Belle Quilt designer Seams Sew Me

Hey ya'll,
I'm Belle.

At least that's the nickname my quilt husband gave me when we were dating because I'm Southern. I am a quilt maker and pattern designer who loves to share my passion for quilt making with others! Check out my blog for posts on quilting and other relevant topics, my quilt patterns, Etsy shop, quilt industry business and guild trainings or just read on to learn more about me! Thank you for joining me on this lovely quilt journey!

My story.

I'm a wife to a loving and supportive husband and bonus Mom of a sweet, resilient 10 year old, who also enjoys creating. Although I am an Arkansas native, we currently live in southwest Missouri with our two furbabies, Jax and Tripp. I also own a part time business providing professional development, leadership, team dynamics, strategic planning, and vicarious resiliency training for organizations and teams. I have started to expand and use these modalities for quilt business and guild training within the quilting industry. Prior to this, my career was as an Executive Director of two organizations and then as a regional trainer, working with leaders and multi-disciplinary teams within a 16 state region. I am an encourager, includer and supporter of others. My two leading values in life are understanding and compassion. Lastly, you should know I use the word 'ya'll' a lot. It's in my blood, due to being raised in the rural South. 

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 AIRBNS's on the property which will also serve as a quilting retreat location to host quilters! 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.

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 also a Brand Ambassador for Havel's Sewing. I'm in love with their quality products! 

Although I am starting to design my own patterns after graduating from Quilters Candy Pattern Writing Course, you will still find me sometimes making quilts from patterns of other quilty friends from time to time. There are so many beautiful quilt designs out there!

 

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!