Announcement Piece and the pursuit of craftiness.
Piece and the pursuit of craftiness.
While Abby Sleeps...
After two less than stellar attempts at Home Ec, Mom feared the creative gene had skipped generations. She is craftsy and super talented. Memory Lane takes me back to the dreaded trips to the fabric store. The only thing that made it bearable was the wall of fabulous buttons. This is certainly where my love of them began.
1990 found our family living on a military base in Japan. I had two small children and wanted to make simple Halloween costumes and jammies. I signed up for a sewing class using my newly purchased $199 Simplicity sewing machine. Quilting was making it's was back to popularity and my ultimate goal was to learn to make quilts.
Back in California and as the kids grew older and no longer wanted to be caught dead in something Mom made, I concentrated on quilting, upgrading to a Pfaff. It was a Rolls Royce after my Simplicity!
Quilt shops were popping up all over the place. Oh happy day! Fast forward eight years and I find myself living in Ohio. The kids grew up, moved away and I found myself "home alone" while my husband was at work. What to do?
I sewed a gazillion flannel pillowcases for gifts and just because the flannel is so cute. I made quilts and other crafts and they started stacking up. My college daughter tells me about Etsy. I ask who wants to buy anything I make?
In 2007 my sewing space was in the loft in our house so that is how the name Loft Creations came to be. Then came the first sale. Oh happy day. I was in business!
Then my daughter tells me about this blog she reads. A what? Do quilter's have blogs? Why yes, yes they do! She held my hand and taught me everything I needed to know. Gosh, I got a comment. How exciting. Someone had found me. Now after 4 years of writing my blog I have many blog friends. It's been super rewarding getting to meet some of them in person.
After a few less than successful attempts at making bags using published patterns I wondered if I could do it better. I'm a visual person. I need to see things. So I made a bag of my own design and shared it on my blog. People started asking for the pattern. Who me, write a pattern? Blog friends offered to test. I lovingly call them my Supremes. West Linn, my very first bag pattern, was published. People bought them too! Well one thing lead to another and another and now my patterns are being sold Internationally through distributors. My choir of Supremes has grown. I now sew on a Jamone Memory Craft 6600. A super duper machine. I no longer make handmade items to sell on Etsy but my published patterns instead.
Wondering about the story headline? My dear Pepper dog and Neko cat left this earth and I missed the companionship of critters. One year my birthday present was a trip to the animal shelter where Abby, a then 10-month old boxer mix, adopted us. She has her own bed in my basement sewing studio and while she sleeps, I sew.
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