IMG_4310Hi! My name is Stephanie. I started really seriously sewing when I had my first child in 2007. I was a stay at home mom and wanted to learn to sew. I grew up watching my mom and grandma sew. They were always making clothes and quilts, some of which I still have and cherish today. I wanted my daughter to have these things as well. I purchased my first sewing machine and went to work. I started out making clothes, quilts, and bags and really just had fun with it. I didn’t know any rules so I just did the best that I could. Sometimes things turned out great, and other times some were a flop. I was learning a new skill and quickly falling in love.

About the time I started sewing, I also got a Macbook from my husband. Oh, let me take minute here to really appreciate the Macbook… it was all mine and the Macbook was all white and cute. It is also where I learned about blogs and flickr. Then came oh so important turning point of my sewing journey. Let me help you visualize where I was… I didn’t have friends that sewed, my mom didn’t sew anymore, my grandma had just passed away, and a new baby. In the midst of all of this I found my new hobby – sewing. The Macbook allowed me to discover the wide world of blogs which allowed me to see what others were making and also what some were swapping. I dove in head first. I DSC_0017-001started a small family blog that let everyone keep up with my baby girl, but I also shared some of my sewing projects on the blog but later created a more sewing related blog. I also joined some bees and swaps so I could really practice my skills and meet others who had this passion. I still follow a lot of those blogs today, and I still look at blogs for most of my inspiration when I sew. I have made some really great friends along the way.

IMG_0352But then there was another turning point in my journey. My husband listens to podcasts frequently. He mostly listens to news-related podcasts, which definitely aren’t my thing! When he suggested I look for some crafty/sewing podcasts, I put it off and thought he was crazy – yep I did! I admit it. Boy was that a bad move. I finally caved in and found several which got really excited about. I put these podcasts in the cue and eagerly waited to listen to them.  I discovered that listening to a podcast is a way for me to connect with others who share the same passion as I – sewing. Oh, let’s say that again, passionate about sewing. These individuals love to sew just as much as I. They love to talk about fabric, patterns, books, the modern sewing movement, and, well, all of the inspiration out there in blogland. I enjoyed hearing, not reading, about my favorite bloggers. That is an important point for me, hearing them. When I hear their voice and their laugh the connection is made. I love their funny stories. When Katie of Katie’s Quilting Corner podcast said, “when people find out I am a quilter they want me to hem their pants,” I laughed so hard because I have heard the same thing. The connection was made.

IMG_0511Why Modern Sewciety? Simply put, I love blogs and I love podcasts. I always want to hear more and enjoy meeting some of the people who inspire me. I want to know who is behind the blogs I read daily. I want to know how they started. I want to understand what inspires them. I know I can read their “about me pages,” but I want a little more than that. I want to pretend I am their BFF for a second. So that is how Modern Sewciety was born. It became a place for readers, like me, to meet and get to know the sewing bloggers on our blog feeds.

Crazy things about me:

I love telling stories about sewing, fabric, quilting, business, and marketing

I don’t watch a lot of tv, but when I do, it is Downton Abbey, Project Runway, Top Chef, Suits, and Covert Affairs. I often think I could be a good spy with a sexy sidekick, of course.

I don’t like mint – to eat, smell, use, anything. Weird I know. I do love to garden and cook, though, just not with mint.

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