Jacquelynne Steves

Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Today I’m joining the It’s All About the Kids blog hop and giveaway! Before we get started, I wanted to thank you for your tremendous response to the free Block of the Month. We’ve had more sign-ups than I ever imagined! It’s so much fun to see you all so excited about one of my projects! And we are still getting sign-ups… if you haven’t signed up yet, or you think your friends might like to jump on board, there’s still time. Click here.

And now for our regularly scheduled programming, our blog hop hosted by SewCalGal:

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This week we are talking about kids and creativity. I, for one, was a very creative child- I was considered to be the “artist” in the family. My family was very supportive of my endeavors; they knew that my favorite gifts would be piles of paper, new boxes of crayons, balls of colorful yarn, and all kinds of craft kits. Maybe that’s why I like so many different kinds of mediums now, because that love of all things creative was nurtured and encouraged in me. My family even found creativity in everyday life- my mom and grandmothers all taught me how to cook, sew, crochet, and garden. These were just a natural part of growing up that I took for granted- I thought everyone’s family did those kinds of things! But then I found out that that was not necessarily so. I learned that my friends were in awe of my mother’s ability to make my Halloween costumes, because theirs were all store bought!

I think it’s important to teach kids that they don’t have to be an “artist” to be creative, and to just enjoy the fun of making something new with their hands. A good activity to foster this is to play with clay- it doesn’t matter what they make or how it comes out, because you just smoosh it all up and put it back in the box anyway! And everyday creativity is really important- let them help you with a recipe in the kitchen, but also allow them to deviate from it as well. No chocolate chips for the cookies? Let’s add Gummy Bears instead! The result may not be quite as tasty as the original recipe, but it’s fun to experiment. That’s what creativity is all about.

I think another wonderful thing to teach kids is how their creativity can be a gift to others. Encourage them to make Christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends. Even better, how about getting them involved in a charity? They can use their creativity to set up a lemonade stand to fight pediatric cancer, or to make quilts for seriously ill children. Kids using their talents to help other kids- how incredible.

To celebrate creative kids, I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of my Happy Town fabric! I designed this fabric and donated all of my royalties to Quilts for Kids– an organization which gives quilts to seriously ill children all over the U.S.

HappyTownNEW copy

Here are the details for the giveaway:

  • *To enter, comment on this post and tell me your favorite creative childhood memory. Or, tell me about something creative that you like to do now with your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews.
  • *You must include an email or be sure that I can contact you through your profile. If you are a no-reply blogger, or if I cannot easily contact you, I will have to choose another winner.
  • *Winner will be chosen randomly.
  • *Comment by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Thursday November 6, 2014
  • *Fat quarter bundle is for U.S. residents only- sorry!! In the event that I randomly choose an international winner, an alternative prize of PDF patterns/books will be emailed to you as your prize instead of the fabric.

As a special offer, this week I will be offering my book, Child’s Play, for only $2.99!! The regular price is $12 (which is still a fabulous deal!) This digital book has so many wonderful projects to make for your favorite kids, as well as creative projects that children can make, and easy recipes that were created just for kids to make (with a little supervision.) Includes patterns for 2 quilts (each with 2 different colorways), a roomy tote bag, 3 stuffed animals, 2 embroidered pieces of wall art, kids’ crafts & activities, and 3 yummy kid friendly recipes.

CLICK HERE to get your special offer. Offer expires November 8, 2014.



And here are the bloggers taking part in this event:

Monday, October 27th
SewCalGal – Event kick off
Tuesday, October 28th

Wednesday, October 29th

Thursday, October 30th

Friday, October 31st

Jacquelynne Steves, The Art of Home (that’s me!!)



  • Sharon
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    I did a lot of crafts with my kids – painted drop cloth and made a TeePee with it, homemade playdough made for hours of play or making ornaments, making our own plant dyes and dying fabric to make mini quilts to enter in the fair, beading and lacing crafts for small gifts or friendship exchanges, food items with decorative boxes for gifting to neighbors.

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Right now my grandaughter is at a good age where she still enjoys the things I make for her.during the thanksgiving break she wants to use the sewing machine. She has designed little quilts for her dollies but now she wants to sew them. I am pleased

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    I am looking forward to make some papersnowflakes with the whole family on first advent. Became somehow our family tradition.

  • Beth T.
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    My mom was a fantastic sewist–making all of my clothes when I was a short, scrawny kid who couldn’t find anything in my size that wasn’t incredibly babyish. One of my earliest memories of creating with fabric is of making “three-armhole dresses” for my Barbie dolls. My grandma used to send us matching dresses in that style, one for my mom, one for me. Making them for my dolls was such fun and a very good way to expand Barbie’s wardrobe.

  • DebrafromMD a
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I first picked up a needle and thread when I was eight years old. My mother showed me how to make a skirt for my doll. I have been creating with fabric ever since.

  • Tammy Muscato
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Love spending time doing things with my Grandchildren and making it fun! My 11 yr old grandson loves spending time quilting, he cuts, pieces and sews little quilts for his Aunts babies
    and so proud of himself :) He’s still trying to crochet
    with me, but gives up and wants to sew lol. My smaller grandchildren we color, paint, and I always find little crafty kits for them! They have such wonderful imaginations :)

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I never did many crafts as a child. I learned to sew in Home Ec and started quilting as a young adult. I think it is wonderful to teach children crafts and share the creativity. Thanks for a great post.

  • Kristy
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love creating with my kids! We enjoy things like cooking new recipes together, definitely sewing and other simple hands-on crafts like painting and such with the younger ones. It’s such a treat to watch them come to life through creativity….and the confidence that comes from their finished projects is untouchable! Thanks for the chance at your lovely and playful fabrics! Sharing about the great deal on your book too! Lucky to own that one myself!

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I loved creating as a child – too many memories to list :) Now, my daughter is 1.5; my hope is to get her excited about being creative by having her be involved in my current creative, crafty projects!

  • Marianne
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I’d say making potholders with those looms where you stretch the loops one way and then another. Then we’d pile up our wagon and go door-to-door selling them. We would get invited into homes and fed cookies while the wife decided which ones she wanted to buy. All this occurred in the 50s!

  • Susie Cross
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    My memories growing up were filled with lovely projects all year long. We had homemade gifts especially around Christmas. I continue that today with my grandchildren. My oldest grandson @ 6 still loves my quilts made of Thomas and Cars themes, pajamas, to my yougest making bumpers for his crib. Dresses and so much more for the girls in between. It fills my soul with delight when I finish something that my mother so patiently taught me to create way back in the 50’s. Love it.

  • Judy
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I don’t remember doing any crafting when I was very young. When I was old enough to join 4-H I did learn to sew and knit. Being a member of 4-H taught me that I could learn new skills and really started me on a path to wanting to learn new skills and make things for myself.

  • Anonymous
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    HELLO,some of my favorite memories are sketching+doing watercolors with my sister! Thank you so much for your inspiration,your Blog+your generous giving ♥

    Posted October 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    HELLO,some of my favorite memories are sketching+doing watercolors with my sister! Thank you so much for your inspiration,your Blog+your generous giving ♥

  • Anonymous
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    My family wasn’t crafty. My parents bowled in leagues twice a week and there was an older lady who knitted while her husband bowled. I was fascinated watching her and asked if she could teach me. She said she would if my parents bought me yarn and needles. My mom wasn’t happy that I was bugging this lady she didn’t even know but I finally got her to buy the supplies. This kind stranger taught me to knit a pair of slippers. God bless her! I learned quick and afterwards bought books and taught myself to embroider, crochet, cross stitch and many other crafts. My family wasn’t crafty but thanks to the kindness of that lady I am.

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I grew up with a Mom who sewed most of my clothes. I have fond memories of waking up in the morning to a new outfit to wear to school, created by Mom the night before. I sew, knit and crochet, but I earn my living by creating art and landscape quilts.

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I love the memories of making things for Christmas gifts for family every year. We made lots of different things, some very simple when they were young, getting more difficult as they got older. It was a great way to spend time together making gifts for the people they loved.

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite memories of being creative as a child is going to Franks Nursery and buying those Christmas Ornament kits. I would put the small plastic pieces inside the metal molds and then they were baked in the oven. I must have given 20 of those as gifts. As a matter of fact, I still have some and I use them on my Christmas tree each year.

    Thanks for the prompt….I enjoyed the memories!

    Your fabric line is fun…thanks for the opportunity.


  • Lori Morton
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t get to do craftie’s when young. But have done soooo many things with the Grangirlie’s…2 are older now..but the younger one is learning to sew this year, wants to learn to crochet…& we allll still make cards. :)

  • amy
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Many years ago some classmates and I painted a storefront window for Christmas with a Nativity scene. It was fun!

  • Jan c.
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Lovely book! Thanks for the nice giveaway. I have been teaching my grand girls to sew. Wonderful fun.

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I learned to embroider as a young child, although I haven’t done it in years it gave me a lot of pride and enjoyment. With my kids we did tons of crafts, and now I am blessed with grands who love to build fairy houses and castles. I have loved every stage of it! :)

  • Lisa Marie
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    My mom was a talented artist (although not a professional one) and I used to love to ask her to draw animals and things so I could color them. Eventually she taught me some sewing and other crafts but her drawing was always the thing that made me happiest.

  • Lola
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I used to adore coloring as a child. My Mama and I would color and make things with construction paper. Sweet memories. Hope to share my love of sewing with a grand niece and granddaughter one day!

  • Maryellen
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I always remember being crafty, too. I had sewing cards, and then my own little machine, and knitted and crocheted, and embroidery kits, too. I taught elementary school for a while, and always made sure I had supplies for the classroom, including lots of paper, glue, glitter, crayons, markers, and fun scissors, and even some trims and ribbons. A child gains so much from the freedom to explore and play!

  • Kathy E.
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t have a very happy childhood, but one creative memory I have is when the neighborhood kids decided to put on a play in one of the backyards. Knowing I had always been extremely shy, I volunteered to put together the costumes! I scoured closets and drawers to create the most awesome outfits for the characters. It was a great play and they all looked super!

  • Posted October 31, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I love to sew and craft with my kids. We recently made bowls using melty beads from Ikea, as well as cushion covers that they designed using fabric from my scrap box.

  • Cindy Dahlgren
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I loved to do all sorts of crafts with my kids growing up. They especially loved making holiday crafts, and I still decorate my house with them on every holiday. My 27 year old son still loves to scrapbook, so I help him with it. He has special needs and doesn’t think he can do it alone. He can! He’s awesome at it! cdahlgren at live dot com

  • Chris
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    This time of year I am reminded of cookie decorating with my children. We would destroy the kitchen baking sugar cookies, cutting them out and frosting them with sugars and sprinkles.

  • Posted November 1, 2014 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I remember doing different projects with Happy Town, cute fabrics! I always enjoyed sewing and crocheting with my mom!

  • josie McRazie
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I cross stitched a piece for my sister! Mom was so proud she paid to have it framed! It still hangs in my Dads house!

  • Janie
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    My artsy craftsy experience when I was young would be… I cut my sister long hair (she was in 6th grade I was in the 5th) needless to say, mom took her to get a pixie when she saw her. Oops! I remember doing a lot of different types of crafts, mainly the weaving loom. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Emily C
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I love the silhouette cat quilt, very cute.

  • Posted November 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh…any childhood craftiness is way too far back to even recall, so I’ll tell you about one a little more recent. Three weeks after I married my first, last & current hubster, I staged a Halloween party for his (then 10 year old) twins. We all had fun, and that was that last I thought about it. Flash forward 25 years, to last week, yes, last week! I got an email from one of those precious girls, who now has 2 precious children of her own, reminding me of that party, reminding me of how much fun she’d had, and THANKING ME for all I’ve done for her over the years. Color me surprised! Oh, I knew she loved me, sure, but to have her thank me was surely the icing on that cake! :)

    Nowadays, we live pretty far away from kids & grands, so I don’t get to get too crafty with them, but I do enjoy making & donating fleece throws to the local fire department, for them to give away to kids who are victims of fire, abuse, accidents or weather-related disasters.

    Thank YOU for the chance to win such pretty fabric!

  • Pam
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    My favorite childhood craft memory is making macaroni pictures with macaroni and glue. My four-year-old granddaughter and I now do pictures with buttons and fabric scraps. And this blog hop has given me more ideas for using markers and stencils. Thanks for the fun!

  • Veronika
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    My 2 year ole daughter LOVES to watercolor…and the great thing about that is it led me to discover I love watercolor! And want to explore designs with it for myself :) I can’t wait until she is old enough that I can teach her how to sew!

  • carol
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I hope coloring growing up counts. My teachers, my family were not creative. I did what I was told. I loved coloring, I did get to select my colors, and I love all the colors of nature.

  • Cheryl
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I was crazy creative as a kid! Oh, my, they couldn’t keep up with me. My biggest project was probably getting the kids in the neighborhood to put on a play. I made scenery, wrote the script, put the costumes together. It was crazy — I was only about 10. We even sold popcorn.

  • Ellee
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    My uncle Clarence would buy me craft-related gifts. Because of his thoughtfulness and generosity I learned weaving, embroidery, and origami, knitting, and crochet — and learning those skills gave me the incentive to learn other creative skills.

  • John Hutchens
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I am teaching my daughter to sew, she loves it
    cooladam1 at live dot com

  • Posted November 2, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Lately we’ve loved drawing a lot.

  • Julie A.
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I have always loved to do crafts…. my mom started me very young. She would buy me the kits that you could make bead necklaces and bracelets.

  • auschick
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I remember raiding my grandmother’s huge attic for fabric and then taking my treasures to make clothes for my barbie dolls :) (I’m in VA)

  • Mara
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I mostly do paper crafts with my kids, when I was little I experimented with food, when I was 12 I baked a cake out of a vanilla mix, but I wanted it to be carrot cake, so I grated some carrots in it and then thought it would taste better with chocolate chips too, let me tell you, it was pretty darn gross!

  • Joyce Carter
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the giveaway. My mother has always been a crafty lady. She could sew, embroider, and crochet. So she taught me at a very early age to do these things with her and I enjoy doing these things very much. My first sewing projects were making clothes for my dolls. I was 5 years old at the time.

  • Kathleen
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if this counts, but I have a childhood memory of pressing my handprints into the fresh concrete of the front porch at my childhood home, with my Dad. It’s not a craft, but it was a big deal to be allowed to do this :)

  • Joan H.
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I made doll clothes from my mother’s scrap fabrics.
    Somewhat rustic but precious to me.

  • Renee G
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I remember working on a cross-stitch sampler at my grandma’s house when I was only 6. I worked on this intermittently and then picked it up when I was 8 and finished it.

  • Dawn Jones
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    My mom was a very creative person and we did many wonderful things, but my favorite was when my mother helped me shave my Barbies head and then she found some 60’s style wigs that they could wear. This wasn’t exactly home made (which she actually did a lot) but it is a fond memory of something we did together. dawnm1993@gmail.com

  • Sarah J.
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I remember helping my grandmother sew clothes for my dolls. I also did a lot of drawing. I now have a very crafty 4 year old at home- so fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Helen
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I remember my grandmother trying to teach me to tat. This seemed odd because my grandmother was a hard-working, practical farm wife. Tatting seemed so delicate. I wasn’t very good; I think I was too young. How I wish I had her here now to teach me.

  • Lee
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    My favorite creative memory was sewing with my mom and great grandmother

  • Mary
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    My mother is very creative and she taught my sister and I many things… sewing, stitchery, drawing…

  • Tabitha Keener
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I remember most trying to make money with a cardboard box lemonade stand me and my sister put your. I’m the oldest, so I was the supervisor, but my sister had another name for me! I have been teaching my 5 year old granddaughter to sew so I pass some creativity on. Thanks for the giveaway and your QAL!


  • Nicole Sender
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    My first craft venture was to make looper potholders and sell them. I had great fun and made a little cash at the same time.

  • Vivian
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I remember always doing crafty things with my mom and sisters. We were always picking up pine cones and leaves and making something with them.

  • Posted November 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Goodness, I did lots of crafty things when I was a kid, and my parents did crafty things too, but we rarely did them together! :}

  • Tammy L
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite memories of childhood was a familiar memory that you could witness almost everyday as I grew up. My mom sitting at her machine turning out alterations or custom made clothing for her customers and me and my brother and 2 sisters sitting in the floor with hand needles learning to sew by creating baby doll quilts and doll clothing…Having contest to see who could sew the neatest and straightest seams… It was always a toss up between my brother and I early on but soon I was the winner most times.

  • Melissa
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    When I was a kid I used to love to make pictures with various “garbage”. My favorite picture I made was made from the pencil shavings that I cleaned out of the pencil sharpener at school. I took the shavings home and glued it to paper and drew horses and a barn around it so it looked like straw. I thought I was so creative! My grandmother thought I made something terrific…a terrific mess!
    I also liked to take paper plates and glue things to them to look like food. Like yarn spaghetti and cardboard meatballs. Or I would take the old Christmas cards from the previous year and made Christmas ornaments. Somewhere along the way I lost my creativeness in favor of not making a mess, to my family’s delight. Now I just stick to the more mundane stuff like sewing, knitting, crocheting. But I also like making stained glass and ceramic pottery

  • Mary D
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I am teaching my granddaughter and nieces how to quilt. I have been sewing and crafting since the age of 8 yrs old and have done some of just about everything.

  • Lynn
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    As a child I would stay with my grandmother for two weeks over the summer and we would sew my school clothes for the upcoming year. She also taught me how to quilt. I learned my love of sewing from her and have such good memories of that time.

  • Suz Winter
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    My grown girls and I love to have knit night! Each of the girls learned to knit at age 5, so they are all amazing knitters by now! I can’t wait to teach my granddaughter and grandson to knit once they are “of age”, but for now we content ourselves with scribbling with crayons and washable markers together.

    Knitting isn’t our only creative passion….all the girls sew, craft, and create like mad, while I’ve added weaving and quilting to my own list. Creating is a huge part of our lives, and I can’t imagine it any other way!

  • Debbie
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Some of my favorite memories were my Mom teaching me to sew. Thanks

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I used to let my daughter paint on a square of fabric and I would make a “quilt” out of it for her doll. Today she’s an artist and we are designing our first quilt pattern together! I KNEW she’d come around! Thanks for the great giveaway. I love the fabric!

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    My favorite memory is my great- grandmother teaching me how to sew doll clothes over 40 yrs ago , and just started making new Memories by teaching my Granddaughter Ashley(10 yrs old) to quilt, and now another granddaughter, Haley(11 yrs old), wants to learn. Love sharing my weekends helping and teaching me sweet babies something that I am so passionate about.

  • Teresa Higginbotham
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    My favorite childhood creative memory is the time my dad gave me his shirts to make dresses for my barbies because I didn’t have any clothes for them. He helped me cut and sew tubes and put horrible straps on them. The were terrible as far as sewing skills, but the treasure is in the time and willingness to help me with something he knew nothing about that my dad gave me. It is one of my fondest memories.

  • WyoDi
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Our Grammy was a rural homemaker, ranch wife, 4-H leader and retired school teacher. Most of what she had was homemade and taught me as a young child to knit, crochet, sew, quilt, bake, pluck and butcher a chicken and make lye soap. My favorite thing was the crazy quilt blocks she’d let me make from scraps and dong the hand embroidery on them. quiltntherapy at yahoo dot com

  • Nancy
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Of course I remember my mom teaching me how to embroider. She would get pictures from coloring books and trace those on muslin. I still have some of them…need to put them in a quilt I think!

  • Daniell K.
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    My Christmas memories always involve baking! Granny made potato candy, sugar cookies, mounds balls and others. Mom too – we had lots of sweets. I bake too, but also had our own tradition to buy a mini personalized ornament for a mini tree we always put up. Plus, I made ornaments that had the kids school pictures on them and a ornament with the year on them. Still have all of those.

  • KT
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I did lots of crafts as kids–my mom was definitely crafty and so she taught me to knit, embroider, sew, etc. When I was in kindergarten I had to stay home for a month with chicken pox. My mom taught me needlepoint, and we would sit in our backyard stitching together. My daughter is following in our footsteps, and luckily has a good friend who is crafty as well, so there are always craft projects going on when they get together–so fun! Thanks for the chance to win–I love your Happy Town fabric!

  • Amanda Best
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I loved to make all kinds of things when I was a kid. My favorite was probably when me and my mom would cut the people out of the Sears catalogs and make little dioramas with them. I like to sew short fun projects like skirts and pillowcases with my niece now. We have always had fun creating together.

  • Audrey
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I always looked forward to my two week stay at Grandma’s because it meant a trip to town to pick out project supplies. During those visits I learned to sew, to hand quilt, knit, crochet, embroider, make candles and oodles of other things, many of which I still do today. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  • Ramona
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    My mom sewed and both her and my grandmother did lot of other crafts, crochet and knitting. My mom always let me help her and taught me how to sew when I was young. I have sewed and done lots of other crafts ever since.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Having no small children of my own, I like to spoil my great niece. I just made her a “princess” quilt, and am getting ready to do an eye-spy quilt for her as she is going to be in Kindergarten next year.

  • Barbara Kelly
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    My mom tried to teach me to sew and crochet when I was young. I was left handed which handicapped my results. I now quilt, knit and crochet and paint. I have taught my left handed granddaughter how to make Forest Fairies and do redwork. I am sad she lives in RI and I live in California because I know she would love to be a quilter. Some day!

  • Anonymous
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately I never did a lot of crafts with my children, and I regret it! I think I was too busy trying to support them, so I worked….a lot! It is a different story with my grandchildren and great grandchild !!!!! We did it all from colors, paints, collecting leaves, cooking, baking , sewing and ginger bread houses!!! I was am a hands on granny!

  • Sandi LaRue
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    The very reason I quilt today is because I was “mother’s helper” as a child, sitting with her at the sewing machine putting pieces right side together for her so she could chain piece! 40 years later we are still quilting, sewing, and embroidering together and I cherish every stitch!

  • Faye Nettles
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    My favorite childhood memory was making doll house furniture out of cereal boxes and covering it with fabric scraps and glue. The first sewing I did was when I was in Girl Scouts. I was 12. I made a drawstring bag and I still have it to this day.

  • Diana
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I remember my grandma always had a new craft she was teaching or learning with a bunch of other ladies. They made the most amazing things out of what others considered trash: Styrofoam, tin plates, marbles, Egg containers, packing peanuts. My sister and I loved to help her cut squares for quilts from old clothes and watch the ladies quilt them together. I have done many different needle crafts and have taught my own children and my elementary school children many crafts for parents’ gifts over the years. I love your fabrics and am looking forward to the new BOM!

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    My mom taught me to embroider, sew, knit and crochet, all of which I still enjoy doing today; I’ve taught a couple of my older grandkids to finger knit, and volunteer weekly in the antepartum unit of a local hospital teaching patients to knit.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I can remember painting wooden Christmas ornaments with my family when I was very young.
    I have tried to carry on the tradition with my kiddos.

  • Karyn
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    When I was about 5 (?) I sewed Rick rac and sequins on to a felt Christmas tree. My mom gave it to me when moved out, and it still gets put on our tree :)

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I did all kinds of crafts with my kids when they were young. I even taught my daughter to quilt

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! I found your blog today via a link to your Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM. I have signed up and plan to participate! I love sewing along with others!

    My favorite crafting memory from my childhood is crocheting with my grandma, a skill I still love today! I’ve got two crochet projects and one knitting project in the works now.

  • Ginny
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I was always making Christmas present for everyone in my family. I would sit on my bed and make Christmas trees out of fabric and Angels out of my Dad old Readers Digest books. I enjoyed making things for my family and friends and still do today. It give me so much pleasure to do for others, at any time of year. My oldest grandson had Cancer when he was 9yrs old. I made him a Neeldepoint Pillow with a window and blooming tree outside the window for him to have at the hospital. At the time he was given only 3 mos. to live, but with Gods blessing he’s 19 now and lives with me. Going to college and working full time.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this post because it made me remember that as a child I was always up to something creative! Of course, I didn’t know I was being creative. I remember I had photographs I like hanging from the ceiling in my room and all kinds of artsy decorations on the wall that I liked. I taught myself to play guitar and spent hours composing songs and instrumental pieces. I also acted in summer stock theater and was the female lead in a play. As an adult I have pursued gardening as an art and finally am teaching myself to sew, a lifelong dream. How wonderful it is to explore our creativity in so many diverse ways, so many gifts we humans have, so many ways to express ourselves.

  • Trudy Keller
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I started sewing when I joined 4-H when I was about 12 years old. I did crafts with my children and my grandson.

  • Lori Kayser
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    One of my best memories is when a box of Oatmeal was empty Mom always took it and cut it into a Cradle for my baby dolls! So I could rock them to sleep. :)

  • Marie Sagers
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Some of my memories include doing stamped cross stitch before age 7, picking up and working on a piece of crewel embroidery that my mother was doing at about age 10, sewing lessons at age 11 and crocheting pincushions for the church bazaar at age 12. I also learned to crochet granny squares from my 5th grade teacher, Sister Angela Francis.
    My granddaughter has been watching me knit lately. Maybe it is time to put a needle of some sort in her hand! lol
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cindy Dahlgren
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    When my boys were growing up, we did a lot of crafts. We did crafts to decorate the house for every holiday, and I still have many of their decorations and put them up. They also scrapbooked with me, and one of them still does scrapbooking. cdahlgren at live dot com

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I loved my art classes in school. It was the only place I had to do drawings and other creative projects. Those were fun days when I got to create.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I remember sitting under the big quilting frame with my brother and sister when I was little. We would compete to see who could get the most quilting needles poked back up through the quilt so our Mom, Aunt or Grandmother could pull it back up and tie the knot. My Grandmother was the fastest at tying the knot and moving to the next junction of blocks, so I always sat in her area of the quilt. I don’t think my brother or sister ever figured out how I always got more than they did. LOL

  • Becki
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    The women of my family have always created as far as I can remember back. I really enjoy passing on my love of crafting onto my kids. We did lots of projects when they were younger and they both still enjoy doing them on their own.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    My favorite childhood memory is sewing doll clothes with my grandmother. Just recently, my own oldest granddaughter became old enough to do the same thing with me. I love seeing the serious determination on her face as she works, and I wonder if my grandma had the same feelings of love and pride that I do for her.

  • Barbara Robinson
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    As a child I tried to learn all the crafts that I could – crochet, tatting, embroidery, whatever. I am still that way today. I love learning to do new things and crafting is just so fun. I remember as a child my grandmother including me in her quilting bee. I learned so much from her.

  • Gale Whitlock
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    My favorite childhood memory is of my little dog. Growing up with 4 older brothers was tough so my puppy was my best friend ever. I would put one of my skirts on her and dance or she would get in the swing with me and swing. When I cried she would sit in my lap and comfort me. :)

  • Rhonda Best
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoy quilting with my daughter. It is fun to pick out the fabrics and blocks we are making, and mostly spending the time together.

  • Jo
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    When I was a kid my parents sent me to a Saturday morning arts and crafts group I think my favorite part was the clay modeling class. I see my grands only once a year do a few artsy crafty things while I am there this year we tie dyed shirts and and pewssed flowers.

  • Mary Jane
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    When my granddaughter was small we did all sorts of crafts together, we made ornaments, I taught her to crochet and of course bake cookies. She is now teaching pre-school and using some of that creativity with her young students and it fill me with such joy to see the spark of creativity being passed on.

  • Susan
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    When I was growing up, we didn’t have a television until I was 9 and then it was primarily for news. So, when we went to bed, we all took a book. Then my mother found two knitting kits for scarves. My brother took one and I took one. I was elated to be learning to knit. I was so intent and tense that my stitches would get so tight on my needles that I’d have to have Mom knit a row to loosen the stitches for me. Reading was still a large part of bedtime and knitting was, too. I have no idea what happened to those unfinished projects. Now each time I go to visit my daughter, I try to have craft time with my grandsons (3 and 8) each day that I am there. We have made sun catchers, used old lids to make designs with paint on paper, played with Play-Doh, painted with markers on wooden ornaments and many, many more activities. It’s difficult to compete with electronics. Yet when I asked them if they want to do some of the activities again, I get a resounding YES!

  • Clara Chandler
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Great projects in the Child’s Play book! My “kids” are now 22 and 19 years old. When they were little, a favorite activity was making pillowcases–for no special reason or for a holiday. A trip to the fabric store was fun. Watching them choose the fabrics and trying their best to choose the “right” combination was an endeavor in patience. I tried so hard not to “kibitz”. Thank you for a chance to win some of your cheery, kid fabrics.

  • Beth Andrepont
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I loved drawing, painting, and baking. Can’t wait for my granddaughters to be old enough to start sewing with me.

  • Susan
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I like to do all kinds of crafts & baking with my 2 granddaughters. My oldest one had a little bit of a lisp when she was younger & couldn’t say crafts. Instead, she would say craps. So, doing “craps” with Memére has been a lot of fun for all 3 of us! They always want to know what project we are going to do next. It is such a great bonding experience.

  • Rose
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    When I was very young I loved to fingerprint and color. I wasn’t very creative in just drawing something but I got pretty good in perfecting my coloring. Now I am primarily a quilter but dabble in several other crafts also. But my fave is to have my 9 granddaughters over for a crafting afternoon. We may make cards, or color with markers on wooden dolls or ornaments, or make bracelets, and we ALWAYS have a great time. Thanks for the opportunity to win a pack of your cute kid fabrics.

  • Deb H
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I love making pillowcases with my grandkids. They love having them for every holiday!

  • Colleen Speed
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Favorite childhood creative memory; making a Christmas tree using a cone of chicken wire and green crepe paper. As an adult I discovered quilting and this summer my 12 year old granddaughter made her first quilt (with some help from Grammy).

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I just spent some time with three of my grandchildren and we all crochet. They range in age from 6 to 12 and each did a great job learning to chain and single crochet. We will learn more stitches the next time we get together.

  • Carol
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I spent many summers with my grandparents at their Lake Tahoe cabin. My grandmother was an artist, who taught me how to draw and do oil paintings. One summer, she gave me a small easel, brushes, and a box of paints. She packed a picnic lunch and we went to Fallen Leaf Lake , in the Sierra’s, and set up our easels where she gave me my first oil painting lesson. I still have my first painting and the brushes. This memory has lived with me for over 55 years.

  • Frances Quigley
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I have always been a reader. All kinds of stuff. That is how I got into quilting. Now one of my granddaughters loves to read and when she stays with us we work on all kinds of crafts we read about.

  • Becky Nutter
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. She loved to do crafts. She always received Workbasket and I still have some of her issues that are over 50 years old. She subscribed to a company that sent her a craft a month to do. I learned to love anything crafty. My favorite now is sewing/quilting. My daughter has a business which we worked on together when she first started; our first project was shutters; she makes primitive furniture, quilt racks, etc. Thank you for asking about memories. I had forgotten some of the crafts (memories)that have eventually brought me to this place in my life.

  • Mary Baker
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    When my children were little they loved using water color paint and paint their toe nails and toes…they also loved to “finger paint” on a plastic outside table using shaving cream. As they grew older they used food coloring on top of it and then made monoprints….and then there is winter…snow sculptures and food coloring to color turtles, butterflies…oh isn’t the creative life fun!!! Baking cookies, making meatballs from scratch, shaped pancakes…never a dull moment!

  • Connie
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    As a child, my mom recognized that I loved to create and so I was allowed to decorate the bulletin board in our kitchen every holiday. I have decided to pass on this tradition to my grand daughter who is very creative as well. For Christmas I am buying her a cork bulletin board and have saved all my old greeting cards which have been cut for her to use to decorate her bulletin board with. Every Thanksgiving holiday I make a new ornament with my two other grand daughters and we date it for that year. This way they will have a whole can of. ornaments when they leave home and go out on their own

  • DebV
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    As a kid I was into making Barbie clothes for my sister, decorating cakes, knitting, crochet, sewing my own clothes and any other projects I could find. I have done a lot of projects with my kids, but their favorites were making things out of cardboard boxes – race cars, space ships, forts. I was not able to get them as interested as I was, but there is still a chance as my daughter started college for graphic design.

  • Machelle
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite childhood creative memories is from the summer between 5th and 6th grade. My aunt and grandmother encouraged me as I created my own unique shirt by cutting the legs off of a plaid bell bottoms and sewing them on to a color coordinated double knit sleeveless shirt! My Aunt still laughs about me wearing that proudly to school. My mom never said a word at the time just let me enjoy my creation!

  • Anne
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    My grandmother taught me how to embroider. I still love to go buy new DMC floss!

  • Wilma Yeley
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Love your blog. When I was young my mother taught me and my sisters how to embroider. She also taught us how to sew. I have carried on the tradition by teaching my four daughters how to sew and some how to embroider. I sewed some of their clothes when they were young, and sewed some for myself. I sew now for church school drama productions. Am trying to learn quilting now, and very excited to get started.

  • Mom C
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m teaching my grandkids to sew. Love to be sewing together. Last week 2 granddaughters and I took 3 quilts to donate. They had colored with permanent markers; squares which I put into quilts and finished. That was special. Thanks.

  • Clara
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I love doing all crafts, quilting, crocheting and most anything creative but my favorite thing to do is sit with my grandson and watch his ideas come out…he is only 3 yrs. but Nana Clara lets him pick ANYTHING he wants, he even loves to sit on my lap and sew on the machine! Oh how I love his expression when we make something and his eyes light up so bright as if only his Nana could do this. Gotta love those babies…if I should win, I will make him a new blankie for preschool and maybe something for the younger grandson too, oh and #3 grandson, yes, ALL BOYS, haha, is due in 5 weeks, just in time for Christmas. Good luck to everyone. Thank you Jacquelynne for hosting!

  • Heidi
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I remember how exciting it was to unfold snowflakes and doll garlands after cutting them!

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  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    My grandson is so far away, and I haven’t seen him in over a year. We like to send him books, not only for reading, but also books that we record so he can hear our voices and not forget us! A friend told me about starting a “Granny’s Book Club” and sending books once a month to her grandchildren. I’d love to start something like that so my grandson can always look forward to hearing from me.

  • Roberta Johnson
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I have been sewing as long as I can remember, making clothes when I was in grade school. I encouraged my children to be creative, too, and as adults, they are.

  • Cecilia
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    My Great Grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 10 years old. My first crochet project was a scarf that ended up being very crooked. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Hiya!!! I wasn’t the craftiest kid, but I did have a bit of an artistic streak. I was more into science and did the whole science experiments things as a kid. I had a microscope and a telescope (both Christmas gifts cuz my mom knew I loved science), and used them well. I did learn embroidery and crochet from my grandmothers, and still do them to this day. Thanks so much for having the giveaway. That’s a super gift. Have a great day, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

  • Debbie
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I keep a box full of things my grandsons can create with.
    It includes balls of yarn, toilet paper rolls, old envelopes, paper of all sorts, stickers and odds and ends of fabric and lots of other things I think they might like. They are ages 6 and 5 and amaze me with what they can come up with. They love the stapler and the tape!!!!!
    We love to try out all kinds of paint, they love to design pictures with the paint daubers.
    The 6 year old just put together a fun scavenger hunt/walk all by himself. We had a lot of fun walking around the block finding our clues.

  • Kathleen
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I remember having a “contest” to make the prettiest Easter Egg when we were little. We didn’t have cool, colored marking pens then. We used crayons (wax) and multiple dye baths to decorate the eggs. I also used nail polish for more details. Who knew I’d wind up quilting & crafting?
    Thanks for sharing so much of YOUR inspiration with us! I, too am looking forward to your BOM.

  • Cindy Farmer
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    My favorite childhood memory of crafting is making barbie doll clothes with the fabric scraps from the clothes that my mother made for me!

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I remember at a very young age that whenever I drew something on a piece of paper it was small and my mom would always say “don’t be scared to fill up the whole piece of paper”. I teach preschool now and I find myself saying the same thing to my kids “go wild, experiment, be creative, fill up the whole page”. I have 2 boys of my own, ages 6 and 8, and my older son wanted to learn how to use my sewing machine about 2 years ago so I taught him and he’s actually really good!!

  • Laurel
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    When I was young, I had a grandmother and aunt who gave me great encouragement to play with fabric, thread, and decorations. I spent countless hours making clothes for my dolls. Later, encouragement came in the person of my Girl Scout leader who taught me machine sewing. Eventually my career path brought me to become a Home Economics (Home and Career Skills) teacher. Having my students do their sewing projects (no matter how short a time we had to devote to them) was so exciting for me, and most kids liked the activity and mobility allowed. I’ve long since retired. Tonight at our quilt guild, we spent time cutting fabrics for tweens and teens to learn how to sew! They’ll be making pillowcases, one to donate and one for themselves and we hope this will ignite (or find an outlet for) a passion to express creativity through fabric.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a bundle of your great fabric!

  • Michelle Smith
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I have fond memories of my mother teaching me how to sew and crochet. While I don’t crochet now, my love of sewing has evolved so much from what she has taught me. My kids as well are starting to show an interest in sewing which warms my heart.

  • Simone Thompson
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Ah- my three sisters and one brother had at least one creative activity that we could all get involved in even thought we are as much as 7 years apart. Play-dough!! It was the best when we had to be indoors. But I also enjoyed watching and helping my Mom sew. And today all of my sisters enjoy the creativity and freedom on sewing and quilting. Thanks for memory lane! And thanks for the fat-quarter giveaway.

  • Posted November 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I love all my memories of baking cookies and cooking with my grandchildren. We also did lots of crafts, like sewing on plastic mesh and making coasters, ornaments and lots of other items which was easy but really fun for them. Now I have two more little grand babies to start making memories with. I just started quilting a few years ago and love making quilts for each of them. Can’t wait to start my next one.

  • Brenda Hylle
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I like to decorate cookies & “shaped” brownie bites (love those silicone mold sheets) for the different holidays – not just Christmas – with my “grands” & “greats”.

  • Posted November 6, 2014 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing has always been sewing and I love teaching kids the joy of making something with fabric and thread!

  • DiAnna
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    My and I did all sorts of crafts when they were growing up.We would paint, sew, cook, you name it. I think it is important to encourage academics, but also important to encourage the creative side too.

  • Jeanne
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    My memories are of always doing craft things from a very young age . I think one of the first things I did was make those potholders with the loops on a loom.
    And always making my sisters and I halloween costumes. Then sewing.

  • Lillian VanderKuur
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    I learned to crochet from a neighbor lady when I was about 8 years old. The first project that I did was a poodle dog. From that start I bought a Learn to Crochet book and taught myself more stitches.

  • Belinda
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    I have 6 grandkids and we are enjoy creating and doing crafts together. We enjoy ceramics, jewelry making and now the oldest wants to learn to sew.

  • Robin T
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    I had a sew day with my nieces. They learned how to make their own pillow case. My hope is for them to fall in love with sewing, quilting, needlework, music, painting, etc.

  • Kris B
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    No grand kids yet, but I am a nanny to some littea boys. I find them to be the happiest in creating and building anything. From a fort out of boxed to simple baking projects, cookies especially!

  • Janet in ND
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    The most creative fun we had as children was in the summer when we used blankets, large scarves and anything else we could find to pin and drape over the clotheslines. Inside it was my sister’s and my house. We’d have a small chair, table and plenty of dolls. The walls kept us out of the sun. We had hours of fun even if we had to start over each day!

  • Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    My mom taught me how to knit, sew and crochet. She was so talented!

  • Margaret
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Came from a family of 7 children and I was the eldest…we would make a stage and pretend we were some great movie star or singer…..costumes were made by us of lace, fur, cotton, nylon whatever we could rummage up from hand me down clothes…even mom who was a great sewer would help make the costumes…..and now today we are still making costumes for the grandkids, purses, and quilts for their beds…… and loving every minute of it being a grandma!!! Hopefully out of this I will be able to encourage them to do what we have always loved to do!!!!

  • Lisa H
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    I remember my mum letting me have her fabric scraps to play with while she was sewing; she made all of my and my four sister’s dresses until we entered secondary school and had uniforms, which she also made. My sisters were never interested in sewing which was great for me as I got all the scraps. I made alot of doll dresses and blankets and eventually made many of my own clothes as I became a teenager. Once I had my family I sewed for them when they were little and have always let them have my scraps to play with. My boys were never overly fussed but my daughter made her first patchwork quilt at 11yo, which she still has hanging on wall (she is nearly 18). I live in Australia so can’t win your giveaway, however I love sharing how I became a sewer. I was never taught as such, just left to create and was helped with sleeves and zips when I asked to be, other than that, my mum was great at letting me try things my way after watching her as she always believed that craft should be encouraged and there was no wrong way or only way to make something. That’s how I’ve always tried to instil in my children – give it a go, it won’t be wrong, but if not quite what you wanted, it’s something else.

  • Sarah
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    My favorite memory is sitting on my mom’s lap at the sewing machine “helping” her make doll clothes. I have no idea how old I was.

  • Danielle Nunn-Weinberg
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    LOL! I think that I have a memory that works.

  • Linda Fentriss
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Coming home to fresh baked rolls with homemade butter and jelly.

    I currently started making quilts for the Quilts for Kids program. Just took my first one off the shortarm.

  • Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Oh! Good question! My daughter Lisa drew Olaf, and I sewed a pillow with applique on her drawings :)

  • Karen
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I was fortunate in having a grandmother who enjoyed quilting, crocheting, embroidering and hand sewing. When I was quite young, she taught me how to embroider. In the summer she would stay at her lake cabin where there was no TV. So each night and on rainy days, we would embroider together. Today I quilt, embroider, and appliqué, so she continues to be part of my life.

  • Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    My first sewing attempt was a blue cape with a red cross on it for one of my dolls. I was about 8 or 9 at the time. My mother had pinned the red binding to the cape and showed me how to hand baste it. Always in my memory.

  • knittingdancer
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    My favorite craft when I was a kid was making woven potholders on the loom using the cotton loops.

  • Claudia Bodine
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    When I was a child I would go to visit my grandmother who was always either sewing or cutting out (by hand) pieces for quilts she would make. She would often be sitting in her chair cutting hundreds of those little hexagons for the flower garden pattern and string them in color groups before sewing. She often used old clothing for her blocks and it is still fun to remember her or family members wearing some of those clothes I see in the quilts she made for me. She also had several jars of buttons and she would thread a needle with a long double thread and my sister and I would sit forever stringing the buttons onto the thread to make necklaces and bracelets. My grandmother passed away when she was nearing 98 and probably sewed until her early nineties! I still love the quilts she has made for me and the memories they bring!

  • barbara (in Tennessee)
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    My favorite childhood crafty memory is playing with my mother’s embroidery floss – – sorting the colors, putting all the reds together, etc., and then she taught me to embroider on the stamped pillowcases or dresser scarves. I’ve been crafting ever since. My granddaughters now are most interested in whatever project I take to work on when I visit – knitting, hand applique, drop spinning.

  • Dee D
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    One thing I always loved to do was to color but when I was about 11 or 12 my grandmother showed me how to embroider. I made a rainbow on the pocket of my cut-offs and progressed from there. I began sewing when I wad 15 and have been sewing since.

  • Pam C
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I enjoy sewing with my granddaughter, who at five, thinks outside the box in how to sew her creations.

  • Debbie Rogowski
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    We used to all get together in our neighborhood and put on a puppet show. We made a stage and then created different puppet charactors. What fun we had

  • Cheryl
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I remember making potholders on a loom using stretch nylon bands. I also did my first crossstitch on paper when I had the mumps.

  • Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I love playing and creating as a child but one of my fondest memories was melting chocolate in the sunshine and adding mini marshmallows and coconut. YUM YUM

  • Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I have 2 grandsons that live just down the road, we like to go on adventures! We have a adventure bucket we take along to hold the rocks, feathers, pinecones and what ever else we find:)
    Thanks for the chance to win:)

  • Doris Melady
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    My mother sewed most of our clothes while I was very young. I started sewing my own clothes when I was 12. I never looked back! My mother taught me to knit basic stuff but I found a book and taught myself more advanced knitting and crocheting. I could replicate pretty much anything I saw in a book. Now I have begun quilting and I absolutely love it!! My favourite thing about quilting is that our grandmothers would never believe how easy it is today, compared to what they had to do to make a quilt!

  • Elizabeth McDonald (catskill quilter)
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I remember sitting on the front stoop surrounded by fabric scraps (saved by my Mom) sewing doll clothes when I was about 5.

  • Christa Dunn
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always considered myself to be a “creative” person and was suprised to find myself feeling incredibly inspired by my own young children a few years ago. My youngest son, who was just three years old, was put on hospice care after all attempts to treat a rare form of leukemia had failed. It was September, and my other children learned that it was also Childhood Cancer Awareness month. They began baking cookies & making small pieces of jewelry to sell around our neighborhood as a fundraiser. They managed to raise about $50 in donations this first year. But each following year, we work together, as a family, to make small crafts to raise funds and bring awareness to a cause that is very close to each of our hearts. It’s been five years since our little boy lost his battle with leukemia, but we find solace in our attempts to find a cute for other children facing a similar diagnosis.

  • Linda
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Learning to sew with my mom….

  • Vicki
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    My mom was a fantastic seamstress. She taught me to sew when I was six and gave me my own machine, a Remington!, before I turned seven. I made lots of doll clothes, but I also made clothing for myself. I have never lost the love of creating. Although neither of my daughters followed suite, my grandson loves to sew with my scraps and create all kinds of wonderful things. I gave him his own sewing machine for Christmas this past year. He is now 12 and he loves to make pillow cases out of some very wild fabrics.

  • Teresa pardini
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    I so love your whimsical childrens’s prints ! I have a brand new bsby grandson born one week ago. I sm in Virginia helping my daughter after the birth. I would love to make your quilt with the puppy dog for him.

  • Mandy adams
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I am new to your blog and can’t wait to start the BOM. I love spending free time cooking with my children or the children I work with. Children love the weighing, mixing and eating.

    Keep quilting

  • Darlene Driedger
    Posted November 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    My Mom taught me everything I know today. I made cloths for myself and children. Knitted, crocheted and learned to quilt. I have made dozens of quilts now for friends and relatives. My Grandson just LOVE them to pieces.
    Love your posts and everything you do, Jacquelynne !! Keep up the GREAT job !!

  • Pat Selby
    Posted November 9, 2014 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    My mother and my grandmother had me holding up my two hands out holding yarn so they could roll it into a ball when I was old enough to handle it. Maybe 6 or 7. They taught me how to knit shortly after that. And then came sewing. I was making my own Barbie clothes and trying to design my own clothes. Now I am a skilled quilter and not so skilled seamstress.

  • Carolyn
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    My Mom inherited my Grandmother’s old peddle machine and I learned to sew on it. Wished for one for years and recently came across one. It has to be serviced and cleaned up but I can’t wait to sew on it. I inherited a quilt top that my Grandmother put together but never finished. Can’t wait to get it going and finish the quilt, it’s the churn dash pattern. My favorite is piece work but also enjoy paper piecing. I love to make squares using two fabrics and sewing into triangles to make a square that’s half one fabric and half the other fabric. I’m still a beginner quilter but I stumbled across your website thru facebook. Love the quilted pot holder. Your designs are so easy to follow. Thank you for extra ideas on how to use the designs.

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