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Quilting from the Road

Hello, Quilters! My name is Katie and I am a quilter.  I am a fabric lover and a quilt-aholic. 

I have a small business called Modern Cottage Creations which allows me to put my skills with a sewing machine to use and also feeds my quilting addiction.  With my business I have been selling my handmade bags, table runners, and baby things at arts and crafts fairs in Wisconsin, in addition to doing some neat custom work.  Now, with the kick off Fat Quarter Quilting’s new and improved website, I am launching my new blog.  For those of you who are long time shoppers at Fat Quarter Quilting, you may remember seeing me at the shop.  I spent a lot of fun time working at Fat Quarter and once I moved across the border, my time at the shop ended.  With the launch of the new site I am happy to collaborating with this extremely creative group once again (even if I can only be cyber-present now). 

In addition to being a quilter and attempting to begin my own sewing business, I work many different jobs throughout the year.  One of them happens to be working with a travelling carnival. Last week we packed up many of our things into our house trailer and hit the road for the summer.  At home I have a great sewing room with a sewing table, ironing table, and cutting table with plenty of room to lay out my quilts.

Now that we are in our house trailer my sewing space also happens to be the kitchen table. My kitchen table/sewing table also has to work interchangeably as my cutting table and ironing board. 

With this small space some might be discouraged by sitting down to work on a new quilting project, but, like Tim Gunn might say on Project Runway, I “Make it work!” When you love fabric and quilting as much as I do it is harder to think about leaving the sewing machine at home than to worry about quilting in a small space. 

I love to stay busy and make productive use of my time so I plan to have lots of great quilting projects and ideas to share with you. This is the first blog that I have written and I hope that you will bear with me while I find my blogging way and please, enjoy the ride!


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