Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Hello, hello, hello!"

I'm a rarity in the quilting world—someone who doesn't quilt or sew! When I worked in-shop (more on that later), my status as a "non-quilter" came up frequently and our customers were always surprised. "How can you not quilt when you're surrounded by inspiration all day?" they'd ask. Well, as you can tell from the name of my blog, I'm on my way to dropping the "non" in "non-quilter".

Before I get carried away, let me introduce myself—my name is Teri Seal and I work for The Quilt Patch, one of the largest quilt shops in Michigan. As my mother-in-law, Kathy Seal, owner of The QP, would say, I'm the resident "Computer Girl". I run the online shop, post on Facebook, edit QP Quilts & Co. patterns, and so on. After my son, E, was born at the end of last year, my husband, Gordie, and I decided it was best for me to be a stay-at-home mom. Swapping my 9-to-5 job for his beyond-adorable face was a no-brainer. Even though it means working in ten-minute increments and often late into the night, it's completely worth it to not have to miss one second of his childhood.

Although I'm anti-self-portrait, I don't want you to have to make
up a fake Teri in your head. Here I am, glasses glare and all!
In fact, E's a big reason why I've chosen to try my hand at quilting. Though I'm busier than ever, it's something I've wanted to try for a couple years (shhhh—don't tell Kathy). Plus, none of my hobbies—reading, watching movies, baking, sledding*, and playing board games—involve making something long-lasting, something greater than the sum of its parts. I find it fascinating that something so meaningful and cherished can be created by sewing bits of fabric together. Though it may be awhile (if ever) before I'm in family-heirloom territory, I've gotta start somewhere and there's no better time than now!

*Can you still consider something a hobby if you only do it a couple times per year? Hope so!!

This is the first of many photos of E. You're welcome! C:


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