When I was a young girl, my mother encouraged me and my three sisters to make doll clothes out of her scraps. At first we just cut the shapes and made holes to poke the dolls’ arms through. Later, at the mature age of 5, she’d begin teaching us how to sew.

20150605_141046As a young seamstress (yes, I am a seamstress and not a sewer – pew! – like so many say today on blogs and in YouTube videos everywhere), I was introduced to many different fabrics, synthetics, wools, satins, polyester and many more. However, I’ve always been drawn to cotton. It’s the only fabric I like to have against my skin. It’s what we use for newborns and it’s what our great grandmothers used to make those cuddly family heirloom quilts we love so much. Even more, it’s a great fabric to work with when you sew. it’s doesn’t slip around and it presses beautifully. It’s durable and washable.

When I was a young mom, I was introduced to quilt making. My quick dive into the world of quilts in the early ’80s was put, for the most part, on hold until my family grew.

That brings my to today. After finally finishing the triple Irish chain quilt I started 27 years ago and completing a few more besides, I found that I’m addicted, addicted to sewing, addicted to cotton fabric and addicted to learning all I can about good quilt making.

After a quick trip to Denver from Michigan, I picked up the master quilt maker’s first volume of the Quilter’s Academy Vol. 1 Freshmen Year at Harriet’s Treadle Arts. I’m curious. I think I’m a good quilter. However, after seeing many YouTube and Pinterest quilt projects, I am concerned the knowledge of good quilting and sewing skills has been lost and that my own skills may be lacking.

Like young Julie who cooked and blogged her way through Julia Child’s famous cookbook, I will quilt and blog my experience working through Harriet’s Hargrave’s Quilter’s Academy, Volume 1, with a few other projects and diversions along the way.

I invite you to join me. Welcome to my blog – Cotton Joanie’s.


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