A new sewers perspective



A new sewers perspective
By Keri Erickson

Sewing what does it mean to most people?  Many learn in self-defense to make necessary repairs to personal and loved ones clothing.  There are those who learn to make special items to wear for special events or as costumes.  There are those who learn simply to learn something new and those who learn to carry on a family tradition.  Most learn when they are young from family members, and there are some who learn as part of school curriculum.

Then there is me, my initial desire to learn how to sew was to make costume pieces for my husband and my Renaissance costumes.  Then once I had my machine, which came as a gift from my very gifted sewing Mother, I began to realize how much goes into making a simple project.  I thought it would be easy … and it is with a good teacher, my Mom.  Learning to sew and wanting to learn was something new to my Mom coming from me.  I was adamant about not learning for most of my life, that was her thing.  But then my life began to settle down, I began to settle down and I suddenly found myself ready to learn for my own reasons.  My Mom is so happy and excited to learn, that she has not only bought me a machine that does more than what I thought I wanted for my last birthday, she has purchased many of the things I need for my first quilt.

Once I had my machine I wanted to begin learning, so I asked Mom what is the easiest thing to sew.  When she said curtains I began to think about my front and back doors with windows.  In winter with the early darkness it is easy to see into any home with lights on and I like my privacy and I have a slight fear about walking past my window at night and seeing a face.  That may have more to do with all the horror movies and paranormal shows I like to watch, but it is a fear none the less that curtains would help.  So, we went shopping for the front door first.  Mom helped me learn the finer aspects of cutting, folding and ironing in your seams before sewing them.  The sewing is actually the easy part.  I have some pictures from that afternoon that I will include later in this post.  For my next project I wanted to do more curtains, but with more to them.  Next I did a pair of two panel curtains with two fabrics and similar tie backs.  Both were rod pocket style because I am simple that way.

After I was done with the curtains and still hungry to learn more, Mom sprung it on me … “Would you go with me to the fall quilting retreat.  You don’t have to make a quilt; you can sew whatever you want and if you get over whelmed you can just step away.”   Then she put out the clincher … “They have a scholarship program and a number of our cousins will be there too.”  I said to myself, what’s the worst that could happen, I don’t get the scholarship and still go, because Mom is willing to help make it happen.  If I don’t like it or feel too overwhelmed I can at least say I tried.  Since then I have received the scholarship and wonderful thank you letter after my essay submission.  My elder cousin (Mom’s generation) Denise, whom my mom says is the best quilter she knows, is going to be my table buddy.  She teaches at these seminars at times.  She and I have talked about the pattern, what to expect and gave me tips that have completely put me at ease.  Including what I need to know to make a simple wall hanging into a lap sized quilt (from a 4x4 block to a 5x7 block).

I am more excited than I realized I would be, look at me here, I searched out other outlets to be in touch with other like minds and I am posting a blog about a topic I have little practical experience.  I am so excited to carry on a family tradition of sewing and quilting that goes back multiple generations, probably farther, but the data and examples aren’t available.  That is my story, now for a couple of pics of proud newbie.  I promise to post pics of the retreat and my first ever quilt.

  

This is me at the machine and the lovely ironing board, if you look closely you will see a smile!

This is me at the machine and the lovely ironing board, if you look closely you will see a smile!

This is me at the machine and the lovely ironing board, if you look closely you will see a smile!

This is the single panel very first curtain!

This is Mom and I showing off the completed work on her door, because I use a magnetic curtain rod.

This is Mom and I showing off the completed work on her door, because I use a magnetic curtain rod.

The final product on My door!!! Now you see the window I was talking about.

Thank you all for allowing me to join your group, I am a sponge right now thanks for letting me share some of my story!!!

Keri

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