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Penny Layman

Penny LaymanI have been sewing since I was about 6 or 7 when my mom taught me how to sew a straight line. When I took some home-ec classes in middle school, I started sewing clothing. In my late teens and early 20s, I took several years away from sewing, mainly because I didn't have a machine. Then in my late 20s, I purchased a machine and my love for sewing has grown stronger and stronger.  Honestly, I can't remember the last day that went by without me doing some sort of stitching. Sewing is definitely my #1 creative outlet.

When I started my blog, sewtakeahike, my projects consisted of crafts and clothing. And that's how I wanted it to stay. When a friend of mine started talking to me about getting into quilting, I was strongly against it. I had heard too many testimonials from women that once they got into quilting, all other sewing ceased and quilting took over. I didn't want that to happen to me since I love all kinds of sewing. I'm happy to say that since I started quilting, I still do the occasional clothing or craft project. Quilting is my main obsession now, but if a clothing or craft pattern catches my eye, I don't think twice about sewing it up!

As far as quilting style, I love patchwork and a good ole scrappy quilt. I rarely use more than a couple of fabrics from a line in a quilt, and I tend to like and make quirky, off-beat patterns.

Besides sewing and quilting, I spend a lot of time with my husband whitewater kayaking, backpacking, camping, hiking, and backcountry skiing. 



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Projects and Tutorials on FaveQuilts:

April Showers Mug Rug

Gone Fishin' Paper Piecing Block

How to Make Fabric Tags

How to Sew Prairie Points

Paper Pieced Pop Bottle

Rainbow String Quilt

Vintage Embroidered Patchwork Cushion Pattern

Cool Color Checkered Quilt

Sunshine on My Shoulders Quilt Tutorial

Risky Business Block Pattern

How to Remove Rust Stains from Fabric

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