Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Opening Jargon

Welcome to my new blog, My Quilted World. I'm Renee and I love to quilt and sew in general. I'm new to the whole world of sewing and I can't believe all the years I wasted not being a part of it. It truly has become a passion for me and I only wish I had more time to devote to it.

I guess you could say my Grandmother, Mrs. Lela Fultz was my inspiration for wanting to learn to sew so I could make quilts like she used to. Now Gran made alot of quilts during the time I was growing up and while I recall countless piles of squares and blocks and finished quilt tops, I also remember helping get right down on the floor either helping to draw them tight or actually pinning the layers together. But as a child, I didn't have any desire to learn the in's and out's of how she did her "thing". And now as an adult, oh how I wish I had paid attention and asked questions. So now, after about 2 1/2 years I think I have gotten my own "thing" somewhat downpat but am constantly wishing I knew more about it and had more people to talk to about it. And to be perfectly honest I wish my Grandmother and my Mom both were still with me. Oh the fun we'd have getting material, cutting blocks, piecing, etc. The whole nine yards. Unfortunately, both these sweet, sweet ladies are with the Lord now and truly, deeply missed in many ways.

My sister also sews and we've gotten together a couple times and talked about it and swapped material and I'd love to pick her brain and just observe her for awhile but the dreaded time constraints of life keep getting in my way. So when I do have some free time, it would be great to hop online and have a world of knowledge at my fingertips when it comes to my questions and concerns, etc. And I figured the only way to get the ball rolling is to get a blog and get going.

My dream would be to replace having to go outside the home to work with being able to make a living at what I love to do from right here in my home. I've always just wanted to be at home for my kids. While I have had alot more time with my kids than alot of folks, I've always ended up having to get a job and go to work. I am not career driven and never have been, resulting in a string of miserable jobs and a sense of always wanting to just be home with my kids instead. And now regrettably, my kids are grown. Well, almost. My youngest son is 17 and will be a senior in high school this fall. Let's face it, he doesn't really need his mommy anymore and with the economy these days I can't "not" work right now. Matter of fact, I begin a new "real" job tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. Wish me luck! lol. But on the side and in the free time I get, I have been quilting my tail off. I go through spurts and have just gotten off my tail and got going with some of my projects. I've sold a handful of my work to friends and family, a few on ebay, and most recently I've found Etsy. I love, love, love this site. I just need to get some traffic to my storefront and I can't do that unless I try. Another reason I joined the world of blogging. So, here's my etsy storefront link if you're interested. http://www.justtryingtogetby.etsy.com

I hope this turns out to be everything I hoped it would and then some. And I hope to develop some good relationships with people who share my passion. If you love quilting like I do, please feel free to post and make comments. And remember, I'm also new to blogging and who knows what shape this site may take. Let's hope for the best.

Have a Great Day!

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