Stephanie's creativity and passion for sewing stems from her family. She was raised surrounded by the talents of her mother, grandmother, and aunts, all accomplished seamstresses. Her grandmother even made dresses for Stephanie and her siblings to wear every holiday and special occasion. It's not a surprise that Stephanie to began hand sewing at an early age and, with those initial projects, discovered a joy in the making process that continued into young adulthood.
In her 20's, Stephanie began sewing more seriously and embarked on many extensive home décor projects such as window treatments, pillows, and aprons. However, it wasn’t until the holiday season of 2007, when she decided to make all her gifts for friends and family, that she considered selling her handmade creations. Finding herself sewing a giant pile of coffee cup cozies, one of her earliest original designs, with a friend, Stephanie realized that the only greater satisfaction than making one hand sewn object is to make more. She decided to try selling her items at a local farmer’s market all while she maintained an office job during the day. Stephanie spent nights sewing and weekends showing and selling her work at local craft fairs in the Boston area to great success. The more she sewed and saw how happy her work made the people around her, the more she wanted to spend all her time focusing on her craft.
It was also around this time that Stephanie began working as the Executive Director of Roslindale Village Main Street, a non-profit organization with the mission to strengthen the economic vitality, physical appearance, and unique local character of the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. Through her work with RVMS she learned the ins and outs of how small local businesses operate and she gained a tremendous amount of experience in many aspects of customer service and public relations, great skills for any small business owner. Her work with the organization was successful and gave her the confidence to strike out on her own, however, the decision to become a full-time craftsperson did not happen overnight for Stephanie. It was the result of many hours of researching, planning and strategizing, though the fuel for her efforts came from knowing where she found her greatest happiness.
The studio at 7 Green Street in Jamaica Plain opened in the spring of 2013 and Stephanie became a full time maker and creative small business owner. Work at the studio has always focused on custom projects as getting to work one on one with clients is one Stephanie's favorite parts of the job. At first, the studio was centered around custom home decor work for Boston locals. However, as the business grew, so did Stephanie's interest in quilting. In 2016, just in time for the studio's three year anniversary, Stephanie transitioned her work to match her passion, focusing on custom memory quilts.
Like Stephanie, studio assistant Sylvia Tomayko-Peters grew up in a creative family and has been drawing, sewing, and writing since she before she can remember. Raised by two visual artist parents on the windy sand dunes of Cape Cod, Sylvia knew that making would always be a part of her life. After earning a BFA at Brown University, focusing on Digital Media and Digital Art, Sylvia felt like it was time to ditch the computer screen and return to her roots: working with her hands. She moved to Somerville, MA in 2014 and started working with Stephanie not long after.
When she's not helping at the studio, Sylvia also runs Middle Dune, her own handmade paper goods and book binding business.
Welcome to Stephanie Cave Design Studio! We're a small custom quilting and sewing studio located in Boston, MA. Stephanie Cave, who has sewn since she was old enough to pick up a needle, opened the studio in 2013, following her dream to become a creative business owner and full time maker. Growing out of custom home interior work, our studio now focuses on Stephanie's true sewing passion - quilting. All our projects, designed and handmade entirely at SCDS, range from custom memory and photograph quilts to ready made throws and wall hangings. We also offer a variety of other services from quilt repair and long arm quilting to custom embroidery and private lessons.
Custom Quilting Projects
We work one-on-one with clients to craft memory quilts, wall hangings, and pillows from t-shirts, other textiles, and photographs. Through careful consultation and a time honored craft we produce unique and thoughtful quilts that preserve memories for generations to come. For more information, see our Custom Quilts.
Ready Made Quilts
In addition to custom work, we offer a variety of quilts that are ready to purchase. These quilts are designed and handmade with care in our JP studio. Our ready made quilts feature designs that we loved so much, we couldn't make just one. To view our current selection, see our Ready Made Quilts shop.