As I said, my Mom quilted. I absorbed the basics watching her and that was it.
One day 90 plus degree, very humid day during summer vacation from high school (in a house without AC) I decided to make a 'quilt.' I went upstairs and pawed through my Mom's fabric and pulled out a bunch of flannel. I cut the squares. Laid out my design and sewed my blocks, then sewed my strips.
When Mom got home from work, she found me and my completed top. Mom didn't let me stop there. She made me buy fabric for the back (we used a blanket for the batting) and made me finish the blanket. I used it on my bed in college and we used for on our bed for awhile after we got married. Then it was used as a couch throw. It was used to protect the chairs from my oldest who was a champion spitter when she was nursing. Finally, I noticed it was beginning to get very worn and rolled it up and use it for decor.
When C was about 2 I got my own sewing machine. I hadn't sewn since HS. I decided to hem one of those pieces of pre-printed quilted fabric for my first project. It was a single panel with trains on it. Soon it became a fixture on the back of our tall armchair/recliner. It kept the back from getting soacked whenever I sat there with wet hair and protected the back from laundry (the chair is the perfect height and size for folding laundry, it is especially perfect for t-shirts). That poor little piece of fabric is frayed and stained. Time for something new to protect the back of that chair.
I've been saving jeans for awhile to make a blanket. My stash was out of control and so I dedicated a day to making my blanket. I am inordinately proud of myself!
Check out these Creative Highs from my fellow bloggers:
Cecily from Craftopotomus made this beautiful quilt that she calls a Muddy Prairie Quilt. She has a story for the name and it is a wonderful story. Check it out!
You all know I love a great refashion. Check this one out! Catie from Do Ah Diddy transformed a poncho to a skirt. Isn't it adorable?
Suzanne at Just Another Hang Up made this adorable memo board. Isn't it the sweetest?
I am not a scrapbooker, but sometimes I wish I was. I always think I want to make these cute homemade albums like this one from Maria at Bubblegum and Duct Tape. She is our Creative High Winner this week!
1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog. Link to something you made that shows off your creative genius; something that gave you a creative high kind of like the endorphin rush that runners talk about. It can be an old post or a new post but it needs to be something you made.
2. Give your entry a descriptive title.
3. Use my button to link back to the party or add a text link in your post..
4. I can't accept links to etsy shops or online stores but I will accept parties and give-a-ways.
5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight at Those Northern Skies (appropriate credit and links will be given to you and your blog of course).
1. Every Friday at the next party, I will highlight my favorite posts from the previous week.
2. My favorite entrant of the week will win an advertisement in my sidebar free of charge for one month (four weeks). If you do not have a shop, I can put your blog button up or if you would rather I can put up a button for your favorite charity.
3. In addition, for those who make a project inspired by one of my projects or one of my tutorials, I will pick one winner a month and they will get to keep an advertisement in my sidebar for two months. Plus all inspired entrants will be part of a featured post at the end of the month.
I will be sharing this at these places: