I have sewed ever since I can remember.  My first sewing memories, besides watching my mother sew my clothes, were with my Nana.  Each year at our summer cottages on Touisset Point, she would have a project for us to work on.  Silly projects, but always functional.  One year we made slippers out of facecloths and added fancy stitching.  Another year we sewed funny lamp shade covers.  By the time I was in junior high I was making a lot of my own clothes, not out of facecloths.

I studied art in college, but concentrated on the history end of things rather than the studio side.  As we are our own worst critics, I pictured rooms filled with worthless canvases.  I hate things with no purpose, whether it is a box in a closet or a room in a house…everything needs a function.   So I continued to enjoy art and design as an observer until I discovered quilting.  What took me so long? I have no idea.  I grew up with quilts made by great grandmothers.  I have an unfinished quilt top from my Swedish great grandmother in the closet still.  Quilts are art and FUNCTIONAL.  No matter the success of the design, color or stitching, it will still keep someone warm and cozy.  I have been making quilts since 2004.  I have also become addicted to longarm quilting on my APQS Millenium.

I am blogging about quilting to save my family’s eyes from glazing over too often as a ramble on about quilting, fabrics, designs and the pros and cons of various pieces of equipment.  I also mix it up a bit with photography, defined loosely, and travel.  I hope you enjoy my musings.

6 Responses to About

  1. Michelle Fisher says:

    Still waters run deep Jan. Who knew 🙂 Michelle Fisher

  2. Thanks for following my blog. My history is similar to yours, except that I’m useless at machine quilting, but I find hand quilting very theraputic.

    • quiltify says:

      I enjoy your blog and am looking forward to future posts. And I appreciate your poetry. I love listening to poetry, but haven’t attempted any since I was a teenager with my guitar. I have written fiction in the past, but not recently. I’m blogging instead of writing elsewhere, perhaps… I admire your patience with hand quilting!

  3. Thank you for following my blog, how interesting that you landed there. Creativity will find a way, sooner or later. I just finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic and now all I see everywhere I look is validation of what she is talking about in the book. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend it. 🙂

    • quiltify says:

      Thanks. I’ll look that book up. I’ve actually been reading your blog for a bit, but decided to make it easier on myself and just ‘follow’ you! Q.

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