Hi! I'm Dawn Stewart, the designer behind the wishing well :)
I started quilting in the mid 1980's, making baby quilts for my little ones, and to sell at craft shows and local shops. While in the middle of making my daughter’s graduation quilt in 2003, my old Kenmore sewing machine finally died, so I ran out and bought a new Bernina...and then went looking for some sewing work to pay for it ;)
I started working at a local quilt shop, And Sew It Goes, where I began teaching in 2004, and found that I loved to teach beginners new techniques and being a part of starting them in their quilting journey. Designing for classes and family related projects prompted a branching out into pattern publishing, and Spring Water Designs was born. My designs started appearing in magazines in early 2009, and could be found in publications including:
Quilt Magazine, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quick Quilts & Projects, Create & Decorate, Quiltmaker's 100 Block, & Quilts From 100 Blocks. I also designed Free Project patterns for companies including Quilting Treasures, Fabric-Quilt & Paintbrush Studios, and AccuQuilt. One of my projects event made it on TV, featured as a project on Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting TV show :)
(Currently available SWD Patterns can now be found at our shop, Spring Water Designs Quilting)
Spring Water Designs is a family operation ~
In 2008 my daughter Heather (who made her first quilt while in college for her dorm room) started working with me. Heather has always helped to make samples, and with tech stuff, and is now our shop General Operations Manager. Along with quilting, and specializing in machine quilting ruler work, Heather has a love of hand work that includes wool applique, cross stitch, and punch needle, and we’ve collaborated on a couple of projects that combine quilting and other needle arts, with more planned for the future. Some of Heather's samples have been published in Create & Decorate magazine! I’m having so much fun sharing this journey with her, and having her to bounce ideas off of.
In 2012 we started selling Handi Quilter Long Arm machines, and quickly outgrew my home studio! My husband Bob heads up our Handi Quilter Tech department offering machine set ups, maintenance, and repair.
...So the next chapter of my quilting journey saw us moving Spring Water Designs to a public location at 9691 Gerwig Lane in Columbia, Maryland 21046. (First in 2013 to 2000 sq ft shop in suite A, then in 2016 to double our size by moving into 4000 sq ft suites G/H in the same building...Then in 2022, we expanded again to our current 6000 sq ft by taking over suite F next door!)
Our Current Address is:
9691 Gerwig Lane
Columbia MD 21046
(We're Located in the Broken Land Business Center ~ Click Here for Directions)
I still enjoy making custom quilts and sharing the simple joys of handmade items. I hope you can come and visit our shop when traveling in the Mid Atlantic area!
We hope that your visit to the Spring Water Designs webpage will inspire you to slow down, enjoy the process, and make something handmade.
Enjoy the Day!