Las Cruces, NM, US

I began sewing at the age of 6 - mainly taught by my grandmother on a treadle sewing machine, making doll clothes & aprons. I began sewing clothing for myself in Jr. high school & continued through the years. As a military wife, I did alterations & sewing for other wives & their husbands (uniform alterations, patches, etc), which I still do for friends. In the early married years I expanded to include home decor, order to more easily afford custom coordinated decor items for our all-too-frequent moves over the years -- both overseas & around the US. Meeting different people in our travels, I learned to crochet, which I rarely do anymore; I also tried knitting & still want to learn to tat! When my sons were born, I made them pajamas, summer shorts, pants & vests until they reached the age of protest (around 8 -- Aw, Mom!). I got my first serger in 1991 (about the same time I started cross-stitching). I bought my first embroidery sewing machine in 1999. The world has changed so much since then, so I am now on my 3rd machine, each with a larger embroidery field! I joined a local quilt group 10 years ago & have completed 4 quilts (all machine-pieced tops & hand quilted on a large floor frame), with 2 other quilt tops in progress for grandkids. I think I'd like to try making purses soon. I go through withdrawal pains when I'm away from my sewing room for too long & usually have to take something to work on while on a trip! As a grandmother of teenagers, there's usually something to make - a gift, clothing or some special request -- in addition to friends. My husband returned home last year, after a decade of working overseas, so sewing & embroidery helped to fill my days & kept me out of trouble! (Smile)

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 11/16/2008

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Re: Book Giveaway: "Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads"

The title caught my eye. I have a friend who's constantly knitting goodies. If I win, I'll give it to her, so our group of friends can continue to benefit! ;>) (Keeping fingers crossed!)

Re: Book Giveaway: Quilting With a Modern Slant

Although I look for inspiration everywhere, I've been a fairly traditional quilter for the last decade. I think it's time I learned to put a modern twist to quilts, particularly those intended for my grandkids (who may think traditional = old!). I'm certain this book would give me a big boost in that regard & it would be a welcomed addition to my reference shelf.

Re: Book Giveaway: Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur

Kaffe's use of color is so inspiring! I'm a big fan & would love to add this book to my collection! I find turning the pages in any of his books gets the wheels turning in my brain! Thanks for offering such a wonderful book in a contest.

Re: How to Make a Snowstorm

This is such a cool idea & so easily changeable for the different themes/seasons! The wheels started turning & I ended up combining the ideas from others (thank you!) -- I mixed up some reinforcer holes w/ stars & punched out snowflakes & also made some various-sized circles & snowflakes punched from the silver duct-sealing tape (it has a very shiny silver side & a paper-backed adhesive on the reverse - great for crafts), which we stuck together; you can even write/emboss it. I liked the idea of fishing line, but didn't have any, so I used monofilament thread! It's so fine you really can't see it!! I hung the strands from a tension rod, so I wouldn't have tape on the window frame. I also think this would be so elegant put behind some sheer curtains perhaps w/ some rope or small led lights, for a very sophisticated effect - just allow some space between them. If taken down & stored w/ care, you could re-use them, too! We rarely get snow here in the southwest, but this can certainly add to the mood of the season. I'm pretty sure my cats are going to enjoy them, too!