Friday, March 12, 2010

Survey Says...

Alright everyone, it's your turn to spill the beans, haha. Please share some info about yourself in the comments. I'd really love to hear about who reads this blog and get an idea of what I should post about in future posts. Please answer the following questions if you would:

1) Your name
2) Where are you from?
3) Which do you do more, sew or quilt?
4) Where did you learn to sew or quilt?
5) How long have you been sewing/quilting?
6) What is one thing you want to do but are afraid of? (Can be related to sewing/quilting or not)

I'll answer first:

1) Anna
2) From Iowa City, IA, but lived in San Antonio, Texas for most of my life
3) At the moment I think I sew more than I quilt but I dream about quilting. I LOVE to make tote bags and small quilts and someday might make some clothing.
4) My mother in law, Regina, (aka the OTHER Crafty Girl) taught me to make a pillowcase for my new home when I first got married. She trusted me to use her BERNINA! I was hooked and have been sewing/quilting ever since.
5) That would make it about 6 years (but I did scrapbooking and rubber stamping cards before that and I've always sort of been "crafty")
6) I want to make some clothes, and maybe even with button holes! I love the Classic Shirt pattern so I think that's where I'd like to start.

Now, will you join me in the Friday Free for All and tell about yourself? I look forward to your replies.

Happy Stitches,


  1. Hi Anna,

    Thanks for checking out my blog (The Cottage Home), I'll be the first to comment on this one.
    1) Lindsay
    2) Grew up partly in California and then Texas, no reside in the midwest.
    3) SEW!!! I love sewing and especially love making clothes for my girls. I've made one quilt from Heather Bailey's Freshcut for my daughters "Big Girl Room", but that's enough quilting for me.
    4) I have only been sewing for about 2-years. I grew up with my Mom and Grandma sewing, but finally decided to take it up myself.....I think it's in the blood :-).
    5)Hmmmm.......tough question.......I guess I am afraid of sewing with elastic thread......looks like it would be super easy once you get the hang of it, but too scary for me :-).

    Thanks again for visitng......look forward to getting to know you!


  2. 1) Your name: Ruthie
    2) Where are you from? I'm from San Antonio, but live in Houston
    3) Which do you do more, sew or quilt? Sew
    4) Where did you learn to sew or quilt? I taught myself when I was living in Montana 3 1/2 years ago, with help over the phone from my mom, sister (Anna) and mother in law! But even before that I knew how to sew a little bit, and could thread a machine and do a straight stitch. We always had a sewing machine growing up even if it was just used for mending and sewing on girl scout badges.
    5) How long have you been sewing/quilting? I've never quilted, but made my first pair of yoga pants 3 1/2 years ago.
    6) What is one thing you want to do but are afraid of? (Can be related to sewing/quilting or not) I want to make some of my own patterns!

  3. 1. I'm Jenny from the Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts.

    2. I was born and raised just north of Chicago but moved to Nashville to go to college and have been here ever since!

    3. I sew... I've never quilted!

    4. I'm self-taught.

    5. I started sewing last August and I love it!!!

    6. I'm not really scared to try anything, just haven't done it all yet!

  4. 1. Balinda
    2. Maine. Born in New York moved here at 6 months but I will never be allowed to call myself a Mainer.
    3. I quilt now more than sew.
    4. My mother was a sewer and we sewed all the time as teenagers.
    5. I got a sewing machine as a graduation gift from High School and I loved it but I have only been quilting since November when I realized that I didn't have to quilt by hand.
    6. Sewing the quilt idea that is in my head and hating it when it is finished.

  5. This is such a great way to get to know more about other people!

    1) Shay
    2) Adelaide, Australia (Driest State in the driest continent on earth)
    3) I quilt far , far more than I sew.
    4) Self taught (but I ask my Mum for advice ALL the time)
    5) Sewing for about 17 years. Quilting for about the last 5 years.
    6)Free Motion Quilting! Eventually I'm going to get sick of quilting in line variations.

  6. Okay... ready set go!

    1. I am Gabrielle from i.craft at Bee Wise Bags and French Picnic.

    2. From Boise Idaho but have lived in over 40 different places, a bit of a bohemian, obviously. :)

    3. I sew everything... yes everything.

    4. I learned in my Great Grandmother's kitchen on her White trundle machine starting at age 6.

    5. oooo... that makes 34 years. Although I began sewing then, it was only easy things like doll clothes, pillows & odds and ends. I started garment sewing in junior high.

    6. My only true fear is messing up expensive fabric. I made a Karl Lagerfeld shirt out of $100 per yard silk in my 20's. I sewed the sleeve cuffs on backwards so that the buttons were facing upward. I wore it anyway, refusing to pick it out and ruin the silk. :) Other fears are not making everything I want to before I die!

    Thanks for the survey... I love it!

  7. Following you from FF. Will write later. Have a great weekend.

  8. ) Margaret
    2) From Geelong Victoria Aistralia
    3) At the moment Isew . make bags and small items and have made a couple of quilts.
    4) Born with a needle in hand and watched my mother and grandmother. First hand made a hankie for an elderly man down the street during the war. I turned the edges and put is initial on it by hand.
    5) Made all the girls clothes and always been a bit crafty
    6) Just going along with stitcheries and what ever takes my fancy, all for charity for the Leukaemia Foundation.

  9. Hi times five back at ya!
    1. Julie
    2. Pittsburgh, PA
    3. I do a little bit of sewing. I'm just starting to learn.
    4. My mom has given me a lesson on how to use my grandmother's vintage Kenmore.
    5. Just a couple of months.
    6. I would love to be able to make my daughter a dress.

  10. This is nice :)

    2-Central Maine, but moving to Texas this summer!
    3-Definitely quilt more :) For sewing I'm usually just mending clothes, hemming pants for my children. I used to make curtains - but haven't done that in a very long time!
    4/5-I am a self taught - my Mom is not crafty at all :( One of my grandmothers crocheted and knit - I would admire the things she made! I taught my other grandmother to crochet when she was about 60 and she made tons of blankets! I'm so glad I still have a few :) I started "quilting" when I was a senior in high school (30 years ago) I wanted to make my boyfriend a quilt - which I did and he broke up with me a week later!! What a bum!! I stopped quilting while I was in college and in my early married years and took it up again about 5-6 years ago. I finally tried free motion quilting this winter!! Woohoo! I love to work from patterns - although I'm working on a quilt for my teenage son from my own design.

  11. “Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest”

    Im now following you!

  12. Found my way over here from SITS. Happy Sharefest.
    1) Your name-- complykated

    2) Where are you from?- Oklahoma

    3) Which do you do more, sew or quilt?- done both but more sewing when I have the time

    4) Where did you learn to sew or quilt?- my mom taught me to sew, my grandmother "perfected" it, and two ladies from church helped me make my first quilt when my youngest was born.

    5) How long have you been sewing/quilting?
    Sewing- hmm I decided when I was 17 I wanted to make my own clothes so at least 13 years. Quilting- 4 years

    6) What is one thing you want to do but are afraid of? (Can be related to sewing/quilting or not) Related to the craft- I'm working up the nerve to make a roman shade for my new living room window. Unrelated- skydive.

  13. hello! it's not friday anymore, but followed over here from your comment on my blog (thanks, btw!)

    1. meghan
    2. texas, but i currently live in georgia
    3. i only sew, but my mom's a fantastic quilter
    4. my grandmother was a brilliant seamstress, and she taught me a little bit, but i didn't really take it up until a few years ago (3 or 4 yrs after her death), so my mom's been teaching me and i've learned from blogs and books. sooooo many times i've wanted to pick up the phone and call my grandmother for help, though! i did inherit her bernina, and using it makes me feel so close to her.
    5. um, i made my first project (frilly 50s-style housewife apron) nearly 6 years ago, as a newlywed, but didn't pick it up again really until a couple of years ago.
    6. pattern drafting! not really scared, just feel like there's sooo much to learn. plus, i'm hugely pregnant right now, so it's not really the best time :)

    gabrielle, i love your story about your great grandmother's trundle sewing machine.

    what a neat survey! love seeing all these stories.

  14. Well, I am not a quilter but I will still tell you : )

    ) Your name: Rebeckah
    2) Where are you from? Pennsylvania
    3) Which do you do more, sew or quilt? neither
    4) Where did you learn to sew or quilt? I didn't.
    5) How long have you been sewing/quilting? I have never.
    6) What is one thing you want to do but are afraid of? (Can be related to sewing/quilting or not) I am afraid to try to be a photographer. It scares me.

  15. Hello, stopping by from SITS. Love your blog! I enjoy quilting and knitting - and overall all crafts!

  16. Well I've only quilted one thing and while I love it, I will probably avoid all quilting projects in the future, but I do love to sew!!! Thanks for visiting my blog, Anna!

    1) Heather
    2) Northern VA, but I have lived in PA and NJ for a short bit of time.
    3) Sew...definitely :)
    4) I learned from my mom and grandmother, but they learned from their respective mothers/grandmothers, so it's a family thing. :)
    5) Um, a while...I learned when I was a kid and sewed my own barbie clothes, and that's what started it all
    6) Um, I don't know that I'm really afraid of anything craft wise, but I'm terrified of snakes and spiders!

  17. Hello there!

    1) Aleesha
    2) Denver, Colorado
    3) Sew. . . I REALLY want to learn to quilt!
    4) Um, A little in school and a little from my mom and aunt.
    5) My first sewing project was in junior high, I choose to make a robe (yes, a robe) for my dad. . . one arm was longer than the other - it was bad.
    6) Um - sewing. Its still intimidating.

    PS - I'm following you back :)

  18. Hey there! Great post idea!

    1 - Sarah
    2 - Vidalia, GA
    3 - Sew, starting to dabble in scrapebooking crafts
    4 - I guess I learned the basics in middle school. But I just started picking it up again about two years ago. I guess the re-learning process was self-taught.
    5 - About two years
    6 - I would love to make a quilt, but I am a little apprehensive about starting it and not being able to finish. And keeping straight stitches!

    P.S. I am from CraftyWannaBee. Thanks for the corky ribbon suggestion! I will definately have to check it out!

  19. What a cute idea!

    1) My name is Leslie
    2) I am from Nevada
    3) I love to sew and quilt!
    4) I learned in high school
    5) I have been sewing and quilting for over 10 years, but not consistantly! I started back up when I graduated college and my mom bought me a band new BERNINA! Yay for awesome moms!
    6) I have just recently started to free motion quilt and still need help! Also I would love to make cute clothes for my little girl and cute baby shower gifts!

  20. 1) Your name: Jenn
    2) Where are you from? Sacramento, CA
    3) Which do you do more, sew or quilt? Quilt so far
    4) Where did you learn to sew or quilt? My Auntie
    5) How long have you been sewing/quilting? Sewing since I was 10, quilting within the past year
    6) What is one thing you want to do but are afraid of? (Can be related to sewing/quilting or not) Get a tattoo! lol

    I'm stopping by from New Friend Friday! I'm excited I found your blog I love finding new projects and ideas to inspire me!

  21. What a great idea!

    1) Amy
    2) I am originally from New Mexico, but we are now Arkansas transplants.
    3) I am currently certifiably obsessed with sewing! I haven't tried quilting yet, but I grew up watching my grandmother quilt, so I think one of these days I'd like to try.
    4) My mom and grandma. My mom is still an avid sewer, so she and I have lots of fun scheming up new projects to try!
    5) My mom bought me a machine just after my son was born four years ago, but I didn't start sewing in earnest until about two years ago. Once I got started, I was completely hooked!
    6) I am pretty fearless when it comes to trying new things craft-wise, but in everyday life, the things that scare the bejeebers out of me are cockroaches! Blech!!