Hi, I'm Gaby, the human behind Tomte Studio.
I am a mother of two beautiful young men and my little Julie 🐶. I have been married for 22 years and have been doing patchwork for over 13 years!
I am from São Paulo, Brazil, the land of soccer, carnival and many other cool things.
I started patchwork when my boys were small and engineering work was no longer making sense in my life. I wanted more free time with them and to be able to follow their growth closely.
For a long time it was just a hobby, but it opened me up to the creative universe.
When they were older and were well on their way to school, I decided to study Design at the “Escola Panamericana de Artes e Design” here in São Paulo. It was a creative explosion in my life, I learned a lot and I even taught project classes at that same school.
Then came the pandemic, the school was closed and no prospect of new classes, what could I do?
I dusted off my machine and went full production of masks exclusively for donations. Until they were no longer needed.
And the urge to create and sew came back strongly.
And here I am! A mix of mother, designer, quilter, teacher and engineer.
And finally, through foundation paper piecing, I found a way to combine my passion for design and sewing, and I am really very happy.
Foundation paper piecing has become my obsession.