I learned to sew at age 11 at my local Singer store. I was so intrigued by all of the supplies in my friend’s sewing tote box I spotted while playing at her house that I rode my bicycle home and told my mom I wanted to take sewing lessons. I found my niche. I made most of my clothes through high school and even made room for my sewing machine (in cabinet) in my tiny college dorm room. I bought my first quilt book when in my early 20’s at the St. Louis arch gift shop. It was a book about the Cathedral Window and I was intrigued with how that was put together. I played around with it, but continued to sew garments for my kids while they were young.
I got back into quilting when my son and daughter were in middle school, feeding my need for continued creativity. I took various classes locally, and eventually made my way to Syracuse, NY for Quilting by the Lake, Carmel, CA for Empty Spools, and Paducah, KY, and Houston for the Quilt Shows.
In 2016 I was selected by Handi Quilter to be a member of the 2017 Handi Quilter Quilt Your Desire Inspiration Squad. It was a most amazing year!! I have blogged about that here, if you would like to read about the details. I was so impressed with the company, that during that year, I became interested in becoming an Educator. I found out the requirements, and began checking them off my list, and in 2019 I became a National Educator for Handi Quilter! As a 25 year veteran teacher in the public schools, I cannot imagine a better job for me, as this combines my love of teaching with my passion for quilting.
Interested in learning more about quilting? Contact me at Lana@lanaquilts.com