Hello! My name is Josi, and I am a quilter. I am slowly emerging from the quilt closest and embracing this overwhelming drive I have to Create. Beautiful. Simple. Quilts. It’s in my blood. Though I am self-taught and still learning, I did grow up snuggled in the love that my Great Grandma Clausia and my Aunt Donna stitched into their quilts. So it is in my blood, and I hadn’t recognized it until I had my first daughter. Then suddenly it fell into place, I needed to quilt. I needed to create, to stitch with abandon, and to stitch with love. At first I winged it, all of it, and it was FUN. I shied away from any direction or tutorage, afraid to be constrained, to be judged, or to smother the fun I was having. Now my quilting is slowly becoming more defined. I’ve tried some patterns, yet I still always find the most enjoyable part for me is the improv I do on the back of the quilt. It’s what I’m the most proud of, and the most shy about at the same time. In reality, it’s just a quilt, but in a way I feel that I’m finally starting to put myself out there, and letting my inner artist drive. I guess quilt backs feel safe in a way, as they are the underside and my improve quilting is not ready for primetime yet! Quilting agrees with me, because I can pursue the creative bliss that it gives me, but it is also practical. Time is not wasted. In the end, even if a quilt is imperfect, it still is stitched in love, and will keep you warm. So for my first post, I am going to share a picture of a small piece of one of my Great Grandma’s quilts, which I cherish with so many memories and garner such inspiration. Thank you for joining me on while I explore this quilting world!