Today we’d like to introduce you to Beatrice Pacheco.
Beatrice, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started sewing as a therapy to cope with my stress and anxiety and what started as a hobby became a creative love story I never knew would become of it all. I had always wanted to make quilts, being a bit of history buff, I found an interest in 1800s quilt work. Then from there, I started expanding to other things like bibs and skirts for girls. When I work, I’m Zoned in and fall into this complete zen. One day my husband suggested I start trying to turn this new love into a business. Seeing that I got so lost in creating, he provided me with the tools, the support and most of all the love to believe in me and my creativity. Now, I hope to reach others with channeling warmth and compassion, good vibes and an easy peaceful feeling within these quilts and crafts.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
At first, I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going with it. My husband bought my first machine and I basically YouTubed how to sew. I started with the basics like learning to keep a straight line then moved on once I felt it was good enough. I would get too frustrated when the fabric would scrunch up on me and get caught in my machine. It was quite the tedious adventure!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I now make mostly crib quilts and memory quilts for those that ask for them. I also recently have dabbled in making wrap skirts for little girls. It’s a spooky and spunky little theme I got going with them. I guess I’m known for my imagination and how I like to apply it to my work. I’ll come up with and calculate an entire spread in my head in just a few minutes and get to work. Like I said before, I tend to get lost and go mad scientist once I get started on a project. My uncle even called one day after he and my aunt gave me bins of fabric and said “Mija, I’m just wanting to see if you’re still burning the midnight oil” haha. Everyone knows once I start, I don’t stop. I feel What sets me apart is the fact that since sewing had been a source for me to find some mental stability and inner peace, I wanted to share the feeling. I like to set loving intentions into every piece I make so that once the quilt or craft gets shipped to the client, they feel the happy loving vibes and serves them well. Since I practice a craft (a practicing shaman, witch, etc.) I really put my energy for comfort and positivity into my handmade items. So basically, the machine is my cauldron and the fabric, batting and thread are my magical tools and the finished product is the potion!
Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
When we would visit my grandparents, I was always in what was known as the “antique room”. I would go in, lay down on the old bed and stare at the entire room silence. My grandmother had old photos on the walls and furniture pieces dating as far back as the Edwardian era. I could feel the energy of past family members in that room and it made me feel a sense of protection. Then I’d get chased out for getting into boxes and closets, looking for a hidden door because every 90s kid that watched goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark knew rooms like that had to have had a secret door somewhere! I was probably the reason for my grandma’s white hair!
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Photos by Fred Pacheco Jr.