I started sewing when I was about 6 years old, and received a Singer (toy) sewing machine for Christmas. By the time I was in high school, and a couple of sewing machine upgrades, I was sewing most of my own clothes, and even some for my parents. During that time, my mother opened a fabric store... I was in heaven! I worked at the store part time, when not working at my full time job, just to be able to be near the fabric (and I could sew when not busy with customers).
When I retired, (from my full time job), I decided it was time to try my hand at quilting. I had an antique quilt that my great great grandmother had made in 1873 (she won first place at the Kansas State fair with it). It was in very bad condition, so the best way I could think of to honor her life and the quilt was to replicate it. So with no pattern, I set to work to figure out the blocks. It didn't take me long to figure out how to put the block together, it wasn't long before I had all the blocks pieced and ready to quilt. My piecing wasn't perfect, but I've learned a lot along the way and my piecing has improved significantly. It is the tree of life quilt (pictured above). I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine with a walking foot (I know the lines aren't very straight...my first attempt!). It is a king size quilt, so it was a monumental task on a little machine, with no quilt frame. After two weeks of wrestling that quilt, I set out to see if there was a better way to do the quilting. I discovered the longarm quilter! (can you believe I've been a sewer for 55+ years and didn't know what a longarm was). Well, as soon as I discovered them, I decided I had to have one. I started out building my own quilt frame and put my domestic sewing machine on it. It worked great, but was still a little slow because of the short sewing (throat) space. I found a used longarm, made a couple of adjustments to the frame, and I was up and running. I quilted about 13 quilts in the first year on my frame.
The longarm didn't fit in our house very well, so my dear husband offered to finish up a large area above his shop for me to make the ultimate sewing room. With that generous offer, I decided it was time to upgrade the longarm to one with a computer/robotics system so that I would be able to quilt for others.
My studio is complete and in just my first year in business, I quilted over 500 quilts. I'm also set up for machine embroidery and of course sewing, hemming and repairs.
NOTE: The photo of our location on Google maps, was taken before our house and shop were built!
When visiting the studio, enter through the gate between the house and shop, come right up the stairs on the shop (if I'm in the studio, there wilbe a "come in" sign on the door)
6699 NE Chestnut St, UNIT A, Hillsboro, OR 97124, US
Any day, by appointment
Cash, check, debit and credit cards accepted!