We are four sisters designing quilt patterns.
It all started in September 2001, two of us were sewers and two not so much. We were all working on a sampler quilt pattern – long distance. We would pick a block and all do it – we compared progress on instant messenger or by phone. Sometimes we would email pictures of our blocks so we could see each others choice of colors. Our plan was to be ready to compare our quilts at Thanksgiving time when we would all be together.
Before long we didn’t just want to sew someone else’s designs or ideas but had our own ideas. So Udderly Simple Designs was born. Actually, it wasn’t quite that simple. The “very different” parts of our personalities came through and it took us a few dinners, desserts and bottles of wine to agree on the name and a plan.
Introducing the Partners:
Diane Calkin – mother, engineer, mathematician – I love civil war reproduction fabrics and more traditional quilts and quilt blocks. Design and color combinations fascinate me, I like to pick a color scheme and then add one “odd” fabric to make the whole thing come together.
Kimberlee Kelly – mother, expert sewer – I like computer programs and the way they fit with quilt designs.
Jennifer Waldmann – wife, mother, expert editor – I am inspired by 1930 fabrics. I particularly enjoy hand sewing.
Mary Jo Delowery – mother, accounting & marketing expert – I know what I like and my partners tell me I have a good eye for current trends. I am the least experienced sewer in the group, therefore I am good at testing patterns.
As you can see we are a diverse group, which actually makes for very good business partners. Our strengths and weaknesses fit together like a very nice patchwork quilt!