We LOVE Victoria Findlay Wolfe . It’s no secret that she’s a steadfast Aurifil champion and we like to think that the love and respect is mutual. It stands to reason, then, that we’re more than a little excited to present her brand new collection, Meadow Storm. These two thread packs were selected to coordinate with her new fabric line with Studio 37/Marcus Fabrics, a line inspired by prairie weather and family connections. Designs such as Cloudy, Misty, Overcast, and Sunshowers suggest the amazing displays in a prairie sky. Victoria’s thread colors are the perfect complement, available in 4 LG 50wt spools and 6 SM 80wt spools — everything you need for perfect piecing and appliqué.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Meadow Storm, 50wt
4 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2692 – 2479 – 2115 – 4654
Meadow Storm, 80wt
8 Small Spools, 80wt (300yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2110 – 2710 – 2423 – 2250 – 4182 – 2692
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Having grown up on a farm in Minnesota, what inspired you to shift gears and move to New York City?
I always knew I’d be an artist, and figured I’d live in a big city. The minute I graduated, I moved to Minneapolis, then that wasn’t big enough, and later went to NYC. I was always told if you were an artist, New York was the place to be. I followed my dream since I was 5 years old.
How did you first discover and come to love this wonderful world of textiles?
Growing up on a farm we grew and made everything. My mother was a seamstress and my father was an upholsterer besides being a farmer. My grandmother was the quilter,
Sewing was like eating, breathing and sleeping… Being an artsy kid, you could not stop me from creating with wood, fiber, twigs, wire… whatever I could get my hands on. It wasn’t until I was becoming a mother that I got drawn to making quilts. As one does on the farm, when someone is having a baby, you make them a quilt… And so my quilting journey began, It was easier to work in fiber instead of oil paint when my daughter was little. The obsession caught on quite quickly.
I do find that I paint the same way I build a quilt. If I had a canvas on my right and design wall on my left, I’d brush some red paint on the canvas, and lay on a piece of red fabric on the design wall… If I wanted to change it, I could easily do that on either surface. I do all my designing on the wall, not on paper. I need to see it in front to fly with all my fabric options…
Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
As a child, I was obsessed with “making.” This means, making ANYTHING. I was either sewing, coloring, or building… it never stopped. My first “quilt” was 2″ thick, because I used my father’s raw cotton upholstery batting. I tried to hand quilt it with a small needle — I think I got one stitch per inch, besides loosing the needle in a 2″ quilt. It was very frustrating as you can imagine! I still have it — I found it a two years ago, along with a quilt top that I abandoned, because it was all crooked and wonky. It’s very funny now, when I love improv. I guess I was ahead of my time and didn’t know it — haha.
What do you love most about quilting?
Building and finishing a quilt is like making a complete thought. It has a beginning , a middle and an end. Those final stitches on the binding are the most satisfying to me, as I am already creating the next quilt in my head at that time.
You have a number of wonderful industry partners, including Marcus Fabric, Sizzix, Juki and of course, Aurifil. What do you love most about working collaboratively in this industry and how does it help to shape your experience?
I’m a creature of “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” When I find a product I love, I don’t waiver. I use what works, and helps get me to my end game, the finished product. I love having options around me, but many different options can overwhelm me, so I stick with what I know I love to use, and gives me the best results I am looking for.
Meadow Storm is your latest collection with Marcus Fabrics. Can you tell us a bit about how the collection came to be and what inspired these new designs?
Growing up in Minnesota I learned from a young age that conversations revolve around the weather, and how is your garden is growing… People love to talk about Minnesota weather, most certainly winter! I grew up pulling weeds and canning vegetables with my mother, so as I grew up, I found that I still love to garden. This idea of gardening and weather, inspired my collection of Meadow Storm. Designs such as Cloudy, Misty, Overcast, and Sunshowers suggest the amazing displays in a prairie sky. Combining timeless elements with a graphic approach to create a fresh and modern Storm of inspiration to cut up and piece together, just like the garden paths.
And my next line, called “LIGHT WORK” will be in stores in February!
Do you have a favorite project that was made with the new fabrics?
My Cross & Crown quilt is definitely a favorite, I used my black-and-white awning stripe, cut in different ways to create great visual effect. Dropping in other fabrics from the collection to great a modern scrappy looking quilt.
How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
Depending on my project, I’m looking to match my threads to the quilt, and I always include a variegated thread.
Do you have a favorite Aurifil thread?
YES! If I’m piecing I love the variegated thread #4651 as it blends from white, yellow, and pink, to lavender. When I’m making scrappy quilts, I like to have the thread color change as well, so that the thread is never visible on the top. This thread is available in my Mostly Manor Collection.
My thread sets are selected to go wth my fabric lines, and to add colors to your thread library. Having options I find is the best. Having the smaller sets of thread help me add to my stash in an affordable way.
VFW QUILTS – NYC STOREVictoria’s NYC store opened in September and it is all kinds of amazing! Walls adorned with quilts, stacks of fabric and rows of thread lining the shelves, it’s a must-visit destination on your next trip to New York. Meadow Storm fabrics and threads are available, in addition to a range of Victoria’s other collections.
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To enter-to-win 1 Meadow Storm 4-pack of 50wt threads and 1 Meadow Storm 6-pack of 80wt threads, both by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, January 5. Good luck!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner Elizabeth Kuntz!
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My grandmother inspired me to sew and quilt. She made quilts for all of her children and grandchildren and some of her great grandchildren. She made over 100 quilts that are now special memories for our family. When I get “stuck” with a pattern or design, I often think of her and somehow, inspiration prevails.
I sat and watched my mom sew from the time I could sit up. Finally at age 6 she taught me how to make clothes for my Twiggy doll and for my trolls. Trolls should never be naked. LOL I in turn taught (straight stitches) a friend so her troll would not be naked. That led to sewing my own clothes, sewing in 4-H. When I was in high school mom learned how to hand quilt. She taught me. Took way too much time and being a perfectionist, I was not happy. Years later when our two children were in grade school I joined a group a church who were making baby blankets for a pregnancy crisis center. We quilted be machine and I fell in love. As they say, the rest is history.
Beautiful fabrics and wonderful thread to match.
I’ve been a fan of Victoria for a long while. Her “story ” of farm, weather, gardens, beginning quilts is so similar to my story. Congratulations on another beautiful fabric line and glorious Aurifil collection!
My great aunt Beulah inspired me to quilt. When I visited Aunt Beulah, I loved to sleep under her beautiful Quilts.
I started sewing at 6. My Mom instilled that love of sewing. No one in my family were quilters though. My love of quilts started with an old quilt I found in an antique store for $35. My son loved that quilt to death. He even took it to Desert Storm with him. I took up quilting in my 50’s and am now inspired mostly by nature. Love your threads and I am dying to try the 80 wt.
All my life I have slept under quilts that my grandmother and great grandmother made. I also have a baby quilt that my mother made me that had embroidered pictures on it. I remember looking at the pictures, so my 1st quilt was a twin sized quilt for my oldest child that had 114 embroidered squares.
Watching my grandmother knit and crochet has inspired me as a ‘maker’.
I had access to my mom’s sewing machine. She only used it for mending.
My grandmother was my inspiration for all things textile. She was from Poland and spoke little English. She taught me how to hand sew, embroider and to learn about the textures and weights of fabrics and threads
I started sewing doll clothes, then my own clothes, next my children’s clothes, and got pulled into quilts during the 1976 bicentennial!
My grandmother sewed garments and was extremely talented. She made things for me when I was young and then when I was 11 yrs old, we embarked on a pair of shorts and a shirt to match. I didn’t have enough patience before then to see it through. Made a few things after that but then didn’t sew again until I went to college and my roommate inspired me to pick it up again.
My grandmother sewed beautiful quilts. As children we would fight over which one we could use while visiting. Being able to make quilts feels very special.😊
I can’t really say anything about my childhood has inspired my quilting. My mother was quite a sewer though, that that might have gotten me into sewing in the first place.
I don’t really have an answer to that question. However, I have never thought of using variegated thread for piecing and might just give it a try.
I was inspired by my mom and sisters who sewed and made beautiful clothing. I loved how everything looked so good on them and they have something to wear that looked so unique! Choosing the fabric was the most fun for me when they made me a dress!
As a young adult I watched my mom make a quilt for each of her grand-kids. Then later on a friend of mine made a quilt and I decided I wanted to try it.
Since I was very little, my mother always made dresses for me and my sister. I would watch her sewing and when I got a little older she showed me the basics of using her sewing machine (a Singer). I followed up in home economics class in high school, and have never stopped sewing! Thank you, Susan
There was a yearly doll show at our little town park, and having neither fancy dolls or money to buy doll clothes, so we made our own. One year we dressed a small doll in a button covered dress and another in an outfit made from the Sunday funnies.
My mom sewed all the time when I was young. She never had any desire to make quilts but I sure make up for that.
i think my love of all things rainbow comes from my childhood in west texas, we didn’t get a lot of rain and we were so excited when we would see a rainbow.
I did not know my grandmothers, but my mother loved to sew. She made Barbie doll clothes!! and a few crazy quilts. My best friends mother was the one who got me into quilting 25 years ago, thanks Barb!
Days at the beach may explain my love of blues!
As a young girl, I watched my grandma sew, crochet, knit and embroider. I think it’s in my genes to create.
I was inspired through Home Ec. Thank you for the giveaway!
My grandmother and mother were both sewers but not so much quilters. My sister and I have become the quilters in the family. Very nice collection…..I love the bright colors. Thanks for the giveaway.
I don’t know really, but the love for crafts and sewing comes definitely from my mom and both my grandpa’s were painting. And i really love both, painting and sewing, thats ptrobably the reason for my special love of embroidery.LOL!
When I pull from my feedsack prints, I always think back to my Grandma. She made Sunbonnet Sue blocks that use the same tiny prints.
My mom is a quilter and I loved watching her enjoy the process of making quilts, so she helped teach me and I have been quilting ever since!
My inspiration isn’t from my childhood, it’s from my adulthood. I love to make quilts for newborns and young children because it means love. Unconditional love 🙂
My grandma made us all TV quilts when we were kids. I’ve always thought quilts were meant to be used not just looked at.
My mother only sewed because she had too. It was not a labor of love. However I started sewing at an early age with virtually no instruction. I did take sewing in school and then moved on from there. Mostly I sewed garments until about 3 years ago when I discovered machine piecing and quilting. I love, love it and the creativity I can achieve.
My maternal grandmother sewed clothes for me. One year she created the most beautiful dress in a black fine pinwhale and it was covered in beautiful embroidered fabrics. i still remember how much I loved to look at the fabric, touch the fabric and how beautiful it was. So to this day the thing I love most about making is the fabric and the textures that can be created with it.
I started by hand sewing clothes for my Barbie dolls and progress to garment sewing by high school. I even made my own wedding gown (a very simple design). Didn’t start quilting until many years later when I joined a fiber arts guild. A quilt study group was formed and I got hooked.
My maternal grandmother was an amazing seamstress and sewed for all nine of us kids in addition to our dolls. I still have the doll quilt she made me.
Always doing creative things, Quilting is just another way to exprexx it.
Learning to sew and knit with my Grandmother gave me the inspiration to continue on…
Watching my Mother and Grandmothers take a flat piece of fabric and thread and turn it into something beautiful to wear or use inspired me the most. They had the basic home class in high school and I made a dress, but it wasn’t until later in years I was able to create the clothing and quilts that my Mom and Grandparents were able to make.
My mother taught me to
sew and I enjoy doing as
she did. I don’t quilt but
I do like to sew.
Carla from Utah
Life long sewing has been quite a progression for me. My mother taught my older sister and me to sew from an early age. First hand sewing and then using her old Pfaff treadle sewing machine – I remember sewing pillow cases on that! Elementary and high school sewing lessons added to my hand and machine sewing skills! College classes fine tuned my dressmaking skills – I’d been making my own clothes since my teens. Knitting always too – sweaters, cardigans, socks, hats, gloves & scarves! Home furnishings were always needed too. Then my sewing machine lay silent and unused for many years apart from occasionally hemming pants. But, more than 10 years ago, came a visit to PIQF – so much quilting eye candy – the quilts, the fabrics, the threads, the patterns, the sewing machine machines…I was hooked…
I took sewing lessons as a young girl…..and the love of fabric began. It progresses to quilting when, as a young mother, I took my first quilting class!
My Mother, she loved to do all types of sewing, quilting+embroideries>and so do I! Thank You for a great giveaway!
My mother loved to knit, but I never really got into that. But in junior high, I had a home ec class and the most wonderful teacher and fell in love with sewing. Cooking, no so much.
My mother had 5 or 6 quilts made by her grandmothers and in laws. They were on our beds in childhood and now I am lucky enough to own them (my sister got mom’s singer feather weight, so I think we’re even!😊). I loved to pore over the quilts and find matching scraps of fabrics, all from the 1930’s or earlier. My mom never quilted although she saved a lot of fabric for “someday”. Someday never came for her but in my retirement, making quilts is my all consuming passion.
My grandmother was a seamstress and made beautiful clothing. I still have some of her pieces. Funny though, she really did not like quilting! I’m the opposite, not liking to sew clothing but enjoy quilting. My mother did both. I have a wonderful sewing legacy in my family. 🙂
I was most definately inspired by my grandmother’s quilts. She was the wife of an Appalachian coal miner, and there was no money to spare for fine fabrics so her quilts were primarily made of worn out polyester clothing with an old blanket for batting and tied with yarn or rough thread. How I loved those quilts! And though she’s been gone for many years, I still have one that I use to tuck my son in at night and he asks me questions about Mamaw Carter – the great grandmother that he never had the pleasure of meeting – and I get to tell him stories about her and her lifestyle, and she is with us once again through her quilt.
Love the Meadow Storm colors. They are breathtaking!
Beautiful fabrics and wonderful giveaway. No one in the family ever sewed — but I was
given a sewing machine when I took Home Ec in junior high in the 1950s and have been
sewing something or another ever since. It is a relaxing pleasure for me.
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was very young just bc she wanted to keep all of us girls busy and quiet. But I learned to quilt bc every year I try to learn something new. That year I told myself that I would learn to quilt and I did and I am still learning and loving every minute. It has been at least 20 years and lots of quilts.
My great grandmother was a quilter, and as a child, I slept under her quilts. I still have two of them, and they are always an inspiration.
I definitely appreciated my mother’s sewing – clothes for me. But my interest in sewing did not take off as a child. I became interested in patchwork/quilting about the time my daughter was born. Then my mother tried quilting too.
I really don’t have any memory or reason to quilt from childhood. My mom didn’t sew or quilt. I picked it up when I was in my 20’s with small kids because I wanted to create my own quilts and garments.
I had never seen a patchwork quilt until I was in my 50s, but I had seen an illustration, in my copy of one of Louisa Alcott’s books at about the age of nine. I was entranced by the shapes and colours in the picture. I wanted to have one too! It took me more than 50 years to realise that dream, and now I’m addicted!
My mom’s love of fabric and design definitely inspired me! Although I didn’t appreciate then, I had the coolest clothes of anyone! She taught me appreciation for the fine details – and that comes out in my quilts.
I love Victoria’s stuff! This is an amazing collection. I love that my mom taught me to quilt!
I have been sewing since I was 11 yrs old. My mother inspired me to sew. with all the leftover scraps of fabric I made my first quilt and since then I have been hooked. Thanks for the giveaway.
I really like the 4 spool sets of the thread! It is a good way to build up a stash!
My mom, my aunt, and my grandma were always sewing or knitting when I was little. I learned young and LOVED it.
Love the new line! Meadow Storm could be any area that has farmland-I’m in the Hudson Valley, and we discuss the weather all the time.
Those threads are a perfect companion to VFW’s fabrics.
This is a lovely line of new threads. I love Victoria’s work- she is an inspiring creative quilter.. thanks for the chance to win such lovely threads.
Regards from Alberta, Canada
My mom and aunt were sewers and embroiderers and as soon as I showed interest, about 5 years old), they started to teach me how to embroider. We moved onto sewing and then to quilting, which became my favourite form of handwork. Both my mom and aunt have passed away but I still feel close to them when I’m working in my sewing room.
I had an older friend who told me to just sew. And I did.
When I was in my early teens my second mother would take me to her quilting bees. The ladies taught me how to quilt using tiny stitches. If they weren’t small enough they would rip them out and you would have to do it again. Good thing I was born to sew or I may have given up at that time.
My parents owned a drapery shop so I was surrounded by fabrics at an early age. I learned to sew when I was 5 years old–crudely sewing together scraps for doll quilts. I remember also that my mother would make cloth dolls and sell them at craft shows. She would “hire” me to help her stuff them and sew on the hair, etc. My cousin taught me how to cross stitch which opened up a whole new world of embroidery for me. I’m so thankful for these women and the skills they have taught me!
My grandmother was a great seamstress who also did crochet and embroidery. She taught me to do embroidery when I was young and that lead to other needlework. I didn’t learn to quilt till I was in college when a dormmate taught me how to tie a quick quilt. I went home that following spring and combined my old hobby with this new one and made a tie quilt that was embroidered with cartoon characters. It was very popular when I took it back to college. I sadly have lost track of it and suspect that one of my daughters has abscounded with it.
Sitting in my mother’s lap at her Singer sewing machine! She made our clothes and my doll clothes! Taught me embroidery when I was 7!
My great grandmother quilted. My brother and I played on the quilt she gave my parents, when they were married (it was great for Matchbox cars). My father gave me that quilt, a few years after I started to quilt. I knew my great grandmother for the first 18 years of my life, so, it is even more special to me.
I didn’t know anything about quilting until I was a young adult looking at beautiful ones in gift shops and wondering how I could make one. I was able to start quilting in my late twenties and have been quilting ever since.
I was inspired by my grandmother who sewed on a treadle machine and by my mom who made our clothes on a feather weight machine . I started making my own clothing when in high school.
Like others it was my grandmother. She sewed for ladies in her small town, and seldom used a pattern. But there were all those beautiful scraps available just for picking them up off the floor for grandmother.
Wow, from my childhood..definitely was my Aunt! she had a treadle machine in corner of her basement, with few lamps & a porch glider with cushions on it. I used to sit & watch her sewing away..was super! Also watched her sit & crochet in the evenings..made granny square afghans,,,& I remember her starching & shaping doilies she made. too.
Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! 😀
I was inspired by my mother and grandmother. I remember sitting on my mom’s lap while she sewed. As soon as I was big enough to run the sewing machine she started teaching me. Grandma was a quilter from as early as I can remember.
I love that Victoria has her first quilt. I made stuff when I was little, too. I learned embroidery, crochet and knitting very young, and Mom made clothes, so I did, too. It’s been a life of loving creativity. Thanks.
My Grandmother taught me to quilt when I was a small child and I have never quit since then. I just love it.
My mother was my inspiration, she showed me how to use the sewing machine, helped me making doll clothes and later on my own clothes. Through making costumes when I was a student, I started quilting after my kids were grown. I love quilting!
I think I inherited the quilting and creative gene from my Grandma Clara. She lived in a house without running water and cooked on a huge cast iron stove. She was the best baker of cookies and bread. As I am the youngest grandchild, she was elderly when I was born yet she taught me to crochet. After she died I gravitated to quilting and then learned she had made many quilts in earlier years. I think she appreciates my work even though she isn’t present on this earth.
My mom taught me how to sew when I was 16. I grew up in Asia where my sisters and I often had local seamstresses make us dresses. I was always fascinated by how they would take our measurements and fabric and come back with a great dress. I started out making my own running shorts which I got quite good at before I progressed to dresses. Later on I started quilting, after I got out of college due to my accumulation of fabric scraps. I laugh to think back to the time when I thought quilting would be less expensive cuz you only needed to buy small amounts of fabric. Now I have tons and tons of those “small amounts of fabric” and it ain’t cheap I have long since admitted!
My Mom used to sew Barbie clothes for my dolls, and I was just fascinated with the whole process. I couldn’t wait to learn how to sew! When I got into junior high, I signed up for Sewing for my elective, but I was very disappointed that they did not have enough machines to go around. I asked my Mom if I could bring her sewing machine to school, and she said yes! I carried that machine to school every day that I had sewing class for an entire semester! I didn’t mind though. My first project was an apron, and I continued to sew, even making some of my own clothes in High School. After I had my first child, our local fabric store offered a quilting class and my love for quilting was born!
I am inspired by memories of my mother and the happiness I felt when she sewed for me, as well as the delight I felt when I played in her fabric scraps.
I was always making things as a child. When I took home economics in junior high school and had to take sewing, it opened up a new world for me. I sewed a lot of clothes and toys for my children, and about seven years ago, I discovered quilting. It has become my passion. Thanks!
My mom was always sewing our clothes, and my sister and I learned early on to hand stitch embroidery and doll clothes. We began making our own clothes as teens. Then mom began to hand applique this gorgeous quilt. She set up a quilt frame that took up space in the whole living room! She hand quilted many beautiful quilts there-each stitch lovingly placed. I still have that quilt. My quilting journey started when my sister dragged me to fabric stores and I fell in love! The whole process is a work of love-especially choosing fabric and machine quilting!
I remember seeing my great grandmother hand piecing in my grandmother’s house….and always lots of quilts at both grandmothers homes. Love the color and texture.
My Mom used to sew a lot and that certainly sparked my interest as I got older. I started sewing my own clothes in high school and eventually got into quilt making.
My grandmother started me sewing on her singer at age 9, I have not stopped sewing, I go into my sewing room every morning and spend the day in it lol. Just love quilting so much.
My grandmother and mother did sewing. My grandmother would see some high fashioned home decor in a magazine and try to recreate that feel in their home using remnants she had. I guess her influence was to tap into your creativity by using what you had or could afford to make something that inspired you.
When I was a girl I slept under a quilt my great grandmother made me. I hadn’t the foggiest idea then that I would become a quilter in my 30’s!
My friends mother was always cutting fabric squares with a cardboard template and making quilts and this is what started my love of quilting.
I learned to sew on my grandmother’s Singer treadle. Mostly I made clothes to start with then a funky quilt with 5/8″ seams because that was all I knew!
We always did crafty things when I was a kid so that played a role in my interest in making things. And my paternal grandmother used to give me books of Altair Designs to color — I now think of them as “quilts on paper” — so that may have been an influence. As a young adult I sewed mainly clothes and home dec items, but once I tried quilts I found my passion.
Like victoria my grandmother quilted and she and I made me a doll blanket as a child which somehow I have been able to keep! Unlike Victoria I cannot paint but I love quniting as my artistic expression..
My Grandma taught me to sew, and I am so thankful for her patience and kindness! My mother hated sewing-and it just baffles me!
Love her bold quilting style!
My grandma has sewn quilts for as long as I’ve known her, she’s made 1 for each grandchild and 1-2 for each great grandchild and 1-2 for each great-great grandchild…all in all thats over 50 quilts just for her family alone. I can’t imagine how many others she made just to make.
No one in my family quilted, I never even thought about quilting until I was in my late 30’s and saw a bookcase quilt being an avid reader I couldn’t stop looking at it and decided that I wanted to create a quilt with my beloved book titles. And a passion was born!!
What inspired me is the strong desire to have things made the way they should be & how unwanted them to be. Couldn’t find it the way I wanted it, so I do it myself.
The neighbor across the street had a Barbie doll and box of satin and taffeta fabric scraps. I wanted so badly to take those scraps and make really pretty clothes for the doll…..not that she would let me….and I didn’t know how to sew then. But I learned how to sew clothes and then quilts. Haven’t looked back yet!!
Beautiful fabrics and thread!
My mom was always Making. She braided rugs, hooked rugs, made clothing for my younger brothers and sisters out of her voluminous shirt-waist dresses, and took up quilting later in her life. Always an inspiration!
When I was a child, I had a large quilt that my great-grandmothers had made (one pieced, the other quilted). I would take that quilt everywhere. That is one of the things that inspires me to quilt.
My childhood was separated in time by visits to my Grandmother. My very favorite place in the world!! I would get to spend Christmas vacation with her and, always two entire weeks in the summer! She taught me to love fabric and how to sew on her Singer treadle machine, which I now have. She made my school clothes and “let” me go through her stash and pick out my favorite fabric. Now, at age 67, I’ve got quite a few quilts under my belt and lots of little outfits for my granddaughters. Hope my Grandmother would be proud of me!
Great colors! Growing up in rural North Dakota can’t have been all that much different from growing up in rural Minnesota, where my mother happened to be born and raised! Like VFW, I was always “making” something, whether it be using hollyhock buds and flowers and toothpicks to make dancing ladies or making Barbie clothes using Scotch tape and Kleenex. And I learned to sew early — every girl did at that time, a couple of decades before VFW’s day. That pattern has stayed with me my entire life. I still love making, and sewing is now my most common method of doing so!
Remembering mom on her Pfaff, making me ‘smocked’ dresses attending kindergarten some 50 years ago.
I learned to sew as a kid from my Mom and 4-H. I didn’t discover quilting until I was in my mid-20’s. I quickly learned I had all the sewing skills I needed to make quilts.
Loved sewing from the time I could sit up at the sewing machine, sewing doll clothes just like my mom, she did matching outfits for me and my dolls. 😃 Sewing and playing with fabrics lead me to quilts and even more fabrics! 😄
Mom always had needle and thread in hand, or in her apron pockets. Grandmothers too.
So it’s no suprise that I was inspired to sit a sewing machine and began sewing apparel at age 9, crocheting rag rugs from my scraps, and hand embroidering dish towels, pillowcases and more.
Two Aunties inspired me to start quilting “Carry on the legacy” and I haven’t stopped that either. Thankyou for Meadow storm…very mid-west.
Somehow, I dreamed up this “snake” when I was about 9 years old. I made one for me and one for my neighbor friend. I have no idea if it has been tossed in the trash or is still at my mother’s house. I actually would like to see it again to see how I made it.
My mom was always sewing something for one of her nine kids, so I grew up with the sound of the sewing machine n the background.
My Mum let me sew whatever i wanted using whatever I could find! I used Grandma’s brocade curtains to make clothes (she forgave me!)
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I absolutely love Aurifil thread and Victoria’s fabric. Her style is so fresh!