more about grey dogwood studio
Welcome to Grey Dogwood Studio! Creating quilts is one of my greatest joys. I've been inspired by so many quilting blogs, and I hope to inspire you to be your creative best, too.
I'm lucky to have come from a family that values creativity. I watched Mom sew clothes with her Kenmore machine when I was a kid, and I learned the importance of accuracy from her. Years later, I almost failed a sewing and tailoring class at design school! I've learned how to sew a straight line and the perfect 1/4" seam. Just don't ask me to inset a sleeve or a zipper, ok?!
I've been a quilter for 16 years. I kinda fell into this by accident. After failing miserably to make a queen-sized quilt out of heavy imported French ticking (surely I was crazy?) I was determined to learn the proper techniques. I picked up "Start Quilting With Alex Anderson" and Quick Quilts magazine and I was hooked!
I loved quilt books then, and I love them today. But I also really like the immediacy of quilt blogs, online tutorials, Instagram and Pinterest. I've learned a lot from the quilting community, and you've all helped to make me a better quilter.
I would describe my style as updated vintage cottage. I have a never-ending fascination with classic quilting blocks like log cabins, Dresdens, churn dashes, houses, baskets and stars. I'm happiest when piecing with bright, vintage-y fabrics.
After years of sewing on Mom's old Kenmore, I finally traded up to a Brother Innovis NX-450 a few years ago. It changed my life! No more feed dogs gobbling and shredding my fabric! I also have a Brother PE-700II embroidery machine. And, after years of searching, I recently acquired two Singer Featherweights, one black and one white/green.
After living my entire adult life in NYC, we recently relocated to Southwest Indiana. I definitely feel like a city mouse in the country! I'm finally enjoying all those things that I went without for years - a dishwasher! A washer and dryer! Lots of light in my home office / sewing room! We share our home with our two rescue cats, Chloe and Mia, and they love to watch the cardinals and woodpeckers at the birdfeeder.
When I'm not quilting, I am at work as an executive at a large prestige cosmetic company (I can talk about fragrance for hours... and I often do). In my other spare time, (wait, do I have any spare time?!) I've been trying to explore my new hometown, and Paducah and Nashville are just a few hours away. And I have a rekindled obsession with cooking, baking and collecting cookware (eek those Le Creuset French ovens are heavy).
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about me. I do hope you'll come back for another visit. And feel free to email me here, and you can also leave me a comment on any of my posts.