Last weekend, my husband and I took our nephew, a high school senior, to Syracuse University for a college tour and interview. It was special for me, as Syracuse is my alma mater, and where I learned to quilt.
|Me, in 2002, with a quilt my group made.|
During my junior year, I tagged along with my roommate to a meeting of the Hendricks Chapel Quiltmakers, a group of students, community members, and faculty and staff, who meet once a week to make crib quilts for organizations that aid sick infants and their families.
Working in small groups, we picked quilt patterns out of a notebook, and went through the process of fabric selection and cutting, piecing, sewing, and quilting. The inexperienced were guided by the experienced, and it was a fun and fulfilling weekly ritual.
I still think of the women, both young and older, who I met during the four years I was part of the group (including two years post-graduation).
They imparted so much sewing and quilting knowledge, which remains with me today. They also introduced me to the world of having a fabric stash. One meeting, a few of the women brought in plastic bins filled with fabric they purged from their own stashes.
We replenished the shelves in the quilting storage room, then us students were encouraged to take some leftover fabrics for ourselves. I remember the feeling of awe and excitement to be going home with an eclectic armload of fabric. Pieces from that original stash make it into my projects to this day.
If you have a fabric stash you're looking to put to use, there are hundreds of patterns and projects available in the Stitch Ultimate Collection, which includes 13 magazines in CD or digital format.
Did you get your quilting or sewing start in an interesting place? How did your fabric stash begin? What kind of impact has hand-me-down fabrics, or handing down fabrics, had in your quilting and sewing world? I can't wait to hear.