I come from a family who made things. My father was a carpenter with a passion for making furniture. My mother sewed, crocheted, cooked and made a home on a shoestring. My grandmothers both quilted.
As a teenager, I found batik through a wonderful art teacher who allowed me the freedom to batik yards of fabric. I then cut them up into a pattern and wore the item I made. I was ecstatic.
I painted in my teens and twenties and my parents gracefully supplied me with oil paints and turpentine. When I needed an easel, my father took me to the shop where he worked and made me one. When he found unused and unwanted canvas, he brought it home and stretched it for me with wood from his shop at home.
I was indulged at every step of the way. I wasn’t ever told that I could not do something or that I should not do something. I was given freedom to chose my path in life. A blessed life I have lived, for sure.
I started quilting in 1987, needing something to do to keep busy during the day. I went on to teach quilting, participate in quilting shows, have several works published and one on permanent installation ……… and I sold them all.
I found knitting again, when I needed something to do, when my husband began his long terminal illness. And that simple knit, purl, repeat kept me sane. I couldn’t live without making things ……….