I have always enjoyed cutting things apart and the putting them back together into something I can love. It started long ago when my mom would make dresses for me and my sister, Vicki. She would find just the right pattern, fabrics, buttons and bows, then cut everything apart, followed carefully by putting the pieces back together into something we could wear.
We had matching homemade dresses from the time I can remember all the way through Junior High School. One year we both put our feet down and said we wanted store bought outfits for Easter. Mom relented and agreed to take us shopping. She took Vicki first. When she got home she ran in to her room to hide her outfit so I couldn’t see it. Then Mom and I left for the same store.
Once we got back home, Vicki and I put on our outfits for the big reveal. Coming down the hallway I could hear Mom laughing. She was able to keep the secret. As much as we had protested matching dresses we both picked the same skirt and top, but in different colors. None of us could stop laughing. There were no protests that year.
While in Junior High I was able to take Home Economics classes that included a sewing track. Because I had been sewing for so long, the apron project that was supposed to take 8 weeks only took a week and a half. My teacher gave me another pattern that took a week to complete. After that she let me bring in what I wanted to work on, but also asked me to help my classmates if they needed it. This first sewing class yielded two aprons, a smocked-bodice dress and some tote bags that I used for gifts. It also taught me patience and teaching skills as I helped my classmates whenever they asked.
I continued to sew through High School and college in my spare time. After I got married most of what I did was creating clothes for my daughters. And yes, they too got to experience the fun of matching dresses while they were growing up. My sister was in to quilting and suggested that I might like to try putting one together. My response was that I didn’t have the patience for cutting fabric into pieces and then sewing them back together. We both look back at that and laugh because it’s the same thing, just different results. Instead of clothes you end up with a quilt.
Fast forward to today. The two things I LOVE doing the most are scrapbooking and quilting. It took me a little while to put two and two together, but these arts are the same thing, only I use different mediums when creating. My original scrapbook pages were traditional, using papers, stickers, actual photos and pens to journal the stories. I currently only scrapbook on my computer with the Forever Artisan program, creating books, calendars, wall hangings, and other special goodies for family and friends. The process is the same as sewing. I have an idea of what I want to create, then find the necessary materials and tools to make it happen. Some of these are simple projects, while others take a little bit more time to find just the right pieces to create the final project. But once they are completed I feel so happy with the end results.
A friend of mine once told me that everyone has a creative thread in them. They just need to find it and follow the path it leads you down. I am so thankful for my mom leading me down the path of taking something, cutting it up and then putting it back together in the way I need it to be. Scrapbooking and quilting are the same thing. They just tell their stories through different mediums.
PS: The “Matchy Thing” continues with a new generation:
Paper: Color Pip Mixology 3
Fonts: Sandy, Sandwich