Q: Tell us about your education, experience and background?
A: I grew up in a small town outside of Seattle, and went to college to be a Dental Hygienist. I worked for a handful of years before deciding to stay home with my kids…and even though I only work now and then, I still really love Dental Hygiene! My Mom was always sewing clothes and quilts, but it wasn’t until I was older with kids of my own that I really got the urge to quilt.
Q: What was your biggest source of inspiration while designing Wallflowers?
A: I’ve always had a thing for zinnias. I grew them in a little plot in our back yard, and I’d make huge bouquets to bring into the house and take to neighbors. That was the starting point for Wallflowers and the rest came after that first large floral print was done.
Q: How did you come up with the name of your blog “Cluck Cluck Sew”?
A: I grew up with chickens…and on one visit home I was trying to think of a blog name, and I could hear the chickens being noisy in the back yard while I was piecing a quilt together. The name just came to me…and I went with it. Luckily 6 years later I still like it too!
Q: When working on a new project, what are some of the biggest challenges you face?
A: Probably one of the biggest if I’m working on patterns, is trying not to have something that looks just like somebody else’s. Now days with everything on the internet…it’s easy to copy someone without ever meaning to copy someone! That and choosing fabrics for a project are always the trickiest bits!
Q: What is one thing that everybody should know about you?
A: Oh boy…I guess mostly that I am a pretty quiet person in real life. I keep to myself and I would be just fine staying home or out in the garden for days (or weeks!) on end! I’m pretty sure most of my friends have no idea what I actually do…or that I even have a blog!Q: Besides designing beautiful fabric and patterns, what is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
A: Sitting on the beach while my kids play in the sand and look for baby crabs is one of our favorite things to do…and we are lucky to live minutes from lots of great beaches. Working outside in the yard and gardening always puts me in a good mood! I also love to re-finish furniture in my spare time...I constantly have a new project in my garage and I sneak out to work on it whenever I get a spare second!
Q: If you could have dinner with one famous person who would it be?
A: Hmm...I’d probably have to say dinner with Martha Stewart, and I’d cook the dinner with her and she’d probably let me know I was doing it all wrong.
Q: If you could be a superhero what would your superpower be?
A: If I could have one super power I’d like to be able to blink my eyes and go anywhere in the world. I’d have breakfast in Paris and lunch in Spain every single day. ;)