Hi! I’m Brandi, and I’m around the internet as PeekabooStitches. I’ve been sewing on and off for most of my life, but taught myself to quilt about four years ago, which is when I started sewing on a regular basis.
In my “real life,” I work in science policy in Washington DC. I work for a big science nonprofit, and I love my job. You know, usually. I have a wonderful boyfriend, M, who’s been around since 2011, and we’ve been living together since 2014.
I am also a runner. I run with a wonderful group of people out of Pacers Fourteenth Street three-ish times a week. We run Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and even though I try to make it to all three days, I usually skip Thursday track. I’m going to have to stop doing that. I ran my first half marathon in November 2013, after starting to run with Pacers only a few weeks before. I had had a horrible experience in June that shattered my confidence, but Pacers got me back on track. And after that first half, I was hooked. This group has pushed me further than I ever imagined, and I ran my first full marathon in September 2014. In Cologne, Germany. In 2016, I joined the Oiselle Volée, and I LOVE my team. Head up, wings out!
As far as my quilting and sewing goes, PeekabooStitches is incredibly important to me. My grandmother tried to teach me to sew when I was little, but I’m sorry to say it didn’t stick. I never quite got the hang of sewing in a perfectly straight line, no matter how many lined sheets of paper she made me sew. She also taught me to embroider. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really super interested in any of these crafts until much later in life. I have a lot of barely-started cross stitch projects in the bottom of boxes with no instructions and no thread to match either. Oops. After I graduated college, I picked up quilting, and I’ve been hooked since. I’ve also been much more excited about embroidery, and even picked up Wild Olive’s 50 States Stitching Club.
It’s PeekabooStitches because Peekaboo has always been my nickname. My parents, my grandparents, everyone in my family has called me “Peekaboo” since I was a baby. Last year, shortly after PeekabooStitches became a reality with cute little tags, it became significantly more real. My grandmother was rushed to the hospital, and eventually placed in hospice with a diagnosis of Stage IV Leukemia, and given 3-6 months to live. I knew I had to visit, and I knew that I needed to take something that would help her remember. My dad told me that the dementia was bad, that she often couldn’t remember that she had been married (my grandfather died about 15 years ago), or that she had four sons. I ended up making her a quilt from Tula Pink’s FoxField line, and using InColorOrder’s Stellar pattern. She loved it, and she loved tracing the animals and the patterns in the fabric. It was an incredibly difficult quilt to make, but I’m glad I did. She passed away in March 2015, and that quilt will be coming home to me. PeekabooStitches is in her honor.