Hello quilting friends! My name is Sue Pfau, and my pattern design company is called “Sweet Jane’s Quilting & Design”. I named it after my daughter Jane. My husband and I adopted Jane from China. Our son, Jack, is from Taiwan.
A little about myself….I am a wife and mother of two kids, 3 and 6 years old. We live in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. It is very beautiful and scenic! From the age of about 7 or 8 I dabbled in the hand crafts….knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch. I was always wanting to create something with my hands. No one in my family is crafty, so when I wanted to learn to sew, I had no one to teach me. When I was about 32 years old, I went to a local quilting store, and the only class they had available was appliqué. Even though my experience in sewing was limited to sewing on buttons, I caught right on and I loved it! It was a God send, because with my job as a flight attendant we had a lot of down time in hotels and airports and I think having quilting projects with me really saved my sanity. I resigned from American after we got my daughter. I was happy to be home, but so worried about being bored!
I had learned to do machine piecing, and I loved sewing, so I started making things to sell on Etsy. I wanted to make quilts and sell them, but I had a hard time finding simple patterns that I thought were pretty as well. I started making up my own designs and then decided to try to sell my patterns. I started writing out my patterns and selling them, and I found them well received by the quilting community. I began selling my patterns in April of 2010.
I love working with the precut fabrics (although all of my patterns are written for fat quarters as well). They are all color coordinated and you don’t have a lot of left over material when you are done with your quilt top. I have always been very practical, so making patterns to fit the precut fabric has turned out to be my niche. Also because I am a mom of young children, I don’t have a lot of time to make my quilts, so the “quick and easy” patterns are the ones I just love to design. Sometimes I think of myself as a “lazy quilter”. I like to do a nice job, but I don’t want it to be difficult to do a nice job! My patterns are designed to be easy and hopefully low stress!! I try to make my patterns easy to understand and include lots of diagrams. I know there are so many new quilters out there, and I want them to be successful in their efforts to learn how to quilt!
Becoming a quilt pattern designer has been an unexpected path for me, and I am so grateful and happy to be where I am today. I really can not believe I am doing this for a living! Thank you to all the quilters out there who are helping me to grow my business and be successful. Happy sewing!