Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week #33: Quilters #33 and #34 - Sarah and G Goer

Hi. I’m Sarah Goer (Quilter #33). My son G (Quilter #34) and I are excited about taking over 52 Quilters this week. We live in San Jose, California, where I’ve lived my whole life, except for four years at UC San Diego for college.

I can’t remember a time that I didn’t know how to use a sewing machine. I learned to sew from my mother when I was a kid (and made a ton of scrunchies in the ‘80s). After a long hiatus from sewing I started quilting in 2002. I can’t even remember what motivated me to want to start, but I had a couple acquaintances who pointed me to some books to get started. In the beginning I didn’t have a dedicated sewing space, so I didn’t sew very regularly. It’s been the last two years that I’ve had a dedicated sewing corner in my living room. I like to sew every day. It’s good for my sanity. I started blogging at the beginning of 2014 as a means of sharing my projects with friends and family, keeping myself motivated, and inspiring others. Here are some of my favorite projects.

I love bold, saturated color. Candy Shoppe (57” by 67”) was a project I started in 2003 and finally finished in 2014. I held off (for a long time) on quilting it because I wanted to learn to free motion quilt first.

I’m really enjoying participating in mini quilt swaps on IG. I had a great time making this one for the Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap (16” x 16”).

Here’s the pouch I made for the Open Wide Zipper Pouch Swap. (You just can’t go wrong with Alison Glass fabrics!)

I don’t work with solids very often, but Antioxidant Delight (32” x 32”) was the first quilt I designed.

G had been doing some hand sewing in his Montessori preschool classroom. I realized how excited he was about it and how proud of his work he was, so I asked him if he would like to learn how to make a quilt. He was interested and we began work on his first quilt at the beginning of this year, when he was 4 1/2 years old. I wrote a series on my blog about Teaching My Son to Quilt.

G’s first project was Jungle of Animals, a 36” by 36” quilt that he ended up deciding to keep for himself. It’s the perfect cuddle/kid’s lap quilt size for him.

His second project was a rainbow doll’s quilt (16” x 24”) for his sister as a gift for her 3rd birthday.

I read about the 52 Quilters project last December and was excited about the plan. I’ve enjoyed following 52 Quilters (mostly on Instagram) since the beginning. It’s been a great way to get to know a variety of other quilters. I think we’re off to a bit of a slow start, but there’s lots of time in our schedule over the next five days to sew and share what we’re up to.

You can find me at:
Instagram: @sarahmgoer
Twitter: @sarahgoer

Post by Sarah & G - Quilters #33 & #34: 

Sarah lives in San Jose, California and started blogging and more actively quilting at the beginning of 2014. She loves bold, saturated color and geometric patterns. Sarah is currently trying to finish up old WIPs while also participating in multiple mini quilt swaps and quilting bees. You can follow her on Instagram @sarahmgoer or on her blog Sarah Goer Quilts

G is 5 years old and started quilting when he was 4 1/2. After doing some hand sewing projects at school, he learned how to use the sewing machine at home to piece and quilt his projects. He said that making a quilt "made [his] life better." When he's not quilting, he loves building legos and playing baseball. 

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