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Have you ever just wanted to quilt?

That is how The Sewing Escape started. As an elementary school teacher, wife and mother to two children, I always dreamt of having a quiet place to express my creative side that was just mine and I always longed for a quilt — but I had never sewn anything before. My passion soon sparked a dream: what if I created a space for other sewing enthusiasts to lounge? To leave the responsibilities, the family, and their work all behind? To escape.

I wanted more than anything to create a lounge experience where
needle and thread and friends met.
The vision emerged for me. I would develop a beautiful & unique shared studio, a place where we could all create the precious things we make together — not just quilting. For all fiber arts.

And sew, The Sewing Escape was born. It would give all of us the opportunity to unwind, feel good, relieve stress, boost self-esteem, inspire, learn, experience a longarm, foster creativity, and practice self-care throughout our busy lives, together. This was my passion, my way of giving back, and my way of offering people a way to nourish their souls. It was and still remains my purpose.

-Susan McAllister, Owner
Meet the Team

Sandy Carreon

I learned how to sew at an early age as my mother was a seamstress who sewed for others in our home.  I would make clothes for my Barbie’s and later took home ed in middle school and then started making my own clothes.  Like my mom, I made clothes for my kids when they were younger.  Growing up, we all had quilts that my grandmother had handquilted and had wool blankets for batting-they were so warm in the winter.  My mother made simple patchwork quilts out of the scraps left over from her sewing projects.  She used the fluffy polyester batting and tyed them with yarn.  I admired quilts but never thought I’d be able to make them and really did not know where to start.  On a vacation in 1993 to see my sister in Oregon she introduced me to the quiltmaking world, with books and rotary cutters and mats and rulers (oh my).  Of course my first quilts were twin size for my daughters beds.  I even hand quilted them, boy was that a chore.  In the years since, I have had all sorts of seasons.  I worked on miniature quilts for a while. I’ve done paper piecing and applique.  Hand quilting and machine quilting.  I joined a local quilt guild for a few years (1998-2000), but ended up putting the quilting aside for the most part when I took on homeschooling our children.  I rejoined the guild in2011 and have held various positions.   I had my own sewing business for a few years doing a few commissioned quilts, working for designers making samples of purses (one was made out of artificial turf), clothing and costumes. Now that the kids are grown and doing their own things I feel it is time for me to pursue my interests and passions.  Right now my passions are free-motion quilting and making wholecloth wall hangings and art quilts.

Zina Clark

Also known as Zanymouse. I have been sewing since I was about 11 years old, beginning with garments. I finished my first quilt in 2003, and never looked back. I enjoy exploring new techniques, with an emphasis on contemporary and modern design. I love sharing my knowledge with people, and I am continually learning.