MacKenzie helps make everything in Sew And Sews Place beautiful and it keeps ticking like it should. Without her the walls would fall in and there wouldn't be fabric on the shelves. If you can't find something she knows exactly where to look and where the replacements are when things run out. She is full of great ideas and energy on my hardest days, and has smiles and hugs, and cookies, when I forget to smile.
I'm not sure I deserve her in my life sometimes but I am eternally grateful God sent her my way. She was just in time. m
My mom taught me sew, and as I had my family I sewed for them. Over the years I also enjoyed creating the garments I wore when I was showing my horses and riding the trails. Now my horses are retired, the oldest is 32 and still going strong. I am an experienced seamstress, having spent many years working on Prom, wedding and bridesmaids dresses, and their alterations. Seeing all of the trophies was a great joy.
These days I spend much of my time working on my embroidery machine, sewing quilts and making crafts.
Nancy Palmer, is currently living in Dayton, TN, after moving from here from Mesa, AZ in December 2020 with her husband Ron. Nancy and Ron have four children and 6 grandchildren.
Nancy graduated high school in Moravia, Iowa, and studied to be a legal secretary in Ankeny, Iowa. Later she began to take ongoing classes to create porcelain dolls and when she moved to Mesa, Nancy owned and operated Dolldreams by Nancy, a porcelain shop. While there she joined the local ASG (American Sewing Guild) and learned the art of smocking and attended various conventions and classes.
Nancy has been taking classes in the creative operation of her Brother Quattro embroidery Machine then traded it for a Brother Dream Machine II, and really loves it.
Also while in Mesa, Nancy took classes in the Hot Blend Basic Crayon Technique. In May of 2016 she travelled to Crowley, TX to take classes to become certified to teach this technique through “Designs by Tana”. Since then she has been creating her own designs and combining them with quilting and embroidery, and teaching these classes at AQG, her local quilt club.
Nancy has also completed classes on edge-to-edge quilting in the hoop.
Dr. Dawn Sullivan
Dr. Dawn Sullivan, lives atop Dayton Mountain on an active meat goat farm. The farm also produces vegetables and flowers using raised beds. Dr. Dawn is a lifelong learner and online university professor in the field of Computer Science, Engineering, and Technology. "Working from my home office allows me to have a balanced life with a flexible schedule." She strives to encourage and share knowledge to help others succeed.
Originally from Northern Michigan, Dr. Dawn has gone from being an Air Force veteran to a consultant/owner of Eagle Consulting that specializes in Information Technology, Business, and Research for helping small businesses grow and innovate.
Dr. Dawn’s crafting started at a young age with ceramics, scrapbooking, doll houses, to no-sew quilting. Her entire front office is dived between crafting and teaching, not to mention the other two rooms in her home dedicated to crafting. Sound familiar anyone?
Dr. Dawn also teaches computer cleaning and operation classes here at Sew And Sews Place!
I have been quilting for 32 years and have my own Long Arm Quilting business called Lauren’s Quilting Studio. My joy is in God and this has led me to teach the Word of God to Pre-schoolers for 35 years. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years. When I’m not enjoying my 7 grandchildren I’m quilting!
Both of my Grandmothers loved to sew and quilt, so I was already sewing when I got to Home Ec class in Junior High. My love of fabrics and sewing continued to grow over the years. I did sewing and alterations at home as a stay at home mom when my kids were young. Years later a friend took me to her quilt club and I fell in love all over again. Who knew that ladies got together each week to play with fabric. Later a local fabric shop opened and after spending many hours there the owner offered me a job managing the store while she taught classes at a college. After a couple years there, a new Joann's opened up across the street. I enjoyed working there for a couple of years also.
My husband and my retirement brought a lot of change, my kids moved to Tennessee with my granddaughters and we were making a lot of trips to visit. Soon we decided it was time to get out of Illinois and we moved to Dayton in 2017.
A new friend mentioned a quilt club that meets on Dayton Mtn., Walden's Ridge Quilt and Craft Club. I jumped into it with both feet and haven't looked back. I am also a member of the Tri-County Quilt Club.
I love the starting process of picking colors, fabrics and designs to go into a new quilt. Thus I have many quilts started but not many finished.
When I'm not quilting, I enjoy reading and being outside. My granddaughters and church take up a lot of my time, but there is always time for sewing and quilting. My friend that introduced me to quilting remains my friend today. We do a lot of texting and send pictures of our current quilts and plan a yearly trip to Paducah, KY every April.