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PATTERN PARADE DAY 12: The Bitchy Stitcher!
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Pattern Parade Blog Tour Day 12 Interview with Megan of The Bitchy Stitcher
1. What (and when) inspired you to create your business?
My “business” is so broad, it’s really hard to say. I started writing humor about quilting when I started quilting, because my attempts were so comical. I eventually became a columnist for Quilter’s Home magazine and often wrote several other pieces per issue as well. I became good friends with the editors of that magazine, and when they founded Generation Q Magazine, I became their art director and used some layout and design skills I had picked up in previous magazine work to design the first 5 issues of the fledgling magazine. I also design t-shirts and am working on expanding into embroidery designs.
2. When do you recall learning to sew, and who, if anyone, was your early sewing inspiration?
My mom taught me needlepoint and cross-stitch when I was young, but her one and only attempt to teach me to sew on a machine was a disaster. It wasn’t until I was an old lady of 39 that I decided to try again on my own. I bought a $35 Kenmore machine and a book on first-time quiltmaking, and I haven’t looked back since.
3. What is your favorite Starbucks drink?
You know, I am one of those freaks who never goes to Starbucks. I like coffee a lot, but if I have any, i just want regular coffee with cream and sugar. I’m convinced that at Starbucks I have to order something like a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity Venti Grande Americano Mocha and if I get one of the words wrong, I’ll be denied my coffee and run out of town.
4. Do you have a routine for how you START or END your day?
I start my day by wishing I could stay in bed and end it by trying to get into my bed as soon as possible.
5. When your creativity is waxing thin… how do you ‘jump start it’?
Playing without purpose. Sewing something that has been sitting unfinished, writing something inconsequential, mucking about with Illustrator. If I take the pressure off to make something specific, a lot of new ideas start to flow.
6. What is your most recent non-quilt (or quilt) related book or magazine that you enjoyed?
I just finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
7. What is the favorite part about being a designer or running your business?
I just like the satisfaction of making something that I’m happy with. I’m very self-contained that way. Of course I do love the fan mail, especially the ones containing baked goods.
8. What is your least favorite part about being a designer or running your business?