Quilting with Sandi

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Sandi and Gator

Hi! My name is Sandi, well Sandra, really, but no one calls me that. I am a retired science teacher turned librarian, with two continuing past times, writing and quilting.

On this site you will find both. The majority of the site consists of pictures of quilts I have made over the past several years. Also, since I currently teach quilting at the library in which I work, I have included instructions for several projects which were presented in these classes; some are appropriate for beginners, while a few are for intermediate quilters.

Thanks to my dear friend Mike for taking many of the photos included here, as well as putting up the site and creating the format and pictorial banner at the top of the page, featuring several steps involved in making a quilt, as well as my able feline assistant, “Mr. T.” Thanks also to my quilting instructor, Cathe Anderson: I will always be an “Advanced Beginner,” never an expert. I just try to assist others, as she assisted and inspired me. (P.S.: Both Cathe and “Mr. T.” have passed away; I miss them, but the inspiration they provided lives on.)

Why I Make Quilts

So many people have asked why I, a career woman who came of age during the “women’s lib” years, chooses to spend her leisure time making quilts. They seem to think that making quilts is old-fashioned and quaint, an interest ill-suited to someone like me.

Stitching layers of fabric and padding together has a long history; quilting traces its roots perhaps as far back as ancient Egypt. In Medieval times, quilted garments were used under armor for warmth and comfort.

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The Dutch and English settlers brought the art to the New World; quilt-making was common in the late 18th century into the early 19th century in the form of decorative items, generally made by wealthier women who had the time for intricate needlework. The popularly held view that early quilts were made from fabric scraps and worn-out clothing is not borne out when quilts of this vintage are examined. Most were made of fabric purchased specifically for each project.

My own history with the textile arts traces back to childhood, watching my mother create knitted, crocheted, and sewn garments, afghans, and other household items, made with great skill and love. While she did not teach me these skills directly, apparently I absorbed some aspect of her creative flair, and the handiwork gene must have been present in me since birth. I sewed my first garment for myself at age 10 or so, making the pattern and choosing fabric, thread, buttons and notions; using her old White sewing macine that only sewed forward, no reverse.[…read more]


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