Hi! My name is Jodie. I live in Juneau, Alaska and love it. In short, I enjoy sewing, cooking, music, boating, fishing, hiking, gardening…. I purchased RainTree Quilting (a local fabric and sewing machine shop) in 2016. So…. sew….. my hobbies pretty much just include sewing right now…
I’m an “accomplished” seamstress with training and experience in garment and pattern design. I was a teacher by trade and learned more from the classroom than two degrees could offer me! I had the great privilege of teaching high school and middle school students how to sew. My philosophy was and still is, “sewing should be fun!” In fact, I think learning should be fun! People who enjoy what they are doing strive to improve! I no longer teach in public schools but continue to teach adults and teens in small group settings. I’m often heard saying, “you have to learn to love it before mastering it.”
My dream is to design and publish easy-to-use sewing patterns, patterns that inspire people to learn to sew. I started with the Kuspuk simply because I love it so much and it is a local favorite. Besides, kuspuks make me smile; they are like a blank canvas inviting the sewist to embellish to their desire! I hope to offer a variety of patterns in the future. I currently have a pant and two tunic patterns drafted, just waiting for time….
Naturally I offer lots of quilting cottons, which are great fabrics for Kuspuks, at my store. I also offer linen and fabulous knits for garment work. Support your local shop when you can. If you don’t have a local shop, consider visiting my store’s website. We are updating in inventory daily.