DO YOU SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? LOL
Well its a very good example of what the start of my sewing career looked like. Not quite right.
As a young girl growing up in a pretty rough part of Chicago, Illinois
I spent a lot of time wondering what I would be, and who I would become when I grew up. Well, it took me a long time to figure it out, correctly.
Man.....my life really sucked there for a long while, and I'll tell you more about that later... But, for now, I will tell you that sewing is what fixed me.
I got my first sewing machine from Walmart, it was a little Brother machine, that was under $100, and I loved it! I didn't have any idea how to use it. I had never used a sewing machine, and nobody in my family ever did either. But, my Mom always told me "you can be anything you want if you try hard enough" so I knew I could figure it out, because I wanted to real bad! I had gone to a wedding shower a few months before that for my BFF, Jody. As she was opening her gifts, one of them really caught my eye, it was a little pile of cloth cut into small squares. They were given to her from her Great Aunt Franny, and I sat there looking at them with my curious mind racing, "what in the hell was Jody going to do with those little pieces of cloth?" So, I asked Aunt Franny. She explained to me that many years ago people used to transport grains, seeds and animal feed in fabric feedsacks. It didn't take long for the thrifty farm wives to discover that those sacks could be used to make clothes, toys, diapers, dish rags, and...... yes, you guessed it QUILTS!
Aunt Franny had saved them, and gifted them to Jody to be used again in a modern day journey. I loved this story! I wanted my own pile of feedsack fabric and I wanted to learn how to make something with them. However, quilting wasn't exactly a happenin' kind of hobby among 20 year old girls, and since nobody in my own family was around to teach me, I decided I would do it myself! And let me tell you, I made some ridiculous things before I figured it all out!
Hey Y'all, I'm Gina Tell! I live on Lake Travis just North of Austin Texas. I'm a full time long arm quilter and lover of all this art and outdoors!!