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CANDIDATE 1 : "Whimbrella"
I can't remember a time when I didn't love color and texture or carry around inside me a NEED to create. I was raised by a woman who worked miracles with a sewing machine. I watched her make her own hand-beaded ball gowns and singlehandedly and annually completely change the house decor, room by room. I learned to appreciate the mysteries of the fabric store while watching my mother decide between brocades, chiffons, and countless other exotic materials. Like many young girls, I was allowed to use the scraps to make doll clothes. I didn't much care for dolls, but I enjoyed making the clothes. Go figure.
Now my mother and I share a love of quilting, which is fun. When she isn't busy working on another quilt for one of her grandchildren or the next family reunion, I am occassionally lucky enough to be able to list a quilt by and for my mother, also known to everyone as "Miss Ann." She and I keep trading a tub of fabric back and forth between Dallas and Houston.
I have been accumulating fabric since my teenage years and have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of various relative's fabric collections when they couldn't or didn't want to sew anymore. I have a vast "collection" of vintage fabric and notions from the 1930/40s on. I continually look for unusual fabrics to add to my "stash." Since I travel frequently, I am often able to find hidden treasures in out of the way places. Last year I visited some authentic Amish fabric stores in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. I also regularly visit some favorite shops all across Texas and of course, the World of Fabric comes to my doorstep each fall to the International Quilt Market and Festival. I brought home fabulous fabric from France, England, Australia and Africa from the last Quilt Show. It's so much fun!
1.Where do you sew?
I have a large room in my home devoted to my sewing. I also have another room completed taken over with fabric and supplies.
2.How do you organize your materials? Is there any tip that you would like to share with us?
I organize my fabric by colors of course! I also sub-organize by fabric types - designers - project - purpose.
3.How do you prepare to sewing/quilting?
Just walk into my studio, close the door and get to it!
4.Do you sew after getting the order or forehead?
Both. I have some items ready to ship and do a lot of custom work. I also do a lot of wholesale work. When I’m deep in the middle of assembly-line sewing, I try to cut a few more, sew a few more to have ready-to-go for my etsy shop as well.
5.Where/How do you keep your items after you finish them?
Mostly in see-through tubs on shelves in my fabric storage room.
6.How do you pack your items and how do you send them?
I wrap everything in tissue paper and tie with a satin ribbon. One thing about sewn/quilted items is that they aren’t breakable. I use a variety of envelopes to keep the size down and send most items by First Class US Mail. But I do use Federal Express for shipping my quilts within the US because of their worth.
7.Your favorite 5 supply stores.
Most of my major fabric purchases come directly from the fabric manufacturers. I also use several etsy sellers for supplies. If I run out of a fabric and need it in a hurry, I sometimes call up Fat Quarter Shop and I’m a sucker for the sales at Fabric.com too. I get my satin ribbon from CheepTrims.