Every winter I get an itch to do something creative. I’m artsy by nature and thrive when I have a fun project to do or am creating something new.
The beginning of a new year plus the cold dark days of winter always make me want to start something new and keep my hands busy.
I feel like a part of my mom is finally coming out in me this winter. She made amazing quilts. I never had to wander around the house to find her because she was either in the kitchen or sitting in her back living room corner lazy boy, hand stitching a quilt. I’ve lost count of how many quilts she made. I personally own two, my dad has a ton, I’m sure each of my siblings has at least one and there are probably countless quilts strewn through out the country – given to those my mom wanted to bless with some warmth.
This one isn’t even her most impressive one. She hand quilted it but it’s not as many stitches as she would usually do!
I wish i could say I followed in her footsteps and have created many quilts. Unfortunately, i never had the urge to quilt. Maybe it was because i saw how much work and time they take? I’m a bit ADD (literally) and I struggle with follow through (hence the 5-6 year knitting project 😂) My lack of interest wasn’t because of a lack of my mom trying to teach me to quilt. In fact when I was about 9 I took a beginners quilting class with her at her favorite quilting store. I think I only went to one actual class and spent maybe 20 minutes at the sewing machine with my pieces of fabric for my first (and only) quilt square. I just wasn’t interested.
The only time i ever got close to wanting to sew anything was when i decided to make Etta a couple of baby blankets. I really kicked myself for never paying attention to how my mom sewed. I could have really used her advice and help on a few things. The blankets i made were ok, but no where near perfect.
Instead of quilting I had picked up knitting. For the last 5 or 6 years i have been working on a blanket… yes you read that right. I honestly don’t know where the pattern for the blanket is anymore, how many stitches there should be or if I have enough yarn. But, every fall and winter I pull it out to add a little bit more to it. It makes me think of my mom; all curled up under a warm partially made blanket with my legs tucked up under me and the tv on.
This year I pulled out my knitting and for the first time I was bored with it from the minute I started. I was ready for something new. I still wanted something that would create something useful (like a blanket) but also beautiful, and unique.
My first project is a cross stitch. My mom had taught me how to embroider years ago and unlike quilting I actually enjoyed it. I wasn’t really into the idea of cross stitching though since all the patterns i had ever seen were of old farms and women in bonnets. That just isn’t my style. But I found some super fun ones on Pinterest and then Etsy. This cute little one came from The Geeky Stitching Co. on Etsy, it came with everything I needed (including a piece of candy 😉) and I seriously am in love with it!
Just like when I was younger the back isn’t quite perfect, but it is Way better than my embroidery use to be! I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Unfortunately I have gotten a bit sidetracked by my other project, loom weaving!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone that does this. It’s all new to me but it is so fun and I figured my old pot holder making days would help me figure it out 😉
I ordered one from Beka on Amazon and LOVE it! It’s so relaxing and you don’t really have to follow any sort of pattern unless you want to!
So this winter, if you’re looking for me, I’ll be over in my corner lazy boy huddled under a blanket with some tea and weaving or cross stitching like a little old lady 🤣 What can I say? Creativity and thread are just in my blood. I miss you mom!