Catching up with Modern Domestic

by Rebekah Fink

Shortly after the release of Quiltfolk Issue 01: Oregon, I was as curious about this magazine as all of its new and eager patrons were. This magazine got me in the gut, unlike anything I’d seen before. I had to be a part of it, and in many ways I already was.

Modern Domestic, the curated quilting and sewing studio in NE Portland, OR, was featured in the premier issue of Quiltfolk. As Modern Domestic’s marketing director, I was thrilled to have our shop featured in such a lovely publication. It was only natural to seek the opportunity to work with Quiltfolk too.

And here I am with the special honor of giving you a Modern Domestic update!

Since we left off in Issue 01, Modern Domestic has relocated to a freshly remodeled storefront 10 blocks west of the location previously visited by the Quiltfolk team. We’ve been settled into this space for a year and a half and are celebrating eight years total in the industry.

This move came at a great time for Modern Domestic. We were in a good place before — and it’s tricky to envision room for improvement when you feel you’re excelling. But I love looking back and recognizing that something great can always get better. This move opened my eyes to new ways of viewing growth.

Our new retail space is in a more residential part of the Alberta Arts District — an area that is changing before our eyes. Since Modern Domestic owners Lupine Swanson and Michelle Healy purchased the building, we’ve watched a coffee shop and a grocery store open on our bustling corner.

The weekly Friday Night Sewcials featured in Issue 01 are still going strong, along with longarm quilting and various sewing classes and hourly rentals. Our new space allows us to bring to fruition Lupine and Michelle’s original vision for the studio.

When I asked how it feels to be open for eight years, they both agreed, “I can’t remember life before Modern Domestic. It’s always been in us!”

We still offer the same approachable space and welcoming spirit to sewists and quilters of all skill levels. Our new building embodies the way we always seek opportunities for growth without losing perspective and values. Our new store is better than ever, and so are we!

Visit the shop!
422 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

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