Hi, my name is Tami Levin (née Tami Cohee) and I live in Sunnyvale, CA (part of the bay area of northern California) with my husband Steve, who is part of the internet revolution. I studied fashion design at Otis College of Art & Design (formerly Otis/Parsons) and English Lit at UC Santa Barbara. After a decade in the fashion industry (designing swimwear - mostly for juniors and missy, sometimes for children too) I'm now lucky enough to devote time on my artistic pursuits: a little doll-making but mostly quilt-making and quilting for others at my long arm quilting business, The Quilted Lemon. Of course our dogs Fearghus, Fiona and Frankie (cairn terriers) also take up a lot of our time, the little terrierists.
I've been sewing since I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me a lot of things - how to wing a pattern from newspaper, how to make binding, and how to use what you had in your stash. And my mom taught me how to embroider. She also enrolled me in a sewing class when I was in grade school. Ah, if only you could see the little calico print blouse that I made. It even had pearl snaps on it.
My first quilt was made for my aunt's baby shower when I was 12 or 13. It was part of my home-economics class in junior high school. I insisted that it be fluffy so I used a super high loft batting. Machine pieced but hand-quilted. You could tell that I was young because I used unicorns and pegasuses as the corner quilting designs. Apparently my little cousin loved that quilt until it fell apart. I made my first doll many, many years later when I was at college. It was a present for one of my sisters. I'm not even sure if she still has it, but I had a lot of fun making it.Since then I've been collecting doll patterns and slowly dipping into them. Thirteen years ago I met fellow doll-makers for the first time and have been having a ball ever since. Now I spend most of my time quilting and am a member of three different quilt guilds but occasionally a doll just begs to be made.
Most of the quilts that I made were either baby quilts or wall hanging quilts but I've branched out and began making bigger ones. While we were in Cheyenne, WY (for 1 1/2 years for Steve's work) I began taking longarm classes and rental time in Fort Collins, CO. Once we moved back to CA I bought my very own longarm quilting machine, an APQS Freedom that I call Freddie. He also has a robotics system (IntelliQuilter) on it so that I'm cooking with fire so to speak.
My favorite colors (right now, this changes all the time) are: turquoise, aqua, cobalt blue, yellow, purple, sometimes red (but mostly only for cars) and of course, GREEN. When I was a kid the crayola crayon that I used first was blue green (sniff - I'm sad to say that color has since been retired).
Oh, and the reason why I chose the name Lemon Tree Tales is because I have a very nice lemon tree in the backyard of our house in CA. (And lemon trees make me smile!) So now I look for lemon print fabrics whenever I get a chance. There's just something about a bright yellow that's so cheerful.I try to make a point of responding to all comments because I want to let you know that I appreciate my visitors. If you'd prefer to email me directly, you may do so at:
tami.levin( at )gmail( dot )com
Thanks for dropping by Lemon Tree Tales.