I started collecting textiles before I started sewing bags. I enjoy saving them from the entering the rubbish. I have always been drawn to fabrics that were bold, bright, vintage and the more flowers, the better! Stacks of vivid table linens were starting to pile up in a close hidden from view. I wanted to find a way to showcase these beautiful fabrics. I combined my love for bags with my love for textiles and Big Q Little Q was created.
I began sewing not too long before making bags and although I'm the daughter of an avid sewer, I am mostly self taught. I rely on books and you tube videos to help me with my skills. There were many times though I had to phone an expert and my mom would be waiting to give me a midnight lesson via Skype hundreds of miles away. I strive to make each bag better than the last, continually working on my skills and designs.
I find textiles in many places, they can come from the thrift store down the street, the local quilt shop, estate sales or antiques fairs. Some have been given to me by friends or purchased from my favorite Etsy sellers specializing in vintage and designer fabric. The textiles are often rare or purchased in a small quantity, therefore I'm limited to how many times I can use a print, making each bag unique and most one of a kind.
When I'm not sewing, I'm outside in the garden working on my green thumb. I heart rock climbing and drinking lots of coffee. I am a wife to Big Q and a Mama to Little Q. They keep me grounded, they keep me passionate, they keep me loved. We live outside of DC and take advantage of everything that it offers; history, parks, museums, and delicious restaurants. On Saturdays you'll find us making memories in the mountains or walking the fur babies along the Potomac.