Faithful Journey Quilts started because of my love for family and sewing. I can remember my first sewing experience in 6th grade and coming home begging my parents to buy me a sewing machine. Christmas 1989 was one of my most memorable holidays because that was when I got my sewing machine. From that time on I was hooked I started making clothes for myself and other family members. Two short years later my machine stopped working and my sewing dream was lost or so I thought.
Now it is the year 2007 and I moved to Florida and had the opportunity to work at The Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale. One may think that it was great but I only worked as a recruiter. All was not lost because little did I know I would come to make friends with two people in the fashion department of the school. As I began to come around more in the fashion department I remembered how much I loved to sew so many years ago. I was bit by the sewing bug again, so I ran out to purchase a new sewing machine. Once again things came up and I was unable to get back into sewing. My recruiting job had me so busy there just wasn't any time. As I began to encourage students to come visit The Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale and showing them how much happier they would be for their career to be something the loved to do? I began to take my own advice and asked myself that very same question. Now we all know you can't just leave your work because you need to pay your bills. So I prayed and asked God to give me the opportunity to do what I loved to do.
Moving forward to 2010 I met my wonderful husband and we got married. For the first time I wasn't required to work, I didn't have to punch anyone's clock. I began to ask myself the question again What is it that you love to do and how can you make that your new career? Since I was new to the family I began to spend a lot of time with my mother-in-law who I have come to call mom. Well who knew she likes to make quilts and asked if I wanted to learn. Once again I was hooked we started hand making my first Quilt. It took me awhile to finish but I was very proud of myself it didn't look that bad. If you didn't know I am my worst critic so mom told me there isn't a such thing as a bad quilt because all quilts have there own unique character.
I know I mentioned my loving wonderful husband before but in 2014 he only got better and bought me my first quilting machine the Juki TL-2010Q. I started piecing right away and before I knew it I had finished 5 quilt tops. I tried out so many different patterns and watched so many YouTube videos I said to myself this is it this is what I love to do. Faithful Journey Quilts was born from my desire to not give up on my dream and my willingness to learn an old family tradition. I found out sewing and quilting has been in my husbands and my family for generations.
I than began to do some research not just of the two families sewing & quilting but on the African American experience and legacy in quilting & sewing. I was surprised to learn that as a people we had been sewing & quilting long before we became slaves. One piece that I read stated that the men in the tribes use to sew together their tribal fabric in preparation for wars and to be identified as they traveled. I also learned that once we became slaves quilting was a way to keep the family’s history and keep warm at the same time. These early quilters made quilts out of whatever they could find. This made me think how wonderful it would be to tell your family’s history in my quilts. I wanted to make pieces that could be passed down in your family for generations. I fell in love with the idea of making quilts that can trace your genealogy, or even celebrate a family event like a wedding or baby being born into the family.
Faithful Journey Quilts Preserving Families One Stitch at a Time.
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