In my mind, the words “home” and “quilting” have always
complemented each other, because it was in cloth that I found my home and my
artistic voice. My grandmother—my
first mentor—had me stitching in a hoop when I was about four. I started sewing in sixth grade and was given
my first sewing machine in eighth grade.
My love of sewing focused on quilting starting with college art classes.
Me with my very first sewing machine.
It doesn’t matter at what age you get started, as long as
you start! It is helpful to have
teachers and mentors who love it and help you nurture your creativity and the
joy that comes with quilting. I remember
that feeling when I first started, and I’d love to share it with you.
My new book, Make Your First Quilt with Alex Anderson, offers tips and tricks for basic quilting
techniques, and hopefully will ignite your passion and open the door to the
magic of quilting. And it
is magic: it is a community of people who share their
creativity, who nurture and support others, and whose lives and love are
present in every stitch they take.
Step inside these pages and you will learn how to choose and
prepare fabrics; how to cut and sew them to create patches; then how to build the
patches into blocks, and the blocks into a quilt. You will explore how color choices, block placement, and borders can completely change the look of your project—and you will be
amazed at the variety and creativity that can be achieved with just one
I’d like to be your
mentor on this journey, to welcome you into the quilting family, and to share
with you the absolute pleasure of being a part of this vibrant community. It is my family, and my true home.
My door is open—come on in!
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