Designer Feature | Cindi Edgerton, A Very Special Collection
We spotted Cindi at the AQS show in Des Moines, Iowa this past Fall and fell head-over-heels in love with her work. Her patterns are paper pieced, and many of them come packaged in tiny packets that are simply impossible to resist.
We have a FABULOUS project in the works with Cindi, but it’s under wraps for now. You’ll have to check back later for details. 😉 But for now, learn more about this fabulous designer!
Name: Cindi Edgerton
Company: A Very Special Collection
Years in Business: 18 years
When did you start sewing? Who taught you?
I started sewing when I was 10, learning techniques from my 4-H leaders. I still have the first elastic waist skirt that I made that year.
How did you get started with quilting?
When my children were born in 1972 and 1974, I made a tied quilt for each of them. One had embroidered designs, and one had machine appliquéd designs that I made using designs from a child’s coloring book. At that time, I didn’t know how to quilt, but I made what I thought was a quilt. Then in 1976, I took a beginning quilt class, where I learned how to draft patterns and learned how to hand quilt on a floor frame. That class at a YWCA in Salina, KS was the start of my “obsession” with quilting.
What inspired you to turn your quilting hobby into a business?
After moving to Yorktown, VA, I started teaching at Needlecraft Corner, a quilt shop in Williamsburg, VA. Because this shop is located in a tourist area, we had requests for instructions for our class projects. That was the beginning of my writing instructions for my designs. Granny Nanny, an early foundation piecing company that printed foundations on paper, was also owned by this shop. Designing for Granny Nanny, and later for The McCall Pattern Company were where I gained experience before starting my own company.
What are some of your least favorite and most favorite parts of the business?
Recordkeeping has never been my strong suit, and I will admit that although I’m a pretty organized person, sometimes the paperwork gets the best of me. My favorite thing is the opportunity I have to travel and meet lots of other people with a common interest, and I truly enjoy teaching about the techniques that I enjoy.
What do you love about working with batik?
I love the feel and look of batik fabrics. They handle so nicely, and give me really flat seams and sharp points. And the colors are so intense, I just love the rich feel they give to my designs.
Are there any new projects or special events you are working on that you would like to mention?
Yes, but my lips are sealed for now! 😉
Thank you so much for spending some time with us, Cindi! And readers, before you go, take a look at some of the Christmas patterns Cindi has designed. Don’t they just make you want to run to your sewing machine?!