I have always knitted and sewn and most importantly read. I grew up in a house where spending time being creative was regarded as important to self well being. And ... if you were bored .... well go and read a book, a magazine, anything.
I have tried to carry that through my life and pass this on to my three children and nieces and nephews. Whether or not I have succeeded, time will tell you.
And where did Midget Gem Quilts come from? My boyfriend, now husband, used to tell me I was his midget gem. I reminded him of the little brightly coloured sweets, sort of mini wine gums. He still, on a very rare occasion, calls me his midget gem.