March Giveaway "TheEnchantedSquare" - March Giveaway Candidate 2

15 Etsy Store Owners. Who got more comments will win a Kiwi Emery Pincushion from me. Here is the Second Candidate Ruth AKA The Enchanted Square.

Bio

Hello! I am a mother of 3 that has always made crafted items. I love anything that is arts and crafts and being able to develop things with my hands. Whether it is dolls, quilts bags or clothing – creating something from a blank canvas has always been a passion.

I made my first quilt with my ever so talented grandmother when I was 10 years old. It wasn't pretty, being made of simple squares and leftover fabric from her stash but it was mine and I fell in love with sewing. Through my life I have taken on a strong sense of expression through art and design.

The details in the quilts, dolls and bags you see in my shop have been carefully thought through. I have 8 years of making quilts as gifts for friends and family. I have a desire to add quality materials, vibrant fabrics and bold design to every one of my products. Even though so much time and energy is put into my products my intention is for them to be used.

The Enchanted Square as a name came out of the fact that my friends always liked my twist of things that have been done before. I like to think out of the box so to speak on all my creative endeavors.
Look for updates on my blog http://www.theenchantedsquare.blogspot.com/ , Facebook Fan Page: Facebook Fan http://www.facebook.com/EnchantedSquare , Twitter: http://twitter.com/EnchantedSquare .

Oh and I have another job/business. I am in the Design/Construction industry. Check out my business site http://www.studiorestoration.net/


1.Where do you sew?

I sew in my basement "studio apartment." My lovely mom let me move in with my 3 kids and we fixed up a great space for us in her basement. It is an inspiring place and I love the fact that I don't have to much room because it forces me to stay organized.

2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
My favorite tip is using Comic Cook Backer Boards for organizing fabric. If you take the fabric and fold it in fourths on the selvage you can roll them on the backer boards like mini-bolts that will fit perfectly on a standard bookshelf. I call it my mini-fabric store.

3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
I glean from so many areas and I probably over research what I want to do. I then pattern what I want to make with pattern material. I then start pulling fabrics, leather, trim and hardware that work together. I tend to make multiples in different colors so I have at least 3-6 varieties laid out and ready to be assembled. I cut all the pieces out and then sit and sew my tail off.

4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?
I sew as much before. I love custom orders and always become inspired through them.

5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?
I have wonderful built in cabinets in my room and am able to keep them safely tucked away in them.


6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?
I love using the postal service because of the pricing an convenience. Most of my items ships priority mail and I use the boxes the postal service provides. I always wrap my items in tissue paper and provide a copy of the order.

7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tantalizingstitches
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RetroNaNa
http://www.etsy.com/shop/customcouturelabelco
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pomadour24
http://www.etsy.com/shop/northcountryquilts

12 comments

Leaf and Tendril said...

Wow-great interview! I love your work space Ruth, you are very organized. I think it would be a real lift working with all that great bright colored fabric very day. Your handmade items are really lovely.
Christina

Riley Noehren said...

Ruth gets my vote!

Jen said...

What a great interview! Loved the peek at the studio space, too. Beautiful! I'm a novice quilter myself (having completed four -- three baby quilts and one queen size) so it's very interesting to me to see the workspace and read about the creative process. Of all the items in this wonderful shop, I think the Aqua Dreams Heirloon Quilt is my favorite.

Sagehealer - Art for Meditation and Healing said...

What great items and such terrific use of color. Cheery, fun, and practical too. Love the Aqua Dreams quilt.

And thanks for sharing pics of your workspace. How neat everything is!!!

AngieHandmade said...

Wow, Ruth, I'd love to have that much fabric at my fingertips. What a great way to store it, though. I'm getting ready to move my "studio" to the basement, so maybe I can take some ideas from you as I reorg.
Angie

Mary Elizabeth said...

Wow what a fantastic array of different items you create! You are truly a renaissance Woman.

Mo said...

Yay Ruth! Your space is so organized and I love organization.

Gene said...

great interview. i like ruth's talk.

Emily said...

Ruth you are uber talented!! I love my purse and the quilt and doll for my girls.

Anonymous said...

Ruth is amazing!!

Lee said...

Ruth is an amazingly talented lady.
I've bought her work; love it and hope to own more.

Kimberly said...

Love the purses! Can't wait to place an order for one :)