The Sewn Story

Story:

- Mom taught me and my sister to quilt when I was 16 years old. Made quilts as grad gifts for all my best friends and packed up my machine for college. While studying Interior Design in college I continued sewing, but taught myself how to reupholster some basic furniture and make decorative pillows for my apartment.
- After graduating - worked in high end residential interior design at a small firm in Fort Worth, TX for six years. My favorite part of the job was working with custom painters, upholsterers and drapery workrooms. Watching them work with their hands inspired me to get back to my sewing machine.
- Started by making easter baskets, baby shoes and quilts that I sold at markets and online but soon realized I wanted to make my own designs.
- 2016 Discovered the world of modern quilting on IG. Taught myself to use Adobe Illustrator (which is where I design my quilt patterns) and released my first pattern - Desert Flight Pillow. I have been designing quilt patterns ever since!

Inspiration:

- The history of quilting can be dated as far back of 3400 BCE and has been passed down for thousands of years. Throughout history each artist has crafted their own version. There are art quilts, improv quilts, traditional quilts and even painted quilts!
- Hours go into making a quilt so making one that can be displayed in your well designed spaces is what motivates me.
- I pull fabrics for my quilts and design the patterns in a way that they will coordinate with my home and the room they are each designed for.
- Quilts don’t have to be “grandma”

My Process:

- I start by drawing my quilts in Illustrator, pull fabrics from my stash to make a mock-up. Then I sew up the baby size version of the quilt while also writing my pattern. Once the rough draft is complete it goes to a tech editor who checks math, spelling, etc.
- After those changes are made the pattern goes to a handful of pattern testers who make a version of the quilt and send me feedback or any more corrections that are needed.
- I make 2-3 versions of the pattern myself. I prefer to work with solids that match the room I am designing the quilt for.  While I wait for feedback from my testers - I design quilt kits with quilt shops as well.
- The release date is set and the pattern is released in the world where I get to see what others do with my pattern!

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