ANDOVER – Despite her mother being very into sewing Gail Sito used to hate it.(From March 10 edition of The News).
According to Sito, as a teenager she had been required to sew an apron while attending Conneaut Junior High School and said it was a task that she had no interest in.
Sito kept that same feeling about sewing for many years until one day when she found herself trying it again because of her husband George, who had become fond of lap quilt that her mother had made.
At first Sito said she started sewing by taking on projects her mother needed assistance with but later progressed to creating her own lap quilts, as well as a few flags.
As she increased her skills Sito said she gained a fondness for sewing over time and eventually became hooked.
Although her mother has since passed away, Sito has been able keep the talent in the family as she continues to sew new products.
Often she said this means putting fabric together to see how something will turn out.
“People enjoy it,” said Sito. “I give a lot of gifts and I enjoy making quilts for my grandchildren [for holidays],” said Sito. “They’re coming home [this year] so [making them a homemade gift will] make it a special Christmas.”
Sito estimates that she’s made about 10 to 12 full size quilts in queen or king size since learning how to sew, along with table runners, wall hangings, regular size purses (some that can even hold i-Pads), as well as change purses.
“I sew until 3 a.m.,” said Sito. “I enjoy getting it done. Once you’re on a roll there’s no reason to stop.”
Sito said that she also learns a variety of different techniques by sewing with her friend Roseann Heath and gains new ideas while attending Cherry Valley Community Center during the retreats they hold there with a vendor in February, April, September and November.
As far as recommendations, Sito said there are all sorts of different leveled books for people interested in learning how to sew and can be found by level according to beginning, intermediate and advanced.
When she’s not sewing, Sito works at Kennametal factory in Orwell making inserts for cutting metal.
She also enjoys playing Pokemon Go, spending time with her family and being around her five rescue cats.
For more information about her products or about Cherry Valley Community Center sewing retreats please contact Sito by calling (440) 293-6672.
Pictured: An example of a scrappy quilt that Gail Sito created. Sito said she learned a lot of sewing skills from her friend Roseann Heath.