About Me

I have a fabulous life and I don’t mean to make people jealous, but I love talking about it because it reminds me how lucky I am. So I’m going to tell you all about me and my awesome life.

 

Me

 

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. Now I have a full on quilting/sewing studio in our closet…which explains the name.

Why am I located in our closet instead of a proper room? Well, that’s a great segue into the rest of my life.

 

Us

 

 

I am in a relationship with a fabulous, ambitious, sweet, funny, super-intelligent, surprising man. Our life together is basically the best life I could imagine. We live in downtown Kansas City in a two bedroom condo that we bought in 2011. We LOVE city life and wouldn’t trade our condo for anything. We have two “babies” – hairless (Sphynx) kitties named #Hashtag and Emoji.

 

Batman and Robin

 

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. I drove/rode the bus 20 miles to school. I have very very mixed emotions about that place. I both love and hate it…but I would NEVER go back so I think you know which emotion wins out in the end.

 

Family

 

Family

 

Family

 

 

One of the reason I have to love it is because most of my family lives there. Meet my family. I have a younger sister and my parents. All of my grandparents live/lived in Republic and quite a few of my aunts and uncles live in or around Republic.

 

Robin and Me

 

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.

 

Dad

 

 

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.

 

Mom

 

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. I would love to tell you about my friends and more of my family members, but I have too many. So just trust me when I say I’m extremely lucky to have such a great network of 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 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.

 

Me

 

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 and I really like pixie cuts and faux hawks.
  • 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 liberal and 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.

 

Me

 

  1. Debbie Meador’s avatar

    Hi girl! Loving your blog. I told your mom the other night you have inspired me to do the New York qal. I’m using those beautiful batik fabrics I love to buy but haven’t done anything with yet. Yay! Keep being great!

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    1. Lesley’s avatar

      Thanks! I’m glad you are enjoying it. I’m loving the NY Beauty blocks. Paper piecing is one of my favorite things. You should send pics of your blocks or post them on Facebook. I’d love to see the blocks with batiks!

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    2. Kathleen Stump’s avatar

      Lesley, I am totally impressed with your blog. It is so fun and interesting with what you create!! You are such a talented everything–it just blows me away!! I am looking forward to the sew together bag class at our Sunday gathering next month. I ordered my pattern tonight! I am so proud to say you were a former student of mine. You are very musically awesome also!! Looking forward to learning more!!

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      1. Lesley’s avatar

        Wow! Thank you! I’m so glad you like reading the blog and I am so excited for the class next month. I can’t wait! See you then!

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