbo on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when my parents gave me a sewing machine when I was 12. My first project was a floor length formal dress. I have sewn everything from formals to rag dolls. I started making quilts about 15 years ago and have completed quite a few tops sent out for quilting. I am venturing into machine quilting now but always looking for little projects to do to break up the big projects that take more time. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Kathy Romans on March 18, 2014
  • I really hadn’t done much sewing until about 3 years ago, when I decided I wanted to quilt. My Mom has always had a sewing machine, and sewed lots of our clothes growing up, so I knew how to use a machine, I just didn’t. My aunt was a quilter, and when she passed away, I took a lot of her fabric, for some day. Now I am a quilter, for the last couple of years anyway. 3 quilts in 2012, 32 quilts in 2013, and just finishing the 5th of 2014.

    —Terri van Gulik on March 18, 2014
  • I have sewed a bit all my adult life … but took my first quilt class with the urging of my husband.. he knew I had always wanted to make a quilt but thought the project was to huge. I am so glad he encouraged me ‘he may regret it though’ I love to make quilts for my family!

    —Gidget Shenefield on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. A small, sewing machine that used a hand crank was a gift at Christmas when I was young. I sat and sewed "doll" clothes when my grandma and mother were sewing. Now, I’m certainly devoted to quilting but on occasion will sew clothes for my granddaughter. Love the quilts shown from the book "Sweet and Simple Sewing"!

    —Clara Chandler on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing ever since I can remember – 50yrs plus – but my time spent sewing slowed down when my kids decided they didnt want home made clothes out of curtains any more. Then there was work. I recently retired and spotted a local shop running quilting courses, something I had always been intrigued by. I loved designing my Sampler quilt.The next project was an ambitious round tabletop quilt for my son in USA using Drunkards Path blocks. I spent many a midnight hour getting up and rearranging the pieces, on the spare bed, to suit me. The only problem is deciding what to make next.

    —Angela Harper on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was 12. This sweet lady from church gave me and another girl from school sewing lessons that summer. The first thing I made myself was a jumper with a zipper!! I still have a pencil case I made myself for 8th grade back in 1977.

    —Jacklynn Grimm on March 18, 2014
  • Love the fabric!

    —She on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. It was not until after our wonderfully delightful granddaughter joined our family that I began quilting. ♥ Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! ☺

    —Maree on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at 8 years old through 4-H. My first project, an apron, led to many dresses and other garments the next 11 years. After I was married and moved, my town had a wonderful Stretch and Sew store that offered marvelous instruction and classes. I actually made a wool suit for my husband. In the 80’s is when the quilting "bug" bit me. Another move landed me in San Diego county in easy driving distance of Quilt In A Day. Can’t be much luckier that this. Great instruction and fabric. I come from a rich heritage of quilting and sewing of grandmothers, great grandmothers, aunts etc.

    —Mary D. - OKC on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew from my Gram when I was10-11 years old. I made clothes for my 3 kids and when they had kids I started making them quilts. I’ve been doing both ever since.

    Kathy Osterby on March 18, 2014
  • I started with embroidery and sewing when i was 8 and then just recently progressed to quilting after a ~15 yr hiatis. My mother taught me to sew and we often went to classes together.

    —Emily c on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was young. Sewed skirts and jumpers for myself. My skills really took off in high school when friends would ask me to "patch" their jeans with different fabrics….it was the 70’s 🙂
    After accumulating quite a stash of fabric, I began quilting.
    I LOVE fabric and love to see how different people can create a different look in a quilt pattern by changing the style of fabric.

    —Karen Freeman on March 18, 2014
  • I was sewing first. Took "home-ec" in school. Learned to make potholders and stuffed animals. Started working on the costume committee for the HS Theater productions, more sewing. Made quite a few dresses for myself then outfits for my kids when they were toddlers. Now the kids are grown, so I’ve taken up quilting!

    —Deb Hoerst on March 18, 2014
  • Love your beautiful colors.

    —Barb Wilson on March 18, 2014
  • i started sewing when i was 6, and i started quilting when i was 40. I knew i did not have the patience to do quilting when i was younger, but after two children, i knew it was the time 😉

    —miranda on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I’ve been sewing for 15 years, but quilting for one.

    —Karen B on March 18, 2014
  • when I was first married many years ago, I would see a quilt pattern I like and start it. Baby quilts,holiday quilts etc. Never finished one of them. Last year my little grand daughter ask for her own quilt.Not being able to say no to her or the other 5 grands, I made her a quilt.
    first one ever. then her brother wanted to know where his was.I had started a denim and flannel,so that was his. My oldest grand daughter likes anime art so I took a dozen of her work and transfered them to fabric. Another one down. got all the grands taken care of and working on the 6 kids.
    can’t sew fast enough but I am a perfectionist so they’ve waited 30 yrs. they can wait another month or to. There is no stopping me now.

    sheila lewis on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing by myself a few years ago, and I’ve just discovered quilting this year. I can’t stop both anymore !!! Too much pleasure !!

    Chez Nadege on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to quilt a cathedral window on Christmas Eve in 1977. My aunt Sharon was working on a project and patiently taught an eight grader how to appliqué the window. From that moment on, I became a quilter and lover of colorful fabric. I will never forget gazing down at the blaze of colors in her window blocks!

    —Les on March 18, 2014
  • Hello, Sewing is what came first for me. I taught myself how to mend work clothes for my husband. Sewing on buttons, hemlines & patches on jeans for our daughters. I started quilting about fifteen years ago. Quilting soothes my soul & my sanity. Thank-you for such a wonderful giveaway~

    —Julie A. Boster on March 18, 2014
  • My mom showed me how to sew a running stitch when I was about 10 and I took it from there as the only sewing she did was fix hems and buttons. I learned to sew clothing from books and patterns and found quilting in the early 70’s when I was about 18. Bought a book, taught myself and have been sewing both clothing and quilts for over 50 years.

    —Rina on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing by hand when I was eight. My mother let me use the sewing machine when I was about 11 or 12 and then I made all my clothes and later her’s too. Sewed for my boys some. I didn’t get into quilting until about four years ago. But I love it!

    —Claudia Burns on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing children’s clothes came first, trying to save money. Then one day I saw this article that said, "Make this quilt in a day." And I did and never stopped. Can not say how much joy it brings me in my senior years. Just looking at all the colors brightens my world.

    —Ann on March 18, 2014
  • Oh that book looks like it has a lot great and easy patterns in it. hanks for a chance to win it.

    —Marge buck on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting about 20 years ago. I started with a little Singer sewing maching but decided to buy a new machine. When I finally decided on what machine to buy all my husband said was he didnt want to know how much it cost. To this day he still doesnt know how much that machine cost me. I enjoy the many wall hanging I have made. But the most pleasure I get is seeing the smile on someone face when they are told this gift was made just for you.

    —Lisa on March 18, 2014
  • My mom inherited my grandmother’s treadle machine. I learned to sew before I was eight, putting hems on hankies and turning collars and cuffs on my dad’s shirts. My mother sewed my dresses from flour sacks and cut up other items to make mine and my families clothing. I was helping her with ironing and sewing until I reached high school and everyone was sewing on electric machines. My dad bought one for our home and mom always called it my machine. The first thing I received for Christmas after I married was a Good Housekeeper machine. I sewed Barbie clothes for my Christmas money. Have never stopped sewing.

    —Claire McCann on March 18, 2014
  • I remember my mom quilting. But I was never bitten by the bug until after she passed away. She had made me and my sister matching quilts when we were little ( a sunbonnet sue quilt)but she had never quilted them. So my first project after she passed was to quilt that quilt!!! and needless to say i have been quilting ever since!!

    —maryl on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I around 10 and fell in love with every aspect of the art. From pondering over patterns, walking up an down the aisles of fabric, feeling their texure, deciding on the color to the excitement of beginning a new creative work, I loved and lived for sewing. I owe my passion to my sweet little Mom who was the most beautiful seamstress and taught me well. As dressmaking changed, I moved to quilting. Both warm my heart.

    —Susan Stone on March 18, 2014
  • When I was 8 years old my Grandma taught me to sew using her sewing machine. I was spending the night at her house and she needed to find something to keep me busy I’m sure! By the age of 10 I was making my own clothes. Fast forward through 35 years of work and no time for sewing other than Halloween costumes, I finally had time to do my craft and discovered quilting…and never looked back! I have a wonderful quilting studio and keep a picture of my Grandma (at age 18!) next to the doorway and call her my quilting angel!

    —Brenda Iwami on March 18, 2014
  • My mother used to sew dresses for us girls out of feed sacks, So watched her sew, Then when i went to Hi School, joined Home Ec and learned to sew their, Had a wonderful Teacher.

    —Grace Mauer on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothing way before I started making quilts. I started sewing cloths in the third grade, but just starting making quilts three years ago. So it took me about 45 years to start my quilt journey. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Rita McCart on March 18, 2014
  • What wonderful new ideas. Would love to make some of the projects. Great!

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • Definitely sewing! I started in 4-H when I was around 10. Quilting came much, much later. In fact, I still consider myself a novice and I’ve been retired for several years now.

    —Sandy on March 18, 2014
  • I started making myself dresses in high school and pursued a degree in Home Economics Clothing Construction. When I graduated, I got a job at a quilt shop and fell head over heels for quilting too. I love to go between the disciplines to keep some variety and interest in my sewing and, lets face it, most of the time quilting fabrics offer the most variety and beauty. 🙂

    JaimeSews on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My mom started teaching me when I was about 7 years old. I did not start to quilt until last year, at 33!

    —Erica on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in "Home Ec", many years ago, but never was very good at it. My sister asked my cousin and I to be bridesmaids and gave us the patterns of the dresses she wanted us to wear. After a lot of trial and error, we did finish them, and they came out okay. I did not start quilting until last year when my daughter introduced me to it.

    —Rhonda Best on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew very simple projects on my mother’s sewing machine. Then many years later, I started to quilt. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    —Joan on March 18, 2014
  • Love the colors & the ideas. Always interesting to learn about someone else’s creative process. Full of new ideas for all of us.

    —cher johnson on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing 🙂

    —Leah on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was a kid and then kind of gave it up. In the past few years my interest in sewing was rekindled and that turned into an interest in quilting. I enjoy both.

    —Bess on March 18, 2014
  • My first sewing experience was a pillow in 6th grade – I still have it! Then I took up quilting when I was home recovering from surgery. I like both hand piecing and quilting and using the machine. They are both so satisfying in different ways. My goal is to finish cleaning out my everything room, organize it into each thing having an area, and then get to sewing away (who needs to spend any more time on filing anyway?!) A new stash of fabric and pattern ideas would be perfect!

    —Julie Thomas on March 18, 2014
  • I started with sewing in 4th grade — 4H. I made an awful sundress out of a green and white striped fabric. But I forged ahead. Now, I make quilts mostly, because they "fit" no matter what. 🙂

    —Margaret on March 18, 2014
  • For me sewing came first and only very very recently, I’m still taking classes. But I have been hoarding quilt patterns for so long, I just haven’t plucked up the courage to start one!

    —Dawn on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a young girl with my mother and the mother of one of my friends. I had gotten away from it until about 3 years ago when I took a quilting class. Oh my! I am now hooked again and can’t wait for time to sew each week.

    —Nikki Wilson on March 18, 2014
  • I tried to sew a pair of pajama pants which was a disaster so I thought I would try quilting and I have never looked back. It has changed my life and Mode has a big part in it.

    —Jena on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in grade school on my Mom’s Kenmore machine. It didn’t even zig zag. I had lots of experience sewing bridesmaids dresses & even my sister’s bridal dress. I became a home economics teacher, loved the sewing classes. When our children were small, I took my first quilting class – a log cabin quilt. Next took some Seminole piecing classes from Lassie Wittman & was hooked! I have an interest in pieced wearables & enjoy those projects. Now I participate in 2 quilt groups & love my "quilty" friends!

    —Charlotte on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing clothes came first then quilting. Almost 30 years now!!

    —Charla Francis on March 18, 2014
  • I was a self taught sewer first. When I was a teenager, most times when I had extra money, I would go to joann fabrics to browse the patterns and purchase fabric to make my own clothes. My grandmother was quilter she inspired me quilt.

    —Marlene on March 18, 2014
  • My Mother taught me to sew clothing when I was a pre-teen. I started to quilt about 10 years ago and now that I’m retired it’s all I do!

    —Mary Ann on March 18, 2014
  • I taught myself to quilt after seeing some beautiful fabric I couldn’t live without. It was just patchwork squares but I was hooked. 🙂

    Krista Robbins on March 18, 2014
  • My Grandma taught me how to the sewing basics when I was younger, with the intention of teaching me how to quilt. That never happened and I did not keep up with the sewing. Over the last couple of years, I have re-taught myself how to sew and quilt.

    —Amy Kottler on March 18, 2014
  • I had never sewn before in my life but had always loved quilts. Finally in my early twenties I decided I was going to make a patchwork quilt! It was very basic. Squares. No real pattern. But it was so fun to make and I was hooked!

    —Meghan B on March 18, 2014
  • I started hand sewing sock monkeys while I was deployed with the US Army. They were a little sloppy but full of character and something fun to give to my friends. A couple of years later, my mom found a sewing machine left out on the curb for trash pick up; she gave it to me along with a one-day sewing lesson. I haven’t stopped stitching since. Now we make quilts together and sewing is one of my favorite things in the world!

    Kristin S. on March 18, 2014
  • I came into sewing first. I used to watch my grand mother sew for weddings, baptisms and other important functions. I always wanted to create like she did. As I became more comfortable sewing garments, I began to dabble in quilting. I’m still learning all I can about quilting. I enjoy making memories.

    —Jessica Chavis on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me to sew as a girl, but I never did a whole lot with it before I started quilting. I could patch up clothes, and I made a few bags, but I get much more use out of my sewing skills with quilting these days!

    —Amanda L. on March 18, 2014
  • WHEN MY 3 GIRLS WERE LITTLE I DID A LOT OF SEWING…. MORE QUILTING NOW.

    —LMJF on March 18, 2014
  • I have sewn quite a lot of clothes for my sons. My eldest son had an Unique taste in coulors and Patterson, I was happy to make him what hè loved!
    Now they are grownups, I would love to start with a quilting project, to get the feeling again! Quilted blankets are my favorites, hope to make one someday!?

    —Marijke on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at age 7 yrs and have just kept going, Quilting is on my mind lately a lot, I have a vintage camper and will start one soon to use in her, Right now I make the grand daughters all sorts of fun outfits,

    —Linda Harris. on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother first started my interest in quilting. I started sewing when I was in the 8th grade with garment making. Then went from that to doing quilted garments and moved onto quilts. I love to sew any and everything. It is a passion.

    LaVonne Crouse on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew clothes first and then started quilting years later.

    —Laurel McGilvery on March 18, 2014
  • I started out sewing clothing in 1979. I sewed kids clothing, home accessories, and doll clothes for many years. I actually started making quilts 10 years ago and love it. I rarely sew anything else now.

    —Anelda Smith on March 18, 2014
  • I remember being a little girl and my grandmother giving me some material to make something with. Of course it would be an apron, my grandmother would bake goodies for me when ever I visited. I tried to hand sew it while on my bed lol I sewed a couple stitchs of it to my blanket. I love sewing and baking thanks to my grandmother 🙂

    —renee castro on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first-cross stitching, to be specific! I learned from my grandma when I was 9, and didn’t make my first quilt until I was 26!

    —Lindsay H on March 18, 2014
  • I am a beginner and just picked up my first quilt from the quilter today. Am anxious to start binding and see the completed project. I need a new project and a stash.

    —Karen Sillerud on March 18, 2014
  • I actually don’t ‘stitch’ with my fabric, I craft with it, making magnets, pins, earrings and more by mod-podging the fabric to various items.

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • I began making my own clothes at age 18 as a college student and newlywed on a very tight budget (1968). When the Rotary cutter came out, my friend took me to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, which was very early on and was held in The Shamrock Hilton Hotel, which has now been torn down many years ago for Houston’s medical center expansion. The demonstration of the Rotary cutter was AWESOME! Cutting through 8 layers of fabric at once! That was the end of my closing construction, and the beginning of my half a lifetime of quilting. Quilting is SO much more fun that clothing construction!

    —Gwen B on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing for over 60 years. I started with doll clothes then sewing all my clothes, coats, suits, pocketbooks and hats. Over the years I have done many crafts including counted cross stitch, knitting and stained glass. BUT, I always come back to fabric projects with Children clothes, English Smocking and Heirloom Christening gowns. I am currently learning to quilt and would like to make my Grandchildren each a bed size quilt.

    Betty drake on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing and doing all sorts of crafts for as long as I can remember but I just learned how to quilt this summer. A wonderful friend shared her love of it and now I am hooked too. I even got my daughter doing it too :). Small projects are so much fun because they are almost like instant gratification.

    —Alice Peterson on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew when I was 8 years old. My mother taught me, sewing has always been a ig part of my life. 3 years ago my cousin taught me to quilt. I love it!

    —Kathleen Pacheco on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve always loved quilts but never felt I had the time to make them (single mom working full time). When I retired two years ago I bought my first machine and some fabric and made my first quilt. I’m hooked!

    —Lauren Lawson on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom taught me to sew when I was little and didn’t appreciate it. Now, I quilt and wish I could teach my Mom. I learned from my Aunt.

    —Lindsay Rodems on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My didn’t sew, but Jr. High Home Ec was a revelation. I’ve been sewing ever since. I started quilting about 10 years ago when I figured out I could do whatever I wanted to do. I absolutely love everything that is available now, the fabrics, blogs, general inspiration, it’s just something that has become richer and richer for me.

    —Addie Recoy on March 18, 2014
  • I started by sewing Barbie clothes and eventually clothes for myself long long before I quilted anything. Lovely fabrics!

    —Nancy D. on March 18, 2014
  • Learned to love sewing as an economical measure back in the 70’s. I made all of my own clothes while I was saving for a car and trying to earn enough money for college. Then, after school was finished, I made a baby quilt for my first nephew–hand sewn, ivory colored with a quilted Victorian baby buggy in the center of the quilt with lots of eyelet lace around the edges.
    Next quilt was another baby quilt done with the help of a pattern. Now a memory quilt made out of a friend’s ties and clothing for his family. Next–onto legacy quilts for my husband, son, grand daughter, grandson and sisters.
    The Moda fabrics are beautiful!–thanks for the chance to add them to my gifts of love. 🙂

    —Shirley Graff on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew young and even took home-ec in middle school. It wasn’t until high school that I made my first quilt. Over the years I made quilts on and off, but a few years ago I re-discovered my love of quilting and haven’t stopped.

    Carolyn @ Sweet Boater Chick on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first, if you don’t count my Home Ec class in seventh grade where I made a pair of Tweety Bird shorts.

    —Sarah on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew as a child. My mom taught me how to make clothing. But when my cousin had her first baby I made my first quilt. I was hooked!

    —Jill Wait on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing Barbie clothes by hand when I was ten. My mom decided it was time to learn on the machine. I made most of my clothes until I went into the service in my 20’s. I started quilting in 1994 and haven’t stopped since.

    —Michelle W on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew in home ec and when I was all grown up I took a quilting class and that was it. I love sewing clothing, bags, accessories or pretty much anything related to fabric.

    Kim S on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew by my mothers side and in a 4-H club called the "Eager Beavers". I’ve been sewing ever since.

    —Cheryl Cargill on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing during my years in 4-H. I made clothes and accessories and then in the 1970’s worked and stitched with Stretch-n-Sew. I made men’s suits and slacks for my husband, my daughter’s clothes and many of mine as well. When I retired in 1997 I began quilting and haven’t stopped yet! If I don’t get to my machine everyday, I feel as if something is missing!

    —KarenInTucson on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me to sew when I was young. I started quilting about 15 years ago and really love it. I just bought an embroidery machine so am adding that to my quilt projects now.

    Pam on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing doll clothes and my own clothes at 12. At 16 I started on baby clothes and sewed for my kids (5) until about middle school when they said no more. After about 8 years of that I took my first quilting class and was hooked. I still sew clothes for the grandkids, decorative pillows, little crafts for family and such. I DO NOT like to tag myself as a particular type of sewist. As long as it is sewing. Working on journal covers for teen grandgirls now.
    Diane in Wyoming

    —Diane McLauchlan on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothing when I was 12 and didn’t start quilting until I was in my 30’s. Now I never make clothing but do a lot of quilting!

    Teresa Stanulis on March 18, 2014
  • My story starts like this: me+my husband moved away from my home town, to work in another city, so, my mum thought it would be useful for me to have a new sewing machine, so as to use it for shortening trousers, mending a thing here and there, etc. And then, i went online, and found this wonderful world and people from all around the world that share the same passion, and i started sewing at first with bits&pieces i found in the house or local stores, and then i decided to make a denim dress for me(!!!) and the quilting came along, and even though i still have tons of things to learn, i appreciate all the work and effort all people put in this amazing occupation!!!! congratulations on your book and new fabric lines!!! <3 thanks for this opportunity!!! <3

    —Eleni on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since I can remember. My mom used to sew crafts and sell them at art fairs, made clothes for me and my sister, which matched of course, and she still has her original Singer sewing machine that I learned to sew on. It wasn’t until 25 years later that my friend said "let’s get away for a girls weekend……to a quilting retreat", that I began and learned how to quilt in a weekend. She could have told me that I didn’t need to start quilting by learning on a one inch nine patch pattern, but I’m still quilting many years later and going on our annual retreat in a few weeks. I can’t wait!

    —Ginger Witzlib on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. When I was a girl I made a gathered skirt on my grandmothers treadle machine and was hooked. Then when I was in my 20’s I discovered quilting and have never looked back!!

    —Sharon Harmon on March 18, 2014
  • I started with quilting when I was 18, wanting to continue the traditions my great-gradmother, whom I was named after. I started with hand piecing and hand quilting a baby quilt, then moved to machine work on a twin…these projects turned in to UFOs for 20 years as life got crazy with college, marriage, kids, and lots of moving thanks to the Army. A year ago I decided to get back into it when a nephew of mine was having a baby. I wanted to make a quilt for the newest little one to the family. I was hooked. Now a year and 10 quilts later (a few UFOs in there!) I am hoping to branch out into bags, simple clothes and anything else that strikes my fancy….if only my job didn’t get in the way of my sewing time! 🙂

    —Rachel M. on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me…thru Home Ec. Class in Jr. High. Have sewn every since…but an fairly new to Quilting World…loooooin’ it tho!! 🙂

    —Lori Morton on March 18, 2014
  • As a young child, I remember seeing my grandma and mother sew. Grandma would let me sit beside her when we was sewing. She would always baste her dresses first and then take them to the machine. In 7th grade, all the girls had to take a sewing class and my project was a skirt. It was a ugly brown with orange flowers. My mother chose the fabric for me. I’ve been sewing ever since and pick out my own fabric! When my daughters were younger, I made their shorts, tops, dresses with matching panties. I didn’t start quilting until 1992. At that point, I was going through a divorce and my counselor thought that I needed a hobby of quilting. Since she knew that I like to sew. I’ve been quilting ever since and thoroughly love it. Thank you so much for a chance at the giveaway.

    —Flo Burton on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was young from my Mother, along with embroidery and crochet. When I was in my teens I tried hand quilting and decided I couldn’t do it, now that I am older I have found the love for quilting and realized there is a lot more options.

    —Cheryl on March 18, 2014
  • Which came first for you: quilting or sewing?

    Sewing came first for me. I am so glad I grew up when they still had Home Ec in school. Honestly, teens these days don’t seem to care to cook or sew. They just pop everything in a microwave.

    I learned how to sew in Job Corp. It was an ugly pink and blue dress made out of stretchy fabric. I still hate knit fabric. LOL.

    My mom sewed stuff for me all during my young years and so I did learn from her too. I also learned my quilting from her. I do miss those early times.

    —Pam on March 18, 2014
  • I would sit and watch my grandmother sew on her treadle sewing machine and she would let me stitch along with her.Great memories! I have been sewing pretty much most of my life and love it! Love love quilting!

    —Denise/Folsom,Calif. on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in middle school with my mom – but didn’t become an avid sew it’s until I started having more children. I made my first quilt about 4years ago & have found my. New love.

    —Janelle D on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in Home Ec in high school, and then never did another stitch on a machine until I took up quilting … now I’m addicted and planning to try a few garments soon!

    —Paula on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew at school in 8th grade. I purchased my first machine shortly after. Then I had an "accident" breaking the needle in the machine, but somehow getting the top of the needle stuck in my finger!!! I didn’t touch my machine again until college when I decided to make my first quilt, on a whim! I’ve been quilting ever since, for 19 years now, loving EVERY minute! Can’t go a day without sewing, creating, designing, enjoying.

    Aviva on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in home economics class in 7th grade and after that I made almost all of my clothes, including prom gowns! I taught my parents to sew because they were curious as to what I was doing.

    I have always loved to make things, and I totally outfitted our sailboat (bimini, new upholstery on bunks, cockpit cushions, sail bags, curtains, etc.) and am currently redecorating our Airstream.

    I have only been quilting for 5 years and really have the bug!

    Deb on March 18, 2014
  • First love was sewing while quilting was admired. I didn’t have anyone that I knew that did quilting.

    —Jenniffer Howling on March 18, 2014
  • Learned watching my Mom. God Bless Her!!

    —Barbara Bennett on March 18, 2014
  • The sewing a little to get basics then the quilting. I love them both!

    —andrea polston on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, because I wanted to make clothes that fit and no one else had. But always wanted to quilt. In high school I quilted a batik I made in an art class, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I love quilting and still love learning new techniques that made make it more fun.

    —Kris B on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing for Barbie came first.

    —Dixie on March 18, 2014
  • I always thought I would sew, but when my husband surprised me with the sewing machine and some beautiful fabric I could only see it as a quilt. I started quilting and am in love. I enjoy sewing, but I find so much more satisfaction in creating beautiful quilts.

    —Barbie on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom taught us how to sew when we were pre-teens. I didn’t start quilting until several decades later. Thanks!

    —Julie T on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me at age 6 with a very patient, mother and grandmother. Then I taught Homemaking to Jr. High and High School students, owned a Needlwork Store, and then retired from paying jobs to be at home with my children. When my son entered collge three years ago, I joined a Once-a-Month quilting class and I’ve really had fun learning and re-learning how much I enjoy sewing and quilting. I’m hooked!

    —Karen Rogers on March 18, 2014
  • It was definitely quilting for me. I remember my great grandmother teaching me to hand stitch pink and blue squares to make a doll quilt. I didn’t learn to sew until I was in junior high school. I still make quilts but don’t sew much. A pattern with 13 pieces in the collar isn’t my idea of fun 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway. The fabric is beautiful!

    —Ruth Rocker on March 18, 2014
  • new to quilting and would to have this to help build a stash ohhhhh so pretty ty

    tane ashley on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 11. The next year my great grandfather gave me my great grandmother’s Singer Treadle machine complete with the attachments and her sewing box. I quickly made my sister and I matching quilts for our twin beds on that machine. Those twin lime green log house cabin quilts were the beginning of a 50 year(and still growing) love of quilting. I still have my great grandmother’s machine and I use it, especially for thicker fabrics and leather.

    —CarolAnn H on March 18, 2014
  • Love, love, love the Pencil Box quilt! Recently returned to the states after years overseas doing international development work. And now I am finally returning to quilting and just getting my Bernina 930 overhauled. I have 3 quilts lined up and would love to add the Pencil Box….especially with a first grand child coming. New and original. Gotta love it!

    —Erin on March 18, 2014
  • For me, quilting came first. I started shortly after my mom found out that she had late stage cancer. Quilting was a way for us to deal with the news. After some time, i started sewing. Even though my mom is now gone, i can still feel her presence with me when i am at my sewing machine.

    —Kelly on March 18, 2014
  • I started learning to quilt a few years ago when my daughter went away to college. She was the last to leave home and I needed to find something to keep my mind busy and to stop missing my baby. I love learning new patterns. I could not afford to buy quilts, so I need to learn to make them for myself.

    —Josephinelynn Rigle (JODY) on March 18, 2014
  • I’m a newbie to sewing

    —brianna dale on March 18, 2014
  • Definitely sewing. Began sewing my own clothes around 10. Made my prom dress and later my wedding dress. Then got pregnant and wanted to make a baby quilt. Several hundred quilts later, still making baby quilts….as well as bed quilts, lap quilts and art quilts.

    Kathy Craig on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first, but now I think of myself as a quilter!

    —Karen McMahon on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew and then made 1 quilt about 20 years ago. I started quilting again about 3 years and am now addicted!

    —Denise Cabral on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing definitely came first, started by making Barbie clothes from my mom’s and grandma’s scrap bin. Quilts are where its at now… but have considered Barbie clothing from my scrap bin.

    —Linda on March 18, 2014
  • Started with sewing first then to rag quilts and now I have "graduated" to trying beautiful quilts. I’m still learning, still a beginner, but I am loving every stitch as I go.

    —Angela Pekar on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from a very early age, but found clothing construction not my thing. About 30 year ago, my sisters and mom decided to enroll in a quilting class and begged me to join them. Well, I did, sewing the quilt all by hand. Since then, I use a machine, making quilts, home dec projects, small fabric gifts and even some clothing construction. I love fabric! Cannot have enuf of it!

    —Pam on March 18, 2014
  • I was sewing before I started quilting, but now I do quilting almost exclusivly. Very rarely does my maching have it’s quarter inch foot off….

    —Brenda T on March 18, 2014
  • I started out sewing in Home Ec, 7th grade, and continued to sew sporadically thru adult years, raising kids. I always wanted to make a quilt though. So I made my first one in 2009 after discovering a Moda charm pack at a small store in Fredericksburg TX. WOW. That was the beginning. I’ve made 10 or 11 quilts since then, plus many other items I’ve learned to do on the plethora of sewing/quilting blogs I discovered this past year or two. Wow. It’s amazing. Thanks, Moda, for getting me on the quilting. It’s my passion now!

    —Lynne Tilley on March 18, 2014
  • So I lost my job, after 17 years of working for that same firm and not expecting to be laid off. Walking the dog? Cleaning house? Working in the garden? More volunteer work? No, the first couple of weeks I didn’t know what to do. Then, a friend of mine told me she loved working with fabric and started quilting. Both of us signed up for a beginners course (three years ago) and got hooked. We met other lovely women and started a bi-weekly bee. We haven’t looked back since. So here we are. We love our new hobby, including feeling fabric and talking about projects. Thanks for keeping me up to date and love to be included in your give away. From the Netherlands.

    —Mieke on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing. My mother made many of our clothes and doll clothes on a straight-stitch Graybar sewing machine. No zig-zag, so she worked buttonholes by hand. I learned to sew in 4-H, supplemented by a short and not altogether positive experience in 8th grade Home Ec. (It’s remarkable that I still found sewing appealing.) I made garments in high school, college, and for years afterward. When I was 40 I learned that quilts could be pieced and quilted by machine. 20+ years and an enormous stash later, I haven’t looked back!

    Nann Hilyard on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first with a little toy sewing machine that did the chain stitch. I made doll clothes. I took Home Ec. in school and then majored in sewing in college. I have made clothes for myself and family for years.
    Then I got the quilting bug in 1987 and now I am loving everything about the art of quilting. The new book looks like something I would love to try. The fabric is beautiful and I would love the book and fabric. Pat Roberts from Ohio.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was quite young. I would sew scraps together to make doll clothes . I made clothing for myself in high school and college. I fell in love with the Cathedral Window Quilt while in college. I still want to make one. I made my first quilt when I moved to Richmond when I was in my late 20s. I quilt for the love of fabric and thread. I am not a perfectionist at it and that is probably a good thing or I may never finish anything !

    —Eileen smith on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, when our daughter was just a few months old, and since she was the only girl out of the 4 children we had, I sewed for her through high school. One of my friends had helped me get started with the sewing and this same friend planted the quilting bug in my ear and I’ve been going strong ever since then, and have the fabric to prove it!

    —Sylvia Anderson on March 18, 2014
  • I am still a novice when it comes to sewing and quilting, but my mom taught me to hand quilt about 2 years ago, and I love it! We go to shop hops and our favorite quilt shops as often as we can. We both agree that you can never have too much fabric and I love going through my stash. Last week I was at a shop and had to buy a yard of an adorable tea pot patterned fabric, never know what idea I’ll have next! 🙂

    —Denise Tremaine on March 18, 2014
  • Just a beginner quilter and looking forward to many projects!

    —Karen Anderson on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was about 5 years old. She gave me my own sewing machine when I was about 11 years old. I didn’t start quilting until I was in my 30’s but absolutely love it. I enjoy making them for everyone else and I still don’t have one for my bed!

    —Tammy on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed first. Started sewing doll clothes while Gramma was making me clothes! I also used wood from Grampa’s projects to make doll furniture, which I covered with fabric also. I remember taking a round salt container, cutting and shaping it into a chair for Barbie. Then I covered it with fabric and made a cushion. Such fun 🙂
    When I got older I made my first quilt. That was it! I was hooked and haven’t looked back since.
    That’s my story. Ill be interested to read all the wonderful stories which will surely be posted here.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Vickie VanDyken on March 18, 2014
  • Both my grandmothers quilted when I was young – I remember listening to their stories about the quilting bees and I loved the scrappy quilts that included cast off clothing and remembering all the stories attached to them. My grandmothers are long gone- now I am in my 40’s and the quilting bug has hit me – I started about 4 years ago – I started with an inexpensive machine – within a year I owned a longarm, a very nice computerized sewing machine and several yards of fabric. I can’t imagine a day without sewing or quilting – I am completely hooked and I love learning new techniques.

    —Teresa Green on March 18, 2014
  • My mom got me sewing when I was 9 or 10. By middle school I was making most of my own clothes, and made my first quilt a few years later. In a high school printmaking class, I printed some of my own yardage for the first time. Fast forward a few decades, and I am still sewing, quilting and printing. I’m always making quilts and other textile items for gifts, donations, and silent auctions. I’d love a copy of Sweet and Simple Sewing and the beautiful Moda charm packs so I can continue my fabric journey!

    —Nina on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me! I was active in 4-H when I grew up and learned to sew when I was young. My grandmother and aunt were excellent teachers and encouraged me in lots of ways. By the time I started junior high I was making all my own dresses. I learned to love quilting about 10 years ago.

    —Marguerite Guinn on March 18, 2014
  • I first started sewing in high school. Then gave it up when I couldn’t find the time to sew. A couple of years ago I took a quilting class & I was hooked. I am now retired & finding I love quilting!

    —Linda Cole on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom taught me to sew in junior high. Out of necessity, I made most of my own clothes all through high school and college. Mom also quilted, except she liked to quilt and I liked to piece, so even in high school I was piecing quilts for her. After, I was married and got through raising kids, I would make one queen size quilt per year and take it to Mom for quilting. She passed away this past May and I cherish all the quilts that she and I worked together. I can’t get enough time to sew/qult everything I would like to make, my stash is constantly growing and increasing.

    —LaJuan Ihrig on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing just a few years ago. Always wanted to learn so my husband bought me a sewing and embroidery machine for Christmas. Have the most fun sewing and making quilt gifts.

    Julie A Clooney on March 18, 2014
  • I come from a family of sewers from noth sides of the family. I have just inherited my grandmothers seeing machine that dates back to the 1930,s.I have been quilting for some 25 years.

    —Jeanneette on March 18, 2014
  • What charming fabrics & projects! I started sewing my own clothes in high school & went on to sew for my home & my girls. It wasn’t until after they were grown that I began to quilt. Now I try to work in both.

    —Pat on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting, I learned to quilt from my Grandmother on a treadle machine when I was a toddler. I worked the treadle for her. The house had no electricity so just guess how long ago that might be. Oh yes it was cold with just a wood burning stove. Who says the good old days.

    —Chris on March 18, 2014
  • Both my mother and grand mother were seamstresses, self thought, even made their own patterns and designs.
    Learn to love quilts while living in Calif and going antiquing or to crafts shows

    —Flor Chavarria on March 18, 2014
  • When I was twenty years old, i went to USA to learn English (I am from Brazil), And i went to live with my aunt And she taught me how to sew. Now I am fifty And I decided to take sewing classes to improve my skills And in
    Abril I will start a course to learn patchwork.

    —Malu Melchert on March 18, 2014
  • My mother always sewed, but I learned sewing in 7th grade when it was mandatory that all students take Home Ec. I didn’t start quilting until many years later when as a public school teacher, I got together with some fellow teachers one day a week after school to learn quilting from a professional quilter.

    —Kathy on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting~ I was pretty useless at sewing. I moved to Canada and was encouraged to learn to make quilt tops. 22 years later, I’m still quilting (just don’t ask me to hem pants!).

    —Sandra on March 18, 2014
  • ..how exciting to work with the daughters … lovely .. and my own quilting started at the Treadle as i was making things, stuff, junk.. but I loved that treadle and it was mine in later years. My duaghter sews now too, she designs/creates one of a kind custom corsets .. no patterns .. just throws out the fabric and starts cutting. She is amazing …

    —Sandra on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in 4-H and now that my mom has taken up quilting, I am learning from her.

    —Lori on March 18, 2014
  • My mom did alterations for others her entire life, as well as sewed many many wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Then she managed a Fabric Dept. in a larg store. I can’t remember when I started sewing, it’s just something I have always done. The transition to quilting was gradual. I still wanted to sew, but my kids were boys… jeans and tee shirts……..so I turned to making wall hangings and it grew from there.

    —Mary on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing when I was very young. My Grandmother helped me. It wasn’t until after I was married that I started quilting and love it more all the time. I am always looking for new ideas (like I don’t have enough projects going).

    —Nancy Rosetto on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting about two years ago and absolutely love to design and create my own projects. It would be a dream to do the same thing with my kiddos. Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway! 🙂

    Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy on March 18, 2014
  • Your book has some great projects in it that I would like to make. I discovered quilting about 10 years ago and love it. The only sewing skills I had prior to this was one year of Home Ec. I did make some quilts about 25 years ago but they were rough and I don’t remember there being any classes or notions to help. I traced blocks with a pencil and cut them out with a scissors. Loved the end product though.

    —Cindy Garaas on March 18, 2014
  • I started seeing in middle school. I made some simple clothes, and my Home Ec teacher let me bring in my quilt to pieces to work on rather than the pillow everyone else was doing.

    —Sara on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing doll clothes when I was younger, and progressed to clothes for myself. When my kids came along, it was fun to sew for them. Then when they went to college, I decided to make them a quilt for school. I was hooked! Been quilting ever since, and now including embroidery. Love the pre-cuts. It’s so fun to get samples of the entire collection!

    —Judith on March 18, 2014
  • I am fairly new to quilting. I sewed clothes, curtains and other items when I was a stay at home mom over thirty years ago but had not done much sewing when I began working full-time outside the home. Since I have retired I have purchased a new machine to replace my older original machine, taken some sewing and quilting classes and found I love to work with fabric and quilt. I am loving having the time to quilt!

    —Nancy Beck on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed since the time I was about 11 & remember taking apart an embroidered baby quilt that was mine & making it into a doll quilt. I sewed clothes & household items until I started quilting in 1990 & now I don’t want to do any sewing except quilting.

    —Kay McCaffery on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at a very young age making Barbie doll clothes.
    Quilting came before the birth of my son many years later and has been non stop since! I love it!

    —Shari Kersey on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first–on a child’s sewing machine with a hand cranked wheel!! Mother would sit at my grandmother’s Singer treddle machine and I would sit on the floor beside her with my little sewing machine. As long as she would sit there and sew, so would I. My last sewing machine was purchased in early 1968 and, at age 70, I still love to sew and would love to quilt. Quilting comes naturally in my family as my maternal grandmother and my paternal g.g. grandmother both left quilt tops for me.

    —Sharon on March 18, 2014
  • I have always loved to make things and I started to sew when I took Home Economics in junior high. My first project was the ugliest skirt I have ever owned! Thank heavens I only wore it once, in the school fashion show. I think that put me off skirts forever! But I loved sewing and made many sewing crafts over the years. However when my daughter was born I made my first quilt and loved the process and the product. It was the quilting beginning for me and although I only made a few when my children were growing, I am now retired and in my quilting glory!

    —Janice H on March 18, 2014
  • i got my first sewing machine when i was 14. no one in my family taught me how to sew. i just wanted to learn. i took my first quilting class when pregnant in 1987. i was hooked.

    —donna shearrer on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in junior high. I didn’t try quilting until I was an adult.

    —Joyce Pusel on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first and my "beginner" project in junior high home ec was a lined blazer and pants set. Ugh! It came out fine, but I had a growth spurt during the semester so it didn’t fit very long! That should have taught me to not bite off more than I could chew, but I still like an ambitious project. In grad school, being very broke, I started making dresses for wedding parties to help pay my tuition. I loved any sewing craft so quilting came along right after I graduated. Now my husband is a disabled vet and quilting is something I can do near him as I am his full time caregiver. Quilt making is such a satisfying art form for me! Love the new book and your fabrics are simply fab!

    —Laurie Pollock on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was about 8 or 9; started with the apron in 4-H. Then after graduating high school, my neighbor got me started in making quilts.

    —Barbara Howard on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing is such a satisfying outlet for our creative spirits. I am a beginner in quilting, though I have sewn since I was young child. Choosing from the multitudes of colors, patterns and textures of fabrics (especially Moda) is like breathing in fresh air.
    The book looks fabulous and that pencil quilt on the cover is so fun! Thanks for the chance to win, and I wish everyone good luck!

    —Jonnie Britton on March 18, 2014
  • I started out doing cross stitch but decided to learn to sew when my grandmother died. I always wanted to learn how to quilt. I started taking private lessons and now my teacher and I are the best of friends. I also make purses out of men’s neck ties.

    —Christy Trevino on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing many years ago, then approximately 25 years ago the quilting bug hit and that is my main focus. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Carol in E TN on March 18, 2014
  • I just started Quilting in 2012, I made a BOM quilt and really enjoyed it, I’m now on a mission to make everyone I love a Bedspread Quilt that they can cherish forever, my 8 YO daughter tells me almost every day how much she loves her quilt and how pretty and warm it is, I love that feeling!

    —Carlye Strumski on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew when i was 5 by my grandma. and then eventually i learned how to quilt and embroider and I love doing all of those things. I have been sewing and quilting for over 20 years and i will do it all of my life. I havent done many small projects but i look forward to doing it in the future.

    —Patricia Hutson on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing with a dull carpet needle and paper when I was around 5. My grandmother quilted and pieces by hand, and she taught me how. Its a tradition I have kept going, and hope to teach my children some day.

    —Dana McClung on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, as I started out in 4-H at the age of 7. I continued sewing in both 4-H and home ec classes until I was 18. Luckily, my grandmother lived next door, and she always had a quilt in the frame, so it was inevitable that quilting would consume me at some point. I hand-pieced my first quilt in the early 1980s as a new wife and mother.

    Jayne on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew first. My mother was a self taught seamstress. When I was growing up I always wore handmade clothes. Then she taught me how and we would sit and sew together. We then began to quilt together. She taught me to hand quilt with 2×4 boards as our frames that would sit on chairs in the livingroom. Wow we have come along way since then. But I would not change anything. That was awesome "Mom" time.

    —Barbara Smith on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew before I learned to quilt. Way back then almost everybody sewed their own clothes. Now I do mostly quilting, but have the itch to get back into sewing clothing, too. I love the little projects pictured above!

    —Karen Watkins on March 18, 2014
  • I did a stretch and sew class almost 40 years ago. I did minor repairs on clothes. Took two hand piecing classes in New Mexico 29 years ago. Seven years ago I joined a library group that does a pattern each summer and a quilt group. It has been an adventure. I have made I spy quilts and 3 five and dime quilts and one 9 patch throw. I love piecing the tops. This book has some ideas I would definitely use to make quilts for grandkids, especially the pencils and butterflies. Thanks for the give away.

    Kathleen King on March 18, 2014
  • For me, sewing came first. Mostly garments from office clothes to jeans to leather jackets to men’s wool jackets and everything in between. It was a long coat pattern and fabric kit that transformed my sewing into quilting. I knew nothing about quilting and my pattern told me to layer and quilt the ‘sandwich’. So, after a small amount of searching (pre internet) and novice stippling, my coat was finished. I still get complements on it every time I wear it.

    —Pat Allen on March 18, 2014
  • Grew up watching my mom & grandmother sewing . Learned to sew in home ec class in jr high. Making quilts came much later. Love Moda, love winning. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Linda Halcomb on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting at14, my grandmotherhad me
    cutting fabric with scissors and a template. I love
    how the industry has made it easier for us to do what we love.

    —Machelle on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew clothing when I was 12 and never stopped, even making my children’s clothes, including a wedding dress for my daughter. I’m 56 and just started learning to sew quilts in the last few years. I love the fabrics, the planning and choosing of color schemes – am addicted!

    —Michelle Graham on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing at school came first, an apron! I hated sewing then but when I had my first child I saw a lovely baby quilt at my local sewing shop, so I bought the material to make it (I knew nothing about quilting) and that was it. I have been hooked on quilting ever since and love it. The projects from Sweet and Simple look delectable.

    —Melita Benedetti on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing after I got married and had kids. Simple things at first then some simpler clothes. I didn’t sew much through middle age then after I retired I discovered quilting. WOW, the Mom-Daughters teams are awesome. Their quilts, designs and color combos are wonderful. Their book is just as awesome. Would love to win the giveaway to try some of their patterns

    —Charlene McCullough on March 18, 2014
  • My mom was an excellent seamstress and taught me how to sew on her Singer treadle sewing machine when I was in grade school. I started making my own clothes when I was 13 and started making quilts 3 or 4 years later. (I have been sewing for over 40 years!)

    —Janette Schiedler on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was a young girl, mostly clothing, purses, doll clothes etc…on my old Singer. When it quit working, I told my husband I deserved a Husqvarna Viking because since I am now retired I wanted to be able to quilt. I was scared to death because I hate to rip things out when they aren’t quite right, but I have learned the need for accuracy and I am no longer scared and I now love quilting for the everyday challenges it provides.

    Laurie Travis on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmothers and mother were always sewing…. I still treasure the aprons that my "babci" made. I remember her sewing all sorts of clothes for us kids and often there would still be basting in the garment when we got it. My most treasured sewing machine is my grandmother’s treadle machine. Now even a power failure can’t stop me from sewing. I just love the colors in this fabric line…they are so springy and after this long, cold, snowy winter here in New Jersey, they are a welcome site.

    —ChrisC on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothes for 4-H projects. Now I only quilt and don’t sew clothes.

    —MarthaB on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first, I think Jr High school was the time.

    —Chris on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first and have been sewing for over 45 years, then quilting got under my skin and now I can’t stop. Have quilts, table runners, wall hangings etc coming one after another. Now we do Quilts for Kids with a few women. Just love, love, love quilting.

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • I was going to answer sewing from junior high, but then I remembered learning to hand-piece Dresden plate blocks from my mother’s father’s old German aunt when I was a little girl.

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first but always remembered my Great Aunt quilting. I didn’t start quilting until I was an adult and haven’t looked back yet. Would love some new fabric and a new book.

    —Polly Blank on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in home economics in school and really enjoyed it when I had a young daughter. Haven’t sewed a lot in recent years but like to do craft projects. These fabrics and book could help me get back to something I enjoyed a lot.

    —Jamie Wooster on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was first for me. I made curtains.

    —Wanda on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed a little while in grade school. During high school, I lived with my grandmother who taught me, and I made one quilt. After I married, I made all my children’s clothes, including my daughter’s wedding dress and attendant’s dress. Now in retirement, I began working part-time at a local quilt shop and it drew me back into quilting.

    —Anne Welker on March 18, 2014
  • my mom taught me to sew on a treadle when i was 9. i started quilting when i was in my 50s.

    —carolyn montgomery on March 18, 2014
  • For me, sewing came first. I was a garment sewer for many years before being bitten by the quilting bug. Quilting has become my new passion.

    —Elizabeth T on March 18, 2014
  • I was just thinking this morning how I really wish I knew how to sew! I had a sewing class in high school and I can’t even sew on a button as they say. Retired now I decided I needed a hobby so I bought myself a sewing machine and looked at some online classes and started to quilt. Nothing fancy yet, just straight lines so far but I am on my fourth quilt now and the first three are pretty good. But there are so many general sewing things I really don’t know, like how to turn a corner on either a square or a triangle and so many other things I don’t even know I don’t know yet. But I have time to learn and I am having a lot of fun. I love all the beautiful fabrics that are out there are they keep me inspired. Would love to win some pretty ones and patterns to keep me going.

    —Kathleen Pearson on March 18, 2014
  • I wanted to quilt for a while and bought a cheapo sewing machine at WalMart three years ago for the purpose. I had only sewed in Mid School and barely remembered how to thread a machine. Now, I’ve been quilting for three years and am working my way into making other items and clothes for my four year old daughter.

    Green on March 18, 2014
  • My mom took me to a sewing class at church when I was 12. I have been sewing ever since then. I love to sew but, I must love mistakes more I make a lot. By the way I am now 56 that’s a lot of both. Hope to sew until God calls me home. God bless

    —anne lewis on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. Starting with two 4-H projects in 4th or 5th grade. An apron and a head scarf. No commercial patterns! Just follow the cutting instructions. Then came dresses. My sister and I must have made 20 dresses from different kettle cloth using the SAME pattern! That was back in the 60’s and girls weren’t allowed to wear slacks to school.
    The last garment made was a floral halter dress to wear to a friend’s wedding after we had graduated from high school.

    It wasn’t until after my sons went off to college that I was introduce to quilting by high school friends.

    Fabric and gardening are incomparable stress relievers and soul soothers!

    —Jetta Neely on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first!

    —Sandi Martin on March 18, 2014
  • For me, sewing came first. My wonderful Mom was an accomplished seamstress and taught me everything she knew. She was quite the perfectionist and I inherited that from her but sometimes my skills don’t quite measure up to my intentions! ;o) When I was a teenager, my best friend’s mom was my mom’s best friend — we all started making basic quilts at that time which made quilting very special to me. It’s so nice to have more time now to make the types of quilts that really appeal to me!

    Susan Mulvihill on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My mother taught me how to sew. I began by learning to make my own doll dresses. About 10 years ago I started learning how to quilt by joining the quilt group at church. They make very simple quilts from scraps, but I started learning the process. Eventually I took a class and started piecing quilt tops. Now I am learning to quilt on my machine. I love the creativity of quilting and I love the fact that there is always more to learn.

    —Linda Zumwalt on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother worked in a sewing factory in the heart of Chinatown, San Francisco. I would help her turn corners on collars for the Hawaiian shirts she would be making. She had tons of fabric scraps that I would hand sew together since I was too little to operate a sewing machine. When it was offered as a class in jr. high, I learned to sew and have been every since!

    —Sandy Melton on March 18, 2014
  • Growing up I would sew now and then guided by youth group activities, but I didn’t start for myself until I was pregnant with my first daughter. I wanted to make a quilt quickly. Overwhelmed by all the information I settled on a rag quilt and have been reading up on quilting ever since. 2.5 years later and with the help of guided birthday and Christmas presents I now have the set up I need and am in the process of free motion quilting my first lap quilt. I AM IN LOVE with the whole process and hope this will be a lifelong hobby now 🙂 I am constantly reading quilting blogs and watching videos to learn more. Now I am anxious to have something tangible to guide me! Having a copy of your new book would be fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Rachel H on March 18, 2014
  • thanks for the giveaways .

    —gudrun junker on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew clothing as a teenager. After my daughters were born, I did alot of sewing for them. I got the quilting bug about the time I retired. I saw a beautiful log cabin quilt on display and when I discovered the shop was going to have a class using Eleanor Burn’s "Quilt In a Day" method I signed up. From then on,I was hooked!

    —Joan H. on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing garments with my mother around 10 years old and she had learned from her mother, my grandmother. My grandmother made my wedding dress and she had made quilts back in the 40s and 50s. At my grandmother’s death, her quilts came to me including what we thought were simple tied bedspreads which actually encased inside old quilts from her past. I have multiple generations of quilts and now I make quilts with the memory of the women of my past. My sewing/quilting room gets crowded.

    —Julie Stephens on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child. I would make Barbie clothes as my mother was sewing clothing for the family. I don’t sew clothes anymore, but love to quilt. I love the colors used in the book. Love those teal, orange, and blues.

    —Gwen Fehr on March 18, 2014
  • I really began quilting when I retired. Although I’d made a quilt for my then- nwq granddaughter. I really love hand appliqué, but I’ve been perfecting my piecing. Next I need to work on my quilting skills.

    —Eleanor Lenney on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing definitely came first! Besides a couple of rag quilts I have yet to finish my first quilt. One day…one day.

    —Trisha on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. Passed from my mom, passed to her and her mother several generations alike. 🙂 I am just beginning to get my feet wet wtih quilting though and have all kinds of projects floating about. Love the colored pencil "Pencil Box" quilt shared! That would be beautiful in our family’s homeschool room! Thanks for the chance!

    Kristy on March 18, 2014
  • I was a "sewer" first. Started in 4-H. Made clothes for my boys when they were little. When they were gone from home I decided to try quilting. Made one and I was hooked!

    —Glennis Zimmerman on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to in high school. I really enjoyed making clothes for myself. After getting married,I made window coverings then dresses for my daughters when they were born. Now I sew Quilts and sew bags.

    —Jutta Pinegar on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first beginning with high school classes. I discovered quilting about ten years ago and still am enjoying all styles of sewing. Beautiful fabric has become an addiction.

    —Mary Lou on March 18, 2014
  • My mother has always been an amazing sewer and discovered quilting about 20 years ago when she decided to finish some of my grandmothers quilts. I always watched with secret awe. I learned basic sewing through girl guides and home ec but didn’t discover the love of the craft until I turned 40. I enjoy both quilting and sewing now. Your book has some fabulous unique projects that I would love to try out.

    —Laura G on March 18, 2014
  • I first started sewing in home ec.. been sewing ever since!!! I love being creative!!

    —Diana on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting is my passion. I love it when a newbie asks me questions about how to get started, and I have answers for her..

    —Joanne DINovo on March 18, 2014
  • My mom sewed our clothes and "tons" of clothes for our Barbie dolls as girls (five of us). I received a Singer sewing machine when I was 16 and tried to sew on it for years, with limited success. When I married my mother-in-law gave me her old Bernina 930 and I began to sew clothes for our girls. I had dabbled in quilting many years before I married, but now I have a real passion for it and am still learning so much. It is so satisfying to create beautiful things with all the beautiful fabric we enjoy now.

    —Michele Dawson on March 18, 2014
  • I started with sewing clothes in Jr High and later my sewing went towards home dec projects. This all moved me towards quilting.

    —Kathy Van Klaveren on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was my first passion, but quilting was always at the back of my mind. My Dad had a few quilt tops from his Aunt that had raised him. We had basted a DWR to hand quilt, but then me getting married, and having kids got in the way. After the kids got old enough to do their own thing, I started looking at quilts, and jumped in making a feathered star tree skirt, then a triple irish chain during the OJ trial. That is when my house exploded with fabric, patterns, and several UFO’s, everything quilts.

    —Janet T on March 18, 2014
  • I crocheted lapghans for the VA hospitals. I loved crocheting but can no longer hold the crochet hook. My hands don’t work like they use to. Saw a sewing machine in the store and decided I wanted to make quilts. BOY DID I GET HOOKED. I love it.

    —Cooky Messer on March 18, 2014
  • My mom sewed, and my Aunt has made wedding dresses at home for her business. I first sewed in High School, and even worked in a fabric store during college. I transitioned over to quilting a couple of years ago. I love it all.

    —Karen O. on March 18, 2014
  • I have been fortunate to have a family that has always made items for themselves. My grandfather was a farmer, but he also did tapestry and leatherwork. He made satchels for my brothers and I for high school. I have also observed him sewing himself up after cutting his arm on glass!!! My grandmother made me many dresses and my mother sewed and knitted and still does today at 88! I suffered a breakdown a few years ago and now have difficulties but find that all types of sewing including patchwork, dressmaking help to relax me. I would love to win the charm squares and get designing a new pattern 🙂

    —Ann Charnley on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 6 years old. Majored in home economics in high school, sewed 10 years in 4-H Club, sewed all my husband’s and mine clothing. When my first born was a toddler, I had to alter the jumpsuit 3x to get it to fit him. I hated altering, so after that, 3 kids later, I quit sewing. 20+ years later, moved and had no friends in the area yet, hubby was working out of state, and so I spent a weekend with my sister and started quilting. Now that’s all I do….. Quilt ’til you wilt!

    —Jane Meilbeck on March 18, 2014
  • My first sewing project was an apron,which I still have. I sewed that first project on my mother’s New Home sewing machine at the age of 10.

    —Juanita on March 18, 2014
  • Quilts came first for me. Sometimes I’ll make a pair if flannel PJ pants, but I’m all about quilts! 🙂

    —Darcie cooper on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. There are five girls in my family and Mum made all our clothes. As we got old enough to sit at the machine she taught us to sew, firstly following lines drawn On my way! brown paper. Then she taught us how to follow a pattern. So gradually we took over making our own clothes.

    —Helen on March 18, 2014
  • My first sewing example was my Mom. She made wonderful dresses for "we three girls" growing up. The clincher to my desire to learn was when I became upset about my "undies" showing when playing at recess. Mom saved my modesty and playtime by sewing up bloomers to match our dresses. I was the envy of my little friends and knew that ine day I wanted to sew, too. In high school, I had the great privilege of being taught how to sew exaxtly by Vivian Bancroft in Tucson. The rest is history! I sew nearly anything and everything. Love this fabric collection!

    —Anne Lawver on March 18, 2014
  • I can make outfits ,but I just started to quilt, I use to made a baby blanket bag out of prequilted panels now I have been making rag quilts . So much fun.

    Donna Davies on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 6 years old. Majored in home economics in high school, sewed 10 years in 4-H Club, sewed all my husband’s and mine clothing. When my first born was a toddler, I had to alter the jumpsuit 3x to get it to fit him. I hated altering, so after that, 3 kids later, I quit sewing. 20+ years later, moved and had no friends in the area yet, hubby was working out of state, and so I spent a weekend with my sister and started quilting. Now that’s all I do….. Quilt ’til I wilt!

    —Jane Meilbeck on March 18, 2014
  • started sewing as a child in 4-H, now my daughter has picked it up and she is the one that has gotten us both hooked on quilting. we do both sewing and quilting and most items are gifts for the grandmas and others in the family. I hope one day she will pass this down to her daughter.

    —Tammy DeMoss on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was 10 on my mother’s old Singer sewing machine – and on my grandmother’s Singer that happened to be a treadle. Needless to say a very slow process on my part as I couldn’t get the needle going the right way. I started piecing quilt blocks by hand when my daughter was in the hopital as something to do to keep busy and used to tell her stories of how I used to watch my grandmother set up her quilting frames every fall in the spare bedroom and then hand quilt the quilt she had pieced together in the evenings through the summer. I still have the quilt she made for me when I was 18, 48 years ago! I am now showing my grandaughter how to sew and quilt and hopefully she will have as fond memories of learning to sew & quilt as I do.

    —Carolyn Young on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing doll clothes from tiny scraps, then clothes for me. Wasn’t until later that I started making quilts. No set in sleeves 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Stacey on March 18, 2014
  • Mom and Grandma sewed, therefore, so did I. I stumbled into quilting in the early 90s and have never looked back! 🙂

    —Karen Misner on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing at 8 on a Singer Featherweight that I still have Started because Mom was a tailor and I learned how to construct garments like they do commercially. had a lot of problem with my home econ teacher in junior year sewing classes because I didn’t sew "right" – knew the commercial shortcuts and they don’t teach that in college. First project was navy and white sailor suit with all the braiding – every one else was doing aprons. Got a "B" because I didn’t "construct it right". IT was cool and wore it for 5 years. Sewed for family – nieces, nephews, cousins for years but ran out of clothes projects because teens want jeans and tees so started quilting – loved it. haven’t looked back.

    —lavonne hansen on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed before quilting, making these horrible ugly Cabbage Patch dolls! Later I made clothing, then moved on to quilting, and became completely addicted to it!

    —Amber on March 18, 2014
  • sewing came first

    —Debi Tisdale on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a teenager but never quilted until a few years ago when my daughter, then a young mom, became interested in quilting. She convinced me to give it a try and I was hooked. Now I am retired and spend a large portion of my time quilting or thinking about projects I want to try.

    —Karon Henderson on March 18, 2014
  • I started with quilting! That’s when I bought my sewing machine!

    Marguerite WIewel on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child by making Barbie doll clothes. Then went on to make clothes for myself and then quilts. Books played a big part in my learning. I would get books from the library to learn new techniques or find patterns to make what I was interested in.

    —Karen A on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in 8th grade, and made a tragic green polyester skort and vest set that I wore proudly. (!) While waiting excitedly to get pregnant 20 years ago, I made my first quilt, entirely by hand. A few years ago I made a tshirt quilt (on a machine this time). I am hooked and always have a quilt project or two in progress. I have fabric set aside for grandbaby quilts (years in the future), and love every minute of quilting!

    —Kimberly on March 18, 2014
  • I love the beautiful fabric and the darling pencil quilt. That quilt would be so perfect for Project Linus to brighten up a child’s day. I have been quilting for 10 years and have taken many classes from Material Girls Quilt Boutique in La Plata, Maryland and am also the proud owner of two Bernina Sewing/Embroidery Machines which I love. The book has such beautiful patterns and the colors are so soft and lovely. Thank you for having this contest.

    —Jane Grove on March 18, 2014
  • Times were tight and there were 3 girls in the family so mother sewed all our dresses and coats, knit mittens, hats and scarfs. She owned an old treadle machine, so that was what I learned to sew doll clothes on – Later it was skirts and dresses for school and work. I sewed teddy bears from old fur coats and cabbage patch look a like dolls to sell at craft shows for many years. We held a Christmas craft show in my home one weekend before Thanksgiving for about fifteen years. Now most of my sewing is quilts.

    —Carol Shallue on March 18, 2014
  • My mom sewed, so I sewed. As a little girl I made doll clothes and grew into sewing clothes as a teenager. Now on my second career in life, I am a long arm quilter and love every minute!! Can’t believe I am so lucky to combine my hobby with my work!

    Kelly Cline Quilting (on FB) on March 18, 2014
  • I taught myself to quilt about 25 years ago. I rarely sew garments, but I’ve made dozens of quilts!

    —Barbara Ostrander on March 18, 2014
  • Learned to sew in 7th grade home ec.

    —Robert Stanulis on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first when I was 10 years old and my neighbor got me involved in 4-H. I loved creating things and the endless possibilities! My mother use to make my sister and I clothes but never really taught me how to sew. Now fast forward to two years ago and I introduced my mom to a local quilt shop and got her involved in taking classes to get her out of the house. Then one day I went into the quilt shop and found out they were getting ready to start a new block of the month. I signed myself and my mother up figuring it would be a great bonding time. Now I am absolutely hooked on quilting and have so many projects to do! I also have to say that the time I get to spend working on quilts with my mother is my favorite day out of any!

    —Michelle Riggs on March 18, 2014
  • My mom used to give sewing lessons to other women in the neighborhood. No matter how old I was, it was never old enough to use the machine. My doll blankets and doll clothes all had to be hand stitched. The fondest of memories. When I’m in my sewing room I can feel her presence and hope she forgives me for not pre-washing all my fabrics as I was taught.

    —Stephanie on March 18, 2014
  • I barely learned to sew to make dresses for my daughters forty years ago. I started quilting after moving across country and working part-time. My first thing was a patchwork glass case. I joined the Mountain Mama’s in Stanley,Idaho and began to quilt in earnest.

    —Deanna Sue Adams on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing in college bec I could not afford to purchase clothing, however I have just recently discovered quilting in my retirement years and love it. I also realize that the geometry that I hated in high school is so simple in quilting, it all makes sense since I’m applying it to something more meaningful.I love the book and fabric and would absolutely love to win.

    —Marcia Freeman on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew when I was around 6yo. My grandmother taught me on her treadle machine, as well as hand-sewing, and I made clothes for my Barbie. I didn’t learn to quilt until I was pregnant with our first child in 1973. My grandmother was also a quilter, but she died before she could pass on her legacy of quilting to me. I taught myself to quilt and when I had an opportunity to take classes and workshops in the early 80’s, I honed my skills and began teaching. I’ve been teaching and lecturing now for 30 yrs…and quilting for 41 yrs…and sewing for 54 yrs!!!! It seems like I’ve always had a needle of some sort in my hand! 😉

    —deb Chance on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first in our family. I am one of four daughters and my mother enjoyed (and still enjoys) sewing dresses for us, her grand daughters and her three Greats! We were often "helping" when we would sew for our Barbies and moved on to curtains for Home Economics. Ironically, it was her mother, my Grandma, that was the quilter and who we try to emulate.

    —Lynn Knowles on March 18, 2014
  • I taught myself how to sew on my mom’s Singer back in the 1970’s, when I was a little girl. I made my own Barbie doll clothes, which I still have! But as I got older, I preferred crocheting once my Grandma taught me that. I crocheted afghans until 2008-2009 when I was re-introduced to sewing. I was being taught to reupholster antique furniture, and one customer wanted a blanket & throw pillow to match the couch that was being redone. From there I started sewing again. Found LOTS of tutorials online…started out making basic 2 layer throws with piping edges as well as matching pillows with piping edges. I make fleece throws (double layer fleece with satin blanket binding on the edges. By 2010 I started my own home-based sewing/quilting business, Gina’s Custom Creations…and these days I make quilts, pillows, purses/handbags/totes, and more!

    Gina on March 18, 2014
  • I did a bit of garment sewing when I was expecting and when the kids were young. Quilting came into my life about four years ago, and I have finally found my passion!

    —Pat V. on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since I was 5 or 6. I started with clothes for my dolls (and cats) and myself. When my son was little, I made clothing for special occasions, and moved on to heirloom smocking when my daughter was little.

    Now they’ve grown, and I’m waiting for grandkids, so I sew for friends’ kids and grandkids.

    —Liz Myszka on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first. I took a few weeks of sewing int the 8th grade. I was sick, so I only learned to thread the machine basically. I later decided to try to learn to sew when I was in my early 20s. I bought a machine and learned through trial and error.

    —Jessica P. on March 18, 2014
  • Beautiful fabrics

    —Debra Hamman on March 18, 2014
  • My mother-in-law got me into quilting about 15 years ago. I was the youngest quilter in the bunch, but now there are all ages quilting – yay! I started with complex quilts, then did many quilt guild projects. Now, I’m into the modern quilting movement and I love doing small projects just for fun!

    —Wendy M on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in home economics back in the. 6th grade and never looked back. Did not start quilting until 1997 and again full steam ahead. Love Moda and the new book looks fabulous. Karen Carpentet

    —Karen Carpenter on March 18, 2014
  • I couldn’t wait to learn to sew when I was a young girl, and finally went to Singer Sewing School when I was twelve. I continue to love this craft. I love the name of their fabric line, Chantilly.

    —Joanna on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, then quilting. I am glad I tried my hand at quilting I enjoy it immensely, very addictive. Love the quilts you are showing here. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Janie on March 18, 2014
  • Started back in the early 70’s in a Home Ec class with the obligatory apron. Started quilting in 1992 when my husband and I took a Log Cabin Quilt class together at New York Fabrics (pre JoAnn’s). He and I are both award-winning quilters. (Okay so it was a first and third place ribbon in the county fair, but we won!)

    —Holly Lightfoot on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was a young girl but started quilting in 2000 and love it . Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway .

    Sheila on March 18, 2014
  • It has taken me 40+ years (on and off) of sewing to discover quilting and I’m hooked.

    —Tanya on March 18, 2014
  • My mother tried to show me how to make quilts when I was younger but I was more interested in crafts and sewing clothing. I sewed for my three daughters and taught them. Then I started quilting. Now I am showing my grand daughter how to use a sewing machine. I am always looking for new projects.

    —Sharon on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting has been in my family for as long as I can remember. My great-grandmothers were creating wonderful quilts out of necessity and my grandmothers and mother continued the tradition. I picked it up at a very early age and have grown with it as it has overtaken me – or so my husband says. I’ve loved to sew/quilt/knit/crochet/craft for as long as I can remember and can only hope my hands and eyesight hold out to my last breath. Sewing/quilting IS relaxation!

    —Audrey on March 18, 2014
  • sewing came long before quilting for me. When I was 5 or 6 years old my mother discovered I was cutting up my socks and using them to make Barbie clothes. She was so happy that I liked sewing, she went out and bought me some fabric and one of those little pink sewing machines for children. I am 60 now and still sewing, but now it includes just about everything and anything that strikes my fancy.

    —carrie on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I can remember, Barbie clothes printed on a panel, carefully cut and hand sewn. My Mother could not sew a button on to save her life so by age 10 was doing any mending I could by hand. My Dad bought me a Montgomery Wards sewing machine when I was 12 and there was no stopping me then! When we bought our first house, I wanted floor cushions that had giant quilt blocks on them, could not find anything like that so I made them up. 36″ square out of poly/cotton blends and another obsession was born!
    Would love to have this giveaway to marry the best of both worlds.

    Deb P on March 18, 2014
  • For me personally, sewing came first, as I first tried to make doll clothes as my mom made clothes for me, and then I took Home Ec in 8th grade and learned how to use a machine, use a pattern, and then made a lot of my own clothes through the college years and beyond. Once I had a full-time job and began wearing tailored suits, etc., I didn’t have much time for sewing, and the economics reversed as we imported garments from abroad and the comparative cost came down. I sewed some halloween costumes for my kids, some home dec, and then turned more to handwork in my leisure, cross stitch and needlepoint for watching tv. I started quilting around 2008, and that has become a passion (even though I still squeeze it in around my job). I’d love to win these charms and the book!

    —linda newman on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing actually came first. My grandmother was a seamstress so she helped me make my own clothes. I only started quilting about 30 years ago but fell in love very quickly and have been obsessed with it ever since.
    I love all the projects that are pictured from the book, they are so colorful. When I started quilting everything was country blue and mauve – we’ve come a long way baby, now my things are bright and cheerful, there is no stopping me with colors.

    —connie on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a little girl. I made doll clothes, my clothes, and clothes for my daughters. I took up quilting about 16 years ago. I also cross stitch , knit, and do embroidery.

    —Jeanne J. on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve never really done much sewing until six years ago when I discovered paper piecing. I’ve been quilting ever since and now make quilts, wall hangings, table runners, place mats, etc. I’m always looking for Christmas gift patterns. I would love to win a fabric pack and the beautiful book.

    —Joan on March 18, 2014
  • I started out making dolls and doll clothes, then graduated to making clothes for my younger sisters and myself for school every year. I adapted some patterns from the Godey Lady Doll Book to fit our Barbie dolls. My first quilt was based on a 10″ by 25″ start of a clamshell quilt plus a stack of pieces and a cardboard pattern – all inherited from my grandmother. That was the first time I’d ever bought fabric by the eighth of a yard.

    —Lois Watson on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing and quilting for most of my life. It is so enjoyable and relaxing. I also believe that I will live long as I have so many projects to make! I am loving this new line of fabric and looks like it would go with your patterns in your new box. I wish you much luck and success. Kimbery
    PS: Pick me

    —Kimberly P on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since "Home Ec" class in middle school. Before that my mom was teaching me mending. Have made many many clothes for myself, husband, children and even my sisters prom dress. I taught myself to quilt and haven’t stopped since.

    —Teri Rodriguez on March 18, 2014
  • I had my first official sewing lessons in Home Ec in Grade 6, but I knew how to handle a needle and thread much earlier in life. I have always been around people who sew: I watched my mom and grandmother sew matching outfits for me and my siblings, I heard about the quilts that my grandmother made through the church, and I slept under handmade quilts; sewing was a way to get by on a budget, when you could still buy bolts of fabric made in the USA much more inexpensively than you could buy ready-made clothing. I didn’t start quilting until my thirties, but stopped due to the time constraints of working and raising a family. However, I have recently started quilting again, and I am teaching myself how to quilt on a standard sewing machine – it is much faster than hand quilting, but it is not something I can do relaxing in my chair in the evening, needle, thread, and hoop in hand!

    —GrrannyH on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to make a apron and a nightdress forty years ago, in school and I hadn’t sewn since then, until last year when I decided to learn a new hobby, patchwork and quilting. I bought my first ever sewing machine last year and the whole experience has been such a joy. I’ve been married for over twenty six years now, my husband and I were never blessed with children, but he has given me such encouragement with my new hobby. It’s a real pleasure creating quilts, I love it.

    —Gail Murphy on March 18, 2014
  • I started machine sewing around the time I started high school, but have only been quilting for about 5 years now. I love to make simple little projects for gifts. Thanks sew much for sharing your talents in your "Sweet and Simple Sewing" book. And thanks for the chance to win!! 😉

    —Debby E on March 18, 2014
  • I made my first quilt in high school Home Economics. Then really got into quilting after I was married – 30 years ago! Thank you for the wonderful introduction to Sweet and Simple Sewing and the Jung girls.

    —Diane H on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first. Started quilting in college and I love it!

    —Lesley on March 18, 2014
  • Definitely sewing. My mother taught me to sew when I was in 3rd grade. I was making a lot of my clothes by the time I was in Jr. High. Because I’m tall I could never find things long enough. I was bitten by the quilting bug in high school but seriously started quilting in my late 20’s.

    —Liz A. on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in my junior high school sewing class. I didn’t start quilting until my mid-40s, when I had the time and funds to do so. I don’t think I’ll ever stop quilting!

    —Laura on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was eight years old, I started by making clothes for my dolls. By 7th grade, I was making all my own clothes as well as my mothers and sisters clothes. When I had my own child, I made all her clothes as well as my husbands suits. I have been quilting since 1994 and have pretty much just taught myself. I absolutely love to sew!,

    —Susan Best on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing with 7th grade Home Ec. classes. My mother was a gifted seamstress. My mother-in-law gave us two quilts as a wedding present which started my love of quilts. I’ve been quilting for over 25 years and I love it. I would love to win your book and charm packs -I would love to share them with my daughter. I have two granddaughters, the oldest is almost six and she just might be a quilter. 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. My grandmother and auntie gave me sewing cards. I was about three years old. In 4-H, I made a top and skirt, then in Home Ec in ninth grade, I made a vest and skirt. It was a flew years later that I learned to quilt.

    Michelle Harrison on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, in high school (I am old now, lol). I had a great teacher and really enjoyed the art of sewing. I did not quilt "anything" until 2012 when I saw a panel of sayings for a daughter that you add as blocks in a quilt and I just HAD to give it a try. She got her quilt for Christmas. I was so engrossed in what I was doing I would forget to fix dinner until hubby GOT home or my stomach talked to me. I am still fairly new to quilting as I sew more than I guilt, but know that I will continue to grow and learn in the area of quilting. Loved your family story and wish you all the best success. Looks like you are off to a good start.

    —Cynthia on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing with my mother at about age 8! Mostly clothing! Made a lot of my own things and the things for my daughters and !husband!!! Then grandchildren and friends. Worked as a teacher in elementary schools and took up quilting before retiring in 2000. I love to try new things but am really bad at finishing!

    —Patricia Cassidy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I joined 4-H when I was 9 years old. They wanted my mom for a 4-H leader, so I came along as part of the deal.

    I sewed most of my clothes pretty much until I was in my late twenties. I remember my husband suggesting that I buy myself several dresses when I was about 30. I was shocked at what the store was charging for cotton dresses. When I expressed my shock, the clerk asked me when was the last time I had bought a dress. I thought a minute and then said that I had never bought myself a dress. I don’t think she believed me, but it was the truth.

    I kind of slowed down on sewing clothes for a number of years – in fact, I was kind of burned out on sewing. Until I bought an embroidery/sewing machine. I started playing around with it, making numerous wall hangings, table runners, etc. I gradually branched out into adding borders and quilt blocks between embroidery blocks.

    I’ve always loved gadgets and playing with the computer, so I added Electric Quilt to my list of toys. Although I haven’t been brave enough to tackle a full-size quilt, I’m happy playing on a small scale.

    I never dreamed when I was a 9-year-old 4-Her that I would still love the skills I learned then now that I’m well into my 70s. What is really great about sewing is the variety of expressions that sewing embodies. From very practical to totally entertaining. That’s what sewing has been for me.

    —Karen Neal on March 18, 2014
  • I started with sewing puppies, dolls,and bags, and a half year later i found Quilting and fall in love!

    KingaIsabella on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in the sixth grade and never have stop. Sewing to quilting was an easy and fun step. I have been quilting for about 10 years. I think the last sewing I will do will be remaking My daughters’ wedding dress for my granddaughter. What an honor to be able to do both. Then I will make an quilt for her wedding gift. So much fun ahead. Would love to make some make some of the projects in your book. The book speaks of fun and spring.

    —Brenda Hennig on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at age 4, before I even started school. I just started quilting less than a year ago – I call it crossing over to the dark side – and now I am hooked! I love making things that I KNOW will get used.

    —Carole Carr on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. The first thing I sewed was in school and it was a stuffed monkey. There was 8 children in my family so a lot of our clothes were sewn at home.

    —Sally Coveney on March 18, 2014
  • Although my Mom didn’t sew, I loved making little clothes for my dolls and Mom would buy me small amounts of fabric to play with. I soon moved to making clothes for myself, even my own wedding gown! After marrying in 1970 and moving to a new neighborhood, a neighbor and I decided to take a quilting class at the local high school and BAM my love for quilting started and has flourished for almost 44 years. I taught quilting for 7 years at 4 local adult education programs, also. I love fabric and I adore all the new techniques and I’m a ruler junkie!
    Carol Ann

    —Carol Ann on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing, at age eight, in a local 4-H program. After graduating from high school, I became a teacher, with a degree in home economics. About 1974, when I was teaching adult education, I was asked to develop a quilting class, as preparation for the bicentennial. I was hooked! I still do some clothing sewing, but quilting is my love.

    —Carol Schon on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, can’t remember when I didn’t sew – at least since elementary school. Quilting came much later, started with quilts for grandchildren. And this week I taught a granddaughter how to make a quilted pillow.

    —Edye McMillen on March 18, 2014
  • I did some garment sewing in high school and after thanks to "home ec". But I was frustrated at not knowing how to do a collar or sleeves properly. My mom did not sew so I had many unfinished dresses unless I hand sewed the hard parts.

    I went many years with only mending then discovered quilting. Then out came the machine, the tools and of course the fabric!My stash is a work of art LOL…..though a complicated block can be tricky, the finished project is a flat object so I am in my element!! I love my charm packs any dream of the eventual projects they will become!

    —Shannon on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I grew up making my own clothes and Barbie clothes!

    —Cynthia W on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew, a little from my mother and a lot from a sewing class in high school. My love of quilts comes from my grandmother and I still have (although its a little worse for wear) a quilt my grandma made for me when I was a little girl! I go back and forth between the two and often incorporate quilting into my sewing projects. I loved these fabrics as soon as I saw them and the book has so many great patterns that even if I don’t win it, I will be adding it to my sewing/quilting library!

    —Terri Lester on March 18, 2014
  • At 6 I became intrigued with Grandma sewing an apron for me using the singer treadle machine. Mother never used it, but I knew it was something I could do. Learning began by figuring the purpose of all those attachments and how to use them. It took no time to go from doll clothes to my clothes, then furniture and curtains. Quick time…, 22 years pass and I notice my mother-in-law quilting, something I put on my must do list. She taught me and I continually think quilts. Todays methods are much easier than what she showed me and it is that much better!

    Jean on March 18, 2014
  • My mother, grandmother and sister were expert seamstresses, no need for patterns just "I like that". A little intimidating if you know what I mean! I didn’t really start sewing until my high school home economics class. I stayed up with it for a while but then college, starting a family it went by the wayside. When my daughter was born I started sewing again, buying what then was an expensive sewing machine ($250). By then my grandmother Lola was quilting; I think it was her love of sewing, quilting, creating things that really inspired me – she was something else – how I miss her! Her passion inspired me to enjoy sewing, quilting and dollmaking.

    —Mat on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first. I can’t remember when I started quilting but my mom didn’t quilt so didn’t help with that like she did with the sewing.

    —dana faber on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing back in the 70’s after learning how to sew with Home Ec, taught in the schools. I started quilting in the early 80’s with Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in a Day methods and haven’t stopped since. Love the fabrics and the beautiful designs of quilts.

    Lesley on March 18, 2014
  • My sewing journey started at age 3 stitching on picture sewing cards with shoe laces while my mother did her sewing. Eventually I moved on to doll clothes, my clothes, a bicentennial quilt, more quilts, home decor, a wedding dress, baby stuff, costumes, hand embroidery, machine embroidery. Now I teach kids to sew at a summer camp and at a local fabric store. Life is good!

    —Peg G on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing for me. My mother was both a sewer and a knitter, so I grew up with both. Quilts were something I was drawn too for their expression and designs.

    —Christina Gregory on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My Mom sewed clothing for my sister and I from the time we were little. As we grew, we sewed our own clothing and I then sewed for my girls and boys when they were little. Quilting is my passion now!

    —SuzanneD on March 18, 2014
  • Love these "happy" fabrics and designs!! Pick me!

    —Bobbie on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing in the 6th grade making doll clothes for my Miss Revlon doll (50’s),long before Miss Barbie was invented!
    As years went by I began to make my own clothes from what I had learn from the doll’s. From that it became clothes for my daughter then she went from dresses to Jeans. AND I went from Dresses to Quilts in the 70’s. The rest is history!
    Robin

    Robin medley on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first but sewing didn’t get much of a head start. I bought a basic machine to hem some pants, then tried to re-create a cute clothespin holder that I inherited from a great aunt, and two months later I was in a quilting class. I have not used any precuts yet and would love to try some.

    —Denise on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, but it is quilting that brings me a sense of purpose and provides therapy! I get excited when I see beautiful fabrics, but I feel an awesome "high" when I complete a beautiful quilted work of art!

    —Lana Stewart on March 18, 2014
  • I have been quilting for 31 years. I just love making quilts and giving them to people. I am getting ready to pay it forward by making some sashes for people that have been in the hospital and discharged with drains. The sashes will allow them to slide the drains on the sash and tie it to their waist in order to take a shower. Sweet and Simple sewing would be treasure for me!

    Ronda Martin on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing at about age 5, when My Mom taught me. Over the last few years, she is now teaching me to quilt! Mom’s are the BEST!

    —Laura McFall on March 18, 2014
  • I LEARNED TO SEW IN HIGH school. It wasn’t until many years later that I started to quilt. I went to a local quilt show, and I was hooked. I love the piecing more than the quilting, but an learning to machine quilt.

    —Michele Raiola on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my cousin who taught sewing in school and from an aunt that helped with 4-H projects. I sewed some of my clothing and clothing for my family over the years and then began creating more sewed craft items for gifts. Now in the past 10 years I have turned to all quilting and enjoy spending time with friends on shop hops and quilting retreats.

    —Paula on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew in 4-H and in high school – I sewed clothing for many years and then decided to try quilting. My first project was a queen size bed quilt! I had no idea any of the terms in the pattern – I just followed the pattern and have the quilt on my bed today – almost 20 years later!! I did then take some quilt classes so I would learn the terms!!

    —Suzie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I took sewing in high school and sew clothes for my children (both boys and girls). I took up quilting in 1984 and have enjoyed both ever since.

    —Dianna Willstaedt on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting. I love making quilts for my boys.

    —melissa on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, learn in High School, funny was doing some clean and I found the pattern to the dress I made.lol Does that make me a hoarder?
    Have to say I sat in a quilting class for almost a year before I did my first quilt, well lets just say now more quilts made then clothing.

    —Mary on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing ever since taking a Home Ec class in high school. My mother did not sew, but my parents bought me a portable Singer and the rest is history. I sewed my prom dresses, my own wedding dress, and all my daughters’ clothing except jeans. Many years later, after I retired from teaching English, I discovered quilting. After taking an introductory class, I was off. The only thing I had to get accustomed to is the quarter inch seam since I was always using a 5/8 inch seam all my life. My huge stash proves what a nut I have become.

    —vickie on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my grandmother. She could make anything without a pattern She had me piece 9 patch double knit blocks when I was 6 or 7 years. At that time, I couldn’t understand why she wanted all the seams to match. Now.20 years after her death I still miss her and feel she would be proud of my quilts.

    —Sherry E. Riggs on March 18, 2014
  • My mother sewed our clothes and she and my grandmother would make quilts from the leftovers. I learned to sew and quilt from them at about the age of twelve. My first quilt project was a pinwheel pillow cover. I have been using a sewing machine ever since. Even my mother in law was a big time quilter, raised in the mid-west. They are gone now and I have their machines and many of their precious handmade treasures. There’s nothing better!

    —Barbara on March 18, 2014
  • My mom used to sew a lot of clothes for us when we were kids. She was good at all needle crafts, and used to crochet a ton of blankets. I started sewing in Home Ec class and I still have my first project, a pillow, made of small squares. I didn’t start quilting until about 10 years ago after my mom was diagnosed with kidney disease. The dialysis treatments made her cold, so I learned to quilt so she could have something I had made to keep her warm. I’ve been hooked ever since.

    —Susan J. on March 18, 2014
  • I began using my mom’s sewing machine while in elementary school and began sewing Barbie clothes and actually sold them to neighbors. I continued to sew clothing and other home decorating items as well as exploring patchwork during high school and college. However, my passion for quilting began about 20 years ago and now that about the only sewing I do. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved fabric and my favorite outings were trips to the fabric store with my mom and choosing some remnants to take home for my projects.

    —Lisa on March 18, 2014
  • My mom would sew when I was younger, she always made our Easter dresses, oh what fun that was, it was always a surprise…I never touched a machine, I liked hand work like embroidery and cross stitch. It was not until last year when I got bit by the quilting bug (I fell in love with Kim Diehl’s patterns)My husband bought me my first sewing machine and the rest is history!

    Blessings,
    Jodi Connors

    Jodi Connors on March 18, 2014
  • They started for me at the same time, in March, 1984. I had a 2 1/2 year old and a 5 month old and it was as blizzardy as Atlanta gets….icy, mostly, and snow over that. BAD CASE OF CABIN FEVER!!!!! My hubby walked to the nearest gas station for a pack of cigarettes and brought me back a treat—-a copy of Quilt World. I had never seen a quilt magazine! Didn’t know they existed! So I enjoyed leafing through it over and over, and a couple of days later he brought me home a 1941 Singer that his mom had stored for a friend, who never came back to get it. So began my quilt journey! The 2 1/2 year old is now 33, the 5 month old turns 31 this year, the marriage has been over for awhile…..but the Singer keeps on going and going and going….and so do I with my quilting. Wish me luck, as I demostrate quilting again soon at the local middle school, and show off some of my quilts!

    —Terri Bailey on March 18, 2014
  • I have just gotten interested in quilting with the simple things that can be made with precuts. Being an artist and art teacher, I love the design with the colored pencils!

    —Diane Z. on March 18, 2014
  • I have only been quilting for about 18 months but have been making lots of table runners and baby quilts. I would also like to make some tote bags to carry my million library books I sign out 🙂

    —Jo-Anne Cooper on March 18, 2014
  • I learn to sew at about 4 to 5 years old. My Mother and Grandma would be working a quilt. Handmade! They would put fabric for me to sew on the machine and I was taught to make pot holders but the Dozen.LOL When I was around 8-9 I started to help them, one on one or both about quilting. I love them for our time we spent together. I don’t have Grandma any more but Mother is here, She has alzhimers, forgets alot but I try to get her involved as much as possible. She is 89. What such memories I have and a lot of story to tell, which I pass down to my children and grandchildren. Thank you for the chance to go down memory lane.

    —DARLA DISHMAN on March 18, 2014
  • The first quilt I did was a class project hand quilted, embroidered maple leaves. The quilt was raffled to raise funds for grade 8 trip. High school was all sewing projects which I DISLIKED. Quilting came many years later. Now I am a fabricalic & love making scrap quilts. I love looking a quilt books, magazines and on websites. Hope I win as I always use Martingale website & have many Patchwork quilt books. Thank for the chance.

    —Sheila Ivany on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, maybe. When I was young I made leather patchwork pocketbooks (with fringe -tells how old I am). These were a kind of crazy quilt sort of thing. I didn’t get into actual quilting untill much later. I wish that there had been someone in my life that would have been willing to point me in the quilting direction when I was young.

    —Tina on March 18, 2014
  • Your quilts are so bright and cheerful. They make me want to start another one today. Would love your book as it sounds great. Thanks, Ann

    —Anna Dillow on March 18, 2014
  • My precious mama taught my sister and I to sew. I also have sweet memories of my granny sitting at her sewing machine, in front of a big window, looking east out into the farmyard, piecing away on quilt tops. Valued heritage from my family.

    —Kathleen on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child, even made some extravagant clothing. Did not start to quilt til my sewing circle invited a master quilter to teach us Hand Quilting but I thought you HAD to HAND Quilt. When Alex Anderson showed us on Simply Quilts that a machine could be used, I was on my way quilting!

    —Susan Wolak on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first. Of course 4-H sewing projects were some of my first sewing experiences. I sewed through high school in 4-H and Home Economics. I stopped sewing during my college years and once I was married the American Bi-Centennial inspired me to make a Centennial dress for a style show. Then I sewed maternity tops and sewed clothes for myself and my children. Once I started working full time for our family business, my free time was so limited that I gave up sewing to have time for the kids sports and family time. Once we sold the business and my daughter and son-in-law were pregnant with our first grand child, I wanted to make something very special for him. I got a friend to teach me to quilt. I was hooked and it has become my passion ever since.

    —Deb Kienow on March 18, 2014
  • watched my mom from a very early age sewing on her machine and knitting the most beautiful sweater sets and ski clothes. I followed in herfootdteps at age 6 for dolls and then for myself sewing right till high school when i stopped sewing my clothes because i thought i wad to cool for that and along the way picked up cross stitching,needlepoint and quilting since imwad in college and have never stopped over 40 yrs later thanks for the chance to win

    debra on March 18, 2014
  • My mother was a master seamstress and quilter, and the queen of recycling. I have a memory of tying quilts that were made from my father’s suits.

    —Laurel on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was a little girl with my grandma.she taught me how to use the sewing machine

    —Debbie Smith on March 18, 2014
  • My mother frequently told a tail on me. She would say that she had to teach me how to use the sewing machine when I was five. Every time she would leave the house I would sprint to the machine to discover the world of sewing. She knew I would eventually break something or hurt myself if not properly taught. I started with doll clothes and stuffed toys. My grandmother sat me down in the porch swing when I was 8 to hand sew an improved 9 patch quilt. But the humming of the sewing machine kept calling me back. I made clothes for my family for about two decades and then September 11th hit. I went into an emotional tail spin and my daughter demanded that I do something else instead of watching the news. Mom, "Do something, make a quilt, get into painting again, pull out your ceramics, just do something constructive." I have followed her orders and have been an avid quilter since then.

    —Shirley Fulton on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in my preteen years with doll clothes and then progressed. Made one quilt top when I was still in high school, but then that had to take a back seat in my life. When I retired I was soooooooo happy to be able to return to quilting. I enjoy learning new things best, and have decided not every quilt has to be complicated…"less is more".

    —Barbara Patterson on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in high school, but didn’t sew after that. I saw a quilt my sister made for her grandson and fell in love. That was about a year ago and I haven’t stopped since. I still feel like a beginner. It seems that I learn something new everyday. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Kelly Williams on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing….hated it! Hated zippers, buttonholes, darts, hems etc. etc. the I discovered quilting and love it!

    —Jan on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting about the time my first son was born. It was a great way to express some creativity and have fun making something beautiful and useful. That was quite awhile ago, and I’ve been quilting ever since, and never tire of it…there’s always a new technique to try, or a new beautiful fabric (like the New Moda I’d love to win).

    —Jane Weier on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first. My parents would only pay for 1/2 of any store bought clothing BUT would pay for 100% of fabric, patterns, thread and notions. My dad even built us girls a little sewing closet in our bedroom (all 3 of us had 1 bedroom) My mom offered the Singer Sewing Classes to us during the summer which was only a walk away and I found it enjoyable then and still enjoy it immensely today. Very grateful to my parents…. bummer my girl doesn’t sew or want to… ;(

    JulesMcTool on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was 12. Did tied blankets for many years when my children were young. I started quilting about 6 yrs ago and absolutely love it!

    —Pauline Dodge on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first back in the day when they had classes from 7th grade thru high school.

    —Diane S on March 18, 2014
  • Designing came first for me at the age of 12. I was at a friends house and we were just playing with scrap fabric from her mother’s sewing basket. I first designed a swim suit for my doll then would cut it out and with needle and thread sew it together. I took sewing classes and learned the machine and made my own clothes then took the scraps and made hand sewn baby blankets. After I got married and had children did I really start to quilt.At the age of 24 I cut and sewed my first quilt dreslon design of the scraps from my oldest daughter school clothes. Altho my daughters are grown I still have the desire in quilting for relaxation and enjoyment. My stash box is not one but several.

    —Priscilla on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at a young age, because my mom taught me. She is a tailor and I wanted to be like her. Now I am the quilter in the family which started for me at around age 24. She says she will have to try a quilt when she retires.

    —Rozina D. on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing in 4H. Our project was an apron. Our club made a quilt as a raffle project that year so I guess they are almost the same.

    —Blanche on March 18, 2014
  • My sewing/quilting journey began when I was a young girl making "dresses" for little dolls that only had moveable arms – just a simple seam to make a tube dress with holes for the arms. My grandmother did mending, my mom made some curtains. I learned my beginning sewing skills with the 4H. My first venture into making clothes saw me use a very tiny stitch length on a machine, needless to say I didn’t do any seam ripping on this! From then on, most of my sewing skills were self-taught from books and instructions. I even learned to make suits which is something I no longer do. I was intrigued with quilt patterns that I saw. My dad brought home some quilt pattern leaflets when I was young which I only looked at but never tried. I still have them in my book collection. So in the early 90s a friend and I took beginning quilting classes through our local adult ed and I have been making quilts ever since. I do some hand quilting and just a little machine quilting. I am entranced with appliqué and love the challenge of difficult patterns. I am looking into interpreting some of my photographs in quilts. So many things to do and explore!

    —Kathy Callahan on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 4 years old on my great grandmother’s treadle machine. I had to stand to work it, but I loved the rocking of the treadle which I remember more than sewing the fabric. So, I have been sewing almost all my life. Love it.

    —Andrea Harles on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first – my grandmother taught me when I was a very young girl, and she gifted me her Singer 221 before she died. This is a wonderful giveaway and the book itself is on my "to buy" list.

    —Maria on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child. My mother was a sewer and quilter and I learned from her and in a class in 4-H. I still have the towel I hemmed and the apron I made way back then.

    —Karen Funk on March 18, 2014
  • First I sew trouthers and other things for my children.

    Years later I started with a simple Baby quilt. And today I only make quilts and other Patchwork things.

    —Elke Möller on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up watching my Mom and Aunt sew dresses for us, especially special occasion dresses. I got my first sewing machine as a wedding present and mostly sewed things for the home–curtains, pillows, cushions. Now I have 2 toddlers and love sewing them clothes and toys and bags for me! Also it love sewing gifts for friends and family and did my first quilt this past Christmas!

    —Rachel Lastrom on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my Mom when I was about 10 years old. I didn’t start quilting until I was about 57, at the suggestion of my youngest sister. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Mitchell on March 18, 2014
  • I took Home Ec. in High School SOOOOO many years ago where I learned to sew. I made clothes for myself and gifts for family members. It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I really discovered quilting and all that goes into making a quilt. Funny thing is – my intro to quilting began with a Free Motion Quilting class taken from Judy Irish 3 years ago. Even though the all day class was exhausting, I fell in love with the whole concept of quilt piecing & free motion quilting. Maybe it’s the creativity or the freedom to express myself any way I choose. It has been an incredible journey ever since and I plan to quilt for the rest of my life !!

    —Pamela Frazier on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since Mom gave me scraps as a young girl to make doll clothes. Quilting started just a year ago. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Cindy Pilkington on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew clothes first. Learned some from my mom, some in home ec class. I seldom sew clothes anymore since I am crazy over making quilts!

    —Lisa Marie on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing around 9 or 10 – made my own clothes, then made my kids’ clothes when they were young. Ironically, my daughter started me quilting when she was in college! Never enough time at the sewing machine!! 🙂

    —Mary on March 18, 2014
  • Sewed my first dress at age 12…started quilting at 30… 54 now….quilting, could NOT live without!

    —Melody Lutz on March 18, 2014
  • My Mum had a dress made for me when I was about 12. I loved the dress, but hated having to go and have a "stranger" fit the dress (boy oh boy she had to measure me…the horror!), so I asked Mum to buy me the material and a pattern and I taught myself to sew on her Singer. After that I made all my dresses, which was especially useful as a poor Uni student, going to 21st birthdays, engagements and weddings! I sewed lots of clothing and dolls dresses for my children and started quilting when I had a bit more time on my hands and the girls turned into teens who didn’t want clothes made for them…funnily enough they all ask for quilts though!!

    Hilary on March 18, 2014
  • I took sewing in school for 6 years and I have been quilting for the past 10 years….Your book looks wonderful and exciting!

    Linda on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. It was okay but never really satisfied my creative side. Once I discovered quilting it took over my life. I’m addicted to fabric, patterns, books, thread, and sewing machines. It looks like a wonderful book and I love the fabric. Hugs

    Cathy on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in Home Ec in 9th grade (about 45 years ago)when I made the ugliest fire engine red skirt you ever saw. Luckily my sewing improved over the years. I started quilting in 1999. I am now an avid aficionado.

    —Cyndee on March 18, 2014
  • Love the Pencil Box quilt!

    —Linda Raker on March 18, 2014
  • I took ~1 quarter of home economics in middle school so if you count that, sewing came first. But that is most of the extent of my sewing so I’d say that quilting came first!

    Kim M on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew at a Singer Sewing Class when I was about 14 years old. Finished the class and I never had any intention of sewing again.

    Flash forward many years, and my 14 year old daughter tells me she wants to learn how to quilt. So, the two of us headed to a Quilting Camp, learned all the basics from how to use a rotary cutter to how to sew 1/4″ seams. Both of us were hooked, and for the past 3 years have quilting up a storm! So happy to have discovered quilting and a great hobby that my daughter and I will share for years to come.

    Joan

    —joan desantis on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting my lovely friend introduced it to me xxx

    —Rachelle on March 18, 2014
  • HELLO,sewing came first out of necessity! My mom sewed+taught me to sew too! Now my children are grown and quilting,crocheting,embroidery are becoming more interesting to me than garment sewing! Thanks for a swell giveaway!

    —Linda on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first in the days when they still taught home ec to girls. I like sewing things for my kids when they were little then went on to making renaissance costumes so we could dress up when we went to faire. My daughter started quilting and then her friends started having babies so I started quilting – it is so much fun to wrap someone up in love! I sew for myself, and for charity quilts.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in my Grade 8 home economics class, but didn’t do much until I married and had two daughters. I made quite a few of their clothes; A-line dresses, shorts with matching tops, and sometimes nightgowns. My mother was a fabulous seamstress, so I relied on her skills for many years. I started quilting when my family had grown up, and now wish I’d started a lot sooner. I love the fabrics, the process and the end result.

    —Heartsdesire on March 18, 2014
  • For me, watching my mom sew clothes for us was my first glimpse at sewing. Then in high school I took homeec and that was my start. I then worked in a coat factory which gave me a new experience to my sewing knowledge, and after that I bought my own first machine to sew clothes for my newborn son. I through all the years have made things I’ve needed, sewn gifts for family and friends, and in the past few years have taken up teaching myself to quilt, I have completed a couple of quilts and have some quilt tops done and ready to quilt. I too love fabric, and really enjoy the experience of picking out materials for quilts, bags, kids clothes etc etc etc…. Love the look of your new materials, Very nice!!!

    —Molly on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my great grandmother reusing torn pillow cases with embroidery into doll clothes. I learned to quilt not long after that she helped me make a dresden plate template and gave me a bag of scraps, a needle, and thread.

    Colette on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my mom when I was 8 (51 years ago now! Eek!). I then honed my skills through 4-H and eventually became a Master Clothier. When I was going through a rough time about 13 years ago, I happened to pick up a couple quilt magazines and found the quilt pictures so soothing, and the rest is history. I joined our local quilt guild, and also a small quilt group, of which I’m still a member, and whose members are my closest friends. Sewing and quilting, and the friendships they have brought me, have helped me weather many storms, and I don’t know how I would survive without them!

    —Marlyn Pilliar on March 18, 2014
  • As a small child I would find comfort laying on my mother’s quilts while running my fingers along her small and perfetc quilting stitches. Somehow it managed to stay intact and now sixty years later that qult still brings me great comfort.

    Jackie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first, made all of my clothes for school, then had 2 girls and made all of their clothes. Started working in fabric store in1990 and was introduced to quilting been at it every since.

    —Dorrie on March 18, 2014
  • I took Home Ec back in the old days and ran the machine needle thru my index finger nail!! I sewed off and on for years and then got hooked on cross stitch. When I was introduced to quilting about 14 years ago, I was converted. Making an Easter wallhanging for my grandsons right now!

    —Pat on March 18, 2014
  • I’d say the quilting came first. I’ve never really done a lot with sewing clothes, at least not successfully. And other household stuff, we’ve never really used. So, just quilts!

    —Meghan O'Connor on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in seventh grade home ec, made potholders, matching apron, and an a-line skirt. Did quite a bit of garment sewing through college age – didn’t start quilting until my friends/family started having babies. I think it was somewhere in my thirties. I always loved the look of quilts, but thought they would take too long, especially bed size quilts. But it turned out to be fun. I got tired of garment sewing (never did like fitting) and now I do mostly quilting, which I love!

    —Kearstie Grenier on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing my clothes in junior high school. In high school, I decided to make a quilt — which I took to college. And now, over 40 years later, I am still quilting!

    —Michele Van Epps on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I was going to HS in Japan and sewing was a required subject. I took up quilting when I retired 12yrs ago.

    —sandy on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom sewed and so I sewed. I starting sewing clothing then I discovered quilting about 10 years ago and I am absolutely hooked. I also did cross-stitch for years while I sewed. The two seem to go together as well as my love for flowers and flower gardens. I love flowering fabrics!

    —Victoria Luxton on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in home ed, in highschool. That tells you how old I am. I made my own clothes and clothes for my sons when they were small. I divorced and raised my two sons alone and worked full time as an RN and stopped sewing. My great grandmother was a quilter and when my grandmother died my Aunt gave a a quilt that was started and her material and templates. As a nurse I never had the same days off so I could not take a quilting class so I always said when I retired I was going to learn how to quilt. So far I have made four quilts, am binding the 5th one now, three throws, one purse and three pillows. I love going to quilt shows and getting ideas. I have been retired three years and quilting has become my passion. Love your quilts and would love to win the book.

    —sandra handal on March 18, 2014
  • My mom is an amazing sewer. I grew up with lots of homemade outfits! She taught me how to sew when I was 10 but it never really "stuck". 12 years ago she taught me to quilt & I love it.

    Corrie Broughton on March 18, 2014
  • I started my 1st quilt at 11 years old, I am now much older than that. I quilted a lot over the years but since my retiring I have quilted basically full time and have discovered it is truly my passion.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Janet Crossman on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing quite young. My mom sewed and taught me how to use a machine and the basics of sewing.
    I started by making quilts for my baby dolls. My mom passed away a few years ago and I got her machine, fabric, and notions. I started quilting again for fun and as a connection to my mom.

    —Lara Ashbaugh on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing around age 13. I didn’t start quilting until my mid-30’s. I much prefer quilting!

    —Lisa E on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing scraps from clothes my Mom made, sewed 1st garment as part of a GS Badge. Quilting wasn’t doable until I was close to retirement, now my quilt room overflows into the rest of the house…;)

    —TRACY DVR on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was pregnant with my son. I made crafts and sold them at shows. I am now just getting into quilting because I want to make baby quilts for my future grandchildren. My son is now 22.

    —Shari Klyn on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, because my mom did. She made our favorite toys, clothes (except the double knit pantsuits). I wanted to quilt!

    —Angie Clark on March 18, 2014
  • First I want to congratulate you on your new book. I like what I’ve seen. Sewing or quilting I really have somewhat of a dilemma as I started sewing classes – skirt with zipper and I was playing around about the same time and started a quilt. It was a baby size in 8″ blocks. I designed it and embroidered the stamped blocks. So really I guess I was sewing first before quilting but it was all about the same time.

    —Paula Hensel on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in Jr. High when we were required to take Home Ec., not too successfully. Then again in High School. Discovered quilting at 19, then again at 31, and have been making quilts ever since then (30+ years now). I love quilting – it makes me happy! And I love beautiful fabrics. I’m always ready to try something new, and your book looks it has some fun things to do!

    Sharon Konvalin on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew on an old treadle machine Dad found and bought Mom. I was about 10-11 yrs old. I loved that old machine and made all of my own clothes one summer! Then I wanted to learn how to quilt like my Granny who was famous for her quilts. At least famous where I grew up. Everyone knew who made what quilts because she was famous for her number of stitches per inch, it was all hand quilted. I was proud to be related to her! So the story begin, now slowly I’m becoming known for my quilts!

    —Roberta on March 18, 2014
  • Basic sewing skills learned from grandmother, with direction from my mom (she had long since had to drop sewing because of her Multiple Sclerosis). So my grandmother would do all the Easter dresses/coats, prom/homecoming dresses for my sister and myself, because of our mom not being able to. This caught my interest and with my sixth grade Christmas year…my parents gave my sister and I a Singer sewing machine to share, as one of our gifts. I seemed to take to it, more so than my sister…because I still have that machine! I have two other newer ones, but I can’t seem to part with the memories of learning from the first one. THEN, home ec classes (how many remember those?!) in the late sixties in junior high…got me more comfortable. BUT when I went off to college I couldn’t take my machine into a small dorm room (priorities, ladies! Shoes first.)…so I started doing a LOT of hand stitching, applique, cross stitch, etc. to take some of the stress off. And in my 3rd year of marriage, I found I needed more sewing, but not clothes..so I took a local shop’s quilt class. Learned to piece then on the machine and hand quilt the layers. Was hooked! Through the years of raising kids, I even took a job at a friend’s shop running their long-arm for customers’ quilts. Now it’s a new generation soon I can quilt for, as my children are now all adults…and starting their lives. 🙂

    —Kelley on March 18, 2014
  • I am a quilter through and through but lately have been tackling little sewing projects and quite enjoying them.

    —Ramona on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothes first for my little girl which was 40 some year ago. Then my mom taught me how to make quilts and I was hooked.

    —Margaret Schindler on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing at 6 but love quilting now. My husband has even started to make his own shirts!

    —Claire Jones on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew as a child in 4-H and finally started quilting in my 40’s. I just recently started back after 7 yrs of not quilting due to job demands.

    —Geni Pickens on March 18, 2014
  • I started with sewing my clothes first in my late teens. Clothes in New Zealand in those days weren’t very varied in size or design and as I am tall, I found it hard to get things to fit properly. So I started sewing most of my clothes, then after I was married I went onto making the kids clothes. I dabbled a bit in patchwork with our church group with a few Christmas wall hangings, but didn’t really get into quilting until about 4 years ago and now I can’t stop!

    Susan on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew at an early age. I have been quilting for only 2 years but I love it! I mostly quilt now but I am sewing for charities.

    —Dorothy Mullins on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first for me. I did all of it by hand as I was too intimidated to use a machine and could never envision myself hand sewing a tote or bag or top. I’ve been practicing more and can now use my machine and sew things other than quilts. Thanks for the chance.

    —Melissa Quinn on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me to sew. In my late 30’s, I learned to quilt.

    —Renata on March 18, 2014
  • I have sewn since I was young being very tall all the waisted dresses were too high for me, so I had to sew, my first dress I made I was thirteen, made a few things for my children, but then stopped sewing for many years, started quilting nearly 2 years ago and am totally addicted. Love it so much love the modern fabrics more lol

    moira on March 18, 2014
  • Learned to sew at age 10…made simple clothes for myself, then more complicated pieces…added crafting stuffed animals and toys to baby and children’s clothes as my children arrived…sewed home decor as we moved around the country, as well as prom dresses…finally realized that quilting was a wonderful way to use up boxes of scraps and allow my own creativity to blossom…started maybe 10 years ago and have never looked back! Enjoy every minute of all the steps of quilting, and now have rooms packed with bins of fabric…always looking for new ideas, techniques and inspirations!!

    —K B Parnell on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother helped me make my first item of clothing when I was only nine years old. I did not get involved in quilting untl I was in my early thirties. Then I returned to sewing garments with my family of six children. Later, I again startted quilting and that is what I do now! I have enough projects and fabric to last me the rest of my life~

    —Alice Johnson on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing for many years starting when I was old enough to join the local 4-h club. I have always enjoyed sewing and over the years have finished many projects from clothes to home decorating projects and have recently taken up quilting. There is nothing more fun than giving a gift to someone that you have sewn. I see the projects in this book as great ideas for gift giving.

    —Judy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing for my young daughters and then didn’t sew again for many years. One of my girl friends taught me how to quilt and now a dozen or so years later I am totally out of control. Quilting is my passion.

    —Barb on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew first. I come from a family with a long history of sewing (on my mother’s side). However, I flunked Home Ec. because I refused to sew on the horrible sewing machines the school owned. My teacher told me that she couldn’t be sure that my mother hadn’t completed my project for me. Obviously, she did not know my mother! I took up quilting when I found myself unemployed and my grandmother died (in that order.) She left behind some quilt blocks that her mother had started, and so, with time on my hands, I took my first quilt class. The rest, as they say, is history.

    —Melissa Gerber on March 18, 2014
  • learned quilting first…never sewed before.

    —karen fisher on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My mom sewed a lot when I was little so I started sewing Barbie dresses with her at a young age.

    This book looks wonderful! I love the fabric choices.

    —Heather Hartung on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was taught (only to girls) in the seventh grade – we all made aprons that year! LOL so sewing came first but I made my first quilt from scraps from sewing projects (mainly dresses) when I was 14 and backed it with a flannelette blanket. I used it for many years until my dog decided he liked it better!

    —Ali CB on March 18, 2014
  • I love fabric – I’m drawn to the colors and patterns but before this last Fall, I didn’t know how to sew, so I would pick out fabric and patterns and hope that one day my Mom would have enough time to make quilts for me, in between making many for herself and friends. One day she offered to buy me a sewing machine and after many quilt tops later, I’m hooked. I wouldn’t have learned how to sew if it weren’t for a love of quilting.

    —Amy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 8 years old. My mother sewed all our clothes & I was the only child interested in sewing (I have four sisters). I would help her sew everyone’s clothes. After I got married I made clothes for my two sons & my husband’s work uniforms. I didn’t make a quilt until our first grandchild was due. I made a crib size quilt & have been hooked on it ever since.

    —Sandra Pigg on March 18, 2014
  • My mother loved to sew and made almost everything my sister and I wore as children. She taught me the fundamentals of sewing a seam, hemming, buttons and buttonholes, etc so I was a shoe-in for becoming a fabric fanatic when I took Home Ec I high school. I sewed for myself all through college to save money and sewed for my 3 boys until they started school. I love everything about fabric,— the colors, the weaves, the textures, the feel — so an interest in quilting was bound to happen sooner or later! Now I rarely make a garment but I always have at least one quilt project going! I have been converted and am learning free motion quilting because there are way too many quilts I want to make to do them all by hand!

    —GloryBee on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing from need – I sewed dresses for my first job and then when my girls were born I sewed and sewed for them and my self and my mother. I worked part time in a fabric department so I was always into fabric and thread and buttons and . . . In 1987 I took my first quilting class.
    I still was a sewer rather than a quilter until maybe about 10 years ago – when everything turned bright – I used to sew primitvive until I saw the fabrics that started to emerge – Now I quilt – small – and fun things – and bright things – and only sew home dec and a few apparel items. I also sew for charity – and quilt for charity which give me the most pleasure. Your book is so inspiring – I fell in love with the colored pencil quilt – Thank you for the chance. You have so much talent.

    —Jane from Ma on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I remember when I was five, sitting on the floor next to my Mom when she was sewing, cutting fabric into shapes. I then graduated into sewing them together by hand with a large needle. I designed clothes for my Barbie. They were very elementary ,but my Mom was thrilled. But by the time I was 10, I didn’t want anything to do with sewing. I only sewed because of Home Ec in Junior High. I then got married and got pregnant and desperately needed maternity clothes. That started the love affair with sewing. When my kids were in High School, one of the Moms was teaching a quilt class in her home and I decided to give it a try. I have been quilting for 22 years and teaching quilting for 15 years. I don’t sew as much as I used to, but always have 2 or 3 quilt projects going on at once.

    —Sandi on March 18, 2014
  • I only started quilting in my own self-taught sort of way a few years ago.. Like many others, I learned sewing from my mother who made a great deal of my clothes, even my Senior Ball dress! I love the creative outlet that quilting provides. I especially like making quilts as gifts for family because of the personal nature of those but I also make fun quilts for Project Linus. Thanks for this generous opportunity!

    —Lynne Donoghue on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me; however, I’ve recently gotten into quilting and love it. Really enjoy combining machine embroidery with quilting and trying quilts in the hoop now. These fabrics are beautiful and so cheerful. After a very long, cold winter I’m definitely ready for spring and cheerful.

    —Susan Slovinsky on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been quilting for just over 3 years and I am hooked. I’ve just bought an embroidery machine and wow it’s a whole new world of crafting with this now… so excited to see all the lovely things I can now create.

    —Sunnybec on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew first. I made clothing, but found this difficult. Then, I discovered quilting!

    —Tammi B. on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, and I love it, but I started quilting about a year and a half ago and have found that I enjoy it more than I thought i would!!

    —Penny Tripp on March 18, 2014
  • Almost two years ago I suffered a traumatic medical emergency. Due the the medical emergency I have minor brain damage. I have had to color code my faucet handles in order to remember which is hot and which is cold. That is just a
    Small example of the things I deal with on a daily basis. Approximately 9 months ago while visiting my best friend in Florida I was introduced to machine quilting. I figured I had nothing to lose so I purchases a sewing machine off Craigslist and my journey began. I have completed 4 quilts including binding and quilting. I had never sewn before but love having a hobby that allows me to move forward and not compare my abilities to "before" my emergency.

    —Becky N on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I sewed doll clothes and my clothes. Then I got a degree in apparel design. For years I sewed clothes for my kids, husband, myself and for gifts. I always loved quilts, in fact I did make a very simple quilt when I was in high school, which I still have, but I always felt that I would not have enough patience to make to make a quilt. It wasn’t until my kids were getting into high school that I started quilting. I love it so much that I now have a long arm and my own quilting business. Quilting is definitely addictive but I sure don’t want to be cured!

    —Susan Griffith on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me by watching my Mom construct wonderful clothing and learning to sew on my very own sewing machine making Barbie clothes. I remember working on HomeEc apparel projects and entering competitions. Quilting came first as appreciation from the Double Wedding Ring quilt given to me and my husband and later piecing memories together. I like useable quilts and gifts and would love to read your book too.

    —Trudy Jackson on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was young, but have just recently gotten into quilting. The fabric colors and designs are just beautiful! I’m sure I could find a project to make for my first grandchild, a darling baby girl!

    —Debbie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I started sewing in 4H when I was 8-9 years old. My grandmother always had a quilt in her quilt frame. She started us out by embroidering blocks and then putting them together and marking a pattern for her to hand quilt. I loved going through her old patterns she collected from newspapers and seeing how they could be made.

    —Deb W on March 18, 2014
  • My sewing started with a shoe lace book and progressed to making a rope with yarn and crochet hook, then winding and sewing the rope to make play house rugs, then knitting and cross stitch and regular embroidery and…

    In the mix my grandmas and great grandma had me start hand quilting on some of their less than spectacular blocks, and had me make a quilt top by hand with the ever shrinking cardboard template from a Cheerios box.

    That template and quilt top was finally finished after lots of other sewing projects when I was in my early 20’s. Tried several items to quilt on my own but just not happy until I took a quilt class in my early 30’s. More than 35 years later, I quilt – forget the sewing. I piece tops but I don’t do buttons, hems, shirts and skirts.

    —Ruth Sunday on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came before Quilting. I learned how to sew as a teenager. my grandmother was a wonderful seamstress that made many clothes for her various family members. I loved to watch her sew and hoped that one day I too would know how to sew well. I learned some basics in school and also did a little sewing for my family. It was only after I retired that I got into the quilting scene. Now after two years of retirement I have found a deep love for quilting and sewing. I have sewn and quilted four quilts by machine and have three more started. I am also quilting a king size quilt by hand. I started to quilt in May of 2013 and hope quilt on through my golden years.

    —Rosemary Sorg on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first but there were so many quilters in the class I took I couldn’t help but fall in love!!

    —stephanie on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first – it is my creative outlet.

    Colleen Gorman on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first but there were so many quilters in the class i couldn’t help but fall in love!

    —stephanie on March 18, 2014
  • Definitely sewing. Started being the fabric cutter for my mom at a young age and then progressed to sewing garments. I still mostly sew bags, pillows and garments and I’m just getting comfortable in quilting. Thanks for the chance.

    —Judy Ward on March 18, 2014
  • I flunked home ec in high school when I didn’t follow the instructions for making an apron. Still breaking the "rules" making my quilts. Taught my mother to sew when she was 55. She had 8 children, and never had time until I came along (the last one). Love all the fabrics!

    —Susan Geary on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first and then onto some quilting. Would enjoy winning the material and the book. Thanks

    Cindy Holthaus on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since childhood, when my sister and I cut out Mother’s fabric scraps to dress our troll dolls. Mother was a Home Ec major, so we had a good influence. She made all our clothes, so it was natural we’d pick it up. And it was thrifty, making our clothing allowance go twice as far. Still, I’ve been quilting many years, though more since retirement. Love these bright colors!

    —Mona on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my Mother when I was 12.Made many of my own clothes in high school and college. Sewed for myself and my children for years. I dabbled with quilting years ago but not with much success using templates and scissors. I got interested in quilting a few years ago, now with rotary cutters, rulers and precuts quilting is so much more fun.

    —Kathy Hancock on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me to sew in about the 5th grade. I made my own clothes all through school, and clothes for my children for a long time. After going to work full time, I neglected sewing for many years but have recently returned to sewing, quilting, and knitting, and I’m loving it

    —Melinda Stanton on March 18, 2014
  • Recently I extended my sewing adventures from quilting to making gifts and would love to use these fabrics and ideas for gifts and items to donate. Great ways to use up stash fabrics as well. Thank you.

    —Amy F on March 18, 2014
  • A lot of us seem to have "Mom Stories". Mine’s a bit unique in that I learned to love sewing because my mother didn’t. My mom was raised during the depression and at 15 years old her father told her she would no longer be attending high school but would work at the local factory sewing sheets. She was crushed but had no alternative. She worked making sheets and the money was then used by her family for food, clothing and shelter. Once she was old enough to choose her own job she left the factory and never returned to the sewing machine again. However, when I was 10 she encouraged me to take a beginning sewing course at the local fabric store and I have been happily creating clothes, decor and quilts ever since. I continued to take classes through high school and even spent a summer doing piece work in a coat factory. I learned to love to sew because of my mother.

    —nedra gannon on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew at age 11. No one sewed in my family, but we had moved just before I entered 7th grade started, and my new friends were all learning to sew. By 8th grade, I was making most of my clothes. I just loved it! That was 49 years ago, and I still love it, but I do more quilting and home dec sewing now.

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing for my dolls when I was 9 and started quilting in my 20’s.

    —teri c on March 18, 2014
  • Okay so I was in 8th grade and we had a semester of Home Economics. I really got in to sewing clothes for myself. The teacher was a real stickler for doing things right or take it out and do it again. Matching plaids for a wool skirt was a very time consuming chore. But I had a job at school during my study halls and one such job was to sweep and dust the Home Economics room. So I would hurry and get everything swept and dusted and then work on the current sewing project, this was so I could start another project quicker. Sewing has been a hobby ever since. More quilting gets done now but I have also been sewing items for my little grandson, Alexander. I recently bought sewing machine for both of my daughters in hopes that they get the bug. (One in NYC and one in Texas)

    —Rita Scott on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since an early age, then in a 4-H club, where I won a blue ribbon on an apron at the local fair. My mother taught me to hand quilt but I didn’t really begin to ‘quilt’ for many years.
    After her death, I needed to feel I was doing something lasting for someone else and our church had started a ministry of making quilts for children who were ill or in serious situations. Now I am hooked, love fabric and quilting and giving it away makes it even more special.

    Norma C. on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed one shirt in high school and loved it- but always worked and never had the opportunity to sew until I retired two years ago – I started quilting and never looked back – I love everything about needle and thread.

    Jan on March 18, 2014
  • I come from a family of sewing women. My mother made most of my clothes and all of her own as she was hard to fit. Her mother sewed many garments also. All of my mothers sisters did a bit of sewing.
    I began sewing when I was 13 and started out garment sewing. In the past 15 yrs I have been learning to quilt and am enjoying that as well. I have been teaching sewing for the past 10 yrs and absolutely love it.
    I have been sewing for well over 50 yrs now and I hope to continue for as long as I can. I have made pretty much everything, from a wedding gown, prom dresses, bride maids dresses, baby clothes, costumes and purses to quilts and table toppers. I love it all!!

    Susan Hanna March18 2014

    —Susan Hanna on March 18, 2014
  • My mom was amazing at all the fabric arts and taught me to sew when I was very small. But I found my home when I made my first quilt and haven’t sewed much else since.

    —Cynthia on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed way before I ever tried to make a quilt. Started sewing in middle school and began my first quilt in my 50’s.

    —Ellen on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to hand sew. My mom took up quilting and I just loved that she was able to make such beautiful treasures. I started quilting with my hand stitches and I got my first sewing machine last fall. I’m still trying to adapt to the machine, but it sure is nice and fast!

    —Dana C on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing not long after I learned to sew, about 40 years ago. I started quilting by sewing things together that weren’t together in the first place: random cuts of poly/cotton, denim, leftover scraps of upholstery fabrics. Anything that would go through the machine! Some I still have, some didn’t turn out so well. But I kept at it, teaching and learning to quilt.

    —Roberta Lamaere on March 18, 2014
  • I chose some fabric from my mother’s chest, a box my Uncle Jimmy used overseas when serving in the military, the APO address painted in the upper left hand corner. The blue cotton print was placed on the middle of my parent’s bedspread atop their bed. Then Gretchen, my rubber doll with bedraggled hair was plopped on top. Scissors in hand, I cut out a doll dress manuervering around Gretchen’s silhouette. I was five years old. I’ve always loved sewing. Now that I’m retired, I’m passionate about quilting.

    —carol on March 18, 2014
  • First thing I sewed was a blanket for my new baby brother. After I sewed all my own clothing, then cloth diapers for my kid , etc.

    —Charlotte on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed in High School and took up quilting 15 years later. Quilting is a big thing in my life for the last 30 years. It is great mental health support.

    —Margery on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, home ec in jr high and high school, and a little bit of 4H. Saw my grandmother’s quilt tops from the 30’s and 40’s and fell!

    the fabrics are gorgeous and LOVE the pencil quilt, I’m getting ready for a baby quilt with a jelly roll, what a good pattern!

    —Sharon on March 18, 2014
  • One could say I knew how to sew, but I didn’t like it much until I had our son.

    It was amazing that I could make a pair of pants or shorts out of so little fabric. We would take a design from the fabric and iron it on a shirt and finish with fabric paint. When he was around three I noticed a quilt shop nearby with beginner lessons, so I attended that class, and then a few more. But I didn’t like the idea of someone else finishing (quilting) the projects so they are still in boxes in the garage.

    Years later I was cleaning the garage and found some old projects from junior high that I had forgotten about. I looked up something I found in that box on the web, and discovered that there was a whole other world now of online groups and blogs. So instead of donating the box, and finishing up what ever it was that I was looking up, I now have been quilting.

    It’s been hard to fit the hobby into my life so I’m not consistent or proficient or completely comfortable with doing it. But when I do it’s very, very rewarding!

    June @ QuiltQuest on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. In Jr. High I took "home ec". We made an apron in 7th grade and a dress in 9th. The teacher who graded our dresses gave you an overall grade and then turned it inside out and deducted 1 point for each notch or thread that had not been trimmed.

    When I took my first quilting class (many years later) my instructor told me to loosen up and get a life or I’d never finish a quilt. I loved that teacher and I love piecing quilts!

    —Peggy Forbes on March 18, 2014
  • I can’t even separate quilting and sewing. My first two projects on the kid-sized plastic sewing machine I got for Christmas when I was eight were an apron and a doll quilt. I have both tucked away in my cedar chest, and I still flip back and forth between sewing and quilting whenever I have time for projects.

    My mom and grandma both made almost all their clothes when I was growing up. I remember flipping through the big Penney’s catalog every August. I’d pick out the dresses I wanted for school and Mom would make them. I wish I had kept a few of them, but with a younger sister and four younger girl cousins, everything was handed down and worn to death.

    Love the colors in the fabric bundle and that pencil box quilt is just too cute!

    Pam on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew garments in 4-H as a kid. Started quilting because I loved quilts and couldn’t afford to purchase them. Learned from books and trial-and-lots-of-error at first, then joined a guild and never looked back! My maternal grandmother made most of her own cloths and did some quilting. My mother did a little mending, at most, although she did own a machine that I learned on. The projects in this book are very appealing to me; thanks for the chance to win!

    —Terri Karasch on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing with my grandmother at age 12. Quilting came 30 years later and I was obsessed from the start. I love the whole process from planning to completion. I would love to add the book to my sewing library.

    —Helen from Poughkeepsie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was definitely first. I started sewing in grade school but didn’t start quilting until late teens/early 20’s. Stopped in my early 30’s and just restarted quilting last year (early 60’s)

    —Marjorie Nath on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. After sewing awful clothes that no one in his/her right mind would want to wear, I thought I might do better with quilting. I was right.

    —Barb on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in 5th grade when I got into 4-H and we did a project every year. I got away from that until a lot of years later when my sister convinced me to start quilting. It was such a wonderful passion to share with her. I still sew a bit when I help make my grown daughter’s Halloween costume but that is pure love for her. My passion is quilting.

    —Betty T on March 18, 2014
  • Mom has been sewing most of her life, but we started quilting when I asked for a raggy log cabin quilt in purple to take to college with me. She took off with it from there, especially since her quilts get much more respect than the clothes she was sewing. She has made about a dozen wedding quilts for my various cousins. I help pick patterns, color schemes and fabrics. Each new baby gets a raggy log cabin or rail quilt that we work on together. I think Mom has made 35 quilts, and I’ve made maybe six. I’ve got some work to do to catch up and deserve the collective fabric stash we have!

    —Elizabeth R. on March 18, 2014
  • I first hand sewed Barbie doll clothes when I was young, never allowed at home on a sewing machine, took Home EC in school in the 9th grade, made my mom a gown. Then when I moved out in 1968, a sewing machine was the first thing I bought on my own. Still have it, and have many others for quilting.
    After pancreatic cancer 13 yrs ago, I began to quilt to give back to others
    and when I heard the word MODA my color genes start wiggling to see, and I love this line you all have came up with. Thanks for the chance, even at 64 I am excited.

    —carol craven on March 18, 2014
  • I first started with sewing. When I was about 10 years of age I wanted to learn to sew so, my grandfather sent me to singer sewing classes. Then he bought me my first sewing machine. As a young adult and has I got older I made most my clothes and a lot of gifts forfeited sand family. I just recently got into quilting and I love it . In the past year I have made a bout 5 quilts. I especially enjoy the creative process it allows me to express myself with the fabric and patterns. I am also a painter and having another medium to work with is amazing to me

    —Sandra on March 18, 2014
  • I started out as a very young girl with hand sewing taught by mother, then moved on to machine sewing when I was about 10 years old all by watching Mom. Quilting came later on in my 30’s, which was over 30 years ago!! Just love any thing to do with my sewing machine.

    —Evelyn Barnes on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew as an adult in early 90’s and was interested in learning how to quilt. I only started quilting about a year ago. I’m excited about learning new quilting techniques!!

    —Linda Sargent on March 18, 2014
  • My sewing journey began in the 6th grade when, with my mom’s help, I made my first dress, zipper installation and all! I’ve sewn play clothes when my kids were little, prom dresses when they got older and even one wedding dress. I’m into the quilting genre now and love every minute of it.

    —Jennifer P on March 18, 2014
  • My mom is a great seamtress, and I learned how to sew from her during my elementary/junior high school years. We sewed all of our clothes, many times working as a team. I made my first quilt in my 20’s but wasn’t able to complete very many until I retired last year. Don’t sew clothes any more, but love to quilt!

    —Kathy Bayer on March 18, 2014
  • Correction for above comment….gifts for my family.

    —Sandra on March 18, 2014
  • HI,
    I started sewing when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, my mom worked so I taught myself, just love sewing and now love quilting too!
    Would love to win the book and fabric!
    Thanks,
    Mary

    —Mary Parker on March 18, 2014
  • i am currently trying to teach myself how to sew and quilt, so i would have to say sewing for the moment…..i can’t wait until i am more comfortable to try more things!

    —lesley on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing for my children when they were younger many years ago. Then I dusted off my machine to take a quilting course about 14 years ago and haven’t stopped quilting since:))

    —June Currie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. From sitting under the treddle sewing machine when my Mom made my cloths to going into fashion design ( for a minute ).
    I enjoy the act of sewing and quilting is the way to go for me. I do a lot of quilts for the Linus Project. It has become a joy in my life to be able to do what I enjoy and bring joy to others. Thanks for the opportunity to win fabric ( Moda is a fave ) and the book looks like a lot of fun.

    —Pam L on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew the basics while in High school from a teacher that taught Home economics and gave private lessons at her home in the evenings. I got my first sewing machine and the lessons as a Christmas present from my Mom.

    Debbie Taylor on March 18, 2014
  • I was first introduced to sewing as my mom made pretty much all our dresses when we went to Christian school. We visited Piece Goods and Joanns regularly. I love making quilts now with all the beautiful fabrics to choose from!

    —Dianna on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a teenager…my mom was a single mother raising 4 kids with no support, so I would babysit, go to the department store buy fabric for 50 cents a yard…yes I am 54 a long time ago…then go home and make a new outfit for school the next day…then I didn’t sew for about 10-15 years and then wanted to learn to quilt, so I sewed blankets for Binky Patrol and taught myself to quilt!! So sewing first…

    —Rhonda on March 18, 2014
  • When my Mum died, my Dad gave me her sewing machine. Mum had been a quilter so I decided to make my son a small quilt out of her fabrics as a way of working through my grief… I loved it. I consider Quilting to be a final gift passed down from my Mum and I still try to put a piece of her fabric into every quilt I make.

    —Frances Sanford on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing in High School. Have sewn clothing for myself and family members, but now enjoy sewing quilts and other items incorporating quilting and recyclable fabrics.

    —Barbara W. on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed before I quilted. I started with doll clothes sewn by hand or by asking my mom to sew where I showed her on the machine. I remember making a puff quilt when I was a teenager, but I didn’t get serious about it until I was about 30. I’m over 50 now and I can’t imagine my life without quilting. I love the look of your book and fabrics and would love to win. If I don’t I’ll check them out anyway! Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Miriam Pyett on March 18, 2014
  • My Mother made all of our clothes when my sisters and I were young so showed my older sister and I how to sew when we were 6 and 7 yrs old. My first job was sewing. I received a penny for each prefold diaper I sewed. i have been quilting for about 26 years.

    —Mary Van Dijk on March 18, 2014
  • Mom sewed well — she was always making dresses, etc for her mother and sister, and herself and me…..I never wanted to sew… It wasn’t until everyone was away from home and I was trying to use up old jeans that I decided to try quilting (I’ve loved quilts forever)…and I’m still learning more and more.

    —Judy S on March 18, 2014
  • I first started sewing in Home Ec class many, many moons ago. Through the years I made a few pieces of clothing for myself but the sewing machine eventually was used seldom unless something needed mending. It wasn’t until I retired in 2009 that I figured I needed to keep myself busy and so signed up for an adult education class called Quilting Techniques. The instructer was patient with me as this was an on-going class I had joined. The other students made such beautiful things that I was inspired to start making items of my own. I have since completed some quilts and felt comfortable with my efforts that I have given them away. I still need to improve on my quilting so for now, the piecing is what I like to do best.

    —Ann Dunn on March 18, 2014
  • In high school, I took Home Ec so I learned sewing before quilting. My world expanded greatly by taking Home Ec then, but it burst wide open when I started quilting almost 15 years ago! My greatest pleasure is everything to do with quilting, and I have a new granddaughter to pass this love to – my grandmothers were crafters, and one a quilter, but my mother was not, so it is my turn!

    —Marty Green on March 18, 2014
  • The soft pastels and lady bug pattern remind me of my grandma. Patience, she had teaching me to sew on a treadle machine. Her quilts of soft colors when she could afford to buy fabric. The heavy quilts made out of old coats, grandpa’s suits or whatever wool she could find. Love and miss her. Sewingbalways brings me close feeling to grandma again.

    —sylvia limmex on March 18, 2014
  • I learned long before college as I had to special sew all my clothes. I am very short waist(ed) and artificial limbs were not made as well as they are now. I needed to have one side of my clothes several inches longer in order to have a straight hem. I usually needed longer sleeves so everything fit well. I still make clothes & I am passionate about quilts. I am on my third sewing machine and hate to part with one even if it is to upgrade. I do home décor projects and I used to make shirts and vests for my husband before he retired. I think he still have some of these including ties. I don’t know how to live without a sewing machine. It is necessary, but oh so much FUN!!

    —Diana Johnston on March 18, 2014
  • My Grandmother taught me how to make doll clothes when I was 8 years old. Many years later I became a charter member of our quilt guild(which is celebrating its 30th birthday this year). Oh my, I seem to be telling my age. Anyway, I love to quilt & teach others how to piece & quilt.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Sweet & Simple Sewing" & a fabric pack from Moda.

    —Nancy Smith on March 18, 2014
  • I wanted to learn how to sew so I took a couple of beginner sewing classes but didn’t really enjoy it until I took my first quilting class. I was hooked after that. I’ve been quilting ever since!!

    —T. Hays on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing to earn a Girl Scout badge. Then I sewed to make clothing, first for myself, then for children. Later I sewed for our home. Now I sew mostly quilting projects. Love it! That book looks wonderful! I love your style sense!

    —Arlene on March 18, 2014
  • When I was about 8yrs. old I hand sewed doll dresses and made my own doll house out of a cardboard box with curtains and fabric covered furniture. Learned a few sewing skills in high school homemaking class. I have always loved fabric. Just beginning to learn and try quilting. There is not anything much better than going to a quilt show, to me it is like going to an art museum.

    —Twyla on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first to me. My mom sewed a lot when I was young and always was amazed what she could make.

    —Sandy K on March 18, 2014
  • My love of quilting came out of the clear blue sky! Luck was with me when a friend "made" me sign up for her quilt class because she didn’t have enough enrollment! Now, 20 some years later, I still love it, and so does my daughter, my sister, my brother and my nieces!

    —Loy Becker on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I just started quilting less than 3 years ago, but I became addicted immediately!

    —Karen Seitz on March 18, 2014
  • My Mother sewed, then I took it in High school. Then took a night class in quilting and have been quilting every since, and more so, since I retired. Love all the quilt patterns, wish I could make them all!. Love the Charm packs, and the books looks interesting enough to own Thanks. Hope I win!!!

    Louise J. Wisniewski on March 18, 2014
  • My mom used to make all my clothes for me. She taught me how to sew from a very young age. I discovered quilting in my 20’s but didn’t make my first quilt until I was in my early 30’s.

    —Nancy Lamont on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew so I could learn to quilt!

    —Katie on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing in Junior High, made most of my clothes,then my children’s clothes, too. Started quilting in 1981 and since retiring 5 years ago, spend several hours (or more) in my sewing room mosst days. LOVE fabric, especially Moda, and this line is beautiful!

    —Anita on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl MANY years ago, then caught quilting fever about 10+ years ago—YIKES!!!

    —Maria on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up watching my grandma and my mom sew. It was natural that I picked it up from them. I always wanted to make a quilt, but didn’t until I was in my early 30’s and now there is not much to stop me.

    —Vicki H on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing forever. I remember play sewing when Mom and Gram were mending things. One of the first things I ever asked for was my own sewing basket- which I still have! Of course, my supplies no longer fit in it… but that is a whole different story. I’ve made a couple of quilts and I love both sewing and quilting.

    —Christine on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing doll clothes as a child, moved on to my own clothes. I made matching outfits for my two daughters when they were little. Started quilting once the girls were grown and absolutely love it! Making scrap quilts from my daughters baby clothes were the most fun…but love the Moda fabrics and new fabric lines!

    —Hopkins Tricia on March 18, 2014
  • I watched my grandmother and my mom sew and loved their sewing baskets with all that pretty "stuff" in them and wanted my own. Pretty much for 30 years, I just loved the stuff but inspired by a little sister, I got more serious about quilting and making fun crafts. My parents and little sister have moved on to weaving but I still love the sewing machine!

    —Laura Munn on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I would sit and watch my grandmother sew, knit, crochet and quilt. My mom and grandma encouraged me to start off small…so I sewed doll clothes and small blankets for my dolls…then as I got older I fell in love with quilting and haven’t looked back. Thanks for the chance!

    —Catherine Olesky on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew from my mom when I was 10 or 11 years old. I made Barbie clothes first, and then moved on to other more interesting things. I have always had a sewing machine. My first grandmother-in-law was a quilter, the by-hand quilting bee kind of quilter. Seeing her quilts was my first experience with quilting. I am amazed at how wonderful these items of beauty can be used. Now that I am retired, I hope to master this art.

    —Cathy Phillips on March 18, 2014
  • Love all of your fabrics

    —Becky on March 18, 2014
  • My first stitches ever, were on lace up cards ha! Then it was embroidered placemats. So, I’ve been stitching for over 50 yrs…not great at it; I’m a casual sewer, but I do make quilts mostly now.

    —Mickey Louth on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came to me first! That was the reason I wanted to have a sewing machine in the first place. I love sewing my own clothes, I find it so much fun! however, I’ve seen so many quilting blogs and I’ve just been thinking that I should start quilting! It seems to be fun, though I seem to be a little intimidated by the idea of it!

    Dita on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom was a sewist, sewing clothing and curtains when I was growing up. My Grandmother was a quilter. I did attempt a few sewing projects, but always knew that I wanted to make quilts one day. And now I am a quilter!

    —Nancy S. on March 18, 2014
  • Just love how fresh and colourful the girls fabrics are. My Mum taught me to hand sew at 4 years old and onto the treadle machine about 9. I have sewn ever since and loved it. Firstly clothes for myself then for my children and found quilting almost 35 years ago and have loved it ever since.

    —Lee on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a teenager. Many folks focus on patterns to use, but for me it was creating art from fabric. Once you fall in love with fabric, quilting is creating fabric art. I am in heaven just looking over the many different designs, colors and textures.

    —Melissa Eleazer White on March 18, 2014
  • I drove my grandmother nuts following her around and watching her sew as a toddler. Then I learned to sew in junior high during home-ec classes. I continued some basic sewing on my own throughout the years and most recently I took a beginners quilting class.

    Heather S on March 18, 2014
  • sewing first – when I was 9, I wanted a new dress for my piano recital, so I found a pattern on the rack in the grocery store. My mom had a small fabric stash in a cedar chest, and I chose a length of Liberty linen, that was just gorgeous. I made a sleeveless shift and matching headband to wear, and it was pretty decent, at least in my memory !! I worked myself up to prom and wedding attire, and then to quilting. Now I mostly quilt, although I have a granddaughter that I make clothes for occasionally.

    —Liz Tamiso on March 18, 2014
  • It is almost a year to the day I rescued Mum’s 40 yr old sewing machine, destined for the scrap yard. I hadn’t used a machine since primary school, but I wanted to have a go at making something with it.I started off with a grocery bag holder from an old pillow case. I went from there to making tote bags, pouches, cushion covers, blinds and misc gift items. Quilting started with one of the tote bags and increased in size from there.

    Last Christmas was the first that I ever made gifts for my friends and family. Since the first bag holder, I have never stopped! I love it and love fabric and love making practical things. I wouldn’t consider myself very crafty, so I am always looking for inspiration from other like-minded people.

    —Lynda Fletcher on March 18, 2014
  • When I first started in the workforce I worked as an industrial machinist until a position became available to work in the office and learn admin duties, it was such hard work having to sew to make a bonus that it put me off sewing for years…. and then I found quilting, I have quilted nearly everyday of my life since!!

    —julie roberts on March 18, 2014
  • I taught myself to sew when I was a kid, but only really started once I had my girls – who doesn’t love sewing for little girls? I’ve only started quilting recently, and it’s been all baby quilts. I’m looking forward to trying my hand at a full sized quilt. 🙂

    Jessica @ Just a Mum? on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in 9th grade home-ec class (over 40 years ago). Quilting always interested me, since I am also an artist, but I was intimidated by the thought of cutting all those pieces so precisely with scissors. After I turned 50, a small quilt shop opened in my little town and I decided to take a class. That is when I discovered the rotary cutter and I haven’t looked back since. I love it!! Sorry I didn’t jump in sooner!

    —Barb on March 18, 2014
  • I am a beginner at both sewing and quilting.

    —Kathie Craig on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing about when I was in junior high school. My sister and I would have contests to see who could get their patterns completed the fastest. We liked to make things that we saw on rock stars and in magazines which we couldn’t find in our local clothing stores.

    I began quilting shortly after I got married many years ago. I took a class with my neighbor. I can quilt but really haven’t done a lot of "quilts" per se in my lifetime.

    —Kathie Brownlee on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in junior high when I had to take home ec. My grandmother had always sewn for us but I never took a real interest until then. One of my best friend’s mother owned a knitting and sewing shop and I started sewing some for her on commission. I got out of sewing for a long time until I saw a quilting magazine at the grocery store. My daughter had just started college so I decided to make her a quilt. It was a full size quilt made of sample blocks from a book I bought. I have made a few quilts since then, including quilts for several babies, one of which is my own grandson born on Christmas Day this past year. Now I can’t get enough of sewing and quilting and am turning into a fabric addict!

    —Cindy Donnoe on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, my grandmother started teaching me around the age of 5…she even bought me a little betsy Mccall chain stitch machine, a little ironing board and a little iron, that just barely warmed up. I wanted to copy her so bad. in the coming years she taught hand sewing, then real machine sewing. I used that knowledge in designing and making evening gowns and wedding dresses…one day a customer pushed me over the edge and I gave up sewing for others and decided to quilt…love the whole process of quilting. Thanks for the chance at a wonderful give-away.

    —Donnely Barber on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in 4-H, then in home ec at school, made all my own clothes, then had a daughter and made all of hers, made her wedding dress plus all the bridesmaids. In time got tired of the garment sewing and when I retired I started quilting. I have made quilts for all my grandkids for their wedding presents and am now working on a baby quilt for each grandchild. I love to quilt and read.

    —Joan Trausch on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing with cross stitch and hardanger when I was a kid. My grandma taught me and when I was a teenager she taught me how to quilt. To this day I love quilting!

    —Donna wilhelm on March 18, 2014
  • I didn’t start seeing until my 20’s and figured it out on my own with sine help from my mom. Shortly after I started, I took a quilting class and have been hooked since.

    —Emily on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in 4H many many years ago but now I enjoy quilting with a little sewing thrown in.

    —Mary on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting first.

    —Allison Simpkins on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was first for me in home etc at school. for the last 50+ years I have been embroidering designs on fabric and putting them to gather. I have two copletely together and quilted, with one more together ready to quilt.

    —Pam George on March 18, 2014
  • For me, sewing came first; probably in Junior High. I enjoyed making "brand name" dresses, suits and blouses with unique fabrics, pattern combinations, and embellishments at a cost savings. My mother taught me the things to look for in higher-quality garments such as matching plaids that sometimes you could only get if you made it yourself. Also, I got used to having things "tailor-fit" just for me; so, off-the-rack was always a huge disappointment.

    My Grandmother and Mother-in-Law were quilters and now that I am an empty-nester and grandmother myself, I feel inclined to do more quilting. The quilts they made for me and my family are some of our most treasured possessions.

    —Cherrie on March 18, 2014
  • As a child, my mom taught me to sew and I loved making some of my own clothes and some for my daughter. When I retired, I wanted to see how a quilt was made….little did I know what I was missing!! I took a beginner’s class and was hooked. Now, I would rather quilt than anything else. The creativity, the material, the patterns…WOW. It has been the passion I’ve been looking for.

    —Pam Murphy on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first then when My daughter was born I decided it was time to learn to sew!

    —Rochelle on March 18, 2014
  • I was very young when I learned how to sew. My grand father was a tailor who came over to the United States from Italy. I vaguely remember someone coming to the house when my mother bought her first sewing machine (my grandfather’s was a tredle machine) It was a Pfaff. This person taught both of us how to use the machine and then I was taught how to cut patterns by my mother. I was probably around 7-8. I sewed for myself and my family for years until they all moved out and I got bored. I had been drooling over quilt magazines for years and watching quilting shows. So about 2 years ago I decided to jump in to quilting. Since there isn’t anything close by I taught myself. through magazines and facebook and you tube

    —Debbie Rogowski on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing in high school, made 2 prom dresses, slacks, with help from my mom. Got hooked on crocheting and felt projects when my kids were little. Found myself with more time on my hands about 5 yrs ago, found a shop in my neighborhood, took my 1st quilting class and have been happily sewing again since then. REALLY love the giveaways you offer! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —April on March 18, 2014
  • Started quilting about twenty years ago, watching the quilt in a day" series with Eleanor Burns.

    —Anita Ezzell on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up with my Mom sewing lots of clothes for us and became really interested in sewing and quilting at the age of 8 as I watched and got to help my Grandmother make quilts. I love cotton fabric. Some may say that I am addicted to it. Recently I have fallen in love with Moda’s pre cut squares. I would love to get the "Chantilly" squares and start another project.

    —Andrea Fehr on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed for many years (home dec and clothing…I made my own prom dresses in high school and made my wedding dress and a shirt for the
    Best Man) before I took up quilting…I learned to quilt from tv shows in the early 1990s.

    —Rosalie on March 18, 2014
  • I have dabbled in sewing off and on since junior high sewing class, but never really enjoyed it until I started quilting a couple years ago. Now, even though my quilts are full of mistakes still, I love them and feel like I have really made something beautiful!

    —Jenni on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew in 7th grade Home Economics and learned to sew clothing and accessories. So, I sewed clothing and home dec items first. My first quilt, in fact, had "proper" 5/8″ seams (I did not know what I was doing!)! 🙂

    —Sandy Milo on March 18, 2014
  • I can remember piecing quilts with my grandma from early on. I gave quilting no time during high school and college, and only returned the last couple of years. She has a Singer treadle that I want to use.

    —Michelle on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My Mother use to make all my and my sisters clothes and I picked the gift up from her. I use to make all my own clothes and even a coat with bound button holes. Now I only make quilts and loc\ve it.

    —Sandy D on March 18, 2014
  • My Stitching history..put one 8 year old girl together with a small black sewing machine in 1958 and it might be the young girl’s mom’s featherweight (which she still owns today) and some fabric scraps and see Barbie become cool.. no not the usual Barbie attire, but rugged ski clothes, camping gear, denim jacket and pants, sleeping bag…Barbies feet were simply something to ignore. fast forward 8 years and a young teen with no tummy and narrow hips wanted real genuine navy style bellbottom pants that fit with workable buttonholes….yes you can make buttonholes with a featherweight and not go too crazy…skip forward 10 more years and the young married gal wants a sewing machine of her own, no money. waits two more years…clothing/tayloring/crafting…all these years mainly my own needing to do something with fabric. from 1980 on quilting crept in, the Bicentenial had struck me hard with the quilt competition.

    Mom was always creative, simply not a sewer. Never discouraged trying but insisted we finish what we started. She did not know the concept UFO.

    My sister was equally creative as my mom. never sewing other than kids Halloween simple costumes…family inspiration. Lucky me.. :0)

    Jane Modjeski

    —Jane Modjeski on March 18, 2014
  • Love doing smaller projects. Don’t have a lot of time to sew these days. So love to sit down and complete a small project.

    —Dawn Lee Parrill on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first for me. I’ve since branched out into some other types of sewing, but quilting is still my main activity.

    —Christine on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. Mom gave us scraps and needles and thread to play with while she sewed our clothes on her Featherweight. i was fascinated by the machine and really, really wanted to sew on it. I was four when I spotted the machine unattended one day and tried machine sewing. Unfortunately, my first seam included my left index finger and I was found out!

    My maternal grandmother was a quilter and crafter but she didn’t live nearby so she could only exert her influence by mail. I got numerous care packages that encouraged my sewing. Sadly I did not learn to quilt while she was still alive. However, one of my prized possessions is a box of her newspaper block patterns, cardboard templates and tissue quilting designs.

    —Kay Lee on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in home ec, jr high, many many years ago. Quilting came a lot later!

    —NancyB from Many LA on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in junior high school. I sewed dresses for several years and then stopped. One of my closest friends started a church quilting class and I was hooked. I have been sewing quilt tops ever since. I love it.

    —Beth Foushee on March 18, 2014
  • I love to sew. I love material usually the bright colors they make me happy. Have a husband that helps me together we sew quilts he puts the pattern up to keep everything straight. All the quilts shops know my partner and me. I have been busy making baby quilts fun to see the babies in them.

    —Marlene Hutchins on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew long before I ever thought of trying to quilt – now, I mostly quilt and am loving to learn how to use precuts – they are amazing.
    Congratulations to the Jungs on their new book! It looks like it’s fabulous, and the "Chantilly" fabric line is gorgeous.

    —Sarah on March 18, 2014
  • sewing! i think i learned how to sew in Junior High "Home Economics" class… and during summer holidays my Mom would sometimes make us do a sewing project.

    Tara E on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing bags for my knitting, spinning and crocheting projects but found that I loved it and escalated into full blown quilting. I’m still a beginner but love learning new techniques and going out of my color comfort zone in my projects.

    —Monet on March 18, 2014
  • I was sewing for almost 25 years. Started quilting in 2012. I Sew garments out of necessity and quilt for pure joy. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Jereena Hussain on March 18, 2014
  • I watched my mom cut out little quilt squares with a piece of cardboard and scissors. She let me help, and I guess that’s when I fell in love with quilting although i never quilted until a few years ago (after 30 years of marriage). But now I love it!!! I guess quilting came before sewing.

    Deb on March 18, 2014
  • My Grandmother introduced me to sewing one summer when I was 10. We lived over sea’s at the time and came stateside once a year. That started my love for creating with fabric. I always looked forward to our trips knowing that she would have something new for me to learn. Now here I am 50 years later learning something new with each project I do.

    —Lynda Gray on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, but when quilting became popular in the mid 70’s I had a desire to make a quilt as I have done in the past years. I have swung back to sewing somewhat. My choice of patterns these days seems to be a table runner. But the pencil quilt pattern sure looks fun!

    —Susan on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was a child. I would go to my grandmothers and we would make doll clothes. My grandma made dresses without patterns. The doll clothes always fit my dolls. She was a quilter and used a treadle machine. She used to let me run the treadle while she feed the fabrics through. She usually had a quilt on in her good front room and I would add a few stitches to her quilts. I often wondered if she left them or took them out when I had gone home.

    —Ann Flower on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first for me. I learned how to sew back in grade school, but didn’t do anything with it until I was pregnant. Then I got addicted to quilting. I still love quilting, but now I also find myself sewing clothes and dolls for my girl.

    KellyS on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting before sewing, have just barely begun the sewing part of my life….

    —Marianne Morkve on March 18, 2014
  • I think that probably most people, like me, have sewn before they have started quilting. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to learn to sew at the same time as you learn to quilt!

    —Shannon on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing as a young mom and sewed many of my daughter’s clothes. In my 30’s I began to discover quilting through my mother and have been hooked ever since. In my 40’s I joined a Quilt Guild and am grateful every day for these lovely women in my life. THanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

    —Sharon on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew in school (dating myself.) We had to take home economics, I learned how to make half aprons and a skirt

    —Connie Rodriguez on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first when I was a teenager, nobody in my family sewed, but I always was fascinated by fabric, and whatever I learned was self taught. After when I got married and had children I would sew and quilt. These days I think my "love" is quilting, although I still sew for myself or my grandkids off and on. When I used to quilt years ago, there were no rotary cutters, a godsend, or mats. I used to cut out my fabric with scissors only! These days there are so many free sewing and quilting videos online to help and encourage my hobbies. I find they are so addictive!

    —Cynthia Fedak on March 18, 2014
  • I had been sewing for more than 15 years when I made my first quilt…from the scraps I saved from all that sewing. That is how I got started quilting.

    charlotte m. on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. My Mom sewed EVERYTHING so I learned by osmosis!

    —Helen on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at a very young age – probably 12 years old. I didn’t start quilting until I was about 55 years old. I went on a trip to Branson Missouri with a couple friends and they wanted to stop at a quilt shop. It was like I caught a virus in that shop and became obsessed with quilting. I’m 67 years old now and quilting all the time – my favortie thing is to hand quilt. I love it! I love your pencil quilt – it is so cute. I love the simple, antique quilts. I have 2 scottie dogs so all of my grandchildren – 12 of them – got a scottie quilt.

    Judy Johnson on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first for me. Now that I have a baby girl…I’m starting to sew a bit too 🙂

    —Melanie C on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I started sewing as a child when my dollhouse dolls needed new curtains and new clothes. Quilting came along with the birth of my daughter and as a result of wondering what to do with all the left-over fabric from the little outfits I made for her. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Carmen on March 18, 2014
  • It was Quilting and not sewing for me! I made my first ever quilt Christmas 2013. It all began will a Jelly Roll that caught my eye in a local gift shop. I’m now onto quilt number three and am addicted.. Quilting is a wonderful creative escape, i really enjoy working with colour and fabric… I can’t wait to see where my new found love of quilting takes me 🙂

    —Sarah Leussink on March 18, 2014
  • I recently started quilting… Only finished one so far, but have three quilts I am currently working on. Love the fabric line. Hope you pick me!

    —Adriana Campuzano on March 18, 2014
  • When I was a little girl my grandmother would have me cut squares from old clothes and scraps of fabric and she and her friends would get together for and ‘old fashion’ quilting bee. She had these long tables where they would sit on both sides and talk while sewing and quilting. I have a quilt my great-grandmother made for my grandmother and grandfather’s wedding back in the early 1900’s that I hope to become good enough to restore someday. I think she would have loved the beautiful assortment of pre-cuts available to us today. I used to do a lot of sewing for my children when they were growing up and now I have gotten into quilting for my first grandchild and other family members. The beautiful pre-cuts and the wonderful ideas of so many quilters out there have made my bucket list quite long and diverse.

    —Diana on March 18, 2014
  • I went to Singer Sewing school @ 12 years old around 1967 and been sewing ever since.. Quilting is a brand new passion for me though and I am addicted!!!!

    Debbie D. on March 18, 2014
  • I love to make any kind of textile art. I float from quilting to needlefelting, weaving, and then back to applique.

    —Amy Patrick on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing definitely came before quilting, but embroidery before sewing! That said I learned about quilting as I grew up sleeping under quilts Mom had made in the thirties. And I had two grandmothers who quilted. So it was a process that was discussed as we learned to care for our "bedspreads".

    —Carol C on March 18, 2014
  • Mom started me sewing when I was little, embroidery, school clothes, etc. I watched her make scrap quilts but never tried to sew a quilt until I was in my 40’s. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Elaine on March 18, 2014
  • I was learning to sew and then my daughter needed help with an order of three quilts so I learned how to quilt so I could help her.

    Juli on March 18, 2014
  • I started seriously sewing at the age of 13 and took my first quilting class when I was 24. Got into serious quilting about 23 years later!

    —Linda on March 18, 2014
  • Thought myself to hand quilt then came sewing

    —Jill Froelich on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came before quilting, but once I learned to quilt, sewing anything but quilts went by the wayside. I think I would have a hard time sewing anything with more than 1/4″ seam. Love the fabrics and the pencil quilt shown on the website.

    —Jill on March 18, 2014
  • I stumbled across your blog today, and I’ve started following now. Such an amazing trio. I love your pencil box quilt. I want to make one for by daughter who starts kindergarten this fall. That sketchbook is amazing. My sketches never look so good!

    —Penny on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, from Home Economics in High School, sewing my own clothes as a teen and newly-wed, to sewing clothes, costumes, home decor, etc. once my family arrived.
    Quilting came after I retired (8 yrs. ago), but I still love all the sewing!!

    Love to win the pre cuts, thanks for the chance.

    —Delores Wagg on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in school many, many years ago. Went on to sewing clothes for my kids when they were little. Of course once they become teenagers, they don’t want "homemade" clothes. 😉 I then took a moratorium for quite a while. Once I retired, I began to quilt. Now I am hopelessly hooked! Don’t want to sew clothes anymore. Just quilt.

    —Evelyn Croskey on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me because Mom wasn’t afraid to let me use her sewing machine. My other friends weren’t allowed to sew because their moms thought they’d sew through their finger! I didn’t actually sew my finger until I was in my 40’s! Then I fell in love with quilting during the American bicentennial and have never stopped quilting!

    —Melody on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first in high school , then sewed mainly garments,children’s clothing . My love for quilting started 11years ago when a little seaside shop opened up and I have been quilting with the same group since . I’m addicted . I think my biggest problem is the fabric just love to have lots of it 🙂

    —Rhonda Manthey on March 18, 2014
  • Once upon a time I was a size 4 growing up in a world where patterns and clothing started around size 12,
    with an occasional size 8-10 thrown in. I was forced to learn to sew to be able to wear something that fit. Fortunately, I really like it. Made my bridesmaid’s gowns, my kids clothes and prom dresses. The I bought a
    kit for a quilting tote and was rather horrified to discover "all quilting was, was sewing with a 1/4″ seam!" No more quilting for me….then the rotary cutter came along, I tried it, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    P.S. And I no longer have to worry about sewing size 4 clothes. Don’t know if that’s good or bad…

    —Dawn Lemay on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew as a child and began quilting in college.

    —Mindy Kingery on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me

    —danielle drown on March 18, 2014
  • Started my first quilt while manning the switchboard in my college dorm (1963). My mom and I worked alternately on it for more than 30 years! After she passed away in 1996, I finally finished it, with help from my sister, great aunt, aunt, daughters, and friends. So many memories!

    —Lynn Van Keuren on March 18, 2014
  • Years ago when my daughter was young, I used to sew clothes for her and myself. Fast forward several years and I find myself retired for four years and now have the time to sew again. But I have no desire now to sew garments, I only want to sew on quilts! So that’s what I am doing, and I LOVE IT! Also love your fabrics…congratulations on your new adventure!

    —Beverly on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was in junior high. I made my first quilt when I was expecting my first child. I was hooked after that! I still sew some, but quilting is my passion.

    —Susan on March 18, 2014
  • I started hand sewing little projects when I was in middle school but the big time projects definitely started through quilting in the last year or so.

    —melissa hew on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in 4-H when I was 9 years old. Started by making a pin cushion and an apron during my first year. I sewed all my own clothes in high school as we quite poor and back 50 years ago you could get 3 yards for a dollar. I quilted a little after I was first married and sewing for the kids. But I am just getting back into quilting and loving it!

    Yvette Walker on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I remember making an apron – apple green – in Mrs. Wickersham’s Home Ec. class. I guess it stuck, because I’ve kept sewing – clothes, doll clothes, toys, and quilts!.

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed long before I quilted. My mom sewed my clothes and as a little girl I learned how and by junior high was making my own clothes. Then I started making my sisters’ clothes too. I was interested in quilts, but had never seen one or knew anyone who made them. After I was married I started to learn quilting from books. I’m still learning, but now there are lots of quilters.

    —Diann Cornell on March 18, 2014
  • I started with sewing and even have a BS in Home Economics. I taught for 5 years and then raised my family. They are up and out, that’s when the quilting started.

    elr on March 18, 2014
  • I started hand sewing when I was very young. I would go to my grandmother’s and she let me create something with her fabric. Although my mother sewed clothing for all 8 of us kids, I learned to sew on my own, making coats, dresses, costumes, etc. When I got to college my boss co-signed for me to purchase a $250.00 sewing machine (which I still use 25 years later). I’ve always wanted to quilt and finally taught myself to do so about 15 years ago and haven’t looked back. I truly love designing and creating!!!
    Congratulations on your book!!

    —Ginger Merlau on March 18, 2014
  • I fell in love with quilts when I saw for the first time one my Great, Great, Great Grandmother made…So amazing, so lovingly stiched and so full of history 🙂 I am now hooked!

    —Elizabeth B. on March 18, 2014
  • I’m a sewer, not a big fan of making quilts, I need instant gratification!

    —Mara on March 18, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was five, sewing in high school, and quilting about 12 years later. I love what I do now which is quilts totes and other small projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Therese on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in high school during Home Economics. A course we were required to take. I’ve only been quilting for about 5 years now. And wish I could’ve started much sooner. Love tutorials as they help me to see instead of reading instructions. Love Moda fabrics and order them from online sites like Missouri Star Quilt Co.

    —Lynette Barnes on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I started sewing for my children when they were young (they are now in their mid 40’s) and then I started sewing for my grandchildren when they were born. I retired 8 years ago and my family bought me a gift certificate for quilting lessons and a new sewing machine. I was hooked on quilting from the first one I made. I love the fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabric.

    —Sandy Servatius on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me to sew when I was in elementary school. I made simple purses and bags. I didn’t start quilting until after I graduated college in December. And now I’m hooked! I already have 4 quilts in progress and so many ideas for more!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Dani

    —Danielle Bourland on March 18, 2014
  • gorgeous colours so bright and cheery would love to win !!

    —GERI on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing after I got an embroidery machine- I design t-shirts, and I wanted to give digitizing my designs a try. It wasn’t until nearly a year later that I decided to attempt some quilting, and then got hooked!

    —Kris Garst on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was about 10 by my mom. I was sewing on my own, not to long after that. I did a little quilting when I was in my 20’s and now I have taken it back up in my 50’s.

    —Ramona on March 18, 2014
  • I took a sewing course as a newlywed, made some clothing and then discovered quilting! Other than some dresses for my only daughter- I have
    been quilting for the last 40 years!

    —Nancy on March 18, 2014
  • My mother was seamstress. She sewed from many people in our community. And us six girls, our dad, our grandma, and herself. She made many beautiful quilts in her lifetime. I started sewing as a child. But didn’t start quilting till I was in my 40’s. Now my husband encourages me to make quilts. I had two strokes and open heart surgery in 2010. Quilting is good exersize for the brain.

    Lucinda Collins on March 18, 2014
  • I guess it would have been sewing first and quilting afte. Learnt sewing in school and after took a quilting class in the evening. As a group we made a baby quilt and than after it was completed a name was drawn to see who would take it home. Mine was picked and I still have it.

    —Eleanor Janet Eagle on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing or as long as I can remember. First it was doll clothes, then my clothes, a quilt for my sewing teacher in high school, my wedding dress and then on to clothes for my children including my daughters formal dresses for homecoming and prom! Now it’s mostly quilting – no grandbabies yet to dress!

    —Deb C on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first; piecing tops came many years later.

    —Nancy Endicott on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at 12 and made lots of clothes for my children. I retired two years ago and started quilting and I am hooked. I have made more than forty quilts since then. Thanks for sharing your giveaway.

    —Peggy Moller on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in junior high home ec class. Throughout junior high, high school, and college I made many clothes. Piecing quilt tops came many years later.

    —Nancy Endicott on March 18, 2014
  • My first sewing was sewing doll clothes for my dolls after my Mother taught me how to baste with needle and thread. At age of 8 or 9 years, Mother helped in 4-H Club and we learned how to hem cup towels, make an apron, and then a simple gathered skirt. I made most of my clothing throughout junior high and high school and in the early years of marriage also sewed for my husband and sons. Started quilting around 1998 with a course in hand piecing and quilting at Midland College and still at it.

    —Charlotte White on March 18, 2014
  • I started hand sewing doll clothes for my sister and I when I was in elementary school. By the time I was in HS I made all my own clothes including several formals. I made my wedding dress by compiling several patterns. In college there was little free time due to jobs and studying. Once married I mostly repaired my husbands work clothes. When the kids came along, they would ask me to make them things and I would. Finally, I was going to have an empty nest and a counselor told me to find a hobby that would replace all the social activities in which the boys caused my involvement. The only "club" in town was the guild. I joined and 12 years later I quilt and sew but mostly quilt. I love pattern books and look forward to finding yours on a shelf at my quilt store soon.

    —Sandi on March 18, 2014
  • I cant remember how old I was but after begging my mom to sew she would stack up books on the chair so I could reach the knee pedal and I started sewing and only in the last 14 years have I been quilting…and learned a lot too. oh and I am retired now…lol

    —diane on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing all my life but I had to wait for my son to leave for college before I had enough room to spread out and start quilting!

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • I have been doing numerous crafts, sewing, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, etc. for many years. Over the years have whittled down my habits, loves, likes to quilting,needlepoint and knitting. Since retiring I have had to fortunate pleasure of taking quilt classes from different women and have found very much satisfaction from and learned from all I have taken. It just gives me such joy and pleasure to be still able to do this in retirement along with enjoying life, great health well being and all the women and men that I have come in contact with through the years not to mention the satisfaction of hey, I can still learn something new each day, each minute. I also love to read forgot to mention that also. I like your line of fabric and it’s great that you can do this with your mother and family. Keep up the good work and really anxious to see projects in the book. Great success with your venture.

    —Sharon Kenshalo on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew from my aunt when I was younger and in 4H. In high school I enjoyed the classes and usually sewed my project and helped others. I also did my own tailoring. About a year ago I decided to make my son a quilt out of my husbands jeans. That was the beginning of a new passion. I can’t seem to find enough time to make everything I want to!

    —angela on March 18, 2014
  • I just started quilting/sewing in 9/13 and I’ve been learning so much since then. I absolutely love it, the fabric alone has me practically swooning on a daily basis. I’ve always appreciated what other quilters made, but now I have an entirely new perspective on just how hard it can be. I’m still learning and hoping to improve so one day I can make a masterpiece! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

    —Tabitha Keener on March 18, 2014
  • So I learned to sew when I was 10, my first project being pink and orange plaid pants…and I matched the plaid in both directions! OK, fast forward some years. I made my own clothes for many years, which after awhile started to get unimaginative: pants, shirts, pants, shirts…an occasional skirt or dress… Fast forward again…I did some professional garment sewing, stuffed animals, Halloween costumes…a little more variety, but not the ‘niche’ I was looking for.

    When my daughter Emily was 5, I tried making her a quilt using the ‘Around the World’ pattern. I thought, this shouldn’t be so hard, after all, it’s just squares! 2″ squares!…no rotary cutter, no cutting mat, just a standard ruler, a pencil and a pair of sewing scissors! Well, I got the first strip set cut out and sewn, but the thought of finishing it was too much! Well, it sat in a box until Emily was 15, when she asked “Mom, are you ever going to finish my quilt?” Well, I did get it finished within a week, because by then I had all the right tools!

    I went on to teach myself to quilt from a baby quilt book. In the years since, I have made who-knows-how-many baby quilts (30? 40? 50?), but also a few larger quilts, quilted wall hangings, even quilted totes. I am now teaching for our church crafting group once a month, helping other new quilters! What I love is the design process, and the colors, and the piecing, and the magic that happens when you put colors and shapes together, and then ‘decorating’ process to quilt it together, often using my embroidery machine…. Well, basically everything!

    —Kathy Rudd on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first and I am still a little unsure about sewing other projects. I love the image of your sketchbook.

    Kristen on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at age 9 with the help of my mother. Mother had once had a sewing business and also became 4-H leader. Throughout the years, I made anything from layettes, all types clothing, coats & a wedding gown. Sometime in late 70’s – early 80’s I began quilting, which I still continue to do. I also find myself doing a lot of repair work for family, such as exercise work-out gloves, e-reader holder and clothing repairs. The sewing bug has never left me in all these 68 years.

    —Joan Horton on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing thanks to a junior high home economics class. Once I started high school I unfortunately stopped sewing but came back to it after having my first child. I was working on sewing items for the baby when I stumbled on a tutorial on how to quilt. I gave a simple patchwork quilt a try and that was it . . . I was hooked! Now I cannot learn enough and I cannot get enough time to quilt. My day is not complete unless I make some progress on a quilting project!

    Danielle F. on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a young child making items for 4-H. I continued to sew for myself and later my two sons. Another teacher I worked with knew I was a sewer and tried to get me interested in quilting. I always told her I didn’t have the patience for quilting. I like to see things finished quickly. After I retired, I was attending an embroidery conference and there was a class on stack and whack quilting. With no other classes that interested me at the same time I decided to sit in. I was hooked and have continued to make quilts for all nine grandchildren and various charities over the last six years. I have even learned how to longarm quilt my own quilts and do some for others as well.

    —Debbie Stoehr on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in Middle School so that was first with quilting second.I love to do both. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Jennifer on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing for 30 years and I have been quilting for 2. I find that it is more relaxing to quilt than just sew. I have made most all of my quilts so far to give away. I will probably never sell any. I find it makes me happy to just give as gifts right now. I love the book. I would love to win and do a few new patterns. thanks for the opportunity.

    —amy tanner on March 18, 2014
  • I originally learned to sew in 4-H club when I was a kid in North Dakota Badlands. Did the odd sewing of clothes for myself til I graduated. Got married and was having babies so was home 24/7 when my older sister Theresa talked me into doing evening tailoring classes at the local community college. I took every class they offered.. all the way to making a men’s suit!!
    From there I sewed a bit every year.. moved up north to Yukon and started teaching classes in a small town. Learned to sew leather and down jackets/vests/crafts there for the local gift shop. Sewed for special occasions over the years until I retired 3 years ago.
    I Did sample sewing for the next couple years for my daughter as she was designing a new fitting program (which is GREAT). When she sold her business I found I had a super sewing room set up with little to do except private orders.
    That is when I spend a weekend with my sister Theresa and she showed me how to make a eastern star quilt.. my very first.. made with Daisy Kingdom fabrics..!! I now have 4 finished quilts and 6 in process.. LOVE it.. and can always use more fabrics and books. Hugs

    —Dorothy Holt on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at the age of 8. I made all kinds of things from my mothers scraps, then graduated to making my clothes, then sewed for my 3 little girls and shirts for my son and husband. That was many years ago. I started quilting a little over a year ago and I am now an avid quilter. It seems a day is not complete unless I have had a time to do something on a quilt, either piecing, quilting or planning a new quilt.
    I love it!!!!

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on March 18, 2014
  • Sewed clothing for a long time until I learned to quilt and now I buy clothes!

    —Mary Eggebraten on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom did a lot of things but she didn’t sew so I learned thru 4-H and home ec in school. But she supported and approved of all I accomplished. Bless her heart.

    —Connie German on March 18, 2014
  • My mom made all of our dresses so sewing was a part of my childhood. I first started sewing to make barbie clothes. I have been sewing ever since. I started quilting making a quilt for my son and making blankets for each child, 3 all together. I am recently able to quilt more d/t being retired. I love it and would love to have the opportunity to use these fabrics in a quilt or as a bag.

    —Barbara on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came before quilting for me. I sewed many of my own clothes in high school and for many years after that. When I had my own kids, my sewing skills helped to stretch many a clothing dollar. I began quilting for fun ad to make gifts when my kids were little. Now I don’t make many articles of clothing, just quilts. I like it this way.

    —Nancy McFall on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my mother and embroidery from my daycare. I used to make purses for myself. I actually thought I’d be a designer when I was a kid! I stopped for several years. I didn’t begin to embroider again until my first child was born. Then started sewing again. From there, I dabbled into quilting. And then to crafting. It’s been a journey. 😀

    —Grace on March 18, 2014
  • I am new to quilting, finally finished one and am hooked. would love the fabric

    Gail Spink on March 18, 2014
  • I started patchwork in primary school, folded triangles stacked in circles for a mothersday present…

    —Erica Texheks on March 18, 2014
  • I started learning to sew at age 5. I would sit right next to my mother as she sewed such beautiful dresses for my sister and I. When she got a new Singer machine in 1960, she got me one of those small hand crank Singer machines. I started sewing doll clothes!

    —Rene Bolton on March 18, 2014
  • i’ve been sewing since 8th grade home ec class 58 years made first baby quilt at 19 years old i had 4 daugters and 1 son sewed clothes for myself, husband ,and 4 girls and son, wanted to make more quilt but with working and caring for family no time ,got back into quilting about 13 years ago making quilts for my children grands and greatgrands and friends. love moda fabrics

    esther on March 18, 2014
  • I took my first quilting class in 1989 but I have been sewing since I was 16. the lure is the need to create and I just love bright beautiful colored fabric. I find all of the above just makes me happy. It is my stress relief after caring for patients all day. And now that the kids are grown up, i have time to play in my sewing room

    —Debbie McClain on March 18, 2014
  • It seems I grew up sewing, and now love quilting, as well.

    —Em M on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing Halloween costumes for my daughter and son using machine and hand-stitching. One year was a zebra costume that I hand-stitched all of the stripes onto…people were amazed. To some it might seem a waste of precious time, but to me it was relaxing and rewarding. The wonderful combination of fabrics and designs available for quilting pleases me. I have three granddaughters that I’ve knitted for, but a quilt to reflect each of their personalities would make me, and I hope them, very happy.

    —DebbieW on March 18, 2014
  • My first sewing memories are watching my grandmother sew. She made simple things for herself, and I loved watching her cut out the patterns. I learned to sew tagging along with my sister’s Girl Scout troop when they took sewing lessons at the local mall. I’ve been seewing off and on ever since. Can’t wait to see this fabulous book. Many thanks!

    —Ellen M. on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting I would say. I just started watching quilting mostly and some sewing TV programs and the next thing I knew I was changing my spare room into a quilting space. I’m still a new quilter but I’m learning new things everyday 🙂

    —Brandy on March 18, 2014
  • Well, sewing came first but it was mostly mending if you want to call that sewing! Haven’t done much of that since taking up quilting. Only sew now when it is necessary or I want to make a scarf.

    —Karen L. on March 18, 2014
  • I started machine sewing when I was 11 years old, I didn’t start quilting until at 53. I came late to the party but I am having a GREAT time now that I am here!!

    —Jenny R on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My mother taught me to sew beautiful clothes. She didn’t know how to quilt but when I wanted to learn she arranged classes for me with her best friend.

    —Kathy Renz on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting! I did a little sewing, but not much. I love to quilt, hate to sew garments!

    —Bari on March 18, 2014
  • my first sewing adventure was a pot holder for my mother when I was a brownie scout,then came an apron when I took home ec.in grade8 then came my first job as an R.N. in Boston and I needed to make an Anniv pres.for my sister and I Made she and her husband a quilt and I have been at it ever since I"mnow 72.it’s been a rewarding experience

    lynne mulcahey on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child, first by hand, and then on my grandmother’s treadle machine. Later my mother bought an electric! machine and we both took off on it. Quilting didn’t start til my 40’s and now I can’t imagine sewing clothes. Art is more fun! and fits forever.

    —Sue on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me how to sew and I am so grateful to her for sharing her love of the art with me. To this day inspite of her dementia, we can talk about sewing, quilting and fabrics and continue to share that love.

    —Carole Lee Criddle on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in high school, though I never kept at it and was often frustrated. My mom sewed all of her clothes and was very good at it. I just started quilting a year ago and I’m hooked!!! I’m learning free-motion quilting and some English paper piecing.

    —Vicki Gray on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 8. Made my first dress in the 6th grade for a 4h project. Started quilting when I got married and had a baby. Now, I love it, have my own long arm quilting business and spend my free time trying to finish my projects, while at the same time, starting new ones! Love it.

    —Charity on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing since age six, thanks to my dear grandmother. Love your fabrics and the new book is inspiring.

    —Carol Broughton on March 18, 2014
  • I used to sew clothes for my boys nothing fancy, pj, sweat shirts and the like.After they were grown and gone on there own I stopped sewing for quite awhile. Then we bought a camper to use for fishing trips and I decides I wanted to fancy it up with curtains which let to the idea of a matching quilt and I haven’t stopped since then.

    —Jo on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first when I was a pre-teen. My grandmother taught me to make Barbie Doll clothes. Then I started sewing clothes for myself and would always make a coordinating outfit for my sister, Dolly, who was 7 years younger than me. When I got married, I sewed home decor and even quilted some pillows. I didn’t start quilting until 3-4 years ago, when the bug hit and has been following me around persistently. I love quilting and am very involved with guilds, circle, sewing groups, charity quilts, and teaching young girls to sew and quilt. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I love these fabrics and all of the sewing projects and quilts shown from the book.

    —Mona Collins on March 18, 2014
  • I learned from my mother and grandmother.

    —Joan on March 18, 2014
  • I kinda sewed for years (and years) and then I went to a guild quilt challenge meeting. I’ve been quilting about 6 years.

    —Alice on March 18, 2014
  • Sewed clothes in junior high and throughout high school. Started quilting twenty years ago and love every minute of it!

    —Jonne on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing doll clothes on my Mom’s old, indestructible Singer sewing machine was my introduction to the world of sewing. In middle school and high school all girls were required to take home ec classes, which is where I learned how to sew my own garments. It was many years later that I took my first quilting class. I was hooked even though there were tedious steps such as making templates and cutting everything with scissors. Now that there are so many new tools, techniques, tricks and resources like your publication available, quilting is no longer just a labor of love. Quilting has become an avenue for self expression for many quilt makers!

    —marlene on March 18, 2014
  • I make quilts but I can’t sew. I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s truly the way I feel about my abilities.
    To me, quilting is taking two pieces of fabric and sewing them together with a 1/4″ seam. Sewing? That takes serious skill!!
    You have to follow a pattern, adjust to a body shape, add zippers and button-holes. Yikes!! I’m getting nervous just thinging about it 😀

    I have become braver in the last 12 months and started making simple bags – for me, that’s sewing! I’m quite proud of myself and wonder if, one day, I might take a class and learn to sew properly. Maybe…

    —Kayt Deans on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing my entire life but I just decided to start quilting now that I am retired and loving life. I’m starting with a twin size quilt for my beautiful 9 month old granddaughter. I’m already obsessed!

    —Karen hopkins on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing about age 12. Home economics.
    Wanted to quilt for 20 years and finally started about
    6 years ago. Now I like to do both. Not very fast, but
    Really enjoy it.

    Jeanne on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first to me. I actually learned to sew in Home Ec because my mom wanted me to learn the "right" way to do it. I was surrounded by quilts and quilters growing up, but didn’t take up the craft until I was in my mid 20’s. I rarely sew clothes any more! 🙂

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first – I could not buy clothes that fit well about age 13, as I was growing so tall. But when I started quilting, that took over most of my time. (Also, they now make more clothes in Tall sizes.)

    —Cyndy on March 18, 2014
  • I started out at about age 6 with embroidery and appliqué, and started sewing shortly after that. One of my early sewing projects was a doll cover, which then turned into a quilt because none of the pieces of fabric I had were big enough to cover the doll. I’ve been doing both since then, sewing more when my girls were little and quilting more now that my nest is empty!

    Caryn Goulden on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing in my teens and didn’t venture out to quilting until my 50’s! What I’ve been missing all these years! Now I am having a lot of fun with various quilting projects.

    —nancy goodfellow on March 18, 2014
  • I love the quilts. And I love the fabrics. The colors make me think "Spring"!

    —Barb Emerson on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing garments for myself when I was in high school. I’m 6′ tall, so it was great to be able to make clothes that fit my skinny, tall frame. I sewed garments for probably 20 years and then only occasionally, due to a stressful job. About 12 years ago, I was sick for about a year and when I started to get my energy back, I pulled out my old Singer Genie & made a few skirts (so hard to determine size with the new sizing on patterns!!) My husband thought my machine was very noisy, so thought I should have a new one. He says he has no one to blame for my quilting addiction than himself! When I settled on my new machine, there was a bright, colorful quilt hanging in the shop. I asked about it (I always thought quilts were dull and drab colors.)The teacher happened to be there at the time and said it was a simple enough quilt for a beginner quilter. Have not looked back since then. It’s been a wonderful activity for me and I have acquired many, many really good friends through the quilting community.

    —Pauline on March 18, 2014
  • I began with quilting and embroidery, and that is still what I do most often. I do not really care for making clothes.

    —Amanda Best on March 18, 2014
  • I had a brief foray into quilting when I was about ten years old. My grandma taught me various kinds of hand stitching including four patches. I made the blocks for a doll quilt. She added the sashing and quilted it by machine. I didn’t try quilting again until after years of sewing garments and other seeing projects. I took up quilting again when I moved to a new house that had a huge blank wall, and I couldn’t find anything to buy with the colors I wanted, so I decided it needed a quilt. I’ve been quilting ever since.

    —Marca Fritzemeier on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing and quilting about the same time. My grandmother was teaching hand piecing when I was 10 yrs. old and my mother started with simple hand sewing during the summer of my 10th year. I continued learning by mending and finally sewing my clothes in my teens. We had an old Singer treadle that I started on and then Mom bought an electric Singer. I’ve kept sewing and quilting and now mostly sew for charity.I look back and I really have enjoyed sewing and quilting for the 53 yrs. since I started.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Joyce B.

    —Joyce Barham on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing for years since a teenager. My Mom never really sewed much but i remember my Grandmother at her treadle sewing machine and was fascinated by it. Now years later have sewed for my children and grand daughter. Picked up quilting about 3 years ago and love it, though i have much to learn yet and love learning new things!

    —Lucie on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in jr. High School and started quilting about 3 years ago. Love it.

    —Shar W. on March 18, 2014
  • Branching out on my color usage. Would enjoy making a quilt with these big, bold flowers

    —sara ray on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, learning on my Mom’s old treadle sewing machine and hiding under her quilt & frame as she and her sisters were quilting. I was probably around 8 yrs old when I started sewing clothes for my doll. Since retiring, I joined a lap quilting group of ladies that meet each Thursday. We have a great time sharing ideas and experiences, not only regarding quilting but family life as well. I found myself wanting to ask my Mom’s opinion regarding a quilt but sadly she passed away 3 months ago. She always loved to see different quilt blocks that I was doing.

    —Deanna McGinnis on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me to sew when I was in 4-H as a young girl. Clothes, household items, how to thread a needle and stitch a straight seam, and most importantly, how to rip an errant seam out and restitch. As a young adult, I started making baby quilts for expecting friends – a limited budget made it a necessity. Fast forward, the joy of stitching stayed with me but I only started quilting in earnest about seven years ago when knee replacements made it impossible for me to continue with physically demanding activities and hobbies.

    —Sandy Navas on March 18, 2014
  • I wanted so bad to use my mothers sewing machine that her friend showed me how to use it and then l was hooked on learning to sew. I started sewing my own clothes from every day to my formal gown for graduation. When l started working and having kids, l just didn’t have the time to get back to it. One day at a quilt store l decided l wanted to learn to quilt and now l am finding the time to quilt and sew gifts for family and friends…love it. It’s amazing how you can learn so many techniques through quilting groups.

    —Anne on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first – the basics from a sweet 4-H leader when I was 9 or 10.

    —Deborah on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 13 and made a lot of my own school clothes.

    —jane d on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me embroidery at a very young age and that led to crocheting and finally sewing. I didn’t engage in quilting until I was an adult. Now I can’t seem to stop purchasing wonderful fabrics and patterns, quilt magazine subscriptions, and tons of books about quilting. My goal is to make at least one project from each book I own. Not sure if I can realize the goal but I’ll sure have fun trying.

    —Gail D. on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, thanks to my Grandma Aubert. When I was almost 8 years old, I laid my 3 year old sister down on mom’s Yellow Chenille bedspread, traced around her with a pen, cut out and hand sewed a dress that she wore till it fell apart. The grown ups were busy playing cards while this was going on, and when I presented my masterpiece, they busted out laughing, which made me cry! Looking back, at least I didn’t get a spanking for cutting up a wedding present!! I made my mom’s dress for my graduation, and through the years have made several wedding dresses, dozens of bridesmaids groupings, all the Western Shirts my singing husband needed for the stage, one son’s Pin striped "Zoot Suit" for his high school grad, and even a winter front for a semi! It’s only in the last few years that I have been quilting, and I am glad I finally got bitten by that bug! I absolutely love recycling something old into something beautiful and useful. A broken left ankle and two knee surgeries in the past three years prompted the quilting – I am on a mission to make a quilt for every one of my immediate family in honor of my Grandma’s tradition. Should have made my list first though, turns out there’s about 45 of them, and the youngsters keep having babies! I am turning 57 this summer, and can proudly say I have been sewing and crafting for 50 years!! I am growing a collection of quilting books, and would love to add this one to it.

    —Suzanne on March 18, 2014
  • I was sewing before quilting, but I remember wanting to quilt from the very beginning – just had to work my way to it. Thanks to my grandmother for teaching me many handcrafts!

    —Vicky on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew and quilt by watching my Mom and Grandma. When I was in school the girls always had to wear dresses. My Mom sewed for all three of us as well as herself. She also made shirts for my Dad and brother. I began sewing about 8 years old. Mom would let me cut out the garments while she sewed. We made a great team. My wedding dress was made by my Mom, my Grandma and myself. I have always loved fabric and cannot get enough of it. The quilting was done when everyone had something to wear. Quilting is very relaxing to me.

    —Becky Fincher on March 18, 2014
  • I have only recently discovered quilting after many years of sewing and cross stitching. I have very quickly become addicted and find myself thinking of new things to do all the time, and trying to practice fmq! I love the freedom of expression that quilting allows and all the tempting fabrics out there make it very easy! Love the pictures, the pleat bag is so cute

    —Sonja Pritchard on March 18, 2014
  • My mom taught me to sew (and to not just pick a pattern because I loved the colors on the pattern!) and then moved on to quilting about 20 years later….and I am still quilting!

    —Connie Hendryx on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing prior to being a 4-Her, as my Mom was teaching my sisters to sew. Once I started I enjoyed it so much and made a lot of my clothes. This took me to my profession as a Home Economist (Family and Consumer Science). Just in the last 3 years I have started to learn about quilting. It is so much fun and I have so much to learn!

    —Pam Blake on March 18, 2014
  • Like all young girls I learnt to sew at school in the 1950’s. It was my love of sewing that brought me to the world of quilting 20 years ago, with the beautiful fabrics and quilt patterns available made it easy to become an addicted quilter.

    —Delphine Petterson on March 18, 2014
  • stitching came first, then quilts. Women had to make all the clothes that were worn, from scraps and worn out clothes, they then made quilts with the good pieces.

    —Joyce Ensey on March 18, 2014
  • i started sewing in 8th grade. My Grandma taught me when she came from Illinois to visit us in Calif. Then I started quilting in college for an art class and have been doing it ever since.

    —patti g on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was first for me, I even made my wedding dress. but now it is all quilting for me.

    —Nancy on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up visiting my grandmother and aunts in Kentucky. They always had a quilt that they were working on. I remember thinking that someday, I would make quilts like my grandmother and Aunts do.

    My mother made all of our clothes (there were 6 of us). So, I learned how to sew from her. The very first thing that I ever made was an apron. I made it in Home Ecnomics class. That was back when girls had to take home economics in order to become handy in the home.

    I now own a long arm quilting machine and make a lot of quilts. I also sew a lot of toys and clothes for my grandchildren. I am thankful to all of the women in my family for sharing this heritage.

    —Charlene on March 18, 2014
  • I am just now really learning how to sew. My daughter and I are learning together! She inspires me so much! My Nanny sewed almost all of her clothes and my mother’s. She has made many beautiful quilts. I wish I would have paid attention to her and learned from her! I’m hoping to help my daughter like my Nanny wanted to help me!

    —Vera on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first at 4 years old. My dolls never went without clothes. I made my own clothes when I was in the 8th grade. One dress I made in 8th grade end up being worn by my PG aunt. Quitling was expense and really still is. My first real quilt was cross- stitch, 1970, purchased by husband to be. Cutting small quilt blocks really did not take off until rotary cutter and mat, 1980.

    —Linda Christianson on March 18, 2014
  • My mom sewed but she would not teach me because she didn’t want me to learn her "bad habits". I could hardly wait until I could take Home Ec. in Grade 8. I loved my Home Ec. teacher and I Loved to sew! I decided then that I wanted to be a Home Ec. teacher too. I taught Home Ec. for 33 years. In Feb. 2002, our school district went on strike and I didn’t want to stay home and hear all the negative news on TV about teachers. So I registered for my first quilting course at a wonderful quilt shop. Even though I was a "veteran sewer", I found that quilting has unique techniques. I was hooked! Now that I’m retired, I have more time to quilt and collect my stash!

    —Donna Toivanen on March 18, 2014
  • As the daughter of a seamstress and quilter, my mother taught me how to use a sewing machine by making a blocks of strips. I vividly remember cutting out newspaper blocks to use as the base and then placing & sewing strips to them. According to my mother, it was the best way to learn to sew a straight seam! After mastering a straight seam on my quilt, she then taught me how to make my own clothing. My mother was both a wonderful seamstress/quilter and a role model I will always try to emulate!!

    —Barbara. on March 18, 2014
  • I started teaching my granddaughter when she was 4. I bought her a Brother sewing machine and helped her make a quilt. She made the entire thing with very little help from me. She even used my long arm to quilt it. So proud to be able to share the heritage that I grew up with.

    —Charlene on March 18, 2014
  • I learned sewing in 4-H. My first elastic skirt won an award from then on I was hooked. I sewed dresses for my girls but then tried a quilt and my true love was found. I love making them and giving them away. Nothing is more fulfilling then sharing a quilt with someone. Looking forward to making and giving away hundreds of quilts.

    —Lisa Segner on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first when I was in High School and was performing in a show at the school…my good friend and I made the costumes for our act. We had two sewing machines and when she sewed a seam then I sew the same seam on another one of the costumes. My love of sewing started right then. That was 1958 and I have been sewing and now quilting ever since. LOVE TO SEW!!!

    —Barbara Dolan on March 18, 2014
  • I am from a long line of quilters but really didn’t pay attention to the beautiful and functional quilts that both of my grandmothers took such pride in. As a teenager and young adult I knew I simply did not possess the patience required for the task. It wasn’t until my forties that the quilting bug hit me and sadly my grandmothers had already past on. How I wished then that I had partaken of their vast knowledge. I know they would be glad to know that I too have delved into the quilting world and remember them and their quilts with love.

    Terri Selby on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to hand sew doll clothes from my grandmother when I was about 10 years old. I wasn’t allowed to use the expensive sewing machine. I was finally allowed to use the sewing machine when I completed my high school sewing class. As a teenager, I learned to "tie" quilts from my grandmother and mother. It wasn’t until I got a job in a fabric store that I became interested in making quilts myself. I have learned a lot since then about sewing and quilting. Quilts are more than necessity now. Making a quilt is painting with fabric and thread to create a functional and decorative work of art.

    —Julie B on March 18, 2014
  • I officially started sewing at age 10, in 6th grade Home Ec., but had been hand sewing doll clothes long before that. Quilting didn’t start until 3 or 4 years ago, although during my whole garment making career I saved every scrap to someday makes quilts! I bought fabric in early high school to make a quilt, and cut strips and sewed a few together, but the time-consuming discovery of boys, combined with the fact that I just did not like one of the colors of that fabric when combined with the others meant that intended quilt didn’t even make it to UFO stage. After years hanging in a closet, those strips went to the trash, I now regret to remember. But the fabriholic in me has been resurrected and I want those charm packs–they are beautiful!

    —SUSAN STEFUN on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been quilting since 2009 when I stumbled upon a modern quilting blog. We were soon to be empty nesters and I needed a hobby. Now I don’t know what I did before I took this up.

    Annette Z on March 18, 2014
  • My mother sewed clothes for us kids (5 girls) when we were little. I remember watching her sew. I never took an interest in sewing until after I gave birth to my daughter (28 years ago). My memories of watching my mom sew made me want to do the same for my daughter. I started sewing dresses/outfits for her, then when on to making curtains/drapes for our house. My interest in quilting came much later when both my children were grown and out of the house and a neighbor invited me to a quilting class. That class sparked a new interest/new hobby for me and I’m loving it. I’ve made a t-shirt quilt for my daughter, a camo quilt for my son, a girly quilt for my granddaughter and a nice bold black, red, and white quilt for my grandson. I think it’s a hobby I’ll keep, it’s my way of relaxing.

    —Janice on March 18, 2014
  • my family had always quilted, but when I had my son I dove in to both sewing and quilting!

    —debby warthen on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting over 25 years ago. Just five years ago I started longarming as a business when I was laid off from my marketing job. No looking back!! It’s wonderful.

    Lisa on March 18, 2014
  • As a young girl, my Mother tried to teach me to sew simple garments, but being left handed and a bit "backwards" I was simply unable to learn despite many attempts. At age 25 I discovered quilting, and hid my accomplishments from my Mother for 5 years knowing she would never believe that I had successfully made something using a sewing machine!! Today, at age 57, I am an avid quilter . . . and my Mother and her identical twin sister look to me for quilting advice. Life has a way of coming full circle . . . and nothing brings me more pleasure than to quilt for charities and friends in need of comfort. I am absolutely addicted to quilting . . . and I couldn’t be happier!!!

    —Pam Johnston on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew in junior high school (now called middle school). I walked away from sewing for a few years, but came back to it in my mid twenties. My mother was my inspiration, there wasn’t anything she could not sew. I sewed all of my clothes for many years, until i had my girls. Now I enjoy quilting because I need a way to be release my creativity. I love to take classes and see how the different fabrics make the same pattern look so different.

    —Mary on March 18, 2014
  • I started garment sewing when I was 12. Having worn uniforms for 12 years of school, my sister and I would sew mostly special occasion outfits, Easter, Christmas etc. I didn’t start quilting until I took a class when my children were young. Sewing is still the most fun for me!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Marie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, Mom taught us to make doll clothes first!

    —Joey on March 18, 2014
  • I learn to sew in home Ec, during High School, and I later took lessons at the Singer Store, in Michigan. I started quilting about 20 years ago, and took lessons at the local quilt store, to start with and have used tutorials on the web to improve my techniques.

    —Jean McMurry on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me! My mom taught me to sew and I went through the girl scout sewing badge with her leading at least 3 times. I sewed clothing for many years until my boys were in elementary school then I took a beginning quilting class from a friend whose mother writes quilt books. That was the beginning almost 20 years ago!

    —Kathy on March 18, 2014
  • I bought my first machine when I was 19 and started sewing. Forty two years later I started quilting and it has become a passion I never knew I had. There is never a boring moment when quilting! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Rena Compaan on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing, quilting,sewing and finally settled down with the ever loved quilting. Thanks for a chance to win this great book.

    Jeanne on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting in 1986 and I love it!

    —Linda Fuchs on March 18, 2014
  • My mother and grandmother were sewers. As time and years have passed my mother took up quilting. She cut her pieces with scissors after drawing them with cardboard and paper cutouts. She hand pieced and hand quilted for many years. Now she mostly machine pieces but still hand quilts. With their guidance and participating in 4H and then Home Economics in middle school I learned to sew clothes. Grandma also taught me to embroider. As time passed and I began to take up hobbies between life and children I made my first quilt about seven years ago. I’ve been bitten hard by the quilting bug. I like doing all of the steps and have incorporated embroidery and beading in several of my projects. I’ve only kept two of my creations. All others I’ve given as gifts.

    —Melody on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up watching my grandmother sew (I come from a long line of stitchers) on a sewing machine that she won in a prize package after having been married in NYC on the "Bride and Groom" TV show. I now have that machine — then, a top-of-the-line Kenmore sewing machine with LOTS of decorative stitches. She was so proud of it! I am very blessed to have been able to learn to sew on it and to still use it today. My daughter (7) is now developing an interest in sewing — it just might be time to oil that machine for the next generation to learn on! These adorable charm packs would be perfect for her first patchwork project 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Candy on March 18, 2014
  • Both of my grandmothers quilted as did my mother. I was endowed with the quilt gene!

    —Peg on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since I was fairly young. I made some of my own clothes as a teenager and much of my children’s clothes when they were small. I started quilting around 5 years ago but small projects remain my favorite.

    —Melissa Landreth on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a young girl. I made skirts and dresses as a teenager-even made a prom dress and my wedding gown. I caught the quilting bug in the 80’s-just as rotary cutters were coming on the scene. Quilting is how I relax after work. Now that I’m almost an empty-nester, I’m getting interested in sewing clothing again, but of course with a creative twist that a quilter brings. So much fun.

    —Joan on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing cam first for me. I wanted to learn to sew and started on jeans that people were going to throw away. I cut them up and turned them into hats and coats and purses and jackets. I figured if I ruined anything I would not be out expensive material. I have since graduated to using material but I still like to turn old jeans into up-cycled items.
    I recently have been learning to quilt and LOVE crazy quilt purses. I also have just finished making my daughter a queen sized quilt for her bed with matching pillow shams.
    I would love to win something but even if I don’t I know I am amongst a bunch of winners when we sew!

    —Penny Dudley on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 10, and in a 4-H club. I started quilting after I finished college–I say it was my continuing education class.

    —Glenda in Florida on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew at the tender age of 11. Sewed lots of my own clothes during high school and college. Now I love to make smocked clothing for my grandchildren and I LOVE to make quilts.

    —Diane on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing/quilting for over 40 years. When I quilt I zone out all the stress of life and focus on something I enjoy.

    —Shelby H on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first in high school Home Economics. My first sewn masterpiece was a simple off white A-line sleeveless dress. I loved the pattern and when it was complete I loved the dress. I got to wear it on a field trip to our state’s capitol. I craft many ways (crochet, knit, sew, embroider) and just recently did my first jelly roll quilt. I love it, I am hooked. I am not working on a patchwork rag quilt. I love Moda packs because the material is high quality and beautiful!

    —Sharon Geyer on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed some for my children, curtains, and such, but the real test came with the quilting bug after I retired!!

    —Shelor Robin on March 18, 2014
  • Congratulations on your book! How exciting it must be to see your work finally published!

    I learned to sew first, mostly out of necessity. As a young teenager, I wanted a pair of jeans and we had no money to buy them. Mom had some denim-like fabric in her closet and I set to work to make me some jeans! I was very proud of them and wore them with style! How I’d love to see them again today to inspect my stitching! Now as a middle-ager, I am getting into quilting. I love the Pencil Box quilt…just perfect for me as an educator!

    —Kathy E. on March 18, 2014
  • I learned how to sew at 10 years old. My parents bought me a vintage Necchi machine. Quilting became a strong interest at age 23. My next door neighbor had made a quilt, Flip and Sew Log Cabin and I’ve been hooked ever since!

    —Debby H on March 18, 2014
  • Did some dressing making in high school but didn’t like it. After my first granddaughter was born I decided to make a quilt. Nine years later I am still making quilts and loving it.

    —Four dogs and one quilter on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first.

    —Sue White on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting while waiting to move with the USMC. Spouses had difficulty getting jobs years ago because of all the moves. Best thing I did was take a quilting class in Pensacola.

    Cindy L on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first at age 10 in 1962. I scoured the neighborhood for fabric, my mom taught me how to make a nine patch and my dad made the quilting frame. The whole family quilted, mom, my dad and even my 2 older brothers. Many sore fingers later we had a quilt and I still have it today. Good memories!

    —Kathy Davis on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve made clothing all my life (including a leisure suit for my husband, by which he proved his love for me by actually wearing it in the 70’s!). With the advent of great sewing machines and amazingly beautiful fabrics, the desire to quilt became more important in my life. Now, however, I find I am making more and more items from my fabrics, so I guess I could be called a hybrid.

    Gail G on March 18, 2014
  • My mom sewed a lot when I was growing up, but it never really worked to learn from her, lol. The I got interested in quilting as an adult and that actually lead to all of my other sewing that I do now.

    —Amy H on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my grandmother, in high school I bought my first sewing machine .. I sewed clothes for yourself then for the children, also I earned extra money sewing for friends. Then, for almost 20 years have not sewed anything. And two years ago I discovered for myself patchwork and quilting .. Now I sew, sew, sew .. little things and large quilts. And I’m still learning from books, videos, and from bloggers .. This book is great! And a collection of Chantilly – wonderful!

    —Mania on March 18, 2014
  • My mother started me sewing when I was young, sewing in buttons and needlepoint pictures. As I grew we ended up making clothes, especially when we could not find what we wanted in the local stores. More recently I tend to collect fabric and really need to start using it up more quickly, where quilting was to help use some of my collected stash. Now I collect even more to make all sorts of quilts, cotton, cuddly, scrap etc. But now I collect fabric for sewing projects and quilting projects, still do not seem to use it as quickly as I collect it.

    —Karen on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first, then quilting and dedicated fabric collector.

    —Joyce on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a young girl almost 45 years ago. Have been quilting for 4 years. I consider myself a seamstress who quilts!

    —Liz saum on March 18, 2014
  • I made clothing for myself and friends in Jr High and High School. I made most of my kids clothing when they were young. About 15 years ago I discovered quilting. I now quilt, embroider, longarm and do just about everything associated with fabrics, EXCEPT make clothing. Quilts fit everyone!!
    Diane

    Diane Kimber on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew in Home Ec in the 7th grade. Didn’t learn to quilt until 2003 and have been at it non stop ever since. Now I teach quilting to pass my passion along to others and also make many quilts for charity.

    —Jean Brittingham on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in 7th grade in Home Economics in 1957. We were bused to the high school where they had the machines. It’s amazing I continued sewing after I sewed through my finger while in class. From that first gathered skirt I continued sewing clothes, as time permitted and then Christmas clothes for the granddaughters.I didn’t start quilting until 9 years ago when a friend from work had quilting class at her house every Tuesday night and I have been quilting ever since.

    —Susan Jones on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve started for the most part in school. I made my own jeans and other garments. I made my first quilt for my sisters baby. That’s what got me sewing quilts. Love It!!

    Gloria Hoodjer on March 18, 2014
  • I was a garment sewer for my daughters first. Then I was pretty much away from any kind of sewing until I retired 8 years ago. It was then that I decided to try and develop the creative side of my brain (I was an engineer) and I once again took up sewing and discovered quilting and small project sewing. I would like to develop expertise in fitting patterns for myself so that I can use the embellishing and piecework techniques I have learned once again to garment sewing for myself and my grandchildren.

    —Sandra Chavez on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing at the age of about 10 out of necessity and then at the age of 32 was introduced to quilting by a an older lady in my church. I quickly fell in love with it and have been teaching several of my granddaughters to
    sew and quilt.

    —Karen Smithson on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at 8 years old and have never looked back

    —Beth Vilsack on March 18, 2014
  • Have been quilting for some time now, but love to try new patterns and ways of doing things. Would love the fabric!

    —Debra on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing by hand, then on my mom’s very old clunker sewing machine, to make doll clothes for my Ginny, Tiny Tears and Miss Revlon dolls in the 50’s. Then my sister, 9 years older, started sewing in school and got her own sewing machine. As I outgrew dolls I began sewing for myself and then my baby niece. It wasn’t until 1999 that I started quilting, with a simple quilt block which I appliqued onto a sweat shirt. I was hooked and the rest, as they say, is history!

    —Pamela Himes on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew nearly 40 years ago, but only started quilting last year.

    —Karen Cohn on March 18, 2014
  • I can’t remember when sewing was not part of my life. Back in the day when children could walk to town, I would walk past a Singer store and dream about a sewing machine. As a newlywed our first loan was for $80 and made weekly payments(I am dating myself!). I sewed clothes for my children, curtains for neighbors, dressed dolls for charity and now have found a passion for quilting. I have gathered materials for quilts with the patterns for years. I am now embarking on a new phase in my life.I am now a Quilter!

    —Ann Sanches on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing in 7th grade home-ec class. Made my own clothes for several years. Eventually married and made clothes for my children, their dolls, their stuffed animals, etc. Always thought I wanted to make a quilt, but never did until my mother-in-law passed away. She was a quilter and lots of fabric and supplies. I was given all her stuff because they said I was the only one that would use it. In the box of fabric, I found several quilt blocks she had made, then I found a piece of graph paper with the drawing of the quilt she had intended to make, and it had my daughter’s name on it. Without any quilting instructions whatsoever, I followed the drawing on the graph paper, made more blocks and finished the quilt she had started and gave it to my daughter. After that, I felt almost obligated to make one for my other daughter. That was in the year 2000 and I’ve been making quilts ever since.

    —Linda on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first at a young age. Sewed clothing, then started designing clothing. Admired my grandma’s quilting and quilts, but did not do my own until after she passed away….Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Love your designs and fabrics, and the family connections and collaborations. Only wish mine were still here to do the same.

    —Bebe on March 18, 2014
  • I remember sewing doll clothes on my grandmothers old sewing machine when I was a little girl, and then I took sewing all through junior high and high school

    Debbie Debortoli on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew in Home EC in high school. I then sewed when my children were little. Girls items turned out so cute. Boys were more difficult. I had wanted to quilt for a long time and then a friend introduced me to a quilt store that has monthly blocks and I have been doing that for around 10 years. I really like doing their squares.

    —Margie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first! Grandma Kate was an all by hand gal so I learned nice French seams from her. Mom made all the cloths for her 7 ( yes ) daughters. She was quite the tailor and even tackled a " Leisure suit" for dad. I couldn’t wait for my turn at her machine so she finally took me over to Sears to get my own. That was about 55 years ago and I still have the bug. Quilts are so much more fun than trying to fit clothing.

    —Kathy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 7 and wanted more clothes for my doll. I didn’t have any patterns and only odds and ends of fabric. I sewed these creations by hand and made many mistakes along the way.
    I continued sewing clothes for my 3 children and even made a wedding dress for one of my daughters. I started making quilts about 20 years ago. Sewing has brought me a life time of happiness and creativity.

    —Gerry on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first with me when I was a teenager. Quilting didn’t happen until four years ago at 37. Gave it a try and have been hooked ever since. Now I make baby quilts, quilted totes, table runners, etc. I love gift items. The challenge is choosing fabric that I enjoy creating with but will also suit the gifted.

    Anna Fournelle on March 18, 2014
  • I embroidered as a child (and still do). Made all my daughters clothes for them until they became too old to appreciate mum’s sewing (they probably would appreciate it now!!) then started quilting. Would love to spend more time quilting but ….. 🙂

    —Wilma on March 18, 2014
  • I wanted to sew from the time I was 9 years old, but did not have a mother to teach me, since she had passed away when I was 6 years old. I talked my dad into getting me some fabric and thread one day and drew a skirt, cut it out and sewed it by hand. The fabric was so beautiful, but needless to say it did not work out so well. My aunt found out and bought me a sewing machine. I had a very kind neighbor who taught me to sew. I have loved sewing and quilting ever since. I haven’t always had a lot of time to do it but I really love it. It is my kind of therapy.

    —Elizabeth Bechstein on March 18, 2014
  • Sat happily on the floor near my mother as a toddler, playing with her button bag as she sewed my clothes. Began hand-sewing doll clothes & Barbie outfits until 14. Given my "other" grandmother’s old sewing machine then, a beautiful black with gold Singer in a curved-top portable wooden case and a knee control which I still miss! Began sewing my own clothes, as money was very tight with 5 kids in household. Maternal grandmother lived with us, and I watched her hand sew crazy quilts for each new great-grandchild as they came along. Mother still sewed the big projects like prom dresses, even as a single mom and working full-time. Never had time to teach me the details of sewing, but encouraged me to keep working at self-teaching. I desperately wanted to take Home Ec and wood shop in high school, but was forced into Latin and was told "girls don’t take shop classes". Never lost the almost mystical love of fabric and notions, tried garment sewing as an adult, and even a couple of uneducated quilting projects, home dec, baby clothing. Spent many a Halloween eve "all-nighter" on costumes for 3 kids & friends, esp. when they were in high school! One cow costume was even commandeered by a classmate to wear on the ski team! Have done professional clothing for adult dauther, grandbaby nursery and layettes, mastering snaps and covered seams. Retired from nursing career and began compulsively collecting quilting books and stash fabrics, and look forward to using them up until 2096 or so! Very happy memories recalling life’s passages through sewing stages! And fabric is still spelled "JOY"!

    —Rosemary Hop on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing clothing came first for me when I was in school. Then came sewing for home dec. Now most of my time is spent quilting. Love the Chantilly fabric line and would love to win a copy of Sweet and Simple Sewing.

    —Bonnie H on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing before quilting….learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. I made simple stuffed dolls and learned to sew on buttons for eyes, nose and mouth.
    I LOVE the Chantilly line and the new book is priceless!
    These new fabrics create a piece of art that is unbelievable.

    —Carol Winkler on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing when my children were young. Money was scarce so I made all the clothing that they needed. I didn’t learn to quilt until many years later. I have been working on quilts for my grandchildren. I have made them all 11 of them baby quilts and all but one has their twin bed quilts. I am now working on the last quilt. I think it is such a wonderful gift to give them, a gift of love. I love this Chantilly line. The color combinations are beautiful. I would love to win the charm packs and the new book. How exciting for you all to have finished your book! It is also so neat that you can share this with your daughter. One of my daughters quilts with me. I know it is such a great bond.

    —Marcy Fearey on March 18, 2014
  • I can’t remember when sewing was not part of my life. Back in the day when children could walk to town, I would walk past a Singer store and dream about a sewing machine. As a newlywed our first loan was for $80for a sewing machine and made weekly payments(I am dating myself!). I sewed clothes for my children, curtains for neighbors, dressed dolls for charity and now have found a passion for quilting. I have gathered materials for quilts with the patterns for years. I am now embarking on a new phase in my life. I am now a Quilter!
    —Ann Sanches on March 18, 2014

    —Ann Sanches on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first.. I started sewing my own clothes in junior high… then my kids clothes.. drapes for 2 houses. I had dabbled with quilting in the past, then it because my obsession about 5 years ago.

    —Jeannine on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me to sew at a very young age. I took sewing in school and taught Home Economics for 35 1/2 years and it wasn’t in until I retired that I got into quilting. I have been quilting now for about 12years. I really love to sew.

    —Jackie Wisherd on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew and embroider and cross stitch and tat and finally I started quilting about 22 years ago…….I don’t think a day has gone by in the last 45 years that I haven’t held a needle or fabric or thread. It is my way of expressing myself creatively and relaxing from the stresses of the day job.

    —Lisa on March 18, 2014
  • Definitely sewing first, but when I saw Georgia Bonesteel on PBS so many years ago I decided then and there to make myself one of those. It only took another 10 years before I finally tried.

    —Patricia Hersl on March 18, 2014
  • Helped my Mom cut out her quilt pieces,and learned at her knee how to sew my own clothes and home goods. Have made lots of clothing for myself, daughter,and grandchildren, along with quilts. Would love to win these beautiful fabrics!

    —Helen Stine on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was my first love, quilting naturally followed as I started making wearables then quilts. I still love sewing but it seems that quilting is taking over more and more..lol

    —Cindy on March 18, 2014
  • They went more or less hand in hand for me. I began by making crazy patch panels for parts of things I was making. Things like purses, picture frames, dress bodices and skirts. You name it, I was piecing left over fabrics that I could get from my mother and grandma into whatever struck my fancy. Now, some 50+ years later I am quilting up. a storm. Would love to win these gorgeo fabrics and book so I can mak more beautiful things!

    —Cindy on March 18, 2014
  • My mother taught me how to sew when I was a teen back in the sixties. I loved making those fashionable hip hugger bell bottoms. I continued for years making my own clothes, then shirts for my husband. When children came along, I made their clothes, even bathing suits. Eventually life happened with a husband and 3 children , I found less and less time for sewing on a regular basis. At the age of 36 I started college to become a teacher. Needless to say, I had even less time to sew. Now I am retired and have plenty of time to sew, but I discovered quilting and no longer sew clothing. I started out wanting to learn how to quilt so I could make a memory quilt by combining some cross stitch pieces I had done in a quilt. I did that and went on to make many more quilts, usually for family and friends. I bought a Pfaff sewing machine and a quilter’s cabinet. There’s no stopping me now.

    —Paulette Petro on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed for many years and am fairly new to quilting

    —Angi on March 18, 2014
  • Learned to sew approximately 60 years ago through my mother and a grade school experiment in which 5th grsders were taken to a high school to learn cooking and sewing. First machine was a treacle and sewed penciled squares and circles on brown grocery sacks with white thread to teach machine control. Very memorable. Would love to win this. Thanks for that chance and good luck to all.

    —Marcia Gaffney on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first in my teens under my mom’s guidance. Only quilting now as my children are grown.

    —CateD on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I had to make a dress in junior high in Economics class. Then went on to make all my clothes for years. I discovered quilting a little over twenty years ago.

    —Marianne on March 18, 2014
  • That would be Treadle machine

    —Marcia Gaffney on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew by hand and machine when I was about 5 or 6, but only learned to quilt 50 years later!

    —Kathy U. on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first but I like quilting much better. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carrie P. on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing 45 years ago learning, as most girls during those times, in home economics class in the high school. After that I made clothing for myself, and even made a couple of wedding dresses for friends and their accompanying ensemble. What a joy that was. As time went by, other things distracted me from sewing and it become somewhat sporadic. Occasionally, I would make costumes for Halloween competitions at work and for various parties. That was so much fun. What was the most satisfying was the designing and then seeing the finished product. Within the last 6 months, I have discovered the wonderful world of quilting. And I am in love!!! My sister had been trying to get me to try it for several years, but I was just too busy with other things. Now I ask myself what took me so long to get started!!! Although machine quilting is much faster, hand quilting has my heart. Peaceful thoughts and love travels from your heart into your fingers and finds a home in the final piece. Hopefully, the people the quilt is made for feel all that love as they sit wrapped up in it. I have yet to venture into designing my own quilt patterns, but can’t wait to tackle that!

    —Sheryl Logan on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting is relaxing and when I’m quilting, the kids know to leave me be with my fabric stash!

    —Elaine L on March 18, 2014
  • From a family of 10 kids, money was tight! My mother started us sewing at a young age! I have made clothing for myself and when my two boys were small I would sew up some of their clothing! Made matching t-shirts for hubby and I! Helped in organizing a fund raiser for Vale, OR senior center, donating fabric and all staples, making and selling purses! I Have made many wall hangings and rag quilts as gifts! Eventually I would love to sew a quilt!

    —Beth Brewer on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was nine years old and a first year 4-H member. I completed 9 years of sewing projects and then sewed a lot of my own clothes. After my children were born, I enjoyed sewing clothing and toys for them. Then when both of my daughters were old enough, they, too, became 4-H members and sewed up quite a storm. Just recently since my girls have left and are on their own, I have begun to quilt and have discovered the joy and relaxation of quilting!

    —Nancy on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me but it just did not suit my "desires". Quilting did! When I was young, my Mother insisted I learn to sew. She made me make a dress one time and I hated making my own clothing! Still do!! I love making doll clothes, but not other clothing. I lived in TN for 28 years or so and that is where I learned about quilting. I love piecing quilts but don’t ask me to do a jig saw puzzle! Don’t like those either. LOL I want to learn more about quilting and love blogs that teach us more. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Kathy M Boice on March 18, 2014
  • I’m not very good at it, but I admire everyone’s beautiful quilts….so, I am trying it.
    I made a kitty quilt for my rescue kitties, a rag quilt, for my first attempt. Like I
    said I am not very good at it, but I’m going to keep trying, and I learn from my
    mistakes…and I bought a couple of your books, and watch you tutorials on utube…great
    information by the way.

    —Karen Fink on March 18, 2014
  • Started with clothing, gave it up for several years, and on,y recently have begun quilting.

    —Ann Holland on March 18, 2014
  • After sewing 99% of our family’s clothing & home décor for almost 25 years I finally took a quilting class & am looking forward to making many more quilted projects.

    —Cathy V. on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew (and continue to learn) so that I could make quilts. No one in my family sewed or quilted, so it came to me late and totally on my own. I love it and love to continue to learn different techniques. I’m even starting to do some simple designing, which is great fun!!

    —Laura on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, but not by much!

    —Beth R on March 18, 2014
  • I was introduced to sewing, but did not care for it. I love quilting!

    Dwynette Valenti on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting, I caught the affliction from my Irish grandmother at her quilt frame. She would let me do a few stitches along the edges of her very elaborate applique quilts always under close scrutiny lest my stitches grew. First sewing machine was as a Christmas present in63. first quilt in 75, then recently the quilt spirit rebloomed after my divorce. now I have 3 machines and a long arm.

    Debi C on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came before sewing because I was reading books and patterns and techniques long before I ever had a needle and thread. My mom was the seamstress of the family. If I wanted a button sewed on, leave it for mom to do. I never showed any interest and she never thought to teach me. Fast forward 40 years and I’m starting to get the quilt itch. Fast forward another 5 years and I’m buying fabric and books, and I haven’t stopped yet. I’ve made a few quilts, but as everyone else probably does the same thing, I’ve got hundreds more ‘dream quilts’ in my head to justify my fabric purchases.

    —Linda Cejnar on March 18, 2014
  • I started "sewing" clothes for my dolls in 3rd grade. Now I sew many quilts, bags, and accessories 🙂

    —Allyson Talbott on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first, but quilting has taken over now.

    —Janice on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was a teen, more than 30 years ago. I had watched my mom sew my clothes as a child. I began sewing clothing and eventually made a tied quilt for my bed. I made my sister’s prom dress and then bridesmaid dresses. There was a long period of time during which I had no sewing machine and couldn’t sew. My wonderful husband bought me a new machine for Christmas about 10 years ago. I made things for our home, quilts, and many gifts. I love sewing. I love fabric. I love creating one of a kind treasures. Now that I am retired, I have plenty of time to devote to this passion.

    —Kim on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing when I was 11 years old. I took a class with my girlfriend at the local Singer Sewing Center and we made matching dresses. I was hooked and kept on sewing, even majoring in Home Economics in college. Then I taught sewing to high school freshmen. Many years later my best friend (who had moved to another state by then)started quilting and eventually got me started. Last year I made 15 quilts for family, friends and charity. I’m so happy when I’m quilting…fun, fun, fun!

    —Sharon Clampitt on March 18, 2014
  • I am fairly new to quilting only being at for a year or so, but have been sewing doll garments for about 9 years. My maternal grandmother was a master seamstress so mom figures I must of got my sewing gene from her as mom hates sewing anything. lol

    —Cheryl Rich on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing by hand at a very young age. My folks bought me a Singer Treadle machine for my eighth birthday. I sewed clothes for myself and later my children. I did not begin quilting until my early 40s. I don’t make clothes anymore but I will always quilt!

    —Leslie Tidaback Hilmer on March 18, 2014
  • When I started wanting to make quilts I knew that I had to learn to use a sewing machine. My Mom gave me her old machine (although she was a master at sewing, I never learned it from her and she didn’t make quilts!). I started to sew with that old machine and I was just terrible at it, even though I tried like crazy. I couldn’t sew a straight line – not even one that I had drawn! My cut out pieces didn’t match each other and forget about star points; those didn’t exist at all. But,honestly – I didn’t even really care; I just loved making quilts so much. I figured that I just would improve over time. And, in fact, that’s what has happened. My points and shapes match up much more often than they did at first and each time I iron out a square and see the matching corners I am thrilled.
    And now that I know how to use a sewing machine I find that it is a very handy skill. So. Quilts first and sewing second is my story.

    —souixZea on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew making doll clothes at a very young age from my mother and grandmother. For Christmas when I was ten years old, my parents gave me a treadle sewing machine which had been reconditioned. It was a great way for a young person to learn to operate the machine. When I went to Junior High School, sewing was required as part of the Home Economics classes. I learned to make clothing for myself and continued to do so right through high school. Later when I had my own daughters, I made many of their clothes. I did not catch the quilting bug until much later. I took a class at a local craft store and have been hooked ever since. I have made countless gifts of quilts and belong to a quilt guild where we make charity quilts for such things as chemo patients, abused women and children and fidget quilts for Alzheimer’s patients. My goal is to retire so I have much more time to devote to my passion.

    —Barbara Reifsnider on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom bought a seeing machine for me when I was 30. She taught me to sew for my two young girls. I never really liked sewing on a machine, I would rather sew by hand. When my girls didn’t want homemade clothes anymore, I put my machine away. When I was 48 I took a quilting class and learned to hand piece and quilt. Well, I was hooked! The next year my husband bought me a Bernina and I learned to love machine quilting, too. Five years later, my husband bought me a Gammil and I love quilting on it. Thanks for the chance to win their book and fabric.

    —Cecilia on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first…and I hated it! I made a skirt and then a jumper and then I was done. But I still loved all of the pretty fabrics. So I asked for an inexpensive sewing machine- in case I didn’t like to sew, and began making quilts. I fell in love! I love making quilts and am now even interested in making some bags. (Still no interest in making clothes though. LOL) I also upgraded to a sewing machine with a large harp so I can machine quilt my quilts.

    —KimR on March 18, 2014
  • I bought my first sewing machine 2 months ago – and I’m hooked! The first project I completed was a baby quilt. Can’t wait to make more!

    —Tina Giles on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing clothes for years and only took up quilting a few years ago. Not sure why I did not discover it sooner considering my love affair with fabric. It gives me a high just to see the rich colors and touch, feel and stroke the textures. I love to cut up wonderful fabrics, sew them together with other wonderful fabrics and create a brand new fabric. So exciting!

    —LaVerne Mullane on March 18, 2014
  • My mother insisted that me and my sisters learn how to sew. We took 4H in grade school. When I graduated from high school she encouraged me to buy my first sewing machine and cabinet which I used for many years as my children grew up. I’m glad I learned to sew and now enjoy making quilts for my children and grandchildren.

    —Janet on March 18, 2014
  • The first thing I ever made was a set of pillowcases with my mom’s instruction. she sewed very little and was so proud that she could teach me to make something useful.

    —grace heil on March 18, 2014
  • I was smitten with the fabric/sewing/quilting bug in my preteen years! Sewing came first when I was 11 years old and learned as a member of the Clothing project in a 4-H club. I participated in making clothes to enter in the county fair and to model in the county Dress Revue. The very last time I made an outfit for the Dress Revue, I won the top prize and was selected to be a representative in the Dress Revue at the Wisconsin State Fair. Later, I made clothes for my little girls as they were growing up and loved it when Mom made things for them. About 20 years ago, I became acquainted with an experienced quilter who graciously gave me some lessons on piecing, etc. and I knew that I had found a new hobby! I still love to piece whenever I can, but now have little time for that since I became long arm quilter 7 years ago. Wow, is it ever a great addition to things I love to do! Currently, I have a thriving long arm quilting business and I also teach long arm quilting classes at large quilt shop in Phoenix, AZ too! It’s nice to earn some income to support my fabric/sewing/quilting bug!

    —Vicki Sprain on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in home economics class many decades ago, and started doing quilting with the sewing scraps shortly after that. (didn’t want to waste them!) Thanks for the fun giveaway! The book and the fabric are awesome!

    —Pam S on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since I was 10 years old, but only started quilting 25 years or so ago – how I went that long without discovering the best part of sewing is a mystery!

    —Kathy on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing was first for me. I actually started with cloth diapers, then branched out from there. Quilting was not a stretch though since my Grandmother is a gifted quilter.

    —melissa on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in 7th grade and made my 1st quilt at a class using "Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day." Then life got in the way and restarted quilting 6 years ago. Love it and would love your book!

    —Carol L. on March 18, 2014
  • First I started sewing all my kids clothes until they were in middle school. Shortly after that I shared a quilting project with my mom and I was hooked. 🙂

    —Rosalyn on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first at age 11. My nieghbor and I took a quilting class when I was 16, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I absolutley love it!The projects in the book look great would love to make all of them! Thanks for the chance.

    —Dot on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing at 7 yo, almost 50 years ago! Didn’t start quilting until I had babies but I’ve never stopped! I do lots of charity quilts that let me try out new ideas. I love the Jung’s lines and how awesome that they can all work together doing something they love.

    —Sandi w on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first many, many years ago. Now I enjoy the creativity of quilting. And I still sew some also.

    Pam K on March 18, 2014
  • I started making my own clothes when I was about 12 or 13. I made some
    doll clothes before that. Seems like I have been sewing all my life.

    —Sylvia Lutz on March 18, 2014
  • I was taught to sew when I was 11/12 years old. I learned to make clothing first. I don’t think I made my first quilt until I was married and that was just a valiant attempt to try something I’d never done before. There weren’t blogs and free tutorials…but now, I truly love when I can sew a quilt. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

    —Anita on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing before I started school. My grandmother helped me thread the needle! I don’t remember when I began making my own clothes, but I have a newspaper clipping of when I was in 6th grade and our home ec class gave a fashion show of our creations. I began quilting much later in life and I now enjoy that very much, too.

    —Charlene Frost on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first. My eldest sister -who is 12 years older than I am – gifted me an apron pattern one Christmas – taped together out of newspaper if I remember correctly, then took me shopping for fabric and thread and taught me how to make it. Many many years later – we still have that apron – purple!!!

    —Regina on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in school and later started quilting.

    Connie Campbell on March 18, 2014
  • I am 66 yrs young.Sewing came first for me. But watching my mother quilt really stuck with me I remember thinking to myself when I was little someday I will quilt and I love it now .

    —Marjorie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came before quilting for me. I learned to sew doll clothes and then in Jr. High learned to sew some clothes. I was an adult when I started to learn to quilt.

    —Susan on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing for my children when they were small. Then in 1977 I took a course on quilting. I made the children quilts, then I went back to work, that was the end of my sewing. I thought my quilting days were over. My daughter in law gave me a quilt about 10 years ago, and it gave me a bug to start quilting again. Now I am hooked and have way to many quilting projects and extra material on the go. Don’t think I will ever quit. Love it!

    —Linda Mill on March 18, 2014
  • I was a sewer first. My mom taught me how to sew and I’ve made just about everything but a man’s suit, a tuxedo and ties. My sweet daughter-in-law has a wonderful mother who got me interested in trying to quilt. I was at a very low point in life after my husband died and let’s just say that she did a great job on me. From my first steps of making a "try it out" little quilt for my daughter’s doggies to the latest "I Spy" quilt for my great grandson it has been a wonderful journey of hunting for just the right material until the last stitch in the label. I always have a few quilts in the making. One being planned, one being cut, one being pieced and one being bound.

    —Berenice on March 18, 2014
  • I taught myself to sew garments as a teenager. In the early 80s I made my first quilt, using scraps from my garments, tracing squares around a piece of cardboard and cutting out each square of fabric with scissors. I started to hand quilt it, simply outlining the squares but soon realized I would never finish at that rate, so I tied the rest. I used that quilt for years on my bed, including the first ten years of my marriage! It’s tucked in the closet now, but I love looking at it and reminiscing over the fabrics.

    —Kitty on March 18, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since 7th grade, but quilting since my early 20’s. i’ve used the charm packs in the past and work well in a variety ways by adding color and texture to my quilts. I teach now in small groups and friends. I have not stopped sewing or quilting and will continue to teach the lost arts to anyone wanting to learn.
    Moda and sponsors thank you for the opportunity to use your products.

    Joetta Gibbs on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 5. My mother taught me the basics, sewing doll cloths and then sewing for myself. We lived in a small town with one fabric store and that was before the internet. I now live in a city with many stores and online ordering! I have been sewing for over 50 years and am just starting to quilt. Its a new exciting adventure for me!

    —Tanya on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed a little for a few years, but never really liked constructing clothing. But now, quilting, that’s another story – just began 5 years ago and absolutely love it! There are just endless possibilities. I love the yummy fabrics!

    —Jeanet Wilson on March 18, 2014
  • I have taken sewing classes since high school but quilting only in the last five years, and I really enjoy applique. thanks for the give away:)

    —Barbara on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in grade school. I got away from it and always seem to come back to sewing. When I made the last comeback this christmas with a new sewing machine I made quilts from square blocks and now I am taking classes to learn other techniques.. I like to create things for project linus. If I win I might just use the stash in my next quilt.

    —Rosemary Hendley on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing in 4-H and continued in high school with Home Ec. Sewed my clothes and started making baby quilts as my friends had babies. More quilts than clothing now.

    —Rebecca O on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed before I quilted, but if my daughter has a little girl next – I will surely be sewing some cute and frilly outfits! She has a boy already, but their clothes just aren’t as fun!

    —Julie Zeigler on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in high school, making a skirt and jacket as my very first project. I had to buy my material twice because I thought you cut down the fold on the skirt pattern. Hmmmm, expensive lesson. But it didn’t deter me as I continued to sew many things. My first quilt was one I made on a treadle machine my soon to be husband bought for me at an auction. It was many years later that I started making quilts again and haven’t stopped.

    —Missy on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothes for myself as a teenager and into my adult years…and still make clothes…but now I patchwork and quilt more than making clothes…when the need arises I enjoy both.

    —Margaret Doro on March 18, 2014
  • It seems like I have always made things on the sewing machine. Little girls
    clothes, dolls, curtains, then quilts. When I retired a friend invited me to a quilt guild. Now I am completely hooked. I love it.

    —Tina Lott on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up learning to sew garments. I didn’t begin quilting until age 64. Never too late to learn!

    —Judy Durant on March 18, 2014
  • As a little girl my mom taught me to sew. It wasn’t until after college that a friend introduced me to a small quilting group in rural Vermont and that was it. I’ve been quilting for almost 20 years!!

    —Kim Kerschl on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first but can’t compete with my new found love; quilting!

    —Darby on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in middle school home ec class. After that I didn’t sew much more than a hem or button. A few years ago I got tired of waiting for my quilty older sister to make me a quilt, so when I came across some fabric that I just had to have, I decided to try to make my own lap quilt. I did all of the piecing by hand (no sewing machine) and hand tied it. Shortly after completing that that 1st quilt, a friend gave me her old sewing machine and I am now working on quilt number 10. yay, I think I am addicted. dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

    —Linda S on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing and cooking at my Grandma’s knee, literally. I remember being just a child sitting on the kitchen counter helping Grandma cook. The same was with sewing. I would stand beside her at the sewing machine watching her join pieces she had just cut. I loved to watch the pieces come together to make the piece. As she sewed she planted words of wisdom in my young mind as well. Grandma has been gone for a very long time but still I remember her kindness, her patience with me and her words of wisdom.

    —Pat Whiddon on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was 7 or 8, and could take it or leave it. However, that all changed after my first quilting class when I was 23. I am passionate about quilting! It energizes me and helps me relieve stress.

    —Stacy on March 18, 2014
  • I learned from my Grandmother when I was very young how to sew.
    She would not let me use her sewing machine at first, because she was afraid I would get hurt. She bought me my first sewing machine when I was a very young teen. She also taught me the love of quilting. She left me several Quilt tops to finish. I Love Quilting thanks to my sweet Grandmother.

    Celeste Worthy on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first. My mom taught me about age 9, and I sewed clothes for my dolls. I didn’t start quilting until about 10 years ago, but after a couple of small quilts, I ventured to other crafts, until a couple of years ago.

    —Piroska on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. We were on a tight budget as young marrieds and with lots of little ones, I started sewing play outfits for my children. I continued to progress and learn as I honed my skills, and the last thing I sewed in clothing was a gown for a Christmas dance for one of my daughters. Once I was past that, I started quilting and became really hooked on it. As I write this, there is a quilt top on my great room floor, waiting to be pieced and then quilted. Loved what I saw of the book and the fabric is so colorful… right up my alley! Hope I’m a winner!!!

    —Carol on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in high school. It was fun to make a dress that no one else had. That lead to sewing for my family, and then finally to quilting, my current passion for the last two years. I’ve been at it for 47 years now!

    —Susan Stanton on March 18, 2014
  • I have been crafty all my life, but fell in love with quilting 6 years. Love it!

    —Nikki Moshier on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing at twelve. My mother was a professional seamstress, she made wedding gowns,that’s how she met my dad. When I made a mistake she would make me unpick everything and start over. It’s surprising that I still enjoy sewing. Now I make quilts for grand kids and crochet around flannel ones for great grands to come.

    —Lynn J on March 18, 2014
  • I have been sewing for many years now making everything from prom dresses and wedding gowns to boat covers and coach bus bras but it has been just recently I fell head over heals in love with quilting.

    —Trudy Adamek on March 18, 2014
  • I started out making doll clothes when I was 6 from my mom’s fabric scraps from clothes she used to make me and my siblings. I made my first quilt at the age of 12. I made dolls for many years.

    —Sadie Long on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing my own clothes in high school, also sewed for my children. I had amassed a lot of left over fabric. I also made doll clothes for my daughter and other relatives. A few years ago I was thinking if there was something I could make for Christmas presents, and decided to make quilted potholders. I graduated to lap quilts, and table toppers, and just finished a quilt for our bed!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Diantha Howard on March 18, 2014
  • For several years I would cut out quilts for my mother to piece. After my mother passed away, my four sisters and I all got into quilting. At that time I was about 41. Now there is only four of us girls left, but the quilting is going strong. It helps knowing that if my mother and sister were still here they would be quilting up a storm. Gives me motivation to try more challenging projects.

    Brenda Burden on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first but as soon as I discovered quilting it completely took over my life.

    —Linda Webster on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me to make quilts for my doll bed when I was 5, using scraps from quilts she had made and sewing by hand. Eventually I learned how to use a sewing machine and my aunt taught me how to make garments using patterns. I’m now almost 59 and have been sewing for 54 years. I love making quilts, garments, bags, but I especially love sewing beautiful little dresses.

    —Debbie on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in high school, but found the joy of quilting a year ago. This year I started designing my own quilts and I have found such joy in finishing them!

    —Bridgette on March 18, 2014
  • I took a sewing class at the local Sears in Junior high but never finished the project due to a broken wrist. I picked things up a g ain as I went to college by making bolsters for my room from the instructions in a Readers Digest Guide to Sewing. Ten years later, I needed a project to do with my sister to pull her out of a funk and spotted Quick Cut quilts at half-price books. We tackled a quilt for our mom without knowing what we were doing. We finished it but it was a learning process (pre internet) that took a while. I paused a bit but picked quilting up as a passion after doing a Jessica J.E. Smith mystery class and have been creating with fabric ever since!

    —Laura Wimberley on March 18, 2014
  • The summer of 1964, I learned to coordinate my great grandmothers foot pedal on the treadle sewing machine. While Great G’ma Hannah was the seamstress in the family, I created the quilts to cover everyone’s beds.

    Now when the electricity falters, I just move to the treadle, lighting the kerosene lamp along the way and keep on stitching!

    —Ann B on March 18, 2014
  • Started sewing when about 6 or 7 years old, first by hand and then with machine. Came from a long line of quilters and seamstresses. Can remember when they used to have Barbie clothes printed on fabric to cut out and sew. Made clothes for myself in high school and began trying to quilt in about 1979 – did not work out so well – not until the advent (or my discovery) of rotary cutters did I try again. Got more involved in about 1996 and learned the magic of having an actual quarter inch foot — and I have not stopped since then. I have won prizes and even have a quilt in a magazine (even tho it was a group effort as part of the ultimate guild challenge). My dream is to one day strike it rich and be able to afford a long-arm. Through all my years of various hobbies – painting, cake decorating, crafting, etc. – I never thought I would fall in love with a hobby that involved ironing. 🙂

    —Diane Burgin on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 10 and I sewed all my own clothes and even shirts for my husband and clothes for my three kids. When I moved to the US eleven years ago, my interest in quilting was ignited when I saw quilting magazines and books in Barnes and Noble. I try to go to my sewing room to either do some quilting or sewing several times a week. It is my happy place.

    —Bridget on March 18, 2014
  • Over the past 20 years or so, I taught myself how to quilt by looking at lots of books and magazines and studying other people’s quilts. It’s only been since I retired that I’ve gotten some serious quilting done. It brings me so much joy. It’s exciting to see the whole quilt come together. I love bright happy scrappy quilts.

    —Chris on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing in the 6th grade and made my own clothes all through high school and college. When I heard about a beginning quilting class over 20 years ago, I was thrilled! By that time I had given up on sewing clothes for myself, but still wanted to sew. It didn’t take long before I was hooked on quilting!

    —Karen M on March 18, 2014
  • I took sewing classes in high school ( as did every girl in those days), but didn’t begin sewing a lot until I was a young mother in my early twenties. Have been sewing and then quilting every since.

    —Marlene Hahn on March 18, 2014
  • When I was 11, my mother signed me up for sewing classes at the Singer store in our city’s shopping mall, and drove me there and home. What a nice thing she did for me! Before that, as a kindergartener, I’d hand sewn a "papoose" for one of my dolls, out of a piece of blue velvet Mom had on hand, and took it to school to show my teacher, who was warm, kind, and encouraging. (We’d been discussing a bit of Native American history at school.) After the lessons, I made tops, dresses, bags, and a pink polyester gingham jumper for my little sister. In 2002, I took a local beginning quilting class, and was immediately in love with playing with fabric and designs! It makes me happy!

    —Julie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me – my mom sewed most of our clothes and hers too! I remember her sitting at the sewing machine most afternoons when we would come home from school. She taught all three of us kids and my daughter. I love being able to sew, it allows such a freedom for me – thanks for a chance to participate

    —Jennifer Essad on March 18, 2014
  • At 10 years old, I learned to sew. I started learning how to quilt about two decades later.

    —Sharon Carbine on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothing as a young girl and made many of my own clothes for many years. In college I discovered theater costume construction, which eventually became my career. I began quilting in 1995 and quickly became totally addicted.

    Julie in GA on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first in my life. I learned to sew in 4H as a young girl. I sewed my clothes for school through college and then sewed for three small children as a mother of two boys and one girl. I now sew for two granddaughters and three grandsons. I am learning to quilt thanks to my sister-in-law who moved close to me a few years ago. I love to make baby quilts and donate them to a free clinic. I know they are needed and appreciated. I will always sew, the joy and happiness it brings to everyone is so worthwhile. One of my fondest memories is when I sewed my wedding dress and my mom and soon to be mother-in-law sewed the beads onto the dress. That was 46 years ago.

    —Blanche Lozar on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at a very early age. I have been quilting for about 10 or 12 years and am totally addicted. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Nancy on March 18, 2014
  • I was taught to sew by the County Extension Agent when I was 12. I would climb 3 flights of stairs with my little white FeatherWeight. I was so proud of that green with blue dotted Swiss dress, set in sleeves and zipper. I made most of my clothes from that time forward. I lived with my Grandmother while in college and to unwind after classes she would have me sit and quilt with her at the 1×2 C-clamp frame in her living room. I did not take up quilting again until my children wouldn’t let me sew for them anymore. I have been quilting since 1998 and taught a quilting class at church for 8 years based on experience gained making that first quilt. I am proud to say that there are at least 40+ additional quilters due to my efforts.

    —Cy on March 18, 2014
  • My Mom taught me how to sew when I was very young. I used to sew dresses for my Barbie doll. I even made dresses for beanie babies. I have been quilting for the last 15 years. I love learning new techniques and taking classes.

    —Deb T on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came several years before quilting. As my friends at my favorite quilt shop remind me often – they knew I would get the quilt bug!

    —Tina on March 18, 2014
  • Always love Moda fabrics. The new line would be perfect for the pleated pillow with a matching lap quilt.

    —Lynne on March 18, 2014
  • I started with sewing. I made my clothes all through high school and when I got married, made our sons clothes, too. I discovered quilting about 18 years ago and fell in love!

    —Sherill V on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing doll clothes when I was about 6, then went on to make my own clothes as a teenager. Quilting entered my life when I was in my mid twenties after I started noticing beautiful old quilts in antique shops and I decided I could make one myself. Now, 39 years later, I’m still at it!

    —Susan K. on March 18, 2014
  • Brand-new quilter. Have made three quilt tops in the last couple of weeks, and love it!

    —Kathy Smith on March 18, 2014
  • First came sewing little white bags that held weights for custom made draperies!! Age 3 no less! Then anything in the drapery shop that looked like it would make great clothes! At age 16 I had a business making evening gowns for military wives and wedding and prom gowns. Now since my birthday was just a few days ago and I have turned 60 but have a spirit of a 20 yr old, I quilt alot!!

    —PigglyWiggly on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at a young age. With all the left overs from sewing and being an InteriorDesigner I just had to. So a new sewing machine that was not 44 years old I started to quilt. And it was on my bucket list. So like it. Is therapy for me. I pieced my first quilt and am now quilting it myself. Fellow quilters say I am nuts but if you are a quilter you quilt not just piece. I would so like this to make a few laps for some Veteran woman at King Home

    —Jewels Sowers on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at the age of 8, then made my first quilt as a senior in High school, to take to college. My great grandma did all her quilts by hand and I was able to get her frames and made many quilts on them until I got a long-arm in 2008.I have quilted 180 since then.

    —Sandy Lai on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing doll clothes by hand, then on a treadle, got me started. Then I sewed toaster and blender covers, pajamas, simple kitchen curtains, pillow covers and clothes for me! Now, decades later, I am a beginner quilter. The hardest part is picking the fabrics. And I admire you women who seem to be able to whip up a quilt over a weekend!

    —Rose D. on March 18, 2014
  • actually beading came first for me, my great grandmother used to hand bead wedding and miss america gowns and she taught me how to bead and then to sew, quilting is a recent transition im making and really enjoying the learning process!

    —Jennifer on March 18, 2014
  • actually sewing came first, grandmother taught me to sew and knit, then i was old enough to start in factories, became an industrial stitcher, than my sons came along and started making quilts and clothes for them, the rest is history, just made my first quilt by hand after 42 years stitching them on machines. took 5 months to make an oversized hexie, goes to the floor and over the pillows! still figuring out how to quilt it!!

    —grace on March 18, 2014
  • My mom taught me to sew when I was young, and now in my early 30’s I am rocking the baby quilts for my friends’ little ones on the vintage Pfaff my aunt passed on to me after college. I love the Moda fabrics and my newly discovered passion for free-motion quilting!! It’s just like freestyle drawing with thread!!

    —Virginia Thompson on March 18, 2014
  • My mom sewed when I was very little and I watched her in awe at about age 4. She was making a pretty yellow sundress for me and I kept wanting her to finish it. Then one day my baby sister walked up and fascinated by the moving needle, stuck her finger under it. Well off we went to the hospital, and with 4 kids around, that was the end of my mom’s sewing career forever, (true story)! But then I got to learn how to sew in high school home ec. class and I made a skirt. I’ve been sewing ever since, both for a company and making my kids clothes. Then in approx. 2009 I rekindled my friendship with one of my home ec class buddies who’d moved back into the area. I’d been friends with her and her family for years as my neighbors. Well, they taught me quilting and I’ve been head over heals for quilting from that day on!

    —Jen F on March 18, 2014
  • I remember being a young girl when my mother and grandmother was hand quilting a quilt that was on this huge frame in the front bedroom. They finally let me try a few stitches (I’m sure they removed the later) even though I was so little that I had to push the needle through and then get under the quilt to push it back up. After I got older I started sewing in high school but still didn’t do much until a couple of years ago. My husband bought me a sewing machine so I could alter his jeans. I then made a few things for myself. I started quilting about a year ago when I found out that I was to become a grammy for the third time. I had to quit working two years ago due to debilitating arthritis so I needed something I could work on a little at a time…quilting…and I love it!

    —Rhonda on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first

    —Debi Tisdale on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing learned to sew by hand and sewing machine when I was a young girl. Just started to quilt, still learning have only made small squares to crochet together.

    —Kathy Jenks on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first in Home Ec. class but I was not really interested at the time. Quilting came years later when I had lost my job of 32 years and my neighbor mentored me in the fine art of quilting. Now I love to sew and quilt… daily.

    —Barb S. on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first, for the practical stuff, and then quilting for the pretty stuff.

    —jessicak on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew for quite a few years before I made my first tied quilt. Then I gave up quilting for about 45 years and just focused on sewing. Now I have the "bug" and can’t stop quilting.

    Lorene S on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my sister in-law when I was 12 years old. My quilting journey came much later in my life. I quilt all of the time now and still make clothes for the little girls in my life. I just love to sew….

    —Jackie on March 18, 2014
  • I took my first quilting class about 30 years ago. Back then everything was done by hand, cutting, piecing and quilting. It took a long time to make a quilt. When my baby was born, I just didn’t have the time, so I gave it up. I’ve been wanting to get back into over the years. Then last year, for my birthday, my husband bought me a sewing machine and I took a couple of classes. It’s amazing how quickly you can make a quilt top, but I still enjoy quilting by hand.

    —marian on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing last fall when my husband was finally admitted to a treatment center for PTSD. He’s a Vietnam era veteran with no history of substance abuse so it was harder for him to be taken in to the program than others with a higher level of need. We were happy he finally got to go. Anyhow, after my heart surgery and a couple years of challenges with the c word and then his admission to a long awaited program, I started sewing and moved into quilting to keep my mind busy and spirits high while he was away for a couple months. I can attest to the fact it works. I have five quilt tops in line for borders and quilting and finished quilting and binding my first one today. I’ve made several bags and other small projects. My husband is showing a lot of interest in doing this too. He’s got a great eye for color and has repaired some things in the past that show a talent for sewing. I think I have another quilter in the family here! Everyone should start quilting at 60! Love your fabrics and projects. Can’t wait to get my hands on your book. Ordering it soon. Keep up the great work. It is certainly appreciated!

    —Deb W on March 18, 2014
  • When very small, I sewed by machine and hand doll clothes. Later, Barbie came out-too old to play with her, so I made clothes by hand for a little girl I babysat for. At 13 I made sundresses for baby adopted cousin. I made clothes in FHA in High School. I sewed when in the work world , but discount stores were cheaper than making clothes. I began quilting in 2002 when a quilt shop opened in town, I was then my parents caregiver and my father said go for it-sadly-I was working on a flannel rag quilt for him when he passed away-I finished it and its one of my favorites. I haven’t stopped since

    —Jill Meador on March 18, 2014
  • Growing up, my mom sewed my clothes – whatever we needed and couldn’t afford! Shortly before I got married, she started quilting and a couple years later I joined her. Although I still don’t like sewing curves and garments . . .I love quilting and we sew together with 6-7 other ladies every Thursday!! We love sewing day!

    —Melody Mitchell on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing back in junior high, I took Furture Homemakers of America and fell in love with making my own duffle bags and placemates and napkins. From there I got married and took care of all my husbands Military Uniform tailoring needs. He even had friends coming over to have their uniforms fixed. I would make dresses for my girls and shorts for my boys. Been making my hubby "manly" aprons for BBQ’ing. Recently I have taken up quilting and I am having a blast with picking out fabrics and patterns. Thank you for all the inspiration your site offers!!

    —Carrie L Chapman on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing at age 6. I went to my next for neighbors house where a Simplicity pattern was laid out and pinned to black and white checked gingham. I could not take my eyes off of this intriguing mystery. My brain was struck right then and there with fabric love! I began laying my Barbies on fabric and traced around them. I quickly learned about ease and seaming (the hard way). All stitching was by hand. When I was 10, my grandmother gave me her old treadle Singer and I learned all by myself how to operate that machine, including how far to stop before the end of a seam as the machine kept sewing until the treadle completely stopped motion. I began to make some simple skirts for myself. And then came junior high Home Economics class where I wouldn’t miss a day of school just so I could sew on a better machine. Later in high school I designed and made prom dresses for my girl friends as well as a few jobs for community adults. I went on to UNC-Greensboro and majored in home economics education with a concentration in Clothing and Textiles. I taught for 22 years before entering administration. I’m now teaching quilting classes to adults. Sewing is truly in my blood!

    Elizabeth Heal on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew clothes the summer before 7th grade in a class taught at the local sewing machine shop. I fell in love with quilting about 45 years later when I saw a couple of beautiful quilts and realized I already had the basic sewing skills and "just" needed to learn the color management.

    —Margery on March 18, 2014
  • Quilting came first. I never knew how to sew until I learned to quilt. Quilting opened up a whole new wonderful world for me.

    —Monica Gerhart on March 18, 2014
  • I first began by trying my hand at simple sewing patterns. But when I was in a fire, and spent some time in a burn unit, I went home and taught myself how to quilt to make blankets for children at the hospital. I won Craft for a Cause from Joann’s Fabrics with my very first children’s quilt. And I’ve been sewing and quilting ever since. It was an absolute blessing in disguise.

    —Teresa W on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I started sewing at age 5. We had a knee pedal on the old Domestic machine, so even though my feet didn’t touch the ground, I was allowed to sew using scraps from the scrap bag. I’ve loved fabric and sewing ever since. I took up quilting years later.

    LeAnn Frobom on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I was curious about my mother using that old Kenmore straight stitch machine. So in Girl Scouts I took a sewing class at a Singer Sewing Store which led to a high school sewing class, then on to studying Home Economics in college. I taught school for 35 years, including a stint teaching 4th & 6th grade, but never abandoning my first love of sewing. I don’t know at which point I started quilting as I didn’t see it as much different from sewing. Now that I’m retired I still do both but have taken several quilting classes both in quilt stores and on-line to expand my skills. I have discovered that I don’t generally follow patterns, unless it’s to learn a particular technique and once I’ve learned a technique I move on to another. I have several ideas for quilts I want to do but they will be original designs.

    —Rosemary on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing first; then many years later i picked up the quilting bug. My grandmother bought me my first sewing machine when my daughter turned 3; shes now 26! I enjoyed making dresses and summer outfits for her; as well as making things for my home. 3 years ago my cousin started quilting and she showed me it wasn’t that hard to do; as I hadn’t touched a machine in years. Life sometimes gets too busy to sit back and enjoy making things! Now I have the quilting bug and have 3 machines( all given to me)! how lucky can one be! and I have to steel shelving units full of material just itching to be in my next quilt!!!

    —Linda Dixon on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first. I made dresses for my girls when they were little. Quilting started after I retired. My dream is to teach my granddaughters to sew.

    —Marilyn on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed before I learned to quilt, but now it’s mainly quilting.

    —gail on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first but not by much 🙂

    Nita on March 18, 2014
  • My first sewing project was a pincushion when I was a Brownie in second grade. My next foray ino sewing was middle school home ec, where I made some cool miniskirts and a groovy velvet blazer! LOL! After that, I set it all aside and got on with my life.

    Fast forward 15+ years, which brought me to the birth of my first child. Halloween costumes, baby items, etc. were next on the list, but not for long. Many moves meant curtains, duvets, pillows and other items for the kids’ rooms. Unfortunately, my sewing machine decided to retire itself and I wasn’t able to replace it until just a few years ago.

    When I purchased my new machine, I thought I would give quilting a try. Who knew that I would enjoy it? It’s been a fun ride with all the different types of sewing I’ve tried, and I’m ready to continue learning on my new machine!

    —Diane C on March 18, 2014
  • I started quilting in 2007. No one in my family was a quilter or a seamstress so I had never been exposed. I didn’t really think it was for me, only "old" ladies did that. One of my friends (She was 21, hardly old) asked me to come to a quilting class with her. I tried to explain to the instructor that I didn’t sew and she asked if I could sew a straight line. I said I would try, was overwhelmed but appreciated the challenge and creativity it offered. Two quilts later, I was hooked and have continued to quilt ever since. I’m looking forward to encouraging my daughters to try quilting as an outlet for their creativity. I love it because it’s relaxing and it makes me smile.

    —Allyson D on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing after I got married to make tablecloths and curtains for my home. I’d always wanted to quilt so as soon as my job allowed enough free time, I began quilting. I love it! It feeds my soul!

    —Just J on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing with an antique children’s sewing machine that my Mom gave me. It was very sweet, and I have loved to sew ever since. My tastes have totally gone to quilting now.

    —Heather Zylstra on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing first; I started playing with doll clothes, then around 12-13 began sewing simple things on Mom’s machine. I took Home Ec in high school and really got interested. Retired now, but still sewing after all these years!

    —Teckla Buller on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing for my kiddos came first for me, then home dec….and finally Quilting ! Can’t get enough of it or the yummy fabrics that we get to play with.

    —DeeDee on March 18, 2014
  • Like many others, I started sewing first in high school. I made all my clothes for years, then my daughters clothes. My quilting friend gave me a subscription to a quilting magazine as a gift. I couldn’t be bothered. Didn’t even make good bathroom reading for me at the time. I now have bee quilting for about 10 years. I have gotten an embroidery machine to enhance my quilts, then a long arm. I now have all my mechanical toys but can never have too much fabric or books. Love the new ideas!

    —Anita on March 18, 2014
  • I started out using the sewing maching as a ticket maker. I loved that you could perforate the paper to make tickets for play! I graduated to putting thread in the machine and simple sewing of bags,eventually sewing my own clothes. Quilting became a passion about twenty years ago and I still marvel at all the patterns that are designed, the tools that have allowed us to be more accurate.

    Amie on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me to hand sew a bonnet for my doll when I was five; that’s how things were done in her day. My aunt sat with me some afternoons and set me up with embroidery at age six, so that I would be busy while she watched ‘the Millionaire’ on TV. I was so thrilled to have that embroidery; little cherries transferred on cotton and pink and green threads! She taught me the stem stitch. My Mom got a sewing machine when I was eleven but she hated it so I was allowed to use it; first altering and repairing then making clothes for my mom, younger sister and myself with new fabric. Girls used to study home economics from grade six and that included learning to sew. I decided to make a quilt when my first child was born in 1972; it wasn’t finished until many years later. I currently have suitcases and bins full of tops and parts of tops that I hope may be nice finished quilts some day but I perpetually start new things when I get ideas anyway. The only clothing construction I do lately is for Barbie; a bit of fabric goes so far with her and she never complains about my designs! I work a lot with others’ scraps and fabulous thrift store and yard sale fabrics otherwise I would never afford myself. Once in a while I break up the sewing with crochet on an afghan. Have a great day!

    —Janice on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child, mostly utilitarian. Started quilting in my 50’s. Don’t know why it took so long, maybe I was afraid I couldn’t do it.

    —Gina on March 18, 2014
  • My older sister taught me how to sew clothing on an old treadle sewing machine. Wish I still had it; it was the best straight stitcher ever!
    Sewed all my own clothing into my 30’s; then sewed sporadically until my BFF & I started a chenille potholder project to make money for a non-profit, no kill cat shelter which is still going strong today – 8 years later. Working with all the colorful cotton fabrics got me interested in quilting so when I retired several years ago, I signed up for quilting classes & found I absolutely loved it! Can’t imagine my life without quilting and all the wonderful friends I met through it!

    —Carol Gearey on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first on a hand crank chain stitch "toy" machine that came with my Mom’s Featherweight. Barbie clothes were my first projects. I moved on to using and owning that Featherweight. I now sew all my clothes and quilt…hardly ever use that Featherweight, but will never give it up!

    —collette mcmanus on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing as a child – my mother taught me. It wasn’t until her death that I started to quilt. She had fabric scraps that brought back memories of my childhood: dresses; costumes; pajamas. I wanted to pass on these scraps of memories to her grandchildren, so began constructing quilts incorporating some of those fabrics.

    —Jane Larke on March 18, 2014
  • Quilter for many years. However have never used charm packs or jelly rolls or any precut packs. Thanks for chance to win one.

    —marie on March 18, 2014
  • I started when I was 10 and in 4H. I quilted on my Grandmother’s quilt about that time also. She let all her grands quilt if you wanted to. I started quilting in late 1990’s and have been quilting ever since.
    Love the Sweet and Simple Sewing; the quilt on the front is really awesome.

    —Nancy of IN on March 18, 2014
  • Have been sewing for many years and finally have time to start quilting.

    —Sherri fisher on March 18, 2014
  • I say "sewing" as I had home economics in high school for four years. There was a sewing project each year. My sewing skills were not so good and I never used or wore anything I "sewed in school." But I had fun. I loved the patterns, the fabric textures, colors, and the "visions" I did embroidery for years. I still love fabric, patterns, colors, stitching, sewing machines, and quilting. Visions.

    —carol on March 18, 2014
  • I did the Home Ec class in junior high and liked it but didn’t continue after that.
    9 years ago I had some surgery and realized I didn’t have a good hobby. I started sewing again (scrub jackets and bags)and slowly evolved into quilt making. Can’t imagine life without my machine and fabrics!

    —Leslie T on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first in the Tween years…and continues…..added quilting about 25-30 years ago…petting fabric is what it is all about!

    —ConnieG on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew first, my grandmother taught me on her treadle machine. Since I am tall, I was able to make myself pants that fit perfectly. Now I quilt mainly, but I also sew items for my grandchildren

    —Terri Tresise on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was about 12 at a girl’s camp, and sewed for many years when I got my first sewing machine in my 30’s. I still sew, but now I sew for charity for a Yahoo group, World of Charity Stitching.

    —Peggy Gibbs on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing clothes for myself and then for my family. I took and a Quilting class about fifteen years ago and I was hooked. Now I quilt more than I sew. Thank You for the Great Give a way

    —Sharon Ingalls on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first. At 5 years old I would stand on the chair behind my mother as she sewed. To get me to stop, she put me in front of the machine and said sew. I did.

    —AnnCP on March 18, 2014
  • Growing up both grandmas done quilting and some sewing, unfortunatly I didn’t learn from them. I mostly taught myself from general knowledge and trial and error. I sewed small projects like pillows, bags and stuffies off and on since about 5th grade. A few years ago after the passing of my oldest brother I did a t-shirt quilt from his harley shirts for my nephew. I have since made another t-shirt quilt for my church Greer Mill Church that was auctioned off to benefit Bikers For Christ, a not knowing what I was doing quilt with horses for my niece, and a thow for my sister-in-law (only one using a actual pattern). I have sewn several purses, baby taggies and microwave bowl potholder. Oh no! I believe I have a fabric fedish.

    —Jada Hughes on March 18, 2014
  • I took sewing lessons in 1970 at age 11 at a local Singer store. I sewed for 10 years before I started piecing comforters and then quilting.

    —Marianne on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed before quilting – and have been quilting since the late 70s.

    —Carol on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing has been a nearly life-long passion for me. I started with designing and making simple clothes for my Barbie doll at age 11. When our kids were little, I would go to the "better" department store in our small city and draw sketches of the cute kid’s clothes offered for sale there (that I could not afford to buy!) and then make my own versions of them. I also made most of my own clothes and many things over the years for our home. Five years ago when I retired, I began the quilting leg of the sewing journey – and I’m hopelessly hooked!

    —Margaret Lawrence on March 18, 2014
  • I started making most of my own clothes in middle school (late ’60s.) After I married I took a quilting (hand) class at a craft store but didn’t make anything else. I still have the pillow. A few years ago I went to the Houston Quilt Festival and became interested in quilting again but children and other crafts kept me busy. Now the I am retired and started machine quilting for my grandkids. What fun!

    —Jeanette on March 18, 2014
  • I learned to sew in Home Ec in High School. Quilting came years later, after I had my second child. I’ve sewn a lot of miles on my machine, but quilting is where my heart is.

    Jocelyn on March 18, 2014
  • Have always been attracted to fabric and all things handmade.Requested a sewing machine for my bat mitzvah.Started quilting 7 years ago. Now that I am retired from my "serious" professsion,have started to do both consistently, having the time, that I lacked in the past.

    —Rivka Hamdani on March 18, 2014
  • I severely broke my leg 13 years ago and needed a hobby. I remembered how fun I thought sewing was when I was younger so I decided to give quilting a try. I love it!!! I’m amazed how fabric designers can continually create such great fabric. Your fabric and patterns look so fresh and spring like something we are longing for at this time of the year. Thank you!!

    —Cindy Horan on March 18, 2014
  • I sewed long before quilting but I do love quilting now!

    —sue c on March 18, 2014
  • I started hand sewing doll clothes for my Ginny doll at the age of 8. My husband surprised me with a Kenmire sewing machine on our first anniversary in 1973. I taught myself how to sew while we were in Biloxi, MS where he attended Air Force Tech School. In 1976 I made my first quilt for my baby niece using the Holly Hobbie Bi-Centennial embroidery patterns. After that it’s been quilts all the way. I adore charm squares-less time cutting. More time creating lovely quilts. Thanks for asking!

    —Laurel Smith on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing clothes for my Ginny doll came first when I was about 7. Through the years I made clothes, costumes and curtains for my four daughters. In my late 50’s I got hooked on quilting while making a CA king quilt. Loved it! Still do! Love fabric, and the endless possibilities! ♡

    —Linda on March 18, 2014
  • My sewing years did not start off the best. My mom was a wonderful seamstress who tried teaching me as a teenager without much luck. Then 8th grade sewing class I attempted to make a shirt and lets just say that it couldn’t even be used as a costume. I didn’t go near a sewing machine again until I was in my early 30’s and decided to make summer dresses for my young daughter; which I am happy to say came out just fine. Then about 5 years later I made my first quilt. A queen size of all HST. And worse, I didn’t know what a rotary cutter was or a mat so every 4inch square was cut with scissors. Oh my goodness. In the last 15 years or so, I have come a long way with my quilting skills; made many bed quilts and other projects. Best of all, I actually know what a rotary cutter is and how to use it correctly.

    —Cathie on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me —- I joined 4-H @ 10 years old & have sewn (&quilted) ever since. Of course, I had a break & didn’t quilt w/young kids, but got back to it about 15 years ago. I am retired now, can quilt whenever the mood strikes & also belong to a great local guild. In fact, I am one of the founding members of this guild & we will be celebrating our 11th year in April 2014. I hope the renaissance we are seeing in quilting continues, it should not become a lost art.

    —Dianna Smith on March 18, 2014
  • From a young child in the 1950’s I watched my grandmother sewing for many hours, by hand and on her treadle sewing machine – teenage boys would come to her house in Nottingham ENgland to have their trousers tapered to the Teddy Boy style of ‘drainpipe trousers’ very tight, which was the trend at that time. My mother did sewing on a hand crank sewing machine and worked from home doing piece work sewing zips into stationery cases and make-up cases. She made a couple of dresses for me as a young child, and she always spent Friday nights mending by handsewing and darning – beit sheets, socks, underwear, shirts, blouses, pajamas or whatever needed mended she would be mending by hand on Fridays. I always wanted to sew and it was not long before I could sew. I still have the needle case that I made at the age of 5 at school – in green gingham fabric with cross stitches on the front. I have loved sewing my whole life and made my own clothes as a teenager and young woman, then my childrens clothes, nieces and nephews clothes, then my grandchildren’s pajamas and dresses. When my first granddaughter Tess was born 9 years ago I made my first quilt. I have wanted to make quilts my whole life and now I make them all the time. Just finished my 4th grandchild’s twin size quilt. I make children and baby quilts all the time for the local women’s shelter. I am grateful for my healthy happy daughters and their children and so I pay forward to those less fortunate in their situation.

    —Pauline on March 18, 2014
  • I learnt to sew in school, which was not good! Years later, I took sewing courses in night school and started making some of my own cloths and then about 8 years ago I joined our quilt guilde in town and have loved it ever since!

    —Judy on March 18, 2014
  • My grandmother showed me how to hand piece a nine patch when I was about nine. A few years later I started making my own clothes but it was maybe forty years later that I went back to quilting.

    —OHSue on March 18, 2014
  • From the beginning in highschool on an old foot treadle sewing machine that constantly tangled and knotted and broke thread which left me no desire to continue this form of art….to borrowing sewing machines in college to make special dresses for my self and friends and learning this is fun when the machine works…to the purchasing of my own machine,sewing for my girls when little with matching outfits for me…supplying finished products for a craft store…including a 5 foot stuffed Santa for a radio give-away…to beginning quilting. Wish I had more time as this is fun!

    —Esther Searcy on March 18, 2014
  • I began sewing much before I discovered quilting–my mother got me started and then I joined the neighborhood 4-H group as a special member because I was too young–but it got me started. Then many years later my mother-in-law got me interested in quilting–she thought I should give it a try and she started me out with a new sewing machine and I was off and running–and haven’t stopped yet.

    —Caroline Lincoln on March 18, 2014
  • Like most everyone else I started sewing in high school. I made myself a few things and then when my kids came along I made them clothes. In 1995 I made my first granddaughter, then 3 years old, a quilt. I have been quilting for 18 years now and love everything about it. The book and the charm pack would be a great win!

    —Margie B on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing (I remember my maternal Grandma putting my tiny hands down on the treadle part of her machine so I could help while she was sewing a nightgown for me –my mother told me I wasn’t three years old yet. I was a bit older when I was handed a needle and thread and squares of fabric to stitch together. I had to take it out and start over several times. My first quilting/sewing adventure came at about age 8 –my paternal Grandma started to teach me fancy embroidery stitches back when I was 5 and at age 8 she let me help her do some repairs to her wedding crazy quilt that she had made out of cigar wrap silk and wool and silk velvets. I still remember how proud I was to learn that I was the only child ever allowed to help on that quilt –I heard that from my aunt Soup (her name was Myrtle and Dad had called her Turtle as a kid and they settled on Sister Soup before they were done. It is only in the past nine years or so that I can say I have really gotten into quilting.

    —Wilma Bland on March 18, 2014
  • I grew up in a big family with a mom who sewed most of our clothes. Her mom was a beautiful quilter using the patterns from the KC Star. I had great models and began sewing very early.
    My first garment was an apron and I sewed lots of garments before starting to quilt, and wish I had learned more from my mom who died of breast cancer at age 50, but both she and my gramma instilled the love of creating with fabric.

    —Donna Timm on March 18, 2014
  • As a teenager, sewing was a required class in Jr. High School. I used my Mother’s Singer Featherweight and loved to sew clothes. Quilting was the next step many years later. Thanks for sharing the Jung family and their new book along with their new fabric line.

    —Janet on March 18, 2014
  • I first learned to sew clothes but was never happy with the results but in my teens learned to make quilts.

    —Diane P on March 18, 2014
  • Sewing came first many years ago, sewed and tailored many of my clothes, then little outfits for my daughters then it went by the wayside. Now it’s the quilting bug for me; love these charm packs and have confidence in the moda brand that it makes up a quality project.
    cheers.
    Carol

    —Carol on March 18, 2014
  • Started embeoidery (hand) at age 8. sewing om machine at age 20, then went extensively into dressmaking. Also drapes & upholstery. After I retired at age 67 I took a beginning quilting class and was obsessed by 3rd class.
    Beasutiful fun fabrics

    caroline Rohrer on March 18, 2014
  • I started sewing at high school but only recently got into quilting and love it. I find it very relaxing and so easy to take little pieces with me to do when I have a few minutes.

    Donna Coombes on March 19, 2014
  • I have sewn for many years, starting in high school and continuing in 4-H, including entering projects in the local fairs.
    When my first child was born I made all the layette clothing for him, as well as my own maternity clothing.
    I became interested in quilting as a way to memorialize my son that was killed in an accident 2 years previous. I wanted to make keepsake quilts from his shirts for family members..namely his siblings, nieces, nephews (that were very young. So I joined a quilt class offered by the local Community Education Program. It has snowballed, & I am addicted to fabric, thread, embroidery, patterns, & ALL manner of projects. My new ‘collections’ are patterns, & quilt books…so this one would fit very nicely in the collection

    —Freddie Lloyd on March 19, 2014
  • My 7th grade teacher taught me only the very barest of sewing basics. My high school sewing class was a waste of time. Learning industrial techniques in a college class was a true blessing that allowed me to finally hit my stride and enjoy sewing.

    —Evelyn on March 19, 2014
  • I started with a beginner course 8 years ago. I allways liked sewing, as I seen from my granny. She made embroidery, sewing, stiching, crocheting all her free time, and teached me the basics too. Thanks for her.

    —Krisztina on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing first, but when I got divorced and I needed to have something to do I bought a book and started from there. I been quilting for 15 years and I’m always looking for new projects!

    Bonnie Miceli on March 19, 2014
  • I began sewing around 5 yrs old. Quilting came along for me about 30 yrs ago. I began to do applique quilting first and then learned how to piece a quilt top.

    Diane Jasmin-Slattery on March 19, 2014
  • My great grandmother and I would make dolls clothes and bedding. After her death I continued sewing and by the age of 8 I had progressed onto clothes for myself. Many happy sewing years of making my own clothes passed and the thought of quilting occasionally crossed my mind but no quilts were made. When expecting my daughter,I was told to rest so what better time to start quilting. The last 21 years have been taken over by quilting, and what a joy it has been. As you can tell sewing is part of who I am and my thanks go out to a lady I can hardly remember but who 50 years ago had much patience to pass on her sewing skills to such a young child. She would have loved all the little gifts featured in this book.

    Karen on March 19, 2014
  • I’m I tried making a skirt in high school sewed my finger! Moved to cross stitch but an only beginning . Not sure making my first jelly roll quilt counts but we have to start somewhere! Thanks

    —Tracy on March 19, 2014
  • I started out sewing garments for myself & then for my kids. When the bicentennial came along & quilting became popular, I though I’d like to give it a try someday. Fast forward 20+ years & I got a new sewing machine to make a wedding dress for our older daughter. Took a quilting class & was hooked in no time!

    —Judy Forkner on March 19, 2014
  • Quilting, I took up quilting while suffering from post natal depression after having my second daughter. It took my mind off things, gave me something to focus on and my daughters ended up with something beautiful at the end. Over the last two years I’ve progressed to making clothes for them as well.

    —Jade curnoe on March 19, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing garments for 20plus years and loving it. My MIL loves quilting and warned me about the ‘bug’ once ya get bit you’ll never stop quilting. So true… LOL Her quilt was my first to make and loving it 🙂 Thanks for giveaway

    —darlene macdonald on March 19, 2014
  • Four years of Home EC in high school was where I learned to sew. My Aunt Marie was where I got my love of sewing, she was a gifted seamstress, When I got to visit her (lived 400 miles away) I loved sitting in her sewing room, looking at pattern books and watching her sew. Quilting came later as an adult when my Mother and I took classes together and often spent summer school breaks together at our sewing machines. Today I am retired and I was able to help my Mom complete 29 quilts for kindergarten students this past Christmas. This is a ministry/passion she has done for many years. She hopes to continue to be able to do this, she will be 82 in June. A stroke she suffered last August affecting the vision in her right eye has slowed her down but she hopes to continue quilting and creating memories for many years to come.

    —Cindy W on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing last year with a kit to make a simple bag, bags have pretty much become my go to present for people too. Just before Christmas i made my first quilt as a gift for a friend. I really love the pencil quilt from the book, thanks for a fun giveaway.

    —KAY on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing in high school, quilting when expecting my first child. I love the medium of fabric and how designs work (or don’t) together. What a great book to bring the fun of quilting to beginners.

    —sandie deahl on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing doll clothes when I was about 8 yrs old and making my own clothes at about 10 yrs. I didn’t try quilting until I was in my 40’s. I still am primarily a garment sewer but I’m addicted to fabric and these are delightful.

    —Janice on March 19, 2014
  • Started sewing at a young age but my first try at quilting was unsuccessful but am sure glad I tried again. Been quilting for ten years now and I am pretty sure I will be quilting for quite a few more.

    —Gloria on March 19, 2014
  • I got my first sewing machine over 22 years ago and had never sewn a stitch but wanted to learn. I bought a pattern that said "You can sew". The pattern was to make a little girl’s jumper in 3 hours. It took me 3 days! I didn’t give up and now am a quilting junkie also.

    —Jill on March 19, 2014
  • I started quilting during the bicentennial and my tastes and methods have changed greatly over the years. My love of quilting has grown steadily. My husband’s grandmother, who lived to be 99 years old, inspired and guided me in the early years. My friends and mentors fueled the fire. It is a true passion, now, and I try to have quilts ready for hand work when I cannot be near my sewing machine or long arm.

    —Mary Ann Hardee on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing in high school altering my clothes. Started quilting many years later. Love making frilly dresses for my granddaughter and creating new things.

    —Martie Gorton on March 19, 2014
  • I began sewing as a teenager but had gotten away from in in recent years. When I retired about a year ago "learn to quilt" was on my to-do list. I have also begun sewing again, and now I don’t have time for all my projects!

    —Janet G on March 19, 2014
  • I have been sewing for about 40 years, but started only started quilting about 5 years ago. Now I don’t sew garments any more, I only sew quilts! Thanks.

    —Delaine on March 19, 2014
  • Although I took home economics in 8th grade and learned sewing basics, I managed to get a knot in the bobbin and thought sewing was like riding a horse – you just have to be more stubborn and make that machine obey you. So, after a burned out motor and lots of smoke, I decided sewing wasn’t for me. Quilting came later and I love every stage of the process of quilt making. Thankfully, I haven’t needed a fire extinguisher lately.

    Thanks for your giveaway and the inspiration found in this book.

    Kim Story on March 19, 2014
  • I began sewing at the tender age of 8!! My mother was always at her machine making clothing for our family of six and I wanted to be just like her. It wasn’t until I had a family of my own that I started quilting. My first project was a baby quilt because a dear, sweet woman had made one for my first child and I wanted to do the same for someone else!

    Kathy on March 19, 2014
  • I began with sewing. My first attempt at quilting came when my kids were small and I tried to make a quilt from old flannel shirts.

    —Pat D on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing first when I was in Girl Scouts. Made a nightgown and then my prom dress. I started quilting after I saw Elanor Burns demonstrate her quilt in a day method at our sewing guild meeting in 1983.

    —Teri powers on March 19, 2014
  • I was forced to sew in 8th grade as my Mom only bought fabric but from there it became my passion, stress reliever and enjoyment. I took up quilting after about 15 years of sewing. I love all aspects of sewing and quilting.

    —Donna on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing doll clothes Over 50 years ago. That launched a passion for everything that can be done with a sewing machine and thread. It is an obsession and a therapy.

    —Cindy C on March 19, 2014
  • My mom and grandmother inspired me to use my hands to make things but I especially liked sewing baskets with all the pretty things in them! I still like them!

    —Laura Munn on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew in the 50’s as a child in 4-H, but hated it. I took my first quilt class in 2005 and loved it and have been working at it ever since. I’ve even branched out into sewing and enjoy that too now, especially making gifts for my sisters and friends

    —Debby T on March 19, 2014
  • I have sewed clothing and craft projects for many years. I have bought quilting supplies including rulers, a stitch-in-the-ditch foot,books,etc. I’m all set….just scared to make that first cut! I will today! Made up my mind! Sharon on March 19, 2014

    sharon sinor on March 19, 2014
  • My mother sewed all of the time, making clothes for me and three siblings. She tried numerous times to teach me to sew and we would just end up butting heads. Reminds me of when the parent teaches the teenager to drive. So, my grandmother gave me a used Singer sewing machine for my twelfth birthday. I wish I still had that machine! She taught me to sew that summer and I have been sewing ever since. I will never be as good as my mother or grandmother but I do love to sew when I can. I started quilting on my own about a year ago. Everything I have learned has been through the internet’s various websites, blogs, magazines, and television programs. Still a novice at quilting, I am determined to keep quilting!

    —Star Murell on March 19, 2014
  • I inherited a Singer treadle machine when I was 3…and the rest is history! I learned how to sew in school…Made my first quilt in my 20’s. Still going strong 40 years later!

    —Irene on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew on a treadle singer when I was 10 years old. Quilting didn’t enter my life until about 20 years ago but is my first love. I am encouraged to see that mother and daughters are sharing this craft..and very talented at that. Love to see fresh new ideas.

    —Jane on March 19, 2014
  • Ive been very creative all of my life. I’ve tried almost every craft I could think of. I started sewing first with little bits of scrap fabric and needle and thread. My family was never very well off so I didn’t have a sewing machine until I was much older and very little fabric so I couldn’t make something as big as a quilt, I sewed small things.

    —Bekk on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to embroider first from my Gram when I was 5 – learned to sew at 12 – made clothes and curtains – began quilting about 12 years ago – wish I had started sooner. Love this book and fabric. Thanks!

    —Cathy Fennell on March 19, 2014
  • Beautiful happy fabric from Mom and her daughters

    —Sherry on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew in home ec in the 7th grade about a hundred years ago! I sewed a lot of clothes over the years but didn’t start quilting until my kids were all in school. Now, that’s all I do!

    —Diane on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew first around age 8. I first started getting interested in quilting around the time I became a teenager. I had already been sewing my own clothes and some of my sisters’s clothes. I liked the quilts that my great grandmothers had made. At age 16 I decided to teach myself how to quilt because neither of my grandmothers or my mother could teach me. It took off from there occasionally taking a back seat to what was happening in life. But now I am really into quilting and sewing. I even have my own sewing business now.

    —Kemper on March 19, 2014
  • I just found this site and have enjoyed looking .i want to try the paper piecing i am new to this and would so enjoy the help from a book and the fabric already cut HEAVEN!!!

    —Julia Noble on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing very young in 4-H. My Mom and sisters sewed too. I didn’t care for it too much when I was younger. As I got older in life, I love making memories as I make my quilts to keep or give away.

    —Sandy W. on March 19, 2014
  • I was raised by a mother who was a "seamstress" and sewed beautiful clothes for me and my sisters, as well as for many others. But I didn’t get the sewing bug for several years after I left home. I’ve now been sewing for over 20 years, mostly just making Halloween costumes and other apparel items for my son and husband. I knew for a long time that I wanted to quilt "some day." But I didn’t start until just a few years ago after being inspired by all the quilts hanging at the cancer center where I received my treatment in 2007. One of the doctors and his wife were the makers of those quilts.

    Lisa Lisa on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first with home economics but it was a horrible experience, I made the most hideous fuscia knit shirt and never wanted to sew again. I have had a passion for always keeping my hands busy, I cross-stitched for years. When my children were older, I decided it was time to learn how to quilt and took a beginner’s class at the local quilt shop. I was immediately hooked! That was 14 years ago!!!

    —Melissa on March 19, 2014
  • I took sewing in junior high school, but never was interested in it until much later in life. My children were in junior high school when I got the idea to try my hand at sewing clothes for myself. I bought my first sewing machine in 2003. It was a Kenmore and I loved sewing on that machine. I made several dresses and tops for myself and even tried to spread my wings by doing tote bags and cosmetic bags. I even got into doing some embroidery on my clothes and bags. Then in 2011, my brother asked me to make him a quilt with his Harley Davidson t-shirts that he had collected and I told him I’d be glad to. Of course, I’d never done a quilt before, so I had to do some research on it and the more I got into it, the more I wanted to do. I took some classes on quilting and I’m still learning a lot about quilting, but I just love it! I still occasionally like to sew clothes for myself and my granddaughter, but quilting is my passion these days. And there are so many beautiful quilt patterns I would love to try that I can’t make up my mind which one I want to do next!

    —Sylvia Zwick on March 19, 2014
  • As I was growing up my Grandmother made all my clothes and she would take the scraps and make them into quilts. I did not take up quilting until I was in my 50’s but I did make my work cloths. As I have started quilting I can now she what my Grandmother saw – memories.

    —Sandra McCormack on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first….. easy way to save money….then needed a bed covering…. guilt time!

    —ro on March 19, 2014
  • Started sewing & quilting at the same time maybe abound 4 yr old with my grandmother & 2 great grandmas still love it after 58 years!!

    —Sue Arnol on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew clothing first, while I was in grade school. It was many, many years later that I started quilting. I prefer quilting because I don’t have to make it fit and I like using lots of different fabrics in one piece.

    —Wendy E R on March 19, 2014
  • I started with just a little stitchin (mostly cross-stitch) and once I got to real quilting,…my world exploded!

    —Claire on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing five years ago with the help of a neighbor. I began by learning to sew garments and small projects. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the feeling of quilts. After becoming very good at garment sewing, two years ago I started to pursue my interest in quilts. I have now sewn 5 quilts and am working on a 6th. I’m more of a seamstress/quilter than just a quilter. Right now I have a custom fit bridesmaid dress in the works!

    Christina B on March 19, 2014
  • I sewed for the first time the Christmas I was five. I had received a green plastic hand crank sewing machine. My Mother helped me make a doll quilt using scrap fabric and a tea towel for the backing. I still have it. I didn’t do any more sewing till my teens when I started in Home Economics at school. I made clothes for my children through the 70’s and didn’t start quilting till 1989. Now that’s the only sewing I do, and love it.

    —Justine Self on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was very young through the 4-H community program then through school in Home Ec. I love it and it has been a part of my life ever since. I started quilting @ 12-13 years ago with my mom and it was always a special interest we shared with each other. I love these fabrics and would welcome the book into my library inherited from my mom!

    —Cynthia Helton on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was very young, & made my school clothes. after I married I made my kids clothes,then my mother-in-law got me interested in quilts, & here I am a quilt junkie, & love it

    —EveVanna Hedrich on March 19, 2014
  • I started quilting first. Growing up my grandmother tried to teach me to sew and I just wasn’t interested. That was 35 years ago and I love my sewing machine and everything I can make with it. She would be proud. Thanks

    —Shari "M"orrison on March 19, 2014
  • I learned how to sew from my mom when I was young. I had Home Ec in Jr. High & high school but always learned more at home. Somewhere during that time I made a simple block quilt from double knit scraps……..it weighs a ton & I still have the quilt! For years I made a some of my clothes & some for my husband & little boy. I’ve always being interested in quilting but didn’t attempt it again until we had empty nest syndrome. I’ve been hooked on quilting for a couple of years now! It’s relaxing…….and I love the creative part of quilting……watching the idea come together before my eyes!

    —Pam on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew in junior high home ec. class and sewed garments thru high school. After college I started home dec. sewing in my free time and quickly found the wonderful world of quilting. After a 38 year teaching career where my quilting had to be squeezed in between working, raising kids and homemaking, I’m now retired and quilt every week. I’ve completed three quilts in eight months. It’s so very satisfying.

    —Leslie Bussing on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing in 4-H back in the 1970’s. I had 4 pics outfit that when to state fair. And then back in the 1990’s I started to quilting and Embroidery and I love it. I make quilts for the grandkids and family members. I have a bad back so I can not work anymore. So I do sewing for people now for some extra money coming in now. And from the 1990’s I have not look liked back. I’m in my sewing room every day now.

    —Jane Johnson on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing first when I was six. I was in 4-H sewing for ten years. I taught myself how to quilt in the mid 70s. I have tried many hobbies, but quilting is the one I will love until I die. I guess I have found my creative outlet.

    —Judy Maggio on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. Started out sewing doll clothes by hand then when my Mom would let me use her sewing machine there was no stopping me from sewing something. I got hooked on patchwork living with my grandmother while going to vocational school. She was always working on some quilt top at the kitchen table. She did all her piecing by hand. I am fortunate to have a few of the quilts she had pieced Throughout her lifetime. One of her quilts have ribbon pieces sewn together on one side. Seeing them I think of her often.

    —Robin on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew when I was in my 30’s by going to an Extension Service series of classes. I used my grandmother’s old singer sewing machine that usually resided in a beautiful cherry fold-out table. Then I did no sewing for about 40 yrs. When I retired, a goal was to learn to make a quilt. I have now finished 2 queen-sized quilts.

    —Diana Salmon on March 19, 2014
  • Quilting came first, but I love to make things too. I just love sewing all together. I have made pillow cases, burp clothes for my second baby and quilts. I have been sewing for about two years now. It all started from me ending up being on bed rest and needing to find something to do because watching tv and reading books was getting boring. So I decided to start making things, I bought my first sewing machine and started sewing together things for both my daughters, the one I was carrying and the one that was bouncing around asking if she could help. I love making things and enjoy the look on people’s face when I finish something for them that they get to keep!

    —Jenn Hess on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first since I have a large family, but I won a quilting class in a raffle and that was that. Addiction!

    —Vicki Krausz on March 19, 2014
  • My Mom, was My Inspiration.
    My sewing career started when I was a toddler, probably at two years old. You see, my mom was an excellent seamstress, once sewed in a large department store, but by the time I, her fourth child, arrived she was sewing for our family at home with cottons, velvet, lace and you name it. I sat at her feet. She started me off with cardboard sewing cards and shoe laces, until I was old enough to use a real needle. By first grade I graduated to a shoebox with scraps and needle and thread. In second grade I sat with my shoe box during recess and made some strange looking doll clothes, a friend joined me. She was my first student. At home,I was forbidden to use my mom’s sewing machine because I would get the tension all messed up, but that wouldn’t really stop me. I knew that I got home from school about 45 minutes each day before my mom got home from work. During this 45 minute time each day, my doll clothes improved significantly, basically it was just making tubes. I was always afraid I would get caught. Sometimes I would break the needle. I would quickly unscrew it and grab the wooden needle case, rush on my bike to the nearby 5 and dime and pick out one needle to buy. I would get home and get it in the machine before my mom returnes… with a sigh or relief.
    By the time I was ten, I decided to sew something special. I went to the five and dime and picked out a piece of blue and a piece of white fabric. I went home and was busy sewing on it for several days. As I was busy sewing one day, my back to the door I suddenly heard a noise that startled me. I knew mom had caught me! I sunk back in the chair as I heard her voice. I could tell her hands were on her hips without ever having to turn around. "Nancy Overby" she said in her firmest voice, "what are you doing on MY sewing machine?" I turned tearfully around and said in a timid voice, "I am making you an apron for Mother’s Day." Her voice softened as she came near. She looked at my crude attempt of an apron and asked, "How did you know how to make box pleats?" My response was, "what are box pleats?" Then she sat next to me and gave me some instruction on how to put on the white sash.
    After that she let me use her machine, but I still got fussed at if I got her tension too off kilter. She taught me how to cut fabric on the grain and how to read a pattern. She would never help me until I had studied the pattern first. She could sew anything, even reupholstered our furniture. She was such an inspiration for me. A few years later she took a part-time job at a very nice fabric shop and was always bringing home patterns and fabric and fantastic remenants.
    One of the first purchases I ever made once I got a job and moved out of the house was a sewing machine. I had gone shopping for store bought clothes and discovered how cheaply they were put together. I had been spoiled.
    A few years later, she went with me to look at lace for my wedding dress that "I" wanted to make. She had made it perfectly clear that she was not going to make it. A designer had draped a manikin with lovely Irish lace and she had talked to him about his design. We bought the fabric and mom decided she should take it home with her to think about. I didn’t get to sew one stitch on that dress. She spent many hours on it, sewing pearls to fit the design. It was beautiful.

    My sewing waxed and wanned as I married and had three sons and taught school. I made some maternity clothes, curtians, Easter suits and Halloween costumes and then just stopped sewing for many years. I didn’t know if I would ever get back to it, but then I retired and one day while visiting a sewing store I tried a little quilting class on the shops sewing machine, and then a skirt and then I bought a machine. I moved from the dining room to a sewing room. I kept sewing and quilting and embroidering and this past year I bought a 12 ft longarm quilting machine and took over our large garage. It is now a beautiful sewing studio with large tables, ironing areas, design walls and a notions and fabric wall. I love making quilts for the Quilts for Kids organization for kids that are critically ill. This summer I plan on teaching some children classes… And now I can teach others to love to sew as much as I do.
    My mom died last year at 102. Just before her hundredth birthday she was taking up one of her dresses to wear to her party, before she realized I was bringing her a beautiful silk suit. One of the last visits to her house, while she was asleep I began working on a small quilt top on her old machine. When she awoke to find me sewing on HER machine, I couldn’t help but smile when she earnestly reprimanded me, "Nancy,now don’t you mess up my tension!" What an inspiration she was to me, all the days of her life. I think if she could have, she would have taken that old sewing machine with her when she passed.

    Nancy Harper on March 19, 2014
  • All these projects look so exciting. I would love to win this pack.

    —Brenda Curtis on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first, I remember taking home ec and feeling so excited to start my first project. I loved the whole process from picking the pattern to picking the fabric. The pattern was of a smock top (anyone from the 70’s will remember the smock top), it had a white yoke and a red patterned fabric for the rest of it, it’s something I really wished I had kept.

    —Chris on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was just a child. I was fascinated watching my mother use the sewing machine and when she finally gave in to let me try it, I took off and never looked back. I started with doll clothes, then quickly advanced into making my own clothes. As a teenager I got my first paying job making my sister’s maternity clothes. Later I worked as a dressmaker from home and helped my MIL in her craft business. I started making a quilt to use up some of the scraps from crafting and that got me hooked. That was over 15 years ago and I’m still as excited (obsessed) about quilting as I was in the beginning!

    —Betty on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing later in life. My father actually was a sewer. I started sewing when I had my first daughter by making her a sun dress. Then I started exploring the world of quilting and I am totally hooked. I have 3 sewing machines, a huge fabric stash and try to sew everyday or at least 3 days a week while working full-time. I can’t wait to retire so that I can sew, travel (to quilt shops) and enjoy the whole quilting process everyday.

    —Mary Pat on March 19, 2014
  • My Mom, was My Inspiration.
    My sewing career started when I was a toddler, probably at two years old. You see, my mom was an excellent seamstress, once sewed in a large department store, but by the time I, her fourth child, arrived she was sewing for our family at home with cottons, velvet, lace and you name it. I sat at her feet. She started me off with cardboard sewing cards and shoe laces, until I was old enough to use a real needle. By first grade I graduated to a shoebox with scraps and needle and thread. In second grade I sat with my shoe box during recess and made some strange looking doll clothes, a friend joined me. She was my first student. At home,I was forbidden to use my mom’s sewing machine because I would get the tension all messed up, but that wouldn’t really stop me. I knew that I got home from school about 45 minutes each day before my mom got home from work. During this 45 minute time each day, my doll clothes improved significantly, basically it was just making tubes. I was always afraid I would get caught. Sometimes I would break the needle. I would quickly unscrew it and grab the wooden needle case, rush on my bike to the nearby 5 and dime and pick out one needle to buy. I would get home and get it in the machine before my mom returnes… with a sigh or relief.
    By the time I was ten, I decided to sew something special. I went to the five and dime and picked out a piece of blue and a piece of white fabric. I went home and was busy sewing on it for several days. As I was busy sewing one day, my back to the door I suddenly heard a noise that startled me. I knew mom had caught me! I sunk back in the chair as I heard her voice. I could tell her hands were on her hips without ever having to turn around. "Nancy Overby" she said in her firmest voice, "what are you doing on MY sewing machine?" I turned tearfully around and said in a timid voice, "I am making you an apron for Mother’s Day." Her voice softened as she came near. She looked at my crude attempt of an apron and asked, "How did you know how to make box pleats?" My response was, "what are box pleats?" Then she sat next to me and gave me some instruction on how to put on the white sash.
    After that she let me use her machine, but I still got fussed at if I got her tension too off kilter. She taught me how to cut fabric on the grain and how to read a pattern. She would never help me until I had studied the pattern first. She could sew anything, even reupholstered our furniture. She was such an inspiration for me. A few years later she took a part-time job at a very nice fabric shop and was always bringing home patterns and fabric and fantastic remenants.
    One of the first purchases I ever made once I got a job and moved out of the house was a sewing machine. I had gone shopping for store bought clothes and discovered how cheaply they were put together. I had been spoiled.
    A few years later, she went with me to look at lace for my wedding dress that "I" wanted to make. She had made it perfectly clear that she was not going to make it. A designer had draped a manikin with lovely Irish lace and she had talked to him about his design. We bought the fabric and mom decided she should take it home with her to think about. I didn’t get to sew one stitch on that dress. She spent many hours on it, sewing pearls to fit the design. It was beautiful.

    My sewing waxed and wanned as I married and had three sons and taught school. I made some maternity clothes, curtians, Easter suits and Halloween costumes and then just stopped sewing for many years. I didn’t know if I would ever get back to it, but then I retired and one day while visiting a sewing store I tried a little quilting class on the shops sewing machine, and then a skirt and then I bought a machine. I moved from the dining room to a sewing room. I kept sewing and quilting and embroidering and this past year I bought a 12 ft longarm quilting machine and took over our large garage. It is now a beautiful sewing studio with large tables, ironing areas, design walls and a notions and fabric wall. I love making quilts for the Quilts for Kids organization for kids that are critically ill. This summer I plan on teaching some children classes… And now I can teach others to love to sew as much as I do.
    My mom died last year at 102. Just before her hundredth birthday she was taking up one of her dresses to wear to her party, before she realized I was bringing her a beautiful silk suit. One of the last visits to her house, while she was asleep I began working on a small quilt top on her old machine. When she awoke to find me sewing on HER machine, I couldn’t help but smile when she earnestly reprimanded me, "Nancy,now don’t you mess up my tension!" What an inspiration she was to me, all the days of her life. I think if she could have, she would have taken that old sewing machine with her when she passed.

    —Nancy Harper on March 19, 2014
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    Nancy Harper on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first through 4H and home ec. I remember when I was in high school one of my classmates made a puff quilt which I thought was so cool but it took me at least 30 more years before I started quilting and then the first project was for my son’s high school graduation gift.

    —Kalen on March 19, 2014
  • I sewed when I was younger, but never anything special. I took a quilting class after college, but it was all hand quilting and I didn’t enjoy that at all. I bought a sewing machine to make harnesses for my dogs, and then convinced my sister to take a quilting class with me. We were hooked.

    —Shauna T on March 19, 2014
  • Nana made my clothes when I was a little girl,from slips to coats and everything between. I loved to watch her sew and it just seemed natural for me to do the same. I made my first dress in the 7th grade and continued to make my own clothes. Then children came along and I sewed for them. When Nana died, I received all of her old scraps. Lo and behold, there were pieces from the clothes she made for me and my brother. Along with my own scraps, I made my first two memory quilts for my son and daughter.

    —Marsha Nelson on March 19, 2014
  • Sewed everything from doll clothes to suits until I got hooked on quilts, now I have a granddaughter I’m back to doll clothes but will never give up quilting.

    —Diane Simmons on March 19, 2014
  • I don’t rightly remember. I think I started both about the same time. Machine sewing in 6th grade and hand quilting. My mother’s sewing machine was one of those that needed to go to the repair shop every time you wanted to use it so I could only do hand sewing at home for a while. I started using my grandmothers Singer 201 when I reached high school. My grandmother gave me on old 1890’s Minnesota treadle machine when I was about 18. My sewing machine collection has been growing ever since. The current count is 19: 3 electrics, 1 hand crank and 15 treadle machines. All but one are in working order, though most of them need cleaned and oiled before the can be used at this point.

    —Lori Sutton on March 19, 2014
  • Grandma taught me to sew on her treadle machine. Of course I started out making doll cloths, as a Mom I made lots of cloths for my children, than as a Grandma I made Halloween costumes. Now retired and for over 30 years I’ve been quilting. I love sewing.

    —Teri Harter on March 19, 2014
  • I started hand sewing doll clothes when I was 8 or 9 years old. I continued sewing, by machine and hand, and made first quilt in the late 70’s.

    —Anita on March 19, 2014
  • My grandma taught me to sew when i was little. I remember her when I hand piece all the time.

    —Kellie from Indiana on March 19, 2014
  • sewing came first for me, clothes for my dolls when I was a child, school blouse when I went to senior school, clothes for my children when they were little and other bits and pieces on and off over the years. Last year I spotted a ‘quilt block’ course at my local sewing shop which I joined and haven’t looked back since. It’s amazing!!

    —Anita Kilford on March 19, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was about 8 or 10….not sure exactly when. Quilting has come since I retired.

    —Janie on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew on my grandmothers treadle sewing machine and made clothes etc. Many years later I was asked to join a group of about ten ladies that got together and quilted, something I had always wanted to do. So now I do both and even rug hook, embroidery, crochet and knit some.

    Cheryl Unger on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me for sure. I sewed occasionally on my own to make an initiation dress for sorority and later a coat to cover a formal dress for a college dance. When I graduated from Purdue and found a job I had enough money to pay for a new car but not new clothes for my international business job. So, I bought a sewing machine (payments) and began sewing more seriously. Time passed into marriage and home dec projects, sewing for my children, and holiday gifts. Then the youngest son left for college and my best friend convinced me to try quilting and I discovered a whole new creative world without buttonholes and zippers! Just call this my new world for creative fiber therapy! Now I’m sewing and quilting for the grandchildren and this is just the best way to keep my imagination busy! I love the projects featured in the book, so bright and colorful after a long Indiana winter (but bright in my sewing room!). Thank your for the opportunity to win such a lovely prize!

    —Janet Brown on March 19, 2014
  • Quilting came frist. Would love to win modstå 🙂

    —Brigitte Nielsen on March 19, 2014
  • My mom taught me how to sew as soon as I was able to reach the foot pedal and see what I was doing while sitting down. As the youngest of 3 sisters, it was time for me to make my own doll clothes!

    —Roberta Kennedy on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing my own clothes. I started in grade school and realized how much I enjoyed making my own outfits and by HS progressed to dresses and gowns. I took my sewing machine to college to sew gowns. I started quilting after our first child was born, and now I primarily quilt~ but I still like to dabble in making clothes too. LOL Thanks for the fun!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first. I started making Barbie doll clothes and took off from there. Quilting came much later, but I do still sew some clothing, home dec and crafts.

    —Beth B on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew before I really knew about quilting let alone making bags of any sort. The fun part is that 2 moms are involved on both ends of sewing and quilting. My mom taught me how to sew from an early age and my now ex mother in law taught me a little bit about quilting. My mother-in-law liked to tie her quilts whereas I prefer to either hand or machine quilt. I learned to make bags on my own and like the fact I can plan for a friend or family member and it is a very reasonable gift that is way faster than some of my quilts!

    —Sandy H on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 5 yrs. old with scraps from my mom’s sewing jobs. I always sewed, made clothing, crafts, etc. Years ago at the age of 17 I tried to quilt on my own, did not turn out great. Years later I tackled it again, and I was hooked from that moment on. Now mostly quilt and sew less.

    —Helen on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew back in high school 30 years ago but never really did much. Now that I’m older I have found that I actually enjoy sewing but I tend to want to make items that are quick and not real complicated. My husband bought me a new Viking Sewing machine for Christmas in 2013. I just made 4 10-minute table runners and really enjoyed making them. I think eventually I may try to make a quilted one.

    —Lori Hulker on March 19, 2014
  • I’m a beginning quilter since I retired. I would love to win any fabrics!

    —Judy Wilmot on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was 6 ,My mother made our clothes so,I learned everything from her. Hand sewing,and embroidery.I made a lot of quilted pillow covers back then,I now started on a memory quilt for my granddaughter.bold colors is what I am working with,and a quilt for her bed,These colors you have chosen are perfect for her quilt,the book is a wonderful book for my grandaughters collection,shes 6 years old and I’ll have her sewing up a storm in no time.I handed down my love for sewing to my daughter and granddaughter.

    —Sonja Loyd on March 19, 2014
  • I started quilting when I quit smoking at 25; had to keep my hands busy. It has become an obsession 20 years later! The sewing, I mean!

    —Bernadette Schultz on March 19, 2014
  • I love to sew and have been sewing since high school. Got tired of sewing clothes (that never fit, even if I took classes). After retiring, we moved and I discovered a Quilt Guild. Now I hoard fabrics and have a huge stash. I have lots of UFO’s and unfinished quilts. I am happy, happy, happy. Love your fabrics.

    —Judy Jackson on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew first, which led to my interest in quilting. I had a quilt (as a child) hand-made by my grandmother who taught me how to sew a few basic hand stitches when I was very young. At some point I received a Barbie doll and then started sewing clothes for her from fabric scraps from my grandmother. To this day when I am feeling a creative urge coming on, my ‘gramma’ and the quilt she made for me always come to mind!

    —Linda Niedermayer on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first, as a child, learning at home from my mother and sisters. Quilting came many years later when I was recovering from breast cancer treatment. I found quilting very helpful then and now I just enjoy everything about quilting.

    —Ana on March 19, 2014
  • My mother taught me to sew when I was 8 years old. By the time I was a teenager I ws making my own all my own clothes and even some for other family members. My grandmother was wlays quilting so I was fascinated by that. I "messed around with quilting" until th emid 80’s when I started to sew and quilt bed quilts. I have kept doing that since that time.

    —Julia on March 19, 2014
  • My mom taught me to sew when I was about 9. I made a few small projects, but nothing too major in the following 20 years or so. After seeing some great fabric and tutorials online, I decided to try to make my first quilt about 5 years ago or so. Thanks for the chance to win these gorgeous charm packs!

    —Elizabeth G on March 19, 2014
  • My mom was always trying to teach me to sew as a youngster but I never enjoyed it – in fact it made me a nervous wreck! It wasn’t until she passed away and I realized that it would be up to me to get it done that I dove back in. Surprisingly once I had a new sewing machine that does quilting and embroidery I loved it! Machine quilting has been my focus but sewing clothing can’t be far behind.

    —Tracy Cowley on March 19, 2014
  • I started doing cross-stitch on bleached flour sacks, then doll colothes,then skirts. I sewed clothes for my boys from birth to school age then I started looking at quilt magazines and finally taking quilt classes at stores. I am really good at pieceing but really slow at quilting.

    —sharon hutton on March 19, 2014
  • My earliest memories of learning to quilt and sew would be sitting beside my mom when I was a little girl while my little sister took a nap, and she had a dress box filled with small squares of yellow and red fabrics. They were all neatly stacked in rows with a pin through each stack. Eventually, it would become a quilt. She had a black Singer sewing machine with gold decorations and the table it fit into. I loved to watch her sew. She later showed me how to make clothes for my dolls with the scraps she had leftover from my Easter dresses.I took a home-ec sewing class in junior high, and I went on to make all my clothes in high school and college, all sewn on that little old Singer. My husband bought me my first sewing machine the first year we were married and I sewed maternity clothes and a few toddler items until I didn’t have time to sew with 5 kids. But I managed to sew costumes through their high school years. One wedding brought the need to alter 14 bridesmaids dresses. A friend got me interested in quilting as the nest was getting empty and weddings and grandkids were happening later on. I took some quilting classes and taught some quilting classes and have made so many quilting friends along the way. It is a joy to me.

    —Pamela Zajicek on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew on a machine 50 years ago and made garments, drapes, pillows, etc. THEN I saw some ladies hand quilting 23 years ago and fell madly in love and quilting has been my passion ever since!

    —Michelle Kearns on March 19, 2014
  • I have been sewing most of my life-off and on. I discovered quilting about 12 years ago.

    —Pam C on March 19, 2014
  • My mom was my 4H sewing leader and I continued thru high school. I began quilting 23 years ago and I can’t imagine my life without it!

    —Joni on March 19, 2014
  • I begged my aunt to teach me to sew in the early ’60s. Being short and thin, I could make myself clothes from remnants and it really was the only way I could afford nice clothes, even as a teenager. I continued to sew for myself, then for my children and didn’t take up quilting until I found myself in the empty nest. That was more than 20 years ago! and now I have pretty much given up sewing, but quilt whenever I have a spare moment.

    —Elaine on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing as a very young girl. My mother sewed for all 6 of her girls. I still have the little chainstitch hand crank sewing machine that I made my doll clothes on. When I got married and had children I sewed everything for them. I even recovered a couch with a zillion pillows that I put zippers in and made miles of piping for. Quilting started out slow just a few years ago, and now a day never goes by without me sewing something on one of my many quilt tops.

    Susan Paxton on March 19, 2014
  • My first and only sewing experience was making a skirt in home economics in the 60’s with a zipper that I had to rip out 3 times to get it right. LOL. But my mother was a wonderful quilter, I can still see her setting up the quilting frame in our living room and working all winter to finish at least 1 quilt. They are priceless treasures! I lost her before she could pass all that knowledge on to me so #1 on the bucket list was learning how to quilt when I retired in 2011. Now I quilt every single day, I can’t imagine a day without it.

    —Susan Bennett on March 19, 2014
  • sewing came first for me, it was something that was always around growing up and natural progression was that we just picked it up and did it. going out growing up, quickly sew a skirt and top, kids clothes out of necessity, wedding dress sooooo much cheaper and an amazing pride of wearing something you had made yourself. just whip things up when kids were finally asleep. then the amazing patchwork, friends couldn’t understand how you could buy perfectly good beautiful fabric, cut it up into little bitty pieces and sew it back together until I taught them and they also got hooked. Patchwork, applique and quilting has been a best friend when going thru a bad personal time. time just flies and helps you to relax. maybe not the patchwork but definitely the applique and quilting. Rough trot at the moment so just whizzing thru the UFO’s. So nice to stand back and look something that you have produced again and snuggle under.

    —sandi on March 19, 2014
  • I tried to learn how to sew, but was terrible at it. I stopped working when my hubby retired so we could travel. I took some quilt classes, and fell in love with quilting.

    —Sherry Starr on March 19, 2014
  • Was about 12 when I learned to sew my first pair of PJ’s. It was a very long time ago.

    Lyn Kaufmann on March 19, 2014
  • I learned to sew in junior high school in a home economics class where we made an apron and I’ve been sewing ever since. I had made clothes for my three daughters and myself for many years. After my children were grown, I no longer made clothes, but I was looking for sewing projects to keep me busy. I signed up to take a class through our community’s adult education evening program. I took Eleanor Burns’ Quilt-in-a-Day Log Cabin quilt class and I’ve been quilting ever since.

    —Dianne Huling on March 19, 2014
  • I first learned to hand stitch with scraps from my Grandmother.
    Then sew on a treadle machine. Seams like I’ve always had a needle in my hand @ one time or another..:) 🙂 I’ve loved every minute of it!!

    —Theresa M on March 19, 2014
  • Lovely inspiring projects above! I have been obsessed with knitting most of my life so that came first and gave me the confidence to try my hand with sewing Halloween costumes for my kids. Those costume patterns is how I learned the basics of sewing (and I’m still learning.) I just started trying some quilting projects about a month ago trying out some simple blocks and then completing a simple 50″ x 50″ quilt. I think quilting is my new obsession, I’m having a lot of fun and plan to play with dying and making my own fabric prints to quilt with as well.

    —Tiffany Felicienne on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. My mother sewed all the clothes for me and my 3 sisters. When I was in eighth grade she decided it was time for me to learn. I received 5 yards of flannel as my Christmas present and patterns to make night gowns for my sisters and me. I didn’t start quilting until I was married. I made a comforter for our bed with very large diamonds. Wow, was that a learning experience.

    —Julia Stavran on March 19, 2014
  • I was a sewer first and then a quilter! Thanks!

    —Lee on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing…my Mom taught me to sew as a very young girl on a Singer Sewing Treadle machine. I loved to move that foot with both my feet. Mom made all our dresses for my 2 sisters and me back then. I later took my first Home-Ec class in high school and made my graduation dress.
    I didn’t discover quilting till later years and Love it! Whether it be hand sewn or machine…

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on March 19, 2014
  • I started a little over 3 years ago quilting. At that time I was going in for a total right hip replacement and wanted a "blankey"! My best friend and I went and took a class at our local quilt shop and a monster was born that day!

    —Denise on March 19, 2014
  • I discovered sewing first. My Mom, an avid seamstress due to our economic status, always sewed most of my clothes until Inentered high school. She enrolled me in sewing class at our local Singer Shop when I was 12 years old. I made a jumper with a set in zipper down the front and a back-buttoned Boise with set-in sleeves, a rolled neck collar and machine made button holes. I won the class sewing contest. I made and remodelled clothes for many years as my long legs and arms were often left sticking out of commercially available clothing. During my university and early professional career, I put sewing aside as I no longer had access to a sewing machine. I later took an introductory quilting course by sharing my girlfriends machine with her. I continued with hand appliqué , counted cross stitch and hard anger until my husband purchased a sewing machine for me as a birthday present, thus began my quilting addiction!

    Diane on March 19, 2014
  • Well, I learned to sew as a teenager in middle school but really hadn’t done much sewing until I started quilting. My first quilt was a quicky tied comforter made from two sheets and some batting. This was my college dorm quilt. Didn’t really do any other quilting until much later after taking a quilting class offered by the town recreation department.

    —Sherril on March 19, 2014
  • Quilting has always come first for me. Once I had a granddaughter things changed a little. Motors fabric is perfect for quilting and on granddaughters

    Betty Peterson on March 19, 2014
  • Mom taught all 5 of us girls to sew on her treadle machine. We’ve never stopped. Been quilting most of my lofe.

    —Dorothy Halld on March 19, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing most of my life… sewing all my own clothes. Since I have retired, I have been quilting and sewing and crafting for grandchildren and family and friends
    Thanks for the giveaway

    —Nancy on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing my own clothes when I was a Freshman in high school in 1948. I was tall and could always get a better fit than " store bought". Home Enonomics classes taught me good skills and I even made my Senior strapless formal. I have sewed all of my life and still love it at 80 years old. I have been quilting for about 25 years and it is my passion. Love trying new patterns and fabrics. Especially like all of the bright colored pre-cuts.

    —Donna Amos on March 19, 2014
  • probably a little of both ..learned to sew on a treadle machine.. first electric one I ever used was when I took home ec in 9th grade. my mom did not quilt but could sew anything from nothing and made all our clothes so I followed her footsteps starting with doll clothes and my grandmother did not sew clothing except for mending/patching but she was always piecing or had a quilt "up" in the frame over the kitchen table…. looped the cord over the corners when it was time to eat, then cleared the table and let it down to work on it….

    —lawana whaley on March 19, 2014
  • I learned how to hand sew when I was a little girl, making doll clothes. I learned how to machine sew in 8th grade when my Girl Scout leader gave us sewing lessons. I’ve sewn ever since and recently retired from teaching Home and Career Skills for 30+ years. I even had the grandchildren of my Girl Scout leader as students!
    I was swept up by the Bicentennial and taught myself how to sew in the late 1970s. Now it is my passion and about the only sewing I do any more.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Laurel on March 19, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was about 12, she bought me my first sewing machine soon after that. I have always loved to sew. She taught me how to quilt when I was in my 30’s & I have been addicted to it ever since. Each quilt I make is different & usually to give for gifts. Everyone loves a quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Diana Scott on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing definitely came first. My grandmother was a seamstress, and used to make a lot of our clothes. My mother would make us Barbie doll clothes. I don’t recall if I sewed before high school, but I took home ec and still remember my wonderful, patient teacher! Her name was Lillian, just like my grandmother’s was. I didn’t start quilting until about 10 years ago. I still occasionally make garments, but most of my sewing time is devoted to patchwork!

    —Barb Johnson on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing came first 4H and high school did me in. For 20+ years I refused to touch fabric or a machine. My daughter wanted a witches costume but was too small for anything in stores. I found an easy pattern and made it. Then came the Jasmine costume. Again no sewing for years then I walked into a quilt shoppe-bought fabric-and took lessons. Now it is my sanity saver.

    —jo on March 19, 2014
  • I started sewing when I was about 6. Mom would get fabric swatches in the mail and let me have them to make Barbie doll skirts. When I was older I learn how to really sew from my grandmother. Then in high school I had a home ec class and we had to sew a garment. I remember my cousin running the machine needle into her finger and I sewed her skirt for her because she wouldn’t touch a sewing machine again.

    —Patty on March 19, 2014
  • When you go to work in a pattern factory the sewing comes first! I moved South and had a son then a daughter so the sewing for her made me happy. Then I discovered quilting and have been collecting fabric and gadgets ever since. I have even made some quilts which make me the happiest.

    —SueAnn Wirick on March 19, 2014
  • I was blessed in learning how to quilt when living with my mom as her hospice caregiver. With my family over 1800 miles away, we woke up and ate breakfast and then began the day’s sewing. She had one of those fancy machines and taught me all of it’s little idiosyncrsies and then gave it to me as a parting gift. Every time I quilt I think of those months we spent together, making gifts for her hospice team. This occurred from April 2006 until January 2007. I caught the bug and have quilted every since.

    —Karen Witte on March 19, 2014
  • Quilting came first, and got me interested in sewing.

    —Ashley on March 19, 2014
  • I started learning to sew from 7th to 12th grade…. then thru the 70’s I tried many creations some of which were patchwork but not until I was laid up in bed with illness and started watching the sewing and quilting shows on PBS did I determine I could do that…. Been workin at it ever since about 2000.

    Mary G on March 19, 2014
  • I had 4 girls and a husband who kept me sewing garments for many years. I made made many items for the home. Quilting came much later in life.

    —Valerie A. Clark on March 19, 2014
  • Quilting came first, and I still can barely sew other than a quarter inch seam.

    —Beth T. on March 19, 2014
  • Sewing definitely came first. I’m just learning to quilt the "correct" way and I’m enjoying it immensely. I still sew and have found that I truly enjoy both sewing and quilting very much. Your material is beautiful and the turquoise prints are my favorite. Would love to win some new prints for a quilt that I plan to make for my best friend. Thank you for this opportunity.

    —Jan on March 20, 2014
  • It’s ben so long i relly don’t know at what age i actually started sewing,I’ll guess about eight years old. I’ve made it all froma linned mens 3 piece suit to my own wedding dress.That was when fabric,patterns & notions were reasonable. Started quilting with a church group about a year agoand we donate all the quilts we make.I always loved sewing so i fugured i could handle a new twist on it. Have learned a lot but still haven’t done every thing.
    The give away is great and would go toward great things! Thanks again

    —Mary Hansen on March 20, 2014
  • I started watching videos and reading to teach myself to sew. Then I went out and bought the tools I saw used… And got to work? I’m still a novice but much further into the intermediate range, and I love it!

    —Korinne on March 20, 2014
  • I first picked up a needle and thread when I was 6, my mom cut squares for me to make into a quilt. I went on to sew garments but have come full circle and now spend hours each week making quilts although I still sew clothing also.

    —Linda on March 20, 2014
  • Sewing came first – some in high school in Home Ec class, but most for my daughter when she was a little girl. It was so much fun to make dresses for her and sure am wishing I would have kept them! Glad to have pictures of her in those dresses! I really started quilting 15 years ago when I decided to jump in and take a class at a local quilt shop, where I actually took a part time job later on. My first quilt then was for my queen size bed and I had it custom machine quilted. I have been quilting ever since that time.

    —Debbie Leschisin on March 20, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since the age of eight, knitting since six, crocheting since ten, and can also spin, weave on a frame and make bobbin lace, but I only started quilting a year ago. Now I’m well and truly hooked!

    Marly on March 20, 2014
  • When I was 8 my aunt taught me to sew a bag. I didn’t sew again until I was in my mid thirties and had my first child. Now I can’t imagine life without it.

    —Chiska on March 20, 2014
  • My mother taught me how to sew when I was about 10, then came a yellow skirt in Home Ec class. When in high school, I made all my skirts and fancy dresses. Quilting came much later 🙂

    —Margaret Shaw on March 20, 2014
  • I started sewing bags and kid’s clothes and then progressed into quilting.

    Robin (RsIslandCrafts) on March 20, 2014
  • I’ve been sewing since I was 14. I’ve always loved fabric textures, colors, feel, but no one I knew quilted, nor had I even thought about it, until a friend introduced me to a block of the month quilt project (by then I was in my 30’s). One look at how easy it was and I was hooked! That was 25 years ago, and quilting is now the only sewing I do.

    —Glenna Pocock on March 20, 2014
  • Everyone must sew before they can quilt!

    —Sky on March 20, 2014
  • When my children were growing up I made their clothes out of necessity and convenience. We lived in a rural community where it was necessary to travel out of town to shop for school clothes. This experience led to a very rewarding hobby of quilting after the kids were grown.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on March 20, 2014
  • Sewing started in Junior High School for me with some simple projects like a pillow and a skirt. My mother is also a whiz on the sewing machine, providing lots of help. I graduated to making myself a suit for work and my sister a prom dress. About 40 years later, I made my first pieced quilt and love the whole quilting process. I’m currently planning a signature quilt for our youngest daughter who is being married this weekend. Cute book, by the way, and I would love to have it!!! ❤️

    Jane @ Handiworking on March 20, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my mom and crotchet from my grandmother. I started quilting as a young mom from a class at our local fabric store 25 years ago.

    —Susie on March 20, 2014
  • Hi, I did little sewing while young, but have now ‘caught’ the quilting bug so I’m playing catch-up to learn new sewing skills.

    —Vin Mickelson on March 20, 2014
  • I watched my grandmother sew all the time. She made much of what my younger sister and I wore. In high school I took my first real sewing class and was hooked, making many of my own clothes including my graduation and prom dress. (I had an aunt who was a seamstress doing alterations at a department store and she helped in making a scalloped skirt for the prom dress). During college and my early teaching career I continued to sew. I always loved fabric shopping and putting colors and textures together. A busy schedule caused a long break. I would frequently visit a fabric shop in Beulha Michigan and enjoyed the colors and fabrics as well as the many quilts. I thought when I retired I would learn to quilt. I followed that plan and although I still make clothes for grandchildren, my first love is combining all that beautiful fabric into quilts!!!

    —Ann Kuhn on March 20, 2014
  • As teenager I sewed 3/4 of my clothes, and as a wife and mother I sewed my own diapers, crib sheets, baby gowns quilts, curtains, bumper pads and so on. Now that I am close to retiring, I am begining to sew a bit again. So I am like a beginner at quilting. The only thing that has been holding me back is that fact that I am recovering from breast cancer and am not able to shop much for fabrics. Hopefully that will change soon, as I have next to nothing left for fabric. Thank you for this opportunity.

    —Irene Gourlay on March 20, 2014
  • My sisters and I learned to piece quilts as small children with our grandmothers. Now, that they are both gone. piecing quilts keeps me grounded and near them. Now I am making things for my first grand child. So much fun.

    —Carol Rice on March 20, 2014
  • Sewing was first. My sister sewed and I watched her. And, then in Junior High we had sewing and cooking. I loved the sewing, but not the cooking. Not till later in life did I start quilting, and boy, was I hooked.

    —d on March 20, 2014
  • I have always loved to sew. My grandmother let me sew on her machine when I was 7. I was a Home Ec major in college. I sewed a lot for my children when they were growing up. Quilting came later, through my love of math. I still love to sew and quilt, and I have been teaching my 3 granddaughters to sew. The youngest one, now 14, seems the most interested, but all of them can do some basic sewing.I still love to learn new techniques and share them with others.

    Mary Beth McKelvey on March 20, 2014
  • I started sewing when i was in school but my real quilting started when I made my son a quilt. Since then have made a quilt for each of my grandchildren and am still quilting and sewing.

    —Laurie Turchin on March 20, 2014
  • My Mom taught me how to sew when I was a young teenager, but I didn’t have much patience for it. Now as a middle aged woman, I picked up quilting and love it!

    —Ann L on March 20, 2014
  • I started sewing for my dolls. My mother sewed and I would use the scrapes for the dolls clothes. I took sewing and tailoring in high school. I also took sewing classes through out the years. At present I’m trying my hand in quilting. I love fabric.I can spend hours in a fabric store.

    —Sonia on March 20, 2014
  • I’ve sewn and cross-stitched for as long as I can remember. I sewed and embroidered with my mom and my grandma. My mom made a lot of my clothes. If I couldn’t sleep stating at grandma’s house, I always found her at the sewing machine late at night. Home Ec classes were taken because it was expected, but I ended up loving it and graduating in Home Ec Teaching. It wasn’t until I got to college that I took my first quilting class for sewing credit. I totally fell in love, went the extra mile, and wrote my semester English research paper about quilts in America. I didn’t know my grandma quilted until that class and that paper! Years went by, I still haven’t finished that first quilt, but I didn’t start making quilts until I got married and had my first child. Baby quilts! And suddenly, I’ve been obsessing about quilts and making them for 6 years now.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Rachell R on March 20, 2014
  • I started sewing in jr. high school. I knew nothing about quilting as I was only sewing clothes back then. Quilting didn’t happen until I was in my 30’s with a girlfriend who got me started doing the "quilt in a day" series. I love my time with my girlfriend sewing and joining her at quilt retreats now. She has taken off & left me in the dust with her sewing skills and has gone on to teach others! I love to join her now every year using my vacation time at a quilt retreat where she teaches and I can be the teacher’s pet. I get that extra help as we visit and have a ball! Now my goal is to finish all the quilts I’ve started on bought fabric for !!!! That’s a GOAL!!!

    jessie mckenzie on March 20, 2014
  • I have vague memories of sewing a robot pillow in junior high. I used to love cross stitching but started having problems with carpal tunnel (and keeping track of counted cross stitch or finishing a project). Years have gone by since I picked up a needle and thread. But about 3 months ago, I got a Whimseybox which included a kit to hand sew a wool felt pouch. Suddenly I was obsessed with hand sewing. However, I hated the way my stitches looked. Googling easy hand sewing led to discovering English paper piecing which I fell madly in love with. I get to join pretty fabric together and not have to stare at my horrible stitches?! Win-win. I’m now obsessed with charm packs and am thinking of looking into making a quilt. It might be a really small quilt but it’s a start.

    —Dana Marie on March 20, 2014
  • I used to sew my own clothes and barbie doll clothes for my sister before I started quilting.

    —DebV on March 20, 2014
  • My great grandmother taught me how to use a sewing machine when i was 7 yrs old. after 41 years, I started quilting about 3 yrs ago. I was recently given an unfinished grandma’s flower garden quilt top my mother found in a box that granny had started years ago. The fabric to finish it are in a little bag, precut, pinned together and each lil’ stack labeled. I’m gonna finish it after I learn how to hand quilt.

    —Amy Caldwell on March 20, 2014
  • I learned to sew from my grandmother and my mother. My mother hated sewing but I always enjoyed it. When my grandmother taught me to sew little circles together when I was about 9, I was hooked but didn’t really get into quilting until after college. I love it SO much more than just sewing, haha!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win. I LOVE that fabric!
    ajandbethany09@gmail.com

    —Bethany Wells on March 20, 2014
  • I started sewing first, I didn’t even really know that quilting existed until later!

    wendy on March 21, 2014
  • I learned to quilt in 4-H making clothes that never seemed to fit right. It was always frustrating and I gave it up in high school. When I graduated from college a friend of mine said she was going to take a quilting class and would I like to join her. I said why not and I’ve been quilting for 25 years. I taught my sister and am now teaching my 11yo daughter and a coworker. What a wonderful hobby that brings people together!

    —Colleen J on March 21, 2014
  • I’ve dabbled in fiber crafts for a long time, but I’ve only discovered quilting in the last couple of years — and now I’m hooked!

    —Annie on March 21, 2014
  • Sewing came first as an 4-Her at the age of 9. Started quilting when I wanted to continue sewing but not clothing.

    —Donna Fairchild on March 21, 2014
  • I first learned to sew from my neighbor across the street, a widow with grown children who worked full time (into her eighties!) as a seamstress. My own mother was always very busy with 6 children and worked full time too, so this sweet woman, Mrs. Schaeffer, took me under her wing and taught me the basics of garment construction. Later on she gave me one of her old sewing machines and a cabinet. I liked sewing and made some things for myself and others, but as a young person, I didn’t have much patience for it. It wasn’t until I grew up and discovered quilting and all the beautiful fabrics available that I got back into sewing again after so many years. Now I’m trying to get my own daughters interested in sewing and quilting. Thanks Mrs. Schaeffer!

    —Mary on March 21, 2014
  • I have been quilting for over 20 years.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

    —Jacqueline VH on March 21, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I would make pillowcases and potholders in grade school. Then in high school when money was tight, I would sew dresses, shorts, and blouses for myself. When I had a daughter, I made baby clothes and blankets, toddler dresses with eyelet aprons, and prom dresses in her high school years. Now my sewing has turned to quilting and I LOVE it!!

    Penny on March 21, 2014
  • I started sewing because my older sister was in 4H. My grandmother was the 4H leader. Since I tagged along, Granny taught me to make an apron. I was about 6 years old. When I was a teenager, I made my clothes as well as clothes for my sister. I started my first quilt in 1983. I put it aside while I focused on my career. About two years before retirement, I picked up quilting again and started taking classes. When I retired, I built a quilt studio where I now spend my time.

    JanetB on March 21, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me. I learned to sew in grade 7 and enjoyed it very much. My mom never sewed so I wasn’t exposed to it before Home Economics class. When I got married and had our first son, I started making clothes for him along with curtains and pillows and costumes. When my boys were toddlers I told my husband that I wanted to learn how to quilt so I looked into beginner classes at our local quilt shop. The problem was that he worked shift work and the classes were 6 weeks in length and he always had at least 2 evening shifts in those 6 weeks so I could never take the class as someone had to be home with the boys. After a couple years of trying to fit it in around his work schedule I got fed up and told him that he had to take vacation time off so that I could take the class finally. So he did and I took a class finally. That was 14 years ago and I have never turned back nor have a made a piece of clothing since!

    —Nancy on March 21, 2014
  • Mama taught me some basics on the sewing machine when I was 8 years old. I never made doll clothes or home decor, I went straight to jumpers, tops, and pants. By the time I was in the 7th grade, I was making dresses for classmates and ladies in the neighborhood at ridiculously low wages. When I was in high school, I made a new outfit almost every weekend to wear the next week. I loved working at a fabric store in high school and throughout college, and still have a few pieces of fabric I bought during that time. This is my 27th year of teaching apparel in public schools, and I have never lost the excitement of creating beautiful garments, and helping countless students learn to hand and machine sew!

    —Donna Teeter on March 21, 2014
  • Thanks so much for the giveaway! I have been sewing since I was a young girl making doll clothes. I started quilting when my kids were young and we needed blankets & my Mom had the fabric for me to use. Love quilting!

    —Pat Weldon on March 21, 2014
  • What a beautiful book and lovely family! I started sewing when I was a kid. Then didn’t sew for years. I just started quilting and am enjoying learning to sew again!

    —Cheryl on March 21, 2014
  • Thanks for the opportunity to win Free Fabric. Everyone knows the one with the most fabric wins.

    Jane Terrill on March 21, 2014
  • Hand Embroidery came first, then sewing maternity clothes and baby stuff, then came quilting–and it stuck. I still sew clothes and I still embroider by machine and hand, but i have the most fun quilting. Good luck everyone.

    —CindyM on March 21, 2014
  • I first sewed in high school. I wasn’t very good at it and it didn’t stick with me.

    About 10 years later, I moved next door to my MawMaw(grand-mother) and began helping her make her hand-cut, hand-sewn, and hand-quilted quilts. That did not stick either, at least the process part of it. But I loved her final out-come and the beautiful creations.

    I still don’t sew, but I am slowly improving on my piecing skills, which for me isn’t sewing at all! haha

    —Beth Scott on March 21, 2014
  • I have been sewing most of my life as my grandparents were involved in the sewing business. We had a box of buttons and fabric scraps to play with when we visited them. I began quilting in the 70’s and now have taught my sister to enjoy quilting as well.

    —Debbie Meijer on March 21, 2014
  • I had to sew in home ec (8th grade) so I guess that was my start. I didn’t start quilting until my 20’s (what was I thinking?!).

    —Allison C on March 21, 2014
  • I think everyone took homec in 8th grade, i dont remember the sewing as much as the cooking, i luv to eat!!!
    When I was 23 my 7yr old son needed his pants hemmed & i had no idea how to do it, i signed up for a beginnibg sewing class at the local high school, my hubby bought me a Singer that i still use & my mother-in-law bought me a pair of Ginghers, i went to the class kids pants in hand ready to learn how to hem them!! I learned & sewed soo much more, skirts, dresses,etc, & my son grew out of his pants! 😉
    A few years later my local high school offered a quilting class, my 1st quilt was a sampler, all hand pieced, sewed, & quilted; i look at it today & i am so proud, i think i did better then than now, then i started my sons quilt, all hand done & it took 17yrs to complete, i luv quilting & finishing a quilt is great but the process & techniques that i learn are worth so much to me, nevermind the friendships that i have made along the way, & it all started with my sons pants, today he is 35 & 6′ "2, & doesnt need his pants hemmed!!!

    —Liz on March 21, 2014
  • I learned to sew in middle school and sewed my clothes for high school. I began quilting in my fifties and love it. Nothing is quite as exciting as putting together new fabrics in a fresh pattern. A well spent day.

    —Elaine Gates on March 21, 2014
  • My Mom formed a 4-H group when I was in the 4th grade. We learned cooking and sewing. My first project was an apron and I’ve continued from there. Over the years, I’ve made clothing, curtains, my wedding dress, 2 down-filled ski jackets, mended a canvas tent. After retiring from teaching, a group of fellow retired teachers decided to try our hand at learning to quilt. We’ve been at it since 2005 and loving it. Sometimes, we take classes and/or teach each other. We’ve made communal quilts where we all pitch in (so we get homework), and sometimes go on field trips to scout new fabric shops. Great fun and a great way to stay in touch with friends. Of course, each of us have many quilts for our families and friends.

    —Joyce on March 21, 2014
  • Sewing came 1st. When I was 8, I wanted to make an apron for my mother who, of course, had to teach me how to sew and had to provide the fabric. She gave me a thin fabric out of her stash, and years later told me she had chosen it because she was willing to have it wasted. Evidently, she didn’t think I would be successful, and was surprised that i actually made an apron. After that, I was allowed to use the machine whenever I wanted, and I would make doll clothes without patterns. In about 6th grade I started making clothes for myself using patterns. My father was so pleased he told me that he would not pay for fabric to go on a shelf, but as long as I was using it to sew, he would never say no to a fabric purchase. This was quite an encouragement! I have slept under quilts made by my great-grandmother, my grandmothers,, and my mother all my life. When I became engaged, my grandmother showed me a quilt top that my great-grandmother had started for me when I was a baby, but she died a month before I turned 3 so didn’t finish it. My grandmother had worked on it and made it fit a twin bed. It had never been finished, so I used the rest of the hexagons to make the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt fit a full-sized bed. I stitched it by hand at dorm meetings. Then my grandparents had it made into a quilt for a wedding gift. I still have that quilt, and we have been married more than 51 years. Ever since then I have both sewed clothing and made quilts for my husband and three daughters and now for our 10 grandchildren.

    —Nancy Angerer on March 21, 2014
  • Sewing came first when my grandmother put together a small project for me to pass the time while my sister was in the hospital.

    —Mary P on March 21, 2014
  • I started making small quilts with 5″ squares. I would tie them. I recently started quilting my quilts. I use the sewing machine and embroidery machine to quilt my quilts.

    —Bridget on March 21, 2014
  • Sewing came first…doll clothes on the old treadle machine, first dress in 6th grade, followed by more clothes for myself and my nieces. Now when I pull out a pattern and fabric it’s usually for a quilt.

    —Pearl on March 21, 2014
  • My first sewing project was an apron in 7th grade Home Economics class. In 8th grade we made a "shift dress" And from there on I made most of my clothes. That was what my baby sitting money went for. In high school some friends of mine and I decided to make quilts for our Mothers out of scraps that we had around the house. After that most of my sewing was clothing and craft sewing until the last few years when I began quilting again.

    —Louise Buker on March 21, 2014
  • Early in life I learned to treadle and hem, peg, and cuff pants. I did not quilt and piece till after I retired from work. While recovering from a surgery, my neighbor told me to cut some squares and make a quilt. I did this and she told me that my blocks were too small. So I added some more pieces to make them bigger. One of my grandkids still has that first quilt. That was 13 years ago. Phyllis

    —phyllis wohlwend on March 21, 2014
  • Learned to sew as a child and worked up from squares to clothes. I still sew clothes but when I started making quilts for my family to have
    something special – I was hooked.

    —mararet on March 21, 2014
  • I learned had stitching in elementary school. I had a toy sewing machine that really worked.

    —MelodyJ on March 21, 2014
  • I learned sewing in 4-H, didn’t take home-ech. Didn’t like the teacher.
    Was the tom-boy type so didn’t do much sewing for awhile. Later, after divorce found that I could make extra $ by sewing. Then an aunt had me attend a quilting guild with her. Made a few sample blocks. Life went on and eventually remarried and new husband encouraged me to get a quilting machine. :-] Life is good!

    —Shirley on March 22, 2014
  • Sewing came first for me, I can remember sitting in my bedroom sewing scraps of fabric together to make dolls clothes. Years later I had my very first quilting class and a passion was born.

    —Janet on March 22, 2014
  • Sewing has been part of my being since I was a teen. I also love shoes, but could not afford both shoes & an outfit. Made the outfits so I could buy the shoes. Would love to use your book for new creative projects.

    Peggy

    —Peggy Ellis on March 22, 2014
  • I learned to sew in Home Ec class my freshman year of high school. Many years later a friend got me started quilting.

    —Cynthia on March 22, 2014
  • As a child I was surrounded by sewers in my family. My Tia Cusa made tailored suits, my mother made my clothes, Halloween costumes and worked with upholstery as a job and my Aunt Esther made lovely fashionable dresses out of beautiful, colorful fabrics.
    I started making my own clothes after taking HomeEc classes in high school. I would stay up late at night finishing a dress to wear to school the next day!
    But…I owe my love for quilting to our minister’s wife, Roberta. She would make for me many aprons made out of remnants. She created many cute pillows out of fabrics from shirts and slacks from our ministers worn out wardrobe. When I was in my 20’s, she took me to my very first quilt show. What a day that was! We shared the most glorious time together admiring those hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilts. It was an immediate shared love for quilts.
    It was because of Roberta that I was inspired to tote my sewing machine to my second grade class and out of upholstery remnants from my mothers job, my students cut out squares and constructed a quilt that was donated to a nursing home.
    Now when I go to quilt shows I can feel Roberta with me admiring the colors, designs and the high level skills put into these quilts.
    I come home full of inspiration to start another quilt project.
    Thank you, Roberta, for helping me discover my passion for quilting!

    —Joyce on March 22, 2014
  • I started with sewing first. I never really liked it. My Mother and Sisters sewed so much better than I did. I was unhappy with the end results especially with how clothing items fit. I picked up quilting in my thirties when there was a mini babyboom at work. We were constantly making baby quilts and I grew to love the end results. I then took a break while we raised our two Daughters. I just picked up quilting again and I am so excited about the new choices in fabric and technique. It is a little like starting all over again but I have a more ‘mature’ attitude and perspective this time around and I LOVE IT!

    —cj callaway on March 22, 2014
  • I learned to sew first, I actually learned in school.

    —Sarah Duehr on March 22, 2014
  • First came sewing in 7th grade(1970), got the quilting bug in college (1981).

    —Darrell Hardenburg on March 22, 2014
  • I learned to sew about 20 years ago, but I have been teaching myself how to quilt recently.

    —Marti Taylor on March 22, 2014
  • I joined a quilters guild about 2 years ago, and was advised It might be a good learning tutorial to help me learn quilting quilt tops.

    I have made clothes for all the family members, but never tried quilting. I have just finished my 3rd queen quilt top and it is at the long arm quilters. Now after watching Jennys "snow ball quilt top" that will be my next quilt top.
    I am planning a trip in August to the north(Wisconsin then to Ohio); so on my way home to Colorado I hope to be able to come to Hamilton, Missouri & visit with the girls and see your store. Marie, Durango, Colo.

    —Marie Wester on March 22, 2014
  • Sewing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Starting with doll clothes made from scraps after mom made my clothes, then making my own clothes.

    —laurie on March 22, 2014
  • I thought myself how to sew in elementary school and am only now (finally) exploring quilting.

    —Jenn on March 22, 2014
  • I started sewing at my grandma’s feet, sitting on the floor. I still remember her showing me how to make a knot in the thread after threading the needle. I tried to make clothes for my doll.

    —Sandy on March 22, 2014
  • I guess sewing came first for me-but barely. I made a knitting bag first, then started quilting. So far, I’ve made about 12 quilts, a few pillows, a teddy bear, and a make up bag. I love both sewing and quilting-I wouldn’t want to give either one of them up!

    —Dawn on March 23, 2014
  • Sewing came first. My grandmother taught me to sew by hand, always emphasizing the need for tiny stitches…always! Quilting came much later in life, but the skills I learned as a child were very instrumental in making the switch from garment sewing to quilting a fairly easy one.

    Cindy A. on March 23, 2014
  • I used to love baking until I had to change the way I eat for health reasons. So in need of a new hobby I decided to try sewing. I followed a few tutorials on Pinterest and fell in love. Now I love using charm packs to make purses!

    —Kaylin VanBuskirk on March 23, 2014
  • Sewing was first as I grew up in a family who loved to create and most of our wardrobes were made by family it was a normal progression to making our own.

    mistea on March 23, 2014
  • My interest in sewing came during high school in Home Ec. I made many outfits and kept sewing throughout H.S. and married & made many quilts and outfits for children. I work full time teaching but enjoy sewing in my down time and do alterations part time.

    Carolyn Webster on March 23, 2014
  • I started to learn how to sew at the age of seven. My mother was a stay at home mom, but previous to my birth, was a dressmaker with her own dress shop. Needless to say, whenever I had a sewing question, no matter what she was doing, she was always willing to put it down to help me.

    Many years later, I took a class in quilting, but it was hand piecing and hand quilting. I still have not finished quilting that piece, but have quilted by machine many jackets and several quilts. Last year, while visiting my brother with yet another quilt, this time a wall hanging, one of his friends said she just loves the tee-shirt quilt that I made for him many years ago. It’s so nice when the quilts that you make are appreciated. I had not even met this woman before, but she enjoyed the quilt I made without even having met me before.

    —Alice Hourihan on March 23, 2014
  • Sewing came first – I learnt from my Mum who is an amazing quilter and sewer!

    —Raven on March 24, 2014
  • I guess sewing technically came first, but I didn’t do much with it at first. It wasn’t until I was already fully addicted to quilting that I started branching out and REALLY sewing other things.
    The fabric is gorgeous and it was fun to learn more about the Jungs!

    Tiffany on March 24, 2014
  • I love the Pencil Box quilt! I started sewing (and embroidering) many years before I started quilting. I started sewing as a child, but my first quilt project was not until after I was married – in my 20s. It took me so long to finish my first quilt, that except for a few baby quilts, I quit until only recently. Now I’m trying to make up for lost time.

    —Tammy H. on March 24, 2014
  • I did know how to sew first, but very basic! My first love is quilting!!!
    Addictive too! 🙂

    Esther F. on March 24, 2014
  • Quilting came first for me. Still quilting…

    —Tamie on March 24, 2014
  • I have been sewing since I was a little girl, but decided that with eyesight going with age, I wanted to learn to quilt. I’ve heard of so many women quilting to their 90’s, so I took some lessons, and I’m hooked!

    —Madeline on March 24, 2014
  • I learned the basics of sewing and made a few clothing items but have always looked at quilts with and eye for making them. I did make one and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. It looks great.

    —ruby t on March 24, 2014
  • Sewing came first. My first project was a gathered skirt I made when I was in 4H. I was around 10. Then my mother guided me in cutting out pieces for a quilt, using cardboard for a pattern. Cutting out the pieces with scissors. That was in the late 50s. It is so much easier now with rotary cutters & plastic forms!

    —Susan Clarkson on March 24, 2014
  • I have sewn for years but only started quilting seriously this past year.

    —Sarah on March 24, 2014
  • I’ve been quilting since I was a toddler. I can remember working the peddles on my Grandmother’s machine. That was a very long time ago.

    —Chris on March 24, 2014

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