In June 2010, I went to my first NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio. It was fun and inspiring, however, I kept noticing I was one of the very few under 50. The show inspired me to create this blog to network with quilters closer to my age. Gen X and Gen Y Quilters. To find other inspiring quilters, look at the Blogroll here.
When I was young, my mom repeatedly asked to teach me to sew. And like any girl growing up in the 80s and 90s, I was desperate to be independent and everything-not-domestic. I was slightly tom-boyish, preferring soccer and sports to dance lessons. Absolutely refusing to learn to sew and cook. I always enjoyed art, but a busy schedule never really allowed for me to explore it.
I went off to college and studied mechanical engineering. Being 1 of 2 women in my classes, I was completely submerged in everything male. Gears, beers, and dirty jokes. It was a lot to handle. After working a couple years in the trucking industry (of all places!), I married my husband. I relocated, went to grad school, and finally started to reconnect with the artist in me. I tried a variety of crafty hobbies.....cross-stitch.... knitting..... scrapbooking.....
But nothing really hit home until I tried quilting 6 years ago. I became obsessed! I am self-taught and enjoy creating my own designs. The need for detail, precise cuts and seam allowances perfectly suits the anal retentive engineer in me.
In a complete turn-around, I am now a domestic diva, staying at home with my 3 boys and sneaking quilting into every spare 10 minutes I can find. I've come a long way from the hodge-podge that is my first-ever quilt to that which inspires me now. I hope this blog will help connect quilters in Gen X/Y so that we may keep quilting going strong in years to come. Because, like me, I think many women (and men) in our generation never learned to sew. I look forward to hearing about you too!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.