The face behind My Sew Quilty Life
Hello, I'm Heather!
I'm Heather, the fabric and quilt pattern designer behind My Sew Quilty Life. I stumbled upon quilting in Fall 2017 when I was a newborn photographer. I kept seeing other photographers using old quilt pieces in their newborn photos and I, being the maker I am, decided I would make a quilt to use in my photos. My thought was to make the quilt, drag it through the mud, scuff it up a bit, and make it look as antiqued as possible. I had no clue how long or how much effort went into making a quilt. I decided I would make the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt and then “distress” it. (I am very ambitious if you haven’t picked up on that already.) After spending what felt like over 100,000 hours making all the 1.5” hexies and then hand sewing them together I felt silly for considering trying to distress all my hard work. It was at that moment that I learned to respect quilting and ultimately fell in love with the craft. It took nearly three years to finally finish my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, and I am so happy I have that treasure to pass down.
After falling completely in love with quilting, during the pandemic in 2020, I decided to start My Sew Quilty Life after a desire to leave my demanding full-time job as an Architectural Designer to focus on being a mother, wife, and to just live the simple life. I used my design background to develop my pattern design business and my recognizable brand, My Sew Quilty Life. I have designed and published over 100 quilt patterns under the My Sew Quilty Life brand. My designs have been featured in several quilting magazines.
Most recently, I became a fabric designer with Moda Fabrics. This has been my dream since I started quilting and I can remember a brief time in my childhood wanting to design fabric, I just didn't know how or what that was. I have really enjoyed designing fabric with Moda and my first fabric line, Flower Girl, debuting in September 2023. I have a second collection debuting in April 2024. I’m already working on my third and I still pinch myself every day that I get to do what I love for a living.
Recently, I have been diving into my family history and have been discovering a huge line of quilters in my family. I now know where my desire and love of quilts come from. I wish so dearly I could have met some of them, but for now, I hope they are celebrating me and all my quilty things from above.
Things I love:
My Lord and Jesus Christ!
Antique Floral Quilts - ALL Floral Quilts!
Any cute sewing room decoration
The color pink
All types of painting, drawing, anything artistic
All types of crafts: crochet, knitting, cross stitching
Cottage Style architecture
Our very special quilting community!
I‘ve been married to Mr. My Sew Quilty Life (Zach) for 14 years. We have one son, Seth (13) who keeps us very busy with his love of sports, specifically baseball and basketball. We have a spunky goldendoodle named Griffey (catch the baseball reference?). I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the beautiful state of South Carolina. I have lived in many different states and moved over 15 times in the past 14 years, but I think we found our “for a while” home here in South Carolina. I have family all over and I enjoy traveling to visit them throughout the year, and even stopping by my favorite quilt shops along the way.
Don’t be shy, come say hi!
I was interviewed on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast.
Take a listen here: Episode 554
Magazine Design Features:
Heart on a String - Quilts & More 2022
Peppermint Party - Quilts & More 2022
Christmas Garland - Cover Quilt American Patchwork and Quilting 2022
Firecracker - American Patchwork and Quilting 2023
Kanbraksa - All Kansas and Nebraska Shop Hop 2022
Let’s Stitch - All Illinois Shop Hop Magazine 2022
Stuff the Stockings - Quilters World 2023
+ more coming in 2024!