I just had a blast from the past. My grandson has to donate a few items for the Children's Christmas Fair at school where each of the kids get to go shopping for their own family members. It is preferable to have homemade items for the kids to buy. So.....I went digging in the recesses of my basement for the boxes that contained the "hobby" I had before quilting. It was tole painting. I pulled a few ornaments that I had painted (just a few items amongst the enormous amount of stuff) for an open house that I had back in .....oh gosh...hate to admit this...'93 or '94. These are the items I picked out for grandson #1.
I have probably about 8 or 9 of the blue "quilted" santa, three of the checkerboard Santa and 5 or 6 of the angels.
Over the years, I have dabbled in several "hobbies".....knitting, crocheting, macrame, counted cross stitch, embroidery, ceramics, but tole painting was a big one. I had all the bells and whistles for it and to this day I am having a hard time getting rid of some of those things. Obviously, I can't seem to get rid of the pieces that I painted either AND and have a whole load of raw wood that still needs painting, but probaby won't ever get painted.
Same goes with my quilting. Another BIG hobby, but I can see quilting lasting a whole lot longer.
Looking at my Santas made me think just how much quilting was in my blood for a very long time....even before I thought of quilting.....especially when you look at the quilted Santa.
It was fun looking through those boxes. If I don't touch them for another year or two, I can see going through them again when Grandson #2 comes along and has to bring items to school. I will most likely gladly do it for the kids.
Anyways, I was just wondering.....what did you do before you started quilting?