Every other week, we’ll be profiling one of our customers to find out a little bit about their sewing life. This week the MD Sewist Spotlight is on Grayson Dempsey.
How long have you been sewing?
Since 2007. The first thing I made was a pillowcase that I loved so much I included it in my birth plan!
Tell us about a favorite recent sewing project.
My all time favorite project that I finished in the spring was the Crazy Nine Patch Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. Elizabeth is an amazing teacher, and she enlarged the pattern to twin size for me so it could cover my daughter’s bed. I originally envisioned it in more pale, vintage pinks but went into Bolt and went nuts over all their bright, tropical-feeling pink fabrics … The end result looked awesome and it makes me so happy that my daughter sleeps every night under something I put so much of my heart into. The first night it was on her bed she said “Mama, I love my quilt.” Best sewing moment ever.
What is your favorite sewing tip/tool?
Favorite tool: Swedish tracing paper! Best advice: Just keep at it. I am amazed at how much I know and can do compared to when I started, and have to remind myself of that when I am frustrated or wish I could do trickier patterns or techniques.
Where do you sew?
I used to sew in a corner of our TV room but recently moved to a new house where I finally have my own sewing room! I am so excited but have to admit that I miss the sort of chaos around me while I sew – I actually considered moving my machine into the dining room the other day just for nostalgia’s sake 🙂
What sewing project(s) do you plan to tackle next?
I need to finish a king size version of the Kitchen Window quilt by Elizabeth Hartman that got abandoned during the stress of moving. After that my goal is to make more clothes for myself – it is so much more fun and easy to sew for my kids, but I get tired of them getting all the compliments!