Saturday, May 30, 2009

I've joined the party to help celebrate the launch of Sewn, an innovative new site for sewers.


Sarah Fielke, of Material Obssession fame and who is the new Creative Director for the site says, "the website will have just about everything you can think of that you would want online as a sewer. There are forums, online advice from industry experts, conversion charts, colour wheels, free patterns and class listings. There will be interviews with all your favourite designers, quilters, patterns makers and authors. There will be tutorials with me and with other sewers from here and overseas, podcasts and coverage from shows and articles about all maner of exciting things."

Sounds exciting, right? Well, I'm certainly thrilled to be a part of it all and not only that...this is my first giveaway! One lucky person will win this gorgeous bundle of half-yards from Erin McMorris' new Wildwood line.


To have a chance at winning, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. Tell me what prompted you to start sewing and/or quilting. Who taught you? How young were you...that kind of thing.

The winner will be drawn randomly at 8pm on Monday, June 8th. Be sure to visit The Last Piece to enter ALL the wonderful giveaways!


Good luck!

115 comments:

Jen said...

What a nice giveaway! I started sewing with my aunt back in high school. I've always been into crafts and tried just about everything out there, but really found a passion for quilting.

Crispy said...

Oooo pretty fabric Terri!! This new site sounds very interesting, I'll have to pop over and see what's going on. What will your tutorial be about or can you say???

I was around 30 when I made my first quilt. At the time I knitted and crocheted and a friend was having a baby. I saw a kit for a Dresden Plate and thought "Shoot I could do that". I remember playing under my great great aunt's quilting frame when I was young, so I guess I caught the bug from her. With that baby quilt, I learned how to hand piece, needle turn applique and hand quilt and I've never looked back.

Crispy

Sue said...

quilting is in the blood for me, my Mum has always done it and I when I was pregnant with my first child I wanted something handmade and cuddly to wrap him in, so I began this journey.
I've joined in on the fun also, come and see what I'm giving away.

Terri said...

All the females in my family have sewn, but I didn't really take a liking to it until about 15 years ago. Now I'm not into the clothing side of sewing, just the quilting side mostly.

~Michelle~ said...

My friend got a sewing machine a couple of years ago, so I borrowed it to make a Halloween costume (I had sewed just a bit as a kid). Hubby saw how much fun I had, and got me a machine for Christmas. I took a quilting class, and learned how to make bags...and it really took off after that! Love this Wildwood line, I really would love to see it in person :)

Sally said...

Love your fabric selection again on today's post. You must have some huge warehouse! I started sewing when my mother gave me sewing lessons at the local Singer store when I was 16. She thought the lessons would keep me out of trouble--not. But it did result in a life long love of fabric and creating something from any and all fibers. Sally

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love the fabric! I took a quilting class 25 years ago where we learned how to make patterns, cut them out with scissors and sew it by hand. My sister in love learned the "Quilt in a Day" method and it revolutionized our quilting. We now use a rotary cutter and a sewing machine. How far we have come :-) Thanks for the great giveaway!

Exuberant Color said...

I came from a non-sewing family and learned to sew in home ec. as a freshman in High School. From that point on I made all of my own clothes, my mother's dresses, my grandma's aprons and my dad's and brothers' shirts. I made my first quilt at 17 after reading in a McCall's magazine about how they were made. I have always machine quilted because I didn't know anybody hand quilted.

Nova said...

I'm still learning. Buying a lot of how to books, mostly.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

I love those fabrics! I started sewing at the age of 10 - inspired by mom who has been a long time seamstress. I learned the basics in garment sewing through 4-h, and haven't looked back! For quilting I'm entirely self-taught :)

Thanks for sharing!

Andi said...

Well, my grandmother (Mama) taught me how to hand sew when I was about 8. She was making a hexagon quilt at the time using foundation paper piecing. (I now own that quilt and absolutely treasure it).
About a year later, my mum introduced me to a sewing machine.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.
Andi :-)

Ticklymoo said...

What lovely fabrics! I started sewing by making clothes for my dolls when I was about 8 years old. I was taught by my mother at first, the rest is self taught. I still have some of those first attempts at what I thought were very stylish skirts & tops - always good for a laugh!

Mel said...

I had a church youth leader teach a group of us girls how to quilt.

I love all forms of quilting and hope to try all techniques!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Kathie said...

quilting and sewing started for me when I chose to quit my job and stay home after the birth of my oldest DD I started taking classes and the rest is history...my obsession began.
First made a lot of clothes for my girls but as they got older and about 5 years into it quilting just became my choice I no longer wanted to make clothes just quilts!
these fabrics are just so pretty, thank you for a great giveaway!
Kathie

Lilly said...

I am a beginner so I am still learning. My mom is my teacher and sometimes my grandmother gives me some tips.
I love those fabrics! Gorgeous!!
Thanks a lot and please count me in.

Joyce said...

I started sewing clothing because my mother always sewed. I started quilting, which I always thought was too precise for me, when a quilting friend visited. I thought I'd just try a nine patch and I was hooked.

Rafael's Mum said...

Hi Terri ! This really sounds exciting ! I just came across it and great you are taking part! I first saw an antique quilt in an open air museum in Holland and resolved that one day... I would make it. ever since have wanted to try quilting but never had time or opportunity. then I saw the film "How to make an American Quilt" and LOVED that quilt! Still no time for a couple of years till finally I bit the bullet and started ! All and all (with breaks) I have been quilting a year now and truly hooked ! Since I have discovered blogging things have really moved along !! much more fun than by yourself and sooo much out there.. patterns, fabric, lovely people, amongst which yourself. Thanks for taking part!

Robin C said...

what pretty fabrics and what a generous 1st giveaway. Please add me to the drawing

Joanna said...

Gorgeous fabrics!! OK so I can't remember a time I wasn't sewing. I would watch my Mum at the sewing machine all the time but I wasn't allowed to use it - I would do things by hand. Then one day when I was about 10 I snuck onto it and made myself a bag to hold my marbles. Ever since then I was allowed to use it! I made all my clothes as a teenager, because while there wasn't money for new clothes, there was always money for fabric:) Now I buy my clothes and make quilts :)

Janet said...

I just found you with your comment on Exuberant Color and you live within fwy range (my son and wife live in Thousand Oaks). I've been sewing all my life (some 50+ years) but quilting seriously only the last 6 years. I started by making baby quilts for my niece's children, then quilts for my daughters-in-law. I'm "self-taught" (home ec major) but soon joined a adult ed class. I learn so much. I'm linking myself to your site, please join my members.

Kristen said...

The sound of a sewing machine going is one of my favorite sounds in the world - my mom used to sew and night and I'd fall asleep to the whir of the bobbin winder!

That being said, I can't remember not being able to sew. I started sewing simple things by hand - simple doll clothes and little bags, and learned how to use a sewing machine to make blankets -- and eventually quilts. Quilting has had to take a backseat to "life" lately, but if I win the fabric I promise to quilt them right up! :)

rockgranny said...

Since my teenage years I had a wish to learn how to make quilts, but in my part of the world( Croatia, Europe) was noboby to teach me.Five years ago I discoverd quilting sites on Internet, and whole new world was open to me.Thanks again girls for all the help you gave me.

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hi Terri,
Wow, that is such an awesome giveaway and I totally love that fabric. In fact, if I don't win, I might just have to go buy some! I started sewing about 5 years ago to give myself something to do while my husband was playing computer games. My mother in law taught me to make a pillowcase and I was totally hooked. About a year or so after that, I started into the realm of the quilting world and I haven't looked back since! I was about 25 when I started sewing, can you believe it? I wish my grandmother had taught me but she never really wanted to even though she made a lot of my clothes for me. That's about it! I cant' wait to stop by your online shop!

Anna

anna@craftygirlsworkshop.com

P.S> Thanks for visiting my blog too.

lil said...

wow Terri, that's some amazing fabrics I tell ya

ok, it's all Kaffes fault that I started quilting, I had one of his books and a hankerchiefs quilt got my attention

after looking at all his pretty work in the book for some years, I contacted a quilt shop in my area about 7 years ago to ask for a class
you know what, 2 weeks later I had my first lesson and after that I hardly couldn't stop anymore

and now, lost, completly lost and a fabriholic

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Wow! Thanks for the giveaway. They are gorgeous fabrics. I started sewing only about 8 years ago, prompted by a sister who is a very productive quilter. My mum was also an avid sewer when we were just kids. What a great hobby it has turned out to be....

Rita

Jessica's Photography said...

I am 23 and I have been quilting since I was 12. I have always loved little crafty things, once I started quilting I couldn't stop. I just learned by myself, I would get patterns and just find a way to make it work. I am learning the correct way to do things, but I just kind of make it up.

To me it is a stress relief. The first quilt that I made was after my parents were divorced, it was a way to occupy my mind, and then I would cuddle up in the quilts for comfort! Ever since then I have made quilts for a lot of people around me and am always wanting to start a new project. Every time I get stressed, I quilt and it makes things better.

Dana said...

Oh. My. Stinkin'. Heck.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this line of fabric!

I have always loved quilts. Old ones. New ones. Bright colorful ones. Muted Civil War tone ones. About 4 years ago I made my first one. Then I didn't for about 18 months. But then I started again and it has been full steam ahead ever since.

Love your blog and will be back often!

Diane J. Evans said...

Oooh, I would LOVE to win your giveaway fabrics! I found art quilting about 11 years ago and I haven't looked back. I only wish I had started sooner. The people I've met along the journey have been remarkably generous and incredibly talented, and you are a wonderful example. Thanks for sharing with us!

Diane

Shari said...

What an excellent give away! Those fabrics want to put to use in a quilt at my house!

Julianne said...

What beautiful fabrics!

My mums family have always been crafty - sewing, knitting, crochet, paper craft etc. and all of the skills have been 'passed down' from mother to daughter.

I am just starting to get back into sewing, making lots of mistakes along the way, but enjoying it none-the-less!

Kathryn said...

I started sewing when I was 10 years old. We had just moved to my grandparents farm and I joined the sewing 4-H to get to know the girls in the area. I've been at it ever since. I made most of my clothes in high school (that was in the 60's) and now mostly make quilts. The fabric you are giving away looks like something I sewed with many years ago. Thanks for the giveaway. The new SEWN site looks like it will be a great resource and inspiration.

Mel G said...

I LOVE that fabric!!! I started sewing about 2 years ago, when my sister refused to make me more drawstring bags. She showed me how to thread my machine, and I've been hooked ever since!

CJ said...

Ohhhh, great giveaway!!
My mom inspired me to start sewing. She sewed clothes for a family of 8 (how did she find the time?)and later sewed costumes for dance studios, and eventually sewed for grandchildren. She wasn't a quilter but she made dolls and doll clothes and stuff animals and pillows and lots and lots of clothes. She gave me my love for fabric and a desire to create beautiful things.

tammi said...

I love those Wildwoon fabrics! My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 11. She stood behind me as I sewed away on her treadle machine, and reminded me not to go too fast! As if! Later I took sewing in Home Ec and 4-H, and learned the "right" way to sew, but I treasure Grandma's lessons the most.

Theresa said...

I've always loved sewing and have only recently discovered quilting. It's such a fabulous, productive craft. I'm finding it hard to concentrate at work as I steal myself away to look at fabric sites, write up my blog and discover other people just like me. I'm self taught and my first quilting book was Sarah Fielke's first Material Obsession. Her books are a fabulous inspiration!

CabbageQuilts said...

Wow Terri I would love the chance to win this gorgeous fabric! My wonderful Mother taught me how to sew and knit and crochet, etc, when I was about 5. I have been doing these things ever since, although didn't get right into quilting until about 10 years ago when 3 fab friends introduced me to it properly. That is the end of my saga!!!!

Deb said...

Lovely fabric! Thanks for the chance. My first attempt at sewing was when I was about four when my mother taught me cross stitch with a huge needle and hessian. I eventually moved onto hand sewing and then the sewing machine. I stopped sewing for ages because of university but have started again for the past year since buying my own sewing machine and being inspired by all the amazing bloggers out there.

Jackie said...

My grandmother inspired me to start quilting. She died when I was 8. My most treasured possessions are 2 quilts she made. Last fall I went to our local quilt show and saw a grandmother with her granddaughter. I knew then that it was time for me to learn to quilt. I signed up for a class the following week.

Christine said...

Hello. Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabrics. I started quilting about 12 years ago around age 30. I liked all the quilts I saw in country decorating magazines, knew I could never afford to buy them so started teaching myself. Best thing I ever did ... I love it.
Christine

free indeed said...

What a wonderful opportunity to win some gorgeous fabric! I began sewing as a new pregnant woman. HAving llittle $$$ in those days, I thought to make myself maternity clothes. A girlfriend helped me understand patterns and off I went. Made ONE maternity top! At least I finished it and wore it through the pregnancy. Next moved onto clothes for the kids...yup, finished those too. THen, tried my hand at quilting. Figured it was cheaper to make a gift for a shower than buy one...don't know how I ever figured that!!!! But, made quilts for every baby in church but my own! How stupid is that. Now, I rarely finish anything except baby quilts (at least my grandkids are sporting some of my stuff).

Barbie said...

Beautiful fabric...I was inspired to start quilting from my friend's mom. She is an amazing quilter and her fabric and quilts were right in the middle of the house. Everytime I went over for a visit I would just stare at the beautiful creations. I knew that I wanted to make some of my own.

The Mangerchine's said...

What beautiful fabric!

I started sewing when I was 27, about 6 months ago. I was probably inspired by all of the blogs that I read, plus my love of homemade gifts and things around the house, and my desire to create and craft. My friends mother-in-law gave me two lessons, and since then I've been teaching myself through blogs and books.

Carol R. said...

My mom and grandmother both quilted. I can remember making Barbie clothes the first year Barbie came out...(hand sewn of course, at the age of about 9). My grandmother was the first to let me actually use a sewing machine when I was 10, and it was to sew quilt blocks for a quilt that became my wedding present from her when I was 18. I have made several quilts, the last one finished in April. I love the process from fabric selection all the way to the last stitch in the binding. It's great therapy.

The fabrics you have chosen are lovely. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Krousegirl said...

Such incredibly beautiful fabric, I certainly hope luck is on my side this draw! I started quilting at about 15. My sisters and I cut squares of old fabric of our child hood clothes (sewn by my mom) and the squares were for my grandma to quiit...well, she got about 4 rows into it and decided she didnt want to do it. So I did it. All on my own...and it looks like it! Its hilariously crooked and terrible order and I just love it. Nothing I would display or even take out of hiding, but a number of good memories. Ive gotten slightly better since then, and would LOVE to try my hand with this fabric of yours! Thansk for the giveaway!
Jenny
Krousegirl2@aol.com
FOrt Wayne, IN

Louisa said...

I took a class to make a quilt cause it was on my Life To Do list. What I didn't count on was getting sucked into the hobby :-) Beautiful fabrics.

Christina said...

This is such a generous giveaway!!! I started sewing just a bit in high school. My mother has sewn all my life. After getting married I started sewing more and then my mom purchased a sewing machine for me. She didn't think I'd use it as much as I do and now regrets not getting me a better machine. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely fabric.

Christina
cmatthies@hotmail.com

SandyN said...

I do love a party with presents. Thanks for your giveaway.

I started patchwork at the age of 22. My dad had just died and I was recovering from cancer. I decided to take my mum to patchwork classes. She has been making them ever since. I just got back into itthis year after a long break..

Jackie said...

Hi Terri,

I love the fabrics you are giving away! I started sewing in 6th grade home ec and just loved it. But I really didn't start quilting until about 17 years ago and of course I am hooked.

Sahra said...

Thankyou for such a lovely giveaway!

I started sewing after my children were born, I was taught primarily by my mother-in-law

Naomi said...

I started sewing when I was about 10 with my grandmother who could (and did!) whip up a school uniform in the morning before school :) I then went on to do some classes in school but left it until a few years ago when my mum gave me her old sewing machine and my love was rekindled!

Love your blog and thanks for the chance to win!

A New Season said...

My grandmother's taught me to sew and I can remember playing on my grandmother's treadle sewing machine at about age 7 or 8. I also remember going to a sewing class one summer at about age 10 and we had a fashion show at the end and modeled what we made. The sewing I love to do best is for my girls, you wouldn't believe how picky it can make them with ready to wear, when they are used to custom made.

Bowlby said...

Thanks for the generous giveaway! I just started quilting (at age 29). I won some Anna Maria Horner fabric (lucky me!), and had no idea what to do with it. Then I saw a tutorial for a charm quilt and figured I'd give it a try. Now I'm hooked!

Christy said...

I love these fabrics! Just gorgeous.

I started sewing when I was a kid, probably 7 or 8 because my mom was a quilter. I hand sewed a few squares together while my mom worked on other projects. Then fast forward until I was in college when I found a pile of grandmother's flower garden blocks that my mom had made for a quilt for me and never finished. We made some more blocks together and then I put the top together myself. I hand quilted it and haven't stopped since!

I can't wait to check out your blog more. I love all the vibrant colors!

buebau said...

Wow! This is a great prize!
Count me in please!
I've started sewing all by myself.
I've joinned this wonderful party too!
It's so much fun!

Linda K said...

Love the bright fabrics!! So summery. I've got my fingers crossed!
My Mom was always sewing, mostly our clothes, when I was young. I tried that in my teens, but got hooked on crafts, bear making, X-stitch and now quilting. I LOVE fabric!!

Sue said...

I started sewing in high school but shall we say the Home Ec teacher was not the best! The woman I babysat for sewed a lot(she had to, she had 6 kids!) and I learned a lot from her. When my kids were little, I took classes at Stretch and Sew and have been sewing steadily ever since. I now have a new inspiration to sew for...my darling 2 1/2 year old granddaughter! Crossing my fingers I have the lucky number because I love the fabric!

JJ said...

Beautiful! I have just started sewing...it really began after the birth of my son. In order to stay at home we needed to tighten our belts a bit and I loved the idea of making things for our family and maybe saving a bit as well!

Tiffany said...

I have always been interested in quilting since I have quilts from my Grandmother. I started quilting at 26 when my mother and I took a class together. I've been hooked ever since.

Love 2 Quilt said...

Grandma taught me to sew. Mom liked to cook and grandma like to sew, so I went to grandma's house. I never have liked to cook!

Jeannette said...

I love the colours, In my family we have all sewn from my grandmother down and I are trying to teach my daughter now. Even my 28 yr old son can sew he has made shirt, shorts and trousers for himself. pklease count me in the draw.

Susan said...

I learned to sew as a child, my grandmother lived across the road from me and I spent afternoons with her. She taught me to sew, quilt, and crochet. Loved her and love that she gave me the gift of creativity. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
My sister is currently trying to talk me into quilting. I have made clothing in the past, but never 'crossed over' to quilting...but it may be soon!
Brina
blrohloffataol.com

craftykat said...

Great giveaway!
My mum used to do a bit of sewing and then i got given a small pink plastic sewing machine -- which actually worked. I would make little clothes for my dolls and have kept sewing every since (but on a real machine now!)

VanillaBean said...

What fun looking fabric! I would love to make something from it! Thanks for the chance!

Natalie
vanillabean98@gmail.com

Kelly said...

This is such a great giveaway! I learned to sew as a child but never did much of it. My mom and I started a quilt the summer after my first year of college...and I HATED it! Hated the cutting, hated the sewing, didn't understand how it would all go together. It never really stuck until I got engaged and started "nesting" as it were. My mom pulled out the barely-started quilt from that summer and MADE me finish it, and I'm so glad I did! It turned out beautifully and got me hooked on sewing of all kinds!

littlefishtextiles(at)gmail(dot)com

Comfort Joy Designs said...

My mother and grandmother taught me to quilt. I love to sew. I love to quilt by hand. I find it very relaxing.

Deborah
comfortjoydesignsATgmailDOTcom

Z Family said...

Im loving the colors of the fabric in your giveaway!! My girlfriend Amanda taught me... I had always wanted to learn to sew / quilt and she insisted that I come along for a class (not really a class more like pigging out on home baked goods and chit chatting for several hours) on a Saturday. We bribed our husbands to sit with the kids ALL DAY and I have been literally HOOKED since. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Zeynep said...

I love the colors, so fresh and clean. I am afraid to check the new line I still have your last shipment to quilt.

Dan and Karen said...

Those fabrics are gorgeous! I honestly can't remember when I started sewing! My mom had a sewing machine that she never used. I must have been somewhere between 10 or 12! I started out making clothes for my dolls. Then I started making clothes for myself once in a while. After I had my own children, I made clothes for them and for gifts. Eventually I learned to quilt and never looked back. I have to always have some kind of project in progress! I love it!

isabel f. said...

hi!! great giveaway!!
My mother taught me to sew and I love it. I love to quilt by hand :))
count me in!!
hugs Isabel

Kelly said...

What a generous giveaway. thank you so much, beautiful fabric.

supermedic said...

i just decided one day after years of not wanting to to teach myself to sew. that was about 5 years ago

Jessica Christensen said...

Gorgeous fabrics! I love that line.

I started making clothing when I was 8 years old -- 4-H. When I was in college I tried making a few quilts, but it wasn't until I was married with a couple of kids that I really started getting into it. I've been pretty avid for at least the last 10 or 12 years.

Thanks for a chance to win.

jessierey(at)msn(dot)com

momma rae said...

these fabrics are GORGEOUS!! i didn't start sewing until i was 30. my mom bought me a sewing machine in my early twenties but i never used it until i had kids. the urge to create for my children is what finally got me started. i am self taught so there have been many trials and great laughs along the way!

thanks for the opportunity!

Meghan said...

great giveaway, count me in I started sewing after having my first child.

Kat said...

My mum taught me to sew when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I've loved it ever since :) Thanks for your giveaway. I'm having one on my blog too :) www.beadedlady.blogspot.com

quilteddog said...

a super giveaway! My grandmother and mother both sewed, but I did not become interested until I was in my twenties, so I am mostly self taught. My mom and I enjoy sewing together now, and I'd have to say that those are some of my favorite times.

Treasuresofjoy said...

I had a daughter 6 years ago and was inspired to start sewing for HER. I learned a few things from a friend and just went with it., I just recently started quilting and learning as I go!

Rhonda P. said...

Wonderful giveaway! I started sewing when I was really young. Spending time with my grandmother started it all.

eriven said...

Wow, I don't even remember when I was taught to sew, at a very young age my mum showed me how and I started with hand sewing before progressing to a machine. But I didn't really take it up again until a couple of years ago in my late 20s. Now I love it and wish I had a better sewing machine to help me :)

Please count me in for the giveaway, they are lovely fabrics. Thanks for participating.

La Gitan Mystique said...

What beautiful fabric! My inspiration for sewing came from my grandmother. She loved to quilt and make aprons (which she wore almost 24/7). I was about 8 years old when she started teaching me about sewing, but I was about 12 before I really made anything of use.

Thanks for holding a sweet giveaway. How fun! Please sign me up.

Jody

lagitanmystique(at)q(dot)com

Melanie said...

I've been sewing on and off since I was about 10 - my Mum taught me, and then I did a bit in school. But quilting is new for me - I'm just working on my first top, which was prompted by the birth of my third child :)

skippedydoodah said...

Love the fabric!

I started sewing fairly recently as a kind of nesting instinct! Since then I've made a mei-tai baby carrier, a baby quilt and clothes for my little boy and have just started the venture into clothes for me and bags... Love discovering new sewing blogs and yours is great!

sandyandcosmo said...

I've been sewing since I was 15 and quilting since I was 18. And no, I'm not going to say how long that's been! Love the fabrics, thanks for the giveaway!

sandyandcosmo(at)yahoo(dot)com

Erin@1N3sew said...

i never notice that orange is a wonderful color. after a glance at your blog, orange is gorgeous!
thanks for the giveaway!

p.s. if you like batek prints, try your luck at my giveaway!

Kim said...

Even though I almost flunked home ec in high school (at the end of two years while everyone else was sewing two piece suits or lovely dresses, I was "allowed" to make placemats! LOL) I've always been an optimist who kept thinking "maybe next time it will turn out". And when I started quilting, it did! I was a young mom with two little ones at home and I started with pillow covers, gradually progressed to regular size quilts, and now am tending more toward art quilts or wall quilts. So many ideas, so little time!

WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS GIVE-AWAY!!!

Joyce said...

I started sewing in high school, mostly skirts and vests. My parents bought me a sewing machine at the age of 14. That's gonna date me! Actually started quiting after I got married. I'm self taught at sewing and quilting. Can't imagine my life today with a sewing machine in it! Thanks for a chance to win the lovely fabric.

Amanda said...

The Sewn website is going to be exciting. I can't wait for it to start up!

I started sewing when I was about 5 or six. I got my first sewing machine when I was 11 and started making my own clothing. Later on I made my children clothes. I smocked, appliqued, and had so much fun designing their clothes. When they got too old for me to make their clothes, I started quilting. I've been quilting for 13 years. I belong to a Quilt Guild, and I teach others to quilt.

I'm doing the the nine patch a day and the quilt along, too. You're way ahead of me, but I can catch up!

I love your blog. I'll be back to visit.

JenniferB said...

My mom taught me how to sew and quilting and she was the one that got me interested in sewing. I started when I was in my teens now I'm in my 40's and still sewing

Bonnie said...

I dabbled in sewing with my mom when I was younger but I really started into it when I have my daughter last February. I wanted to be able to make unique clothing and gifts for her and other people.

Candice said...

The fabrics are gorgeous...such a generous giveaway. Thank you for this opportunity!

Lotta said...

Beautiful fabric! How very generous of you to give it away. I'd love to have it so please count me in for the drawing,
Lotta

Melanie said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful fabric!

Tara said...

Hi! I started sewing when I was five. My mother taught home economics before she started having kids, so she definitely inspired me. Then I recently found crazymomquilts blog and was re-invigorated!

A Joyful Chaos said...

I was six years old when my mother taught me how to sew on an old Singer treadle machine. I have loved sewing and creating things ever since.

roseread said...

I love the idea of Sewn. I can't wait for it to go live.
I started sewing when I was about 8 or 9. I taught myself how to sew, with encouragement from my grandmother. It all stared because I read _Little House in the Big Woods_.

tammiemarie said...

I just started learning to quilt this year, at age 35. I've done small projects, but the Old Red Barn Co. will be the first real quilt I've made, and so far I'm happy with how it's going! My grandma "Nana" was a seamstress and I've always loved to sew, but never made it much of a hobby until the last year or two. Thanks for the chance to win beautiful fabrics!

pastrymama said...

I started sewing when I was about 11, my mother taught me on an old treadle Singer that my grandmother had shipped to my mom from Pennsylvania to California when I was born in 1946. Your fabrics are fabulous and I would love to win them. Thanks for the chance.
pastrymama1@yahoo.com

Jessica said...

Fun blog!! Thanks for sharing!
crzyjeska@yahoo.com

So Bella said...

I started sewing in high school, 20 years ago. It was something I kind of learned as I went along. My mom doesn't like to sew, and my dad always jokes how it must have skipped a generation :)

I love sewing children's clothing, and am just starting making bags and purses. I'd love to make a quilt one day as well.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

Peta said...

WOW! What a generous giveaway! That fabric is beautiful! I started sewing and quilting 2 years ago...and funny you should ask, it was actually Sarah Fielke that taught me. I was inspired by Sarah's shop at a Quit show and decided to sign up to Sarah's classes...and am still going!!

Hope you are lucky enough to win something too! I've enjoyed reading your blog and will be back!
Thanks for the chance to win!

peta_yip@hotmail.com

amy said...

oh, such a gorgeous fabric bundle! thanks so much for the opportunity!

i started sewing using fabric scraps (my mom's only 5'2", so she always had scraps from hemming!) to make barbie clothes. i think lots of people start out that way! and my first attempt at quilting was inspired by reading the Anne of Green Gables and the Little House on the Prairie books.

SarahVee said...

Thanks for the chance. I started quilting when I was 23, and down and out with endometriosis. While I am no longer burdened with this problem, I continue to quilt for the joy it brings to my life. And to the lives of those I make quilts for:)

Tasha said...

I would love a chance to win such gorgeous fabric :) I began to sew when shown by my NAna who was a seamstress when I was very young ;) I made my first quilt for my frist daughter 19 years ago now!!! how time flies ;)

Amanda said...

What a generous giveaway! I actually started sewing about 2 months ago. (Major newbie!) I used to have a photography studio in my house, then we lost our house to mold, and my new place has no room for a studio, I had to create SOMETHING, so i dug out my sewing machine that my hubby got me 2 years back. Who knew I would love it so much? I am now an addict. ;)

Jacque. said...

I started sewing in high school...and have always sewed. BUT, never made a quilt until this year. So, I am having a great time with it! I'm also in the Old Red Barn Quiltalong...isn't it fun! I would love a chance to win your fabric!

Renee said...

I grew up watching the women in my family sew. It was always assumed I'd learn, I just never did. Now that I'm older and starting a family, I've found that its just more economical to sew rather than buy. Some of my favorite clothes were the ones my mom made, and I want that for my kids too. Unfortunately, mom's too far away to teach me. I've had to teach myself to sew by trial and error and reading wonderful blogs like this.

Megan said...

Yummy fabrics and a generous giveaway. I got into quilting because I saw a colourwash pansy quilt by Yan Pring hanging in a shop and that was it - I was sucked in good and proper!

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

A co-worker talked me into joining her for a quilt class 25+ years ago, and I've been hooked ever since! Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

Junie Moon said...

I'm so glad I joined in celebrating Sewn's launch tomorrow. It is proving to be a marvelous way to meet new friends and learn about their blogs.

Please don't worry about adding my name to the drawing for your lovely fabrics. I have enough blessings in my life and just wanted to stop by and wish you the best of luck (your name is in my drawing).

Laura said...

Nice fabric. I've just recently really started to try an sew. Growing up my mom and grandmothers sewed. My mom is my teacher. Too bad we don't live closer, so I can receive more of her instruction.

For the Keeper at Home said...

What a great giveaway!
I would LOVE to win!
My mother is my inspiration! She sewed for our home while I was growing up. She even took me to my first sewing class when I was 10!
Thank you!
Mrs B

danielle said...

what a fantastic giveaway- lovely fabrics! please count me in :)

Bronwyn said...

I Hated Sewing when I was a young girl!! Maybe because I didn't get to pick my own fabric and was told what pattern to sew etc... now, being a grown-up, I can pick and choose exactly what I want....and I want it all!!! It was a friend who showed my her stash one day, which pushed a button deep down inside me which said "Go and Sew".

carmel said...

hi
i started needle stiching when i was about 6 years old...
when i was 10 started hand sewing and always loved doing the fabric thread crafts...
when i was 20 i started sewing with the sewing machine and now im addicted!