In 2009, as a hobby, Julie began designing and selling quilt jewelry. Whether consciously or not, an idea was starting to take shape.Two years later, with avid support and encouragement from her husband, Greg, she realized it was time to strike out on her own to create an online business called Me & My Stitches. Designing the quilt jewelry, patterns, ruler boxes, and all the other specialty items they offer is truly what she loves to do.
In 2019, after eight years of continued success with Me & My Stitches, Julie was presented with the incredible opportunity to design a Civil War-era reproduction fabric line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Before having the chance to share this news with her family, Julie’s dad unexpectedly passed away. Having been born and raised in southeast Iowa on the Latty homestead, as was her dad, it was an easy choice to honor him, her mom, and the family farm, with her first line of fabrics and coordinating patterns.
The Homestead Harvest collection was designed to honor Julie’s family’s farm, her mom, Patricia Bischoff Latty, and the memory of her dad, John Coe Latty (1938-2020). The farm was established by her great-great-grandparents, Matthew & Sarah Latty. The area later became known as “Latty”, and eventually there was a church, one-room schoolhouse, and a train station, all bearing the Latty name. The farm was eventually passed to her dad, who lived there his entire life.