{Heather Bailey pattern giveaway + an interview}

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Heather Bailey, one of my all time favorite fabric designers, is giving away TWO super cute sewing patterns to a reader {shipping included}, or a coupon code for the pattern if the winners wants to purchase additional items from her store ~ so there will be TWO winners! Heather’s designs are fresh, colorful and full of life. And darling!

This November will be my third anniversary since teaching myself how to sew, and Heather Bailey fabric has been part of my product line since the very beginning:

I’m very exciting to be gifting two patterns from Heather’s shop. WILL YOU BE A WINNER? Leave a comment below to enter. Gussy Sews hearts Heather Bailey! Choose from a variety of sewing patterns: pin cushions, toys for little people, aprons, handbags — even lunch bags.

To me, pairing this sewing pattern giveaway with a little Q&A sounded like a fabulous idea ~ so I sent three questions over to Heather and let out a little, Yeow! when her answers showed up in my inbox shortly after. Heather is expecting her third babeh, due this month, so this mini-interview is extra special. Thank you again, Heather!

L to R: fresh-picked pincushions, happy stacker ring toy, daily spice halter apron


What is your favorite pattern, and where did you draw inspiration for it?
My daughter, Charlotte, was crazy for pigs when she was a toddler. Her obsession began when she discovered a plastic warthog with red eyes in the recesses of her older brother’s toy box. She carried the evil beast with her everywhere, made him a soft nest to sleep in and sung him lullabies. It was hilarious—and a little alarming. (This warthog was scary-looking.)

We began accumulating toys that were piggish yet sweet. Charlotte soaked it up. Pretty soon, she had a family of plastic pigs to look after, as well as several pig pillows and two pig flashlights. It was at that time I designed Charlotte her own girly pig doll to dress and cuddle. After Charlotte’s Claira pig was shown in a cover story for Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine in April/May of 2008, requests for the pattern flooded in. I designed a boy doll to accompany Claira and added the pattern, Claira & Clancy Pig Dolls to my next print run.

I enjoy 3-dimensional design and had a hey-day contouring Claira’s face and pot belly till her personality was just-so. I’m proud of the well-placed dart seam that gives her an inviting little smile. She was born of love and was a lot of fun to create.

What are your workdays like? Share with us a little about your day-to-day.
With a family to care for, employees to manage, products to design and refine, emails to answer—and a new baby on his way this August—every day is unique. It takes a regular, concerted effort by my team and me to furnish the time needed for me to create new artwork for fabric, housewares, sewing patterns, stationery, and so forth.

My secret weapons? I don’t sit still and I don’t watch TV—though I do listen to TV often enough. It is definitely a juggle, but a happy one. I love what I do.

What is one tip you have for the Gussy Sews community as encouragement for chasing entrepreneurial dreams?
Be thoughtful. Most business endeavors with any potential value will be an immense amount of work. And not all of that work will be fun. Be sure you have what it takes to stick to it; in other words, don’t start till you find something you are truly committed to. I recommend reading Seth Godin’s book, The Dip for a simple, yet impactful introduction to this philosophy. It’s a one-hour read and well worth it.

Be original. There are a lot of inspiring artists and businesses out there. Be inspired, get excited, and gather your energy to take action—but don’t copy. Hone your own, unique voice. This doesn’t just protect other artists and businesses, it protects you—and grants you the best shot at true, sustainable success.

GOOD LUCK entering! I’ll pick the two winners in a few days…

PS. blog/tweet/facebook this giveaway for extra entries {mention @gussysews and @_heatherbailey so i can find your tweets}.

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    I was just looking at her website at the cute elephant pin cushions and saw her retweet the give away! I’d love a chance :)

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    carriecatherine says

    Heather Bailey is great! I remember buying her trash ties ar a mall in Arizona years ago, for my newly adopted daughter!