Since the focus of this blog is quilting and sewing, I guess I’ll start why how I learned to sew and why I sew.
Quilting and sewing is kind of in my blood. My family, on both sides, has generations of quilters and sewists. Not just your casual quilter or sewist…serious quilters and serious sewists. My grandma even owned her own fabric shop that she ran out of her house. And my other grandma was asked to make clothing for a famous country singer. See? It’s in my genes. Growing up, I always wanted to learn to sew and I dabbled, but I never really jumped in until after college. But once I started, I couldn’t stop.
I am in a relationship with a fabulous, ambitious, sweet, funny, super-intelligent, surprising man. We have two “babies” – hairless (Sphynx) kitties named #Hashtag and Emoji.
We met in college at the University of Kansas. He’s from Wichita and I’m from a super small town in North Central Kansas. You’re thinking small, like 5,000 people, right? Lower it. Now you’re thinking like 1,000 and freaking out. Lower it. 500? Even lower. Republic, KS, has about 100 people. Yes, that’s where I grew up. Google it. You will hardly believe that people have the nerve to call it a town.
Meet my family!
Are my sister and I close? Sometimes. Can we finish each other’s sentences and magically just know what the other is thinking making us extremely good at Catch Phrase? Yes. Do we fight and get on each other’s nerves? Definitely. But we’re sister’s, so I hear all of that is pretty normal.
I became an Aunt on May 7, 2017. Her name is Camden Jean (CJ) and we share the same middle name. I’m not interested in being a mother (except to the two kitties), but I will be the best aunt that ever lived. We are besties.
That’s my dad. He’s very very funny, hardworking, sensitive, clever, and a really nice guy. Like me and my sister, my dad and I haven’t always and don’t always get along. It makes total sense because my dad and my sister are super similar. But I think he’s a total badass and I’m very proud to be his daughter.
I’m very very close to a lot of my family members. I spent A LOT of time with my grandparents when I was growing up. I’m close to my aunts and uncles and cousins. But out of everybody, I’m definitely closest to my mom. It wasn’t always like that, but as I started getting older and older, we grew a lot closer. I can’t really say in words how close we are except that she’s not only my mom, she’s really my best friend.
Why did I spend so much time talking about my family? Well, I think that your friends and family totally shape who you are or who you aren’t and you really don’t know a person until you know their friends and family.
So back to me. When I’m not quilting or sewing, I like to read, work out, and organize. I consider myself to be very much left-brain/Type A. In fact, I’m often referred to as a robot. Additionally, I’m quite the introvert. During the weekdays, I have a real job. I work at a health care IT company and I am a Lead Financial Analyst, which means I work with a lot of spreadsheets. That sounds really boring and probably is to most people, but I absolutely love it.
That pretty much sums me up in a nut shell minus a few fun facts:
- I’m allergic to the sun and am almost pale enough to blind people.
- I’m cold pretty much all of the time. Apparently my quilting hobby is also a survival tactic.
- I drive a pickup and I have since high school.
- I’m not afraid to change my hair.
- I know how to drive a semi. My family owns a trucking company.
- I like tattoos. I have three and I’d really like some more.
- I read really fast.
- I’m a Democrat.
- I don’t like jeans and I haven’t since I was a little kid.
- I really like country music because I grew up listening to it.
- I also crochet and sew clothing.
- I wear high heels pretty much every day.