Fallingforpieces is really just Jill, a 20 something, tattooed, mennonite quilter and crafter. I love creating, fabric, color, hand work…basically I love keeping busy trying to make beautiful stuff.
How does one develop such a passion? When I was seven I designed a very pixelated “quilt” on our texas instrument computer (so 80s, I know) and declared I was going to have Ma, my beloved grandmother, teach me to make it. I did not exactly recreate that texas instrument quilt, but my grandmother did help me make my first 9 patch, which we sewed into a pillow cover, still residing in my former bedroom at my parents’ house. I was totally hooked.
When I left grad school, my focus turned from making a few gifts here and there to turning my passion into a small side business. I got hooked on using upcycled or recycled materials, mostly due to the fact that Durham, NC has the most awesome creative reuse center EVER. What could be better than affordable, unique, and eco friendly? I actively tried to find ways to use crafting for good, making quilts and knitting scarves for the homeless shelters I worked in, donating a few quilts for charity fundraisers and the like. And I got busy learning the ropes of running an etsy shop and just generally figuring out how to mix business in with the crafting thing.
I’ve recently relocated myself and my massive fabric stash to Harrisburg, Pa for a new job and now I’m working on finding new ways to fit a creative life into a 9-5 schedule. I do still maintain my little etsy shop on the side, but I’m pretty busy with gifts right now. And to me, gift giving is the very best part of being a quilter, so I’d say that means things are going pretty well.
Want to get in touch? Contact me via email jill.stemple(a)gmail.com