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Thread: I think I corrupted my big sister ;)

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    Senior Member Christine27's Avatar
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    I think I corrupted my big sister ;)

    My sister and her girls came to visit and we met up at my favorite LQS. She whispered to me that all the fabric choices were overwhelming and should buy enough for a quilt top or not buy anything? I told her to pick out some fat quarters that she liked. How many? 10, no wait, 12. So she did - 12 beautiful batiks and then 2 more 1/2 yard cuts of coordinating hand dyed fabrics. She brought them to my mom's and spread them out so she could see and touch them all. I love sharing my fabric addiction!

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    I corrupted one of my college friends! About a year ago she told me she wanted to make a wall hanging similar to a OBW I have. She had not sewn since high school (we are retired), and I had some fabric in my stash that she liked. She had a specific place for the quilt, was going to make it, and that would be her one and only project. At that point she didn't have a sewing machine, so she came to my house to work on it. Now, a year later, she has acquired a small stash, enough fabric for 2 bedsize planned projects and a sewing machine. She blames me.
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    That is too funny. My sister that is 15 months older than me just came for a visit for a week. She is just getting into quilting. While our mom was alive, who loved quilting, she would not have anything to do with quilting, even though she was a very good seamstress. She inherited several things from our mom's sewing room last summer and is now starting to quilt. When she was here we went to several quilt stores, sewed mondo bags together, and I intrpduced her to the wonderful world of batiks. I have not met a batik I did not like. LOL I shared the passion of quilting with my mom and now I can share it with my sis. Sisters are great and I treasure them now more then I ever have in my life. When I lost my mom, I wondered who could ever possibly fill that void. Now I know why God gives us sisters.

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    That is so sweet!! My mother sewed and we did sew a lot together. When she was living with me, she would help me a lot. I am an only child, but my DDIL has taken an interest in quilting now. We now sew together and go to retreats together several times a year. (Can't believe she leaves 3 kids from ages 1 to 13 at home). Nothing like sewing together as a bonding experience. You begin to understand how much the old quilting bees meant to the pioneer women. Linda in MO

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    I don't live close to my sister so I envy and admire those of you that have that connection with yours. I love my sister dearly and wish we could share the love of quilting.
    Joyce

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    My mother and I corrupted my youngest sister. She has 7 children now, so sewing for all of them should keep her pretty busy.
    The one who dies with the most fabric wins.

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    I corrupted my mom the year the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed by Timothy McVeigh. Now she has nearly surpassed me in what she'll try and what she sews, LOL! But she's also 87 years old (though more energetic and bright than I am at 67!) and one has to see the handwriting on the future wall! .....her stash and mine, oh my. Poor daughter or mine!

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    My sister has always sewn as long as I can remember. She'd make stuff out of sub-quality fabric. After I got into quilting and introduced her to the 'good stuff', she's gun-ho about quilting. She's made some gorgeous quilts. BTW, my BIL isn't too happy with me. Now, she's my mentor because she understands the basics of sewing and that helps me a lot. Some day soon we're going to make a quilt together. Since she works, I hope to beat her but I doubt it. I'm slow as molasses.

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    Corrupted? No way!! You just introduced her to a different creative outlet. Addiction, maybe. Corruption, never.

    Way to go.

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    Just think, you are helping out your LQS too. Don't feel bad.lol
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    It was my youngest sister. Got her into quilting -and now she wants an embroidery machine after playing with mine. Think I'm a good influence?
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    I wish my sister liked sewing.. She is into fabric, but is an interior decorator.. Ughhh.. My sister in law is into sewing when needed.. I've tried to get her into quilting for the last 15 years.. Hasn't happened.. Gave up.. Now I'm going to invite my staff over to pick out squares that I made for crazy quilts, and I'm hoping one of them will want to learn.. I'm willing to set them up with a machine, and a bunch of the preliminary tools.. Wish me luck..
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    It's an epidemic in my family. My sis-in-law and I already share a sewing room in her basement so we get to bounce ideas off each other all the time. My big sis has always sewn clothes, crafts, kids' costumes, and now she's getting into quilting. We went to Joanns after work today and bought fabric for my big sis's youngest daughter to make a quilt. Tomorrow I'm off work so we're going to spend the day in the sewing basement and see how far we can get before my big sis and her girls go home on Saturday.

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    I got my cousin into my tangled web (er.....I mean) my love for quilting. She has gone into overdrive with it. It really helped her cope with the first few years of being an empty nester. Now she has an adorable new grandson to quilt for.

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    Pat yourself on the back. That's one more!!

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    Ain't is a grand addiction!

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    Awww, I wish I had a sister. My brothers and their wives live so far away, we only get together once every couple of years for our reunion. I am teaching my daughter to sew and quilt. I'm trying to teach her to knit and crochet, but she's having a hard time with the hook, needles and yarn.

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    girl friend and her friend Vivian at SouthWest Decorative's called it 'going to the dark side'. After many years of buying her fabric to quilt for me-she shipped it all back to me and said I was on my own. I now have a sewing room, a nice machine and more fabric than I will ever use. My DH spoils me.

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    I will have the opportunity to bring into the addiciton two more. My niece and her friend want to learn to quilt. My DD and I are hosting a weekend "sew-in" quilt class for them this month. Can't wait. Being around a newbie is so exciting. They have such enthusiasm. Made me think about why I love this craft so much, and what I wanted to know in the early months of trying it out.
    My DS hated sewing. She liked needle work, and embroidery by hand, but not sewing. Won't be getting her into it anytime soon.
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    I have 3 sisters. Our mother was a prolific quilted. She passed her love of quilting down to me and my oldest sister. Sure wish we lived closer. (It's 1000 to her home from mine.) We do talk and discuss quilting every day. My other 2 sisters have no desire to quilt. Odd how that happens, huh?
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    Look at the bright side... you could be teaching her worse habits! ;-)

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    LOL! All these stories really warm my heart! Several years ago I corrupted my BFF. She was suffering from cancer & needed something to occupy her mind. She was just going to make a little lap quilt but y'know how it goes... she took one trip to our LSQ & it was "Katie, bar the door"! She was really very sick but I honestly think quilting kept her alive for a lot longer than anyone thought she would be (her cancer MD was expecting a baby & she wouldn't hear of not making her a quilt!). It was a blessing & a pleasure for me to get to share those times with her & I like to think she watches me now when I quilt!
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    I haven't as yet corrupted my sis, but she is very supportive, when I go to Indianapolis to visit she always makes sure we visit some quilt shops.

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    Yesterday was our big day in the sewing basement and my niece completed a twin size quilt made of 8 inch squares of black print alternating with assorted brights. My sister's 2 table topper quilts were LA quilted and bound. My neice really wants me to LA quilt and machine bind her quilt before they leave rather than wait till their next visit so it will be a busy morning. It was a very fun day. Plus, since the sewing room is in my brother's basement and my sis-in-law was out of town, my oldest niece who wasn't sewing cleaned their house! What a nice surprise for my sis-in-law! (There was some bribery involved, but she started in happily before she even knew about that!) Happy day!

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    I started my DIL sewing three Christmas ago. She wanted some table runners for the holiday. We sewed while Chirstmas dinner was cooking and used them that day. We used my sewing machine for the project. Since that Christmas, she has her own machine and have made several projects on her own. I live in Missouri and she lives in Houston TX, so we do not get together often. They were at my house the last couple of days, and I started my 6 year old granddaughter sewing now. We picked out 100 3" sqares and sewed them together to make a quilt for her. She did a good job. We had some fun together. So, I am guilty of starting the next two generations sewing or quilting. Happy time together.

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