How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
My shop name, like many things in my life, just happened. I had heard of Etsy, and looked on line a little. It was very intriguing, but I didn’t sign up. One of the things that I read on Etsy was that you can’t change your Shop Name, so think carefully about it. Every once in a while I would try to make up a clever name, but clever words just aren’t my thing. I knew I wanted the name to start with “Quilt”. One day it just popped into my head! QuiltSewPieceful! Quilter’s sew and they piece. I had a name! In this shop I sell quilts, original quilt patterns and some fabric from my stash.
Several months later, I decided to open a second shop. I’m not as crazy about that name, but I know that because they are similar, customers are more likely to link them and remember me. My second shop is QuiltSewCover, and in it I have mainly paperback book covers and checkbook covers, some embroidered Christmas ornaments and much more to come (in my spare time!).
I originally started my business because I had many quilts already made that I was hoping I could sell. I have many many quilts in my house. All stored, waiting for a good home. You see, I taught quilting at The Quilters’ Ranch in Tempe, Arizona for about 6 or 7 years. Every time that a great new pattern or book came out there was something that I wanted to make in it. So I kept making the things that I loved, even if I personally didn’t have a place to use it. Etsy seemed like the perfect place to find good homes for my quilts. And quite a few have found good homes.
When did you start quilting? Who taught you?
I started quilting quite by accident, or fate really, because it has changed my life.
One day in 1991 my husband and I walked into the Quilters’ Ranch. I thought it was a place to buy finished quilts! I remember that day so clearly. I was totally blown away, to find out that I would actually be able to make the wonderful things in that shop, if I just took a few lessons. So I did! I walked out signed up for the beginner’s class and with all the tools to get started.
That first class was once a week for 6 weeks, and I make a KING SIZE log cabin quilt! I really had no idea what I was getting myself into! But I finished it, and we still occasionally use it on our king size bed. That class was taught by one of the owner’s of Quilters’ Ranch.
Where do I sew/quilt?
Quilting has taken over my life and my house! I told my husband one day that I needed a sewing house. I think he believes that I already have one. My Gammill Classic Long Arm is in the room that we used to call the living room. I have a Bernina 730 and a Bernina 450 set up in one of the bedrooms, and my books, patterns and fabric stash fill another bedroom. So I have taken over 3 rooms of our house!
What would I love to add to my sewing space?
NOT ONE THING! I need to destash! I have more UFO’s than I can count, several sewing and embroidery machines, more fabric that I can use in a lifetime, and on and on and on.
What did I enjoy making the most?
Wow, that’s hard, because my current work in progress is usually my favorite, soon to be replace by another. But I do love Christmas! So I think that the “All Wrapped Up” Christmas lap quilt is my favorite.
I create many of my own patterns, and I have 3 original patterns for sale in my etsy shop. I have a Christmas Tree Skirt pattern (sorry, not for sale on my site yet) that is my very favorite. Maybe someday I will get it reworked to look more professional, and put the pattern in my shop.