Come join the first Sunday Sewcial!

SEWCIAL

Welcome to the first “Sunday Sewcial!” What is it? It’s the place whereyou get to tell me (and other readers) who you are! I want you to tell us about you, where you live, whether or not you’re a quilter, what kinds of quilts you make, what other kind of things you do, and how you know me. You don’t have to share anything too personal, but I’d love to know more about you. You can also share a link to your website if you have one. Really, anything goes (as long as it’s G-rated). I can’t wait to hear from you all! You are more than welcome to invite friends to jump into the fray too, I’m sure we can find coffee cups and chairs enough for everyone.

The key word here is “sewcial,” er…social. According to Merriam-Webster, social means “…marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates.” Companionship is important for all of us, wouldn’t you agree? This is your chance to hear from others who read my blog and learn a little about them. I intend this to be a safe space. Any nastiness will be removed. Simple as that.

In order to comment, you will have to sign in to Disqus. It’s free and keeps my site free of spammers and bots. I know it’s a bit of a speed bump but, trust me, it keeps all of us safe.

You all already know me, I think, but I’m happy to answer any questions you have. I’m more interested in hearing about you! Next Sunday I’ll have something new I’ll ask you to tell me about, so be sure to stop back by.

To get you started, though, I’ll tell you a random thing about me. Did you know that I have played the piano since I was a little girl? I am not very good and don’t practice much, but I once had aspirations of being a concert pianist. I now own the piano that my parents bought when I was just little. Mostly it holds family photos and dust, but I do like to play now and then when nobody else is home.

And now it’s your turn. Are you ready? One…two…three…GO!

  • Wendy Tuma

    Lori, what a great idea! I’m Wendy, a SDak native who moved to Minnesota years ago. For many years my hubs and I worked together while we homeschooled our two kids. A little over a year ago, hubs got a new job and I retired, so to speak. Our youngest went off to college that same year. Left with a quiet home and my cat, I have been finding my creative side once again and loving it. I’ve been around fabric and thread all of my life, but didn’t begin quilting until after my kids were born. I’m happiest when I’m home, and only surface and join society if there’s coffee — and maybe chocolate — involved. 🙂

    • Lori East

      Hi Wendy! Here, have a cup of coffee…and some chocolate. Thanks for stopping by.

      I didn’t realize you haven’t always quilted, you could have fooled me! I’m so glad you’re finding your creativity. It’s hard to imagine a life without it!

    • Lori East

      Hi Wendy! Here, have a cup of coffee…and some chocolate. Thanks for stopping by.

      I didn’t realize you haven’t always quilted, you could have fooled me! I’m so glad you’re finding your creativity. It’s hard to imagine a life without it!

      • Wendy Tuma

        Haha — thanks, Lori for the coffee and non-caloric chocolate! As I’m reading the comments I’m wondering, do all (or any) of you have blogs? I blog at http://www.piecefulthoughts.com and I met Lori through blogging.

        • Lori East

          Thanks for picking up where my faulty memory failed…I meant to ask that! :/

          • Wendy Tuma

            I think you did ask. I just forgot to mention it in my first response.

          • Lori East

            Whew!!

  • Susanna Cornett

    I’m Susanna, who Lori kind of sorta knows, online anyway, but here’s info you may not know. My mother is a gardener with a wondrous green thumb but couldn’t sew a stitch to save herself. I got my love of all things fiber from my Granny Cornett, who could and did make tailored men’s shirts and many other things on her home Singer with a knee pedal instead of foot pedal. It’s now mine. She taught me to crochet when I was 9, and I would take my crocheting on the school bus as a fourth grader. Granny also quilted, and just this Christmas my dad gave me her thimble. I quilt, crochet, cross stitch, needlepoint a little and knit badly. I am also a grant writer, a PhD student in criminal justice, and avid watcher of paranormal and crime shows. I am currently developing a story outline for a crime novel involving plastination.

    • russell

      My h thinks I’m the only one that watches those shows! Happy to meet you Susanna. I used to crossstitch also but don’t have time right now.

      • Lori East

        I used to cross-stitch too, but have gotten rid of most of my supplies…although I still have several full floss boxes. You never know when you might need exactly the right color!

    • Lori East

      Hey, Susanna! Glad to see you here!

      First off, I confess I had to ask Mr. Google what “plastination” meant. 😉 You could say I am not well-versed in such things, but how fascinating!

      I got a chuckle envisioning a little Susanna getting on the schoolbus with crocheting in tow. How fun! And enjoy having your grandmother’s thimble. I have several of my mom’s mom’s sewing things, and I love having those pieces of her with me.

  • russell

    How much fun! I’m Barbara I started really quilting about 11 years ago. I had done a few baby and one bed quilt before that. I had a family member that was a professional seamstress tell me I should give it up. I was no good at it, it wasn’t for me. Since I had an accident that caused me to need lots of physical therapy I picked up a needle and thread to start relearning to use my fingers again. Along the way I rediscovered that I loved making quilts. My doctors laughed at my bloody fingers and shook the heads. Phycial therapy wasn’t suppose to be bloody they said. I gave the one doctor that believed in what I was doing a wall hanging that he put in his office! So hand quilting and making tops gave me my hands back and a purpose again.
    I’m in north central Missouri but I’m from sunny California. We have a farm and critters. Winters give me plenty of time for hand quilting in front of a fire. I make tops all year long though. I make time for quilts. I made my living training and showing horses my whole life. It was a wonderful job and I met great people and my kids grew up around animals and learned traveling can be a great adventure.
    I like to make most types of quilts but I make the fewest modern style quilts but I think that is about to change. I Love complicated patterns that challenge my brain and sewing skills. I make a lot of different compass patterns, many I draft myself. I like fabric, no I love fabric! Nothing better that petting fabric on the way home from the shop!! I’ve been lucky to have found a market for my compass and Feathered star blocks and have sold them all over the globe.
    I look forward to getting to know more quilters on this Sunday sewcial! What a fun idea Lori who I met on the web through her beautiful quilts and wonderful writings. Sorry this ended up so long.

    • russell

      I don’t know why it won’t let me post under my own name it used my husband. Also I am on FB as Barbara m wellman and if as rexeroll.

    • Lori East

      Hi, Barbara! I imagine you are tucked in nice and warm today. I’m hoping you didn’t get too much ice? We just got tons of rain. Beats ice, I know, but blech.

      How cool that you used quilting as part of your therapy. It has been used for just that for generations, so I love knowing that you did it too.

      You may not know that I was terribly horse-crazy as a young girl. My grandfather raised fox trotters, so I learned to ride on them, and got spoiled for any other. That gait! I haven’t been on a horse at all in years now, though, so would probably have to relearn all of it.

      What a change for you, California to Missouri!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • cindy parry

      Barbara, sorry but I had to smile envisioning you active at our physical therapy. I have always said I really need body armor when I’m hand stitching; seems “ow” is as frequent from my lips as “no” from a 2-year old which is to say, it’s fairly constant. Hubby and I are swing dancers loving east and west coast swing a lot! We also do a decent hustle and night club two step. We’ve been dancing since 1999. We also love our aging, five remaining feather-faced kids one of which I raised from an egg 29 years ago. Am socked in working on my SAQA submissions for KS area due at the end of February so I have a little time but being an art quilter, am constantly reinventing the wheel – that is what really takes time. Was a horse lover ages ago as well. Never showed (was too shy then – my how things have changed!) but loved riding and even doing a little training. Susanna, I also love those criminal shows – a guilty pleasure I often have on the TV while stitching. Add tea, chocolate and we’re pretty much talking “paradise”. 🙂

      • Lori East

        Hi, Cindy! You are funny, “…’ow’ is as frequent from my lips as ‘no’ from a 2-year old…” I can just see that!

        I had no idea that birds could live that long! Twenty-nine years is a long time for a pet…and you raised it from an egg! That’s very cool.

        The SAQA submissions…one of these days I’ll actually follow through on one of those. I see the notices and always seem to be doing too many other things to focus. (There’s that bad f-word again.)

        Hey, y’all, I, too, like some of those criminal shows…but as I may have said elsewhere, am pretty particular about which ones.

        One of these days I want to see you and your husband dance. I love swing but couldn’t dance to it if my life depended on it. There are few things more fun than watching compatible partners dance together.

        • Wendy Tuma

          Ok, now I understand what feather-faced kids are! You’d think I’d get that, since my daughter’s whole career centers around birds. Duh. I enjoy criminal shows, but I’m picky too. Can’t dance myself, but my daughter loves swing. This is so fun, getting to know people that know you, Lori 🙂

          • Lori East

            I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Wendy, I am too! 🙂

          • cindy parry

            HaHa! Most people do a double-take on the “feather-faced kids” statement I use with regularity but people always get it … eventually… and with a smile 🙂

          • Lori East

            I love the image that popped into my head when I read it, Cindy!

  • Well, shoot. I’ll catch y’all next Sunday. When you’ve had time to get all the cups and forks washed for another round.

    • Lori East

      See you then, Jeanne! I look forward to having you join us! I’ll save you a spot.

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