As long as I, Jessica Smith, can remember my Mom made outfits, costumes, matching Holiday dresses, back packs, purses and so many more things for my sister and I as we grew up. She taught us to sew when we were old enough. Over the years I've made so many things with my Mom that I'm proud of, and our most recent project together was made for my son Brantley. A quilt made using 4 of his Baby Quilts for his new "Big Boy bed". I didn't want to stop using his special quilts just because he is getting bigger, so I asked my Mom what she thought and that's all it took for us to start a new project! We pieced together these 4 quilts like a puzzle, took pictures of different positions and decided on the best way, then pinned everything together and sewed it together. We both loved how beautiful it turned out and best of all, Brantley loves it and is very excited to have it on his new bed!!
I have been sewing since the age of 5; taught by my mother who stressed to me that the garment I was making 'has to look as good on the inside as it does on the outside.'
I made my first quilt while in high school with scraps of every kind of fabric and tied it with yarn.
I continued making quilts on and off over the years and learned how to machine quilt in 1998 on my early 1950's 301 Singer Slant-Arm machine.
In 2000 I bought my first Gammill Longarm quilting machine and started quilting quilts for customers. I have since bought a computer guided Gammill Longarm and still quilt other people's quilts.
I make custom machine pieced and machine quilted quilts, totes, table runners and wall hangings. My style is what I call 'eclectic traditional.'
My pieces are useable and washable. I like vintage fabrics such as bark cloth and feed sacks and use them in my products whenever possible.
I pay great attention to detail; I LOVE pockets in tote bags! All wall hangings have a 'sleeve' on the back so they are ready to slide onto a rod and be hung. I also make custom quilts to your order.
In addition to being accepted as a member of Maine Made, America's Best, Maine Crafts Association and United Maine Craftsmen, I am very proud of my custom designed Cardinals and Pines wall hangings and table runners, copyrighted in 2013.
On September 15, 2012 at the 14th annual Freeport, Maine Fall in the Village Art and Music Festival I was awarded the Best Crafter/Artisan Award for my Cardinals and Pines Wall hanging.