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Monday, August 7, 2017

Meet the Designers 2017

Who are we at CKC? We are designers and moms who have an absolute blast providing high quality sewing patterns for you! While we got our start just a few years ago, we have grown and accomplished so much! Would you believe we have over thirty people on staff now? We haven't grown too big for our britches though, as my grandma used to say. At heart, we are still a team of moms who simply love to create new designs for our kiddos and customers. And today you can get to know us all a little better!


We love that we have a variety of personalities and different styles of training on our team. We want our patterns to be super fun and also beginner friendly. Thank you for helping us get to where we are today! 

Please note that this blog post isn't intended to be formal biographies or a list of qualifications.  Rather, we just want to have some fun introducing ourselves to you with some basics about who and what we are! And we would love to get to know all about YOU too, so please come hang out with us in our CKC Patterns group any time you'd like!  Okay, enough talk from me... let's get to know each of the designers. <3 

We're starting with our two founders and co-owners at CKC, Shannon and Tiffany. Enjoy!


Shannon Donoghue

Specialty: Girls
Family: I have been married to my husband Jesse for 10.5 years. We have two kids Charlotte, 7, and Xavier, 8, 1 Australian Shepard, Jill, and 8 chickens!!! 
Location: Grosse Ile, mi
Favorite CKC pattern: Poppy's, Hattie's, and Monica's 
Best movie ever: Harry Potter series 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: anything with coconut 
Or mint chocolate chip Random life goal: to learn how to build things with wood 
Most recent book I read for fun: the girl on the train
Favorite sewing technique: topstitching. It just makes everything look so clean and crisp! 
Something I always have with me while sewing: Netflix or audible
How much sleep I get on average: probably 6 hrs
Nickname I had growing up: 
My super power: throwing parties and cooking amazing meals on the fly
Favorite part of working with CKC: all the fun people I get to interact with every day!



Tiffany Vela

Specialty: All things behind the scenes.
Family: Jody husband of 13 years, Ethan 12, Aidan 11, Natalie 9. 2 yorkies Bella and Lilly. A frenchie Harley, a kitten Gabby, a bearded dragon, 12 chickens, 2 turkeys and 2 twin goats coming home in 2 weeks!
Location: Oakland County, Michigan
Favorite CKC pattern: it's always changing! Favorite one I've written is Mindy or Primrose. To sew is Honey's or Kimber.
Best movie ever: I don't watch TV really, but I guess inception.
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I do not like ice cream, at all! Watermelon slushy is my jam! 
Random life goal: Grow our little homestead. More land would mean more animals! Alpacas, Llamas, horses, pigs, i would have everything if I could and farm everyday! I love nature. And learning another language. Currently I'm learning Hebrew and dream of visiting Jerusalem at least once!
Most recent book I read for fun: I'm always reading! Right now Anne of Avonlea, created with purpose and the art of loving are all 3 being read!
Favorite sewing technique: Using my cover stitch to top stitch. It sews smooth as butter and looks so good.
Something I always have with me while sewing: Audible books or podcasts at all times!
How much sleep I get on average: Ha what's that? Maybe 5 if I'm lucky!
Nickname I had growing up: Sissy, Jewel and sisto mondo daddio dude. 
My super power: I can never stop doing something. I never give up on anything, and I always have to finish every project as soon as I start. I'm hyper focused on any task I set my mind to and keep a really clean house!
Favorite part of working with CKC: I love seeing new seamstresses grow into the skill and find their own style while also finding confidence! I just love seeing growth and determination work for other seamstresses who never give up!





Nikki Luke

Specialty: Women's 
Family: I married my high school sweetheart 17 years ago and we have 3 amazing kids (a 15 year old girl, 12 year old boy and 7 year old girl) a cute chihuahua named Tinker Bell and a cat named Silver Bell
Location: small town in the MO boot heel, Campbell, MO 
Favorite CKC pattern: 
Freya is my current favorite. But Catarina is a close second! 
Best movie ever: The Princess Bride!
Favorite flavor of ice cream: turtle pecan 
Random life goal: to move near the ocean 
Most recent book I read for fun: the newest book(the 6th book)in my husband's book series, The Timeless Book Series by Tyson Luke 
Favorite sewing technique:
Something I always have with me while sewing: wave tuck fabric manipulation
How much sleep I get on average: 2-4 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Nick by friends and my brother, BooBoo by my dad and mom 
My super power: 
Being able to tell women what size to make to get the best fit. My husband says it's hearing everything. I can be doing something and him talk to me and 3-5 minutes later I replay his convo in my head and answer him. Maybe that has something to do with my photographic memory.
Favorite part of working with CKC: All the Customers, Testers and other designers I get to know and become friends with. I love that sometimes we can message for hours. And getting to put my design/drafting schooling to good use to help women feel good about them self.


Courtney Hetzer

Specialty: Social Media
Family: Hubby, 2 girls, and one boy
Location: DFW Texas
Favorite CKC pattern: Of mine- Paige; otherwise Kimber
Best movie ever: I love classic musicals! Sound of Music, King and I, Mary Poppins, Moulin Rouge, etc
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I like ice cream with a lot of stuff in it :) Cookie dough, oreos, fudge, you name it. And of course, Bluebell.
Random life goal: I like change, so maybe cram as much into this life as I can!
Most recent book I read for fun: biography on Marie Antoinette
Favorite sewing technique: Don't really have one! I just like to complete an outfit, which rarely happens these days :0
Something I always have with me while sewing: a drink- coffee, tea, or beer/wine
How much sleep I get on average: lately 4-6 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Courtini, Coco
My super power: procrastination
Favorite part of working with CKC: Getting to do a job I am passionate about- encouraging and teaching others to sew- while staying home with my babies!!

Morgan Tolentino

Specialty: Girl’s
Family: Myself, hubby, daughter and the sweetest old beagle
Location: Lexington, Ky
Favorite CKC pattern: I’m a sucker for Poppy
Best movie ever: Grease
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate Bourbon
Random life goal: Hike in all 50 states
Most recent book I read for fun: The Handmaidens Tale
Favorite sewing technique: Blind hems
Something I always have with me while sewing: Thread snipers
How much sleep I get on average: 6 hours a night
Nickname I had growing up: Moegan Forgin
My super power: Sewing, of course!
Favorite part of working with CKC: It has allowed me to not only stay home with my daughter for 5 years now, but also has given me a group of girls I rely on for anything. My CKC family are the best group of girls to get mom, sewing, business, wife advice. And are the best at listening to vent/rant when its needed. I’m the Mom I am because of this.


Kristen Nelson

Specialty: Boy patterns, Blogging

Family: Five kids, ages 5 to 14, (four boys, one girl) and one awesome husband

Location: Idaho

Favorite CKC pattern: Brock's Letterman Jacket for boys, Tansy's PJ's for girls

Best movie ever: The new Lego Batman movie 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Sweet Cream
Random life goal: Mediterranean Cruise
Most recent book I read for fun: Princess and the Prom Queen by Jaclyn Weist
Favorite sewing technique: Topstitching! Also buttonholes. 
Something I always have with me while sewing: Music! The louder the better.
(Most often it is Amazon's "Top Pop (Clean)" station on my phone.) 
How much sleep I get on average: I try for 8 but it's usually 6. 
Nickname I had growing up: I didn't really have one. I guess my name was already fabulous?
My super power: Hearing. If my kids try *anything* out of line, I hear them from a mile away. 
Favorite part of working with CKC: Helping people try new things! Everyone starts somewhere and I love being a part of that. "I can't believe I made that" is my favorite thing to hear.

Tosha Smith

Specialty: Dancewear
Family: married to my husband Joey for 12 yrs now. We have Two girls (kylie 12yrs & Lyla 6yrs). We don't plan on trying for a boy soooo.... I have made myself mom to 3 male goats, 1 male cat and 2 male dogs lol We also have a girl dog and 6 hens! 
Location: Cleveland Texas
Favorite CKC pattern: Faryn's Formal!
Best movie ever: I still love the notebook! 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I don't like ice cream. I can eat a whole pan of brownies tho 
Random life goal: To fill up my passport!
Most recent book I read for fun: I have about 10 magazine subscriptions... do those count?
Favorite sewing technique: twin needle! It was a game changer when I first started with dancewear!
Something I always have with me while sewing: Noise! I can't sew when it's dead silent. If the kids are gone I turn on the tv or radio just to have noise.
How much sleep I get on average: I'm kinda stingy with my sleep, I don't do good without it so I'd say 8-9hrs on average.
Nickname I had growing up: Tosh
My super power: Balance! Sometimes I don't know how I keep up honestly. I have a continuous list running through my mind 24/7 and even when it feels like I've accomplished the world there's still more....
Favorite part of working with CKC: I love getting to put my creativity to use but above all I've made lifelong friends in other designers on our team that I wouldn't trade for anything!

Emily Wise

Specialty: Girls
Family: married 15 years 5 kids from 13 to 10 months, 2 goats, 2 outdoor dogs, 1 outdoor cat, chickens.
Location: College Station Texas (Aggieland)
Favorite CKC pattern: Polly's
Best movie ever: sound of music
Favorite flavor of ice cream: rocky road
Random life goal:
Own a milk cow and make everything dairy from scratch.
Most recent book I read for fun: David Copperfield
Favorite sewing technique: custom bias tape
Something I always have with me while sewing: my iron.
How much sleep I get on average: 7 usually interrupted hours. I'll sleep someday, right?
Nickname I had growing up: Em
My super power: homeschool mom & learning new things.
Favorite part of working with CKC: having a creative outlet for making pretty things and photographing my kids.




Tara Stribling

Specialty: Embroidery
Family: 4 kids
Location: College Station, Tx
Favorite CKC pattern: Brewsters bubble skirt
Best movie ever: The Princess Bride 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: mint chocolate chip
Random life goal: Run an official half marathon (ran one "on my own" before)
Most recent book I read for fun: To Be Told, by Dan Allender, PhD.
Favorite sewing technique: applique
Something I always have with me while sewing: Seam ripper
How much sleep I get on average: 8
Nickname I had growing up: Tara-No-Hair-a 
My super power: multi tasking
Favorite part of working with CKC: having a creative outlet and being a part of a supportive and inspiring group



Susan Smith

Specialty: Girls but starting to work on lots of classic boys stuff too :)
Family: Jackson (3) and two furbabies :) 
Location: San Antonio, TX
Favorite CKC pattern: there are too many to choose from! I find myself making a ton of Marissas though 
Best movie ever: hmm Dirty Dancing is my go to
Favorite flavor of ice cream: chocolate with peanut butter from Baskin Robbins!
Random life goal: visit every continent- minus Antarctica 
Most recent book I read for fun: I don't even remember!
Favorite sewing technique: pleating 
Something I always have with me while sewing: Seam ripper
How much sleep I get on average: 4-5 hours
Nickname I had growing up: qbaby
My super power: sarcasm
Favorite part of working with CKC: the amazing group of women I have the pleasure of working with!

Brooklyn Barlow

Specialty: Pageant Wear

Family: I have 2 Girls, 2 and 4 years old, and I'm growing one little surro baby.

Location: Northern Colorado

Favorite CKC pattern: My favorite to write was Sue Ellen because of the new techniques taught. My Favorite to sew is Cherri, because it never fails to disappoint.

Best movie ever: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (I love them all, but if I have to pick just one...)
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I really don't like Ice Cream and avoid it at all costs, but if I have to choose a flavor, Vanilla.
Random life goal: To unpack my house and finish organizing my life so I no longer have projects. That's possible right??
Most recent book I read for fun: Harry Potter, I believe the last I read was the 7th book, I'm always cycling through them and rereading them all. 
Favorite sewing technique: Fishing line hems, So much wow for so little effort.
Something I always have with me while sewing: My phone, because how else would Facebook distract me through out the day?
How much sleep I get on average: I typically go to bed around midnight or 1 am, and I'm up around 7 or 8, so about 8 hours if I'm lucky. 
Nickname I had growing up: Squeaker. I used to love to eat squeaky cheese, hence the name.
My super power: I grow families :) so that's my super power.
Favorite part of working with CKC: Being able to share my knowledge with others and help bring back a lost art. Empowering others with the skills they need to make beautiful things! I love seeing all the creations made with my patterns.

Stephanie Baker

Specialty: Girls'

Family: Married to my high school sweetheart, we've got one daughter who's 5 going on 15 and a rowdy boy who's 3.

Location: Dallas, TX

Favorite CKC pattern: Gosh...Shiloh's or Wilhelmina's

Best movie ever: I'm throwing it back with Hocus Pocus. I watched that non-stop growing up. I love anything Disney.

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Oh man, I discovered Blue Bell Texas Two Step this week. Go get you some, cookie dough meets cookies and cream!
Random life goal: Visit all the states with my kids before they don't want to travel with me anymore.
Most recent book I read for fun: I think it must have been Big Little Lies.
Favorite sewing technique: Do scallops count?!
Something I always have with me while sewing: My iron
How much sleep I get on average: I'm good with 5 hours.
Nickname I had growing up: Stephy or Stephy Boo (my parents still call me this)
My super power: I'm a mom, doesn't get much more super than that!Favorite part of working with CKC: Seeing those proud little faces in mommy's first handmade piece!




Kara Anderson

Specialty: Social Media 
Family: I have 2 kids, a 5 year old girl and a 9 year old boy, and the most amazing husband who is as big of a nerd as I am. We share a house with my parents, which makes us a family of 6 altogether. 
Location: Springfield, IL 
Favorite CKC pattern: Celeste 
Best movie ever: My absolute favorite is Breakfast at Tiffanys. 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Chunky Monkey 
Random life goal: To travel to London and Paris
Most recent book I read for fun: The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey 
Favorite sewing technique: Finishings like French Seams, and hidden seams anything that gives a super professional finish. 
Something I always have with me while sewing: Netflix and Diet Coke 
How much sleep I get on average: 4-5 hours. I've always suffered from insomnia and have a terrible time sleeping. 
Nickname I had growing up: I never really had any. Hard to have a nickname when your actual name is only 4 letters long. 
My super power: Managing a crazy busy life where I'm constantly on the move taking someone to something . 
Favorite part of working with CKC: Helping out people when they have questions, I love helping others learn. Also I love spreading the CKC love all over the Internet!



Elizabeth DeJesus

Specialty: Girls Designer 
Family: 4 children- 3 boys, and 1 girl ages 15, 12, 9 and 4 
Location: Virginia 
Favorite CKC pattern: Pamela's Princess Dress 
Best movie ever: Best of Me
Favorite flavor of ice cream: no favorite, i do t eat it alot
Random life goal: travel the world 
Most recent book I read for fun: haven't read in a while :( except for dowry of a wimpy kid
Favorite sewing technique: 
Something I always have with me while sewing: my dog Clover.. She likes to be with me and likes the sound of my machines 
How much sleep I get on average: not enough lol. Probably 2- 5 hours 
Nickname I had growing up: Queenie
My super power: knowing when someone is lying and feeling in my gut when something is wrong. It's always right . 
Favorite part of working with CKC: My new family within the staff, and testers. I've met so many amazing people since I've been working with CKC and i couldn't imagine a life without them in it.



Shannon Buckbee

Specialty: Girls
Family: I am married to my husband Chris. We have 4 kids: Dustin (21), Christian (20), Madeline (9) and Karrington (7). We also have 2 dogs, 5 cats, 1 guinea pig and 1 rat. Never a dull moment around here but I wouldn't have it any other way. 
Location: Bryan, Texas
Favorite CKC pattern: Hmm this is hard but I'd probably say Evangeline. It's the one that I'm most proud of designing. If I had to choose one that isn't my design I would say Everlee. It is one of my "go to" patterns and my girls both love it.
Best movie ever: The Exorcist or IT...pretty much anything scary I love. 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Sweet Cream with rainbow sprinkles from Marble Slab
Random life goal: Pub crawl through Ireland!!! 
Most recent book I read for fun: Well I read on average 2-3 books per week (I LOVE READING) but right now I'm reading the Charley Davidson series and loving it. 
Favorite sewing technique: Not really a technique but I love piping. I seriously want to add piping to everything!
Something I always have with me while sewing: Coffee or a Cocktail
How much sleep I get on average: 2-4 hours. I suffer from insomnia so I rarely sleep more than a couple of hours at a time. Hard on the body but I get a lot of work done in the middle of the night.
Nickname I had growing up: Pookie. My daddy used to call me this when I was little. Not sure why but it stuck and my sisters still call me that to this day.
My super power: Nursing critically ill animals back to health as a special needs foster.
Favorite part of working with CKC: Getting to wake up and feed my passion for designing every day while surrounded by amazing women that love and embrace my crazy!



Tiffany Spence Argueta

Specialty: Girl's
Family: I am married to the boy I knew I would marry the first time I saw him in 7th grade. We have two amazing girls, 9 and 7, who are homeschooled. We also have 5 dogs.
Location: Dallas, Tx
Favorite CKC pattern: Grayson's or Waverly
Best movie ever: Ooohhh this one is so hard! I love series like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Back to the Future.
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Cookies and Cream from Braum's
Random life goal: To run a race in every state
Most recent book I read for fun: Currently reading the Food Truck Murders series
Favorite sewing technique: I recently learned pleats and zippers. Now I want to zipper all the things!
Something I always have with me while sewing: Luke Bryan on Spotify
How much sleep I get on average: 8 hours, you don't want to be my friend when I don't get enough sleep.
Nickname I had growing up: Tiff, Tiffers, Tiffy Bean, Mouse
My super power: I can turn a messy kitchen to "Mr.Clean- clean" in like 10 minutes :)
Favorite part of working with CKC: When customers sew my patterns and I get to see all the finished products!



Tamara Murphy


Specialty: Baby designer

Family: I recently married my soulmate and we have a big, beautiful blended family with 9 kids altogether, ranging in age from 3 to 15 (5 of which I have birth to :)

Location: southern ohio

Favorite CKC pattern: honey

Best movie ever: the lucky one (who doesn't feel lucky to have Zac Efron on this planet?)

Favorite flavor of ice cream: vanilla with hard coating chocolate poured over it
Random life goal: be a light so that others will see God's love through my life ♡
Most recent book I read for fun: surviving a blended family LOL (But I had to quit reading the book because I lost it somewhere in the laundry piles.)
Favorite sewing technique: seam ripping. Wait is that an actual technique? I'm pretty good at it :)
Something I always have with me while sewing: coffee and my seam ripper
How much sleep I get on average: 4 to 5 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Skinard Leonard. My dad still calls me that from time to time.
My super power: making babies ♡
Favorite part of working with CKC: hands down building relationships with my co workers. They are wonderful ladies who walk with each other through the good and the bad!







Melissa Walker

Specialty: Women’s
Family: 3 kids, 2 boys, 1 girl
Location: Utah
Favorite CKC pattern: Sydney’s, Tawyn’s and Dahila’s
Best movie ever: The Notebook
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Cookies and Cream
Random life goal: Travel Overseas
Most recent book I read for fun: Not much of a reader but I think the last book I read was a parenting book.
Favorite sewing technique: Plackets and Button holes
Something I always have with me while sewing: Hot hemmer
How much sleep I get on average: 6 hours, I am usually up late working on patterns.
Nickname I had growing up: Missy
My super power: Multi-tasking
Favorite part of working with CKC: Working with all of the other CKC designers and testers. I get so excited seeing what others create using my patterns.



Haley Paige

Specialty: Girls
Family: 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and border collie named Hank 
Location: Waxahachie, TX
Favorite CKC pattern: My favorite patterns that I've designed are Lynlees and Lorraine's. But I'm also obsessed with Alexis' Bubble Dress! 
Best movie ever: The Longest Ride
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I've become lactose Intolerant, but I really liked blue bell rocky road! Random life goal: travel to France and Ireland! 
Favorite sewing technique: sewing invisible zippers! I just recently learned and it's fabulous!! 
Something I always have with me while sewing: Clover clips! 
How much sleep I get on average: About 4 hours 
Nickname I had growing up: Hales 
My super power: Does clumsiness count? I trip over my own feet and the cracks in the sidewalk.
Favorite part of working with CKC: I love being able to be apart of others lives, seeing them make outfits for their kids! It just makes my heart so happy!



Suze Vinton


Specialty: Dolls
Family: married with 4 kids (2 boys and 2 girls)
Location: AZ
Favorite CKC pattern: boy ( Zach and Jakob) girls ( Larkin)
Best movie ever: Beauty and the Beast
Favorite flavor of ice cream: not really a big fan
Random life goal: Be the best me.
Most recent book I read for fun: Harry Porter ( don't care for it)
Favorite sewing technique: Ruffle.... I LOOOVE ruffle.
Something I always have with me while sewing: music
How much sleep I get on average: 4-5 hours
Nickname I had growing up: not happening
My super power: others opinions of me doesn't really matter to me.
Favorite part of working with CKC: I get to be friends with the most talented, amazing women I know.



Jeannie Olson


Specialty: Men's
Family: hubby 24 years next month, Damien 22, DIL-Beth 20, Brittnee 20, Christian 18, Brayden 16, and Paxten 8.
Location: Garland UT
Favorite CKC pattern: Tough choice! I have probably used Emmets the most.
Best movie ever: Goonies. I grew up on the Oregon Coast where it was made.
Favorite flavor of ice cream:Tillamook chocolate peanut butter
Random life goal: I hope I never quit learning!
Most recent book I read for fun: Dragon Watch Fablehaven with my kids.
Favorite sewing technique: I love my twin needle.
Something I always have with me while sewing: Treats mints hot tamales things like that.
How much sleep I get on average: 6 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Jeans still get called that.
My super power: Somehow managing the chaos of big kids and a little one with lots of medical and special needs. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Favorite part of working with CKC: The staff friendship and support of each other as well as the group and how everyone is always willing to answer a question and help each other be better.





Brenda Haas

Specialty: Dancewear, women's Dancewear
Family: daughter Michaelene, son in law to be Anthony, grands Rowan and Temperance; daughter Lucia (lu-Sha) aka Lucy, Boyfriend Steve, pets Fidelma, Boogie Beast, and Lilo
Location: Flint, Michigan from Kalamazoo
Favorite CKC pattern: not Ingrid!! Lol...made way too many of them!! Xiomara's is pretty nice, fits amazing! 
Best movie ever: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite flavor of ice cream: chocolate
Random life goal: be happy always
Most recent book I read for fun: Ink and Bone, favorite book is Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Favorite sewing technique: elastic foot
Something I always have with me while sewing: small scissors, bodkin
How much sleep I get on average: 5-6 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Boo or Bree, BK as I got older. Rarely had anyone used my first name until I entered the corporate world.
My super power: predict what happens next in movies, organize chaos
Favorite part of working with CKC: the camraderie, helping others learn to sew fun stuff for themselves, family and to grow a business.



Sheena Elkeema


Specialty: Quilt Patterns
Family: I have a husband, Tyler (30), Two daughters, Alexia (almost 8) and Olivia (6), two dogs, Roxie and Freya, and a cat named Chi Chi
Location: Regina, SK
Favorite CKC pattern: My favourite pattern of mine is Nicola, so simple and fast! My favourite overall pattern is Delaney! I use it for pretty much everything!
Best movie ever: Mean Girls!!
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Cookie Dough
Random life goal: To one day own a quilt/fabric shop!
Most recent book I read for fun: I recently finished reading the Harry Potter series for the billionth time!
Favorite sewing technique: Free motion quilting! There's no right or wrong way to do it, and it just looks so pretty!
Something I always have with me while sewing: My phone, so I can watch Netflix or listen to music!
How much sleep I get on average: If I had my way, I'd get at least 12 hours a night (and do on the weekends!) During the week, I get closer to 6-8 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Sheena Bo Beena
My super power: I can ALWAYS tells when my kids (or hubby!) are full of it! Either they're all terrible fibbers, or I'm awesome. I choose to believe the latter.
Favorite part of working with CKC: All of the amazing women I get to work with! Seriously, they're all amazing. It's one big family, and I'm so blessed to be a part of it!



Alisa Otto


Specialty: Women's

Family: daughter, hubster, and a really cute (but dumb) boxer mix

Location: Texas

Favorite CKC pattern: all the ones I've designed that haven't been released to testers yet ;P 

Best movie ever: This is hard! I really love The Goonies and Fight Club. I've probably watched those movies more than any others so maybe I should go with those?
Favorite flavor of ice cream: mint chocolate chip
Random life goal: hike the PCT
Most recent book I read for fun: Thru-hiking will break your heart
Favorite sewing technique: Hong Kong seam finish
Something I always have with me while sewing: Seam ripper
How much sleep I get on average: 4-5 hours
Nickname I had growing up: I didn't have a nickname, just no one can pronounce my name right so there are probably twelve different names people call me. (it's uh-lee-suh)
My super power: I'm ridiculously punny
Favorite part of working with CKC: all the people are so sweet!




Tiffaney Coleman

Specialty: Girl's
Family: I've been married to my husband Frank for 19 yrs. We have 3 children: Hailey (18), Joshua (15), and Lilley (4). We have 1 spoiled dog and 1 cat (but don't tell him he's a cat )
Location: New Caney, TX (30 min north or Houston) 
Favorite CKC pattern: I am working on my very first pattern, it will always be special to me because it's my first! Other than that, I love Cosette. I've made countless of them. 
Best movie ever: Can I say TV show? Because that would be Roseanne! 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I can't have ice cream  (dairy allergy) 
Random life goal: I just reached my life goal; to have my dream job! My next goal I guess will be to have a fabulous functioning sewing studio. 
Most recent book I read for fun: I love reading Grace Livingston Hill books. I am currently reading Marcia Schuyler by her. 
Favorite sewing technique: shirring. But I also love embroidery 
Something I always have with me while sewing: I usually have Roseanne playing. 
How much sleep I get on average: about 6 hrs
Nickname I had growing up: Tiffy
My super power: prayer. 
Favorite part of working with CKC: I feel beyond blessed and honored to be apart of the CKC design team. I've loved CKC since I found them 3 yrs ago. I learned how to sew using CKC patterns. I then decided I love creating patterns too, so I took design classes and now here I am! I love how everyone at CKC is so very helpful and encouraging.



Jessica Lang


Specialty: Girls and dolls
Family: Hubby Jerry, two kids Brayden (9) & Riley (7) and one puppy, Chunk
Location: Pensacola, FL
Favorite CKC pattern: I don't have any of my own out yet, but my favorite of all time has to be Nova
Best movie ever: The Labyrinth, or The Dark Crystal, or any of the Tim Burton claymation movies
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Rocky Road, but it has to have real marshmallows in it
Random life goal: To one day travel to a different country
Most recent book I read for fun: A Feast for Crows from the game of thrones books.
Favorite sewing technique: Ruffles! They take me forever but I love them anyway
Something I always have with me while sewing:
How much sleep I get on average: 7 during the summer and usually around 4 during the school year.
Nickname I had growing up: Katy Did
My super power:
Favorite part of working with CKC: Getting to know all of the amazing designers and customers! And of course seeing all of the finished pretties





Carol Smith


Specialty: Crochet

Family: Married to Bob since 1976. 3 kids plus a step daughter and daughter-in law, son-in law, 3 granddaughter and 3 grandsons, 2 great granddaughters

Location: New Caney, Texas

Favorite CKC pattern: dancewear

Best movie ever: The Ghost and the Darkness, I love the music!

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Rocky Road
Random life goal: Finish building my house
Most recent book I read for fun: Alex Cross
Favorite sewing technique: crochet
Something I always have with me while sewing: bag of crochet needles
How much sleep I get on average: 3 to 4 hours
Nickname I had growing up: Candy (my brother couldn't say Carol)
My super power: Grandma Love
Favorite part of working with CKC: I'm pretty new, but I like the enthusiasm and the great ideas that everyone shares.

Steph Carter

Specialty: Toys
Family: I married my high school sweetheart. We will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in August. We have 2 girls, Elliot-9 and Minerva-6, and 1 boy Riddick-5
Location: South Central Pennsylvania
Favorite CKC pattern: From my patterns, its Patchouli. My first will always be special. Outside of mine, it changes daily. Today its Moxie because I just made one! 
Best movie ever: Labyrinth. I have loved Bowie since I was little!
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Ice cream is my weakness. I love it all, except butter pecan! Yak!
Random life goal: I want to visit every baseball stadium with my boy (husband).
Most recent book I read for fun: Currently reading The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child...but I don't get much down time to read.
Favorite sewing technique: Everything. I just want to sew all the things!
Something I always have with me while sewing: Music...90% of the time its Pearl Jam. Love me some Eddie Vedder! My 2 dogs are usually close by too.
How much sleep I get on average: @8. i need sleep!
Nickname I had growing up: Sissy. My mom still calls me sissy.
My super power: maybe my creativity. I've always been drawn to art and color. I aced Color Theory in college! I love picking fabrics and matching pieces that maybe someone else would never put together. Outside of sewing...walking/running. I had pretty invasive spine surgery 3 years ago and have screws and cadaver bone holding my spine in place. I had an amazing Neurosurgeon and can now function pain free! 
Favorite part of working with CKC: I've been a fan girl for years. Its still soaking in that I'm actually staff! I love this job, I love my co workers, and i LOVE our fans. Seeing what fans make from my patterns is pretty amazing! It makes my heart smile! 

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And there you have it! Wasn't that fun? I wasn't kidding when I said we have a variety of personalities on our team! And we wouldn't want it any other way. While we have lots of fun working together, we are inspired every day by YOU and want to create the best patterns we can. If you ever have suggestions, questions, or feedback for us, please email ckcpatterns@gmail.com! We love hearing from you. 


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