Here I am in Indianapolis, Indiana – a mom, a wife, an accountant and a quilter. I’ve been quilting for a long time – for the record, the recipient of the very first quilt that I gave away just turned 30 this year, which is a little weird since I don’t feel like it’s been that long. Seriously.
I learned basic sewing skills from my mom, my paternal grandmother, and a very patient and good-natured 4-H leader. My paternal grandmother, Evelyn Kauchak, also taught me the basics of embroidery and knitting – I remember devouring the Lee Wards catalogs with all their pre-printed embroidery projects, thinking how I wanted to make the quaint pillowcases and dresser sets like she did. And the quilts. Oh yes, the quilts.
Grandma Kauchak seemed to find peace in needlework. She had 13 children and bunches and bunches of grandchildren. Up until her death, she made each of the grandchildren either a quilt or crocheted baby boots and a cap.
I have the baby quilt she made for me. It’s made of little embroidered blocks, each with a fairy playing in the garden, set in sashing of yellow duckies. I don’t think it has much of a batting, but it is a treasure. Of course, it is unsigned.
Now, quilting and fabric play keeps me curious and thinking – drawing and quilting and planning, colors and shapes and the interconnectedness of it all gives me great joy. And a connection to all the other quilters who are finding peace and joy in their work.
As for this blog, I am self-taught and I get no help from outside consultants – except the kind soul who offered to set me up on his server access so I could give it a go. If the website is a little rough around the edges, bear with me ’cause I haven’t figured it out yet.
But I will. Because I can do hard things. And so can you!
And I’d like to share the peace and joy that I’ve found in completing quilts and needlework with you.
The process may be stressful – mostly self-induced, I realize – but the end product is a release. A little piece of myself goes into each of my projects, and it’s that I share.
Thank you for coming along. Best wishes to you and here goes!