When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?
5 years old. My mother was very much into quilting and she taught me and my sister as soon as we were able to reach the sewing pedal. We learned in a huge sewing room in the home of a sweet older lady we knew. She had a walk-in fabric closet and her cutting area was a giant ping pong table. That lady was hardcore. We had great memories sewing and chatting together.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
Totally. It was a simple block quilt in bright pinks, oranges and yellows. I was so proud of it! I still am, actually.
Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?
Oh man, so, so many. Amy Butler is lovely, probably the kindest woman ever. I love Dana Willard of MADE and Ashley of Lil Blue Boo, and I've recently developed a huge girl crush on Alison of the Alison Show. Love her sassiness!
What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?
Haha! Well...I'm in the middle of writing a book, so my studio is completely nuts right now. That probably won't change anytime soon; I work best in chaos! All my fabric is semi-folded and stuffed into a 9-cube shelf or hidden under tables in bins.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
I tend to find a really great song and be obsessed with it, replaying it 1,000 times, which drives my husband and daughter crazy! Currently repeating: Damien Rice's "The Blower's Daughter" and "Holy" by The City Harmonic. I also love Ellie Goulding, Regina Spektor, For King and Country, and Vivaldi.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I love making quick crafts (anything involving a glue gun!) like garlands and party or holiday decor. I'll do just about any craft that isn't too time consuming. Once I start a project I have to finish it, and with homeschooling my young daughter and our energetic daily schedule, I don't have time to do anything too lengthy.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I think no matter where I lived or what I had I would find a way to create things, it's as much a part of me as eating and drinking, and I literally go through withdrawals if I'm not able to create for a long period of time. There is something really magical about it all. But after I've made something, I'm not truly satisfied until I've shared it with someone. That's what makes me love blogging so much. Knowing other crafters and interacting with them is such a highlight in my life and I'm so grateful for it!