My name is Sandra and while professionally, I work as a writer and editor, I’d really rather quilt, cross-stitch, sew or knit. This blog is a chance to share my devotion to fiber arts and some of my projects with you.
I first developed my passion for crafts from my mom. She bought me a needlepoint kit when I was a teenager that she helped me work. She also let me use her trusty old Singer, even when I didn’t know what I was doing.
I learned how to cross stitch from a good friend in college. My first piece was a primitive stamped sampler you can find here. Since then I’ve gone on to make about 25 samplers of varying sizes. My latest WIP is “And They Sinned” from Exemplar Dames. It’s a monster at 17″ x 48″ and depicts Adam and Eve’s fall from the garden. It’s really cool.
I had always wanted to learn to sew my own clothes and after taking a few classes made quite a few outfits for myself and others during my 20s. It was during that time that my mom taught me to knit after she had learned from a book. Having made me a sweater already, she figured I could do the next one myself.
My first sweater was from a book called “Disney Knits,” by Melinda Coss and Debby Robinson (Sidgwick and Jackson Ltd., 1987), and it had the Big, Bad Wolf from “Three Little Pigs” on the front. I charted the title of the character’s iconic song on the back and used a cross stitch pattern to put three pigs on one sleeve.
I took up quilting about 10 years ago and made a few quilts but it didn’t seem to hold my interest the way I thought it would. But after taking a free class on Craftsy taught by Elizabeth Hartman, called “Creative Quilt Backs,” I was hooked on the modern quilt movement! The class opened up my eyes to the exciting possibilities this new style of quilting offered.
In fact, I fell in love with it so much I started a chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild in Louisville, Ky., so I could meet others who shared my passion.
Whew! That’s a lot! If you’d like to know anything more, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to hear from you and learn about your favorite stitches!