My first introduction to sewing was when I was growing up my mom used to sew dresses and clothes for my sister and I. The best part was she used the scraps to make clothes for my Barbie dolls. When I went to junior high school we had to take a home economics class. The choice was either cooking or sewing. I chose sewing so the very first thing I ever made was a skirt. When I was pregnant with my first son, Chris, maternity clothes were very expensive. I hadn’t sewn any clothes since junior high, just crafty things. I came up with the idea of borrowing my neighbors cute maternity clothes. Making a pattern out of a brown bag and sewing it together. That was my big jump into using my hand me down sewing machine.

When my second son, Grant, was born he had a lot of problems. We soon found out he had cerebral palsy. I was devastated. He used to keep me up at night so I would watch infomercials on cable TV. One night I was watching TV when Eleanor Burns came on selling her first rulers and rotary cutter. That was Dec 1989. I was intrigued. I thought, “I can do that.” So I ordered two rulers and a rotary cutter. That’s all she wrote. I was hooked.

Today my oldest son is grown and my younger son, Grant, died in his sleep 9 years ago at age 15. Again I was devastated but quilting saved me. It gave me the strength to endure all I have gone through during his life and dealing with my grief.

I used to call him my “white butterfly”. The angel of butterflies. So the picture with the butterfly that you see was my healing quilt. The first quilt I made after his death.

I continue to create other white butterfly and butterfly quilts and in the pictures of my quilt room you will see my newest white butterfly quilt on my long arm machine.

Happy Quilting

Kim Stewart