Before I made bags, I used to dabble in a lot of different crafts. I started sewing when I went to a sewing class at the local Singer sewing machine shop in Windsor, Connecticut at the age of 14. I played around on my own with my mother’s Kenmore machine, took a Stretch N’ Sew class in the early 70s, and then got my own Singer machine around 1977.
I have been sewing in some form for over 45 years- yikes! There were stretches of time where I did not sew at all, and other times when I spent hours sewing every day. I have amassed a sizable fabric stash and large collection of notions and tools.
Over the years, I have tried knitting, crochet, embroidery, applique, quilting, garment sewing, and making bags. I consider myself fairly expert in quilting and general sewing, and have very basic skills when it comes to knitting and crochet. I love to hand quilt and embroider, and although it is very time-consuming, I think it is very relaxing.
Below is a gallery of some of the different things I have made . Some of them, like teddy bears, were fun, but a one-shot deal. Others, like quilting, became a life-long passion.