Happy new year! I have some very exciting news to tell y’all…
Beginning February 1st, I will be the proud owner of The Little General, a beautiful and cheery fabric store located locally in Reynolda Village, and Eileen Quilts, my friend’s longarm quilting business, and combining our forces.
The owners of both are good friends of mine that have been so kind and encouraging in this process and I couldn’t be more excited!
Gina asked me some fun questions for the announcement newsletter that I thought is include here for any new readers. (Welcome, by the way!) We will be having a “Meet Kait” party at the Little General on January 16th and I’d love if you came by!
Tell us a little bit a bout yourself!
I was born and grew up in Northern California. Moving away when I was 20, I have lived in Minneapolis, DC, Roanoke Virgina, and in Winston Salem for the last 4 and a half years. I have been a barista for 7 years and coffee is an important part of my life. I enjoy classic literature, especially Russian novels, my favorite being “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. I have a cat named Amos and two dogs, Jackson and Adelaide. I am part of an artist studio collective in downtown Winston Salem called Electric Pyramid Studios. I have 17 tattoos including one of my 1947 Singer Featherweight, one that was part of an art project, and one that’s shared by 56 other people.
What do you love most about sewing?
I love that something I’ve made might still be around longer than I am. No one that I know of in my family was a quilter so I don’t have any hand-me-downs, but the idea of passing a quilt down through generations is inspiring.
How did you learn to sew?
I took a sewing class when I was 12 where I learned clothing construction. I made a cropped halter top, fully lined with ties at the back and neck, from neon swirly polyester fabric and I have no idea what I was thinking! I got my first sewing machine when I was 15, a Pfaff that I still use. I worked at JoAnn Fabrics when I was 18 and decided one day I wanted to learn to quilt so I bought some fabric and figured it out. I haven’t stopped since.
Do you have any favorite sewing memories?
The aforementioned halter top is pretty funny to remember. But earlier this year I had a friend approach me about making a quilt for her fiance for their wedding and not a week later, her fiance came to me and asked me to make a quilt for her for their wedding! So unbeknownst to each other, they got each other quilts. They exchanged them a couple days before the ceremony and were so surprised and excited about it. It was a neat thing to be a part of.
If you were stuck on a desert island with one fabric designer, who would you pick and why?
This is a hard one! I’d think I’d like it to be Katy Jones. Her and I have mutually admired each other in secret from afar but I think we would get a long really well and have fun.
Where do you turn for creative inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from being around other creative people. Electric Pyramid Studios, of which I am a part, has 14 participants including painters, sewers, a printmaker, a multi-surface embroiderer, and an upholsterer. Just walking around the space inspires me. Pinterest and blogs are also full of inspiration.
Tell us about KaitCetera
I started my blog 7 years ago, though it took awhile to become the creative place it is now. It used to be called Sew it All but then the magazine and television station of the same name came up so I changed it to kaitcetera, because it was more than just sewing. I write about quilts and clothing I’ve made, things I cook, thrifting finds, my animals, travel, and books. I hope to keep kaitcetera going in some form and will continue to sell my own quilts with that label.
What most excites you about your new adventure with The Little General?
I can’t wait to interact with a larger part of the sewing and quilting community, to possibly bring inspiration to others. The shop is such a cheerful and beautiful place and I hope to carry on lifting people’s spirits through it’s environment.
Tell us a little about your quilting and fashion aesthetic!
I lean on the modern side of quilting. I’ve always thought I would like to be an architect and quilting is a great mix of creativity and precision. I like to mix colors and fabrics that you wouldn’t necessarily think go together and enjoy using negative space.
What’s your favorite non crafty thing to do?
I really enjoy baking! I have tattoos on my calves, St Clare of Assisi, the patron saint of needleworkers, and St Honoratus of Amiens, the patron saint of bakers and confectioners. Cranberry caramel almond tart, blueberry basil goat cheese pie, chocolate babka, mint cream filled cupcakes with raspberry mousse topping… Yes please!
Joseph Gordon Levitt.
We hear you have some exciting long-arm related news! Is there anything you’d like to share with us about that!?
I have been given the amazing opportunity to buy a longarm machine! It has been a friend of mine and I have been able to use it over the last 2 years, but now I get to bring it to the shop! It’s a Gammill Optimum Statler Stitcher that will hold quilts up to 118″ wide. I will be attending a Gammill/Statler conference at the end of the month to increase my skill set and look forward to playing around, experimenting, and eventually offering classes and rental!