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For nearly twenty years, Sandy Harris has been designing patterns for quiltmaking, mostly applique but a few patchwork patterns, too.  Before that, she was a child care provider, an early childhood educator, a curriculum writer, and even had a short-term job illustrating a book for the forest service.  Most of her patterns reflect her love of children, animals and nature. 


Sandy says that she would probrably live and work outdoors 24/7 if she could.  But she lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest of the US and that just isn't practical.  "We don't get a whole lot of rain, really," she says, "only 40 inches annually which is similar to many other geographic regions."  But unlike those other areas, the rain in her part of Oregon usually takes its own sweet time coming down.  "It could rain all week here and the grand total might be as much as a scant 1/4 inch, the same measurement that quilters are abundantly familiar with." 


Rain is so common in the Pacific Northwest that it's euphemistically called "liquid sunshine" because sometimes it seems like it's the only way residents will get any sunshine.  "One night as I was trying to think of a business name for my pattern design adventure, the rain decided to come down fast enough that I could hear it pelting the roof.  I wondered what those big, fat raindrops would be called in terms of liquid sunshine and thought, "sundrops...they'd be called sundrops!"


<>As you've probably guessed by now, Sandy liked the word so much that she used it in her business name, Sundrop Designs.  And it seems that she's had a lot of fun incorporating the raindrop shape into many of her designs.  Later, she learned that there's a wildflower native to the Rocky Mountains named sundrop, as well as a soda pop in the southern states named SunDrop, and quite a few little league teams with SunDrop in their names somewhere.  "But I still meet a lot of people who, like me, had never heard of sundrops."
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<>Sandy has been sewing and drawing since she started school.  Other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, crocheting, knitting and watercolor painting.  She currently lives in her childhood home in the country with two dogs, three cats and a goat who is quite upset that she can't live in the house with everyone else.  "She has barged in a few times," Sandy admits.  "She heads straight for the kitchen looking for over-ripe bananas.  She won't touch green or yellow bananas, only the brown ones that I save for banana bread.  I haven't made banana bread since I got the goat!"
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Daisy the goat and Trudy









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