My name is Beth – welcome to my blog!
I live in West Virginia with my husband of 31 years. He is such a great guy! We have two sons and are empty nesters now. Even our doggies are gone – we had three beautiful German Shepherds that grew old and eventually passed away. But, we have a wonderful daughter-in-law and grandson who live close enough that we get to see them and our sons often.
I’ve loved doing crafty things for as long as I can remember. My Mom never did crafty types of things for fun; I realized later she did them out of necessity. She had six children and made a lot of our clothes when we were young – maybe that’s when the sewing bug hit me!
I love to cook, read, watch reality TV and do all sorts of crafty, DIY kind of things. I discovered DIY when my husband and I remodeled (read: gutted) our kitchen. Neither of us knew what we were doing but learned a lot through Google. Need to know something? Just Google it! 🙂
I first learned to quilt in 2004. A few of my coworkers and I spent the summer quilting and I made two quilts – a log cabin quilt for my oldest son and one for myself using a pattern called Winning Hand. I had the log cabin top professionally quilted and gifted to my son; the Winning Hand top is still waiting to be finished.
At the end of that summer, I changed jobs and that was the end of my quilting until the end of 2013. My sister had joined a quilting group in her community (she lives in PA), and encouraged me to get my quilting tools out of storage and put them to use. I’m so glad she did! We spend so much time now talking about quilts, children, gardening, etc. It’s really brought us closer.
I made my first quilts before the explosion of social media and relied on the knowledge of some trusted coworkers and a couple of quilt books. Now that I’ve started sewing again, I’m amazed at all the information that is available and I’ve been soaking it in!
Besides my sister, none of my other siblings or friends quilt so I’m excited about joining the blogging community. It’s nice to be able to get excited about a piece of fabric and be connected to others who share my excitement. (Cause my family and friends just think I’m nuts when I talk about fabric being so yummy I could lick it!!)
I can be kinda OCD about things, so it’s hard for me to have more than one project going on at a time. But I find that with quilting, there are so many things I want to do that I’m always starting something new. This also helps when I get tired of working on one project because there’s always something else to turn to.
My 2014 goals are simple:
– build a fabric stash (don’t know why, but I have this overwhelming urge to gather beautiful pieces of fabric, fold them neatly and stack them so I can drink in their beauty any time I feel like it)
– learn new techniques and share lessons learned along the way
I hope you follow along, share your stories and enjoy the journey!