Welcoming Shauna of Shauna Smith Designs to the Moose Family!

Hi Friends!

I’d like to introduce myself – my name is Shauna Smith and I’m one of the new faces you’ll see when you visit the Quilted Moose!  

Debbie was kind enough to bring me on board to mentor me in the long arm, and to help her with the Moose Blog and social media so I thought I’d take the opportunity in my first blog post to tell you a little about myself and let you know who I am!

In a nutshell, I’m a wife and mom of 2 wonderful kids – My husband Chris teaches at Boys Town High School, my daughter Emily is a 24 year old Autism Therapist in Lincoln and my son Ethan is a 19 year old US Army Airborne Infantryman stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I’m also an artist and Etsy shop owner who has re-discovered my love of all things quilting and sewing!

I created my first quilt in my early twenties (completely by hand) and then kids came along and while I still loved to admire quilts, I found little or no time to actually create them! After many years spent in the south, 8 years in Hawaii and 4 back on the east coast, our family finally retired from the Army and settled here in Omaha. 

Now that I’m an empty nester I have finally made time to create a sewing room for myself and have thrown myself into the fiber arts! (I’m sharing pictures of my space with you below). This past year has found me taking classes and creating projects with a wide range of techniques… including wool appliqué, traditional machine piecing, foundation paper piecing, collage, needle turn appliqué, english paper piecing, improv quilting and recently I was lucky enough to learn hand piecing from Jen Kingwell herself when Debbie and the Moose hosted her for 2 days of amazing classes.

I consider myself a “modern traditionalist” quilter – I love a beautiful traditional block or pattern created in a new or fresh way- Quilts with low volume neutrals and bright pops of color always draw my eye!

I look forward to meeting all of you in the shop and sharing all things Moose here on the blog, on our Instagram account and our Pinterest page!  And if there is anything that you’d like to hear about from us (techniques, sew-a-longs, classes etc.) send us suggestions via email or comment below and let us know! 

This is me! The morning I left for my first day of work at the Moose!

This is my home sewing studio – it’s in our basement so lighting is always tricky for me…

I used some Ikea drawers, table tops and legs to create a large sewing table for myself, my Daylight lamp and Juki sewing machine are two of my favorite sewing table “must haves” the table behind my desk is actually a Container Store elfa wrapping station – great for extra table room with drawers for different ongoing projects or blocks of the month.

Behind my sewing table I have drawers that hold notions, ribbons, floss etc. as well as WIPs and UFOs.  On top of the lower drawers I have a quick ironing station.

Here’s a closeup of my “wrapping station” project table. The basket that came with it makes a handy basket for my rulers. The Bisley drawers came from The Container Store and holds needles, sewing machine feet and tools, bobbins and spools of thread and other misc items.

My husband and I made my design wall one morning (really a quick and inexpensive project!).  It’s made from thick blue foam core (from Lowes) duct tape and a large flannel flat sheet. On it is my current quilt “Trinket” from Alison Glass.  Below my design wall are small Ikea cubes that hold quite a bit of my english paper piecing projects and tools as well as my ongoing collage projects. On top I have containers with fat quarters.

Above is my large stash and project wall. The cubes hold different crafty supplies as well as my pens for hand-lettering but the rest holds some yardage, precuts and fat quarters. Lower cubes have quilt books and shoe box clear containers from The Container Store that hold future projects and the bottom row holds my scraps.  Each cube has a color family (Neutrals, yellows/browns, reds/pinks etc.) and the containers are separated into 1″ hexies, 3/4″ hexies, tumbler blocks, 2.5″ strips, scraps for paper piecing and strip scraps as well as different sizes of half square triangles.  I use my Accuquilt system to cut my scraps into useable shapes for scrappy quilts.

On my cutting table I have my Accuquilt system and dies, cubbies for scraps (separated into colors and ready to be cut into useable shapes) batting scraps and other misc items.

In the corner is my comfy chair  ready to sit and hand piece or relax in front of the TV (or YouTube quilting tutorial lol) I have another set of Ikea cubes that hold my Silhouette system, quilting and knitting books (and it’s also handy for holding my glass of wine) above the cubbies is a paper cutting system made from wood and pipe fittings – it holds my Steam-a-Seam nicely!

That’s about it! Thanks for letting me share my sewing space with you and introducing myself! I can’t wait to bring you more quilting news and fun from the Quilted Moose in the days and weeks to come!

-Shauna