What am I Doing?


No, like seriously, am I nuts?

I started quilting with upcycled materials from thrift stores long before it was cool – or called upcycling for that matter. I couldn’t afford new fabric, so I spent hours deconstructing old jeans and flannels, cutting out stains and worn spots to harvest usable fabric. I was living in Portland, Oregon and it was the nineties – there was lots of flannel available. Thirty years later, upcycling has become fashionable, but I now purchase new, high-quality fabric for my quilting projects. My style has changed a lot over the years – I definitely prefer modern and improv quilting over the uber-traditional blocks I made out of all of those old clothes, and I’m not scared to pick up a needle anymore. But I still enjoy a good upcycling project; some things just don’t change.

This block is from one of my favorite quilting books, Sunday Morning Quilts.

Crafting and creating, especially quilting, have always been hobbies of mine. I am the daughter of a devoted crafter, who is the daughter of a crafter, who is… you get the point. I grew up with glue sticks and pipe cleaners. We didn’t see our dining room table for what seemed like years at a time because it was covered in fabrics or paints. There have been a lot of changes in my life recently and I’ve decided to take a huge step and try to make my long-time hobbies into a way to escape the rat race. The pandemic has taught me that I like being at home, and I really, really like sleeping in! It’s scary – being self-employed doesn’t come with bennies and a steady paycheck, but I am doing my best to embrace this new, uncertain but exhilarating life perspective. I invite you to come along for this wild ride as I navigate beginning a small business and trying to make a go of my Etsy store. Feel free to check it out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RaveDesigns1. I’m just getting started and hope to have a variety of items listed in the near future.

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