Tuesday, May 26

It's my One Year Blog Anniversary!!

Let the party begin!! If you follow my blog regularly, you already know that I really enjoy blogging. I like to write, love to draw designs, enjoy sharing what I do and the things I make and collect. I decided to take a look back and figure out how I stumbled into this blogging thing that I have come to enjoy so much. Five years ago, I had no clue what a blog was. I had only just begun to really use e-mail and I was still trying to figure out the "ins-and-outs" of that technical challenge. Friends at church, Dan and Nancy, were in the process of adopting a child and Nancy told me she had started to blog about the experience. I checked it out and found it interesting to think one would journal for all the world to see. It looked like something I would enjoy.

After I visited Nancy's blog, I began checking out other sites. I love to embroider and so I looked for sites that had embroidery designs. I found one that I repeatedly went back to.....Cinderberry*Stitches by Natalie Lymer of Australia. I loved her blog because the photography of her designs and embroidery were like "stitchery eye-candy" to me. Her blog had links to other blogs with embroidery and quilting projects and it was like taking a trip without leaving the chair at my computer!! In one of my searches for embroidery, a site came up for a Yahoo Redwork group, so I clicked and joined the group. I was mostly a "lurker" in this group. I had trouble figuring out how to reply to messages, how to "chat" and so I just "observed". Now I look back and wonder, how could I make something so easy, so difficult.

In the Redwork group, I "met" Anna and she is one of those people who always have a lead on a great site or pattern. She was an introduction into the friendly world of blogging, yahoo groups and sharing on the internet. Thanks, Anna! And thanks to my mother who taught me how to embroider!

SO, with those stitching thoughts in mind, I present the first of eight prizes that I'll offer in my One Year Blog Anniversary Celebration........


And here is my buddy, Brown Bear, displaying what you could win
.......

Two vintage Aunt Martha embroidery transfer patterns

Four skeins of my favorite floss for Redwork -
#'s 498 and variegated 115

Eighteen - 8 1/2" square red cotton prints by Mary Englebreit

and a package of Mary E post-its so that you can keep track of projects!


Now here is what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post for this prize (there will be a prize each day for the next seven days and you can leave your name each day for each prize).

2. In your comment, please tell me who taught you to sew/quilt/embroider (whichever applies).

3. Be sure to leave your e-mail address or a link back to your blog. Comments will be deleted if there is no way to contact you.

4. This celebration is open to all bloggers everywhere. :-) I have chosen prizes that will fit in an envelope and will be less costly to mail, so I am happy to mail international.

5. You may begin leaving comments now! Last day to comment will be June 10th. I will tally comments and e-mail/post winners on June 14th.
So, start leaving those comments! Thanks to all of you that have followed my blog so regularly. I really, really appreciate it!!
Sandi

86 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Sandi,
Gosh I think I learned most of my sewing skills in Home Ec. I embroidered pillow cases, and dresser scarves. My mom used to crochet, but I never learned how :-( I still have some of the embroidery I did back in HS days :-)
Congrats on your blogiversary!

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Allie said...

Hey, I know Anna! I'm a member of a couple of yahoo redwork groups, but haven't posted in ages or even read posts. Too busy blogging, I guess, lol!
Nobody taught me to sew or embroider....I found a picture of vintage redwork online, and then found ebay where I went a little nuts buying patterns. Eventually, dh saw how many I had and bought me an embroidery machine. I love both machine embroidery and hand embroidery - I could never give up handwork. I learned almost everything from the internet or books.
I love Cinderberry Stitches too - oh those photos. I wish there were more hours in the day to stitch everything!

Rhonda P. said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I learned to sew at an early age from my grandmother. In school I took every Home Ec. class I could. I have never tried redwork but have often thought of trying. I have made a quilt with the machine embroidery but have found it somewhat boring. I have to have 2 machines going at one time with that.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Happy Anniversary Sandi! I love to hear how people got into doing what they enjoy!

My grandmother was and my mother is very talented in the way of sewing and crocheting and even painting. But I am for the most part a self taught embroiderer. I have a few sisters who can do some amazing work with thread too. I think out of the 8 of us, there are only 2 who don't share the crafty gene.

What a fun giveaway, as usual. I look forward to returning every day to see what wonderful prizes you are offering!

MGM

lesthook said...

My grandma was a seamstress and she taught me to sew early. When I didn't live near her I had to try hand sewing cause we didn't have a machine. Bought my first sewing machine in 77 and have been going at it ever since.

Connie W said...

Congrats on the one-year-of-blogging milestone. I learned to quilt first by watching a TV quilting program daily for six months; then I found a local quilt shop and took a class. I don't remember who taught me to crochet; a friend recently taught me to knit; and I taught myself to sew. There it is in a nutshell.
Connie W / Cootie Bug

Guilitta said...

My English is not good, but I hope you understand me. Patchwork I saw for the first time in 1978 when I was in the U.S.. Returned after the holiday, I looked for a course to find, but there was no one. 1996 was my second time in the U.S. and was reminiscent of patchwork. Returned, I began the search again and found a mini-course in a machine shop where we subscribed to a star sewed fleece. But after the course than any sewing machine was sold, the course was set. True, I have learned it only in the city in which I moved, and where a 10 week long course, this was 2000. But i am not ready to learn. I learn all time when i make something.

I congratulation to your blog aniversary.

Greeting Guilitta

Pat said...

What a blessing you have been to the blogging world!!! Congratulations on this first anniversary. I learned to sew in Home Ec. My mother did sew but didn't teach me....maybe I wasn't interested in learning but HAD to take Home Ec as it was required?? Anyway....my mother did teach me to crochet. As for the embroidery skills I have, I managed to learn them on my own from looking at stitch diagrams in books. And YOU taught me about working with wool as I'd never done that until I discovered your WB group through THIS blog!!! I'll happily enter each day here in hopes of being lucky enough to win one of the giveaways. Tell Brown Bear thanks for assisting you in this fun activity!!!

Winona said...

Hi Sandi,
I have taught myself to sew, crochet, quilt, and embroider. I just learned about redwork in past couple of years. I have done a few projects. Cinderberry Stitches is what got me interested in redwork. I love those Aunt Martha Transfers. Winona

Nancy said...

Let's see...
I learned to sew in Home Ec in 7th grade.
I learned to quilt from my sister-in-law.
I am a self taught hand embroiderer, and belong to a local redwork group that meets once a week, where I met many new friends...
I think I get my sewing gene from my maternal grandmother, who sewed, knitted, crocheted and did hand embroidery although she never taught me. She did make all my clothes though and did a wonderful job.
Happy Blog-a-versary. I read you every day....

Tudy said...

I learned to sew by my self at a very young age on a treddle machine. I learned to crochet from my Grandma and Knit for an elderly neighbor ladie. I taught my self to quilt and do most other crafts. I did take a tatting class and loved it. I embroidered when I was very young too. I think my mom taught me that too.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Happy anniversary of your blog. Yes, I have been following you. I learned to sew mostly by trial and error! And lots of error! My family could not afford to buy new clothes, but we had a sewing machine and was able to save up for fabric and made most of my clothes in high school. Quilting was just an extension of that and I am now obsessed with quilting and stitching.

Rachel said...

Hello Sandi - happy blogaversary!

My mum taught me how to sew and finished many projects I started when I was a teenager. She also used to do all my buttonholes because I couldn't figure out how to do it. A lady I worked with taught me how to cross-stitch. I learned to embroider from the internet (no kidding) and I'm still learning.

Lovely giveaway - have a great day!

e4e823l said...

Hello Sandy, I watched my Mother embroider linens and wanted so badly to do the same. I begged for needle, hoop, thread, and a scrap of cloth. I was finally given those items after a trip to the "ten cent store". I was 4 years old. Sarah,
e4e823l@yahoo.com

Dori said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I learned to sew from my mom on an old Singer treadle and learned to embroider from her too for a girl scout badge. Dori
djs3n2@comcast.net

Cynthia said...

My mom taught me how to sew, my 6th grade home ec teacher taught me to embroider, and my friend Nanette taught me how to quilt. congrats on your blogiversay!
http://horstclan.blogspot.com

Sandy said...

What fantastic prizes...can't wait to see what comes next. I sew/quilt/embroider...all 3 and love it. I taught myself or took classes...the love of the needle and thread skipped my mother's generation!
A great story how you grew to love blogging!

Crispy said...

Hooray on your anniversary Sandi!! I can knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider and quilt. I am self taught in all of these. I believe you can learn anything from a book when you can't just wing it LOL.

Crispy

Debbie said...

Happy blogiversary, Sandi! What a nice group of goodies. Love those red and white squares. If you check out my blog, you'll see why. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet when I was about six or seven, followed by my mother teaching me embroidery. Took Singer sewing lessons at eleven. Didn't become a quilter until 15 years ago! http://debbiesfiberwork.blogspot.com

Jacquelynne said...

Sandi, your love for stitching and sharing with others always comes through your blog posts! Happy Blog-iversary!
My mom and grandmother taught me to sew- and I'm so glad they did!

Sweet P said...

This is an answer for me . . . my Irish grandmother taught me how to play with needles, thread, hooks, yarn, beads and fabric. You can read about her on my blog here: http://tinyurl.com/rc85np She is also my inspiration for being the best grandma to my new grandson.

Denny said...

Thanks to you and to your mom for teaching embroidery and for you sharing your expertise with us. My grammom taught me to embroider and every time I do a French knot she comes to my mind. That was my stumbling knot when she taught me as a little girl.
Denny in PA
dshaw@sju.edu

Janice said...

My mom taught me to sew and knit. I taught myself how to embroidery, crochet, quilting etc. I've been sewing and knitting since I was 5 years old so I've had lots of practice. Congrats on your one year blogaversary.

GARI said...

My grandmother was a professional seamstress and she taught my mother to sew. My mother then taught me. I was not a good sewer as I am not a detail person. I taught myself to quilt through watching Simply Quilts on TV: my additional quilting education has come through magazines.

Rachel said...

Happy anniversary! Good job! I learned to sew from my grandmother and I learned crochet from my mom. I used to do those vintage embroidery patterns at my grandmother's house as a child. I cherish those memories.

Lotta said...

Hi, I love to quilt and stitch. I'm mostly self taught with the help of my friends. I'd like to be in your draw for the nice prizes,
Lotta in Sweden

Sandi said...

Margie left a comment that she asked me to edit...."Hi Sandi,
Left a message this morning but did not know you needed more info.
I taught myself to embroider and have just got interested in redwork and love it. I also do a lot of other needlework, and when I get tired of one I move to another. Congrats on your 1 year.

threadingmyneedles.blogspot.com/

GeeGee said...

Congratulations on your one year blogging anniversary!!!
I really enjoy your blog and visit often.
My mother made all our clothes when I was growing up so I learned to sew mostly by watching her and I learned to embroider by watching my sister-in-law. After I was married and moved out of state I decided to learn to crochet. I went down town and purchased a book for 29cents and a needle for 10cents. The prices were stamped into the metal needles and I still have them.
I learned to cross stitch, work with wool, candlewicking, beadwork and silk ribbon embroisery from books.
I sewed clothes for my children and after they were grown, my sewing sort of evolved into quilting. An elderly lady taught me how to do the Cathedral Window quilt and I have made two of those plus dozens of others. I enjoy doing all of these and really keeps me busy but it provides many gifts for my family and friends.

Happy Blogiversary!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Many years ago my husband taught me how to thread my sewing machine. Anything else to do with the sewing machine I had to teach myself.

My husband also taught me how to cross stitch. I taught myself to embroider. I love embroidery!

Rengin Yazitas said...

Hi Sandi,
Happy anniversary!!!!
My first teacher was my grandma who thought me how to sew doll dresses and crochet in my childhood. Afterwords I learned more in Home Ec during high school years. My mother is a master crocheter but she is left handy, it was always problem for me to learn things from her:((
Love,
Rengin, in Istanbul

Jeanette said...

Hi Sandi, Happy anniversary. my Mum taught me to embroider. I learnt to embroider lined tablecloths & duchess sets which i still have. The giveaway looks great. Hugs, Jeanette

Cathy said...

Hi Sandi,

Time sure fly's! Congrats on the one year of Blogging.

My Grandmother is the one who taught me how to quilt and sew. I wish I had paid more attention back then. She had so much to offer and I was too young to appreciate it all I think. I taught myself how to do Embroidery.

Cathy
Lhunhen@starfireresearch.com

quiltingnana said...

congrats on your anniversary...
I am a self-taught quilter but I was inspired by my grandmother who quilted for years and I am lucky to have some of her quilts. I am sorry that when I was young I didn't take the time to learn from her. You can find me at my creative urges blog http://sew-write.blogspot.com

Sara said...

I grew up with a mother and two grandmothers who both sewed and crocheted, so I don't really remember anyone teaching me, I just picked it up. I was making my own doll clothes when I was in third grade. I actually taught myself to quilt when i was a teenager and since I have taught my mom who now quilts all the time.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Redwork is a passion with me so I'd love to win this. My mother taught me to embroider and I miss her still. blessings, marlene

LouAnne said...

Congrats on your first year anniversary. Musts think about having something special on my blog which I will have been at for 4 years in Sept.
I learned to sew correctly in 7th grade Home Ec but before that I made little doll clothes by hand thanks to an aunt who saved me her scraps. I learned to embroider and crochet from my Mum, but she and I learned to knit together from a How-To book. I learned to bead as a necessity when my 2 youngest girls began to skate competitively. I discovered crazyquilting because of my mother-in-law who crazyquilted and traditionally quilted in the 1960's and 1970's. Crazyquilting is great because it incorporates all the needlework skills I've learned since I was about 10. That's 57 yrs ago (you do the math!) and I hope for many more productive years.

annemarie said...

Love your blog and hearing about Minnesota - my home state although I now live in Texas. I learned to sew and stitch from my home ec class back in 7th grade and I will not say how many years ago this was!! Too many to count. a.haun@sbcglobal.net

Judy in Michigan said...

Congratulations Sandi on your anniversary. You have chosen some wonderful gifties!! My mother taught me to embroider and I still have some of my first tea towels - how funny to look at them now. I learned to sew from my cousin Jeanne and a family friend named Steffi. My mother didn't sew but she wanted me to learn so encouraged me by providing projects for me to do (how smart of her). I learned to quilt from a community ed class and then took every class I could to learn more. Blogging has taught me more and I appreciate the lessons I have learned from all the bloggers. Thank you for your lessons and inspirations.

Kaaren said...

Congrats on your anniversary, Sandi.

My Gram used to embroider and taught me the basics but that was sooooo long ago. Since I retired two years ago, I have rekindled the flame and now I love to stitch. I am currently working on a redwork quilt which I'm enjoying tremendously.

Mary said...

Both of my grandmothers (on both sides Mom and Dad) did beautiful handwork and were very encouraging to me and helped me all the time. Congratulations on your 100th blog. Thank you for the opportunityto win a prize!
Mary
mvkquilt@sbcglobal.net

Judy H. said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

My mother taught me the basics of embroidery along with knitting, crochet and cross-stitch. I learned to sew on a machine in a 6-week Home Ec course in middle school, but didn't really do anything else with the machine until I became a self-taught quilter a few years ago (with a lot of help from tv, books and the internet!).

Sara said...

Hey Happy Blogiversary!!! That's great, one year! I can't believe it has been a year since we met!

I learned to quilt by myself. Basically I taught myself. My mom, sister and I learned together and we just went for it!
Congrats again!

grann616 said...

My mother did not teach me any needlecrafts. I believe I was too hardheaded back then to want to learn anything from her! I am self taught. I love redwork, embroidery, crochet, quilting, etc. Wish many times, I had learned by her side, but I have some of her beautiful embroideries that have been passed down to me. Congratulations on your online anniversary. Sharon

free indeed said...

My mom started me young. She gave me all the cut off hems from her pants and skirts...lots of poly and tweeds and stuff like that. I put them in a box and started cutting and sewing squares together. She taught me to knit and embroider too. I still dabble alittle in everything, but fabrics are my fave.

Kaye said...

My Mother taught me to knit, crochet and some sewing. She also taught me how to give her Home perms. Anyone remember the "Toni" perms.LOL. I went on to be a Hairdresser and now my dtr does it. In her 60's Mom self taught herself to quilt. She tried to get me into it, but raising 5 kids I never had the time. I made clothes for my 2 girls but they never liked home-made so I stopped. I taught myself to embroider and years back did a lot of it. Your Wooly Buddies got me back into embroidery. Quilting, I learned from our neighborhood group the "Lakeside Ladies" You all know our teacher, none other than Pat Casadei (A little of this and a little of Pat) Another member Sherry is quite experienced and helps a lot. The other 4 are New Quilters, are learning paper piecing and are working with the wool. Whew! am I gabby or what? Congratulations on you Blog-a-versary. Thanks for all you do and all you share with us

Just Susan said...

Happy 1 year. My Grandmother taught me to knit and I am self taught on everything else. I think there may have been some Home Ec in there somewhere but not enough to keep me at it. I love to read and learn from books and now blogs. Thanks for the giveaway.
Susan

Chookyblue...... said...

congrats on your blog anniversary........it is just amazing what we find and do on the net now days.........
Sr Declan taught me to do some stitches in yr3-4..........then my high school Home Science teacher.......

Sharon said...

Hey Sandi, Happy blogaversiary!!!Geez if I think about it I first learned to stitch clothing with my daughter when she went to 4-H some 23 years ago and then one day I saw a Elanor Burns show and that started me quilting. Actually I would be all prepared for the next time her show aired so I could learn the lesson and that is how it all started...
Sharon
http://sharon-dancingthruthreads.blogspot.com/

Cindy said...

Hello,

Happy Blogaversary! I learned to sew, knit and embroidery from both of my Grandmas.

I'd love to be entered in your draw please!

Thank you.

Cindy
creativecards@shaw.ca

imagrandma2five said...

One summer my mother and I embroidered stamped pillowcases together. It was the most fun I think I ever had! I still have one of them. When my mother was very sick and almost bedridden several years ago, I sent her several embroidery projects to do. She said how much she appreicated it, giving her something to do and taking her mind off the pain.
Karen in Indiana

ilja said...

I learned how to sew from my grandmother.But now that am busy i have no time to sew.I'am afraid am going to forget how to sew.

iljaze@gmail.com

M. Regina said...

Hello, Sandi, My mother learned me to sew when I was 8 year old. When I was 15 years I went to school of sew( I don't know if you call school of sew, my englisch is not wery well). I understand, but I don't write well)Excuse me. I love to sew and quiling.Congratulations for the aniversary of your blog. Hugs from Brazil.

M. Regina said...

I forgot, my blog is www.reginagoncalves.blogspot.com

PurplePossum said...

Sandi, congrats on a milestone
you are such a generous person
thanks for all the things i have learned reading your blog etc
hugs sans in oz
possumproductions@yahoo.com.au

Linda said...

I did take Home Ec where I made a black wool dress--very classy; but I learned to love sewing by machine from my Grandmother Young. She made teddy bears and Barbie clothes plus all our dresses. I learned embroidery from my Grandma Fraise. I still embroider almost every day. I only regret that I took no interest in her crochet. I really wish I could crochet.
Linda
lindanuts@yahoo.com
Yea for one year and best wishes for many, many more!

CieAngel said...

I learned to do embroidery and crewel work on my own. My Aunt taught me to Crochet when I was 9 on summer when she was visiting us. I learned how to do stamped cross stitch when I was pregant with my DD in 87. Then in 99 I learned how to do counted cross stitch from my Hubby.
Congrates on your blogiverary.
Huggs,
Cleary

Eva said...

Hi Sandi
I learned all about quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting at an early age, it was an every day thing with my wonderful mother. I have also learned much from all my quilting groups. Thank you for sharing the seasons bom I'm so enjoying it.
Eva
Bedford, Nova Scotia
epearceingram@eastlink.ca

Deb said...

Hi Sandi,
Congrats on your blogversary!
I don't honestly remember. From a book probably, my Mother couldn't sew a button on! I learned to knit from a neighbor, sew on my Auntie's Featherweight and quilt from my best friend. Although I do know where the desire came from. My Grandmother. My Mother was estranged from her family and when I was in my twenties, I reunited with my Grandmother and she gave me a very special gift. Three sets of embroidered sheets and pillowcases that she had made. I still have the pillowcases and every once in a while bring them out just as inspiration! I started redwork several years ago and LOVE anything vintage!

laura said...

Hi Sandi, my mother initially taught me how to sew when I was in grade school. When I went to high school I took a sewing class and loved it. From then I made clothes for myself and for the first two quilts I made I used scraps of fabric from all the clothes I made and put together a patchwork quilt. Then there was a long period of time I did not sew, but when I had a daughter and loved making her clothes. That lasted only for awhile until she got old enough and didn't want her mom making her clothes anymore. When my daughter was in scouts we did a service project with the Minnesota Quilters that each girl learned to make a block to put toether in a quilt and then we donated it to the women's shelter. It was so much fun seeing all the quilts the MN Quilters made. It inspired me to start quilting. Then I met Sandi. How great was that. I took classes from her and learned a lot and now we are such great friends. Thanks Sandi!

Barbara in TN said...

My Mother taught me to embroider as a small child, if nothing else to keep me busy while she was stitching. She bought me a RED plastic-framed kit, complete w/RED thread. I was SO proud of it! Am addicted to Redwork to this day. Thank you for the give-a-way, what could be any better than RED fabric!
Barbara in TN
saltillo3@yahoo.com

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Mama taught me to embroider when I was a child. Although Mama made quilts too, I really taught myself with just a little guidance from her. She also crocheted and knitted, which I learned to do with help from her.

Sandi said...

Sent by Helen from my SeasonsBOM group - "Hi Sandi, happy anniversary. I like your patterns, my mother taught me how to sew and embroidery at a very early age. I would love to enter your drawings this way let me know and I will answer the other questions, anyway, you have a nice blog. Thanks Helen

Janelle said...

Hi Sandi,
My Mum, Val Laird (there is a link to her blog on my blog site) is the one I have learnt many of my skills from. She is a talented lady and taught me embroidery, knitting, crochet, and many other crafts when I was a young girl. More recently she has helped me with some of my quilting projects giving me tips and hints on how to do things.

chappie said...

I am self taught! My mom quilted, did all kinds of needle work and sewed all my life and I never wanted to learn. Later in my life when mom was gone I wanted to learn everything, it was to late. I got her quilt and sewing supplies and yes, all the goodies that come with them and have had a wonderful time learning all the things she wanted me to learn. I feel my mom near when I am sewing and needling along. I'll never be as good as my mom but, the things she left me to learn from are just wonderful.
I am learning so much from Sandi too. Even new things my mom didn't do. (like wool felt). Redwork is one of my favorites also. My mom would be so proud of me!

Thank you Sandi for all your hard work and Happy Anniversary.

SunThyme said...

My grandmother helped me with my first embroidery project. That 40+ year old pillow case is now one of my most prized possessions. Worn and tattered from many years of use it now resides in my sewing room and brings warm memories of the special times we spent together.

Shrenika Kasera said...

Hi Sandi,
Many congrats for one year !! :-)
And what awesome give-aways !! Truly great. I am into embroidery and I learnt it from my grandmother and mother at home. Never did any classes. Do count me in for this one.
Thanks.
Shrenika(shrenika.kasera@gmail.com)

Sandy said...

Congrats on your anniversary.Love your blog. My dad taught me to do embroidery when I was 8.It was a sampler and it is framed and hanging in my living room.
Sandy
cha16946san@epix.net

grandmarockton said...

Congrats on BLOGIVERSAY! Grandmother and 1st grade teacher are the reason I do needlework today! sandra

Cynthia said...

Hello Sandi,
My mother taught me to knit, sew, and embroider when I was in elementary school. I am such a tactile person and love the feel of fabrics, yarn, threads and discovering the dreams they hold inside of them. Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for entering me into the drawing!
Cindy
librarygoddess53@gmail.com

barbara said...

Sandi,
My grandmother tried to teach all of us girls (5)(my sisters) to quilt, but we were hopeless at the time. I am self taught at sewing and just began about a year ago. Slowly but surely i am catching on.
Congratualtions on the anniversary!
Barbara

Rae Ann said...

My on line friend Raeann taught me how to quilt via the internet! I met her on a group we both happened to be on. I had never quilted! My first quilt was a log cabin quilt. She drafted the setting for me, told me how many different color fabric I needed and sent me the lengths I had to cut. She sent a drawn pattern, marked with which piece to sew on first etc. A little over a month later I hand a completed log cabin quilt, set in a Barn Raising design.

Martha said...

Happy Anniversary! I've been sewing since I was about 9 years old. I enjoy piecework, hand quilting, and applique. Thanks for having a giveaway!

Owl Lady said...

My mother began teaching me to embroider and do simple things like sew on buttons when I was about three years old. She gave me a piece of machine quilted and bound fabric to use as a quilt for my dolls. When she embroidered, if I wanted to embroider too, she would thread my needle with the same color she was using. I had to sit on the footstool beside her while I sewed, no running around with the needle. I made random stitches at first, but eventually I learned to embroider fairly well, including cross stitch. She also taught me to mend, sew some of my clothes (including a bridesmaid's dress), quilt, and crochet a little. I have never tried redwork, but it looks like fun.

susanm said...

Hi Sandi,
First of all congrats on your anniversary. Also with the 300th Post, thats a lot of chatting which I love. I learned to embroider at a very young age but was not interested in it at the time. I have a dear friend Anna who introduced me into embroidery, remember when candlewick was high fashion, hehehehe. Then I moved onto quilting and am loving every minute of it. Now new technology, which I also started the way you have been going, has brought the world closer to me and I have been learning ever since. It keeps the mind going, hehehehe. Thanks so much for sharing your life and sewing talents with me I really appreciate it very much. From a fan in South Africa.

Bev in TX said...

My paternal grandmother taught me a few basic embroidery, knitting and crochet stitches. Beyond that, I am mostly self taught.

Bev in TX
countryone77 at yahoo dot com

Christine said...

Happy blogiversary. I am a big redwork fan ... your prizes are wonderful. I taught myself to stitch from books and magazines, although my Nan taught me how to knit when I was a teenager.

Christine
auntiesquaintquilts.blogspot.com/

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

Happy 100th! Blog anniversary that is. Thank you so much for your generous gifts to all of us on your milestone.

I was taught to sew/embroider/craft by my mom and both grandmothers. The grandmas really worked with me on my sewing when I was little. I have both of their machines still. Mom and I worked on my wedding dress together and craft regularly.

Thank you for entering me in the drawing.

throuthehaze said...

Happy blogiversary! I am mostly self taught but I did learn a few basics in Home Ec a long time ago though.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

darcey said...

Hi Sandi
Congrats on you blogiversary. I am a self taught, and still learning new tricks, stitcher. I taught myself embroidery, quilting, crochet...lots of reading involved as well as timely advice from friends. All the best. Thanks for the chance to win.
Darcey from Canada
quiltingunderscoredoveathotmaildotcom

Deb said...

I love red (as does my older daughter) so thankyou so much. My mum was the one who first taught me how to sew by hand and on a machine. I did do some sewing (in art class) in school but what they taught us was no more than what my mum had already taught me! My mum also taught me to knit. I'm hoping to pass these and other crafty skills onto my girls.

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

I learned to quilt in a class at the local sewing center; now 25 years later, the teacher is one of my best customers!
Congratulations on your blogiversary, and thanks for the giveaways.

Jeannette said...

It was both my mother and Grandmother that taught me to sew and embroider. It is so realxing and a great way to make friends

Angie said...

My mother taught me to embroider when I was 8 years old. It was one of the things I wanted to learn because my grandmother did such wonderful embroider. From there I went on to learn to sew in junior high and to teach myself how to quilt 6 years ago. Now my mother wonders where I got my love of needlework of all kinds and I tell her……….it all started with you.

SandyN said...

I do love your name.
My mum started teaching me from a very young age. I love to hand sew now, sewing is in our family. I now teach my daughter and son do you believe.
Check out my christmas BOM on my blog.

normansandra@hotmail.com
htp://sandyspatchworkangel.blogspot.com/

Lynn B said...

Hi Sandi,
My mother taught me to sew, knit and embroider and I was seven years old when I made my first skirt, I can still remember it had little red roses on a green background!
Congratulations on your blog anniversary!
www.happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.com

Annelein said...

Congratulations with the anniversary of your blog. You are so generous to give away a lot of pricess.

I hope a big price for you is our comments on your blog. I hope you are overwelmed by it.

Redwork is something that was forgotten for a long time and now its hot.

Willeke from the Netherlands.

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