If you're new to my website and this creative small business of mine, let me take a moment to share a glimpse of who I am and the journey behind Glue and Stitch.
I'm Amanda, the creative and sewist behind Glue and Stitch, a venture I embarked upon in 2018. For those who've been with me since the start, you've seen the evolution of this small business. The name Glue and Stitch came about because I initially I combined my love for paper crafting and sewing. I originally made paper crafted shelf sitter signs and I sewed handbags. I loved making two different types of items to keep me busy, but after a few years, my interest in modern quilting began to take shape. I spent much more time sewing and quilting and this took place of the paper crafting. After attending QuiltCon in 2022, I was so inspired by modern quilting that I started to infuse elements of this artistry into the bags I make. And let me tell you, this combination has given me such joy in the creativity it has fostered and it has led to a bunch of completely unique bags. Many of my pieces now carry that modern quilting flair, making it truly one-of-a-kind. My vision is to not only create functional pieces but to weave colors, texture, patterns and a touch of modern artistry into each stitch.
You will also notice in my work that I'm all about those bright and vibrant colors! I love adding some bold prints to amp up the style of a functional handbag. And guess what? The inside of my bags is like a hidden gem, with unexpected fabric prints or selvages that add a fun twist. Because let's be real, the inside should be just as cool as the outside, right? 😉🌈
I absolutely love sharing my passion for bagmaking and quilting through teaching. It's truly a joy to lead classes and help students create and sew a new project that they can use. I teach these classes at local quilt shops in the greater Philadelphia and Lancaster areas. If you're interested in joining, you can find the complete list of scheduled classes on the dedicated page of my website.
A little peek into my world outside of my small business: I am from and currently reside in the Philadelphia area. I am a mom to three amazing kids - Kieran, Greyson, and Lila. Sharing my space is the sweetest Treeing Walker Coonhound, Callie. Partnered with my super-supportive husband, David, whom I met when we both attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York back in 2001. You may see him by my side at makers' markets. (He knows all about fabric and quilting now, it’s amazing). After culinary school, I graduated from Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA where I studied Human Development and Family Science. I had a 10+ year career in retail management after college, which has been an incredibly helpful background to have in running my small business. When it comes to social interactions, I tend to be more introverted, unless, of course, you'd like to engage in a conversation about fabrics – that's a topic I'm always eager to dive into! 😄🧵
Thank you for being a part of my journey. Here's to embracing change, celebrating uniqueness, and stitching together a world of color and creativity! 🎨🧵
Warmest threads, Amanda 🌈✂️