Hey! My name is Heather. My husband and I are the proud parents of three beautiful children. My children are the inspiration and driving force behind my work.. I hope you enjoy my products as much as I enjoy making them.
How my love for sewing began
Thinking back,there are several influential people who helped teach me about sewing over the years. However,I would have to say my Aunt Deborah was the person who first taught me to sew when I was only 8 years old. She taught me how to sew (by hand) a recorder case for my fourth grade music class. I was so proud of my case and found the concept of sewing to be fascinating. I wanted to learn more about sewing.
My mother didn’t care for sewing so she didn’t know much about it, but she did have a sewing machine her mother had given her that she allowed me to practice on. My mother taught me the basics about how to use her sewing machine and let me go from there. I got into several fights with the sewing machine because of the bobbin. It would mess up for no reason! Because of my lack of knowledge of how to run a sewing machine properly, I did not sew much by machine. Not to mention, I sometimes thought the machine was going to catch on fire because it would start smelling like something was burning. I am sure the age of the machine and the operator had something to do with that. Nonetheless, I did manage to make myself a few pillow cases for my favorite yellow pillow and a few others for my stuffed animals and dolls by using the same concept my aunt had taught me when making the recorder case.
When I was about 13 years old, I wanted to learn how to make clothes, and my grandmother McQuillen agreed to help me make a genie costume for a friend’s Halloween party. She was going to teach me how to use patterns. After making this costume,I had a new appreciation for handmade items as the process was not as quick and easy as I thought it was going to be. Cutting out the fabric, sewing and pressing, sewing and pressing, resizing, sewing and pressing and more sewing and pressing! It took almost 2 days to make the costume! I didn’t sew anymore clothes after that project. Several years later when I was home visiting from college, my grandmother helped me with another sewing project, which was a blanket that folded up into a pillow for me to use on my crew trips (I rowed in college and the buses were always cold!) Since the blanket was for crew, we made it out of my college colors, and when it was folded up into the pillow, the colors resembled our oars. I love this blanket and still use it today.
My grandmother Padgett taught me cross stitching and how to sew blocks for quilts. I did cross stitching for a few years and even made a gift for my mother’s Godchild, Paige, when I was 10. Grandma Padgett had saved several things she had made for her children. It was neat having her show me things she had made for my mother, aunts, and uncle. I too wanted to one day make things for my children. My grandmother was pretty sick and spent a lot of time on the couch so I made a small quilt for her to use, which was the first and only quilt I made. After she passed away, my grandfather let me have it. The quilt is now a nice memory of my grandmother.
I am still learning sewing tips and techniques today thanks to my mother-in-law, Panz, and friends like Evan and Margaret. I had always liked sewing but never really pursued it much until 2008. Not many people even knew I liked to sew. My husband didn’t even know it until I became pregnant with our first daughter, and I wanted to sew some nursing covers for me. My husband asked if I even owned a sewing machine and laughed when I showed him my plastic Shark sewing machine which cost about $20. For our one year wedding anniversary, he bought me a sewing machine, embroidery machine, and a serger, and I was ecstatic. God took it from there; He gave us the resources to start a small business. Although, I have a BS and MS degree in Ocean Engineering, I am now a small business owner selling handmade and embroidered goods. This has allowed me to stay home with our children and do something I enjoy.