Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stitching, Where it All Started

Each hand made item has a story. It starts with an idea, sometimes a dream, research and a sketch of the idea. Then a quest to find the right material, the perfect fabric, the matching thread, the right wadding thickness. The journey starts with the idea and ends as the last knot is tied.

It was my Mom who cultivated my love for sewing. I was about nine years old when she taught me how to make a pincushion. She encouraged me to make a lot so I could sell it in the annual fiesta bazaar. They were sold out because of my neighbor-aunties.

Mom managed to keep one of my pincushion projects and 
gave this to me when I took up quilting again.

We always had scraps of fabric available because one of my aunts exported garments to Japan. Eventually I moved to making clothing for my Barbie dolls. I never did well with sewing clothes (except to repair them) and so my Mom eventually taught me how to crochet. I made coasters, table runners, tiny bags, wallets etc. I moved on though just about I was going to start making blankets (apparently we had a lot of those in stock already from the work done by previous generations).

I loved embroidery and aced all my projects. I remember my Mama Lola who was good with the sewing machine helped sew my final project which was an embroidered pillow case. My Mama Lola was the one who taught me how to use a manual sewing machine (like the 66k one here). It was hard because you had to make sure your eyes, hands and feet were well coordinated. My Mom then taught me how to use an electric sewing machine, but I never took a liking to sewing with a machine.

Mom eventually found a good use for all the garment scraps from my aunt. Quilting. I was in high school when she taught me how to quilt. We started with simple small projects like wallets and pencil cases and moved on to making my own lunch bag and school bag. It was fun, but I always struggled with finishing my projects so my Mom would take care of the final binding.

My Mom's main idea was to keep me busy (a.k.a. keep me out of trouble) when I was a kid. I never thought I'd go back to my sewing, but I was looking for something to do two years ago and re-discovered my love for sewing. So I thought I'd start this blog to document my adventures with tiny sharp thing called a needle.

What about you? Do you have a passion for sewing? How did it start?


  1. Im happy to witness your projects first hand. They are truly unique and awesome. Looking forward to your wonderful ideas turning into to wonderful masterpieces.

    Congrats on your new blog!

  2. Congrats on the new blog! I'll put the quilting + crochet in my craft lineup this year, so I'm looking forward to know more about your quilting process.