What Is It Like to Work in the Quilt Industry?

What is it like to work in the quilting industry? Are we surrounded by beautiful fabrics and have quilt blocks pinned everywhere? Do we talk quilting for the 40 hours we work in a week? Are dog ears attached to our work clothing because we just can't get away from the sewing machine?

I would say the answer to most of these is no. My cubicle contains stacks of paper work, a coffee mug with week old coffee still in it, sticky notes all over my desk, and 18 calenders pinned to my wall telling me when I have to do things, where I need to be, and what I'm supposed to be doing every minute of the day. It's not so glamorous.

We do have fabric stacked against the walls at the current time. A giant quilt wall is upstairs with countless bins that hold quilts for publications. Our bathroom has some old quilts hanging in it. We're not totally quilt-free. What about the people who work in the quilt industry? The behind-the-scenes guys who keep everything running? Slowly but surely, I am going to introduce them to you.

Today we start with Sheyenne. Yes, that's right, QCA Sheyenne is back! (In a new capacity)

Job Title: Online Editor for Fons & Porter (we're cubicle neighbors)

Quilt Experience: Minimal (she's a youngin') She started a quilt for her brother, a military man, and has not finished it. She made quilted stockings for Christmas last year, something she is very proud of!

First impression of the quilt industry: "Before I learned about it, I felt disconnected and wasn't comfortable relating to it. Now I appreciate it. I want to quilt and create things. I think I love quilts more than people my age should!"

Favorite block/ unit: The hourglass unit. She had to add her absolute favorite quilt is Attic Treasures, which features this unit.

A little known fact: Sheyenne is a lover of coffee. In fact, she used to sell it. From the coffee cart to Fons & Porter--quite a transition, Sheyenne!

Happy Days & Happy Quilting

QCA Rachel


Judy T-Bellingham wrote re: What Is It Like to Work in the Quilt Industry?
on Thursday, 24 July 2014, 7:57 AM

Great to put a face to a name. Good to see you Sheyenne.

QCA Sheyenne wrote re: What Is It Like to Work in the Quilt Industry?
on Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:51 PM

It's good being back on QCA for this fun feature. Looking forward to more posts like this, QCA Rachel!

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