October 4, 2011

Janice Elaine Sews

I was born Janice Elaine Davis.  Believe it or not, the only part of my name I ever liked was the Davis part.  I had a wonderful extended Davis family, and I was and am happy and proud to be a Davis.  The Janice Elaine part - bleh!

As soon as I could, about age 7 I adopted my nickname, Jan.  Jan, I am.

You may wonder, then, why I named this blog Janice Elaine Sews?  Here's the back-story.  I've sewn since I was 8,and consider myself a seamstress; but I didn't start quilting until two years ago, when I was 65.  Before I started quilting, I had a "beading fling".  I approached beading the same way I do quilting, learn as you go.  I started gifting some of the necklaces I made with my daughters and some friends.  After all, how much jewelry does a person need!

When my youngest daughter, Sharon, would receive compliments on one of my necklaces, she say it was an original "Designed by Janice Elaine".  She was soon getting questions about where her co-workers could get a "Design by Janice Elaine".  She'd tell them the necklaces were one of a kind, and not for sale.  When I meet a new friend of Sharon's they usually call me Janice Elaine.

I've become accustomed to hearing my first and middle names, and when I had to think of a new blog name, I used Janice Elaine Sews, instead of Janice Elaine Quilts.  Sews instead of Quilts, because I've sewn longer than I've quilted.

As Sweet as Cinnamon is having a link-up, if you want to share your blog's pedigree, and there are prizes!

May your bobbins always be full,


  1. very interesting story about the name of your blog. I found you thru Dawn's blog and had a bit of fun reading a few of your posts. Love the doggy quilt.

  2. Love your story, and your doggy quilt, Janice Elaine.

  3. Love your story, name, blog and quilts.

  4. Now I feel like I know you even better. Blogging is such a wonderful thing. Keep sewing/quilting I love them all.

  5. Hi Jan. It was fun reading about your name. I found it on Dawn's list and just had to pop over, being another Janice. I too was rather uncomfortable with Janice, but, funnily enough, it has never been shortened. My parents were late starters and nearly every other Janice I have met has been about 20 years older than me. It was obviously rather popular then. As time has gone by, I've become much more comfortable with my name.


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