I don't. It's generally kind of a secret, to be honest. It's not that I make an effort to hide my hobby - when someone asks if I know how to sew - I say yes. But I don't offer up the information. I'm not sure why. I'm not ashamed of my aesthetic point of view and I don't think I've made many items that are worthy of a Regretsy mention. I'm also not ashamed of my skills - although my FMQ leaves little to be desired. Obviously I'm embarrassed and don't want to be judged - dumb, I know. And I'm actually kind of ashamed of myself for being embarrassed about my hobby! Now that's messed up.
Sewing, and quilting in particular, still have that "old lady stigma" sort of like knitting 10 years ago (even though I don't actually feel that way). Perhaps that's my hang up. There's so many people in my life who know my hobbies....then there's this other side who have no clue. All that said, sewing is clearly heading down knitting's path to "cool" for lack of a much better term. Still, I've kept it to myself.
Instead of feeling liberated, I feel at little insecure - thinking about all the information out there about me. I also feel bad, like I've been hiding something. As my husband would say, "you over-analyze everything!" He's right. It's done. And it's not a big deal. And they are my friends. And now my two worlds collide.
In other news: this baby is flinging it's way around the world as we speak.
Want to make your own? I made a foundation paper pattern in inDesign. Feel free to download it here. As usual, there's a per day download limit so if you aren't able to download, try again the next day. Or shoot me an email and I'll send it to you.
The template makes a 6" finished block (6.5" with seam allowance). I added one inch on each side of the pillow to bring the finished size to 20". The binding was an after-though because I sewed wrong-side to wrong-side then cut the corners before I noticed. What was I saying about not being ashamed of my sewing skills? hmm. Anyway, The thought of picking it apart and matching my crooked-corner-cuts made me feel a little nauseated. So, I decided to add binding instead - and I think I prefer the look! It adds a nice finish. Perhaps I'll use it more often.
So, back to the original topic. Do you tell people that you sew? Only select people? Only those who find out by accident? Only those who Google you? I'd love to know.