Thursday, January 21, 2021

Brand Ambassador Intro - Heather Valentine

We are very excited to share our next 2021 Brand Ambassador Heather Valentine. Her bright, colorful and fresh designs are what we all need in our lives. She brings a scrappy and playful style to her quilting and will have you wanting to sew up a storm. 

Heather Valentine is the voice behind The Sewing Loft. This self-proclaimed fabric hoarder likes to stitch the night away and dreams of one day discovering a better way to detangle her thread collection.


After earning a degree in fashion design and pattern making from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heather took her talent to some of the top name brands in the apparel industry. She worked hand in hand with factories to develop new products, achieve the perfect fit, and produce quality garments.

After 20-plus years in the industry, Heather created The Sewing Loft, an online sewing community filled with sewing enthusiasts of every skill level, from the small-business owner to the occasional stitcher. Her main goal is to promote awareness, provide education, and above all, encourage the community to move the needle forward.

These days, you can find Heather teaching at local shops and sharing her talent in online video classes. Her designs have graced the pages of many printed publications, including Fat Quarter Projects, Fun-Size Quilts, Stitching Kitchen, and Crafts ‘n Things, and can be found in a store near you with the Simplicity Creative Group.

Through the years her sewing interests have changed. In the beginning, she was focused mainly on clothing. There was something special about wearing something no one else had that thrilled her. 

These days, she tends to bounce back and forth between quick hitter, scrap happy projects, and quilt making. It really just depends on how much time she has to dedicate to a project. But no matter what type of project it is, you can bet that it’s scrappy! Her goal is to stitch every last inch of her stash. 

Getting into quilting was an unexpected happy accident for her. She really never planned on
dipping her toes in the pond but looking back, she wishes she started sooner. With each project,

her skills have grown and her creativity thrived. 

Her style is pretty straight forward, she likes to create picture blocks using a simple patchwork

construction. The technique is something that she believes every skill level can achieve. As

always, no special tools, rulers, or templates are needed to complete her blocks. The blocks can be grouped together to make themed designs or used in a repetitive pattern allowing the fabrics to shine. 

What she loves most about sewing is the creative community! There is something special about being able to connect with someone halfway around the world through a simple stitch. This small act makes her heart happy.

Be Sure to follow her with the links below to see all the Michael Miller fun she'll be sharing!

Facebook - @TheSewingLoftFB

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