Hi, I'm Liv.
I was raised on a homestead just outside of Manhattan, Kansas. I didn’t realize it at the time, but not everyone grows up with chickens, goats and rabbits out back and a wood stove as the only source of heat through the winter. In every moment, I was surrounded by people who were resourceful and able to create most things from scratch. My dad had a garden each year, and with his own hands and skill, built the houses and hutches for the animals. My mom kept Angora rabbits and Angora goats. My eagerness to learn landed me right beside her, learning how to spin, dye, weave, knit, felt and crochet those natural fibers. My mother also taught me to make braided wool rugs and taught me other resourceful skills such as embroidery, latch hook, locker hook and cross stitch. Though immensely talented with yarn, my mom was no seamstress. She gave me lessons on sewing machine basics and left me to figure the rest out. My next best resource was the public library. I dabbled in doll making and continued sewing various projects through high school, but never meddled past basic curtains or pillows.
Quilting entered my sphere after a meaningful visit to the Beach Museum at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The museum was featuring an exhibit of historical Kansas quilts and it completely pulled me in. I marveled at how women who were so busy just getting through each day somehow found time to hand stitch these works of art. I went straight home and started on my very first quilt. I still have it, and I can tell you it’s no beauty, but it was the first of many. That was in 1999 and I have never looked back.
Making things, fixing things, and giving things new life is where my business and my life roots itself. Where others may find hassle in old things, I am consumed with resourcefulness and ingenuity. When I went to college, I was given a box of kitchen supplies, including a chrome toaster that was made in the 1950’s. It worked great until 2012 and then one of the elements burned out. It could still toast one and a half pieces of bread just fine, so I decided to see if it could be fixed. The repair person told me it would cost $80. You can buy four decent toasters for $80, but why not try and fix it? We are quick to toss. That toaster had already worked great for 60 years with no trouble and I wasn’t willing to put a 3/4 perfectly fine toaster into the landfill in exchange for a $20 one that would break in less than 5 years. So, I fixed it.
I have a deep appreciation for the history and quality of old things. I'm of the opinion that one should use what one has and repair it until it is completely used up. I don't believe in buying just to accumulate. I hope that if you must buy something new, you'll buy the best quality, so it will last. That’s what Fenceline Fabrics is about. It’s a small shop, but it has things that are sustainably well-made.
If I can help you learn how to do something for yourself and give you the resources to do it, I call that success.