Welcome to Stone Cottage Designs.
am Barbara Douglas, owner, operator and chief bottle washer at Stone
Cottage Designs. I know
I am showing my age using old adages
like that, but still, they are true enough. When I teach a beginning
dying class, I am the one standing at the sink, at the end of the
day, washing out all the bottles and dye pans that accumulate.
I opened Stone Cottage Designs in 1999 after
leaving a long term job with a big box fabric store. I desired to
not only be my own boss, but to be more creative. Blah uniforms,
and cookie cutter work spaces, just were not doing it for me anymore.
My quilt designing days began many years
before, as I created quilts for family weddings and baby showers.
At the age of 8, my grandmother started me off with square cardboard
template, a pencil, some scrap fabric and a pair of scissors. She
then taught me how to hand piece my first 9-Patch quilt block. But,
it was when I found out that I could piece quilts on the sewing
machine that I also found out that I was hooked! I was a Quilter!
struggled with a name for my little 'cottage' industry. I threw
out many ideas, like Turkey Creek Creations; it was a plausible
idea, given that we have an old creek bed running behind our house
and wild turkeys roaming through the yard, but it had too much of
a 'country' ring to it, and my designs are a little too eclectic
to fit in that category. I finally settled on Stone Cottage Designs.
It still had ring to it, but I considered it a 'homey' ring, since
we live in an 75+ year old stone cottage. In this house I create
traditional style quilt patterns, some less traditional style patterns,
and some wildly eclectic fiber art, just for me. So it fits; home
is where I do my favorite work. It not only houses my design businesses,
but also my husband's fondness of woodworking.
We share the basement work rooms that we
fondly call the dungeon. Once the children were out of the house
I confiscated the old family room with its quirky fireplace, rock
walls and knotty pine ceiling. This adds a unique backdrop and warmth
to my working environment and to the classes that I teach there.
And, for new students, it is always a great conversation starter.
So welcome, not only to Stone Cottage Designs,
but to our stone cottage home, as well!