Introducing: Erika Bea

Hello Erika! We're so excited that Erika is joining our team of talented designers! She'll be sewing up projects on the Janome 9400QCP this year!

Here's an intro from Erika:

"When I graduated from college in 2006 my husband and mother in law gave me a sewing machine. At the time I had no idea just what an amazing gift that would be. It was a Janome DC3018 and I loved that machine more than I ever imagined! It sewed for miles and miles before I wore it right out! I come from a long line of sewists. My grandmothers both made clothes for themselves and their children, and growing up I watched my mom make so many things for us kids. She even made my wedding dress. But it wasn't until I was pregnant with my first daughter who was born in 2009 that I really got the sewing itch myself. And as soon as I started to scratch it, there was no turning back.

Over the last ten years I've made just a little bit of everything. Hundreds of quilts (quite literally), dresses and skirts for my longer than average girl. I've made dozens of buttonup shirts and skirts and even a few pairs of jeans! I've made most every kind of bag there is, plus bedding and curtains and mending, which is no one's favorite thing to make.

My favorite things to make are quilts. I typically make between 15-30 every year, many of which I keep in stacks and piles around my house, and a couple on every bed. I also enjoy making clothes that will fit my daughter, she is an unusual size and it is always a struggle to find skirts and dresses that are long enough. I have a list of projects a mile long, and I hope that before the end of this year I can knock a few off the list, plus possibly clean up enough of the sewing room floor that I can vacuum the whole floor at the same time."

Be sure to check back on Monday for a super fun skill-building project made by her and her daughter as part of our Summer Sewing Camp Series!

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