December Designer Spotlight, McKay Manor Musers

December Designer Spotlight, McKay Manor Musers

Dec 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates

The McKay Manor Musers are a mother (Sheila) and daughter (Kira) and daughter (Kayla) team of crafty women. When we first met them, we were impressed by the adorable details found on their super soft blankets and other creations. In talking with Sheila, we learned that the driving force behind their business is the love of creating beautiful things. Well, that and the desire to spend time with one another. They say that possibly the best thing that has come of the business is a real excuse to get together often and spend time as a family.


Sheila and her daughters run the business out of their house, which for years has been affectionately referred to as the McKay Manor. Hence the first part of the name. As for the second part, in Greek mythology the Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and they were believed to embody literature, science, and the arts. Thus the goddesses were credited with inspiring creativity, knowledge, and skill. A Muser is someone who inspires creativity in artisans, and an artisan is someone who is skilled at a craft. 






Sheila, Kira, and Kayla believe that inspiration is everywhere and everyone can be an artisan. Their business may be new, but their love of everything crafty goes back for years. They hope their patterns and projects can inspire you and ignite your creative spark.


Let’s start with learning a little bit about each member of the team. Over 32 years ago, Sheila met and married a mountain man who also happens to be her best friend and knight in shining armor. She has two amazing daughters who are now married to wonderful young men. She also has two granddaughters that can light up a room with their smiles. With an appetite for learning and trying new things, she is constantly busy. Sheila is happiest out in nature exploring new places in God’s beautiful world. If it really is true that you’re as young as you feel, she will never grow old. She loves sewing, crafting, reading, traveling, hiking and photography.


Kira is a craft-loving wife and mother living in the Mile High City. She and her husband recently bought their very first house and are loving the adventure. When she’s not busy herding her two energetic and incredibly busy daughters, she is filling her new-to-her home with great, new design ideas. A few of her favorite things include spending time with family, blue skies and sunny days, painting, swimming, teaching, traveling and designing clothing.


Kayla is a quick-witted cat lady with a fondness for vintage charm. She is temporarily residing in the “city of trees,” also known as Boise, with her husband and their extraordinarily lazy kitty. With a move a year since leaving high school, Kayla’s biggest concern in home design is portability. However, that doesn’t stop her from trying to make her rentals feel like home. Kayla hearts the smell of rain, reading a good book, giving old things a new lease on life, playing with yarn and wearing sneakers.


Sheila was kind enough to answer a few additional questions for us.


What is your favorite OLFA tool and why?

A really sharp blade in the new fun color rotary cutter!


What size ruler could you not live without?

4″ wide that is extra long. It makes it easy to cut 4″ strips for binding.


What is the unsung hero of your sewing box?

Unfortunately, my seam ripper or stitch eraser.


When do you do your most creative work?

Early mornings. I get my best creative ideas while I am out walking or exercising.


Which comes first: the pattern or the fabric?

Wow! They work so much together. Probably pattern or design first because you can often use LOTS of different types of fabrics.


Are you as clever in the kitchen as you are in your sewing space?

Absolutely! I love to try new recipes and often use the “grin and pour method”.


What important piece of advice would you offer someone on the brink of quilting?

Relax and enjoy it. It doesn’t need to be perfect to be pretty!


What is the dominant color in your stash?

Blues and purples.


From where (or whom) do you draw inspiration?

Anywhere out in nature! I love to hike and explore this amazing world!



This fun tutorial will teach you how to make a quick and simple placemat with a frosty little applique. Using the sew and flip method will make construction easy, while using a textured fabric adds an element of fun.





December Designer Spotlight, McKay Manor Musers

Dec 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates