Hello, my name is Sheila Reinke, and I want to take a bit of time to welcome you to my site and tell you a bit about myself.
My love for sewing started in the second grade and I have been sewing ever since. In the third grade I had a teacher that would stay after school and teach anyone knitting that wanted to learn, so I started knitting. I also started 4-H the same year. From than on I have never stopped sewing, crafting, quilting, etc.
I will always be thankful for the people that taught me these skills, my mother was always encouraging, although she was not a sewer. I was from a farm family of 10 and the way my mother encouraged me was after dinner she would say,”You either do dishes or get busy being productive”. I would make a bee-line to the sewing machine. So, I guess I learned how to sew to get out of doing dishes. My husband says that hasn’t really changed.
I can usually be found at the sewing machine after dinner sewing late into the night. I’ve always heard that you should figure out what you love and than find a way to make a living doing what you love. This being the case – it would only be natural that I would go to work for a fabric store someday. So, that is exactly what I did 21 years ago. I worked for Hancock Fabrics for 21 years, and now I run my own sewing and quilting business. This past year, I purchased a long-arm sewing machine and find so much enjoyment in sewing and quilting for customers, as well as continuing to teach sewing.
I have learned so much over the years that I feel it would be good for me to share with others as it was others that helped me begin many years ago. And of course this blog lets me continue to do what I have enjoyed so much – excite people with the things I love to make and share!
I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I’m enjoying putting it together. Please let me know if it is a help to you.
Hello, I am Sheila’s assistant, helping her out with the less-fun aspects of the job (namely, paperwork). When Sheila asked if I might want to occasionally contribute to her blog, I was honored. I have enjoyed crafting for as long as I can remember, even going so far as to complete the crafts my friends abandoned in various summer camps when I was a kid.
While I have dabbled in many crafts, my true passion is for bead work. I have beaded all sorts of things, from cute little animal zipper pulls to elegant jewelry made with crystals, and even the flowers I carried for my wedding. I don’t often make my own patterns for the more elaborate pieces, but I do enjoy the variations I am able to come up with from someone else’s design.