Hi, I’m Amanda, and I’m joining the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery team as the new senior editor. What a dynamic history both magazines have….I’m excited to be a part the awesome team that makes it all happen each month.
So, how did I end up here? On the personal side, I’m surrounded by a family of crafty ladies: quilters, expert knitters, and, of course, sewers. My mom sewed many of my clothes (and her own) as I grew up. I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table with her while she struggled with a particularly prickly pocket pattern. I don’t remember when I sewed from a pattern by myself for the first time, but it was probably around 10th grade. I enjoyed the creative challenge of the instructions…and then, of course, wearing my handmade creations proudly.
Several prom dresses, graduation dresses, and maternity tops later, I now enjoy sewing garments for my two-year-old daughter, in addition to about a half dozen quilts and lots of crocheted hats that she won’t wear: maybe next year!! It’s lovely to see my daughter begin her own creative pursuits, which at this point largely consists of sorting buttons and beads (for her “projects”), unraveling ribbon and yarn, and drawing on my sewing machine with permanent marker (quick tip: tea tree oil worked wonders here!).
On the professional end of the spectrum, I majored in English at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, but I hadn’t yet thought to combine my creative passions with my professional ones. After a few inspiring internships and obtaining a graduate degree in Professional Writing and Editing from the University of Cincinnati, I worked for Lark Crafts as a craft book editor, then needle-arts team leader for several years in Asheville, NC.
I also started creating again at a feverish pace: I fell in love with fusible webbing, made a metric ton of mini quilts, joined a few online quilting bees and the Modern Quilt Guild, and then, with the birth of my daughter, fell back in love with making garments.
Other things about me? I love being outside: I’m no adrenaline junky but I like a nice walk in the woods or a long sit by a mountain stream. I love music, especially to sew to. I love dogs: Violet (my brindle shadow) is my constant companion, whether I’m at the computer or at the sewing machine.
Speaking of which, I have two sewing machines: a Babylock Elizabeth and an older straight stitch Juki that I bought last summer and have since fallen completely in love with. I’m sad to say goodbye to Asheville, NC, but very excited to be making the move to Colorado later this summer with my little family.