Friday, May 6, 2016

Welcome, Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory

I am very excited to introduce a new sponsor whose taste in fabrics is right up my alley.  I think the best way to begin is from the beginning.   With a name like Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory, one wants to know where it all started!

From proprietress Chelsea Graham:

"My grandmother was an amazing seamstress who sewed clothes, dolls, blankets and whatever else our imaginations could conjure up for her three daughters and eight grandchildren. I still treasure every party dress Bobbie Lou made me, which is why her spirit is the inspiration for everything I do.

Since opening Bobbie Lou’s, I get to do what I love most: find fun, bright fabrics for endless beautiful creations. Having grown up all over the world—Africa, South America, Australia, Europe, the Middle East—I tend to gravitate towards the vibrant and eclectic. I only sell fabrics I truly love and would love to sew with myself. Bobbie Lou would approve.
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From the very first splash, Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory exudes a upbeat, playful personality.  But all the practical bits are there too:  clean site design, shop by color, sale or new arrivals and free US shipping over $50 with discounts for international orders over $50 too!


So whether you're looking to stash some interesting low volume prints (Browse color/cream)...


Or crushing on Katarina Roccella's new Lavish collection, which couldn't be more right for spring, Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory has lots of options, as eclectic and charming as promised!

Shop-owner Chelsea Graham got her start in the industry making blankets, burp cloths and onesies for her pregnant friends, which led to an Etsy shop, which led to an expansive fabric stash!  True to her origins, her store is a great spot for fabrics to inspire your baby makes.  You can find what you want quick if you shop by Style among loads of specific categories like "transportation" and "tribal" or check out the larger categories "little girl" and "little boy."



::Giveaway::

Someone will score a $50 gift certificate to Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory this weekend!  In honor of Bobbie Lou and Mother's Day, enter by telling us if your mother or grandmother played any roll in bringing you to love making with cloth.   I can't say mine did, but my mother-in-law did inspire me and continues to craft Aria and Liam's annual Halloween costumes!  She's a gem.

Add your comment now through midnight, EST on Mother's Day (May 8th).  I'll draw a random winner on Monday morning!  International entries welcome.

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Our random winner is #140, Kathy E!  I've reached out via email to let her know.  Enjoy!



227 comments:

  1. I am not sure my mother even owned a sewing machine. But my grandmother had an old treadle machine that I loved to sew on. I have her to thank for my love of quilting.

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  2. My mom tried to get me to sew, she is an amazing seamstress. I wouldn't listen to her until I was much older. I still go to her all the time for advice on fabrics and construction. I have to say that I learned a love of fabric and creating with fabric from my grandma. She taught me all sorts of embroidery and needle work. Two great ladies!

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  3. My grandmother taught me how to hand-stitch and gave me my first sewing machine.

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  4. My mom taught me to sew using her Elna sewing machine (which she still uses). I started out making doll clothes. When I graduated college my mom bought me my own sewing machine and I've made everything from quilts to dresses to bags!

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  5. My mom had (and still has) an ancient Singer and I learned the basics on it. Now she brings me sewing to do for her.

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  6. My mother and grandmother are both quilters, and that same grandmother was a professional seamstress while I was a child and before I was born. My great-grandmother, my grandmother's mother-in-law was a quilter, too, but I don't think she was really the inspiration for my grandmother - probably it all started with necessity.

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  7. My grandmother sewed clothes for me on her treadle,and made me a patchwork quilt doll blanket, with my help that somehow I was able to hang onto for over 70 years now! I have on old sewing machine of hers too! I'd say I was incredibly influenced in a wonderful way!

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  8. My mother took up English paper piecing in her 20's and she did that on and off as I was growing up. She also made all of our Halloween costumes, curtains, roman blinds, pillows and all that. But I also think of my paternal grandfather often as I sew. Although he died before I was born, he spent his entire working life as a tailor, as did his father and grandfather before him.

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  9. My grandmother gave me a learn to sew kit when I was four, and it started my love of fabric and making. Thanks for the chance - lovely fabrics.

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  10. mother had a sewist who made our dresses. (6 girls and 2 boys). But my grandma and her sisters were Always busy with fabric. I think, I inherited their talent.

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  11. My mom gave me my first sewing machine and taught me how to use it! She also made sweet little outfits for me sister and me when we were young kids. Love her so much!

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  12. Both my mother and grandmother did quite a bit of machine sewing, and particularly hand stitching and embroidery. As a very young child, I of course wanted to be like them, so by age three I was sewing with yarn on plastic canvas
    drlbennett at gmail dot com

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  13. Both my mom and my grandma sewed a bit, but my granny was a great knitter and there are hardly any childhood photos of me, in which I don't wear something she made.
    I refused to take crafting lessons from mom, grandma and great-grandma (they did try, though)and only got interested in sewing, knitting and crocheting when I was already grown up. However, I must have learned to appreciate the love that goes into hand made clothes and home decorations.

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  14. My grandmother taught me to knit which is likely what started my love of crafting and making. I still knit but spend much more time at my sewing machine than any other type of craft.

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  15. My mother taught me to sew when I was old enough to be trusted with her machine! She was adamant about learning to read a pattern guide so that I could sew anything I wanted in the future. I was always fascinated by both grandmothers sewing areas. Just to see all the stuff they had.. Buttons, thread, buckles... I love it

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  16. It was my grandmother that taught me sewing skills and from there I learned to quilt. She passed away about the time I started quilting and would be so proud of my accomplishments! Thanks Rachel and Chelsea!

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  17. My grandmothers and mom all have done lots of sewing and I have learned so much from them. My 89 year-old grandma is still piecing quilts and sewing her own garments. I want to be like her!

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  18. My mom and Grandmothers are not/were not really seamstresses. However, I have 3 aunts who have sewn things for me since I was a little one. When I was old enough two of those aunts took turns helping me make my first quilt! So, they are not technically my mothers, but they mothered my love of fabric for sure. :)

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  19. I sew on my grandmother's 1938 featherweight! My mum taught me to sew on it and she passed it on to me a couple of years ago when she went into assisted living! I named her Bessie Gertrude after my grandmother and she still works like a charm. My Grandmother and her sister, my Great Aunt Loie gave me my first quilt - made from feedsacks and some of the pieces were pieced together to go in it! Their church group did the hand quilting!

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  20. My grandmother did not quilt or sew, however, she was very talented with a crochet hook. I have several beautiful, detailed, handkerchiefs, doilies, dresser scarves, and tablecloths that she made. Thanks for the chance!! ~Linda
    dragonfly9716(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. My mother taught me to sew - she also made my wedding dress! My paternal grandmother had amazing skill. She could see a piece of clothing on the rack, and figure out the pattern.

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  22. Not my mom or grandma, but the next best thing: my aunt. And she learned it from her aunt.

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  23. My mom was (many years ago) a professional sewer, unfortunately not a good teacher, I still learned some skills from her and also use her old sewing maschine. I love to talk with her about sewing.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  24. Yes! My mom was is a maker and by her example she taught me that I can do and make anything. Risks are often involved, but nothing is gained if you don't try. Thank you mom for teaching me such valuable lessons for crafting, making, creativity and life!

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  25. My stepmother sewed all of our Easter dresses every year (for myself and my FOUR sisters!) So she got me started on my love of sewing. I haven't been brave enough to try clothing, but I still hope to some day! Ruth. ruth_hase@yahoo.com

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  26. Yes, my mom did. We were poor and kept getting evicted. But I have fond memories of creating clothes on a treadle machine.

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  27. My grandma helped me sew my first dress!

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  28. My mom tried, but we never really got that far on my apron project.

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  29. My Mom and Grandmother are/ were amazing seamstresses. I had some hand made clothing, but what they excelled at were doll clothes. They had their own business making and teaching porcelain doll making back in the day and the clothing they made for them was amazing. When I first tried sewing a simple skirt for my daughter's Barbie I fully understood how amazing the clothes my grandmother made for them were! Thank you!

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  30. My mom had a sewing machine & could do a few basic things with it but I can't say she really inspired my love of fabric. Still, she encourages me & praises everything I make!

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  31. Thank you for letting us know about this new company. My grandmother was a prolific seamstress and crocheter. She loved making clothing for her granddaughers and we loved wearing her handmade creations. My mother also sewed and is the one who taught me. I'm now teaching my children, so the tradition will continue. ThanK you for this hosting this giveaway.

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  32. Its funny I started quilting because my mother and grandmother got too old (or so they tell me) to quilt. So I learned to quilt my self and have since taught my wife to love it as much as me.

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  33. Neither my mother or grandmother sewed, so my love of fabric comes from an unknown source! My mother still marvels at everything I make. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. My mom is a knit/crochet wonderment, but she did sew some and taught me the basics. I inheirited her "need" to create.

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  35. My mom has always encouraged me to be a crafter. I feel like we did everything under the crafting sun when I was younger. She let me have free reign over her scrapbooking supplies, the paint box, and her sewing box. She was never a quilter and the sewing i saw was a few Halloween costumes. Now that I'm quilting, I get to teach and encourage her while she learns! 😊

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  36. My mother wasn't much of a sewer but she allowed me to use her machine and encouraged me to sew. Happy Mother's Day.

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  37. My mom was a bit crafty when I was young but was not into sewing. She did crochet doilies. I got a bit of the fabric bug through my aunt who was a professional seamstress. I'm a first generation quilter.

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  38. My paternal grandmother sewed all my dresses when I was a little girl and by age 8 she had me helping her. By age 11 I was making all my own clothes, including prom dresses. My other grammy was wonderful, too, and she taught me to knit, cook, and laugh.

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  39. My paternal grandmother sewed all my dresses when I was a little girl and by age 8 she had me helping her. By age 11 I was making all my own clothes, including prom dresses. My other grammy was wonderful, too, and she taught me to knit, cook, and laugh.

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  40. My mom taught me how to sew. She made alot of our clothes. Thanks for the great giveaway. I love to sew and quilt so never have enough fabric:)

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  41. Although my mom taught me basic sewing it wasn't really her thing. I don't think either of my grandmothers did much sewing beyond necessary mending. The mom who has really encouraged and helped me with sewing is my "other mother", my MIL.

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  42. I grew up seeing both grandmothers and my mother at the sewing machine. They were making clothes, curtains and sometimes piecing quilts. I remember a quilt hanging from the living room ceiling where my mother and grandmother worked on it and they rolled it up out of way when not quilting. Although I started sewing first, it was many years later when I was married and my children almost grown that I begin quilting. I have always loved fabric!

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  43. My mother made clothing for me when I was little and always aspired to quilt but never tried it until recently. I remember being fascinated with her sewing cabinet and stash of fabrics. Thanks for introducing me to a great new online store!

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  44. My mother made all the clothing for us kids when we were young. I remember the soothing sound of the sewing machine hum while lying in bed at night. She taught me to sew, and to use the hated ripper! She made sure my seams were straight and accurate, which has helped me become a great quilter! I still hate to use the ripper, so I try hard to do it right the first time!

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  45. My mother - a quilter herself - has several quilts that were made by her grandmother that I have always loved dearly. They are crinkly and almost tissue thin. I can remember sleeping under them and studying the various blocks and how they were put together. I never in a million years thought I would be able to make one myself! But my mother told me I could, and so I did :).

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  46. My mother was not a quiltmaker, but she taught me the basics. She sewed our clothes and even knitted and crocheted clothes for our Barbie dolls. I wasn't a doll lover but I was fascinated by the clothes she made! So tiny!

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  47. My grandmother was a seamstress and I spent hours and hours watching her sewing... Now I inherited her sewing machine.

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  48. My mother made a lot of our clothes, and my ex father-in-law was a quilter ( a hand quilter). I grew up sewing on an aqua blue brother machine. I worked in/managed a fabric store for quite a while. Sewing is in my blood.

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  49. My grandmother was an amazing quilter. My Mom has also made her share of beautiful quilts. And now, amazingly enough, I love to make quilts as well.

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  50. My grandmother embroidered, my mom made our Halloween costumes and some of our clothes. She was a great seamstress who sewed her own clothes. I found quilting on my own but have always loved fabric.

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  51. My grandmother embroidered, my mom made our Halloween costumes and some of our clothes. She was a great seamstress who sewed her own clothes. I found quilting on my own but have always loved fabric.

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  52. Both my mother and grandmother were quilters. My mom and I sewed most of my clothes in high school. I love time spent in my sewing room.

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  54. my mom never knew what a sewing machine was but one christmas she wanted to make us all nightshirts (there were 5 of us) and she did. i can almost feel the warmth and comfort of it still. i will always remember that and my mom. i miss her and love her always

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  55. My grandmother always made quilts for charity. So much so that I never received one! :)

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  56. My mom grew up in Finland, where even to this days students are taught how to knit and sew from a young age. She has always been into all kinds of handicrafts: sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving rag rugs on a loom. She introduced me to it all when I was quite young, and while it took me until my early 20s to really get into it, there's no stopping me now! Thanks, Äiti!

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  57. My mother taught me how to sew and she made all my clothes until I could take over. If you needed something, you made it. When I was older I bought most of my clothes from the Sear catalogue.

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  58. My mum has always knitted and sews. She taught me as a child and I have recently picked it up again as an adult x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  59. My mom did get me started on quilting but she was never as into as me. My grandma made tons of dolls, so she always had lots of fabric :)

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  60. My mum sewed us lots of clothes, but not for fun but for practical reasons; my father's mum knitted like a machine, she could make anything!! I make things to relax, for fun. Such a luxury, actually, right?

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  61. My mother is not a crafter in any way, but she supports everything I do.

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  62. My mother was not a patient parent but smart enough to steer me towards people who could teach me what she could not or chose not to. Thank you Mama Lou Green all about creating.

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  63. My mom taught me how to thread a sewing machine and the rest is history! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  64. Just less than a year ago very soon after my Dad died my mum gave me my first machine so she and I could quilt together, at that stage I did not know what bobbins were let alone how to sew. I am a true convert thanks to my Mum and my sisters.

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  65. Mom's best effort at teaching me to sew was to send me to 4-H. Her mom did quilt and made lovely scrap quilts. Sadly, she lived far away and only seeing her once a year or so didn't make for good sewing instruction, but her beautiful quilts did move me towards learning on my own.

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  66. My nan had me hand sewing little purses and bags as a kid to keep my quiet and occupied. I have my mother's vintage Jones sewing machine, so you could say that sewing is in the blood!

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  67. My mom taught me to sew. We used to shop for fabric together and spent many late nights sewing a new outfit for the next day.

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  68. My sweet mother taught me to sew and knit, and I'm so thankful she took the time to do so! One of my daughter's now has her sewing machine and is making some beautiful quilts on it.

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  69. I had a mother and grandmother who sewed when I was growing up. My mother made a lot of our clothes and fancy dress costumes when we were young. She also did, and still does, a lot of mending for family and friends. Up until a few years ago, I had no interest in sewing, but I am making up for lost time now!

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  70. I watched my maternal grandmother sew nightgowns for me and my sister. I wanted to grow up just like her, and sewed my own clothes in high school. Now it's quilts, and I wish I could wrap her in one.

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  71. My mother doesn't sew and she doesn't even like to hem/fix clothes, guess I got that naughty trait from her, hehe.

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  72. My grandmother taught me the love of sewing and my mother taught me that anything worth doing was worth doing it right.

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  73. My mum and my nana both taught me to sew. I now have my nana's sewing machine and every now and then while I'm sewing I can smell her sewing room and it makes me feel like she is here with me and likes what I'm sewing.

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  74. My grandmother sewed, but unfortunately, I never really got to learn from her. I wish I had. :)

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  75. Yes,my Mother,GrandMother+Aunts all sewed+quilted+loved it!I'm so grateful for all that they taught me!Fabric-love is in my genes for sure! Thanks to You+#BobbieLousFabricFactory for a great giveaway!
    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL ♥
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  76. My grandmother and I cut out tons of templates from plastic coffee can lids and glued sandpaper to the backs - all while sitting in her kitchen table. I miss her but had her till just shy of her 100th birthday.

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  77. Rachel - I must admit it makes me a bit sad to see another online store that doesn't support a storefront. It is such an unfair advantage and is putting brick and mortar out of business. We are quickly approaching the day that we won't have the pleasure of walking into a quilt shop and choosing/experiencing in person. So sad that bloggers are not supporting real shops - rarely do I see them promoted on blogs - seems many only promote those that pay them to.

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  78. Both my grandma and my mom loved doing crafty things. Halloween costumes, quilts, doll clothes, and little crochet toys. I have learned the patience and pride that comes with creating your own things from both of them. I can't fail to mention an aunt of mine as well (she is a mom, just not mine :) )who inspires me with wise words to this day about loving the process as well as the product and putting all that love into the crafty gifts that I give.

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  79. I wish I could say I have a quilting tradition in my family but no such luck so I'm hoping it will start with me and carry forward.

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  80. My mother started teaching me to sew when I was nine. My first project was making pj's for me and three younger sisters. :)

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  81. My mother started teaching me to sew when I was nine. My first project was making pj's for me and three younger sisters. :)

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  82. Quilting and sewing is in my blood. I have a quilt my great grandmother made in the 1930's. Her daughter, my grandmother, was an incredible seamstress and quilter. She did alterations out of her home and also at department stores. She looked at a garment went home made a pattern then made the garment. Her daughter, my aunt, made clothing that looked store bought. To shut me up, lol, at 8 my grandmother started letting me sew on her old Singer. I still have it. I make clothing and quilts. I'm not as talented as the women in my family were but I love it just as much. I wish they were all still here so we could sew together.

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  83. My mother taught me to sew when I was around 11. Her mother sewed and knit beautiful clothes and doll clothes for me and my sister. My other grandmother taught me to crochet.
    thank you for the great giveaway!

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  84. My mom made a lot of our clothes growing up. But my late mother-in-law is the one who inspired me to quilt. Her beautiful appliqué quilts are a treasure to us all. My email is colemansharon@me.com

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  85. Before my beautiful nan got dementia she was a wonderful seamstress. She even made my wedding dress! She sewed a lot of my clothes growing up. Even though she's still physically here, I miss her every day

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  86. My mother had a unique way to teach me to sew. When I was 7 or 8 I told her I needed shorts for the summer and instead she gave me fabric a pattern and access to her treadmill singer. She helped cut out the first pair and explained back stitching and seam allowances. I was told to read the instructions and follow them. It worked - I sewed through college and when I became a new mom before taking a 20 year break to work outside the home.

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  87. My grandma and mom both played a part! My first quilt I ever made was done with both of them helping and guiding. My grandma has passed but quilting is now one of the favorite things my mom and I do together!

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  88. My mom is a sewer! My grandmothers may have been but I never saw them do any of it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. My mom taught me how to embroidery and sew when I was about in first grade.I had asthma and was not allowed to play outdoors.So sewing became something I loved. I remember her making doll clothes for those tiny Dawn dolls, clothes for us 4 kids, And patch work pillows.I have a vivid picture of her in my mind of her in her hip hugger jeans sewing at the machine,always making something.

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  90. My mom taught me how to embroidery and sew when I was about in first grade.I had asthma and was not allowed to play outdoors.So sewing became something I loved. I remember her making doll clothes for those tiny Dawn dolls, clothes for us 4 kids, And patch work pillows.I have a vivid picture of her in my mind of her in her hip hugger jeans sewing at the machine,always making something.

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  91. My grandmother always was a working woman and did not see. My mother hated/ hates sewing while I always loved fabric. My great grandmother taught me to crochet at age 5. There must be a very recessive gene LOL!

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  92. My mother! She doesn't sew anymore but still loves fabric, especially vintage. She has a strong appreciation for vintage hand sewn items from quilts to clothing. I'm so thankful for her passing it on.
    Thank you both for offering such a sweet Mother's day gift!

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  93. My grandmother was my inspiration. Loved the Christmases when we would receive a quilt all our own. She cut each piece by hand with scissors. Boy wouldn't she love to see our tools now! vkh6210 at gmail dot com

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  94. My grandma inspired me to quilt as she made many quilts in her lifetime. My mom didn't quilt, but she was very good at sewing clothes and crafty items.

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  95. My grandmother made a lot of my dresses and gave me my first sewing lessons by letting me "sew" on cardstock with her sewing machine when I was a little girl. She bought me my first machine for my 13th birthday. I made many nightgowns and blouses on that machine, along with my first quilts.

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  96. Both of my grandmothers were quilters and I still have quilts the made. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  97. My mum is a fantastic seamstress and growing up my twin sister and I would spend hours watching her create wonderful clothes for us and her. To this day whenever I sew I can still see and hear my mum and know that she was the one that taught and inspired me. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity.

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  98. My mother sewed clothes for us while we were children and I was very interested in sewing because of that. I learned how to sew in Grade 8 and took sewing in high school several times. After I got married I wanted to try making quilts and haven't looked back. I'm thankful that my mom passed on her love of sewing to me and I hope one day that my daughter will want to do the same.

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  99. My mother sewed clothes for us while we were children and I was very interested in sewing because of that. I learned how to sew in Grade 8 and took sewing in high school several times. After I got married I wanted to try making quilts and haven't looked back. I'm thankful that my mom passed on her love of sewing to me and I hope one day that my daughter will want to do the same.

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  100. My Mom gave me her White sewing machine, when I was11.

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  101. My grandma is an amazing quilter! She inspires me every day!

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  102. My mom taught me to sew when I was young. I now sew on the same Singer, now vintage, and I just finished making a quilt with my foursie for her bunny!
    distantsub at gmail dot com

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  103. My mom got me into sewing. She made my clothes when I was little and when I was in high school I started making most of my clothes. I don't make clothes now, although I've been thinking that I might make a few tops for myself. However, I do make quilts and really find it relaxing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. :)

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  104. My mother taught me how to sew on her Singer slant 403. Thanks Mom for a wonderful life skill to have!

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  105. Neither my mother or my grandmother really sewed or quilted but my great grandmother did. I have a few treasures from her.

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  106. My mother gave me her Singer in high school and got me sewing lessons one summer. My grandmother made an Iris quilt that got me interested in quilting! Happy Mother's Day!

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  107. My mom sewed, but trying to teach me was a challenge for both of us! Fortunately, it seemed to be enough to have access to a sewing machine, fabric and patterns. I started hand sewing Barbie doll clothes and went from there. What fun it is to read of the wonderful influence of mothers and grandmothers!!

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  108. My mother ever so patiently taught me how to sew at a very young age. Her skills lean more towards garment making but mine manifested in crafts and quilting. I love that I'm able to make and give quality, handmade gifts and make quilts for friends and family and clients.

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  109. My mother taught me to sew, my grandmothers to knit and crochet.

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  110. My maternal grandmother made me so many beautiful things when I was a child. Her creativity inspires me to this day.

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  111. My grandmother made quilts and all the clothes for herself and her daughters - maybe that's where I got my sewing talents. Thanks for the give away.

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  112. My my mother could not sew, but her mother sewed everything by hand or on her treadle machine. Since my mother was the last of ten children, Grammy was old and not really able to spend much time teaching me to sew. But we spent many nights picking cotton seeds out of the cotton so she could put the cotton in her quilts. I loved her for inspiration and my mother made sure I was able to have a sewing machine for the many sewing projects I had to do in Home Economics class. I make many quilts for family and service projects so a chance to win this giveaway is nice.

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  113. My gram taught to the basics, & made me some much cherished soft toys. I didn't start sewing in earnest until after she was gone, unfortunately. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  114. My gram taught to the basics, & made me some much cherished soft toys. I didn't start sewing in earnest until after she was gone, unfortunately. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  115. My mother made our clothes and some basic quilts that I treasure to this day. My grandmother was a big crocheter and also made Barbie clothes for us. Both greatly influenced my love and appreciation for handmade things.

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  116. My mom and both my grandmothers sewed. It's in my genes I suppose. One of my grandmothers did the most beautiful and expert work on hand embroidery . You can hardly tell which is the right side of the work.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  117. My mother bought me my first sewing machine and helped me decipher sewing patterns. She also fixed all my problems when I went wrong!

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  118. My granny used to sew but I was never interested. And it was too late when I was. So I'm self taught. My mum knits and crochets but we live in different countries so again, I'm self taught. Thanks for the giveaway

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  119. My grandmother and mother were both amazing sewers. They made my sister & I Barbie and doll clothes. My Mom's fabric and notions were there for the using and never told not to use anything. One thing she always said was "Don't drop my scissors!". I was always fascinated at how my grandmother could make an 1/8 inch finished hem to come out perfect. I started sewing Barbie clothes around 9 or 10. delch81@gmail.com

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  120. My mother sewed all our dresses and knitted a lot of our clothes.

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  122. My grandma was a huge knitter. I followed her on that route. My mom sewed us clothes when we were little. She taught my brother and me to handsew so we made our own stuffies when we were still little.

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  123. It is fun to hear about Chelsea's roots! My Mom always had a sewing machine, but was largely utilitarian, and few and far between projects, a set of pjs or a dress now and then for me and my 4 sisters. It wasn't until I had a MotherInLaw that I began sewing in earnest, as she invited me to our very first quilting class together shortly after I got married, in '85 :) Thanks for a super sweet giveaway!

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  124. I somehow have stumbled onto quilting all by myself. I took my daughter to sewing lessons as she was always making up play outfits with blankets at home. I thought she would then move on to sewing clothes but she's ditched the sewing machine all together and puts alot of effort into art instead. I do however remember my Grandmother being a sewer. I remember her making us pyjama's when we were young. Unfortunately she passed away about 11 years ago...before I started having an interest in sewing. I really wish she was still here and she could teach me things and it could be something we could do together. I haven't had any lessons, I just give it a go. Over the last 7 years or so, I've only made 13 very basic quilts for family members and close friends. Still have a big list to go. rachel dot carson @ smooth dot net dot au.

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  125. My mom is a quitter an taught me how. She is actually here visiting this weekend and we get to go to my guild meeting and maybe hit a few quilt shops too.

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  126. My mother did beautiful crochet work, but her sister was the quilter and I learned from both of them...

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  127. My grandmother was a quilter--she quilted with the same circle from her church for over seventy years, can you imagine that? My mom made only one quilt, which she gave to a coworker, but she sewed our clothes when we were kids, and made many, many things for our home, so we always had scraps of fabric for me to play with. When I was young I was too impatient to learn how to sew properly, but after she died, when I was around 30, I felt drawn to learn how to quilt. It made me feel closer to both my mom and her mother, the quilter, who had died two years before. Now I've been quilting for years, and it is such a part of my identity I can't imagine what I did without it in my days--how did I look at the world before I saw patterns and textiles as part of it? Every time I sit down at the sewing machine, I think of my mother and often remember things I learned from her.

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  128. My father's mother quilted. I have a set of cardboard Grandmother's Flower Garden templates and fabrics (30's?) that I do want to make up into blocks some day. Mom started quilting about the same time I did, and made a bunch of quilts for my siblings' children before she passed away in 2001. I continue to be inspired by both of them.

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  129. Just checked out the website. Lots of good stuff there!! I can say my mother inspired me to try embroidery, not sewing with cloth. She herself did not sew. I always thought it was the neatest thing how she embroidered my name on my high school gym suit (I'm dating myself here, I'm sure). I learned my love of making with cloth in eighth grade home ec class.

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  130. My grandmother is the reason that I quilt. I remember checking out her gorgeous creations since I was little. It wasn't until my 30s that I decided I too wanted to follow in her footsteps. She has been helping me the last year to learn all the secret tips that only a grandmother can pass down in her loving way.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  131. Neither my mother or my grandmother sewed, but I have loved sewing quilts for them. It's a great way to wrap someone in love.

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  132. I learned to sew in Home Ec...then pretty much taught myself regular sewing..clothes for self & the Kiddo's. A few years ago, my Daughter asked if I would learn to quilt with her...and we have been working at it together for past few years now. so I am giving Her the credit for inspiring me. :D
    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

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  133. Both my mom and grandmother taught Home Economic so I got a early introduction to sewing. Also, my mom lead a 4H sewing club. They left me a fabric stash which I enjoy use in my projects bring back great memories around the sewing machine. Thanks for letting me have a chance to add to my fabric stash.

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  134. My parents bought my first sewing machine for my college graduation present. Until then, I used the family Singer that my dad bought on a trip (he was an Air Force pilot). My love of making quilts comes from my grandmother's sisters, Nannie and Aunt Sallie. I use their treadle Singer 66 and study their scrappy quilts for inspiration. They used lots of scraps in their quilts. I plan to write a book featuring all their quilts.

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  135. My mother loved fabric, my grandmother taught me how to sew, but it was my great grandmother's quilts that brought me to where I am today.

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  136. Nope. Fabric love started with me

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  137. I learned about sewing from my mom, but she sewed out of necessity, so I'm not sure she loved it. I don't remember her having a fabric stash either. So I guess I learned to love fabric on my own, and learned to love sewing too!

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  138. My grandmother sewed beautiful flower girl dresses for me, and clothes for my dolls.

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  139. Oh Yes! My Mother taught me how to sew, because her mother taught her how to sew. I have my Grandmother's treadle machine - she said she always used it for top-stitching as it stitched better than any of her electric machines ever could! I also still have some of Grandma's fabric AND my Mother's fabric "FABLE" (Fabric Above and Beyond Life Expectancy)

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  140. My Mother is an amazing knitter but doesn't sew, I have my Grandmother's 1920's Vesta sewing machine which I used to make my wedding dress but unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to see her use it.

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  141. My mom kinda taught me how to sew. Basically just got me fabric and a complicated pattern and said go for it! :)

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  142. I had no interest in sewing or quilting when I was young. My mom certainly knew how to sew, but with 7 kids she didn't do it very often! Once we were all out of the house she started quilting regularly. She showed me how to make my first quilt when I was expecting my first child. Now I am more obsessed than she is.

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  143. Hi Rachel and thank you for a great give away! My first sewing memory is that with my mom and godmother we/they sew cloths for my Barbi dolls. I can still remember the pink sparkling fabric we made one evening dress! My mother teach me to sew, knit, crochet and many other things from child and I'm so grateful for that. Unfortunately she never knew that I started also quilting and blogging. In Finland we learn also at school and from there I remember flowery hippy trousers! x Teje
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  144. I wish I could say my mom inspired me to love sewing, but it was the opposite! She made me pick out an entire school clothing project the night before it was due. I didn't pick up sewing again until I turned 40. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. My mother is a self-taught seamstress and taught me everything she knew starting when I was 12. In high school I took a clothing class for three years and then was able to teach her a few things! Sewing is still my favorite thing! I kind of like my mom too! 😋
    satterfieldfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  146. I loved to watch my grandmother sew, mostly mending, on her treadle machine. My mother sewed for herself, for me and for my dolls, which inspired me. At that time there were wonderful mill outlets in Southern New England where we would shop for fabrics.

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  147. My Grandmother taught me to quilt and even though she died far too soon she taught me to love fabric.

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  148. My mom taught me to sew when I was about 10. I had surpassed her by the time I was in high school, but she didn't mind. I did garment sewing for years but once I found quilting, I can barely make myself harm pants!

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  149. My grandmother, great,and great great were all seamstresses and it was all passed on to me.

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  150. My mother worked in NYC's garment district as a bookkeeper. She would sew clothes. for herself and children's clothes for me. She was fearless and could make anything she could think of.

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  151. My grandmother taught me and her other 9 granddaughters to quilt when we were 9 years old. She sewed for her family and then opened a small shop before becoming to ill to continue.

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  152. My grandmother would sew and my first recollection of sewing was very young at her house making Barbie doll clothes. My mother would also sew me an Easter dress each year. But love of sewing for me didn't come until I was an adult. And now it is a passion of mine. I am thankful for the introduction of it by my mom and grandmother when i was young.

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  153. My Mum used to make a lot of our clothes as kids, and she taught me the basics of sewing. I even had a functioning toy sewing macine as a little girl! But I really only connected with fabric and sewing again as an adult through some crafty friends (although Mum is still my go-to person when I get stuck!)

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  154. My Mum used to make a lot of our clothes as kids, and she taught me the basics of sewing. I even had a functioning toy sewing macine as a little girl! But I really only connected with fabric and sewing again as an adult through some crafty friends (although Mum is still my go-to person when I get stuck!)

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  155. For me it is the other way round - I started sewing first and then inspired my mom to start sewing herself :)

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  156. Neither my Mother or Grandmother sewed, though they knit beautiful creations! My Great Grandmother was a seamstress and quilt several of my quilts. Bless their dear hearts. Thank you.

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  157. My mom made everything for me and my three sisters. Every summer we would go to the store and leave with armfuls of fabric for school dresses. I loved the smell of new fabric.

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  158. My grandmother was very creative but unfortunately died when I was only 5, my step grandma taught me to knit one summer holiday (I still can't knit) but my mum... Oh my mum.
    My mother is a fiber artist and stitcher of the most experimental caliber. She sewed clothes for us as kids and did a multitude of crafts. As we got older she got into embroidery and fiber art. She can't quilt or do counted cross stitch but she felts, embroiders, dyes and wields a soldering iron at fabric like a wizard. I am part of a fiber art group with her and am so blessed to be able to share with her as I learn. She is still amazed at my quilting and I will never be able to stitch a bullion stich as well as she does but I really love learning with her.
    Thank you for making me think about this bit of my relationship with my mum on this very special weekend.
    Love to you and your family

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  159. My mom.
    she was born in 1923 first born, she was born with only a left hand!!
    Back then, it was a disaster. "Handicapped"
    Her parents lived in Rotterdam, and they had excellent guidance. Mom loved challenges and did it all. She learned to sew in school. She made clothing for her dad, her mom, her brother, during the war she made a dress out of a rain coat!
    After the war she met a handsome man and they got married. She had three little dolls in a span of 6 years. She made all of our dresses.
    Dad got her a fancy Singer 316G in 1954. We lived in Germany.
    I still have and use that machine
    She taught me everything. I guess if I wanted to I could make a dress out of a raincoat, but the need has not come up.
    She did teach me how to make my own pattern for just about anything.

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  160. I've learned all by myself, but I remember my grandma sewing dresses for me :)

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  161. My mother was an excellent seamstress. I grew up having having free access to her sewing machine, fabric and notions but my real influence was my paternal grandmother. She was an encouragement from the start and loved every stitch my childish hands made.She also loved sewing and how fitting her namesake. me, loves it too.

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  162. My Grammy was a garment maker and sewed all the clothes I wore (on a treadle machine!). She was definitely an inspiration to me.

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  163. Many an afternoon was spent at my grandmother's elbow watching her sew on her treadle. Occasionally, the dining room table would be pushed aside to make room for the quilting frame.

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  164. My mother taught me how to sew by hand and embroidery. She sew little skirts for all my sisters and me.

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  165. Many an afternoon was spent at my grandmother's elbow watching her sew on her treadle. Occasionally, the dining room table would be pushed aside to make room for the quilting frame.

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  166. Neither my mother nor my grandmother sewed. It was my older sister who introduced me to sewing, knitting, needlework and crafts.

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  167. my family history renders my ability and necessity to make things inevitable. it is everywhere in my past and present, female and male alike.

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  168. My mom noticed my natural draw to the machine in high school and did her best to encourage my first attempts.

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  169. My mom encouraged us to learn how to use a sewing machine from a young age, and my maternal grandmother helped me learn more & fostered my interest, when I wanted to learn how to quilt. She helped me with every step of my first quilt-even though I am not sure she ever finished one herself! I am so thankful to have (and to have had) these precious women in my life!

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  170. Yes! My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet when I was 16. My mom was a fine artist who did stained glass, ceramics, and also made family portrait dolls. So while I was the first to get really into quilting, I had a tradition of makers before me.

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  171. My mother taught me to sew when I was very young--8 or 9--she gave me a love for fabric and design and color and it's been a lifelong passion.

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  172. My mother taught me to sew when I was very young--8 or 9--she gave me a love for fabric and design and color and it's been a lifelong passion.

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  173. Indeed both Grandmothers(paternal and maternal) inspired me to love cloth, as they always sewed and wore such pretty aprons, and had unique towels in their kitchens. Mother taught me to use a sewing machine at age 9, took me into fabric stores everywhere and let me feel the fabrics first and then decided which cloth was right for my garment . Thank you.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  174. My grandmother taught me to sew many, many (many!) years ago. I just loved to watch her sew and create beautiful quilts and clothing. I remember standing by her at the sewing machine and just being fascinated by how she could take fabric and completely transform it. My memories of her are something I treasure and I'm forever grateful to have been taught by her.

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  175. One of my prized possessions is a crazy quilt with bits and pieces of satins and silks and all things Slinkey in the 1940's that my grandmother pieced and briar / feather stitched around and every piece. She taught me how to do that stitch on Sunbonnet Sues that she laiedout and and marked so that I could keep my stitches constant.

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  176. My grandmothers both quilted although I never saw their work until I was older. I grew up with garment sewing and was drawn to quilting from the beginning! Pbstrand@msn.com

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  177. I learned to sew on my mother's Singer treadle machine, and many of my doll clothes were made by here. She didn't make our clothes, but helped me figure out patterns when I started making clothing myself. Her big influence on me was knitting--her main craft outlet.

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  178. No they didn't, I came to it by myself. The most sewing my Mum ever did was sewing name labels in my school uniform! Although she does iron all my seam for me now, so I have more time to sew.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  179. My mother sewed just a little bit. Mostly mending. I took Home Economics in high school and was amazed that I could make something to wear..outside the house. That began the journey.

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  180. Maria.Chezum@gmail.comMay 7, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    My mom taught me how to sew when I was about 8 years old. She had a Singer machine that was mounted in a cabinet and it had a knee press to get it going. Back in those days, the machine went one way.......straight!

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  181. Wow! What a great selection of yummy fabric!! My mother put me in a Singer sewing class one summer when I was about 13. I've enjoyed sewing ever since. Now I'm quilting and still enjoy sewing 39 years later!

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  182. My mother was 100% responsible for teaching me to sew. She was an avid seamstress and made gorgeous items. I've been hooked for over 50 years!

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  183. Both my grandmas used to sew (inherited old Pfaff sewing machines), but my ex-mother in law got me hooked on sewing. Thanks for the chance.
    ehodasz at yahoo dot com

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  184. My mother taught me to sew, she was a dressmaker and gave me my first sewing machine.

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  185. When I was little, my grandma very patiently helped me make clothes for my Barbie Dolls.
    I was so proud of them!

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  186. What a lovely tribute to her grandmother. My grandmother was the one who taught me how to embroider.

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  187. My mother and my grandmother sewed all of my clothes until I was in grade nine. Both of these women initiated in me a love of being creative with fabric. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  188. My mother showed me how to sew a buttons and a few simple stitches, but she's never sewed any cloth for me (hardly anyone has heard of quilting In my country when I was a little girl). Despite of that I'm sewing. I'm sewing a lot (quilts, cloths for me and my kids)and I hope that I will teach to sew my daughter or my son :)

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  189. my mother couldn't sew a stitch to save her life. Her mother on the other hand was an excellent seamstress and taught me the art of sewing clothing. It was my best friend of 40+ years that got me into quilting....

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  190. Yes, my mother & grandmother sewed, yet I only got into it after I had left home and was introduced to quilting. Thanks so much!

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  191. My mom made most of our clothes when we were little and made most of our halloween costumes too. She was very creative with the sewing machine.

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  192. My mom didn't sew, but was an incredibly creative person. Her piano playing and singing was so very beautiful. As for me, I am totally self taught.

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  193. I remember sewing on my grandmother's 1906 Singer treadle and I have it today. My mother sewed all my clothes (and those of my siblings) for many years and until I started making my own. Both were very important to my love of making things with fabric.

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  194. My grandmother quilted first, I quilted second, and now my mom quilts too. My mom did sew us clothes when we were young, especially pretty flannel nightgowns...thanks Mom!!!

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  195. My mother doesn't sew, but my grandmother used to make lots of crazy quilts to send overseas for charity when she was alive. I'm self as a quilter, but a 4H club and my aunt gave me a start in sewing clothes.
    jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)

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  196. Sewing is definitely a tradition in my family. My mother, her mother and grandmother and sister all sewed, mostly garments and home decor. My sister and I were the first quilters as far as I know, but we started as garment sewers too. My mother first taught us to sew when we were very young. She made almost everrything we wore until we became good enough to make our own.

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  197. My mother taught me to sew when I was just 8 years old, and I have many memories of laying in bed at night listening to the whir of her sewing machine in the living room. Thanks for the chance to win!

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