Mollie Makes meets: Leah Farquharson

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Say hello to Leah Farquharson: she sews, crochets and runs the Etsy store, Bluebird Chic
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Leah Farquharson is a designer-maker based in the States. She sells her gorgeous quilted camera straps, iPad cases and DSLR cosies through her Etsy shop. Her designs have also appeared in recent issues of Mollie Makes. We caught up with Leah to find out more about her creative adventures.

What first attracted you to quilting?

I had a simple quilt on my bed that my grandmother made for me when I was little, and though my mom wasn’t a sewist, she always admired those who were! We spent many a weekend as a kid wandering through craft/quilt markets – and we always had to check out the entries for the annual county fair. When I was 12, my mom made sure to find someone local who was willing to giving me sewing lessons, and I’m forever grateful!

Tell us your three favourite craft shops
Since I’m a big DIYer, most of the shops that I love and support are for crafting supplies.
• Paper Issues – for my papercrafting supplies

• Revlie – for fun crochet patterns
Sew, Mama, Sew – for fabric and inspiration

What are your favourite blogs at the moment?

Style Me PrettySweet Living Magazine and Tickle The Imagination 
Bluebird Chic - molliemakes.comWhere do you get your inspiration?
So many places! Fashion. Graphic design. Architecture and home interiors. Other artisans. Life.

Is there a tool or gadget you couldn’t live without?
Believe it or not, I’m not a big gadget person! But, I’d have to say that I probably couldn’t live without my cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter. And my iPhone. Does that count?

Do you have any tips for fellow sewists out there?
Sewing is an art of precision, so try to make your cuts as accurate as possible. Always press your fabrics and seams. Choose good quality supplies to work with too.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Striking out to start a handmade business can be scary. Be careful, but don’t let your fear keep you from doing something you love to make a living. Plan lots, but take the leap.