Twelve years ago, my mother died from a rare form of ovarian cancer called PPOC. Since then, I've launched my quilt design business, and I try to come up with ways to use my powers for good and combine my business with some awareness.
My latest venture along those lines was to create the "Two for Teal" mug rug swap and OCRF fundraiser on my Quilting Hottie Haven blog in September 2013. Thirty-three quilters paid $5 each to join me in creating mug rugs for another participant using a swap fabric in some way on their quilt. $3.50 from each participant was donated to OCRF; the rest I used to defray my postage from mailing the fabric.
I created this mug rug for one of my swap partners, who is looking to raise awareness as one of her friends is currently undergoing treatment. It is my hope that it will give her hope, and my hope that this mug rug will be made using all colors of "cancer ribbons" to honor those who are so bravely fighting this disease.
50% of all proceeds from sales of this pattern will be donated on a monthly basis to the American Cancer Society. Thank you for your support of finding a cure.
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.