Isn’t this the cutest little hexie thread catcher you ever saw?!? You need one, your secret sister needs one, everyone in your sewing bee needs one…
And it folds flat for travel!
Welcome to our first meet a quilter get together. Let me introduce you to Linda, the creator of that cute hexie thread catcher...
Hi, my name is Linda and I blog over at UggaBear Cottage. I am a “50-something” early retiree…wife to the love of my life…mother to the joy of my life.
As far back as I can remember I have wanted to sew…which is quite unusual since my mother and grandmother never sewed; and I am the only member of the family (other than a great aunt) who has ever owned a sewing machine.
When I was around 7 years old my parents bought me a “toy” Singer sewing machine. It really “worked” and I spent the summer bumming rags from my mother to turn into little drawstring pouches. I made pouches to carry my jacks, marbles, bottle caps, baseball cards and Barbie shoes! At around age 13 I took my first sewing class. However, not having a sewing machine, I couldn’t use my skills. I continued to beg my parents for a sewing machine over the next few years, but they weren’t sure I was really going to use it. After all, teenagers can be very fickle!
For my 21st birthday my parents surprised me with my first “real” sewing machine. Over the ensuing years I sewed clothing for myself and even made one or two handmade gifts. However, I had never heard of , or even seen, a handmade quilt! Unbelievable!
In 1991 my boss’s wife introduced me to quilting. It was love at first stitch! My first quilt was a Trip Around the World, followed closely by a red, white and blue pinwheel quilt for my then 3 year old son. My mentor hand quilted all of her projects, but I took the quicker “tied” route. Life as a young wife and mother was hectic and my sewing machine was packed away…brought out only for mending and home decorating. I didn’t have time to pursue my love of quilting.
Then, in 2010-2011 I shut down my business. Afraid I would be bored out of my mind, my husband suggested I get back into quilting. So, my dear, sweet hubby bought me a new sewing machine. For Christmas he and my son emptied out my old home office and turned it into a sewing room. The rest(as they say) is history, LOL.
Over the past few years my “style” has changed considerably. Originally, I was drawn to all things “shabby chic”…without the “shabby” part, LOL. I love pastels. Now I find myself drawn to bright, “happy” colors and quilts. Maybe that is because quilting is my sanity and these colors better express the joy and “normalcy” creating brings to my life.
The majority of quilts I have created since my retirement (usually one a year) have been “theme” quilts, designed expressly to represent the likes and personality of the recipient. With the last quilt in 2014 I even dipped my toes into FMQ! SO MUCH FUN!
Over the next few years I will more than likely “gift” every member of my immediate family with a “theme” quilt. Once all of my loved ones can wrap themselves in MY love, I hope to send warmth and love to those in need.
Much of my other sewing has been borne out of necessity. I needed something to contain my threads while sewing hexies and my Collapsible Craft Container was born. I needed something to corral my EPP supplies while on car rides and my Travel EPP Kit was born (this pattern is still in development).
UPDATE: The EPP Travel Kit pattern is now available. See her post here.
P.S. Carol asked me to include a “fun fact” about myself…
In high school I played the harp in the school orchestra, and had to sit on two telephone books wrapped in contact paper because I was too short to reach the strings! Thank goodness I can reach my sewing machine!!!
♥THANK YOU Linda for sharing with us today!
I hope everyone enjoyed meeting a fellow quilter as much as I did! Be sure to hop over to UggaBear Cottage and see what else she’s up to.
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2. One winner drawn at random on Friday, April 17th.
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