I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor ...
I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor length gowns for my sister and I to wear while posing for photos at the local Sears photo studio.
While my mom sewed all manner of things, quilts were never one of them. I discovered quilting on my own in 1995, and like most new quilters, my first can be considered a horrific monstrosity. Several years and much more talent later, I started to design my own patterns, and in 2005 launched EvaPaige Quilt Designs.
My design style is one of "fun over fuss", and I unapologetically preach the gospel of "Perfection is Overrated" through my trunk show and on my Quilting Hottie Haven blog. Quilting isn't mean to be hard or frustrating, and with every pattern I try to help the user focus on enjoying the creative process rather than becoming annoyed by too many matching points and seams.
I tend to shy away from trends; I design what I love and have a hard time conforming to what's hot in the quilting world. Other than me, of course.
On a more personal note, my husband and I have three young daughters, twins Eva and Paige, my mini-mes and company namesakes, and Greta, who will likely be in therapy because her name only appears on a pattern, not as part of the true EPQD empire. We live in a pretty town northwest of Boston MA that I promise you have never heard of and where you don't even need a clear day to see New Hampshire, where all five of us pretty much live our lives covered in thread scraps.
Besides creating scrappy easy fun patterns with few rules, my other love is machine applique on a pieced background, preferrably with lots of sparkly beads to up the wow factor. This little wallhanging is from my "Beaded Blooms" series of seasonal wallhangings, and obviously is the series' ode to springtime. It's been a perennial (ha!) favorite since its debut in 2008, when after a tough winter I was inspired by the bleeding hearts pushing through the snow outside my studio window. The quilt stays true to my personal style of "you really can't screw it up" by utilizing some funky slashed background blocks and applique shapes that are smooth and as close to nature as I personally can draw. As I often tell audiences, that's the great thing about nature shapes - if you look hard enough, you probably COULD find one that looks exactly like what I have drawn. A great project to brighten any season of sewing!