Meghan joined gather here prior the pandemic, we even managed to send Meghan to Illinois for Bernina machine technician certification and longarm training prior to everything shutting down. Meghan started as a part-time employee and transitioned to full-time. During the height of the pandemic Meghan helped with our mask-making efforts, pulled and packed orders, as well as cleaned, oiled, and adjust hundred of sewing machines that had been pulled out of attics, basements, and back closets.
When did you start making things?
I learned how to sew from my mother when I was about 5, and I've been making things ever since. Besides quilting and garment making, I do some needlepoint and cross stitch, and I've tried a number of non-fiber arts areas as well, including baking, ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and woodburning.
What's your favorite thing to make?
Overall, my favorite thing to make is bread. In the world of sewing, my favorite things to make are '50's style a-line dresses. I love how such a simple design can be added to or altered in so many ways.
What do you enjoy the most about being a part of the gather here team?
I've been here for a year and a half and I really love how friendly and welcoming everyone is!
What's your favorite tool?
Betweens size 9 [sewing] needles. They're the perfect size for the tiny stitches I like to do for my handsewing projects.
What do you do when you aren't making things?
I play video games and, when it's not a health hazard to do so, have board game nights with friends.
I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons with my friends via Zoom every other week since the start of the pandemic. The best thing to come from everything shutting down was being able to line up eight separate schedules.