Welcome to my blog. My name is Joanna, I live in the Northeast of the United States and my blogging is usually about the things I make. I have been sewing for about 52 years - YIKES! Was I born with a needle and thread, scissors and pincushion? Maybe. Actually, my mother and her sisters were all sewers, as well as their mother, so the influence was there. My sister, mother and I used to spend hours roaming about fabric stores and mill outlets, just looking and touching the fabrics. When we learned of a new place that sold fabric, we were right on it. At one time in my life, in my twenties, I made almost all of my clothes. I loved it.
Now, mostly I make quilts. It is very different from garment construction, and I know I have a lot to learn about the craft, which may be why I enjoy it so much. Plus, I get to look at and touch fabric all over again.
The rewards of sewing are many, and sometimes unexpected. For instance, this past Christmas I made a crayon roll for my sister's youngest granddaughter.
It was a big hit with the baby and her mother, and her oldest sister asked me to make one for her to hold her pens. It's a simple project that made an impact. That's why I love to sew.
I also crochet and knit, but not as often as I once did. And, I like cross stitch. Embroidering well is on my wish list.
A big Thank You to Vicki of 2 Bags Full for putting together this Grow Your Blog event.
I look forward to visiting many blogs in the next few days that I may never have heard of if not for this event. So, Vicki, hugs.
This is the Stash Buster quilt top. Some of the blocks look so different to me when set in the quilt, such as the second from the right on the top row. The quilt is attractive and the qal got me to use rulers that I owned but never used so that was a good exercise. Thank you to Linda of Quiltmania for this qal. It was fun. I have the backing half put together. I'm trying to use fabric from my stash but I may have to go shopping for some that will blend in with what I have. Isn't that a shame:)
Back in August I posted about the new Sizzix dies I purchased, and one of them was the hexagon.
I was using scraps to make something, just playing.
This week I decided to make a runner and this is what I came up with.
I have plans of doing a crocheted edging, if I can manage it.
We had our second blizzard this month Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The snow accumulation wasn't as bad for my area as the first one, but it was dangerous driving and severely cold. Last night I took a short walk and enjoyed the crunchy snow. Yep, I'm a hard-core New Englander. And I get my exercise shoveling snow in winter and cutting grass in summer. Lucky me.
I hope you stop by on Saturday when the Grow Your Blog hop takes place.
The blogs will be of all interests, not necessarily quilting/sewing so that will be fun.
Happy New Year to everyone. Hope we all know joy, good health and many good things in 2014.
This is block 19 in the Stash Buster QAL that is hosted by Linda's Quiltmania http://lindasquiltmania.blogspot.com/ One more block and we put them all together. I'm curious to see the setting for this quilt because I don't know what sashing I will use, if there is one.