Originally posted on June 17, 2010

I’ve been crafting since I was a child when my mom taught me about crocheting. She was also a sewer, but for some reason, it wasn’t something I learned from her. I did love to watch her use the sewing machine. It always seemed magical to me that she would come to the machine with material and walk away with a finished curtain or a hemmed pair of pants! She had a really old and really large Singer machine, like this one, although hers wasn’t as ornate and as a kid, it always seemed so much larger!

Photo by Maria Krasnova on Unsplash

At some point in my crafting journey, I decided that I would be a sewer too! I wasn’t sure what I would make, or when, but I did know how. I was going to take a sewing class (in person!) and learn the ins and outs and then after I got all the basics down I was going to learn how to quilt and embroider.

Well, the pandemic changed that a bit. I hadn’t planned on taking classes just yet, but I knew that I needed to do something to stay sane and supplement my income (or lack thereof) during the pandemic. I bought myself a Janome sewing machine online (pictured above) and started watching YouTube videos while I waited for it to arrive.

I’ve always loved quilts and thought that quilting would be the second or third thing I taught myself to sew. The first thing I was planning to make was masks to donate and then I was going to try my hand at a quilt. But as luck or fate would have it since I was at that time only selling finished crochet projects on Etsy, I had to order thread, material, and other items from a big box store. I was able to go to Etsy to order quilting materials. And the quilting materials came in 2 days!!! The big-box store items took over A MONTH to reach me. 

I don’t know about you, but I hate to wait! so instead of waiting around for the mask materials to reach me to sew them up first, the very first thing I sewed was a square for my quilt! 

Okay, so it wasn’t perfect, but I had sewed two (well three technically) pieces of material together!! I was so excited!! 

Eventually, I delved deeper into the world of quilts and got myself a quilt wall and a few other items needed to start the quilting side of my business!

I designed this quilt for my sister’s birthday. She loves green and I thought the X’s and O’s pattern would be a perfect gift. I was a bit ambitious and planned this to be a Queen size quilt. WOW, I’m not sure exactly what I was thinking, but it was a bit more than I was ready for so it took me longer than I expected.

It was a late birthday gift after all was said and done but I think it turned out pretty good for my first try!! Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks. Haha.

Here are a few more photos of my Green X’s and O’s quilt!

I put this together as a pattern if you are interested in making it for yourself. It’s a basic pattern, written more for a beginner, like myself. It is available as a digital download either here on my website or from my Etsy store!