Meet the newest member of the Quiltmaker Team: Shayla + Giveaway!

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Hello Quilty Friends! My name is Shayla. Some of you may know me if you have won a prize, or had a question about one of our patterns. I am the newest member of the Quiltmaker Team. My official job title is Editorial Assistant and my days include:

  • Emailing, lots of emailing! Which sounds pretty mundane, and somedays it is. But other days I get to communicate with our talented designers, see what our amazing readers have created and help someone solve a question! Those are fun days!
  • Packaging and Mailing.  Another not so glamorous part of the job, but when I have to mail approximately 200 mugs out, I see it as a challenge! (I feel worse for the mail man!)  Besides, all the sweet words from prize winners are definitely worth it!

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  • Help run the contests and blog-hops! It is so much fun to give stuff away!
  • Pick fabric for color options. I just got to pick out 10 different Christmas/holiday/winter themed fabric lines for our Christmas in July Color-options and giveaway!
  • Sew-to-Speak column. That’s right… when you send in pictures, I personally look at them! It is my devastatingly hard decision every issue to choose what reader’s renditions get put into the Sew-to-Speak column. There are so many beauties to choose from!  I am currently in the editing stages for the May/June issue!
  • Excel sheets… I make a lot, I mean A LOT of Excel sheets. It is the only way I can keep track of what is going on, when, where, and for whom!
  • My favorite task has been designing goodies for this years Block Party in Portland. I have been working on mugs, buttons and hoodies! They are fun!
  • Another one of my favorite jobs is making and publishing the Quilty Quotes every Monday. Our talented graphic designer, Denise Stark, designed the layout. So, all I do is change the colors, words and art. But I enjoy it! And since it is Monday… here is the latest addition to Quilty Quotes from Quiltmaker:

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So, that just about sums up what I do on a daily basis…. it seems like a lot when I stop and write it all down!  Now, you might ask how I got into the quilting world.  The truth is, I can’t ever remember not being in it! My grandma taught me to sew when I was six and I have been sewing and designing ever since!

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This is me and my little sister, Alayna, next to the very first quilt I entered into a show.

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This is my grandma, Mary Ellen, and I with my first applique quilt.

Now, three generations of us work in all aspects of the quilting world. My grandma works at Buggy Barn, an amazing quilt shop in Reardon, Washington; my mom is a long-arm quilter and designs patterns with me; and I worked for the amazing pattern designer, Sue Marsh, and now I work here!

Here are few little tidbits about me:

  • I LOVE to travel! My most recent adventure was to Iceland.
  • I always have a camera in my hand or an arms length away.
  • If I had to wear one pair of shoes for the rest of my life, I’d pick Converse! It is a goal of mine to own a pair in every color.
  • I am a recent Architecture School graduate.
  • I have three dogs that I love more than most people.
  • Orange is my favorite color!
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Left: Goðafoss, Iceland. Right: Bauer, my Bernese Mountain dog (it was Halloween, I don't normally dress him up).

Now, to the good stuff…. Giveaways! I have three 100 Blocks Volume 1 issues begging to be given away! All you have to do is comment on this post by Tuesday, February 26 at 11:59 PM and tell me when you started sewing or something we have in common!

The winners of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 1 issues are: Christi (#26), Kaye Littles (#44) and Jane Nachand (#28). Thank you to everyone who participated! It was fun to learn a little about everyone!

About Shayla

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. I have been making quilts since I was six and now have my own pattern design company, Sassafras Lane Designs. Outside of sewing I enjoy photography, spending time with my family, traveling the world and playing with my 3 dogs.
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112 Responses to Meet the newest member of the Quiltmaker Team: Shayla + Giveaway!

  1. Nancy Sue says:

    Welcome, Shayla! My mom taught me to sew beginning with hand sewing. I began with simple hemming of pillowcases, napkins, etc. Don’t remember my exact age but it was early 60′s, so I had to be around 5 or 6. Then, after mastering stitching a straight line with my hemming she switched it up and taught me the actual cross-stitching of the pillowcases. From there I progressed to different embroidery stitches. I watched her while she sewed clothes for herself and me at her sewing machine. It wasn’t long before I was practicing sewing a straight line using her sewing machine…how grown-up I felt making that jump to using the machine.

  2. Leanne says:

    nice to get to know you shayla – I love my dog too and I also love the colour orange :)

  3. Elaine Egging says:

    I cannot remember when I actually started sewing, but remember going over to the church with mom on quilt day, and seeing the boxes of fabric (large) that they pulled out to use. I knew that I was too young to sew, but if someone would have offered to let me help I would have jumped at the chance. I didn’t start quilting until I was 26, but had made many of my clothes since junior high.

  4. Darrilyn M says:

    Congratulations! I’m a dog lover too.

  5. Margaret Harrington says:

    Oh my goodness. My mom and gramma taught me to sew doll clothes when I was 8 years old. Took Home Ec in high school and majored in Foods and Nutrition with several classes in sewing in college. Now I quilt for my great granddaughters. I have sewn all my life from 8 on and really enjoy the process.

  6. Kathy Lancaster says:

    I think I have always known how to sew. My Gramma and Mom were both sewers, Gramma had a treadle and Mom had a Kenmore that I have now. I also love to travel and because my husband and I spent 20 years in the Navy, we have seen a lot of the USA.

  7. Heather says:

    I am a quilter ‘wannabe’, and attend quilt shows. I haven’t figured out what sewing machine would be best, but am buying fabric anyway! Hopefully I will do my grandma proud and start quilting soon. Would love a magazine!

  8. Penny says:

    I started sewing as a child making potholders. Later on I sewed clothing for myself and then for my kids. Now I quilt and find the ideas endless. not enough hours in my day! Am always on the lookout for new ideas and patterns.

  9. kwiltnkats says:

    Great photo of you in Iceland. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of traveling, but never quite make it far from my part of the woods. Not many share the love of ORANGE! Look forward to opportunities with you in the future. Sandi

  10. Ruth says:

    Thanks for sharing about your new job. My Mom always sewed our clothes when I was growing up. I took Home Ec but never did enjoy making clothing. Before my daughter was born, I wanted to make a quilt for her, so I made a simple block quilt and stitched it in the ditch as the quilting. It wasn’t until I was recovering from cancer surgery (2002) that I decided that I wanted to learn how to quilt on a long arm machine. I’ve enjoyed making quilts for others (especially the grandkids!) since then.

  11. Judy says:

    It’s very nice to meet you. You’ve accomplished a lot for someone who looks so young! :)
    I first started sewing when I was around 13. Now I have such a big stash for making things that I have literally taken over the house.

  12. KT says:

    I don’t actually remember learning to sew–my mother must have taught me when I was very young. She used to sew a lot of clothes for me when I was little, along with matching dresses for my dolls and I would take the scraps and fashion dresses for my barbies. By the time I was in jr. high I was making some of my own clothes. I only really started quilting a few years ago, though.

  13. Joyce Mitchell says:

    My mom started me sewing doll clothes by hand a very very long time ago. When I was in high school, college & grad school, I sewed most of my clothes, but stopped when I started my career. My youngest sister got me into quilting about 7 years ago and I’m hooked. Thanks.

  14. Liz says:

    I think I began sewing before I was walking. Haha. My mom was always sewing and I was sewing right along with her with my little kid sewing machine. Making clothes. One of my favorite toys was lacing cards! I started quilting about 6 years ago.

  15. Judy says:

    I started sewing when I was old enough to join the 4-h sewing group. I was in grade school so I am guessing that I was probably in about the 4th grade.

  16. Judy Forkner says:

    I remember making doll clothes & doing little embroideries when I must have been around 6. Learned to make simple clothing in my early teens. Sewed for my kids when I was a young mom. Started quilting in my 50s. Quilting has taught me so much patience!

  17. Carla G says:

    I started sewing as a teenager with my mom’s guidance… but then didn’t show much until after my own kids were a few years old when I picked it up on my own. And now I’ve been sewing clothes & bags for about 5-6 years and quilting for less than a year. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  18. ritainalaska says:

    i started sewing 66 years ago … my granma taught me … i started with doll blankies and doll clothes, then my own clothes, then for my family right down to my teenage greats. not one of them would pick up a needle and thread. sigh.

  19. Phyllis Hensley says:

    I started sewing at about 14yrs old on my grandmother singer sewing machine ,loved to and I started to quilting about 3 yrs ago I love quilting now ,it such peace about sewing plus what you design in quilting ,it great to have you with us .

  20. Brenda Cornell says:

    I think we both both got the sewing bug as children. I can remember fabric and sewing machines more than pretty well anything else. We also both love our dogs.

  21. Neecie Selby says:

    Nice to meet you, Shayla. We have a few things in common~ namely sewing since childhood. My Mom taught me to sew when I was six, in the first grade. She would give me ‘scraps’ from whatever sewing project she was working on and I would make clothes for my dolls with them. I started using patterns for ‘real sewing’ when I learned to read, about the second grade. She was fantastic and very encouraging.
    I also love to travel, my latest trip was to Alaska and Canada. I love going to places I have not been, trying to go someplce new each year. This year I plan to broaden my grandchildrens horizons with a Disney cruise to the Bahamas.
    I have loved taking photos of people and nature as long as I can remember. I bought a new high-zoom camera for the trip to Alaska, and absolutely love it! I was able to get fantastic photos of whales and bald eagles, plus huge hunks of glaciers calving into the sea. Wow!
    I sewed a few small quilts as a teenager, winning forst prize at the fair with a lovely baby cradle sized qult/pillow combination. I made my babies each one, but as a grandmother, I have set about quilting in a much more passionate way. I’ve given several away to faily members; did a memory quilt for a close friend, and have just finished one for my first baby grandaughter, due any day now. This is the first one I have designed all by myself, and I braved a new(to me) very old technique~ Prairie Points. I was amazed how easily they came about, and glad I decided to try. I’m about to make another for her that I am designing in my head, hopefully with as much success as the first one.
    I am helping a couple of my friends who are also new to quilting, mostly with moral support, hehe. I think that is the best gift we, as women, can give each other. I helped in quilting bees at the local fair several times, hand finishing the quilting, and found a timeless beauty in the comraderie shared.
    It was lovely reading about you, and I hope you enjoy your new position as much as it seems from what you wrote.

  22. Carmen says:

    Technically I started sewing when I was 11, but neither my mom nor my aunt were very successful in getting me interested (maybe because I *always* jammed the machine!). I’m just starting to get back into sewing and realize I have far more patience for it than I had then.

  23. I started sewing when I was young and have been sewing on and off since then. I also never leave home without my camera, love taking photos.


  24. Darlene Crosby says:

    We have a lot in common…I LOVE dogs and I LOVE to quilt! I am new to quilting, but enjoying every minute of it. I have three wonderful grandsons, age 7 months to 6 years old, and the first quilts I made are one for each of them. A wonderful hobby.

  25. jmniffer says:

    I first sewed in Home Ec back in 1978, finished my project and didn’t sew again until five years ago. A good friend got me interested in quilting and I’ve been at it ever since.

  26. Elisabeth says:

    Uh…well…we lived in the same house for 3 years. I’d say that’s something in common! Congrats, Shay-Shay. Miss you! (PS–Don’t pick me for the giveaway. I just wanted to say hi.)

  27. mary myrup says:

    I started with 4H. My sister helped. From there I took as many classes as I could.
    I remember taking classes from your mom.
    In fact one class I took 4 times until I understood it.
    I still. Love her. Good luck on your adventure.

  28. Pat Marcum says:

    I got started quilting about 4 years ago and since then I’ve learnt so much. My sister n law asked me one night to help her hand stitch a border and I honestly never enjoyed sewing but I got hooked right then and there. I also love my dogs and two of them are therapy dogs, one is our “granddog” who is a pitbull but the best therapy dog and then I’ve got Monk who is a schnoodle. I have yet to keep a quilt I’ve made but maybe one day. I just had great twin nephews born and so it’s twin quilts I’m getting ready to do. My husband and I are retired and we have a camper and when we bought it we got one with a extra room so I could taking my sewing machine and materials with me. Have quilter will travel.

  29. Christine Bowens says:

    I started sewing when I wanted to make Barbie doll clothes when I was about 8 or 9..and have been sewing ever since. Quilting by far is my favorite thing to do.

  30. Donna Amos says:

    What a nice way to get acquainted with you, Shayla. The article is great. It is so nice to find a young lady with so many interests and talents. Although I am old enough to be your grandmother, we do have many things in common. Excel spreadsheets for one, and of course all sorts of sewing and quilting. I started sewing when I was 14 years old, taught by my Mom, and then in High School Home Ed. I always made all of my clothes, from my prom dress to business suits as the years went by. I started quilting in earnest when I retired in 1999. I still love it and sew something almost every day.
    Congratulations on your new job. Sounds like lots of challenges.

  31. Linda Webster says:

    I started learning embroidery stitches from my mom when I was about six. Then when I took Home Ec in school I started sewing clothes. I was about 32 when I started quilting and now I make quilts instead of clothes!

  32. Florence Dupuis says:

    My mother and grandmother were both sewers, so it was only natural that I would be a sewer. I had home ec in Junior High that helped me hone my sewing skills. I have made clothes, curtains, tablecloths, Ragetty Ann and Andys in several sizes, doll clothes and the past 25 years quilts. And that is where my love lies now.

  33. Elizabeth Augustine says:

    Welcome to your latest adventure! Sounds like it has been amazing so far. I’m a 4 th generation (or more) quilter. My mom, grandmother & great grandmother all quilted too. I guess it is appliqued to my DNA. With an architecture background, you should be a natural success in the position!

  34. Joan Figlar says:

    I started sewing at a young age, too; because I would just love to sit and watch my grandmother sew also.

  35. Betty Bakie says:

    Hi Shayla. I really enjoyed reading your story of your quilting journey. I used to work with your Grandma at the quilt shop and remember you coming into the shop. I am so
    happy to see how well you are doing. I still enjoy quilting and especially enjoy applique. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Patti says:

    I first learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine :-) The project I most enjoyed working on was a memory quilt for my Dad and Mom’s surprise 40th Anniversary party! I’m currently making memory bears from my late husband’s work shirts for all of the kids (and one for me too). Then it will be on to quilts for all of the grandkids made from his clothes.

  37. Patricia says:

    I started sewing in eighth grade. I made my first quilt in 2002 and haven’t stopped since! Funny little tidbit worth sharing: I rediscovered my 8th grade teacher when I joined my local quilt guild. We live a state away from the school and she’s now 92…how cool is that?!! Thanks sew much for this chance to win. :-D

  38. I started sewing in 7th grade, my teacher was making her daughter’s wedding dress mockup out of muslin and used me as a model because I was about the same size!

  39. Ginny R says:

    I too have 3 dogs (pomeranians) that I love like children – who happen to be furry and eat off the floor! I started sewing when I was in high school. I taught myself, bought a pattern, read the directions and sewed. Never took home ec. My grandmother quilted. I remember helping her cut fabric using cardboard templates.

  40. Kris B says:

    I remember playing with cans of old buttons before I could sew. Then my mom bought me a pattern and felt for Troll clothes that were hand sewn before I could use a machine. I am not sure what age I was but sewing and now quilting is a large part of my life.

  41. Barb Skinner says:

    Welcome aboard! My Mother, who was a beautiful seamstress, tried to teach me to sew as a teenager but it wasn’t until I was older, (matured), that I really had the patience to learn. Now I love to sew and quilt and wish Mom was still with us, I know she would be proud.

  42. vicki macina says:

    Welcome, Shayla! I started sewing when i was a little girl. Both of my grandmothers quilted and taught me how to sew by hand. I loved it then and I love it now!

  43. Sue says:

    I started sewing in Jr. HIGH school. Sewed during my young adult ages to Cut costs. When my first grandson was born 13 years ago I wanted to make a quilt. Took a few lessons and have been quilting ever since!

  44. E. Engman says:

    Ooops, forgot to mention sewing history: my mom taught me to sew, probably in 7th grade (not really sure)–late ’50′s. I remember very well my first project, a gathered skirt, in a plaid/checkered pattern in aqua, lavender, and white. I loved that material. Her sewing machine had a knee “pedal” instead of a floor one.

  45. Sue says:

    Glad to meet you! I’ve been sewing forever and have been through many phases:clothes for me, for my husband, for the two kids, and now I quilt almost exclusively! I really enjoy sewing.

  46. E. Engman says:

    However did you get from Architecture to quilt stuff and and magazine blog?

  47. Jean says:

    I stared to sew when I joined 4-H at age 10 and I’ve been sewing ever since. Have made most of my clothes in past years, even my wedding dress. Then sewed for our family of seven, yes, even for the boys and all the Halloween costumes. Then a period of having to work outside the home, and then started quilting in ’93. Joined a quilt guild in ’99 after I had to quit work to care for my husband who had Alzheimers disease. Since he died I’ve continues to quilt and also make school bags for missions for our church. 75 so far this year.

  48. Brenda Hodnett says:

    Started sewing Barbie clothes when I was a preteen. Made a lot of my own clothes later. Have begun quilting since I retired. Just love it especially with my new machine my husband purchased for me.

  49. Kelly Crosby says:

    I hated sewing in my home ec class! Couldn’t figure out what my mom enjoyed about it. Until about 5 years ago, I had six weeks off between jobs and needed something to keep me busy. I made a quilt for my husband and I haven’t stopped since. I still don’t “sew” much, but I lobe quilting!!

  50. Becky G. says:

    I started learning to sew when i was around 4..not more than 5 yrs. old. My Mom taught me beginning with a button, a piece of muslin, and some thread. I was given 1 needle and told that if I lost it – it would NOT be replaced if I was so careless. I moved onto quilting when I was around 8/9 yrs. old. My Mom always told me that she would NEVER teach me anything on a machine that I did not know how to do by hand :) I thank her to this day. I still have the Fiskars she presented to me – after I had “worked them off” when I began learning how to quilt and after I had made my first shirt. I still have them, along with others now. I also have the thimble she gave me, which rests now on my pinky :) and still used.

  51. Connie Thomas says:

    Hi, I started sewing with my grandma at a very young age. She taught me, I really enjoyed the time that I got to spend with her. My mom said I called her my new grandma because she always made me something new. I have 4 dogs that are my best friends. They are a wonderful addition to my family. I love to travel and get to Florida as often as I can. I don’t get to go overseas but one time i made it to the Azores. Sandles are my favorite shoe so I can get them off quickly. :) I love to take pictures I have a great camera and really enjoy looking the pictures of where I have been and our family outings. I have been having such a good time reading about you and your new job. Good luck at all that you do and God bless.

  52. Mary Kay says:

    I learned to sew freshman year of high school and haven’t stopped since. At first it was for economic reasons, now it is for creative reasons. It’s good to do what you love and that sounds like what you are doing!

  53. Rina Mason says:

    I taught myself to sew at eleven or twelve. I started so I could made my own clothes and have been quilting for about forty years. The thing I have in common with you is that I love to travel and always have my camera with me.

  54. Ali M says:

    I started sewing 20 years ago and made 1.5 dresses. Then two years ago I actually threaded my machine again and after a year of sewing garments found my way to quilting which is SO much more rewarding if you’re not …a perfect sorta sewer ;)

  55. DianeH says:

    Hi Shayla! Fabulous post on your new position. My mother sewed and I loved ‘helping out’. Then in Home Economics at school I made my first quilt. It wasn’t great but it set me off on my quilting journey. Many many years later I used that quilt to bury my very beloved dog, Buddy in. So it was special right til the end.

  56. Sharon Osborne says:

    I started sewing in elementary school. Not sure exactly when but a L O N G time ago. I also love to travel and I have 3 dogs too. They are loved way too much and spend a lot of time in my sewing room.

  57. Kaye Littles says:

    I’ve been sewing since I was 10 years old. I was taught by my older (18 years) sister. She always told me to learn to sew because she was not sewing for me all my life. So, I learned to sew. First it was clothes for myself and my mama. Then I went to kids clothes for my 2 kids. My daughter was a freshman in high school before she had a dress bought at the store. She always wanted me to make her clothes. Then about 15 years ago the quilting bug caught me and the rest is history. I keep one in the frame and one going on the machine all the time.

  58. Kathy A Lohberger says:

    I started sewing some when my husband bought me my first sewing machine in life ever, 24 years ago–but only made about 2 items. Then 13 years ago I got more curious about learning to quilt–WITH QUILTMAKER!! My first quilt was “Rainforest,” and it was made in my first quilt class of paper piecing. Now I can’t stop.

  59. Pat Parkin says:

    I started sewing at an early age. My mother was a sewer and taught me quite a bit. I too learned a lot in Home Ec! I’ve done a lot of craft sewing, clothing construction, children’s projects, and my latest and greatest love: quilting! My sister and I have designed some patterns and collaborate on many quilt projects.
    So glad to hear that you love the quilting world too! Congrats on your new job!

  60. Becky R. Humble says:

    Hello Shayla, congratulations on the new job!! I also started sewing Barbie clothes when I was young. My mom sewed a lot & I had an excellent 4-H sewing leader whom I learned so much from!! I
    ve sewn garments for my family since I was married, & started quilting about 5 years ago. It is very habit forming!!

  61. Bev Muzeroll says:

    Welcome Shayla to your new job which sound very exciting and I am sure you are so busy that you do not have time to be bored with it.

    I too love traveling, however only in the USA as you see, I have never flown and never care to. Train, bus or car is fine with me.

    I started sewing in high school and kept it up for a while and then stopped. Then in the last three years I have started sewing and teaching myself quilting with the blogs, tutorials etc and I am having a blast. If I make something once and do it again and find an easier way then I make a note of that for the next time. Or if it does not come out right, I will take the time and rip it out and start from scratch again.

    I have made baby quilts, wall hangings, quilts for beds etc. Have a good day and enjoy your job. :)

  62. Carol Vickers says:

    My mom taught me to sew and later I took Home Ec in high school (wow, I’m dating myself as I don’t think that’s been offered for quite a while). I started quilting when a friend talked me into taking a class with her and I’ve been hooked ever since!
    Looking forward to seeing you on Quiltmaker sites!

  63. Val says:

    Welcome. I started sewing as a child but didn’t get to quilting until I had my first daughter – I started by taking an evening class when she was 8 months old thanks to my lovely mother in law.
    Like you, I LOVE to travel.

  64. Cheryl says:

    I learned to sew at a young age, too. Started out because I wanted to make some clothes for my dolls. I made my first quilt when I was pregnant with my first daughter. And… I’d love to travel to Iceland someday. :-)

  65. Mom C says:

    I’ve been sewing for over 50 years. I don’t remember when I didn’t. I love to travel and I envy your trip to Iceland, it’s on my bucket list.Thanks.

  66. Maryellen says:

    So nice to meet you! I love Bernese Mountain Dogs! I would love to have one. I have a chocolate lab mix right now. Thanks for all you to to make this fun.

  67. Betty says:

    I started sewing as soon as my mother would allow me to use a needle and thread. After I graduated to the sewing machine, I soon started making my own clothing and I can remember wearing things I made for myself when I was in 4th grade. My first paid job was making my older sister’s maternity clothes when I was 15. I worked as a dressmaker for many years, helped my MIL with her craft business, made doll clothes and made a few quilts during that time. For the last several years I am only interested in making quilts, I’m addicted!

  68. Patti says:

    I have been sewing for quite some time, and learned from my mom when I was in grade school. I sewed some of my own clothes in high school. I started quilting many years later after I was married.

  69. Kathleen Frye says:

    I started to sew when I was about 4. My mother taught me the running stitch. Then at age 10 her best friend introduced me to her sewing machine. Been using one for 50 years now. Took Sewing I & II and Tailoring in high school. (Taught by nuns) Love quilting. I belong to two Quilting for Charity groups, one I helped start.

  70. Raina Lafayette says:

    I learned to sew around age 13 I hated it as a teenager my brother was making his own clothing line and I was forced to help him. As an adult I have been getting back into it and now I am greatful for him planting the seed, Ive been sewing for th last couple of years and learned to quilt over a year ago and really enjoy it.

  71. Judy Prescott says:

    So wonderful to formally meet you after having talked to you (via e-mail) in the past! Besides quilting, I love dogs also and I would like the next dog I get to be a Bernese Mtn. Dog! Looking forward to hearing from you in the future!!!

  72. Maria Kievit says:

    Have been sewing since I was 8 years old, back in Holland, and learned from school, and my mother, who also is a very accomplished seamstress. I took some quilting lessons a couple of years ago, and I combine these two passions. I also have a daughter who at present is enrolled in Carleton U for her architectural degree. Thanks for a wonderful offer of the magazine. Would love to get number one!

  73. Jane Nachand says:

    I loved reading about your daily life because it resonated passion. I know what passion in sewing feels like and it is really hard to surpass that feeling. I first started sewing apparel at age 13. Then I quit sewing as I engaged in a very stressful, demanding, but rewarding career in the telecom business. At 41 they offered me a buyout retirement plan which I took. It then became my goal to return to my passions–sewing and quilting and gardening. It is a lifelong pursuit and everyday is filled with excitement as I search websites for new ideas, fabrics and techniques. Thank you for your website as I feel I can really connect with you everytime I access it.

  74. Karlene says:

    Congratulations on the new job. Sounds as though you are the perfect person to get it done. I started sewing when I was very young and have never stopped. Love to travel but no longer have the means to do so. I love dogs too.

  75. Christi says:

    I grew up with a mother that was a excellent, but never had time or patience to teach any of us kids. I have always been a crafter, knitter, cross-sticher, but now at the age of 53 my husband has said “retire and learn to quilt”. What a great man. I have a friend helping me learn and am going to monthly “Sew Fun” classes. All the grandkids got small TV size rag quilts for Christmas and now I am starting a tabletop quilt for myself. Love it…

  76. mjb says:

    I started sewing clothes when I was 10 and quilts about 5 years ago!

  77. DiAnn Schaefer says:

    My Mom taught me to sew, she also made most of my clothes growing up. I also made most of my girls clothes too. A friend of mind introduced me to quilting aboout
    ten years ago, and I love it. I’d love to win the 100 blocks voume 1 issue!!

  78. susan rizzi says:

    I learned to sew when I was nine. However, I learned at the Singer Sewing Machine school because my mother had bought a new machine and it came with lessons to learn to sew. I was the only kid in the class amongst all the women. My mother was a terrific seamtress and didn’t need the lessons and didn’t want to teach me her “bad habits”. The machine probably was very expensive at the time because I can remember complaining that I wanted to be in the class for children but was told that the lessons that came with the machine were for the more “expensive” class. I used to sew all my own clothes but now only do patchwork.

    Like you I love dogs! Good luck and welcome to your new job.

  79. Jan Myhre says:

    Shayla, your job sounds like a dream come true. What fun to be involved in quilting at such a creative level. I’ve been sewing since age twelve. Over the years I’ve made maternity clothes, doll clothes, Halloween costumes (my own designs), Christmas decor and have been quilting for fourteen years. Now, at age 71, I make quilts for friends and family and charity quilts as well. You might say we have quilting in common, but I also know your gramma. It’s no wonder she is so proud of you. Keep calm and keep quilting!

  80. Christine M says:

    I’m not too sure how I started sewing. Perhaps at school. Neither my grandmother or mother ever sewed, so it didn’t come from them! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  81. Hmmm, what do we have in common? Well, I have TWO dogs that I love more than most people. One of my sons’ favorite color is orange. And I think I also have almost exactly the same hair as you right now, same texture and haircut, except mine is darker. Oh, and I once had a job as an Assistant Editor, but it was for a law digest publication, so I didn’t get to play with any fabric there at all.

  82. Vivian says:

    I started sewing 7 years ago and just recently, within the past 3 years have taken it seriously. MOST of your job sounds like fun. I like the introductions to the people on the blog.

  83. LizaA says:

    Welcome and congratulations on the new job! Something we have in common–Excel spreadsheets!!! Love them.

  84. Barb J says:

    Wow, you have a great job! Wanna trade? ;>
    Let’s see, when did I start sewing? I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t sewing or doing something crafty. My grandmother was a seamstress, and my mother used to make Barbie doll clothes for my sisters and me. So I guess I come by it naturally. I made my first quilt the summer after I graduated from high school because I wanted a unique bedspread for my college dorm room. It was a nine-patch with sashings, made out of polyester-cotton fabrics. None of corners matched up and the batting bunched up when I did the stitch-in-the ditch quilting by machine, but I was hooked!

  85. Claudia says:

    My mother taught me to embroider when I was 5, and I have been sewing ever since. She made all my clothes growing up. I’ve been to the Buggy Barn. It is a 2-3 hr drive from Colfax. I too love my camera. One of my quilts has been featured in “Sew-to-Speak”. I’m more of a cat person, but I am not complete without a pet. Oh, yes….. I am very STABLE. You should see my studio.

  86. Becky Ball says:

    Hi, Shayla – it’s nice to see what you look like! My mother taught me to embroider when I was 4 or 5 and of course I had the famous sewing cards. I learned to sew on a machine when I was 12, made a few quilt blocks then, but didn’t make my first quilt – baby – until I was 19. Fast forward through garment and doll clothes sewing until about 1979 then I began a bit of quilting. It really picked up in the 90s, and now quilt making is all I do, even though the granddaughters would like more doll clothes. I know, more info than you wanted.

  87. Rana says:

    Welcome aboard! Love the quotes and maybe our paths will cross in Portland!

  88. Tina L says:

    Congratulations Shay! They are blessed to have you!

  89. Bernie W says:

    Congratulations Shayla. I’ve never sewed but I’ve packed a few boxes in my day. Miss you at Whistlepig, but wish you the very best at your new job. We haven’t forgotten that you are holding some of our goods hostage for a ransom of lunch. We will have to do that soon.


  90. MaryEllen Lauhary says:

    Oh Shayla. I am so proud of you! You are an amazing young woman and I am blessed to have you in my life.. We have a lot in common–too much to mention! My mom didn’t sew but she encouraged me to learn and it has been so much fun passing knowledge to the next generations. Your job sounds fascinating Lucky you!

  91. Patricia Lyman says:

    I was tired just reading all that you accomplish in a day…whew! I love taking classes from you & your mom. Sorry to have missed the most recent one!

  92. Sheryl Andrews says:

    Good luck on your “Quiltmaker” adventure. Like most of your readers, I’m an evolving quilter, have been doing it for a number of years, but am always finding something new to excite me in the craft. I think the thing you and I might have in common is a love of “tri’s.” The dog in my life is a black, white, and copper colored Australian Shepherd. Tri’s rule.

  93. Nancy A says:

    I almost always carry a camera with me too. Thanks for the chance to win!

    On a side note, is there going to be a scrap sale to benefit Project Linus at your offices this year? I had so much fun the last two years and am hoping you are continuing the tradition.

  94. PennyDog says:

    Hi Shayla! I have a relatively similar job but not for a magazine, I did use to edit a craft magazine though about 2 years ago. I also love my dog more than most people- Bauer is such a great name, whether it’s after the skate brand or Jack ;) I might even pinch that for my next one!

  95. Cathryn H says:

    I’ve been sewing since I was in Jr. High School when I took Home Ec and I LOVE to travel, it’s my budget that doesn’t. I work on computers and do excel spreadsheets, but they don’t keep track of what I do. I’m an accounting clerk and they are part of my job. I love your job description and I’ve been blessed to get one of those emails from you when I won fat quarters from a blog post. Keep up the good work!

  96. Becky Greene says:

    Congrats on the new job – it would be so wonderful to be surrounded by all that quilty goodness! I also love to travel and my favorite place in the whole world is Ettal, Germany – a quiet village in the German Alps. Enjoy the job!!!

  97. Sophie says:

    I have been sewing as long as I can remember. I learned to quilt about 12 years ago, when I lived in a small town and wanted to participate in the group quilt made each year as a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department. Like you, I love to travel and always have a camera with me.

  98. Bernie S says:

    I started sewing when I took a summer school class when I was 13, and sewed off and on (mostly off) for years. I never quilted until four years ago when I made I Spy quilts for my twin grandchildren. I am almost totally internet (one evening project at my LQS) taught and those first two quilts were really pretty bad. I am finishing up my 11th quilt now, and I am getting better. Practice may never make me perfect, but it will make be a better quilter.

  99. Georgia MacDonald says:

    I took sewing in Home Ec. In jr. High. I guess I just gave away my age. I’ve sewed on and off over the years.

  100. Annaleena Horning says:

    My mother taught me to sew. First I made clothes for my barbie dolls and then later at school I made few clothes for myself. I had a chance to spend a year in the States (Minnesota) and there I saw some beautiful quilts. I bought a log cabin kit and brought it home to Finland. The log cabin quilt turned out to a nice quilt and ever since that successful moment I have been hooked on quilts.

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