I don't remember exactly how old I was when my mom first tried to teach me how to sew. I am guessing between 8-9. My mom was homeschooling and thought it would be great to do 4-h sewing. So we went to town and picked out some 4th of July fabric and a short pattern.
I think my mom had to of been a saint because I remember vividly NOT wanting to sew the shorts. I would sew a section and then it wouldn't line up right and when I came back later to finish the project they magically lined up! It must've been too much for my mom to handle. I am sure I wasn't an easy student.
Those beautiful shorts that "I" made won a blue ribbon at our local county fair. So off we went to the state fair with my shorts. I don't remember if they won a ribbon there or not, but I do remember feeling pretty special to be able to go to the State Fair with my parents. They had always reserved this time for themselves. A getaway. And this year I got to join in with them. I felt pretty special. It was awesome. I wish I had a picture of those shorts!
At this point in my life, the fair was awesome, sewing wasn't my favorite.
Fastforward a few years later, when I was in Junior High, my mom was in a rag quilting mood. She had made several quilts for others and I decided that I was going to make one too. So we went to town and picked out the fabrics. I remember picking out some really bright colors in a weird feeling fabric. Now I know that fabric is called Seer Sucker Fabric. Which is not the best kind of fabric for a rag quilt, but that is what I insisted on using. I still have this quilt today.
My mom cut the quilt out and I began sewing the x's on all the squares. As I began assembling the quilt I ran into a huge problem. None of the rows were the same length. Somehow I didn't follow the rule of 1/2" seam allowance. My mom rescued me and fixed the quilt the best that she could.
Those end squares leave a lot to be desired. But we all start from somewhere
Throughout High School all my friends were taking Home Ec and I refused to. I didn't want to learn to sew and I had no desire to sew another thing for the rest of my life! Looking back, I have no idea why I chose to take Animal Science instead of Home Ec. It seemed like a good idea at the time....
Stay tuned next week for the next step in how I learned to Sew.