A love of crafts and sewing, My mother, grandmnothers and great grandmother all were wonderful seamstresses. I have fond memories of sitting making dolls clothes with both my grandmothers, in particular a blue checked dress for my favourite doll. My parents never had a lot of money, so often clothes were made from dresses from my grandmothers or others that were given to Mum, and any scraps of material were sewn together to make outfits. I still do this today, using up all scraps. I had my first "patchwork" lesson back in the late 1980's when my youngest son was at preschool. A few years of lots of patchwork and quilting before off farm income was needed. And now after semi-retiring I have started again in the last 2 years. Although currently not doing anything much, as my other obsession family tree research has taken over. But one or other of these loves or my new find of scrapbooking and card making occupy the majority of most days for me. I once told a good friend I would need to live at least another 100 years to finish all the projects I have in my head to do with these 3 hobbies, let alone anything new or a new hobby I might want to learn. I tend not to go to classes or groups anymore, as I have few enough hours in a day as it is, instead I sit and sew, or research or glue, and am happy to pass the time with my ever growing family and circle of friends. Unfortunatley, I still have not made myself a quilt to keep. I have made over 20 single bed size or bigger quilts in the last 2 years, and given them all away. My grandchildren, love it when grandma produces another quilt, their dilema is which one do they put on the bed? And when I have made dolls cot quilts for my granddaughter to match her quilts, they cannot be used for the dolls, but are just right for quilts to go over the pillows, so now I make pillow quilts to match the bed quilts for the grandchildren, as they like them better then a matching pillowcase. So I guess a love of sewing and craft and growing up being frugal, with an artistic leaning, but not tallented enough to draw led me to quilting.