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I have been sewing since kindergarten when I started by making pillowcases for my mother on a treadle sewing machine. By the time I was in 3rd grade I was given a fabric allowance to make my own school clothes. I would rarely buy patterns so I could afford high quality fabric for my dresses. I would go to the department store find a dress I liked and sketch the design and figure how much fabric I would need. Since the store also had a fantastic fabric department I would make my purchases.

My mother and father used to laugh at me about my pattern making technique. I would roll around the floor on newspaper and trace out the design by tracing my body for pattern pieces. It worked and my dresses were the envy of my friends. When I was in junior high my home economics teacher couldn't believe the designs I created. This is when I had some formal training with an electric sewing machine…

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  • Joined October 26, 2010

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I have been sewing since kindergarten when I started by making pillowcases for my mother on a treadle sewing machine. By the time I was in 3rd grade I was given a fabric allowance to make my own school clothes. I would rarely buy patterns so I could afford high quality fabric for my dresses. I would go to the department store find a dress I liked and sketch the design and figure how much fabric I would need. Since the store also had a fantastic fabric department I would make my purchases.

My mother and father used to laugh at me about my pattern making technique. I would roll around the floor on newspaper and trace out the design by tracing my body for pattern pieces. It worked and my dresses were the envy of my friends. When I was in junior high my home economics teacher couldn't believe the designs I created. This is when I had some formal training with an electric sewing machine.

My father bought me a used electric machine that year, which he later replaced with a brand new machine when I went away to college. During college I made wedding dresses to pay my bills and then during the 1980's I was hired by a company that redesigned jogging suits for women and children that were sold to boutiques. If I worked through the night after my day job (a Teacher) I could make almost 200 dollars a week to supplement my income.

I love sewing especially for babies and kids and have been making quilts for at least 40 years. I make home decor for my friends and family, pillows, drapes. and upholstery. Everything in my home are things I designed or redesigned.

As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina I lost everything I ever owned, my home, my private school, and my father-in-law. As therapy instead of the Katrina quilts my friends were making, I make a 5 x 7 hooked oriental rug which hangs on my wall in the living room of our new house. It reminds me that you can survive anything and it doesn't have to spoil your life.

I retired from teaching in 2013 and have been sewing and crafting everyday since.

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