A little about the designing people at Pieceful Expressions Designs – lead designer, Eric Gunson, his mom, Beverly Gunson and sister Nicole Gunson.
“live the life you dream” could apply here!
As a child, Bev loved textiles and the arts. Inspired by her grandmother’s artful way with fabric and with her mother’s encouragement, she experimented first with embroidery, then garments and taught herself basic quilting.
While vacationing in Sisters, OR. thirty years ago, she found the Stitchin’ Post quilt shop and a whole new world opened up. At home in Eugene, she continued to learn from books and classes at the local quilt shop near her office. A busy family of four children and work took up most of her time, but she had a passion to design garments incorporating quilting techniques. She began consigning her one-of-a-kind wearable art in shops.
Upon her husband’s retirement, they decided to move to sunny Sisters, Oregon. She opened a small consignment shop for fellow artists for a short time, then joined Eric in Pieceful Expressions Designs.
Eric never guessed he\’d be designing quilt patterns! He loves the outdoors, enjoys hiking, photography, camping and bass fishing. He was interested in art in high school and spent time traveling and taking photos.
As a young adult when he decided to change career focus, his parents suggested he move to Sisters. Bev encouraged him to try quilt designing. The public response to that first quilt convinced him to design more. Now, several years later, he has been a featured artist in several PNW quilt shows and been invited to show his work in a major quilt exhibit.
Eric now manages Pieceful Expressions with Bev and travels across the nation marketing his quilt patterns. He is a beginning teacher and recently purchased his first quilt by an award-winning quilt artist.
Nicole is a dental hygienist by profession and an avid quilter. She has made many gift quilts in the twenty years since her first quilt. She is grateful for the wonderful teachers at The Quilt Patch in Eugene who gave her confidence to try anything quilt related.
After moving to Sisters a few years ago she has contributed her many talents to the family business, designing patterns and quilting most of the new design samples.
With a love of traditional patterns, she collects old quilts. She often incorporates old favorites into contemporary new designs. Her stunning “Nine Beauties Dancing” pattern is a combination of the Glorified Nine Patch and a New York Beauty re-drafted into one block. She also teaches as time permits and never hesitates to help a beginner.