Looking Back to Move Forward!

I'm always up for trying something new!

What a thing to say, huh?! Well that’s exactly what I feel like I’ve been doing for the past few years while trying to decide which direction my life would take when I “grow up”! This may come as a shock to many since I am already 31 years old. I am a firm believer in the theory that you are never done growing, learning and changing which is evidenced through my many career endeavors. I’ve been in the Air Force as a lab tech, worked in a lumber yard and finally decided to go back to school to be an accountant.

So what’s a future accountant doing writing a blog about quilting– and heirloom quilting at that? Well I can tell you it definitely is NOT about the money. How I wish I was making tons and tons of money selling my quilts! But I’m not, at least not yet anyway. Just recently and with a not so gentle push from my mother-in-law (who politely suggested I should start trying to make my love of quilting a paying hobby) I’ve been looking for way to do that.

After reading any magazine, website, or flyer about quilting I could get my hands on I realized my passion in quilting lies in creating heirloom pieces to be passed down through as many generations as possible. This also got me to thinking about another passion I have which is genealogy. How could I combine the two? I decided the best way to do this is by making memory quilts, also called photo or signature quilts, for people and also providing quality quilts for those events in life that we celebrate, graduation, a birth, or a wedding.

This blog is about my journey to make my quilting dreams a reality, my experiments, techniques, and tips that I can pass on to you, my readers, about quilting heirlooms, and finding ways to connect them to family history and celebrating life’s special events. So sit back, buckle up and lets take this journey together!

7 thoughts on “Looking Back to Move Forward!

  1. I think it is so great that you are really trying to pursue what seems to be a deep passion of yours! I agree that we are constantly growing and changing, and would ellaborate and say that when we stop growing and changing or just give up, we are, essentially, “dead.”
    I am interested in your quilts though. I have many friends (probably 15 or so) that have mentioned wanting to make a quilt out of their old t-shirts. Is this something you have heard of or tried doing?? Many of my friends have tons t-shirts from highschool that they dont wear anymore (for various reasons) but they just cant part with them for sentimental reasons. I even have one friend who has mentioned getting many different quilts made for different times in her life (i.e. having a Alton High quilt, as well as an SIUE quilt). My husband and I have probably 2 full storage tubs full of “sentimental t-shirts” as well as many hanging in our closet that we just cant put away yet. I know we would love to have a keepsake item like a t-shirt quilt, but we’ve hear that the online offers are very very pricey.
    I’d love to hear if this is something you know how to do and offer, or if it is something you would be interested in learning how to do, to provide a service to this niche market! 🙂

    • I have seen many wonderful t-shirt quilts and have been keeping my sons shirts so that I can make one for them. It is one of the proesses I want to pursue. I’ve just recently made contact with a lady from my quilt guild that makes them, she’s going to show me how! Once I feel that I can take someone else’s treasures and make them into a cohesive quilt then I’ll be offerening that service as well! I’ll let you know how that process goes nd keep you posted on techniques and when I’ll be making them for people who are interested.

  2. I think it’s great that you decided to go back to school! And, you are right; people are never done growing, learning, or changing. Each and every day I learn something new that can then lead to changes in my life. That’s what makes life so exciting and people so unique! The fact that you make quilts is so interesting to me. My great grandma always makes quilts for us grandchildren. Sadly enough, I didn’t inherit her patience to be able to do the same, but her quilts will be a cherished item that we will all have forever. I wish you the best of luck in school, your quilting business, and what ever else your future holds!

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