Hi, I'm Meaghan and I'm a fourth generation sewist, stitcher, and crafter. My crafty business began at a folding table in my apartment in Washington DC in 2007 when I decided to return to my childhood love of beading and jewelry making. Over the years, I have worked hard to refine my aesthetic, improve and expand my skills, and make things I love. I have settled into sewing and quilting in a way that has felt like I've finally found my crafty home.
I like to say that So Gingerly is a scrappy riot of color, form, and function. So much of what I make is designed to make your home and life a little tidier, a little brighter, and a lot more fun. My work speaks to kids of all ages and I'm inspired by childlike glee, no matter the source. I meticulously create each [often one-of-a-kind] item in my home studio and sew on a Juki TL-2200QVP as well as a decade-old Singer. I also do quite a bit of hand-stitching -- embroidery, applique, and cross stitch -- as well a little bit of painting. I also incorporate vintage fabrics, findings, and needlepoint into my projects as often as possible.
The So Gingerly product line is separated into four distinct groups: HOLIDAY, which includes hand-stitched ornaments and uniquely quilted stockings; KIDS, which includes utilitarian aprons and library tote bags; HOME DECOR, which includes coaster sets, tea wallets, and pin and earring banners; and ACCESSORIES, which includes a wide variety of large and small zipper pouches. I also take on commissions and custom orders for all of my current shop offerings as well as quilts (baby and throw sizes).
Aesthetically, I love color more than anything else. My favorite colors are those found in the sun - reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks - so you'll see those show up a lot in my work. In an effort to keep my fabric scraps under control and not over-purchase or under-use materials, I really prefer improv quilting and foundation paper piecing, which allow me to use the tiniest pieces of fabric to create unique designs. I use natural, unbleached cotton batting and opt for simple, minimalistic top stitching and accessorizing when it comes to my quilted pieces. Crafting can very easily contribute to the excess and I make every effort to be mindful with my making.
Craft shows are something I love to do and I have participated in shows in the Washington DC metro area since 2008. I am a former member of the DC Craft Mafia, founding member of the Queer Crafter Collective, and I have coordinated the social media/blogging for an incredibly popular DC maker fair called GRUMP for many years.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me via e-mail!
As makers, sometimes who we are gets lost behind what we make, so it is important to share with you that I'm a queer femme, feminist, anti-racist, and ally to marginalized communities. I have also worked in bookstores and libraries for over 16 years, so I am a researcher by nature. I strive to be intentional and thoughtful about what I make and who I support, which includes everything from careful consideration about the stylistic origins of the things I make to ensuring that if I use a fellow maker's pattern to create any part of my work, I have done my research to be certain I have permission to sell my own interpretations...and I cite them!