Introduction ~ Amy from amy a la mode

on May 19 | in Contributors | by | with 6 Comments

From Beth: Amy is following her dreams, finding her own beautiful niche in a talented family of quilters and sharing her steps along the way on amy a la mode. Don’t miss her Family Quilts collection! We also have it on good authority that there will be a great giveaway soon in celebration of amy a la mode‘s one year anniversary (you won’t want to miss that either). Amy reviewed the Anna Maria Horner Socialite Dress pattern for us; stay tuned!

From Amy: I’m Amy from amy a la mode. I was raised in Kentucky, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband three years ago. After finding myself way over-stressed and unhappy at work, I made the decision at the end of 2008 to quit my job and take some time off (only crazy people quit jobs during a recession, I know!). Since then we have traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia and I am enjoying myself working on all kinds of sewing projects and taking lots of courses at the community college. I’m considering remaking myself from a PhD scientist who worked on databases to a graphic designer, but we’ll see how that goes.

I learned how to use a sewing machine when I was in high school and made a fair amount of clothes for myself on my mother’s old Singer. Fast forward about 10 years and I had a house that needed curtains and the like, and I picked up sewing yet again, though mostly for utilitarian purposes. I was re-inspired to sew about two years ago when I walked by a local quilting shop and saw some Amy Butler fabric in the window. This was my first exposure to designer cotton fabrics — all I knew about before were chain discount stores or fancy home decorator shops — and I was totally hooked!! I wanted to sew everything, and ended up making a significant upgrade to my equipment as well (from a Kenmore to a Viking!).

We don’t have a television at our house, but there are so many great blogs to read, who has time to watch TV? I have been trying to pick up knitting, but I’m not sure if it’s going to “take.” When I’m not sewing or doing homework, I like to travel, hike, bike, go to pilates, hang out at my favorite local coffee shop, and have dinner with friends.

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6 Responses to Introduction ~ Amy from amy a la mode

  1. Kara says:

    Wow, you have had some exciting life changes. It is great to follow your dreams, even in a recession!

  2. Alissa says:

    Hi Amy! I love reading your blog – so great to see you here at Sew, Mama, Sew!

  3. Sheila says:

    Great article! Many things in your story I can relate to, and right now my projects are all things Amy Butler. 🙂 Love your blog; keep up the awesome creativeness!

  4. Margie says:

    Hi Amy ,
    I love your blog too & its very nice to meet you.

  5. It’s great to read about your recent life changes. I too left my job and now follow more interesting and creative pursuits. It’s good to see that I’m not the only one. Looking at your blog, it seems you don’t waste a moment!

  6. Bethany says:

    Nice to meet you Amy…love your blog!

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