Laura received her first sewing machine at 6 years old for Christmas from one of her grandmothers (ironically the grandmother that she never saw sew!). By age 8 she was sewing on her mother's machine and at age 10, her other grandmother guided her through making a skirt and blouse for a 4-H project. Sewing only home decor and clothes for herself and cute Halloween costumes for her kids until 12 years ago, her mother told her frequently that she should take up quilting, too. She simply had no interest. One day, she saw the entire process when her mother-in-law took new, yummy quilting fabric fresh from the local quilt shop out of the bag, handed the receipt to her husband, studied the pattern, and carefully began to cut. Laura's interest piqued while watching her mother-in-law reference the pattern and sew her pieces. She continued to watch a quilt come to life, thinking to herself, "...I could do that...especially the part about handing the receipt to my husband." She had only been quilting for 2 years when she bought her first longarm machine....and handed the receipt to husband. Laura went to work for a local quilt shop to pay for her hobby which only gave her the desire to own her own shop. Affectionately dubbed "the great rural living experiment" by her husband, she is now running her own shop in southwest Kansas..and yes, he is along, too. That first sewing machine she received for Christmas is displayed in the shop.
For God SO LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16