My love affair with textiles began at my grandmother's knee. She sewed on an old treadle machine until the belts wore thin! She made her own dresses and aprons as well as dresses and shirts for her six children. Frequently her scrap bag was full to overflowing. Dressmaking took a back seat and quilt block making took over. Enter five-year-old Dixie. The scrap bag was my favorite place to play. We were poor and my doll house consisted of a cardboard box
with cut out windows. I made the furniture from old match boxes. From the scrap bag came the curtains, bed covers, tablecloths and whatever else a well decorated house could need. I fashioned my dollies’ clothes and learned to use a needle and thread.
Fast forward to my teenage years. Money was tight. Together, my mother and I fashioned several prom dresses that were the envy of the rich girls and their store-bought gowns. When wedding bells were ringing, I made my bridal dress as well as the dresses of my six bridesmaids. At college, I finished my major classes (Psychology) by my junior year. During my senior year, just to earn credits, I wandered over to the department where - you guessed it - I took every textile class available; everything from color theory to weaving.
Fast forward to my girls both being in school. I decided to try my hand at quilting. One quilt and I was hooked. I'm basically a self- taught quilter. I've learned by experimenting and doing and reading. Hundreds of quilts later, my grandmother's words still echo in my ears: "waste not, want not.” My favorite quilts are scrappy, both random and planned. The fabrics used are often repurposed from clothing - everything from t-shirts to favorite baby clothes to blue jeans to men's shirts.
There is some scientific evidence that sleeping under weighted blankets enhances the quality of sleep, much the same principle as swaddling babies. There is no better "weighted" blanket than a quilt. If my quilts can provide warmth, a good night’s sleep and security as well as homespun beauty, I'm happy indeed.