I’m Teresa Coates, a Portland-based maker and writer with a penchant for sewing, teaching, social media marketing, and SE Asia.

I was lucky enough to have traveled to Vietnam with my children to volunteer in orphanages in 2007 and since then I’ve continued to pursue opportunities to help out those children. This has included fundraising campaigns and sewing drives in 2009, 2012 and 2014. I am planning a return trip in the spring of 2016.

I stumbled into the quilting industry in 2011, after decades of sewing anything and everything, when I joined the crew at The Fabric Shop Network and later become the editor of WebCents magazine, from its inception until mid-2013 when I left to work for Robert Kaufman Fabrics in Los Angeles, California. As their Media Relations Specialist I was able to combine my love of fabrics, sewing, blogging, social media marketing and publishing.

Currently I work full-time for Fabric Depot as the social media coordinator, as well as sewing samples, arranging guest instructors, teaching garment sewing and quilt making, and creating patterns and tutorial. I also write and design my own patterns for both Crinkle Dreams and national magazines.

My quilts and sewing projects have appeared in BustQuilty, StitchQuiltmakers’ 100 Quilt Blocks, Generation Q and American Quilt Retailer and I have spoken at both local and national conventions about topics as varied as social media marketing for quilt shop owners, divorced mothers and shared housing.

I am available for quilt guild presentations, individual and group sewing lessons, and social media consultations. If you think we’d work well together, I’d love to hear from you!

Contact me at teresacoates AT mac.com