My Quilt Story
It begins with my beloved grandmother, the original “Sassy”. This was her nickname as she grew up and began her own quilt story. Around the age of 60, she decided she needed a hobby, one that “wouldn’t let people forget about her when she was gone”. And from there quilts made their way into my life. At the age of 16, my grandmother and I started my first quilt. I had basic sewing skills, but knew nothing about quilting. I picked out the Monkey Wrench or Virginia Reel pattern. I loved digging through her back room, packed full of fabric and scraps, as she guided me through the design process. She taught me about light and dark values and contrasting colors to make the pattern come alive. I plugged my way through piecing the squares and triangles together. When complete, we sandwiched my project together. I started the quilting on my own and after a couple of squares were quilted…packed away the project, abandoning it for other crafty adventures. Always treasuring grandma’s priceless quilts, I just couldn’t seem to finish mine! At the age of 29, the big 3-0 approaching, I decided on a list of things to be done. Finishing Me and Grandma’s quilt was at the top of the list! “Sassy” was now 83 and quilting strong, once finishing 17 quilts in a year for all her grandchildren. Joyful at my new found interest she gladly taught me how to properly hand quilt, my previous stitchery had NO knots buried in the fabric and about 3 stitches per inch. This time it wasn’t just a project or crafty thing to do. It was a real quilt, a connection with my grandmother. I could feel the love she had for quilting, the heart and creativity she put into making them, and the joy she felt in sharing that with me. I knew I needed to absorb all the time and knowledge she had to give me. And, for the next 3 years we quilted together, sharing stories, tears, laughter, sadness and a good bit of me just whining! She often told me that if she stopped quilting she would probably just die, so she kept quilting until the very end. After her passing, me and a cousin co-founded a quilting guild, known as the Sassy Quilters Guild, to share this love and heritage with other granddaughters and friends who wanted to learn. Some never having threaded a needle! My love of quilting and sharing it with newbies is my passion. I love to see the happiness that comes from creating quilts, the heritage shared, the warmth for loved ones and the artful beauty of color, fabric and thread. My goal is to share my journey as a quilter with others, both old and new to quilting, so that we can learn from each other. Let’s spread some quilting love! So come on… be a sassy quilter with me !