This is a post I’ve been waiting to write for a long time now! The line of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio sewing patterns is expanding to include licensed designs from some fellow quilt makers and sewists. You’ve seen this in my business before with Angela Walters’ very popular Bleachers pattern and now the program is growing!
I have admired their work for quite some time and am thrilled about bringing their work to sewing patterns. You’ll see their designs popping up in the coming months as printed patterns right next to the designs that I make. It took many months of working with a consultant and an intellectual property lawyer to draw up documents. Then came the design submissions and the writing and testing of the patterns. They are at varying stages of completion and I am excited to show you their work soon! In the meantime, meet the women who are the newest Empty Bobbin Designers:
Krista Fleckenstein, of Spotted Stones
Krista lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and four children. She has been quilting since she was in high school but really started getting serious about fabric when she started her blog, Spotted Stones, in 2010. She has written patterns for the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, Modern Patchwork magazine, and 101 Patchwork Projects magazine.
Kim Eichler-Messmer, of Kim E-M Handmade Quilts
Kim grew up in Iowa. She learned how to sew in 5th grade when she made a quilt out of old shirts with her father. She went on to study engineering, Spanish, Portuguese, drawing, and printmaking before taking a textiles class in 2000. Kim received an MFA in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007. Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous group and solo shows. Kim recently designed a quilt for Pottery Barn Teen and her quilts have been featured in West Elm, Apartment Therapy, and Design Sponge. She currently lives in Kansas City where she does math daily, grows tomatoes, hugs cats, and is an Assistant Professor in the Fiber department of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Lauren Hunt, of My Aunt June
My name is Lauren Hunt, aka Aunt June. I like to draw, which is how I ended up being considered a designer, even though my college degree has something else on it. After school, I grew up and started sewing and craft-blogging, and then Spoonflower.com came along, and allowed anyone who was so inclined to design their own fabric! Wheeeeeee!!! I was smitten, and have been doodling up designs and selling them in my Etsy shop ever since. My aesthetic is influenced by children’s books, 60’s instructional manuals, cartoons, and science textbooks; I love the look that only hand-drawing can give to patterns. I live in Kansas City, Missouri, where my husband Brian and I live in an ancient house that we share with our cat Baxter and our schnauzer-mutt Rufus.
Alexandra Ledgerwood, of Teaginny Designs
Alex Ledgerwood is a designer and quilter who lives in Kansas with her husband and two sons. She enjoys improvisational quilting, sewing with scraps, and making things for her boys. Her work has been published in the magazines Stitch and Modern Quilts Unlimited.
Jessica Levitt, of Juicy Bits
Jessica Levitt has been sewing and quilting since the age of twelve. Always thirsting for some new craft, she has taught herself countless quilting techniques as well as costuming, event design, and home decor. She has also designed several lines of fabric for Windham Fabrics and authored the book Modern Mix. Her degree in engineering from Duke University is now largely unused while she pursues fulfillment in these more creative endeavors. Jessica lives and works in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
There you have it! A group of talented women who have some fabulous work that we are excited to show you over the coming months! You’ll definitely have to stay tuned. If there is a name or face you aren’t familiar with, explore their blogs and see their work for yourself!