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’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. I hope to offer a variety of patterns in the near future. I currently have a pant and two tunic patterns drafted.
Oh, and PS…. During the summer I, like many other Alaskans, spend much time in the great outdoors. I will check my blog via email daily and typically respond through the email asap. Eventually, I’ll figure out the blog thing!
In the fall of 2016 I purchased a local fabric store, RainTree Quilting of Juneau, Alaska. The official name of the store is now: RainTree Quilting LLC. Our store’s website is http://www.raintreequilting.com. Visit the website here!
Naturally I offer lots of great fabrics for Kuspuks at my store. Honestly, most Alaska shops do. 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.