Sewing book by Odessa quilter published | Business
When Laura Estes started quilting and sewing in the early 1980s she never thought it would become her business. Next week her very own book of patterns, Learn to Make Pintucks, Pleats and Ruching, will be released by Annie's Quilt and Sew.
“I was kind of pleased to be asked to do it,” says Estes, 61, of Odessa, about putting together her new book. The folks at Annie's approached her in May 2012 and it's taken about a year and half to put it all together. Estes submitted her final designs and projects in February.
“It's exciting,” explains Estes, adding that the first time she saw the cover she got goosebumps.
Estes started quilting and sewing while she was working at fabric store, she explains that she figured she better start sewing if she was going to work there. That was in the early 1980s, and by 1994 the sewing had turned into a business. Estes started a pattern company called Laura's Sage Country Quilt.
“Things just grew from there,” says Estes.
What started as a kitchen table project and six patterns now takes up an entire room in her house as well as an entire storage unit full of patterns. Estes started selling her patterns at the International Quilt Market every spring and Annie's has also sold some of her patterns.
The new book focuses on household decorating projects that use pintuck, pleating and ruching techniques. Each project uses one technique with options to add other ones to it. All of the model projects were made by Estes herself, and she says enjoyed the patterns she created using pintucks the most and that she plans to use them more frequently in her patterns. Her favorite project in the book is the pumpkin that's featured on the cover of the book.
Estes is patiently waiting for her copies of the final book to come, she should see them for the first time next week. Experience Quilts in Odessa has already put in an order for the books. Quilters and sewers can also purchase the book online.
Laura Estes still can't believe that she has her own book and looks forward to seeing it in stores. She is still asking herself what made her special enough to land this golden opportunity.