Lauren Mendoza lives on a tidal river in Maine, and her favorite time of day is the when the water is still. This time of calm and peace between the changing tides is known as slack tide, and inspired the name of her quilt shop. “I live in a geodesic dome on the York River. Slack Tide’s logo actually reflects my home and the river itself,” says the quilter. Her studio space is a loft in her home that overlooks the central living space where her children now play.
As I flip through a clothing rack of Lauren’s most recent creations, children’s skirts and pinafores, each piece of fabric seems to tell a whimsical story. The playful, colorful fabrics, from newcomer Cotton and Steel, Sarah Jane, Tula Pink, and Lizzy House, are purchased locally at the Portsmouth Fabric Company. “A lot of the clothes I make with my own children in mind. I picture my daughter wearing the actual dress and from there comes the design.” She attributes the inspiration for her reversible dresses, for example, to her daughter’s cake-covered first birthday party.
Custom quilts range from $125-225, skirts $18-22, and reversible dresses $68.
Slack Tide Quilt Shop began with custom quilt making a few years ago. One quilt stands out as a favorite for Lauren: “An expectant mother knew her son would be born with a heart defect and requested that a quilt be made covered in hearts. Interwoven were themes from her family—each heart had a different fabric, representative of important people, places, and things. Her own signature was embroidered on the back of the quilt. I felt honored to be a part of making such an important quilt to begin a child’s life.”
Want to see more of Lauren’s clothing and quilts? Check out her newly opened etsy shop here, and receive 20% off with the promo code YORKDAYS through August 1st. Lauren will be fully stocking the shop over the next week, so be sure to visit the site at the end of July to see all of her beautiful work. Also, visit her at the York Days Craft Fair this Saturday, July 30th!