Monday, July 18, 2016

Week 29 - Day 1: Hello from sunny Los Angeles, CA!!

Good morning quilters! My name is Courtney Andrews and I am the week 29 host for 52 Quilters! I was so super excited to be chosen as a guest host/blogger, I did a little happy dance when I got the email.

A little about me - I am a wife and mom. My "day job" is as a Practice Manager for an extremely high volume veterinary hospital (hence the profile pic - cute puppies are a work perk FOR SURE). The work is demanding and sometimes emotional, so I have to find an outlet for all of that - so I sew! (See what I did there?!)

My grandmother is my eternal inspiration. She was a farmer's daughter, born and raised in Indiana. She was the most stylish woman I have ever known. Always pulled together and super organized. Like most women in her generation, she was thrifty and didn't waste a thing. I think I get a bit of my hordiness from her.....oops! But most of what I got from her was an abiding love for all things crafty. She taught me absolutely everything I know (and many things I probably have forgotten, only to my detriment) about being a maker. She used to sew clothes for my Barbie dolls. Gorgeous bedding and clothes for my baby dolls. She made quilts for every single member of our family - kids, grandkids...everyone. She passed away in 2009 and I miss her every day. I have the quilt that was on her bed for as long as I can remember and it is one of my most cherished possessions!

In her memory, as she would have turned 100 in 2015, I started the Farmer's Wife Quilt. I've hit a few rough patches - where there is more work than time in the day - and I am about halfway through the squares. I plan to finish it this year, and I will share some of the work with you this week! I've also made quilts for my two sons, and my cousin's baby. I mostly just love to make. I love paper and I LOVE pens and I am a chronic hoarder of all things beautiful.

Like I said earlier, I am so happy to have been chosen! Check me out on the 52Quilters IG page and if you'd like to see what a circus it can be with 2 moms, 2 kids and 3 dogs, feel free to IG request me at cmandrews13 too!

Here's to a crafty week!

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