This is where you get to learn a little about Old Tyme Needleworks and how it was started.
I first learned to crochet when I was 5. My mom gave me all her pieces of yarn that were left over from her projects. I was in kindergarten and didn't want to go to school because they wouldn't let me crochet there. :) I remember saving my allowance for weeks to save up for my own yarn. I wanted to make a big afghan like my mom made. I came out awful but I still have it to this day.
I was about 8 when I learned to knit. Hey! It used yarn so it couldn't be too hard. Wrong. No matter how hard I tried everything I made came out as bad as the first dish cloth I knitted. I still try but everything ends up as a blanket for the dog.
When I was 18 I bought my first and last counted cross stitch kit. It was one of those little kits. I got about a one inch square done and gave it to a friend to finish. My hats off to you ladies who do this. You must have the patience of a saint and the eyes of an eagle.
When I was 23 I found my passion. Quilting. To date I have made over 500 quilts. I only have about 20 left with me. I give them to family and friends. I also make them for the children in the homeless shelters in my area. I love to see their eyes light up when they find out they get to keep them.
My favorite quilt to date was a request by a lady whose son had terminal cancer. That was in 1980. I worked frantically on that quilt but by the time I finished he was in the hospital. It was just a nine patch but the fabric was of cars and sports. Just right for a 6 year old boy. When I took the quilt in to the hospital to give to his mother he was surrounded by so many tubes and needles he was almost lost in the tangle. The doctors gave him about one month to live. When I got back to my car I sat there sobbing knowing I would never see that little boy and his mother again. I was so wrong. Two years ago I got a picture from that little boy. It was of his little boy wrapped in the quilt I made him so long ago. He remembered.
Now about how I run the shop
I am a one woman operation with 3 children. Only one still lives at home though. I try to answer emails within 12 hours but sometimes things happen and I can't get to them right away. I will answer as soon as I can though. Most of my items are "in house" so they will be shipped asap after payment is made. If there is a specific item you are looking for let me know and I will see if I can get it for you.