Belle Quilt designer Seams Sew Me

Hey ya'll,
       I'm
Belle.

... which my husband nicknamed me because I'm Southern girl through and through.

 

Do you enjoy making lovely quilty things as much as I do? Yes? Then I'm really glad you found Seams Sew Me.

 

I love sharing my passion for quilting, pattern design, and modern notions with others. Check out my blog for posts on all things quilty. You can also find my quilt patterns here, view lovely notions in my Etsy shop, or learn more about making your quilting guild a lovely place through guild training. 

 

Or, just read on to learn more about me! I'm delighted that you've joined me. Now let's make lovely quilty things together!

My Lovely Quilty Story

Quilting began as a hobby at the onset of the 2020 pandemic and as a way to create joy for not only myself, but for others by gifting them quilty goodness. Little did I know I would become hooked to all things quilty! My only regret is that I didn't discover it sooner than age 45. I am a self-taught quilter thanks to YouTube University, a lot of trial, error ('teaching moments' as we say in our home) and patience. One of the fun things that also came out of making quilts is my small Seams Sew Me Etsy shop where I make and sell handmade quilting notions when time permits. I am a Brand Ambassador for Havel's Sewing. I'm in love with their quality products! And I'm also on the 2022 Maywood Studio Maker Ambassador Team.

After graduating from Quilters Candy Pattern Writing Course, I now design my own patterns. You will also still find me making quilts from patterns of other quilty friends. There are so many beautiful quilt designs out there!

I'm wife to a loving and supportive husband and bonus Mom of a sweet, resilient 10 year old, who also enjoys creating. I am an Arkansas native, and we reside in southwest Missouri with furbabies, Jax and Tripp.

 

I also own a consultancy serving organizations and teams through training and professional development in the areas of leadership, team dynamics, strategic planning, and vicarious resilience. Having built a career coaching and training in both non-profit and corporate environments, it is my greatest joy to support quilt businesses and guilds as many strive to create lovely, healthy communities poised to help their members flourish.

 

Prior to entrepreneurial expression of my passion, I led multiple organizations as an Executive Director, and as a regional trainer, working with leaders and multi-disciplinary teams within a 16 state region. In my 20's, I was a social worker and continue to have a heart for survivors of abuse and neglect as well as the organizations who serve them. 

 

My life's core values of understanding and compassion have guided my actions as an inclusive, encouraging, servant leader. I desire to serve you, your teams and leaders, too - by making lovely quilty things, designing lovely quilty patterns, and training lovely quilty communities.

 

Lastly, you should know I use the word 'y'all' a lot. It's in my blood y'all (like I said... southern girl through and through). If you'd like to know me better, listen to my podcast interview on Measure Twice, Cut Once.   Or the episode on A Quilters Life

And, for those who REALLY want to know me better...  The Rest of my Story

When not making quilts or training, I participate with my congregation in rewarding volunteer work. You will also often find me on the hunt for vintage and antique quilty goodies at local thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales. I'm a fan of green and herbal teas, as well as baking. I love walking, flowers, being in nature and visiting my sweet Dad back 'home' in the Ouachita National Forest. It's a little slice of paradise located in the mountains on the river. We are currently building Airbnbs on the property which will also serve as a lovely quilting retreat. I hope to host your guild soon, what a way to have fun and relax at the same time! 

I live with an autoimmune disease which, after 5 months of treatment, is in remission, though some days my body still won't allow me to do all of the things I'd like to do as quickly as I'd like to do them. I have met so many quilty friends who also continue to find joy in quilt making and designing despite this challenge. I see you and encourage you to go at a pace that works for you. If you would like to hear more about how to manage a quilty businesses despite health challenges, you can listen to my interview on The Craft to Career Podcast, Working With an Illness. 

I am a forever learner and still learn something new everyday from the quilting community. I recently purchased the Accuquilt Cutting System and am starting to experiment with all of the cutting dyes! One of my favorite discoveries on this quilting journey is the Babylock Sashiko machine. Oh, what a beautiful Sashiko stitch it makes! I use it often when quilting and post about both of these loves regularly on Instagram. I have a few tutorials about it on my YouTube page, with more soon to come in the months ahead. 

I tend to lean toward quilts with larger blocks that are quick makes and pre-cut friendly. I am also a huge lover of various shades and tones of orange. I have several more patterns in the works so stay tuned. Let's make lovely things together!