Sandy G.

Well, this first assignment threw me for a loop! and reading others intros and assignments, i realize that i am late to the party….but better late than never!!!! I LOVE fabric now!

I was having the hardest time remembering noticing cloth…..but the first thing that did pop into my mind was our sheets. We had lovely cotton sheets that were sent out weekly for laundering (and IRONING!!!!!!). They were white and had a blue scallop embroidered trim on the top edge. They were wonderfully soft and comforting. I loved getting (and still do!) into clean cool sheets…and i bought some like those for us a few years ago… 

My room was my parents old bedroom. I am the eldest of three and when the third one arrived, my parents renovated the attic into a master suite and i got their room. I never liked the wallpaper! it was a wimpy blue floral….but it was an awesome room! it was on the back corner of the house, windows on both sides, overlooked woods and got a lovely breeze in the summer. I grew up on the north shore of Long Island, NY and in the 50s and early 60s, the summers were cooler than they are now…and my best memories are of reading in that room during the summer with the sheer curtains wafting in the breeze….we always had a big summer reading list from school and we would go to the library to check out the books…i loved the smell of library books…still do…

My parents built the house when i was two..and it has evolved over the years! My Dad died in 1995 but my Mom is still there! the funny thing about my room, was that about a month after i was married, they changed my bedroom into a fabulous cozy “den”…

Upon further reflection, i do remember all of the fabrics we had in our house!

My grandmother was a wonderful sewist….She had a stint at a convent in Switzerland growing up (!) and learned to do very fine handwork. I wish i had been more interested as I am sure she would have loved to teach me! Every year for the Church Fair, she would make the most adorable bear baskets….she would buy small Steiff bears and small baskets and make little cushions and sheets and pillows and outfits for the bears! all by hand! they were adorable and i wish i had a picture!

My grandmother also gave me my first sewing machine, a Singer Featherweight…which i still have and love. I never had anyone teach me to sew, but for some reason i decided to make my college graduation dress….1974….i do not know what i was thinking…i was at my highest weight ever….i did love the fabric…but i will not share the photo!