Melissa Quaal

Favorite Craft: Garment sewing, accessories sewing, bag making, sewing for boys, sewing for the home, print-making and dyeing.

I live in New Jersey and am a sewist, a sewing instructor and run a blog called a happy stitch. I have two kids, age 7 and 9, and am married to an Irishman. I have been sewing since I was little, my entire female lineage are all sewers. For the past two years, I have sworn off fast fashion completely and have dedicated to either sewing my own clothes or buying secondhand. I also organize the occasional clothing swap with friends. It’s been a great experience and I’m fully planning to continue it for a long time. It’s expanded my garment sewing a good deal, as well. I’m finding that by sewing with attention to what I will wear on a daily basis, I’m also defining my own sense of style. It’s been an unexpectedly joyful journey. I also sew for my kids, my husband (a little) and for our 100 year old home. I delight in making all things and love trying new things such as printmaking and dyeing; basket-making and jewelry-making

I have had the great opportunity to work within many different facets of the sewing and crafting world including a collaboration with Michael Miller Fabrics and contributions to Sew Mama Sew, Selfish Sewing Week, Betz White’s Sewing collective and the enormously popular blog Andrea’s Notebook and Skip to My Lou.

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