This is a photo of my sewing machine. It belonged to my grandmother - my mother's mother - Mrs. Ruth P. Burnett. Grammy Nett, as we called her, sewed her own clothes and made beautiful, perfectly constructed pieces usually out of fabric featuring the color purple. Purple was her favorite. I always remember going into her sewing room as a child and seeing a bumper sticker she had placed on her fabric cabinet saying, "the one who dies with the most fabric wins!" Now Grammy Nett was thrifty and prudent - think ziploc bags washed out and hung to dry for resuse. So this bumper sticker suggesting that one buy fabric just for the sake of buying fabric (heaven forbid!) always surprised me. But it made me happy too. Fabric is such a fun thing to indulge in. It feels lovely, it looks beautiful, and it is the starting point for creating something new. I just love fabric. And now, whenever I go to a fabric store and see a new material that I just have to buy even if I have no idea what I'll use it for, I get a yard. And I don't feel one bit wasteful - because I want to win!
Has anyone in your family influenced your sewing? I'd love to hear about it!