Zede has invited me to join along in her blog, and so I thought that I would introduce myself to those of you that I haven’t yet met!
My name is Linda B., and I have been married to the same wonderful man, Brett for 23 years. Believe it or not the “B” is important in distinguishing the Lindas, and for whatever reason, I am referred to as the tall one. My husband and I have three sons, Blake, Jacob, and Nathan. And yes, that does keep life interesting.
As a little girl my Grandmother showed me how to use her treadle sewing machine—in fact that was the first time that I was allowed to sew with a machine. From then on I was hooked. In the late 80’s I renewed my interest in sewing along with becoming a mother, and nothing has been the same since.
I enjoy learning new techniques, and I believe in being a life-long learner. Professionally I am a family and consumer sciences teacher (a home economics teacher for those of you who are still unfamiliar with the new identity), and I was able to teach in the public school system for six years. In 1991 I was selected by my peers to be Nebraska’s Vocational Home Economics Teacher of the Year. I was also able to work as an Extension Assistant for the University of Nebraska. And yes it is true; I am a native of Nebraska. As of late, I manage to keep busy homeschooling the guys, and teaching here at Zede’s Sewing Studio.
I hand painted the peacock on dupioni silk, and embellished it with folded fabric flowers, pearls, machine embroidery, and feathers. It is machine quilted. This was done for a hardware challenge that Zede had for club.
I’ve also been exploring landscape quilting; this was also a class that we offer. I showed my students the techniques I used to take my photos and translate them into quilts.
All of these were done with my Bernina Aurora 440, but I have recently received training on the Baby Lock Jewel and can’t wait to see what I can do with it. There is a lot more that I could share with you, but a little mystery is good. I look forward to seeing you at club, or perhaps getting to know you better in one of my classes.