I started sewing as a kid in 4-H. My mom was my leader, and I think one or the other of us was always sewing something. I sewed and quilted (some) as a high school student (lots of cross stitch and embroidery then), a college student (had a roommate who made her own - very cool- clothes) and as a
When my own daughter was born, almost 12 years ago, I stopped. Just stopped. Stopped sewing, stopped quilting, stopped crafting. I made a few Halloween costumes and always found fun crafty stuff to do with the girls, but creativity for me - Just. Stopped.
A year ago, I made the decision to leave the teaching job I'd had for a very long time. I taught second grade at a Catholic school more than 30 miles from home. I loved it. I really did. But I was spending hours (no exaggeration) on the road every day, and my school schedule meant that I was not available for my daughters' school events, and that they could not do some of the after school things they were interested in doing.
So, I left. I planned to sub in our area for a year and see what happened from there. Good plan eh? Some think not, but it made me happy to have TIME, precious TIME with my girls.
Somewhere along the line I decided that since I had TIME I should start sewing again. After all, I'd have "so much free time," right? Ha! Well, it hasn't worked out that way. I spent last school year subbing for a month, then I began as a Special Ed aide in my daughters' school. It was wonderful. Everything about it (except the small paycheck) was a good fit for me, and unless something really big happens between now and September, I will be doing that again next school year.
The schedule is much more conducive to family life. I can take my kids to activities and doctor appointments, I can keep ahead of the laundry and grocery shopping, I can fulfill my duties on various committees and projects...but, um, yeah , so much for free time...
I have, honestly, over the last few months spent lots and lots of time looking at quilts on Pinterest and reading quilt blogs. I love it all. And, so I am trying to find bits of time every day to create my own quilts again. Quilts for me, for family and for charity. This will be a place to document them. And, I hope to become a part of the incredible quilting community that is out there. I eventually want to partake in swaps, bees, BOM's... it's all right up my alley.
Whew! Lesson One: No one likes long posts, right? OK. I will try to work on that.
So, here's a picture of the little project I completed last week, just to jump start my quilting habits this summer. It's just a happy little mug run made of bright, cheery scrappy pin-wheels.
I do hope you'll visit again as I figure out how this blog thing works, and as I -hopefully- find some free time to sew!
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