Christmas decorations have been up in the shops for several weeks now. Personally, I do not like to start thinking about Christmas until the first Sunday of Advent which was Dec. 1st this year. The invitations for parties have started to arrive and all I want to do is keep it simple and hope for a white Christmas. That by the way is my favorite Christmas movie. My parents both served in World War II and White Christmas was a movie our family enjoyed together year after year. They did not often talk about that time in their lives, but Bing Crosby et al. were a part of making life a little brighter during the time they served.
Do you remember making out your Christmas Wish List as a child? My brothers and I would pour over the Sears Catalog making note of what we dreamed of finding under the tree Christmas morning. Today I want to serve as your Wish Book and share some of my favorite quilting supplies .
Debra's Favorite Quilting Items
What is your earliest sewing memory? That has been a fun trip down memory lane for me to think about, especially this time of year when my thoughts tend to turn to my youth and family members who are no longer here to share the days with me.
I come from a family of women who sewed... and knitted and crocheted. My earliest sewing memory is actually not of really sewing at all but of sitting at my maternal grandmother's treadle sewing machine and just enjoying being able to pretend I was sewing as I worked to rock that treadle back and forth.
Then I started to sew for my dolls, by hand. If they needed a new gown for the ball, I put something together from fabric scraps my mom let me have. No pattern and no experience meant that I just played and figured out how to end up with a dress that looked a little bit like what I imagined.
I remember how excited I was when our Home Ec. teacher started to teach us how to use the classroom full of singer sewing machines. We all made a simple apron for our project. I did not stop there but found one of the latest fashions out of McCalls pattern book from the early 70's to work on with my mom. That was my favorite part, sitting with my mom working out all of the details. She was very patient with me when I just wanted to hurry up and get it done. Patience is something I eventually learned from her. And I proudly wore my dress to school after it was finished.
My paternal grandmother was an amazing seamtress and a quilter too. We only saw them once a year but I slept under the lovely quilts she made. I still have them; treasured keepsakes of days gone by. I like to think that I am carrying on the special legacy of the women who had so much influence on my early life. I like to think that as I continue to grow and learn and to teach others to quilt that that legacy will be carried on far beyond me.
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One of the goals I have set for myself next year is to become a better blogger. Blogging is my chance to connect with all of you as we do this quilting life together. Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com has thrown down the gauntlet with her 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. I really hestitated to join in the challenge at first with all that is going on right now. Why would she pick one of the busiest seasons to do this challenge? Well, as Cheryl said, if we can make it happen now, we can make it happen anytime. So I hope you will join me as I come to you with a variety of topics over the next 31 days. I think it is going to be a fun process.
Welcome to the site of Debra Davis-a woman who loves the Lord and loves to quilt.
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