I sat at my desk and thought how I would convey to the world what Spool & Quilt is about and how I have arrived here. A flood of memories filled my mind of how quilts and sewing have told the story of my life. All the times I tried to share my love and passion for this art and all the times it failed or just didn’t come to fruition. I grew up in an odd household. We moved around all the time and I was never at the same school for more than a year. My childhood is a blur of moving boxes, new homes, new faces, as my father was chasing the almighty dollar and my mother was not well equipped to handle it. I rarely felt safe and I rarely felt loved.
My great grandmother came to live with us and this is how I was introduced to quilting. She did everything by hand and with such love. I would sit at her feet while she sewed pieces together. Sometimes I would get the important job of cutting fabric around the cardboard template she used. I felt so safe and so loved watching her. On occasion I would catch her smiling at me while I worked, and I felt worthy and LOVED. I have never forgotten that feeling and each time I was around her quilts long after she passed, I could feel her love wrap around me. To me, quilt equals LOVE.
Fast forward a few years. Married with a couple of young babies and I was toting them around a craftsman fair and walked into an exhibit hall filled with quilts. I was awestruck! Not by the color, not by the patterns, not even by the technique but by the LOVE that I felt in that room. My passion was ignited that day and I have been in love with quilting ever since. To me a quilt is an irrefutable statement of love for the cause or recipient you made it for. A quilt equals LOVE. Through many trials and heartbreaks, I would find myself in my quilt studio touching the fabric and wrapping myself in the projects I was working on basking in the warmth and love. I felt safe, I felt worthy, I felt love!
I’ve taught several friends to quilt and each time I do there is a bond that is seldom broken. Teaching my daughters to quilt was an amazing experience and brought us so close. My mother forbid me from touching her sewing machine when I was kid, I had the passion then. When I saw it in my girls, I embraced it and today they are loving, creative and caring. I like to think quilts have inspired some of that. A passion is passed on and LOVE is shared. This is why I started Spool & Quilt. I have tried several times before, but life circumstances prevented me from moving forward. (a story for another Quilting Bee) I am passionate about spreading love through quilting. Quilts have been my one true love through life and I am over the moon excited to share this love with you.
Thank you for coming to my little on-line shop. I am growing a community. A place for us to create, share and become quilt friends.
Blessings in Stitches,