If you’re like me, you wonder how you’re going to find the time to do all you want to do. Besides a full-time job, there’s the home stuff—family, laundry, groceries, cooking—you get the idea! And, not that I’m complaining (well, maybe about the laundry), but there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to squeeze everything in. Somehow, Vickie Eapen, designer of Sprinkle of Sunshine in Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts, has found a way to make it all work.
Hi I’m Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts. I’m a full-time dentist and part-time quilt designer. I’m married and have 2 beautiful daughters, age 3 and 9. I have been sewing since I was 8 years old and quilting for over 14. I have done many crafts in the past— crochet, knitting, cross stitch, sculpting, scrapbooking and others—but I continue to come back to quilting.
I began quilting while I was in dental school. I was treating patients all day, working at the local grocery store decorating cakes and still trying to find time for crafting. At the time crochet was my favorite past time. I have since given up crochet and found quilting instead. I wanted to make miniature quilts. What I didn’t know was how much more difficult a miniature could be versus a bed-sized quilt. Simply Quilts was a big help to me. I would tape the shows and watch Alex Anderson over and over again. That is how I learned how to quilt.
Looking back, I would say my first quilt was really made when I was about 11 years old. I recently found it while going through my old doll collection. I used fabric for batting and knit and flannel scraps that my mom had given me. It’s an item that I really cherish and hope that I will be able to pass on my love for fabric and design to my daughters someday.
When I began quilting again 14 years ago, I chose a Log Cabin small quilt from Little Quilts All Through the House. It has a dark blue wonky border.
I didn’t know how to cut borders or any fabric correctly. I cut everything with scissors because I didn’t understand how to use a rotary cutter. Thank goodness for Simply Quilts to get me in the right direction.
I have come a long way in 14 years. After all that time and all the knowledge that I have gained, I still continue to learn—learning from books, magazines, bloggers and friends. Most recently I found a notion I can’t live without. I was binding a quilt while chatting with some quilting pals and my thread knotted up. One gal said “try Thread Heaven”, and so I did. Having bound frustrated for years, with Thread Heaven I can actually say that I don’t dread binding anymore.
Quilting and blogging has really sent me down a path that I hadn’t expected. I have been blessed with the opportunity to design on Moda Bakeshop for over a year now.
I create tutorials for Moda Bakeshop and on my blog. Through Moda and Moda Lissa I was introduced to many amazing people in the quilting industry. And that is how I came to know and design for Quiltmaker. Sprinkle of Sunshine in Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts is my first project for the magazine and I hope there will be many more to come.
If you’d like to read more about my designing adventures, see my newest tutorials and connect with the me check out my blog. I look forward to meeting you.