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Ever since I was a small kid, even as early as six years old I have been sewing, crocheting or creating in some way. It was my bonding time with my mom. We went to quilt shows, I learned how to hand piece Barbie quilts and make them outfits. We would visit antique stores and craft shows and try to figure out how to make what the stores and vendors were selling.
I have been selling bags, aprons and things for years to friends and family. Everyone I love has some handmade item from me in their home. Many have lots of things. Over the past couple of years I have learned to use my sewing/creating time as a time with God. I pray for the those who are touched by my products and let God speak to me while I work. It has become such a peaceful inspiring time for me while my art "becomes".
I love working with quality fabrics. To me, collecting fabric is like having that really big box of crayons we all…

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  • Born on December 19
  • Joined April 2, 2010

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I love Moda fabrics, I am a fabric snob and freely admit it

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Ever since I was a small kid, even as early as six years old I have been sewing, crocheting or creating in some way. It was my bonding time with my mom. We went to quilt shows, I learned how to hand piece Barbie quilts and make them outfits. We would visit antique stores and craft shows and try to figure out how to make what the stores and vendors were selling.
I have been selling bags, aprons and things for years to friends and family. Everyone I love has some handmade item from me in their home. Many have lots of things. Over the past couple of years I have learned to use my sewing/creating time as a time with God. I pray for the those who are touched by my products and let God speak to me while I work. It has become such a peaceful inspiring time for me while my art "becomes".
I love working with quality fabrics. To me, collecting fabric is like having that really big box of crayons we all wanted as kids. I love to touch them, look at them and let them speak to me. Sometimes it feels like a disease when I am shopping for fabric. I want them all and I want to create all of the possibilities with every one of them. There is not enough time in the day or fabric in the world to create all of the things I can see. Having and touching the fabric is only part of the disease. Creating something that is really fun and unique makes me smile. Seeing someone’s smiling face or making just the right product that touches someone’s heart can make my week. I really do squeal when I make something really cool.
I know there are 12 steps to recovery and the first step is to admit you have a problem. I have a fabric problem. In order to feed my illness, I must create and then sell my products so I can buy even more fabric and start again. I am not yet ready to start the rest of the recovery process although I fully admit that there is a higher power and he has given me any talent I may possess. I pray that instead of curing me of my fabric disease, the Lord may allow me to make a living with it and enrich other’s lives in the process.
The challenge of figuring out how to make something fun out of something else or make that thing you found at the mall for half the price and twice the quality is like solving a crossword puzzle. How can we reuse those things we don’t need any longer? It may take me a couple of tries, but I will get it and hopefully improve on the end product. Those are the things I am dreaming about at two in the morning.
Thanks for sharing my art with me.

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